2017 Membership Incentives
100% Membership Incentives
Posts that obtain 100% membership before November 11, 2016 will receive $1.50 per member rebate.
Posts that qualified: Jackson Post 246 (D2), Battle Creek Post 257 (D3), Middleville Post 140 and Wayland Post 266 (D4), Grand Rapids Post 532 (D5), Flushing Post 283 (D6), Caseville Post 543 (D7), Traverse City Post 35 (D9) and Gladstone Post 115 (D11).
Posts that obtain 100% membership by year's end will receive $1.00 per member rebate.
Posts that obtain 100% membership by May 31 will receive $.50 per member rebate.
Individual Membership Awards*
The following constitutes the membership awards available to individuals.
Gold Brigade - 30 new members - Receive a Shirt, Plaque and a 30 Star Pin
Silver Brigade - 20 new members - Receive a Plaque and a 20 Star Pin
Bronze Brigade - 10 new members - Receive a Framed Certificate and a 10 Star Pin
Posts that are 100% by April 30th will receive a 100% Ribbon
District Membership Trophies*
Gary W. Sammons Trophy - District with highest percentage of current membership renewals compared with its previous years' membership renewals.
Wilson H. Morrison Trophy - District that first reaches its previous years' membership.
Larry Knox Trophy - District with highest percentage of current membership compared with it's previous years' membership
*All Post and District Adjutants are Required to Submit Records for Awards
National Membership Incentives
National Commander Pin
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt will award his national commander pin to any Legion member who obtains three new members into the Legion. A new member is any eligible person joining for the 2017 membership year who was not a member of The American Legion during the 2016 membership year.
Each member listed must be eligible for membership in The American Legion. Forward names of SAL members or Auxiliary members to your detachment or unit for use in their respective incentive programs.
To maintain the integrity of the national commander's pin incentive program, only one pin will be awarded per individual.
Upon receipt, national membership staff will confirm the names and mail the pin directly to the person who earned it. Commander Schmidt's incentive program will end June 30, 2017, or when supplies are exhausted.
American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt will award his National Commander Honor Ribbon to any American Legion Family that achieves 100 percent membership by May 30, 2017. For this award, the Legion Family is defined as a post and any combination of an Auxiliary unit, Sons squadron or Legion Riders chapter. Each branch must achieve 100 percent membership to qualify for the award.
The National Commander Honor Ribbon membership incentive program will end May 30, 2017.
Post Excellence Award
To qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, youth activities, community service and support to currently serving troops or veterans.
The purposes of this award are membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the youth of the community, and increased visibility of the American Legion Family through service projects. A post achieving this qualification will have had numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals. Many posts are most likely already active in these areas and will qualify without extra effort. Others, however, will need to increase their efforts in one or more areas to qualify for the award.
The standard to be achieved in each area:
The district commander responsible for the post will certify a post as having achieved the four specified criteria. The district commander will submit a list of posts meeting the criteria to the department headquarters. That list should include the post name, post number, post address and post commander’s name. Ideally, the last two criteria are accompanied by copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects. That method ensures the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the image of The American Legion through local media. The copy submitted should include a date and time stamp showing receipt by the media outlet.
Help is Just a Call Away
If your post is having difficulty obtaining its Membership Goal, place a call to one of the members of the State Membership Team listed below and help will be on the way.
1st Zone – Archie Chappell - 734-306-8340
2nd Zone - Catherine Buckley - 616-558-1713
3th Zone – Bob Bigham - 248-320-3346
4th Zone – Neal Horning - 231-943-4369
5th Zone – Gary Lane - 906-284-3309
If you need more Membership information, please call Deanna Clark, Membership Secretary at 517-371-4720 ext 24 or e-mail her at: firstname.lastname@example.org