To reward departments that continue to show a culture of growth by employing the tactics outlined in The American Legion’s strategic plan for sustained membership growth by retaining existing members, American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan will issue a monetary award to the departments with the highest retention percentage of 2017 members that renew for 2018. It will run from Sept. 1 to June 30, 2018. 

All departments are eligible for this award. The national vice commander of the region with the department winner will receive a recognition award.

Departments will be broken into the following six categories:
Category I: Departments of 100,000 or more members
Category II: Departments of 70,000 to 99,999 members
Category III: Departments of 40,000 to 69,999 members
Category IV: Departments of 25,000 to 39,999 members
Category V: Departments of 10,000 to 24,999 members
Category VI: Departments of 9,999 or fewer members (includes Departments of Mexico and Philippines)

  • This award will recognize the highest retention percentage of current 2017 membership year's Legion members, based on departments membership totals as of June 30, 2017.
  • Percentage is based on number of current 2017 members that renew for 2018.