The American Legion Family has returned home from Washington D.C., where our proud family members represented our Great Organization and visited our Representatives and Senators of the 115th Congress of the United States of America to present the legislative goals of our organization. Now that we are back home, we must continue to contact those Congressmen, Congresswomen, and Senators to keep our message fresh in their minds and to let them know that we will not accept anything less for those who have sacrificed for our Nation and the freedoms that we enjoy today.
We are fast approaching our 98th Birthday of the American Legion and I would encourage the leadership of each Post to consider a celebration of this event by opening your doors to your community and invite them to see and hear the legacy of our organization. I know many of our Posts are already doing this on an annual basis. What a great opportunity to present our message to the leadership of the communities which we serve. Promotional materials are available to you which can be used to present our message and the “Four Pillars” of The American Legion.
Finally, I would like to touch on membership. Have you reached your quota for the year? Several of you have, but many have not. It is important to keep working, especially now as we are only two months from closing the books on the 2017 year. It is most important to contact those on your rosters who have not renewed their membership now!
One thing that we have learned is that a decline in membership results in a decline in revenue and that will eventually affect all of us if we let our membership continue to decline. We have been fortunate here in Ohio not to have an increase in dues (Ohio per/capita) for several years. One way to assure that won’t happen is to keep a strong membership. Let’s have a strong finish in 2017 and reach the goals that you set for your Post and Districts for this year.
We are also at that time of the year when it is important to report to the National American Legion on the activity of your local Post. Consolidated Post Reports (CPR’s) is how this is accomplished. National Commander Schmidt has challenged each Department to achieve 100% reporting of CPR’s and I am passing that along to each District, County, Division, and Post Commander out there to devise a plan to be sure that you get your CPR’s turned in this year. This can be done easily on-line or by mail.
Together, let’s “Carry the Legacy Forward” and together let’s “Grow the Family.”
Ronald “Chappie” Chapman