“Preventing Extinction One Member at a Time is our Membership there for the 2018 – 2019 administrative year.
As we enter the holiday season, what better time to strike up a conversation with family and friends about this great organization and all the work we do to help our veterans. You might even get a few family and friends to become members and don’t forget about the juniors.
Many units are actively planning their holiday events for both Legion Family members and active military families. Use these events to involve as many members as possible. See if the members who can't attend your meeting or even your event can participate by making desserts, helping with decorations, or calling local
businesses for donations for your events. For Potential New members, these can be great activities to showcase what your unit does for the community. Include your junior members and you will help them make memories they will never forget. When my unit hosted Christmas parties for our Legion Family and the local Community Shelter, Virgil Banker used to play Santa at the party. One of my first times at the party, I
was asked to dress up an play one of his elves. It truly was a magical experience getting to see kids interact with Santa.
I hope to see many of you at the American Legion Family Caravan in January. The dates and stops will be coming out soon. You can turn in membership at these stops as well as hearing from our Legion Family.
See you then!
I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Please be safe in your travels, eat lots of food but most importantly,
take a moment to remember and be thankful for those service members far from home and say a
prayer for their safe return.
As we spend this year trying to Respect, Conserve, and Preserve our organization, we would like to focus not only on increasing our membership numbers, but also the member experience. As we continue to work on our culture of Goodwill we are being challenged to move on to Respect and Civility. National President Kathy Dungan and National Membership Ann King-Smith are encouraging units to be in contact with their new members specifically at least twice within their first 90 days of membership, one being within the first 30 days.
Watch the ALA Today and Department website for recommendations on how to increase engagement and the membership experience.
National will continue waive the per capita for Female Veterans for their first year of membership. An additional change from National is that anyone paying their dues on-line will be receiving not only a temporary card, but also a permanent card. Units should still send out the cards they have received from Department.
KATHY’S KITTENS THE CATS MEOW PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest percentage of membership by January 1st.
VIRGINIA’S ROAD RACERS PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest numerical gain in
membership by July 1st. (10-150 members)
JO’S STARLIGHTERS PLAQUE – to the Unit with the highest numerical gain in
membership by July 1st. (151 and over members)
DOUBLE D BOOT KICKERS PLAQUE – to the District for the highest percent of membership by opening of Department Convention.
SHARON’S HALOS PLAQUE – to the Division for the highest percent of membership by
opening of Department Convention.
PAT’S KNIGHTS PLAQUE – to the Unit for the highest numerical gain in Junior membership by July 1st.
• Free Patriotic Lunch for any District President/Vice President and Division President/Vice President who are goal by opening of Patriotic Conference.
• Free Gold Star/PPP dinner for any District President/Vice President and Division
President/Vice President who are goal by the opening of Department
Convention, (if not goal at Patriotic Conference).
Two $250 awards drawn for Units that reach or surpass their goal by opening of Department Convention.
New this year: At Family Caravan (January) the Unit that brings the most membership at each stop will be awarded a voucher good for one senior per capita. $23.00 value
Personal Award: $10 to the unit reporting the most off-site recruitment events.
Department Target Dates:
• November 1st – 40 %
• February 12th – 60 %
• March 22nd – 75 %
• May 1st – 90 %
• July 11th – 102 %
What is our Goal for the coming year? National has given us a goal on increasing membership by 2%, so this is the what we will be using. You can find this number by multiplying your 2018 membership by 1.02. By using this scale, our small units that are struggling to maintain their membership will have an equal chance of making goal as do our thriving units. To show growth, units will need to increase by a minimum of 1 member. For example: Units of 74 members or fewer will need to add 1 member for goal. 75 – 124 members will increase by 2 members to reach goal.