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APRIL 20, 2012 MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE Post visits to be rewarded T e District Commander Post


Visitation Award is an incentive for personal visits to posts by district commanders and vice commanders. T e desired result is a personal visit to each post in a given district by either the district commander or, in bigger districts, one of the district vice com- manders. Personal contact at this level sets the example for post member- ship workers to make the personal contacts necessary for a successful membership program.


CRITERIA. To qualify for the award, the district commander and/or vice commanders must visit each post in the district during their year. For districts with more than 30 posts, the district vice commanders can assist in making visits, but the district commander must visit at least 30 of the posts personally.


CERTIFICATION. A list of posts in each district can be obtained with the assistance of department headquar- ters. T e list will be mailed in spread- sheet format to each district commander. At the completion of the 100-percent visit requirement, the district command- er will send the completed spreadsheet


MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE Post Excellence Award continues National Commander Fang Wong has


continued the Post Excellence Award program, which honors posts that show excellence in membership participation, youth activities, community service, and support to veterans and U.S. troops. T e award promotes membership


growth, demonstrates Legion values to youth, and increases the Legion family’s visibility through community-service projects. Many posts may already qualify for a Post Excellence Award because of their programs and activities.


CRITERIA. Standards to be achieved in each area include: Membership – Post membership must


be at least one member greater than the previous year. Post offi cer must attend district meetings. Youth Activities – T e post must


sponsor and actively participate in at least one primary youth program: Boys State, Legion Baseball, the Oratorical Contest, Boy Scouts of America or Junior Shooting Sports. Community Service – T e post must


organize a community-service project that involves Legion-family members. Potential projects abound; for example, a post could focus on a Children & Youth service, or fulfi ll a strictly local need. A monetary donation may only be one part of a project. Service to Troops or Veterans –


T e post must organize a project sup- porting troops or veterans, involving Legion-family members outside the post. Projects could include Legion programs such as the Family Support Network or Heroes to Hometowns. Or


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they could simply help a local veteran with needed improvements to a home. A monetary donation may only be one part of a project.


CERTIFICATION. District command- ers must certify posts as having fulfi lled the four specifi ed criteria. District commanders will submit a list of posts meeting the criteria to department headquarters. T e list should include post name, post number, address and com- mander’s name. Ideally, the last two criteria will be accompanied with copies of press releases, submitted to local media, that raise awareness for the projects. T is ensures that the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the Legion’s public image. T e copies submitted should include a date-time stamp, showing receipt by the media outlet. T e depart- ment adjutant will transmit information as posts qualify. Each qualifying post receives a


certifi cate of recognition, mailed to the department and awarded to the post. District commanders whose districts have at least 50 percent of posts reach certifi cation will receive framed certifi - cates recognizing their achievements. District commanders whose districts achieve the highest percentage of recognized posts will receive additional awards. In the event of a tie within a department, all district commanders with the same percentage will receive recognition.


Thomas P. Malloy Vienna, W.Va. Thomas P. Malloy of Post 15 (Department


of West Virginia) passed away March 21 at age 85. He was a World War II Navy veteran. Mr. Malloy served as department commander from 1969 to 1970, Alternate


to the department, which will forward it to National Headquarters by Aug. 1, 2012.


AWARDS. Each district commander who achieves the 100-percent visit requirement will receive a certifi cate recognizing the achievement. T ere are fi ve categories of recognition, and fi ve additional prizes awarded based on a drawing of the eligible district command- ers in each category. T e categories are: districts with up to 20 posts, districts with 21 to 35 posts, districts with 36 to 50 posts, districts with 51 to 65 posts, and districts with 65 or more posts. T e commander drawn from the group of 100-percent commanders in each category will receive a giſt certifi cate from Emblem Sales. T e amount of the certifi cate recognizes the increased diffi culty in achieving the award in larger districts.


 Category 1 (up to 20 posts) – $100  Category 2 (21 to 35 posts) – $200  Category 3 (36 to 50 posts) – $300  Category 4 (51 to 65 posts) – $400  Category 5 (65 or more posts) – $500


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Cedric H. Barnett Waukesha, Wis. Cedric H. Barnett of Post 1 (Department of


Wisconsin) passed away March 10 at age 81. He was a Korean War Air Force veteran. Mr. Barnett served as department commander from 1979 to 1980 and department adjutant from 1981 to 1997. He was a member of the National


Convention Commission Advisory Board from 1988 to 1989, the National Public Relations Commission Advisory Board from 1992 to 1997, and the National Legislative Council from 1985 to 1988 and 2005 to 2009.


Larry C. Decker Pueblo, Colo. Larry C. Decker of Post 207 (Department of


Colorado) passed away April 5 at age 70. He was a Vietnam War Navy veteran. Mr. Decker served as National Distinguished


Guests Committee vice chairman from 2008 to 2011 and National Foreign Relations Council vice chairman from 2011 to 2012.


Harry L. Estes Worland, Wyo. Harry L. Estes of Post 29 (Department of


Wyoming) passed away March 1 at age 100. He was a World War II Army veteran. Mr. Estes served as department commander


from 1965 to 1966. He was a member of the National Membership & Post Activities Committee from 1964 to 1965.


National Executive Committeeman from 1974 to 1975, National Americanism Commission consultant from 1970 to 1971 and National Counter-Subversive Activities Committee consultant from 1975 to 1979. He was a member of the National


Constitution and By-Laws Committee from 1971 to 1974 and the National Membership & Post Activities Committee from 1971 to 1972.


Robert H. Poore Smyrna, Del.


Robert H. Poore of Post 25 (Department


of Delaware) passed away March 6 at age 83. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Poore served as department commander from 1996 to 1997, National Executive Committeeman from 1998 to 2000, Alternate National Executive Committeeman from 2000 to 2002, National Americanism Council vice chairman from 2000 to 2002, and National & Homeland Security Council vice chairman from 1997 to 1998.


He was a member of the National


Legislative Commission Liaison Committee from 1998 to 1999, the National Public Relations Commission Liaison Committee from 1999 to 2000 and a general member of the National Veterans Aff airs & Rehabilitation Region 2.


Charles R. Singleton Lyman, Neb.


Charles R. Singleton of Post 292


(Department of Nebraska) passed away March 24 at age 81. He was a Korean War Army veteran. Mr. Singleton served as department commander from 1974 to 1975 and National Legislative Council vice chairman from 1975 to 1978.


MEMBERSHIP INCENTIVE


Recruiters to be honored with ‘I Serve with PRIDE’ pin


During the 2011-2012


membership year, National Commander Fang Wong is awarding his National Com- mander “I Serve with PRIDE!” pin to any Legion-family member who signs up eight members. T ese can be any combination of new members, members who transfer from their department headquarters post, or current members who renew. A new member is defi ned as any


eligible person joining for the 2012 membership year who was not a member of the Legion during the 2011 membership year. T e national commander’s goal is to


recognize those in the Legion family who actively recruit new members into


the nation’s largest veterans service organization for the 2012 membership year. To maintain


the integrity of the national commander’s pin-incentive program, only one will be awarded per individual. T e certifi cation form for


this program may be


submitted now. Upon receipt, national Membership staff will


confi rm the names and mail the pin directly to the person who earned it. T e “I Serve with PRIDE!” pin-incen- tive program will end on June 30, 2012.


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