Service first, membership second

For the past eight years, American Legion Post 15 in Loveland, Colo., has provided a service to its community for four different weekends prior to Veterans Day.

Post 15 members set up a table at major storefronts, such as Sam’s Club, in various parts of the city to provide a service-first attitude. We let veterans and their families know about their rights and benefits; promote Veterans Day by reminding people what it is about and how to join in the celebration events that take place in the community; and share information about our children and youth programs by handing out brochures to parents and giving kids free flag stickers.

We provide the public with information about The American Legion and its programs. It doesn’t take long before we are asked, ‘Where is the American Legion post?’ or ‘I used to be in the service.’ These, like many other comments, are membership signals. Regardless if we get one member or not, we make a presence in the community, we provide a service, we plant the seed, and we bring The American Legion to the people.

From 2001 to 2011, Post 15 has increased its membership 100 percent and never misses the 100 percent goal. Service first, membership second and a good attitude can go a long way in promoting The American Legion and the growth of the Legion Family. – Tony DuMosch, Post 15 adjutant


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