Membership Theme: “Preserve the Fire Don’t Protect the Ashes” By honoring our Veterans and Military through meaningful service, the American Legion Auxiliary will grow membership by our Centennial Anniversary. In order to grow the organization, we must let members know that they are the Auxiliary’s most valuable asset.
“Success is not achieved in one day; it is achieved by doing the right things every day.”-Kenneth Kuyendall.
President Sharon’s Theme: “Hearts on Fire for Veterans”
Let’s keep those fires burning by honoring our Veterans and remembering why we joined the Auxiliary. Honor the Veteran that you are eligible through by renewing your membership. Retain current members and sign up those that are eligible. Respect those members that are not able to attend your meetings. Be excited when you tell prospective members about our programs and why you joined the Auxiliary.
National Awards: Unit Award-Best Member Experience. Units that demonstrate the most effective way to improve the member experience are eligible to receive a letter from the National President, recognition in the Auxiliary magazine and at National Convention, and $100 to be used for membership and mission outreach. Units to complete the Best Member Experience Award form and submit to your Department Membership Chairman by April 15, 2017. She will then turn them in to the National Membership Committee and one winner will be selected per region.
Individual Awards:Rejoin1, Recruit 1, Recruit 10, and Silver Brigade. All forms for these can be found on our website.
Department Awards: Over Achiever Award: Be an overachiever this year! Recruit above and beyond your unit goal and be rewarded. Each unit that is an over achiever will receive a special certificate at Department Convention. The unit with the largest increase in membership will get a special award. We want to see all our units in this contest. Light that Fire inside you and find those eligible members. Use your enthusiasm for our wonderful programs to light the fire in them. We have a great organization and its time we let our communities know.
Kelly will have Districts 3, 4 and 8 and they will be the RED Districts.
Jan will have Districts 1, 2 and 5 and they will be the WHITE Districts.
Judy will have Districts 6, 7, and 9 and they will be the BLUE Districts.
National Raise What You Praise in Membership
2016-2017 Membership Calendar Praise Dates
September 1, 2016: Praise to ALL National, Department, Unit Officers, DEC, NEC members, Committee Chairman at ALL levels of the organization who have THEIR DUES paid and posted in honor of Labor Day, September 5, 2016.
October 22, 2016: Make a Difference Day. Praise your members and units for Making a Difference, do something extraordinary!
Honor a Female Veteran Through Membership: The national organization is waiving the national portion of the 2017 dues ($9.00) for every new 2017 female veteran member through the “Honor Our Female Veterans” program. Contact your Department for more information.
November 11, 2016: Veteran’s Day. Praise your members and units for showing their patriotism for our Veterans in honor of.
December 7, 2016: Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Praise members and units for sharing their military history.
The Gift of Membership: What a better way to get in the Holiday spirit than to give the gift of membership to a potential new member, surprise a loved one for the Holidays with a gift of membership or pay it forward for a member that may be going through a grief or financial difficulties.
January 3, 2017: Praise your members and units by acknowledging their successes and encourage them to continue in honor of another year to serve our Veterans, military and their families.
February 14, 2017: Valentines Day: Praise your members and units for the love they have shown to Veterans and our organization.
March 15, 2017: The American Legions Birthday. Praise your members and units for taking the time to assist your Legion Post.
April 22, 2017: Earth Day. Praise members and units that show interest in their communities.
Watch your membership Grow. Plant the seed in your community by starting a new unit or sowing the seed with your community of Who We Are, What We Do and Why We Matter. Spring into Action and Watch your Unit Grow!
May 21, 2017: Armed Forces Day. Praise members and units that teach the history of our military.
Membership Award Deadlines: Recruit 1, Recruit 10, and Silver Brigade forms must be received at National Headquarters by May 1 in order to qualify.
June 14, 2017: Flag Day. Praise your members and units that promote Flag Etiquette.
Membership and Junior Activities: Flag day is this month. Involve your juniors in a ceremony and invite the community to attend. Involve juniors in all your plans. Distribute flag etiquette pamphlets. Have a flag disposal ceremony and show the community the proper way to dispose of old, worn flags.
July 4, 2017: Independence Day. Praise your members and units for continuing to fight for freedom in our country and abroad. Celebrate Independence Day by helping your unit and department by renewing and recruiting members for the Auxiliary.
July 30, 2017: Praises will be going on nationwide for all the dedicated hard work on membership for our organization. Praise your members and units for a job well done in preparation for National Convention to hear all the great work accomplished by the American Legion Auxiliary.