South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary

 

Americanism

2016-2017

Jacqueline (Jacki) Omland

Americanism Chairman

2611 13th Ave SE

Aberdeen, SD 57401

Cell: 605-228-1827

Jacqueline.Omland@northern.edu

What is this program, and why do we have it?

      The Americanism Program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. 

 

What can you do? 

      1.  Be knowledgeable on flag history, etiquette and proper disposal methods; and promote the observation of patriotic holidays so your community will look to the ALA for information. 

 

Member Ideas:

•        Publish flag etiquette tips in your newspaper and on social media.

•        Practice respect for our flag at public events, such as sporting events. 

•        Educate others on how to respect the flag.  

•        Volunteer for a local patriotic event.  

•        Sign up to receive notifications on when to display your flag at half-staff at www.legion.org.

•        If you have an idea about how to promote Americanism, let your unit know.

•        Assemble pocket flags to be distributed by units. 

 

Unit Ideas:

•        Conduct a flag disposal ceremony.

•        Host flag awareness events and communicate information:

o   In schools, at your post home and at public functions

•        Participate in local patriotic holiday events.

•        Organize a patriotic holiday event.

•        Encourage local businesses to fly a flag, especially on patriotic holidays.

•        Encourage members to fly a flag.

•        Order pocket flag kits and distribute to members for assembly.

•        Identify and distribute assembled pocket flags to active-duty military overseas.  

     2.  Encourage members to vote and to support the amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration. The amendment currently reads, “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”  

 

Member Ideas:

•        Contact state and federal representatives, asking them to support the flag amendment. 

•        Vote and encourage others to vote

•        Take your children/grandchildren with you when you vote.

•        Recruit others to support the flag amendment by explaining what it is and why it is important.

•        Attend the annual ALA Washington DC Conference (see www.ALAforVeterans.org for details).

 

Unit Ideas:

•        Encourage members to contact state and federal representatives, asking them to support the flag amendment. 

•        Encourage members to participate in Get Out the Vote and Kids Voting USA campaigns.

o   Guidelines: www.legion.org/vote and www.kidsvotingusa.org

•        Encourage member participation at the annual ALA Washington DC Conference.

 

     3.  Increase participation in the Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “How does learning about government and our America help you become a future guardian of the liberties of our country?”    (Please see the Essay form for categories.  Please follow the instructions exactly and please remember to include a fully completed cover sheet.)

 

National Award Presented to: 30 students total, six from each division, one student for every class in each division.

The Award Includes:  Citation, $50 prize and additional $50 donation added to the Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship Fund.

 

     4.  Increase participation in the SD Americanism Poetry Contest. This is only a South Dakota Competition so there are no National Awards.  This year’s title is “Have you Hugged A veteran Today?”    (Please see the Poetry form for categories.  Please follow the instructions exactly and please remember to include a fully completed cover sheet.)

Poems and Essays are due:

     March 1, 2017:   to units from the schools.  Local awards are at the discretion of the Unit.

     March 15, 201:  to District Presidents from the Units.  Units please only send you first place entry to the District President.  District awards are at the discretion of the Districts.

     April 1, 2017:  To the Department Chairman.  District Presidents, please send only your first place entry in each category to the Department Chairman.

Again remember to completely fill out the Form included for each poem and essay submitted to the District.

 

    
 5.  Participate in the promotion of American Legion Americanism programs. 

Member Ideas:

•        Support American Legion Baseball. 

Help with statistics, work the concession booth, donate to a team, contact local sports shops and ask if they would be willing to make donations toward a fundraiser or offer a discounted price to purchase needed items.

•        Support the Oratorical Contest. 

Help prepare post home to sponsor local or district contest, offer to be a judge or timekeeper, offer to help out with refreshments, provide transportation for candidates, help recruit candidates at local schools and other organizations, and contact history teachers or debate coaches.

•        Support the Junior Shooting Sports, which promotes gun safety and marksmanship training for youth. 

Volunteer to help out with scoring, supervising or transportation, help recruit candidates at local schools and other organizations, and contact JROTC at local schools.

Unit Ideas:

•        Work with the post and/or district Americanism chairman.

•        Support American Legion Baseball. 

Sponsor a team, help with statistics, man the concession booth, hold a fundraiser, or drive the team to games.

•        Support the Oratorical Contest either at your post level or district level.

Offer to provide volunteers as timekeepers or judges, offer to help out with refreshments, offer to host a contest, hr elp recruit candidates at local schools and other organizations.

•        Support Junior Shooting Sports, which promotes gun safety and marksmanship training for youth. 

 

Americanism awards


NOTE: Please be sure each award entry includes a cover sheet found at the end of this program Plan, and make arrangements for the return of materials in advance, if desired. 
Unit Award: Dorothy Pearl Most Outstanding Americanism Program
Type of award: Citation Plaque, announced at the National Convention 
Presented to:  One unit Americanism chairman that reports the most outstanding Americanism program targeted to children and youth 

Materials and Guidelines:  

•        The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not to exceed 1,000 words. 

•        The entry may include no more than five pictures and five news articles.

•        Attach an award cover sheet (located at the end of this program Plan), including the name of the award, as well as the name and contact information for the department and unit Americanism chairman. 

•        Deadline: May 15, 2017:  Send to National Americanism Chairman, Sue Britton, at

P.O. Box 114, Rensselaerville, NY 12147 

 

Department Award: Most Outstanding Overall Americanism Program

Type of award: Citation plaque

Presented to: One department chairman in each division (five overall awards) Materials and Guidelines:  

•        Entries must include the award cover sheet located in this program Plan. 

•        The entry must be typewritten in narrative format, not to exceed 1,000 words. 

•        Include pictures, clippings, scrapbooks, folders, etc. 

•        Attach an award cover sheet (located at the end of this program Plan). 

•        The department chairman must send all entries to her national division chairman either postmarked by June 1, 2017 or emailed by 5:00 p.m. EDT. (See front page of this program Plan for names and address).   

Americanism Reporting Due Dates
(Please get them in on time!!)

                                                                 Mid Year Reports             Year End Reports

From Units to District Presidents              November 15, 2016           April 15, 2017

From District Presidents to Dept. Chair     December 1, 2016             May 1, 2017

 

Mid-year reports include activities from April 1 to November 1,

Year-end reports include all activities from April 1 through March 31. 

As part of your narrative report for both the Mid-year and Year-end please include answers to the following questions as they apply:

1.  How many Essays did you receive?

2.  How many children did you sponsor in the oratorical contest?

3.  How many flag programs did you provide, including flag disposal programs?

4.  How did you promote patriotic holidays?

5.  How did you encourage support for the flag amendment?

6.  Did you support the Junior Shooting Sports?  How?

7.  How did you promote your Auxiliary?

8.  How many flags were folded for active-duty military serving overseas?

 

Additional Resources You Can Use
1.  Emblem Sales: www.emblem.legion.org - flag education DVD: explains the history, significance, meaning, proper display and treatment of the U.S. flag. Let’s Be Right on Flag Etiquette - a “question and answer” booklet on proper flag etiquette.
2.  The American Legion Flag Advocacy: www.legion.org/flag
3.  The American Legion’s Action Programs of Americanism brochure: www.legion.org/publications   
4.  Capitol Building flags: To order flags flown over the Capitol, contact your congressional representative or senator or visit his/her website. Flags are available for a nominal fee; four to six weeks should be allowed for delivery.
5.  Your national committee members.  
6.  Promote the Pocket Flag Project. www.pocketflagproject.com At time of publication of the Programs Action Plan the pocket flags are $90.00 per 300 flags.