About Us

The Sons of the American Legion

Newport Harbor Squadron 291

 

Finding Inspiration in Every Turn!

We are a team focused on and proud to be serving those who have served in our military. We conduct fundraising events throughout the year to raise funds for those veterans and their families who need assistance. A large portion of our funds goes towards the Child Welfare Foundation (CWF), helping children of our veterans and the Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (CALVAR or VA&R), working together with our Service Officers and the programs which directly assist, outreach and support our veterans and their families with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) claims and benefits, health care, memorial affairs and women veterans programs to ensure that they receive the highest quality of care from VA for their injuries and illnesses incurred from their military service. 

 

Our Squadron is the largest in the U.S. with just over 1,500 members. If you are currently a member and haven’t renewed yet this year, also go to the “Join the Sons” link on the navigation bar, click on it, download the renewal application, fill it out and send it in. We are waiting to hear from you.

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The Sons of The American Legion (SAL or Sons) was made in 1932 as an association inside The American Legion. The S.A.L. is made up of young boys and men of all ages whose fathers or grandfathers served in the United States military branches and qualifies for membership within The American Legion.  If the qualifying member is alive, they must be an active member of the American Legion.  If they are not living, then the individual wishing to join must show proof of those persons qualifying duty of service.  A DD Form 214, Military burial papers, or some document verifying the father or grandfather’s duty of service during the designated times required to qualify.

Newport Harbor Post 291 consist of four entities, the Legionnaires, the Auxiliary, the Sons, and the Yacht Club and together we make up The Legion Family.  The Legion Family as a whole places high value on preserving our American history, traditions and beliefs, thus demonstrating our patriotism in giving back by improving the quality of life for our country’s children, extending a helping hand and finances in caring for veterans and their families, and demonstrating by imparting the fundamentals of good citizenship within the community.

The Sons have always been an integral part of the Legionnaires and the rest of the Family.  We participate financially and volunteer our time and service with the numerous Legion Family programs and fundraisers held throughout the year.  Our combined Family at Newport Harbor Post 291 boasts a combined total membership of approximately 6,500, with the Sons membership at approximately 1,600.  The Sons typically contribute over $200,000 annually.

Just as every Legion post decides the degree of its administration to the local community, state, and country, so every S.A.L. squadron is allowed the adaptability in arranging projects, programs, and fundraisers to meet their own particular needs and budgets.

There are numerous numbers of men who are members of The American Legion as Legionnaires and as Sons, honoring their fathers and/or grandfathers.  Or oftentimes they started off in their youth as a Son while their father was in the service, then as they became old enough to join the military, they continued as a Son and also joined as a Legionnaire.  Those members are known as a Dual Member or as a “Dualie.”

 

The Sons of The American Legion is one of several patriotic associations that sponsors and supports the Citizens Flag Alliance, a coalition structured to secure the protection of our American flag through legislation and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  The Sons volunteer time and finances to establish community awareness.    They also communicate the importance of respect for the flag and encourage flag education programs in schools and other local organizations. 

OFFICERS 

Tim Sullivan
Tim Sullivan

Commander

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Jeff Gottfredson
Jeff Gottfredson

1st Vice Commander

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Art Jimenez
Art Jimenez

2nd Vice Commander

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John Long
John Long

3rd Vice Commander

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Don Allen
Don Allen

Adjutant

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Todd Clucas
Todd Clucas

Finance Officer

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Randy MacDougall
Randy MacDougall

Chaplain

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Rene Alvarez
Rene Alvarez

Judge Advocate and Historian

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The Newport Harbor Squadron 291 Family

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            Legionnaires

                             The American Legion consists of members who served in the Military during one or more of the U.S. conflicts or wars. 

The focus on service and help to veterans, active service members, and communities, The American Legion nationally, currently has about 2.4 million members in 14,000 posts worldwide.  The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 currently has approximately 3,500 Legion members.

The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.

If you served in the military during wartime, consider joining the Legion, we would love to work with you and welcome you to the family – find out more information and see if you qualify. Visit their website:  The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291 and their Facebook Page .

            Auxiliary

                             The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization and is part of our American Legion Family.  Founded in 1919 and with nearly 1 million members worldwide, they volunteer tens of thousands of hours to community service and veterans and raise millions of dollars.  We work side by side with the Auxiliary members of Newport Harbor Post 291.  The American Legion Auxiliary supports The American Legion and honors the sacrifice of those who have served and are currently serving by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military members, and their families, both at home and abroad. It’s all For God and Country, they advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor the youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security.

If you are a mother, wife, daughter, sister, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, or grandmother of individuals who are either members of the American Legion or deceased veterans of individuals who would qualify then you can join.  We would love to have you as part of our family – find out more information and see if you qualify. Visit their website: The American Legion Auxiliary Newport Harbor Unit 291 and  Facebook Page.

            Sons of the American Legion

                             Sons of the American Legion (S.A.L. or Sons) are just what the title indicates, males of all ages whose parents or grandparents served in the U.S. military and were eligible for American Legion membership. We are considered one of the three components that comprise the Legion Family, with the other two including the Legionnaires and the Auxiliary.  We are approximately 1,500 strong here locally at Newport Harbor Squadron 291. The Sons are divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level and are contingent upon its parent post’s charter; ours being under The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291’s charter. The Sons are divided into detachments at the state level and squadrons at the local level and are contingent upon its parent post’s charter; ours being under The American Legion Newport Harbor Post 291’s charter.

We conduct various fundraisers and special events raising money for several military children charities and veteran-based charities we support.  We would love to have you join our family by accessing our membership form, filling it out, signing it, mailing it in with proof of your parents’ or grandparents’ service and their qualifications, and including a check for membership dues.

Visit our Facebook Page.

             American Legion Yacht Club

                              The One and Only American Legion Post with a Yacht Club. New members and visitors are often intrigued by the combination of a yacht club with Post 291.  The interesting history of this association dates back to the late ’60s before any of us were members.  The leadership at that time thought it a good idea to form a Yacht Club at the Post in order to offer members an affordable way to get involved in boating and sailing. The club steadily grew over the years and became widely known as not only one of the most active yacht clubs in Southern California but also one of the most involved with civic events and veteran causes.  The ALYC membership mirrors that of the Post, with active members from the Legion, Auxiliary, and SALs.

The proud heritage of ALYC and Post 291 is connected over the last 54 years and is part of the fabric of Newport Beach.  There’s always more to tell with this colorful history, so next time you’re at the Post, look for a member with an ALYC logo and ask to hear a favorite memory.  Even better, join ALYC and begin making your own memories with your friends of the sea. Contact us at Here.

            American Legion Riders

                             American Legion Riders chapters are well known for their charitable work, which has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local children’s hospitals, schools, veterans' homes, severely wounded service members, and scholarships. Since 2006, Riders nationwide have participated in the Legion Legacy Run, to annually raise money for the Legacy Scholarship Fund, established to provide scholarships to children of U.S. military personnel killed since Sept. 11, 2001.  There are well over 100,000 American Legion Riders in over a thousand chapters worldwide.  We don’t have an American Legion Riders’ Chapter at Newport Harbor Post 291, but if you have a bike and want to join, there are currently four chapters in Orange County.

 

Visit their websites:

Orange CA:  American Legion Riders Chapter 132,
or visit their Facebook Page

Los Alamitos, CA:  American Legion Riders Chapter 716, 
 

Midway City, CA:  American Legion Riders Chapter 555,

or visit their Facebook Page

Laguna Niguel, CA:  American Legion Riders Chapter 281,
or visit their Facebook Page

State of California:  American Legion Riders,

California American Legion Press Association
National American Legion Press Association

CALPA (California American Legion Press Association) and NALPA (National American Legion Press Association) are associations of editors, writers, webmasters, historians, public relations officers, photographers, graphic artists, videographers, and individuals who are members of The American Legion, the Sons of The American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, American Legion Riders and other subsidiary organizations nationally as well as within the State of California.

Members of CALPA/NALPA encourage the exchange of ideas, promote the development of local newsletters, websites, videos, and various public relations activities, strive to communicate the corporate goals of The American Legion family organizations, and recognize achievements through an annual news and media awards program.

 

You can Join today: 
www.calpaonline.com Only $10 per year and includes a “Press Card”
www.nalpa.org Only $15 per year and includes a “Press Card”

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