We are fast approaching the end of another membership year in the American Legion and there is still work to be done. We must continue to work the membership if we are to maintain our status as the largest VSO in the land. Please continue to push to reach your goals. If you Post is not a quota Post you should still be working membership for 2017. Remember too, that your new 2018 membership cards will not be issued until you have certified your new Officers and submitted a Consolidated Post Report (CPR). This can be done online or by mail. I would encourage your new Post Officers for the upcoming year to familiarize themselves with the new membership manuals when you receive them. There have been many changes in the way our lap prizes and rewards will be distributed next year. Your membership committee has placed an emphasis on early renewals by rewarding Posts who attain quota goals early in the membership year.
As we near the end of Spring and many of our fellow Legionnaires, Auxiliary, and Sons Family members prepare for the many celebrations that come this time of the year I would like to encourage you to take advantage of the opportunities that you will have to promote the good will of the American Legion to the communities that you serve. The Friday before Memorial Day has been designated as “National Poppy Day” by a resolution passed by our National Executive Committee last fall. What a great opportunity to show the unity of our organization by standing side by side with our Auxiliary and SAL to promote this day as we remember those who have given so much for our freedoms. Many Posts will be utilizing their Color Guards and AL Riders groups on Memorial Day, to bring honor to those who have passed before us as we remember the lives of our family and loved ones. Encourage your members to take part in the parades and ceremonies of the day, even if it is only wearing the American Legion Cap in the crowd.
I would like to take a minute to congratulate those of you who will be serving you Posts, Counties, and Districts during the upcoming year. Thank you for your dedication to the organization. I wish you the best as you assume your new responsibilities to your Posts, Counties, Districts, and Communities. Remember that together we can “Grow the Family.”
Commander, Dept. of Ohio