Any Legionnaire, or group of Legionnaires, can impact the priorities and positions of The American Legion at any level, because the organization’s focus is largely driven by resolutions – position-driven initiatives written by members and put to a vote. They can be passed at a local post meeting on a local matter, or at a National Executive Committee meeting on a topic that could end up shaping overall Legion policy. Although departments can originate their own resolutions, even post-level resolutions can lead to permanent policies and programs; Boys State began as a local initiative in Illinois. The optimal time to write resolutions meant for a national vote is in winter and spring, ahead of department conventions in late spring and summer.
A dedicated page on the national website can help Legionnaires craft expert resolutions. The page gives an overview of a resolution’s structure; provides a link to the Legion’s Digital Archive, where current resolutions dating back to 1992 are now stored, and houses the updated Resolutions and Reports booklet, which explains what resolutions do and how to write them in much greater detail.
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