The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges for Legionnaires nationwide when it came to recruiting new members into the organization for the 2020-2021 membership year. Despite those challenges, 88 Legionnaires recruited 5,769 new members into The American Legion to earn Gold Brigade or Silver Brigade status.
There were 65 Gold Brigade winners who recruited 50 or more new members (not counting transfers), and 23 Silver Brigade winners who recruited 25-49 new members (not counting transfers) by the 100 percent membership target date.
The top Gold Brigader was Martha Bigbie, commander of American Legion Lester Keate Post 90 in St. George, Utah. She recruited 359 new members, which also earned her American Legion National Recruiter of the Year for 2021.
Silver Brigade and Gold Brigade awards cannot both be awarded to a recruiter during the same membership year. Silver Brigade recipients receive a silver pin and certificate. Visit here to see the level of awards that Gold Brigade recipients receive.