The Department of California recognized 4 Silver Brigades at their convention last month, all from District 22, in San Dieguito Post 416 which is located near Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base in North County San Diego. The post has been located in downtown Encinitas since 1930 and has been experiencing the fastest growth since 1960. District 22 Vice Commander Chris Yates says, "This post has experienced a resurgence all under the leadership of Commander Lewandowski and his team of "Can-Doers." The post stepped up their fundraising efforts and started collaborating with a number of organizations to attract wartime veterans and active-duty personnel.
In just a matter of 12 months, they have over 500 members, 208 of which have been recorded as new members. Quite frankly, without the help of 16 recruiters and the four Silver Brigades, they may have been forced to close their doors. A group of board members developed a funding program named "Save Our Legion" and is actively communicating with the City of Encinitas.
"The community support has been phenomenal," says Lewandowski. We owe a special thanks to County Supervisor Dave Roberts and Mayor Kristin Gaspar, who have been actively supporting wartime veterans. This ambitious group of wartime veterans represents all wars, with many new members from the post-9/11 era.
The Silver Brigade membership team is just the beginning of what this post has to show for its efforts. They have been real busy in the community. They are actively attending numerous organizations to describe the Four Pillars of The American Legion and the programs they offer.