Challenge coin design contest announced at SAL NEC fall meeting
SAL National Commander Michael Fox addresses the SAL National Executive Committee during its Fall Meetings in Indianapolis, Oct. 2, 2021. 

Challenge coin design contest announced at SAL NEC fall meeting

A contest to design a challenge coin to commemorate the 50th Sons of The American Legion National Convention is now open, with the winning designer receiving $500 and two tickets to the convention banquet.

The 50th SAL National Convention is scheduled for Aug. 26-28, 2022, in Milwaukee. The contest to design the commemorative challenge coin was announced during the SAL National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting last weekend in Indianapolis.

SAL PNC Joe Gladden, chairman of the 50th Convention Commemoration Committee, said the deadline to submit a design is Nov. 15. Designs can be submitted to

The challenge coins will be included in the ticket for those attending the convention banquet, tentatively set for the afternoon of Aug. 27, 2022. While plans for the banquet are still in the works, Gladden told the NEC the committee hopes to have 500 attendees and keep the cost at $50 per ticket.

Additional challenge coins would be available for sale after the banquet, Gladden said.

The convention committee is also planning a commemorative wall, which would be available to detachments after the national convention to display at detachment conventions and mid-winter conferences, and a commemorative book.

And the committee is looking to SAL members to help.

“We need pictures from each of the conventions. It doesn’t matter who it is, it doesn’t have to be pictures of the commanders, can be pictures of you attending with your family,” Gladden told the NEC.

A website,, should be online within the next few weeks to allow SAL members to submit photos for the commemorative wall and book.

“For all this to work, we need your help,” Gladden said.

The SAL NEC approved six resolutions at the Oct. 2-3 fall meetings, including two related to next year’s 50th SAL National Convention.

Resolution 5 reallocates $75,000 in the 2022 budget to fund the commemorative wall, commemorative book, commemorative challenge coin, and the convention banquet. Resolution 9 amends the convention commemoration committee to 11 members; Resolution 2 approved at the spring 2021 NEC meeting had set the committee at five to nine members.

Other resolutions approved include Resolution 1, the awarding of a custom SAL cap to the annual recipient of the Marvin P. Nay Outstanding Veterans Employment and Education Contributor of the Year Award; Resolution 2, which creates the annual Squadron Commander of the Year Award; Resolution 6, which establishes the current ad-hoc century committee as a standing committee of the SAL NEC for a five-year period; Resolution 7, the donation of $500,000 from the SAL reserve fund to the Veterans & Children Foundation; and Resolution 8, the donation of $130,000 from the SAL reserve fund to American Legion Baseball.