Online renewals off to fast start

Online renewals off to fast start

Some 2,500 transactions a day have been handled since July 1 when Legionnaires were given the ability to renew their memberships online here. The American Legion Information Technology Division reported that more than 25,000 members renewed online within the first 10 days of its availability.

"The high volume of online renewals shows us many things," American Legion National Commander Jimmie L. Foster said. "Foremost, there is tremendous market demand for fast, convenient online membership services. Second, it shows that our members are paying close attention to notices posted in the organization's media, and acting upon them. This early wave of online renewals is coming before most printed renewal notices even reach member mailboxes. It is highly likely the biggest portion of those who renewed online learned about the new service on the Internet as well."

The ability to renew American Legion membership online was tested in five departments - Illinois, Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Maryland - where the rates of renewal outperformed previous years and other departments that offered only paper-based renewal opportunities.

A change in The American Legion Constitution was required and approved at the 92nd National Convention in Milwaukee last year, after recommendation from the National Executive Committee at the Spring 2010 Meetings, to offer online renewals nationwide. The ability to join The American Legion online has been available for several years here.

National Headquarters installed the necessary technological and processing changes to offer the service as an option to paper-based renewal. "It is important to remember that online renewal is a choice, not a mandate," Foster said. "Judging from the number of online renewals so far, the membership seems to like to have that as an option to mailed renewals. More and more, people want to conduct business online, and the Legion is working to provide that convenience while at the same time ensuring the highest standards of security."

The IT Division reported that few technological problems were reported in the initial days of online renewal. Informational videos explaining how to renew online are available here.

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CARLOS R TIRADO

April 12, 2014 - 1:17pm

PLEASE TRANSFER MY MEMBERSHIP FROM SAN JUAN P.R. POST 0160 TO ENSENADA P.R. POST 87, SO THAT I CAN RENEW ONLINE. MY MEMBER ID IS 204674436 THANKS, CARLOS R. TIRADO GUANICA,P.R.

james truett

April 9, 2014 - 9:48am

Don't have a 2014 membership card (I have a 2013 card)how can I find out if I am a paid up member. MEM.ID.202410186 Shoemaker post 95 Burlington road Bridgeton NJ.08302

william grady

March 20, 2014 - 4:10pm

I want to transfer my membership to American legion 105 seale rd Phenix city 36869.

John Morgan

February 18, 2014 - 9:26pm

Paid my dues on 12/26/13. Received letter stating my membership will expire 2/21/14 if not paid. Have copy of cancelled check (cashed by my bank 1/13/14. Still no membership card. (No contact phone number, just web site on letter.) Thanks for your help. John Morgan #200167886

Pete Ebner

January 17, 2014 - 9:41am

Still haven't received 2014 membership card. Post 0521

James F McConnell

October 20, 2013 - 7:04pm

Please transfer my membership from Post 186 in Little River SC to Post 293 in Waldorf MD so I can renew. Thank you. James McConnell200392071

LAA61

April 25, 2012 - 8:10pm

I forgot my Post No. in CA, 0025 in the last comment.

LAA61

April 25, 2012 - 8:06pm

I haven't got my new card 2012 mailed to my apartment address. I don't have a printer to get that online. Thx

MJYori

August 13, 2011 - 10:32am

Please tranfer my memership from 0400 to the North East, Pa post #105 so that I can renew.

reg237

July 13, 2011 - 9:17pm

Now there will be two membership cards. If you pay on line there will be a membership card issued on line, and a hard copy membership card mailed. How will I know who has paid and who hasn't paid? Can a roster be printed which indicate who paid, along with an online reference number so we can have some sort of verification of payment?

Dick Calton

July 13, 2011 - 7:42pm

Please transfer my membership from Alpine, California post #258 to the Yellville, Arkansas 72687 post. Thank you Dick Calton #203225942

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