Department membership challenge starts now

In support of The American Legion's five-year membership plan, and to encourage membership growth, National Commander Charles E. Schmidt created a new award for departments. And the challenge to win the award starts now.

A monetary award will be issued to the departments with the largest percentage increase of new members from Jan. 1 to May 31. All departments are eligible for the award. And the national vice commander of the region with the largest percentage increase 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

For this award, please keep in mind the following:

  • A new member is defined as any eligible person joining for the 2017 membership year who has never been a member of The American Legion before. Post transfers will not count.
  • The award is strictly based on recruitment of traditional new members.