As an incentive to reach 100 percent membership department wide in celebration of The American Legion’s 100th anniversary, posts and departments have a chance to earn money. American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad has announced two new Team 100 membership awards that provide an opportunity for departments and posts to earn financial means to support their programs while growing membership at every level of the organization.
• $2,500 will be awarded to each department that achieves 100 percent of its established 2019 membership goal by the Armed Forces Day (May 8, 2019) 100 percent target date.
• $5,000, in addition to the $2,500, will be awarded to each department that achieves 105 percent of its established 2019 membership goal by the delegate strength target date (30 days before start of national convention)
• $5 for every expired 2014, 2015 and 2016 member that renews for 2019 will be awarded to posts.
The expired members can be found by following these four steps:
1. Sign into www.mylegion.org
2. Click on “Reports/Labels” located on the left side of the page
3. Click on “Post Reports” folder
4. Open the “Revitalization” folder. Inside this folder you will find three reports where you can select expired members for letters, labels and rosters (“Unrenewed_Letters,” “Unrenewed_Labels” and “Unrenewed_Roster”).
If your post does not have access to MyLegion.org, visit www.mylegion.org and click on “Authorization Form” at the bottom of the page and complete the registration process. If you need assistance please call 800-433-3318 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To receive credit for renewing a 2014, 2015 or 2016 Legionnaire, they must renew in your post and you have to use their current membership ID number. The ID number will be on the expired listing downloaded through MyLegion or provided by your department. If the expired Legionnaire was not a member of your post, please transfer them into your post and then process their dues payment.
Additionally, the national commander is designating the week of The American Legion's 100th birthday, March 10-16, as "Week of Personal Engagement." He is calling on Legionnaires to make contact with veterans in their community to ask them join and be a part of Team 100.
"The American Legion soared from zero to 685,000 members in its first eight months," Reistad said. That was without direct mail or internet. "The Legion was built on personal contact and engagement. Let's do our founders proud by moving with strength and momentum into our second century."
There are two new public service announcements from Reistad about these new membership incentives and personal engagement week. View and share on social media here.