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Membership & Internal Aff airs


Lifeblood of the Organization T e Internal Aff airs Commission is responsible for the creation, recommendation and oversight of


organization policies such as membership development, post formation, records administration and special promotional projects. T e Internal Aff airs Division oversees awards, commemorative activities and adherence to the Legion’s constitution, along with monitoring policy changes that could aff ect Legion posts and departments. Internal Aff airs also oversees the American Legion Riders program, which raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity around the country each year. Recruitment and retention of members is the division’s highest priority. Membership & Post


Activities staff assist Legion departments in their recruitment eff orts through revitalization programs or new-post startups nationwide. In the fi rst half of 2012, Legion staff assisted in revitalization eff orts in 17 departments, working with 20 districts and 80 posts, and increasing membership by more than 2,000 in just six months. T e Internal Aff airs Division developed an online version of T e American Legion Extension Institute


in 2012. T e leadership training platform covers history, programs and values of the organization. Nearly 1,100 people took the online version of the course in its fi rst four months.


Internal Aff airs agenda  Oversee Sons of The American Legion program  Increase awareness of American Legion Riders program  Stimulate participation in Operation Outreach, working with DoD’s Operation Reconnect  Direct Renewal, Direct Membership Solicitation (DMS)  National Emergency Fund (NEF)  Consolidated Post Reports (CPR)  National Membership Awards program for departments, posts and individuals


Contact  ia@legion.org Connections  www.legion.org/membershipwww.legion.org/membership/success


20 T e American Legion Annual Report | 2012


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