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Poppy Program

Susan Selk

6434 15th Avenue

Dysart IA 52224-9448

Home & fax: 319-477-6432

Cell: 319-442-7188



2018-2019 Poppy Program


The poppy program is using the image and Story of Flanders Field poppy to educate people about the sacrifices of our military service members, helps us raise awareness of The American Legion Family and link us to our mission in the eyes of the public.

1.     Promote the Poppy programs and increase poppy revenue.

2.     Increase the number of poppy makers within your Department.

3.     Celebrate National Poppy Days and educate your community on the meaning of the poppy.

4.     Join the ALA Poppy Program Facebook page for creative ideas of members across the nation.

5.     National Emblem Sales has a wide selection of poppy items to help spread the poppy program.

6.     Remember Poppy Days involves the entire Legion family when distributing poppies.

Dates to remember:

·         October 20, 2018 deadline to order your poppies for next year to Department

·         December 30, 2018 Mid-Year Reports due to Susan Selk, Poppy Chairman, address above.

·         February 15, 16, 17 2019 Mid-Winter Conference in Des Moines.

·         April 30, 2019 Unit Annual report narratives are due to Susan Selk, Poppy chairman, address above. Remember to include the National Report and Award Cover Sheet must be included.

·         May 24, 2019 National Poppy Day-the Friday before Memorial Day.

Contests:  Unit Award: Most Outstanding Unit Poppy Program

·         Award: Citation

·         Department winning unit will be forward to Central Division Poppy Committee

·         The entry must include a Report and Award Cover Sheet

·         The entry must be typewritten in narrative format not to exceed 1,000 words

·         The report should cover all areas of emphasis and any relevant information involving the program activity and describing your use of the poppy throughout the year.


Mid-Winter Contests:

·         The Department President would like to have more Poppy artful items at Mid-Winter. So there will be several chances to display the Poppy.

Poppy Hat Contest:

·         Senior members shine up your skills to make the Poppy Hat the best yet. Please use President Mary’s theme to help you.

·         Junior Members attending the Mid-Winter conference can also make a Poppy Hat to display.

Small Poppy Centerpiece:

·         Senior members are to make a small centerpiece using 5 small poppies and using President Mary’s theme,

·         Junior members attending Mid-Winter conference can also make this small Poppy Centerpiece using President’s theme.

Large Poppy Centerpiece:

·         A combination of 6 or more small and large poppies used honoring President Mary’s theme.

·         Junior members attending Mid-Winter conference can also make this large Poppy centerpiece using Mary’s theme.

*New-Original Poppy craftwork:

·         Senior members and Junior members can enter any craft style to highlight the poppy. Let’s see some new and original ideas.

Award: Citation


Poppy Poster Contest

·         Units shall sponsor contests in local schools. When schools do not conduct activities, other youth groups, including Junior members may participate under direct supervision of the unit.

·         The contest shall have seven classes

·         Class I: Grades 2 and 3

·         Class II: Grades 4 and 5

·         Class III: Grades 6 and 7

·         Class IV: Grades 8 and 9

·         Class V:  Grades 10 and 11

·         Class VI: Grade 12

·         Class VII: Students with special needs defined as:

§  Those in special education classes

§  A student recommended for special education classes but who has not be admitted due to a waiting list or various other factors

§  A child identified as having a disability, but not in special education classes due to lack of facilities. Identification contingent upon discretion of school officials.

·         Poppy Poster Requirements:

·         Each poster shall have a fitting slogan not to exceed 10 words. Articles-“a”, “and”, “an”, “the”- are not to be counted as words. The words ‘buddy” and “buy” cannot be used.

·         The words “American Legion Auxiliary” must be used in the design of the poster and will not be counted in the 10-word count.

·         Each poster must include a picture of the red Flanders Field poppy.

·         The department shall determine the closing date for the unit contest,

·         The poster shall be 11” x 14” poster board. (Drawing paper will not be accepted.)

·         The United States flag may be used as long as there are no infractions of the flag code.

·         Poster will be judged using the following criteria:

§  50%-poster appeal (layout, message, originality)

§  40%-artistic ability (design and color)

§  10%-neatness

·         Media used shall be watercolors, crayons, powder or oil paint, handmade paper cutouts, ink or textures, acrylics, pencils and markers

·         Written in ink on the back of the poster (not attached) shall be the class in which the entry is submitted, the name, address, age, grade of the contestant and name of the department.

·         Submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary. Through submission of artwork, contestants and their legal guardians’ grant non-excusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted and agree to have their names and artwork published for commercial use without additional compensation or permission.

·         The poster shall be the work of only one individual.

·         The label “In Memoriam” from the veteran-made poppy may not be used.

·         Poppy Poster Contest Judging and Awards

·         Each department shall establish its own procedure for judging.

·         A citation will be given for the most outstanding poster in each classification with in the five classes.

·         Unit members should follow deadlines and process for the department.

·         All department adjudicated entries must be sent to national division chairman postmarked by the date found in the current supplement.

·         While ALA representatives will do their best to return all posters, it is not guaranteed. We recommend participates take a picture or scan their poster for their records.

·         Submission becomes property of the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. Through submission of artwork, contestants and their legal guardians grant nonexclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works submitted and agree to have their names and artwork published for commercial use without additional compensation or permission.


 Department Junior Poppy Corsages Contest:

·         Juniors shall make corsages out at least 3 small poppies with no memorial label.

·         Each District shall pick the winner in same classes at Poppy Posters and send the corsage to Poppy Chairman before Junior Camp.

·         Citations will be presented and the corsage will be kept at Department to use for guest.

·         Award: Citation


Department Miss Poppy Contest: Little Miss Poppy (age 6-12)

·         Participant must be between 6 and 12 years of age and be a Junior member in good standing of the American Legion Auxiliary

·         Promotional activity of the Poppy story must occur through the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary and the community.

·         Selection of Little Miss Poppy is at the discretion of the unit

·         For Department Little Miss Poppy consideration, participant must submit a Little Miss Poppy scrapbook (8 ½” x 11”) containing photographs and clippings illustrating how she promoted the American Legion Auxiliary poppy in her unit. Only those scrapbooks that contain a self-addressed envelope with postage will be returned. Although every effort will be made to return the scrapbook, accidents do happen, so all entrants must allow for that risk.

·         Criteria for judging Little Miss Poppy Scrapbook entries:

§  Costume(there is no specific dress code or particular dress color for Miss Poppy)

§  Promotion of the Poppy Program: What did you share and do?

§  Publicity of poppy activities (newspaper, radio, tv, etc)

§  Narrative report on “What I Have Learned Being Little Miss Poppy”

§  Essay on “Memorial Poppy” not to exceed 100 words

§  The memorial poppy must be visible in all promotion and publicity submitted

§  Neatness and creativity

§  Cover page to include member name, Unit name/number, address, and age division and year.

§  Judging scale should be1 through 10 for each area of judging for entire entry

·         The Little Miss Poppy (age 6 to 12) winner will be invited to appear at the Department Convention following her selection and if she so chooses will travel at her own expense.

·         Winners of Little Miss Poppy contestant will receive a citation.

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