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Membership Award Categories

$100 given in each category

10-25  members  in unit

26-45 members in unit

46-80 members in unit

81-120 members in unit

121-over member in unit

$100 will be given in each category for largest % of increase in unit membership goal - based on ending membership June 30th, 2016 to ending membership June 1st, 2017.

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South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary

 

Membership

Membership
2016-2017
Barb Vetter
101 7th Street E, Cresbard, SD 57435
Home: 605-324-3203 Cell: 605-380-3966
barb.vetter@venturecomm.net

National Theme: “Enhance the Member Experience”


SD Department Theme: “Embracing Membership .......Helping Us Grow Stronger

"(HUGS)”

I want to thank and congratulate every unit membership chairman for excepting this responsibility. Your chairmanship is most important to your unit and to the Department of South Dakota. It is the task of all Auxiliary members to encourage membership, but it is up to the unit membership chairman to be the leader.

The first renewal notice will be mailed by September 15th for the upcoming membership year. A second notice will be mailed by January 15th for the current membership year. However, to increase South Dakota’s membership, we need to do more.

What Can We Do? -

* We need to retain all current members. Whether you contact them by phone, text, email or
in person, keeping our present members enrolled is imperative.

* Recognize all members for any or all contributions they make to the unit, such as serving as
a chairman or officer, preparing food, organizing events, being a mentor to new members,
contacting other members to renew their memberships. All of these efforts are helpful in promoting
your unit and are an example of “Service, not Self.”

* Ask members to participate in programs they are passionate about; we do not all like the same
things.

* Be welcoming, kind, and respectful to all members of all ages and backgrounds.

* Inform members of members benefits and discounts available.

* Insure a positive experience for all members.

How to Attract New Members -

* Personal contact - face to face is the best!!

* Increase the American Legion Auxiliary visibility in your community. Let people know who we
are, what we do, and why it matters.

* Encourage your Junior members to recruit their eligible friends and relatives. South Dakota
has 103 Junior members that need to move to Senior status. Don’t forget them.

* Do not expect all new members to attend regular meetings; be grateful for however they want
to participate, even if only to pay their dues.
* Exhibit “Service, not Self” in all activities and interaction with others.

* Remember the “Golden Rule.” Treat others as you want to be treated!

* Let’s be an organization of positive thinkers and doers.

* Make your unit an environment where new members feel comfortable and accepted.

In our communities we need to ensure that the American Legion Auxiliary is appealing to the women we are trying to recruit.

Units, be aware of the Department “Red, White and Blue” certificates that are available. These awards are listed in the 2016-2017 Program Guide. Also, at the district meetings we will be talking about some monetary awards that units can earn with their membership.

Membership Award Categories

$100 given in each category

10-25  members  in unit

26-45 members in unit

46-80 members in unit

81-120 members in unit

121-over member in unit

$100 will be given in each category for largest % of increase in unit membership goal - based on ending membership June 30th, 2016 to ending membership June 1st, 2017.

Remember when you joined the American Legion Auxiliary? You chose to take a strong stand for our veterans, the military, their families and our communities. That dedication to our organization’s objectives is realized through our efforts to keep our membership strong and growing.

Have a wonderful Auxiliary year.

**Date to Remembers: Mid-Year Reports
Due to your District President by November 15, 2016.

1.Provide three examples of how your department is encouraging and renewals. 

2. Did working any of the ALA programs help to generate new members? Example (teaching flag etiquette at school resulted into teachers joining the ALA 

3. Have any of your units implemented new/innovative ideas or practices to increase renewals and/or sign up new members? If so what are they?

End of Year Reports
Due to your District President by April 15, 2007

Membership Awards


A. Member Award: Rejoin 1
Guidelines: Rejoin 1 FORMER Auxiliary Junior or senior member (must not have paid dues
after 2014). Submit Rejoin 1 form to National Headquarters by May 1, 2017, to receive a Rejoin 1
pin. All verified entries will be elgible for $100 cash drawing. Note: Only one entry per recruiter.

B. Member Award: Recruit 1
Guidelines: Recruit 1 NEW Auxiliary Junior or senior member. Submit Recruit 1 form to
National Headquarters by May 1, 2017, to receive a Recruit 1 pin. All verified entries will be
eligible for $100 cash drawing. Note: One entry per recruiter.

C. Member Award: Recruit 10
Guidelines: Recruit 10 or more NEW Auxiliary Junior or senior members. Submit form to
National Headquarters by May 1, 2017, to receive an ALA microfiber cleaning cloth for your
cellphone and electronic screens. All verified entries will be eligible for $250 cash drawing.
Note: One entry per recruiter.

D. Member Award: Silver Brigade
Guidelines: Recruit 25 or more NEW SENIOR Auxiliary members to receive a special gift
from the national president. Entry forms must be received at National Headquarters by
May 1, 2017, in order to qualify. All verified entries will be eligible for a $500 cash drawing.
Note: One gift per recruiter.

E. Unit Award: Best Member Experience
Guidelines: Units that demonstrate the most effective way(s) to improve the member expreience
must complete the Best Member Experience Award form. Units submitting the Best Member
Experience Award form are eligible to receive a letter from the national president, recognitin in
Auxiliary magazine and at national convention, and $100 to be used for membership and
mission outreach.

Units must submit completed Best Member Experience Award form to your department
Membership chairmen. Department Membership chairmen are to submit completed forms to
their national division Membership chairman by May 1, 2017. The National Membership
Committee will select one winner per division.