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A sticky thread from all official announcements from the Legion Council or Legion Command holofeeds.

Any announcements will be copy pasted carte blanche into this thread, giving you a one stop thread to see all official news and communciations.

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501st Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2013!

Troopers of the Legion! Nominations for Legion Trooper of the Month for November 2013 are now being accepted! This is your opportunity to recognize and highlight the great deeds performed by our members from all over the world, whether in service to the public, the Legion, or fellow troopers.
Nominations may be submitted by any member, and should be emailed directly to the Legion Public Relations Officers at pro@501st.com, using the subject line "Nomination for Legion TotM November 2013". The deadline for submitting a nomination is Friday December 20th.

Nominations must include the following information:
1.) Nominee's Full Name
2.) Nominee's Legion number
3.) Nominee's Legion unit
4.) Brief description of why this member's accomplishment should be considered for the honor. Include the date and location of an event or occurrence (if applicable). Remember: The better your description of the good deeds your nominee has performed, the better he or she will shine in the eyes of members around the world!
5.) If possible, please include IMG links or web links to photos related to the nomination. Please do not send photos as email attachments or provide links to photos on Facebook.
6.) Include your real name and Legion ID with the nomination, but if you prefer to remain anonymous, your privacy will be protected.

What should be considered:
- Accomplishments made that benefit the 501st Legion or a local unit
- Events members organized or in which their participation was instrumental
- Time and effort spent on maintaining aspects of the greater Legion
- Special contributions that went above and beyond the call of duty

Due to the nature of this honor, please limit each nomination to only a single member.

And as always, thank you to all of you for your work, both at events and behind the scenes!


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As some may be aware, talks between key groups have been undertaken to disscuss the effects on fan groups such as ours, in relation to the Disney ownership of Lucasfilms, and sundry enterprises.

Mary Franklin has released an official document ( ill attach it here once im home, but see bellow for extract ), in her continued Lucasfilms PR role as liason to Star Wars fan groups.

In short, it states basicaly the continued support of 501st Legion, among other worthy groups, and for no imediate nor adverse changes to our opperating procedures or structure - a positive " bussiness as ussual, and carry on the good work"

Great, if not unsurprising, news for Trooping worldwide!

Look for more Official Appearances soon!
- Cannon kits should see some great service Wink

All things the Legion undertake will continue under Marys keen care in regards to what we can and cant do under the Star Wars banner
- Make sure you take the time to scan the procedures, to better understand the limitations.....but above all, get out and Troop, and share the love in the wider community!

Go Dewbacks!

Cc7717 arcticfox
GPRO Southern Dewback Garrison

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Heads Up: Star Wars Costumed Fan Appearances

We are extremely fortunate at Lucasfilm to have such devoted fans and we appreciate the excitement and enthusiasm of the worldwide Star Wars fan-organized clubs. In my role as head of fan relations, I am grateful that I get to work with you so frequently.

Now that we are part of a larger organization, I want to make sure you know that my role has not changed. I will still be your point of contact for all activities relating to Lucasfilm as well as The Walt Disney Company and our licensees or promotional partners.

As you can imagine, there is huge enthusiasm in the worldwide Disney offices and with our licensees and promotional partners to engage with Star Wars. Fans and fan organizations will continue to receive invitations to our Star Wars-themed events, such as baseball games, Star Wars Weekends, etc. And, as has been done in the past, there will be times when we call on your groups for what we call Featured Character Appearances.
In short, to help channel the genuine enthusiasm so that that it best benefits Star Wars and your groups, here is what we have communicated inside Disney, Lucasfilm, and to our licensees and promotional partners:
- All requests for Star Wars costumed characters will be coordinated through me, regardless of whether the source of each request is a licensee, a promotional partner, The Walt Disney Company or Lucasfilm.
- When specific costumed Star Wars characters are required by Disney, Lucasfilm, or licensees and promotional partners for Featured Character Appearances, they have been directed to treat any individual involved as project employees.

If you receive any request from an outside group for a commercial activity that is associated with Lucasfilm or Disney and have not heard from me first, please give me a call or send me an email.

Finally, please take note that we understand that your members participate in non-commercial, community and charity activities through your organizations, which are independent of us, and do not require contact with me. Except hoped-for reports for Bantha Tracks!

We appreciate everything that you do in your communities and for the Star Wars brand. Thank you again for all you do!
Mary Franklin

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Open Legion Council Forums

A number of discussions and votes of the Legion Council can now be openly viewed by all members here.

The intention, as stated by the Legion Commanding Officer,

TB-101 Wrote:Within this section of the forum, members will find discussions relating to changes in our charter and protocols, and will be able to watch the process unfold from first post to final conclusion. It is our hope that this will help to educate our membership from the beginning as to why specific changes or alterations are made. It should also serve to increase communication among interested members, those who wish to contribute or who have questions, between yourselves and your unit commanders and second council seats.

You will be able to read these forums but not post. If you want anything raised then your Garrison CO (Sorbin) or XO (me) can pass it on.

Which discussions occur on this open forum and which on the still closed council forum I think it still being worked out. Either way you'll have some interesting reading.

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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If you want to know what's being discussed by the Legion Command staff, the minutes of the last meeting are available at this thread on the main boards. Also as a PDF here.

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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501st Legion: Annual Report 2013-2014

From the 501st blog:

Quote:Legion Commanding Officer Aimee Jorgensen has compiled an annual report and year in review for the 2013-2014 administrative term. It highlights much of what has been accomplished behind the scenes by the 501st Legion's Command Staff, including commentary from every Legion department. From Membership to Charity, from Merchandise to Web development, Public Relations, Events, and more. Learn about all of the advancements and initiatives that came to fruition in the past year, and get a taste of what's to come as we all move the 501st Legion forward together!

The full 501st Annual Report for 2013-2014 can be viewed or downloaded in PDF format by clicking here: http://bit.ly/1fIibUM

And if you want to stay up to date with all the Legion news, subscribe to the news feed from here - http://www.501st.com/rssfeed.php - in your favourite news reader Smile

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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Your "Legends" costumes are safe.

Reposted from the LCO's blog.

The Lucasfilm Story Group recently announced that all Expanded Universe novels, video games, and other materials are no longer officially Star Wars "canon." (http://tinyurl.com/LegendsAnnouncement) Elements from the stories that they have dubbed "Legends" may eventually prove to be part of the official timeline, but for now, the “official” fate of anything beyond The Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels, and the films is uncertain.

This uncertainty has understandably raised some concerns among current and prospective members of the 501st, because for years many of the costumes of the villains from these stories have been eligible for Legion membership.

The Legion Command Staff would like to make this clear: The reorganization of the Star Wars continuity will have no impact on the Legion’s costume roster, past, present, or future. The current Membership Team and Legion Command Staff would never consider retroactively removing characters from our lineup because of it.

Expanded Universe characters have had the support of Star Wars fandom for years, and they have all of the necessary references to bring them to life. Even if the continuity team at LFL changes the timeline, or if the coming films and television shows negate parts of our collective "history," these characters will still exist to us, the fans. Characters like Mara Jade, Grand Admiral Thrawn, Kir Kanos, Darth Revan, Delta Squad, Death Troopers, and countless others will always exist in the Star Wars body of work.

This is not a matter of only "grandfathering in" the particular members who have already been approved with these characters’ costumes. To be perfectly clear: Expanded Universe costumes will remain eligible for 501st approval now and in the future.

Likewise, if there are suitable visual references and the costume meets the high quality that the Legion has come to be known for, then new-to-the-Legion costumes from the Expanded Universe will still be eligible for inclusion in our Costume Reference Library. If there is reference material for a character, it is eligible —and will remain eligible— both for characters currently listed in the CRL and for others that may be constructed in the future.

The Expanded Universe characters that are being moved into the “Legends” category will always have a place in the 501st Legion, no matter what the Lucasfilm Story Group ultimately decides.

Yours in the Empire's service,

- The 501st Legion Command Staff

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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Legion Elections Poll

There is currently a poll underway on the legion boards regarding a change to the voting processes in the legion elections. (Have your say here.)

And as usual you can follow the various discussions on legion events on the Membership Discussion: Command & Council topics threads.

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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Squad naming ratification poll

Put in your 2c for a change to the Operations Protocol regarding ratification of squad names.

Poll can be found here: http://www.501st.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=83404

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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Latest minutes from the Legion Command staff meeting available here (PDF)

"Speak softly and carry a big gaffi stick." - Theodore Roosevelt     ID5979 - Forever Young - We miss you Steve.
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