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Internal Aff airs & Membership


Why You Should Belong T e Internal Affairs Commission of T e American Legion is responsible for the creation,


recommendation, and oversight of organizational policies like membership development, post formation, records administration and special promotional projects. T e division also oversees awards, constitutional discipline and commemorative activities; and monitors legislative and regulatory activities that could potentially affect Legion posts and departments. Recruitment and retention of members is the highest priority for the division, which also


receives direction from the Membership & Post Activities Commit ee. In 1996, the commit ee developed a training program designed to assist in developing and


revitalizing posts. Interested parties can at end a training workshop, but division staff oſt en go out into the fi eld to help post members fi rsthand. T e team goes door to door, looking up member prospects and former members alike. Defunct posts have been resurrected and new posts have been created through the program, which has helped more than 1,300 posts. T e Internal Affairs Division also produces a number of membership brochures and


promotional materials, including the “Why You Should Belong” booklet, which was redesigned in 2011. T e division is also currently working on an electronic version of T e American Legion Extension Institute, a training program.


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Under Internal Aff airs  Paid-Up-For-Life (PUFL) program  Operation Outreach (in conjunction with DoD’s Operation Reconnect)  Direct Renewal, and Direct Membership Solicitation (DMS)  National Emergency Fund (NEF)  Consolidated Post Reports (CPR)  National Membership Awards Program for departments, posts, and individuals  Support for American Legion Riders and the Freedom Car


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Contact  ia@legion.org


Links  www.legion.org/membershipwww.legion.org/membership/success


18 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2011


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