A department press association is a subsidiary of the National American Legion Public Association (NALPA), and wherever possible, collects national dues at the same time it collects department dues. NALPA dues are sent to: The American Legion Public Relations 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 at the close of the National Convention. The NALPA year is from September 1 to August 31 of each year. NALPA has an annual membership meeting at the National Convention at which time officers are elected and area vice presidents and committees give their reports.
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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 the National Publication Relations office to the Blue cap legionnaire.
It is suggested that a department press association meet at least twice a year, at the department convention and winter conference are considered the best times. A Public Relations and Publicity Workshop should be conducted at each meeting.