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Sync Call for Wednesday August 31 at 12pm EDT

News at a Glance

1.  New Jersey Site Goes Live

2. New WW1CC commissioner Ms Debra Anderson appointed

3. 100 Cities / 100 Memorials : Submission deadline extended to June 15, 2017

4. #CountDownToVeteransDay campaign launching

5. Upper Midwest Region Meeting ready for Sept. 13, 2016

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Sync Call Minutes
August 31, 2016

Update from the States

New York City

In New York City, a platoon of living history reenactors will bring World War I Doughboys to the Governors Island National Monument on Saturday, Sept. 17, 2016, for a free exhibition. YOu can see demonstrations and hear stories as reenactors portray famous New York regiments including the Harlem Hell Fighters at Doughboy Day at Fort Jay. Both men and women will be in full uniform and provide displays and talks about the role America played in World War I. It is free and suitable for all ages.Our own Chris Isleib will be on hand for the proceedings.

Some Participants include:
The Ebony Doughboys, a group of African American living historians who are focused on telling the story of the outstanding record of service of African Americans during the First World War. Founded in 2014, they will have displays of equipment worn by black soldiers in the war, and a 20-minute vignette on the life of Eugene Bullard, America’s first black fighter pilot, portrayed by actor Chadd Gray. You can find out more about them at ebonydoughboys.org

Visiting authors will also tell the stories of New York City involvement in the war, Governors Island’s role in supporting the war, and key U.S. victories at the Hindenburg Line and Meuse-Argonne.
Actress Laurie Gaulke will represent women in the war with her show, Doughnuts for Doughboys: A Salvation Army Lassie in Neuvilly (New-va-lee)
The events run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM at Governors Island National Monument. The displays will be on the Parade Ground, the Ebony Doughboys will be in the Castle Williams Gazebo, and talks will be in Fort Jay.
This event is a partnership between the WWICC, the Greater NYC Committee and the National Park Service, who is also commemorating its’ centennial this year.
We encourage everyone in the area to check it out!
Living history World War I Doughboys at Governors Island National Monument, Sept. 17:

Upper Mid-West Region Meeting - Sept. 13:
Preparations for the next  Upper MidWest Region Meeting continue. The meeting will be held on September 13 at the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago at 1 pm Central Time.
Susan Mennenga has been hard at work planning this event and has managed to arrange representatives from most of the Upper Midwest states. States outside of the UMW region are welcome to attend.
If you are attending, we want to let you know that you need to register either my email Susan Mennega or on the page we are showing you by clicking on the “Add To Bag” button and registering.
This will also get you registered for free to that evening’s special book talk from author Nimrod Thompson Frazer who will discuss the recently released 3rd edition of:  "Send the Alabamians: World War I Fighters in the Rainbow Division".
For more information or questions contact: Susan.Mennenga@worldwar1centennial.org

There is a draft of the agenda in the handout section of your control panels

State Outreach Collaboration Call
Our next State Outreach Collaboration Call will take place tomorrow at noon eastern time. This call will focus on the Commission’s upcoming Countdown  to Veterans Day campaign- our yearly campaign aimed at encouraging community service and honoring veterans past and present in the lead up to Veterans Day.  The call will lay out how you can get involved in the national conversation and the tools & resources you can use.
Register for SOCC here: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5156713208829555970
Questions about the SOCC? Please email Andrew McGreal at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org

New Jersey
Exciting news- New Jersey is the most recent state to join our cadre of state centennial websites. The links to their sites are www.ww1cc.org/nj and www.ww1cc.org/newjersey
We have  Barbara Swendon from New Jersey on hand to say a few words about their new webpage.
If you want to get your state online on our website, email me at andrew.mcgreal@worldwar1centennial.org and I’ll connect you with our fantastic tech team.

News and Announcements

New Commissioner
The VFW has appointed a new Commissioner to the WWICC: 
Ms. Debra Anderson, quartermaster general of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, will be sworn in as our newest Commissioner this fall.
Prior to her election as quartermaster general of the VFW, Ms. Anderson held appointed positions as assistant quartermaster general and director of human resources and investment coordinator.
Welcome Commissioner Anderson and we’ll look forward to hearing more about her  swearing in ceremony later this fall.

Fall Interns
Our fall interns have started trickling in this week. By the end of next week, our intern class will be nine strong. We look forward to very successful semester with them.
And now that the fall semester’s underway, guess what- It’s time to start recruiting for the spring semester! If you know anyone who’s interested in interning with the Commission, send them to www.ww1cc.org/intern
WWICC Internships: www.ww1cc.org/intern

Countdown to Veterans Day
Countdown to Veterans Day (CDTVD) is an annual, WWICC-run campaign worked in partnership with the VA, the American Legion, and the VFW, among others. It aims to promote treating Veterans Day as a ‘day on’ (rather than a day off) for community service while creating a national level conversation about veterans both past and present.
The inaugural CDTVD campaign last year was a major success. More than 50 veteran service organizations, companies, and individual. Their participation helped the campaign reach over 30 million impressions on social media and online.
CDTVD 2016 will run for 50 days from Sept. 22 through Veterans Day (Nov. 11).
We also created a website, CountdownToVeteransDay.org, to list events & volunteer opportunities so that people across the country could do something meaningful with their Veterans Day -- i.e. to participate in a ceremony, cheer an Honor Flight arrival, etc.
We will have an initial planning call on Thursday, September 1st at 2pm Eastern Time. We will send a calendar invite via a separate email.
This is a separate call from the State Outreach Call mentioned earlier, though much of the same information will be shared.
The Call in number will be 712 775 7031 and passcode 888111#
We hope that you can join us.
Countdown To Veterans Day: http://countdowntoveteransday.org/
Countdown To Veterans Day informational call: 712 775 7031 and passcode 888111#

100 Cities / 100 Memorials: ww1cc.org/100Memorials


100 Cities / 100 Memorials grant submission deadline extended to June 15, 2017

The $200,000 matching grant giveaway program is being received with huge excitement everywhere. Veterans Service Organizations, civic groups and many others have contacted us with great enthusiasm for participating in the program.
Along with the interest has come a very consistent concern about the short time available for participants to identify, plan, organize and submit projects for matching grant consideration.
The consistent request for more time to ID and prep project submissions makes tremendous sense to the program sponsors. In response we are happy to announce that we are extending the submission deadline from November 11, 2016, all the way to June 15, 2017 (midnight EDT).
We invite you to sign up for the 100 Cities / 100 Memorials BLOG and you will get automatic emails of all program announcements and posts.

More Upcoming Events:

Saturday, Sept 24 Yockelson to talk Pershing at National Book Fest
Dr. Mitchell Yockelson, a member of the World War 1 Centennial Commission's Historical Advisory Board, will be featured at  the16th Anniversary National Book Festival, Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016 at the Washington Convention Center. Yockelson will lecture on General Pershing as the commander of the American Expeditionary Forces. Referencing his recent book on the AEF, he will discuss how, through excellent leadership, the Americans accomplished what the French and British failed to do over the preceding four years: defeat the German Army.
Library of Congress Bookfest: https://www.loc.gov/bookfest/

September 30, 2016
The Next meeting of the WWI Centennial Commission will take place at the United States Air Force Museum in Dayton, OH in conjunction with the 2016 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous that weekend- many thanks to Walter Grudzinskas (Grood-zen-skas), our Ex Officio Member at USAF for extending the invitation.
WWI Centennial Commission meeting:

National WWI Memorial at Pershing Park - ww1cc.org/memorial

Efforts to build the National WWI Memorial at PP proceed apace. As always, we need your support! Help us speak for our lost generation. Visit  ww1cc.org/memorial today to contribute to this great cause.

The Great War Channel https://www.youtube.com/TheGreatWar

Alright, as always, The Great War Channel on youtube has several great new videos up this week. Check them out at youtube.com/TheGreatWar.

The War in the Sky: Theo Mayer - ww1cc.org/warinthesky

As you know Noted Author and highly decorated combat pilot,  RG Head has contributed and is curating an amazing timeline of WWI aviation events on our national website.
You can find the timeline at ww1cc.org/warinthesky
This week’s episode will be presented by Theo Mayer, our Chief technologist


The Great War Project:  Mike Shuster


And now we’ll move onto 100 years ago this week on the ground with Mike Shuster.

Join us again next week! Register here.

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