Post 66 annual dues are $45.00. (Post 1000 annual dues are $47.00.)
The American Legion, Post 66 San Luis Obispo, CA was chartered September 26, 1919, with 43 members. The first meeting was held on Thursday October 2, 1919 at the Old Mission San Luis Obispo Hall. The original 1919 charter of Post 66 is framed and hangs on the wall in our Legion clubhouse. The charter lists all 43 charter members, who's names are also listed in the sidebar to the right.
We are over 500 members strong and growing. Post 66 is an integral part of the greater San Luis Obispo community and a proud advocate for veterans on the local, state, and national level. We have members locally from Santa Maria to Paso Robles, with about 50 out-of-state members who still value their connection with veterans in San Luis Obispo, Post 66. There are over 21,000 veterans in our county.
The American Legion is the nation’s largest, most influential, effective and dependable veterans service organization. Since our very first meeting in Paris, France in 1919, The American Legion has a vision for a Strong America which includes four pillars of service: Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth. The American Legion is a powerful force in our nation. These four pillars of service shape our work and what we do for America.
In contrast to other veterans’ organizations, the American Legion offers a number of local programs and activities to strengthen our grass roots commitment to the veterans, their families and the communities we serve.
A Legionnaires’ sense of obligation to their community, state and nation drives an honest advocacy for veterans from our local Legion post all the way to the halls of leadership in Washington, D.C. The American Legion’s success depends entirely on active membership, participation and volunteerism. The organization belongs to the people it serves and the communities in which it thrives.
The Post 66 By-Laws state, “The administration, governance and management of this Post is entrusted to the Executive Committee.” Good post governance is an essential duty of post leaders and it includes a variety of elements. It is realized in the long-term success of our post.
The Executive Committee members are: Commander, First Vice Commander, Second Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer and six Executive Committee Members-at-large. The Executive Committee Members-at-large (6 Elected) are advocates for the general membership, assist post officers in directing post business, and act as post representatives in the absence of post officers.
Vision of Success:
Your Volunteer Time Has Value: Volunteer time is now estimated to be worth over $24 per hour in California! The volunteer time of Legionnaires like you, is even more valuable to our Legion.
We track our Post member’s volunteer time using the “Service Hours Sheet” form available on the ‘Resources’ page of our web site. Our service hours are then combined with data from other Posts in the ‘Consolidated Post Report’. This is how The American Legion, among other things, knows of the millions of hours our Legionnaires volunteer in service each year.
Post 66, like most non-profit organization, is run by good volunteers, like you. Here are a few areas where we routinely need good volunteers to help get the job done.
Post 66 has developed a Member Handbook that is full of good information about The American Legion and Post 66. Copies are provided to new members when they attend our Member Orientation program. We also have a PDF verion you can access online. Member Handbook
If you would like to help in one of these areas, or in a different area, please let one of our Post leaders know. We are always looking for good volunteers. Please fill out our Member Survey and let us know where you would like to help out.
The Annual Pancake Breakfast of Post 66 is our primary fund-raiser. The funds from the pancake breakfast support all the large variety of American Legion and community programs Post 66 supports. Members and friends of Post 66, give their financial support for our programs by selling tickets to this important fundraising event.
Each year in March members are mailed a book of ten tickets to the Annual Pancake Breakfast that is traditionally held in early June. The proceeds from this program benefit youth and veteran support programs in San Luis Obispo County.
Any contribution you make is tax deductible as The American Legion is a nonprofit 501 (c) (19) organization comprised of American military veterans who served during times of war.
Suggested donation for the annual pancake breakfast is $4 for each adult and $2 per child under the age of 14.
Tickets are also available at the door.
The Post 66 Hall may only be rented by members in good standing or
through the sponsorship of a member in good standing
Post 66, as the parent organization, has three other important units in our local Legion family. They are:
American Legion Auxiliary (ALA)
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the oldest member of the Legion Family of units and the most independent. The Auxiliary is a separate organization with their own legal and corporate identity.
Every Spring the Auxiliary promotes the red poppy as a symbol of the sacrifices our military have made, a symbol to open people’s hearts and inspire them to donate to this important fundraising program.
Meeting: First Wednesday @ 5 p.m. Post 66
The Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders are each a subsidiary of their parent organization, Post 66. More detailed information about the relationship of the parent post and subsidiaries can be found in the ‘Subsidiaries’ section of The American Legion, Name and Emblem, Use and Protection Guide.
Sons of the American Legion (SAL)
Founded in 1932, Sons of The American Legion (SAL) squadron consists of boys and men of all ages whose grandparents or parents served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Meeting: First Monday @ 6 p. m.
American Legion Riders (ALR)
The American Legion Riders (ALR) are Legionnaires, who are also motorcycle enthusiasts.
They all belong to the Legion, the Legion Auxiliary or the Sons of the American Legion. American Legion Riders are well known for their charitable work, including the significant funds they have raised for the Legacy Scholarship Fund.
Meeting: First Wednesday @ 5:30 p.m.
The American Legion Family Application is a document produced by the American Legion Auxiliary that contains applications for the American Legion Auxiliary, The American Legion and Sons of Legion.
The American Legion is a not-for-profit (501 C19) corporation and is nonpolitical.
The Legion can neither engage in partisan politics nor promote the candidacy of any
person for public office.