The department commander and department membership chairman may earn checks up to $1,000 based on a points system for meeting national target dates and other target areas. Each department must accomplish its goal by the May target date, using traditional methods, to be eligible for awards.

An additional $1,000 is awarded to the department for meeting all target dates.

The membership office will record traditional accomplishments on the transmittals received and processed at National Headquarters by the close of the target date business day.

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Points Key

Target I September 14, 2016 50% 5,000 points
Target II October 12, 2016 55% 5,500
Target III November 16, 2016 65% 6,500
Target IV December 14, 2016 75% 7,500
Target V January 19, 2017 80% 8,000
Target VI February 8, 2017 85% 8,500
Target VII March 8, 2017 90% 9,000
Target VIII April 12, 2017 95% 9,500
Target IX May 10, 2017 100% 10,000

 

Post and district commanders should place particular emphasis on renewing current members and reinstating those whose membership has expired, even while actively recruiting new members throughout the year.

POST & DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT/REVITALIZATION

Departments will have a goal to start/revitalize two posts in 2015-2016. A total of 500 points will be deducted from each department’s award total for each post submitted for cancellation and accepted by the NEC. Departments will earn 1,000 points for each post started.

MEMBERSHIP CHALLENGES AT COMMANDERS’ AND ADJUTANTS’ CONFERENCE

Challenges between departments provide ammunition for membership drives while encouraging friendly rivalry.

All challenges must be turned into the department staff liaisons in the Membership Dvision prior to the adjournment of the Commanders’ and Adjutants’ Conference. This will permit the staff to review them and to clarify questions. They must contain the signatures of the individuals making and accepting the challenge. The statistical sheets used to assist with the Big Twelve roll call only show the department’s membership goal for this year. Challenges may be based on a number of different criteria, not just membership numbers.

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TARGET NO. I

EARLY BIRD/NEF KICKOFF
Receipt date: September target date

This target date is worth 5,000 points for meeting the 50% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the September target date.

TARGET NO. II

FALL MEETINGS
Receipt date: October target date

This target date is worth 5,500 points for meeting the 55% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the October target date.

TARGET NO. III

VETERANS DAY
Receipt date: November target date

This target date is worth 6,500 points for meeting the 65% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the November target date.

TARGET NO. IV

PEARL HARBOR DAY
Receipt date: December target date

This target date is worth 7,500 points for meeting the 75% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the December target date.

TARGET NO. V

MID-WINTER
Receipt date: January target date

This target date is worth 8,000 points for meeting the 80% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the January target date.

POST HONOR RIBBON

Honor ribbons are awarded to posts whose membership for the current membership year (as of December 31) achieves an advance membership (for the year about to begin) equal to or greater than the final membership for the year ending. Certification forms must be submitted to the Membership Division by January 31.

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CERTIFICATE OF MERITORIOUS SERVICE ALL-TIME HIGH AWARD

This certificate is awarded to all posts that have, by December 31, enrolled an advance membership for the membership year equaling or surpassing the post’s previous all-time high membership.

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GENERAL JOHN J. PERSHING HONOR AWARD

This plaque is awarded annually to the department with the greatest percentage of posts receiving the Post Honor Ribbon for achieving 100 percent or more of their previous year’s membership enrolled for the coming year by December 31, and having reported the achievement to National Headquarters no later than January 31.

TARGET NO. VI

PRESIDENTS DAY
Receipt date: February target date

This target date is worth 8,500 points for meeting the 85% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the February target date.

TARGET NO. VII

THE AMERICAN LEGION BIRTHDAY
Receipt date: March target date

This target date is worth 9,000 points for meeting the 90% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the March target date.

BIG TWELVE COMPETITION
Receipt date: March target date

The Big Twelve standings will be taken from the national roll call made at the Commanders’ and Adjutants’ Conference. Each department must maintain its own respective roll call pledge by having remittance forms and accompanying dues to equal the pledge made, received by National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the March target date. The department in each category that has pledged the highest percentage and meets this goal will be the winner.

Transmittals in excess of the pledge (at least 90%, not including DMS totals) will not alter the relative standing of the departments; however, defaulting among the Big Twelve by turning in a smaller number than pledged will completely disqualify the department. As departments default, others in the same category will move up. The winner in each category will be reimbursed for computer equipment purchases up to $2,000. Department runners-up in all six categories will be reimbursed for computer equipment purchases of up to $1,000.

The six categories in the Big Twelve Competition are:

  1. Departments of 100,000 or more members
  2. Departments of 65,000 to 99,999 members
  3. Departments of 40,000 to 64,999 members
  4. Departments of 25,000 to 39,999 members
  5. Departments of 10,000 to 24,999 members
  6. Departments of 9,999 or fewer members

Note: All departments winning Big Twelve awards in March must submit legible cash register receipts and request reimbursement from the National Membership Division by September 30 or lose all entitlements.

DISTRICT COMMANDER RACE TO THE TOP COMPETITION
End date: March 31

Competition is divided into five categories based on the membership of the district without regard to geographic locations. District commanders will compete in each of the following categories based on final membership year totals, and a top district commander for the national award will be selected from each of the five categories. Post ribbons will also be awarded to each top district commander for all posts in those districts.

Second and third place awards will also be presented in each category. The district commanders will be awarded checks in the amount of $500 for second place or $375 for third place, but no additional ribbons will be awarded for the posts in these districts.

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Race to the Top categories:

  1. Districts of 15 to 1,499 members
  2. Districts of 1,500 to 2,999 members
  3. Districts of 3,000 to 4,999 members
  4. Districts of 5,000 to 7,499 members
  5. Districts of 7,500 and more members

First place award The top district commander and guest in each category whose district membership on March 31 represents the greatest percentage over the final previous year’s membership will receive a trip to the 98th National Convention in Cincinnati in 2016. This cannot be less than 100 percent to qualify. Each winner and guest are entitled to a trip to the national convention as a distinguished guest of the national commander, including round-trip airfare, tickets to the National Commander’s Banquet, and hotel accommodations for six days and five nights. These district commanders will also receive Legion caps signifying they are Race to the Top winners, awarded on stage at the national convention with ribbons for each of the district’s posts.

Second place The district commander in each category whose district membership on March 31 represents the second highest percentage over the final previous year’s membership will receive a $500 check. This cannot be less than 100 percent to qualify.

Third place The district commander in each category whose district membership on March 31 represents the third highest percentage over the final previous year’s membership will receive a $375 check. This cannot be less than 100 percent to qualify.

TARGET NO. VIII

CHILDREN AND YOUTH
Receipt date: April target date

This target date is worth 9,500 points for meeting the 95% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the April target date.

TARGET NO. IX

ARMED FORCES DAY
Receipt date: May target date

This target date is worth 10,000 points for meeting the 100% target (not including DMS totals). Transmittals must be received and fully processed at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the May target date.

NATIONAL CONVENTION HOUSING CUTOFF

Department housing at the national convention will be determined by transmittals received at National Headquarters during normal business hours on or before the May target date.

DEPARTMENT COMMANDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Any department commander who meets or exceeds the 100 percent goal by the May target date will receive a framed certificate, presented by the national commander at the national convention. This award does not include a trip to the national convention.

DEPARTMENT RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

Each American Legion post will have the opportunity to submit the name of the recruiter from that post who has signed up the highest number of new members for the membership year by the May target date. Department headquarters will supply certification forms to be completed by the post commander or adjutant and submitted to department headquarters by the May target date plus one week. Department adjutants will determine the top new member recruiter for their respective department and certify the winner to National Headquarters, on or before the last day of May.

The top new member recruiter, properly nominated and certified from each department, will be awarded a framed certificate noting his or her accomplishment.

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NATIONAL RECRUITER OF THE YEAR

The individual certified with the highest number of new members recruited from among all the departments will be declared National Membership Recruiter of the Year. The award includes a trip to the national convention: six days and five nights for the Legionnaire and guest, round-trip air transportation, hotel accommodations and reserved seating tickets to the National Commander’s Banquet for Distinguished Guests.

Monetary awards will be presented to the next highest 26 individuals:

  • One $1,000 check
  • 10 $150 award checks (third place)
  • 15 $100 award checks (fourth place)

Note: Department adjutants must nominate top recruiters on or before the last day of May.

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DISTRICT COMMANDER’S NEW POST ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

District commanders who create new American Legion posts in their respective districts and have the new post’s tmporary charter application on file at National Headquarters by the May target date will receive a framed certificate.

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DISTRICT COMMANDER ACHIEVEMENT AWARD and DISTRICT HONOR RIBBON

All district commanders whose May target date membership exceeds the previous year’s membership by at least the number of posts in that district will be awarded the District Commander Achievement Award framed certificate. In addition, the district will receive a District Honor Ribbon for its district colors.

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