Individual Membership Awards
The National Commander’s 2017 Membership Incentive Certificate will be awarded to any Legionnaire who obtains one (1) new member into the American Legion.
The National Commander’s 2017 Membership Incentive Pin will be awarded to any Legionnaire who obtains three (3) new members into the American Legion. A new member is any eligible person joining for the 2017 membership year who was not a member of the American Legion during the 2016 membership year.
The Silver Brigade Recruiter Award is earned by Legionnaires who recruit 25-49 new members (transfers do not count) by the May membership target date. A silver hat pin and certificate will be awarded.
The Gold Brigade Recruiter Award is earned by Legionnaires who recruit fifty (50) or more new members (transfers do not count) by the May membership target date. First time Brigade members will receive a Gold Brigade Badge, cap pin, certificate and Gold Brigade designer jacket, Polo Shirt or Sweater.
The Membership Achievement Medal is awarded for 100 or more credited to a post recruiter. The total members recruited can include new members, renewals and transfers that have been credited toward the current year’s membership total.
Post Membership Awards
The 100% Membership Streamer and 100% Membership Plaque are awarded to Post’s that achieve 100% membership by the May membership target. The Post Commander and Post Adjutant will also receive a 100% membership hat pin.
The 100% American Legion Family Ribbon will be awarded to any Post family that achieves 100% membership by the May membership target date. A Legion Family is defines as a Post and/or any combination of Auxiliary Unit or SAL Squadron also achieving 100% membership.
The Department Commanders Membership Incentive will award $250.00 to the District with the highest percentage of their goal in their respective membership category and be over 100%. This means we must reach 100% and beat District 29.
The District 22 Golden Boot Award will be presented to to the Post with the highest number of new members and/or Post 1000/DMS transfers by Armed Forces Day.
The National Commanders Post Excellence Award
To qualify, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, youth activities, community service and support to currently serving troops or veterans.
The purposes of this award are membership growth, exposure of American Legion values to the youth of the community, and increased visibility of the American Legion Family through service projects. A post achieving this qualification will have had numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals. Many posts are most likely already active in these areas and will qualify without extra effort. Others, however, will need to increase their efforts in one or more areas to qualify for the award.
The standard to be achieved in each area:
- Membership. Must be at least one member greater than the previous year. At least one post officer attends district meetings.
- Youth activities. Must sponsor and actively participate in at least one primary youth program: Boys State, American Legion Baseball, Oratorical, Boy Scouts or Junior Shooting Sports.
- Community service. Must accomplish a community service project with members of the Legion Family actively working in the community outside the post home. A wide range of potential projects exists, such as a project centered on one of Children & Youth’s emphasis areas to fulfilling a strictly local need. A monetary donation may be part of the project but may not constitute the entire project.
- Service to troops/veterans. Must accomplish a project supporting troops or veterans in the community with Legion Family members outside the post home. Potential projects include the Family Support Network, Heroes to Hometowns, or simply helping a local veteran with necessary updates to his or her home. Again, a monetary donation may be part of the project but may not constitute the entire project.
The district commander responsible for the post will certify a post as having achieved the four specified criteria. The district commander will submit a list of posts meeting the criteria to the department headquarters. That list should include the post name, post number, post address and post commander’s name. Ideally, the last two criteria are accompanied by copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects. That method ensures the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the image of The American Legion through local media. The copy submitted should include a date and time stamp showing receipt by the media outlet.
Post Excellence Award 2017 (Submit to 1st Vice Commander NLT 31 May 2017)