We are happy to report that currently, we have 14 goal Units! We still have a long way to go to become a goal Department. It is very exciting that we have two new Units, Monee and Normal. It was awesome to attend the charter presentation at Monee. President Sue installed the Monee officers and Mary was the in-stalling Sergeant-at-Arms.
We still have many goose egg Units and Units with only the PUFL’s recorded. District and Division Presidents and Vice Presidents please reach out to them and see if you can assist them in any way to become goose free. Maybe try to contact them personally.
The end of the calendar year is quickly approaching. Remember that anyone who has not paid his or her dues for 2019 – 2020 by December 31, will be considered a member not in good standing. Check your Unit rosters and send the unpaid members a reminder.
Thank you to everyone who joined our membership conference calls. It has been interesting as we shared some ideas and successes. We are sorry to say that we still have many Division and District Presidents and Vice Presidents that have not joined the call. Remember that we can do more as a team and we are all in this together. If it is due to a scheduling conflict, please let us know. Our next meetings will be held January 6 and 7.
Please remember that midyear reports are due and we need information on what you have done to recruit, rejoin or retain our members. Send us a note about the membership activities you have done so far this year.
The Legion Family Caravan will be coming to your area very soon. We would like to see our members com-ing out to see us and bring membership with you. Remember this is for all members of our Legion Family.
We hope all our Party Goers have a wonderful holiday season and spend some quality time with family and friends. It is an extra special time this year as all of the celebrations for our 100th birthday of the ALA are in full swing. This holiday season consider the gift of membership to the American Legion Family.
Mary A Collado Department Membership Chairman
Susan Heinz-Wojcik Department Membership Co-Chairman
“Celebrating Your Pride in Membership to Grow for the Future” is our membership theme for the 2019-2020 administrative year.
We need to maintain and grow our membership to continue to exist for the next 100 years. In order to try to stop the slide in membership, we will be working closely with the Division and District Membership Chairmen and Presidents. Remember, membership is EVERYONE’S job. Teamwork is the key to our success. Together everyone achieves more!
We have some new Department awards for membership this year. We will have a Lincoln Pilgrimage award. Watch for more details! There is also a beautiful 100% membership pin for every Unit that reaches 100%. We will do these for the next three years with a special prize available to any Unit that gets all three at the 2022 Convention! The red pin will be for the 2020 year. The white pin will be for the 2021 year. The blue pin will be for the 2022 year.
All of the Department membership awards from last year will also be available. There are also some new National Awards. Target dates are on the website. Be sure to check the website for more details on all of these exciting new awards! You can also contact Department or one of us.
We had a membership workshop before the Board meeting on August 2, 2019. It is very sad to report that we only had 12 Units bring membership to the meeting.
National President Nicole Clapp and National Membership Chairman Pam Ray are encouraging Units to in-clude the community in all of your American Legion Auxiliary celebrations throughout the year. National will continue to waive the per capita for female veterans for their first year of membership. There will be new member post cards and The American Legion Family door hangers.
What is our goal for the coming year? The Unit goal will be to meet and exceed your membership from 2019. If your Unit ended with 50 members as of July 31, 2019, you reach 100% with 50 members (to receive the pin) but you have a goal of 51 members for this year. Additionally, we would like to challenge our Districts to reach a stretch goal of plus two members per Unit. If you had five Units in your District with five hundred members in total, the District stretch goal would be 510, two members for each of the five Units. With teamwork, your dedication and hard work, we can make this happen for our 100th year. Spread the word in your communities and invite the public to your functions. Remember this is a year to celebrate. Have fun and be sure to celebrate our 100th birthday!
Mary Collado and Susan Heinz-Wojcik