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National headquarters have planned direct mail campaigns for January, March and May. Additional email campaigns will be launched twice a month for 2017 through the end of the membership year.

Commander Schmidt would like to encourage local efforts to contact un-renewed members using new tools available through myLegion. These tool are found in the Report Server area. Within the Post Reports folder, open the Commanders Membership Push folder.

This is The American Legion - New 4 page brochure

A number of new resources are showing up on the National web site, we will share information on these new resources on our web site and Facebook page.

These are tools to help our Department, Areas, Districts and Post succeed.

During his time as leading candidate for national commander, Charles E. Schmidt
spoke to the Membership and Post Activities Committee in Indianapolis.
Photo by Lucas Carter/The American Legion.

Legion Membership Plan To Be Reviewed

The American Legion

Members of The American Legion’s National Membership & Post Activities (MP&A) Committee are meeting in Indianapolis Jan. 6-7 to review the Legion’s five-year strategic membership strategic plan, discuss progress toward it, and determine departments’ ongoing responsibilities for the plan’s success. The committee will also review several membership resolutions passed last September during the 98th National Convention in Cincinnati.

The new M&PA Committee Chairman, Randy Goodman of Georgia, will lead the meeting, and opening remarks will be given by National Commander Charles E. Schmidt and leading candidate for 2017-2018 national commander Denise Rohan of Wisconsin.

National commander leads veterans
walk in California

By Michael Hjelmstad

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt led members of the Department of California Legion family on a chilly, yet enthusiastic, second annual Walk for Veterans in Sacramento, Calif., Dec. 16.

The walk kicked off with a wreath laying ceremony at the California State Vietnam Veterans War Memorial, located on the grounds of the Capitol Park. Department leadership and Legion family members from across the state walked with the national commander around the park to engage the community and raise awareness about the Legion and issues facing America’s veterans.

Read the complete story HERE

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Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide

Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide

How do we properly use The American Legion emblem?

The American Legion "Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide" give us the answers.

"The purpose of this manual is to provide a set of guidelines on how to use the marks of The American Legion for all who have a need to use them – our members, local post officers, department officers, and suppliers of benefits and vendors of products for The American Legion and our members."


All member of our American Legion Family must remain vigilante in the proper use and protection of The American Legion emblem. This includes our subsidiaries, such as the Sons of the American Legion and American Legion Riders. The following rules relating to subsidiaries are taken directly from the "Name and Emblem Use and Protection Guide" (pages 18-19). All our Legion leaders should understand these rules.

"Moreover, because of the requirements of the trademark law, such subsidiary corporations, trusts or foundations – including Sons of The American Legion and the American Legion Riders – must meet the following requirements:

1. All officers, directors, trustees, etc. must be named by the department (usually nominated by the department commander and confirmed by the Department Executive Committee).

2. All vacancies in the subsidiary corporation must be filled by the department.

3. The subsidiary corporation must report to the department, no less frequently than monthly. These reports must include financial reports.

4. The department treasurer or finance officer must be a signatory on all accounts.

5. All amendments to articles of incorporation or by-laws must be approved by the department. (If the current text has not been approved by the department, it too must be so approved.)

These same rules apply to subsidiaries of posts, squadrons and Riders chapters. Of course, all references to departments also reference posts in the appropriate situation.

Remember: the subsidiary does NOT tell the parent what to do.

Post subsidiaries are subject to the same rules. Merely replace the word “department” with “post.” This is also true of American Legion Auxiliary units. Merely replace the word “post” with the word “unit.” Departments of the American Legion Auxiliary use language identical to that used by The American Legion."

Department Guidance for ALR Programs 

National Commander's Pin Incentive Program

American Legion National Commander Charles E. Schmidt will award his national commander pin to any Legion member who obtains three new members into the 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.

Each member listed must be eligible for membership in The American Legion. Forward names of SAL members or Auxiliary members to your detachment or unit for use in their respective incentive programs.

To maintain the integrity of the national commander's pin incentive program, only one pin will be awarded per individual.

Upon receipt, national membership staff will confirm the names and mail the pin directly to the person who earned it. Commander Schmidt's incentive program will end June 30, 2017, or when supplies are exhausted.

National Commander's Incentive Pin New Member Form (PDF)

National Commander's Incentive Certificate Form (PDF)

100% American Legion Family


100% American Legion Family Ribbons will be awarded to any post family that achieves 100% membership by the 2017 100% target date. A Legion Family is defined as a post and/or any combination of Auxiliary unit or SAL squadron. 
(Each must achieve 100% to qualify)

100% American Legion Family Ribbon Application

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