We are veterans, mothers, fathers, daughter, sons, aunts, uncles, grandmas and grandpas. Together, we form the American Legion Family Post 600, Champlin Minnesota. The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of The American Legion are three organizations within the Legion that are all dedicated to preserving our American traditions, values, improving the quality of life for our nation's children, caring for veterans and their families, and perhaps most importantly, teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship. The Champlin American Legion Post 600 has been committed since 1949 to provide services for our veterans, their families and our community. No organization can survive without people! If you are looking for a rewarding opportunity to give back to our veterans, their families and your community come join us! Maybe you would like to check us out first before you join? Come be a volunteer!
Volunteers are always needed and greatly appreciated. Some of the events you could help with include, bingo at Anoka treatment center, monthly steak fry, weekly bar bingo, Monte Carlo night at the St. Cloud veterans home, bar bingo, fish fry, annual fun fest, children’s Halloween & Christmas parties, just to name a few. Check out our events calendar or volunteer page to see if there is anything of interest to you.
There is one other type of person we cannot survive without and that is the members and guests of Post 600. The Champlin American Legion offers a number of amenities. Our hall can be rented for your wedding reception or other special occassion. Our Blue Room is perfect for the smaller more intimate group gathering or you can reserve your own VIP area in the bar. All three areas can be serviced by our one of a kind kitchen and bar staff. Check out the amenities page for more info.
Remember we need your support!
The American Legion is a congressionally chartered mutual-aid veterans organization of the United States armed forces founded to benefit those veterans who served during a wartime period as defined by the U.S. Congress. The American Legion was founded in 1919 by veterans returning from Europe after World War I, and was later chartered under Title 36 of the United States Code. The organization is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana and also has offices in Washington D.C. The group has nearly 3 million members in over 14,000 Posts worldwide.
The Post is the basic unit of the Legion and usually represents a small geographic area such as a single town or part of a county. There are roughly 14,900 posts in the United States. The Post is used for formal business such as meetings and a coordination point for community service projects. Often the Post will host community events such as bingo, Hunter breakfasts, holiday celebrations, and available to the community, churches in time of need. It is also not uncommon for the Post to contain a bar open during limited hours. A Post member is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with gold piping.
Each Department is divided into Divisions and/or Districts. Each District oversees several Posts, generally about 20, to help each smaller group have a larger voice. Divisions are even larger groups of about 4 or more Districts. The main purpose of these "larger" groups (Districts - Divisions) are to allow one or two delegates to represent an area at conferences, conventions, and other gatherings, where large numbers of Legionnaires may not be able to attend. A District Commander is distinguished by a navy blue garrison cap with a white crown and gold piping.
The Posts are grouped together into a state level organization known as a Department for the purposes of coordination and administration. There is a total of 55 Departments; one for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico, and the Philippines. Canada was merged into Department of New York several years ago. The 3 Departments located overseas are intended to allow active duty military stationed and veterans living overseas to be actively involved with the American Legion similar to as if they were back in the states. The Department of France consists of 29 Posts located in 10 European counties, the Department of Mexico consists of 22 Posts located in Central America, and the Department of Philippines covers Asia and the Pacific Islands. A Department Officer or Department Executive Committee Representative is distinguished by a white garrison cap with gold piping.
The main American Legion Headquarters is located on the Indiana World War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis. It is the primary office for the National Commander and also houses the historical archives, library, Membership, Internal Affairs, Public Relations, and the Magazine editorial offices. The Legion also owns a building in Washington D.C. that contains many of the operation offices such as Economics, Legislative, Veterans Affairs, Foreign Relations, National Security, and Media Relations, and etc. A National Officer or National Executive Committee Representative is distinguished by a red garrison cap with gold piping.