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December 2017 Leadership Blog

     Hoping that you had a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and friends and now we move into the Christmas season of the year.  This is a time for us, as American Legion Auxiliary members, to focus on all of the veterans and active duty service men and women in our community, state and nation.  Let's see how many local Auxiliary Units can hold a special event honoring these veterans and active duty service men and women during the month of December.  This may include sponsoring an event at the Assisted Living Centers and Nursing Homes, treat them to a night at the movies, provide a special gift for them, or just simply visit them during the month.  Whatever your unit chooses to do, don't forget to take pictures, publish it in the local newspaper, send information for the Legionette and write a narrative for the end-of-year report.  Be the leader in your community who works hand in hand with other organizations to promote these events.  There is never a time when we can do too much for our veterans, especially during the holidays.  Also, remember the active duty service men and women who are not able to be home during the holidays with something special, as well as their families.   

     Let us never forget Pearl Harbor Remembrance  Day on December 7th.  Again, be a leader in your community and fly the flag of the United States of America.  The flag should be flown at half-mast until sunset to honor those who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.  This is also a good time to go into the schools and educate students about the attack on Pearl Harbor in relation to World War II history. 

     Therefore, the quote for this month comes from Harold S. Genlen:

“Leadership is practiced not so much in words as in attitude and in action”

   

South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary

 

Leadership

2017-2018

 Leadership Action Plan

Janet Hurlbert, Chairman

220 1st Ave West

Clark, SD  57226

Phone: 605-233-1232    

Email:  cifarmer@itctel.com

          The American Legion Auxiliary is an organization that provides women of all ages, junior to adult members, the opportunity to develop and improve their leadership skills.  Our organization depends upon an ever-emerging stream of competent new leaders, trained and guided by experienced ones, to assume leadership within the Auxiliary and advance its mission long into the future. 

     The Auxiliary offers a variety of opportunities for members to serve in leadership roles, from chairing a short-term community service project at the unit level to running for a national office. 

      The Leadership program and the 2014-2019 ALA Centennial Strategic Plan:  In support of Goal 3 (Develop Leadership at All Levels), the Leadership committee raises awreness of leadership development opportunities through how to sheets and online resources.  We encourage you to register on line at www.ALAforVeterans.org in order to research all of the resources available to you as a member of the ALA.  You will need to create a username and password in order to get in to this web site.  

Also Committee Contact Information can be seen at leadership@ALAforveterams.org

What can you do?   As a member you can work with a mentor to develop interest and skills of the ALA; volunteer to chair a short-term project in your unit; or give a presentation in ALA training that is available to your unit; get to know the members of your unit and assist them at meetings; hold a workshop on preparation of reprots and apply for awards; purchase the Unit Guidebook to share with members of your unit or participate in the ALA Academy as a unit.

 

Enhance leaders' knowledgew about ALA history, programs & organization.  Encourage members to take the Welcome to the American Legion Auxiliary Senior Auxiliary Basis, A Course on our History and Legacy at www.ALAforVeterans.org under the Leadership tab.  Share your past experiences with your unit.  Recognize the members in your unit who have completed the Basics program.

 

Encourage the use of ALA reference documents and materials.  Download the documents and familiarize your members with them; volunteer to assist Junior members in learning about the documents of the ALA; set aside time at a unit meeting to review the documents of the ALA; study the Constitution & Bylaws and Standing Rules of the Department as well as those of your unit.

 

Offer a mentoring program, utilizing the knowledge of members who have served as leaders beyond the unit level.   This is an excellent way to use the Past Department Presidents, Past District Officers, Past Committee Chairman and Past Unit Officers.  All members are eligible to hold unit, district, state and national offices.  Use a unit survey form to collect valuable information on all of the members in your unit.  Use positive, experienced members to guide new members. 

Nurture a culture of goodwill at all levels of the organization.  Expect the best of the people and consider your own behavior before evaluating others; always respect the opinions of others even when they differ from your own; always invite a new member to participate in meetings and events; greet new members and offer them a “new member packet”; be open, rather than critical, of the ideas of others; and above all, give praise and recognition when members do what is asked of them.

LEADERSHIP REPORTING

Mid-Year Reports should include a narrative of all of the work of your unit from April 1st, 2017 through November 1st, 2017 and are due to the District President no later than November 15th, 2017.  Be sure to include pictures and newspaper clippings that will help explain the accomplishments of your unit. 

 

Year-End Reports will include a narrative of the work of your unit from November 1st, 2017 through April 1st, 2018 and are due to the Department President no later than April 15th, 2018.   Be sure to include pictures and newspaper clippings that will help explain the accomplishments of your unit.

 

As your Leadership Chairman, I am encouraging 100% reporting on this program.  Every Unit should have something to report that they have done under the Leadership program!!  You have all done something at your monthly meetings that will qualify for a “Leadership Report”.

 

I am also encouraging ALL members to use the National web site.  You may not all have access to a computer; however, each unit should have at least one member who can access this information.  Here are some instructions as to how to get in to the national web site:

            Go to:                                     www.ALAforVeterans.org

            Click on:                                Members Only

            Log in:                                    With user name and password (that each of you have created)

            Under Member Support          Click on Leadership and a list of 24 Leadership Program

                         Committees                   Area Topics will be available for your use

            Go to Member Resources        Click on Programs Action Plan

                                                              Under Full Plan click on the top entry to open

                                                                        (the entire book will be available)                                        

                                                             For Leadership, you will need pages. 60-61 for Natl. officers

                                                                                       Pages 79-92 for reporting

                                                                                      Pages 135-150 for program material

 

If you have had problems getting in to this information, please give me a call and I will assist you in accessing it.  All of the information that you need can be found on this web site; therefore, I am strongly encouraging each member to register here.  The Leadership program has many areas that you can work on.  It would not be feasible for me to include all of the material on this Plan of Action.

Looking forward to working with each of you as you prepare for the 2017-2018 Auxiliary year.  As your chairman, I will have a monthly blog alongside this Plan of Action with a special quote for each month.  Please share this information at your monthly meetings. 

 

                                                                                    Your Department Leadership Chairman

                                                                                     Janet Hurlbert