APRIL 16, 2019
Newport Harbor Post 291 of The American Legion adv. The American Legion Yacht Club, Inc.
Dear Members of Post 291:
On December 6, 2018, the Executive Board of Post 291 voted UNANIMOUSLY to terminate the American Legion Yacht Club, Inc (AYLC, Inc) as the provider of Post 291’s Yacht Club Program. This termination occurred because ALYC, Inc refused to comply with the FIVE RULES OF SUBSIDIARY CORPORATIONS (“FIVE RULES”). These FIVE RULES are mandated by the National American Legion (“National”). They are not written by Post 291. Compliance with these FIVE RULES is MANDATORY for ALL Posts, and every Program of every Post. When a Program of a Post refuses to comply with these FIVE RULES, the entire Post itself is put into jeopardy.
Post 291 learned in a letter dated April 10, 2018 from National that ALYC, Inc was not in compliance with the FIVE RULES, (See attached). Their failure as a Program of Post 291 to comply put all of Post 291’s existence in jeopardy with National. That was unacceptable to Post 291. Accordingly, I, and the entire Executive Board of Post 291, insisted that ALYC, Inc get in compliance with the FIVE RULES.
Despite our best efforts over the course of most of 2018, we could not persuade ALYC, Inc to comply with the FIVE RULES. Douglas Green, the then Commodore of ALYC, Inc appeared before Post 291’s Executive Board a number of times and stated that ALYC, Inc would NOT agree to comply with the FIVE RULES. He made that position very clear on more than one occasion. In order to protect all of Post 291, the Executive Board believed that it was in the best interests of the entire Post, to terminate the relationship with ALYC, Inc.
It was unfortunate that a 52-year relationship had to end in such of manner. However, ALYC, Inc’s history, coupled with the conduct of a small handful of people in that organization, presented Post 291’s Executive Board with no alternative but to completely and permanently sever the relationship between Post 291 and ALYC, Inc.
Many people have been asking me why this termination was necessary? Many have also been asking me why Post 291 did not try to resolve the issues with ALYC, Inc prior to its termination. The purpose of this letter is to try to answer these questions.
But first, I want you to know that I am about to speak to you from my heart! I care about Veterans. I have worked hard for many years for Veterans. Indeed, I have served tirelessly for the past 4 years as your Commander of Post 291, without compensation, because I care about Veterans and Post 291.
I also care about Integrity, Loyalty and Honesty. I am disgusted by the recent actions of a very few disgruntled, and apparently miserable, members of The American Legion Yacht Club, Inc. I believe there is a serious lack of Integrity, Loyalty and Honesty being demonstrated by some of these people. I believe they are actively trying to spread negativity like a poison throughout our Post. They started that negativity by having ALYC, Inc refuse to comply with the FIVE RULES. They expanded their negativity by commencing a lawsuit against the Veterans of Post 291. Now, they are expanding it further with an attempted “hostile takeover” of Post 291 in the forthcoming Post elections.
I am writing this letter so as to call your attention to this Negativity. I am also asking for your assistance in eliminating this Negativity from our Post. Post 291 is the largest and best of the approximately 14,000 Posts of the American Legion throughout the world! We have an incredible location here on the beach in beautiful Newport Harbor. We are the only Post which has a yacht club. We have so much for which we are thankful. There is no reason for us to allow this negativity to contaminate our Post.
Why was the termination necessary?
The termination was necessary because ALYC, Inc refused to comply with the FIVE RULES OF SUBSIDIARY CORPORATIONS as mandated by the National American Legion. (See attached letter of April 10, 2018 to Post 291 from the National Adjutant of the American Legion. The FIVE RULES are attached to that letter). I can assure you that myself, and the entire Executive Board, spent almost an entire year trying to amicably resolve the issues. We tried very hard to persuade ALYC, Inc to comply with the FIVE RULES. However, a small handful of people at ALYC, Inc with some undisclosed personal agendas made it their mission to assure there would not be an amicable resolution. On more than one occasion, Commodore Douglas Green of ALYC, Inc advised Post 291’s Executive Board that they refused to comply with the FIVE RULES, even though these FIVE RULES were mandated by National.
On October 31, 2018, ALYC, Inc took the unprecedented action of actually commencing a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court against the Veterans of Post 291 and all of the members of the Executive Board of Post 291.
The lawsuit brought by ALYC, Inc against Post 291 is actively ongoing. ALYC, Inc has been resoundingly defeated in the first six legal battles in this litigation war that they commenced. Two different Superior Court Judges, and several Justices of the Court of Appeal have already ruled against ALYC, Inc on each and every legal issue presented to date. They have repeatedly been told that their lawsuit is fatally defective. Yet, they continue to throw tremendous amounts of money to a number of different attorneys at a number of different law firms to continue to prosecute their unmeritorious lawsuit.
Recently, a team of high-ranking personnel from the National American Legion, and the Department, came to town to try to meet with all parties and negotiate the resolution of the issues between the parties. The meeting was scheduled for a full day on March 25, 2019. Nevertheless, ALYC, Inc, and its large entourage of expensive attorneys, all walked out of the Settlement Meeting after only about one hour. We do not know why they walked out. All we know is that the representatives of Post 291, and Post 291’s attorneys, were simply told by Nationals representatives that there would be no resolution because everyone from ALYC, Inc had just “walked out”.
ALYC, Inc appears to be spending huge sums of moneys on attorney’s fees. They presently have four different lawyers or sets of law firms purportedly representing them. We do not know where they are getting the money to pay for so many different attorneys and law firms. Nor do we know what, exactly, they are hoping to accomplish by forcing Post 291 to spend huge amounts of moneys defending against all of the litigation. What we do know is that Post 291 has successfully defeated them in every legal skirmish. We intend to continue to defeat them in every forthcoming legal skirmish. They are wasting large sums of monies on attorney’s fees and costs. I believe these monies should be spent on things of benefit to Veterans. I do not believe these monies should be spent on attorney’s fees and litigation.
People have asked me for more specifics concerning the dispute. Here is a summary.
Approximately ten years ago in 2008, some members of Post 291 notified the National American Legion that they had concerns about ALYC, Inc. Specifically, ALYC, Inc was supposed to be a “Program” of Post 291. As a “Program” of Post 291 ALYC, Inc is supposed to be under the complete control of Post 291. In 2008, certain members of Post 291 notified National American Legion that they believed that ALYC, Inc was acting far too independent of Post 291. They believed that ALYC, Inc was acting as if it was independent from Post 291 and not under the control of Post 291.
National investigated. National requested, and received, written confirmation from both ALYC, Inc and Post 291 confirming that ALYC, Inc was a program of Post 291 and that ALYC, Inc operated under the sponsorship and jurisdiction of Post 291. The problem with ALYC, Inc acting independent and outside the control of Post 291 appeared to have been resolved in 2008.
Unfortunately, the same issues with ALYC, Inc acting too independent and outside the control of Post 291 arose AGAIN in 2018. On April 10, 2018, The American Legion National Adjutant, Daniel S. Wheeler, wrote to Post 291. (A copy of that letter is attached).
This letter from the National American Legion required that both Post 291 and ALYC, Inc must be in compliance with the FIVE RULES. Upon receipt of this April 2018 letter, it was determined that ALYC was NOT in compliance with the Five Rules of Subsidiary Corporations. If ALYC, Inc was not in compliance, then Post 291 was also deemed to not be in compliance. ALYC’s failure to comply placed Post 291 in jeopardy with National. Post 291 made continuous and repeated efforts to get ALYC, Inc. to come into compliance with those rules. ALYC, Inc. refused to comply with the Five Rules of Subsidiary Corporation.
Initially, ALYC, Inc said they needed some time to change their corporate Bylaws in order to be able to comply with the Five Rules. They never made any effort to change their Bylaws. After months of delays by ALYC, Inc in never amending their Bylaws, Post 291’s Executive Board prepared and submitted a set of Amended Bylaws to ALYC, Inc.
ALYC, Inc was provided the opportunity to comment upon and make any changes to these Amended Bylaws. They did so. Post 291’s Executive Board adopted the changes and modifications requested by ALYC, Inc. Post 291’s Executive Board then approved these Amended Bylaws for ALYC, Inc.
Thereafter, ALYC, Inc refused to even present these newly Amended Bylaws to their General Membership for approval. They also failed and refused to submit any other proposed Amended Bylaws to Post 291. Instead, they changed their position. Now they took the position that they were an Independent Corporation and not a subsidiary corporation of Post 291. They also contended that they were not to be controlled by Post 291. (The Five Rules require that Post 291 must be in complete control of any Program or Subsidiary Corporation). ALYC, Inc took the position that since they were not a Subsidiary Corporation of Post 291, the Five Rules of Subsidiary Corporations were not applicable to them.
ALYC, Inc. insisted that since they were a separate and Independent Corporation they could not, and would not, agree to be controlled by Post 291. They argued that Post 291 was attempting a “hostile takeover” of ALYC, Inc. They argued that Post 291 was trying to take all of their boats, assets and cash on hand. These were all lies thrown out to distract from the real issue. Post 291 was not trying to perform a “hostile takeover”. We were not trying to take their boats, assets or monies. But, we WERE trying to get them to comply with the FIVE RULES as mandated by the National American Legion.
Finally, in September 2018, Post 291 suspended ALYC, Inc. This suspension was by a UNANIMOUS vote of the Executive Board! ALYC, Inc. was forbidden from conducting any further Yacht Club related Programs at Post 291. They were also forbidden to use any Post 291 resources.
At the time of the suspension in September 2018, ALYC, Inc. was advised that they had a deadline of December 6, 2018 within which to come into full compliance with the Five Rules of Subsidiary’s Corporations, as required by The National American Legion. ALYC, Inc. promptly filed a lawsuit against Post 291. That lawsuit, filed in Orange County Superior Court is entitled The American Legion Yacht Club, Inc. vs. Newport Harbor Post 291, of the American Legion, Inc. (OCSC Case No. 30-2018-01029371). It was filed on October 31, 2018. (You can look up the lawsuit on the Court’s website at www.occourts.org).
In addition to suing Post 291, ALYC, Inc. also named Fifteen Individual defendants. Each of those Fifteen Individual defendants is an Officer or Director of Post 291. I, Commander Nye, am also named as one of those Fifteen Individual Defendants. Under California Non-Profit Corporations Law, none of the Officers or Directors of Post 291 who are serving that Non-Profit Corporation without compensation should have any liability. Furthermore, under California Code of Civil Procedure §425.15, prior to attempting to file any lawsuit against any Officers or Directors of a Non-Profit Corporation who are serving in their capacity without compensation, it is mandatory that ALYC, Inc. first file a Petition with the Superior Court.
The mandatory Petition is one in which the Plaintiff, ALYC, Inc., must present its evidence before a Judge of the Superior Court and persuade the Judge of the Superior Court that it has a valid claim or cause of action against any of these Individual defendants. This Petition must be brought pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure §425.15. The filing of that Petition is a condition precedent to filing any lawsuit against these uncompensated Officers and Directors of a Non-Profit Corporation. Each of the Individual defendants is entitled to file evidence in opposition to the Petition. The Superior Court Judge then makes a determination as to whether or not to grant permission to ALYC, Inc., to commence a lawsuit against the Individual defendants.
ALYC, Inc. made no effort or attempt to comply with this mandatory condition precedent. Failure to comply with C.C.P. §425.15 is a blatant violation of the law. ALYC, Inc flagrantly violated the law. Nevertheless, ALYC, Inc. continues prosecuting their lawsuit against Post 291 and Fifteen Individual Veterans who actively VOLUNTEER thousands of hours of their time to Post 291!
In November 2018, ALYC, Inc sought an Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Order and Order to Show Cause re Preliminary Injunction against Post 291. Specifically, they sought a Court Order to block Post 291 from suspending ALYC, Inc.’s operations at Post 291. They requested an order reinstating them as a Program of Post 291. Post 291 opposed both of these requests. Both of their requests were DENIED by the Court.
During the hearing, the Judge was advised not only that ALYC, Inc. had been suspended by Post 291 effective in September 2018, but also that ALYC, Inc had been advised that they would be permanently terminated on December 6, 2018 if they were not in full compliance with the Five Rules by that deadline. The Judge noted the deadline. And, the Judge ordered the matter to a Mandatory Settlement Conference on December 3, 2018. It was his attempt to try to have the matter resolved prior to the firm termination deadline of December 6, 2018.
Both prior to, and during, the Mandatory Settlement Conference ALYC, Inc. refused to come into compliance with the Five Rules. They continued to insist that they were independent of Post 291 and they would not allow themselves to be controlled by Post 291. When December 6, 2018 arrived, ALYC, Inc. was still not in compliance with the Five Rules.
Rule No. 4 of the Five Rules is probably the easiest rule for ALYC, Inc to demonstrate compliance. Rule # 4 simply requires that the Chief Financial Officer of Post 291 must be added as a signer on every financial account of ALYC, Inc. All they had to do was take the CFO of Post 291 to their bank and add him as a signatory on each account. They refused! Why? What financial irregularities are ALYC, Inc trying to hide?
ALYC, Inc. was terminated permanently by Post 291 on December 6, 2018. This termination occurred via a UNANIMOUS vote of the entire Executive Board of Post 291. Post 291 immediately commenced the formation of a new Yacht Club Program. The new Yacht Club Program is named Veterans 291 Yacht Club (V291YC). V291YC has been formed to provide the Yacht Club Program that Post 291 wishes to make available to its membership. And, V291YC does comply with the Five Rules.
V291YC’s membership has been growing amazingly fast. Most people are canceling or not renewing their memberships in the old ALYC, Inc. Instead, they are all joining the new V291YC. Many other Post 291 members, SALs and Auxiliary who did not previously belong to a yacht club are signing up as Members of V291YC. We anticipate that V291YC’s membership will very soon be greater than the membership in the old ALYC, Inc. I encourage you all to immediately join V291YC. Membership information is available at Post 291 or on our website at www.al291.com
After having been terminated on December 6, 2018, ALYC, Inc. once again went back into Court on another “emergency” Ex Parte basis. Once again, on December 14, 2018, they sought an Ex Parte Temporary Restraining Order and an Order to Show Cause re Preliminary Injunction. Once again, they begged the Court to reinstate them with Post 291. Post 291 opposed these motions. Once, again, all relief sought was DENIED.
Interestingly, during both of these hearings in Court, their attorneys argued to the Judge that they would soon be financially bankrupt if they were not awarded an Injunction due to their tremendous loss of membership and membership dues, combined with the huge amounts of monies that they were spending in legal fees. The Judge was not impressed with these pleas. The reality is that they should have anticipated that most of their membership would cancel or refuse to renew when they attacked all of the Veterans at Post 291 and the Officers and Directors of Post 291 with a lawsuit. That is precisely what has happened!
ALYC, Inc. had insisted they wanted to be independent and not under the control of Post 291. Post 291 advised the Court that by terminating the relationship between Post 291 and ALYC, Inc. ALYC, Inc was getting everything that they wanted! The Court agreed! ALYC, Inc. was now independent of Post 291. It also was not under the control of Post 291. ALYC, Inc. was banned from conducting any further business on Post 291’s property. They were, however, independent and free to move their Yacht Club to anywhere except Post 291’s property.
During that hearing on December 14, 2018 the Court pointed out that there would be a new Judge assigned to the case in January 2019. ALYC, Inc. requested that they be provided an additional opportunity to make their case for an Injunction before the new Judge. We agreed to that request. We knew that this hearing would provide Post 291 with an excellent opportunity to “educate” the new Judge about the facts of this case from our point of view. The hearing was set for January 18, 2019.
At the hearing on January 18, 2019, ALYC, Inc. presented all of their arguments and evidence before the new Judge. Judge Moss, the new Judge, has been on the Orange County Superior Court for many, many years. He had just completed serving his term as a Presiding Judge of the Civil Panel. Judge Moss carefully analyzed ALYC, Inc.’s Complaint as well as their evidence in support of their request for a Preliminary Injunction against Post 291. ALYC, Inc. was requesting an Injunction preventing Post 291 from terminating ALYC, Inc. as a Program of Post 291 and also preventing Post 291 from banning ALYC, Inc. from conducting any operations on Post 291’s property.
In a very thorough and detailed ruling, Judge Moss DENIED ALYC, Inc.’s request for Preliminary Injunction. The Court pointed out numerous fatally defective flaws in Plaintiff’s Complaint. The Court further pointed out numerous fatally defective problems with their lack of evidence and improper legal theories. In short, the Judge made it very clear that ALYC, Inc. had completely FAILED to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits in their lawsuit. This new Judge told them precisely what Post 291 and their prior Judge had already repeatedly told them… ALYC, Inc has stated NO CASE against Post 291!
ALYC, Inc. was extremely upset. This represented their fourth consecutive loss. In their first four attempts before the Orange County Superior Court, they had now lost two requests for Temporary Restraining Order and two requests for Preliminary Injunction. They had also been told by two separate Judges that they had not stated a valid case against Post 291. Not a good way to start a lawsuit!
ALYC, Inc. responded to this fourth consecutive loss by attempting to have Judge Moss disqualified. ALYC, Inc. submitted a verified request to disqualify him on the grounds that his wife is a Member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 291. Judge Moss had disclosed this fact at the commencement of the hearing on January 18, 2019. Judge Moss had also disclosed that he had visited Post 291 on several occasions and had enjoyed sitting on the patio overlooking the boats and the Harbor. However, Judge Moss had assured all the parties that the fact that he had visited Post 291 and that his wife was a Member of the Auxiliary, Unit 291 would not have any effect on his ability to be neutral, fair and impartial in addressing the merits of this case. Post 291 believes that Judge Moss has a well-established reputation of being an intelligent, fair and honest Judge. Post 291 is very comfortable with having him presiding over the case. ALYC, Inc having just received a devastating ruling against their case by Judge Moss, was unwilling to agree to allow him to continue to be the Judge on the case. Hence, their attempt to disqualify him.
Post 291 submitted Opposition to this attempt to disqualify Judge Moss. The attempt to disqualify Judge Moss was DENIED. ALYC, Inc. then sought a Writ before the Court of Appeal. The Writ further attempted to disqualify Judge Moss. Post 291 prepared Opposition to this Writ. The Writ was also DENIED by the Justices of the Court of Appeal. Judge Moss remains the Judge on the case.
ALYC, Inc. now had two additional legal defeats added to their record. They had been defeated six out of six attempts. They just filed a Notice of Appeal with respect to the denial of their request for an Injunction. We anticipate that the Appeal will also represent an additional defeat for ALYC, Inc. Judge Moss’ Order Denying the Injunction is very detailed and thorough. ALYC, Inc. is just wasting a tremendous amount of money in attorney’s fees and costs to earn their seventh legal loss in seven attempts.
Post 291 had noticed the depositions of three (3) representatives of ALYC, Inc to take place in February 2019. Post 291 had hoped that by taking the depositions of Bruce Batcheller, Douglas Green and Mike Berdine it might be possible to find out why ALYC, Inc was suing Post 291 even though its own Board had voted against suing the veterans of Post 291. We had also hoped that we might learn what they hoped to accomplish with their lawsuit. They know that ALYC, Inc had been terminated for refusing to comply with the mandatory FIVE RULES. Did they really think that a Court would order Post 291 to take them back? Especially, when they still, to this day, have not demonstrated compliance with the FIVE RULES? Apparently, Messrs. Batcheller, Green and Berdine are all afraid to have their depositions taken. None of them appeared for their depositions. We will soon be seeking Court Orders against these three individuals for their failure to appear at their depositions.
After Post 291 terminated ALYC, Inc. on December 6, 2018, National Judge Advocate Kevin J. Bartlett sent a “Cease and Desist” letter to ALYC, Inc. on December 20, 2018. In that letter, Judge Advocate Kevin J. Bartlett told The American Legion Yacht Club, Inc. that it was no longer authorized to use the trademark name “American Legion”. It was ordered to immediately terminate use of all American Legion trademarks including the name and emblems. ALYC, Inc. was also instructed to confirm in writing no later than January 1, 2019 that it had complied with the letter and stopped any further violations of The American Legion’s rights.
ALYC, Inc. continues to prominently use the name “American Legion” and the emblems and logos of The American Legion. They also still proclaim on their website to be a part of The American Legion Family and a part of Post 291 (www.alyc.com
). These statements presently on their website are false. Post 291 has severed all relationships with ALYC, Inc. They stated in their legal papers that they are not a program of Post 291. We do not know why they continue to publish these false statements on their website. National is well aware of ALYC, Inc’s continued used of their trademarks and emblems, despite the “Cease and Desist” letter. In light of ALYC, Inc’s rude treatment of National when they walked out of the March 25th
Settlement Meeting, Post 291 would not be surprised if National soon commences a Trademark Infringement lawsuit against ALYC, Inc in Federal Court.
This problem with ALYC, Inc. has cost Post 291 a tremendous amount of money in attorney’s fees and costs already. Post 291 is now obligated to spend tremendous amounts of money to continue defending these litigation battles. Aside from the money, we also have a tremendous amount of stress and consternation amongst the Officers, Directors and members of Post 291 due to this litigation. People who VOLUNTEER selflessly of their time, energy and effort for the benefit of the Veterans served by Post 291 should not have to suffer the additional stress of being sued as a result of their volunteering efforts. Yet, ALYC, Inc continues to name Fifteen Individual Officers and Directors of Post 291 as Defendants in their lawsuit. (The first Judge suggested to ALYC, Inc that it might be a “wise” move to promptly dismiss all Fifteen of the Individual Defendants. However, ALYC, Inc has not followed through with those dismissals).
This now brings us to the issue of the forthcoming elections. This hand full of disgruntled people who are controlling the litigation at ALYC, Inc have apparently finally realized that they are losing in Court. Now, it appears they are going to attempt a “hostile takeover” of Post 291 via the forthcoming elections. I am told they are putting together a slate of candidates to run for Office at Post 291. Their candidates appear to be running on one issue only. That one issue is that they represent ALYC, Inc. If elected, they intend to attempt to focus all of their efforts on undoing the termination of ALYC, Inc. They apparently want ALYC, Inc to “take over” control of Post 291.
I have worked very hard for Post 291 during the past four years of my term as Commander. I am proud that Post 291 is an extremely well-run Post. We are one of the largest Posts of the entire American Legion. We are the only Post that has a Yacht Club. Our Post is in much better condition now than it was four years ago when I initially took Office. I know that there are many candidates running in these next elections who are willing to continue to improve our Post. Those candidates are not running solely because they are some “disgruntled” members of a yacht club which refuses to comply with the rules of the National Legion. I support those candidates who are willing to work to improve Post 291. I do not support the candidates who are beholden only to ALYC, Inc.
I encourage all of our Legionaries to personally come to Post 291 on election day, Wednesday, May 8, 2019 and cast their vote. The voting takes place between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. The results will be announced that evening after all votes have been counted. I encourage you to come to the Post that day, vote and enjoy dinner and drinks until the election results are announced. You must be present to vote. This election is extremely important. We need to remove this negativity from our Post!
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to serve you and all Veterans during the past four years as your Commander. I look forward to seeing everyone present, and voting, at the elections on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 between 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
For God and Country,
The American Legion Post 291
As Commander of Post 291, I want to thank all Post 291 members for your support as we, together, have taken actions which have made Newport Harbor Post 291 now the largest active American Legion Post in the nation. That has taken a lot of very hard work by members dedicated to make Post 291 not only the largest active Post in the Country, but, in my opinion, the best Post in the country based on all we do in support of veterans, through our programs.
Unfortunately, amidst that success, a conflict has arisen between the Post, and one of our programs, the American Legion Yacht Club (ALYC). All efforts to resolve the conflict by good faith negotiation having failed. The Post 291 Executive Board on Dec. 6, 2018, reluctantly but necessarily voted to terminate the ALYC as a program. This action is necessary due to ALYC’s refusal to comply with the National American Legion’s “Five Rules Of Subsidiary Corporations Or SAL And Riders Or Semi Independent Programs,” referred to as the “Five Rules” of the parent National American Legion. [The “Five Rules” are attached separately.]
Most members have heard about the dispute, or rumors about it, and misrepresentations about it, including articles in the newspaper. Misrepresentations have spread that “the Post is trying to take over the yacht club,” and “the Post is trying to grab the assets of the yacht club.” All false, malicious misrepresentations.
As Commander, I have established a policy of attempting to resolve this problem through good faith negotiations among us as veterans and members of Post 291, and not responding to these false misrepresentations. The Post has made no public statements, and has declined to comment to the media—or to plant stories with the media. Others have, denigrating Post 291. We have not retaliated.
However, all attempts to resolve the problem by negotiation have failed; the ALYC has opted for litigation, suing the Post and all members of the Executive Board: and the ALYC continues to refuse to comply with National’s “Five Rules.”
There can be no doubt that the ALYC, as a Post program, has enhanced the image of our Post and done some good things for our Post, as have all our programs.
But all Post programs are required to comply with the rules of the National American Legion as well as Department and Post rules. The ALYC, however, asserts that because it is incorporated as a “Social Club,” it is not subject to oversight and control by the Post and refuses to comply with the “Five Rules” of the National American Legion which all Post programs must obey.
All Post 291 members have to understand that the “Five Rules” are not Post 291’s rules—they are the rules of the National American Legion which is imposed upon all programs in all the more than 13,000 Posts in the country. Post 291 cannot change National’s “Five Rules,” only National can. Post 291 cannot refuse to enforce the Five Rules. Post 291 has no choice but to obey those rules at risk of sanctions of the Post by the National Legion; and no choice but to terminate the ALYC, or any other program, which refuses to obey the National American Legion’s “Five Rules.”
As Commander, I have not put out statements about the controversy during more than a year of efforts to resolve the problem by good faith negotiation. I have done that so as not to poison the atmosphere to such an extent as to impede or preclude resolution by negotiation.
But, negotiations have failed. The ALYC refuses to comply with National’s “Five Rules, and has been terminated as a program.
Therefore, I want you, the members, to have the facts of what has happened, and why. I provide you with that information by providing a copy of the notice of termination of the ALYC as a program which I directed to ALYC Commodore Doug Green. It is attached below. The facts, the truth, is provided there.
It is unfortunate that the ALYC has had to be terminated —but it had to be done because of ALYC’s continuing refusal to comply with the “Five Rules” of the National American Legion.
This does not mean that Post 291 will be without a yacht club. A new Newport Harbor Post 291 Yacht Club is being established which will comply with National American Legion policies, including the Five Rules, and will function as a program, part of the Post 291 Legion Family, subject to the rules required of all programs, and not as an incorporated “social club” separate from the Post.
Doug Nye, Commander
Newport Harbor Post 291
Congratulations to Brian Fleming Jr. and his Color Guard Competition Team who placed in the top 3 in both Advancing/Retiring of Colors Class and Military Open Class, held at National Convention in Minneapolis August 24.
Another coup for Post 291––first time the Post sponsored a Boy’s State delegate to California Boys State who went on to represent 291 at Boy’s Nation in Washington DC, and then won election for President of Boys Nation 2018, representing not only California but 291.
Congratulations Josh Cheadle! American Legion Children and Youth programs are under the direction of our 3rd Vice Commander, Sandy Schneeberger. This is a huge national program for high school junior boys and a big thank you to her and her committee for selecting Josh from Sage High School in Newport Coast. Thanks to everyone’s hard work, you represent the best American Legion in the country and I’m proud to be the Commander of Post 291.
Labor Day Weekend ends the official summer season at the Post. Enjoy the rest of the summer by coming out and enjoying the weekend bands, Tuesday Hootenanny, Friday night Dinner and Dancing to live band music, and sailing activities with the Yacht Club. The Post has had a terrific summer with full crowds enjoying the special amenities that only Post 291 can provide. Thanks to all the Veterans and their families who support the Post, keeping it a viable business operation by using the Bar and Restaurant, and attending special events.
September 11, 2001. Where were you when the Towers fell and the U.S. lost over 3000 citizens in a terror attack seventeen years ago? Please take a moment to remember that day, now called Patriot Day, Tuesday, September 11. Hootenanny, Taco Tuesday and Line Dancing will still be scheduled.
We swing into Autumn with Country Night Friday September 21. And you can’t forget our famous Halloween Costume Party Friday, October 26. Reservations only so call the office because it’s always a sell out. Thanksgiving Buffet and Christmas festivities and Boat Parade are right around the corner.
2018-2019 goals are as follows:
- VETERANS FIRST. Our veterans will always be our # 1 priority at Post 291.
- Create new events for our veterans and continue raising money to donate to their needs.
- Continue recruiting our younger veterans for they are our Future Legionnaires who will continue our legacy and represent the legion’s future.
- Put programs together so our younger Veterans can get involved to reach these goals.
Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank a Vet”. Our commitment to all veterans, our members, veterans’ programs or veterans-in-need alike, will reflect in all we do as we strive to honor all who served. The Post is not a “Club”, but an American Legion Post for Military Veterans who share common experiences. The Security staff is made up of SONs who are SONs of the Post. Please show respect to the Post, Volunteer Security staff, all veterans and guests.
Remember: “Veterans First”.
Attitude is the Altitude of Success at the American Legion Post 291.
Let’s all work together to make that happen.
Post 291 ushers in the new 2018-2019 Command year and my officers and Executive Committee members will all do another great job. Welcome all the SONs and Auxiliary officers this year and wish them a successful year ahead.
Congratulations to Post 291 Honor Guard Commander Brian Fleming Jr, and his competition team who, once again, placed 1st at the American Legion Department of California convention held in Sacramento the last weekend in June. They now go on to compete at National in August to retain their 1st place title as the best Honor Guard in the nation. Way to go guys!
Congratulations to Sandy Schneeberger, our 3rd Vice Commander who is in charge of our Boys State program. Post 291 sent 27 delegates, the most from any single Post in the state. Our district also lead by sending the most (86) delegates for the State. One of our own delegates, Viren Abhyankar from Northwood High School, Irvine, was voted 2018 Boys State Governor during their week in Sacramento June 16-22 and an Alternate to Boys Nation as well as our other delegate, Josh Cheadle from Sage High School selected Senator for Boys Nation. This is a huge deal, and a real coup for our Post, the second time it’s ever happened in over 50 years. This has been a great year for our Post to be recognized with these awards and achievements as The American Legion begins its 100th year.
As I start my fourth term as your Commander, my 2018-2019 goals are as follows:
- VETERANS FIRST. Our veterans will always be our # 1 priority at Post 291
- Create new events for our veterans and continue raising money to donate to their needs
- Continue recruiting our younger veterans for they are our Future Legionnaires who will continue our legacy and represent the legion’s future
- Put programs together so our younger Veterans can get involved to reach these goals
We are a very large Legion Post, therefore, have policies & procedures in place that are different from others because of our vast membership roll of 7000 members within the Legion family. My goal is to continue to run this Post in a positive direction and have a fiduciary responsibility to protect the health, safety, and welfare of all the members.
Reminder to all members, especially new ones: Summer has arrived on the Peninsula. Traffic is heavy and parking is at a premium. The Post is very crowded and kids are playing by the water. PLEASE observe the rules while at the Post. They are posted on the railings, white boards and outside, plus on the website. There is no lifeguard so ALL parents must watch their kids while on the beach, and no bare feet once back on Post grounds. We want everyone to have a safe summer. Security staff is made up of SONs who are SONs of the Post. Please show respect to the Post, Volunteer Security staff, all veterans and guests.
Members MUST show current membership card before entering the parking lot and you CANNOT leave your car in the lot and go elsewhere such as the beach, bike riding, etc.
We are continuing to make improvements to the Marina, repairs to the seawall and inside our Post facility. We have begun a Building fund to raise money to remodel/rebuild our Post so that the future generations of veterans for many more years.
July 4th was another huge event at the Post. Thanks to all the volunteers that made it so successful. All our members really helped our donation goal for the 2018-2019 year. With your generosity, this event helps support the American Legion’s Boys State program, VA Hospital visits, plus many veteran, community, and youth programs. Visit al291.com for all the programs that Post 291 fosters. Helping your Post to help others.
Check the website and white boards for more information regarding our Summer events like Dance Party Friday Nights, Jazz Nights, Weekend Bands on the Patio, and our WW2/ Korean War Vet lunch held July 28 honoring all our vets who served in those theaters.
Remember our mission statement of “Veterans First”. If you love your freedom, “Thank a Vet”. Our commitment to all veterans, our members, veterans’ programs or veterans-in need alike, will reflect in all we do as we strive to honor all who served. The Post is not a “Club”, but an American Legion Post for Military Veterans who share common experiences.