Individual Membership Awards
The National Commander’s 2019 Membership Incentive Pin will be awarded to any Legionnaire who obtains three (3) new members into the American Legion. A new member is an eligible person joining in the 2019 membership year who was not a member of the American Legion during the 2018 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 defined as a Post and/or any combination of Auxiliary Unit or SAL Squadron also achieving 100% membership.
The District 22 Golden Boot Award will be presented to the Post with the highest number of new members and Post 1000/DMS transfers by Armed Forces Day.
The National Commanders Post Excellence Award
To now qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, submission of the Consolidated Post Report (CPR), sharing of post history, and community activity.
The purposes of this award is to focus on 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 Post’s 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 be eligible for the award.
The standard to be achieved in each area is as follows:
- Membership. Post membership must be at least one member greater than the previous year. At least one post officer attends district meetings.
- Consolidated Post Report. CPRs must be submitted by July 1. The American Legion’s federal charter requires the submission of an annual report to Congress on activities for the year. MyLegion.org has made it simple for a post to submit its CPR promptly.
- Sharing of post history: The American Legion’s Centennial web page (www.legion.org/centennial) allows posts to convey its legacy by sharing historical photos, videos, and print material. For instructions on how to create a Post profile, click here https://www.legion.org/dispatch/217282/share-your-posts-legacy.
- Community activity. The post must conduct an event that connects the local community with The American Legion post. The objective is to open your doors, welcome the community, and educate them on what The American Legion is all about and how the post is an asset to the community. Post’s do not need to have a physical building to accomplish this. This activity can be held in a park, a community center, or anywhere the post can welcome and interact with the local community.
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 requirements to department headquarters. That list should include the post name, phone number, address and commander’s name. If possible, accompany the last two criteria with copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects to show that 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.