Membership the focus this weekend

More than 360 Legionnaires will be in Indianapolis this week to discuss membership strategies, receive training and hear from American Legion leadership during the 49th annual National Membership Workshop, Aug. 3-4.

On Aug. 3, attendees will hear from National Commander Fang A. Wong and National Adjutant Daniel S. Wheeler, as well as national staff. Legionnaires also will receive a troop support message from retired U.S. Army Col. David W. Sutherland, who previously served as special assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff with principle focus on Warrior and Family Support.

Attendees will then adjourn to smaller breakout sessions for training broken down into basic and advanced courses, as well as tutelage for district commanders and 2012-2013 department membership chairmen.

On Aug. 4, James Koutz – leading candidate for 2012-2013 national commander – and Dan Dellinger, consultant to the National Legislative Commission, will address workshop attendees. A briefing on the 2012 American Legion Riders Expo is scheduled, and more breakout sessions will follow the group session.