A department press association is a subsidiary of the National American Legion Public Association (NALPA). NALPA is not permitted to accept dues for any department press association. Departments that have established a press association may collect their department press association and NALPA dues together.
NALPA dues are sent to: NALPA, c/o Media and Communications Division, P.O. Box 1055, Indianapolis, IN 46206. Include with your check a transmittal list of names and addresses of those covered by the payment. NALPA membership cards will be mailed as payment is received and recorded throughout the year. The NALPA year is Sept. 1 to Aug. 31 of each year.
There is no PUFL membership for NALPA.
NALPA holds bi-monthly teleconference Executive Board meetings during the year to handle business issues as they arise, communicate upcoming events and activities, and to receive or provide input as necessary. The annual Executive Board and general membership meetings are held at National Convention where business of the association is conducted, area and committee reports are provided, Areas 1 – 4 hold a caucus to elect new officers – vacant positions TBD, (president, four vice presidents and four directors) and appointment of chairmen are included prior to a formal swearing in of acceptance for the coming term.
The following contact information is for departments that have a press association.
517.371.4720 ext. 16
New York (NYALPA)
North Dakota (NDALPA)
South Dakota (SDALPA)
Why a Department Media Association?
A department press association is just as vital and necessary as the department itself in the setup of The American Legion organization. If a department does not have an active press association the department leaders should seek a Legionnaire to organize an association and actively promote communication through the post and district editors. Good communications is a key to education and membership.
A department press association can tie all its papers and web sites together for the purpose of mutual helpfulness. Editors can create a network of fellow editors department wide and exchange ideas, newsletters, information and publications which will keep the membership informed and encourage the spread of information. Information is the life blood of our organization. It can carry on an active campaign, post by post, to create new publications. It can publish its own monthly newsletter designed to help post publications through suggested material, suggested editorials, and by calling attention to various programs and events that posts should publish. It should spearhead the yearly Legion membership drive by seeing that all its post publications use all printed and electronic media methods to stimulate these drives.
The prime purpose of a department press association is the creation of new post publications. The department press association can be the conduit through which information and education can flow from National Headquarters to the blue cap Legionnaire.
It is suggested that a department press association meet at least twice a year during their department convention and winter conference. A Public Relations and Publicity Workshop should be conducted at each meeting. If interest exists, departments could create a list of potential awards to be presented at their department conventions that recognize press members for their hard work.