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2014-2015

“SONS STEPPING UP TO THE CHALLENGE”

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Membership Report

2014-2015



First of All I would like to give great Congratulations to JR Hall for his outstanding year as 1st vice commander and all he did for the membership last year.  We hit an all-time high last year prior to convention.  Great Job to everyone.


 Ok as you all have been waiting for my theme this year.  It is Baseball


 Let’s Make a Pitch for Membership


 What is the Definition of Membership?


 Membership  -- the state of belonging to or being a part of a group or an organization : the state of being a member.


 What is the Definition of Team?


 Team --1.    Come together as a team to achieve a common goal.


            2.    A group of people with a full set of complementary skills required to complete a task, job, or project.


 We are all members of the great organization The Sons of The American Legion.  The membership is the lifeblood of our organization.  With this in mind my 1st goal is to get more of our younger members involved.  I would like to see 50 Junior members at our convention this year.  Let’s get those young members that we all have and let’s get them involved.


 I bought  Baseball Helmets for our district commanders The red Baseball helmet is for 1st Place and the Girls Softball yellow helmet is for Last place.  These are actual helmets and I would like all of the district Commanders after the year is over is to donate the helmet and baseballs to either the American Legion Baseball or a little league team. And for the last place district Commander he is to donate the helmet and softballs to a Girls Softball team.


 First I would like to give congratulations to Karl Kibler the District Commander of the North Eastern Shore District.  This was the first District to have no goose eggs where every squadron within the district sent in membership.  


 Our Goal dates are as follows this year Sept. 10 is 10%  Oct 8th is 25% Nov 13 is  35% Dec 10th is 45% Jan 21 is 60%  Feb 11 is 75% March 11 is 80%  April 8th is 90% May 13 is 100% and July 23 is 105%  I just want everyone to know our goals so we call all work together to strive and make these goals and create new all-time high this year prior to convention.  We got off to a slow start but right now we are actually 3 members better than last year.


 For the District Commanders I will be holding monthly membership call on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm.  You will be receiving an email prior to each call.th at 7:00 and if you have a Squadron Commander that would like to attend please feel free to give him the information. 


 Let’s Make the Pitch for Membership and hit the bases running and get some Grand Slams and lets crush the target dates this year.  Hit the bases running and run those renewals in and lets have the best year ever.


 I am looking forward having and serving with everyone to have a great year.



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Update June 1, 2015    

 
I am so proud to be the Membership Chairman this year!!!    
You all worked hard this year and it SHOWS!   This is the first time in a long time that the Detachment has met the 100% mark prior to convention and prior to the cutoff date.
 
The detachment is sitting at 100.99%   We beat last years numbers by 371 members.  Not only did we have a record breaking year last year, WE ARE DOING IT AGAIN thanks to all of your dedication.  We have 4 Districts that are at or above the 100% mark prior to convention and this is just GREAT!!!
 
I would like to remind all the District Commanders bring their helmets and baseballs to Convention in June at the Laurel Post.  They just happen to have a baseball league where the helmets and balls can be donated. Jerry you will have to bring the Girls Softball helmet and softballs as they do have a girl’s softball league where you can make your contribution!!!
 
The World Series of Membership is now complete.
 
The Champs (known as sandbaggers) is the South Eastern Shore District where it is known that Ray does some delivering on the last day.  With that said they are sitting at 103.13% Congratulations goes out to the South Eastern Shore District and District Commander Dennis.  Fantastic JOB!!!! They ended up with 8 squadrons getting to and over the 100% Congrats again!!
 
In 2nd place is the Great Southern Maryland District sitting at 102.26%   What can I say Great JOB JOE!!! & is this a birthday present or what (a crab cake dinner)by the way if you are going to the crab feed in June Robert said the debt is paid. (just kidding) Southern Maryland has 28 Squadrons that met the 100% and that is just unbelievable.  Great Great Job!!! You had a phenomenal year!!
 
Robert Hill and the Western Maryland District finished in 3rd place at 101.96% with just 5,099 members paid up for the year.  Robert I cannot say enough except give me the bill of your Crab cake dinner and it is on me!!! WMD has 13 of their 17 Squadrons that hit the 100% mark.  Congratulations goes out to Robert Hill and the Western Maryland District!!!!   Fantastic job!!!!!
 
Karl and the North Eastern Shore District stayed in 4th place and came in at exactly 100%!!!  North Eastern Shore has 9 squadrons that have met the 100% mark.  A round of applause, for Mr. Karl & the North Eastern Shore district.  Thank you for all of your hard work.  Thank you Karl you lead by example!!!!
 
Mountain District stayed in 5th place and stayed at 98.41%.. They have 3 squadrons at 100%.
 
Staying in 6th place is Northern Central District.  They are at now 97.90% NCD has 8 squadrons that have hit the 100% mark.  Great Job Larry. 
 
And finally rounding the bases is the Baltimore District.  They are at 85.93% Jerry Kept that Yellow Girls Softball helmet with the purple ponytails. I think he is looking forward to Convention where he will wear that helmet with Pride!!  Baltimore district has 2 squadrons at 100%.
 
AGAIN THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR HARD WORK AND DEDICATION TO THE SONS OF THE AMERICAN LEGION. WE HAVE SET A BAR AND IT IS GOING TO BE HARD TO BEAT.  I CAN NOT SAY THANK YOU ENOUGH!!!!!!
 
By The American Legion Convention in July, I would love to see over the 105% mark!!!!



Yours in Service,


Jeffrey Seiler

1st Vice Commander

Membership Chairman

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Membership Eligibililty

All male descendants, adopted sons and stepsons of members of The American Legion, and such male descendants of veterans who died in service during World War I, World War II, Korean War, the Vietnam War, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, and the Persian Gulf War, during these delimiting periods:

  • August 2, 1990 - cessation of hostilities as determined by the U.S. Government
  • Dec 20, 1989 - Jan 21, 1990
  • Aug 24, 1982 - July 31, 1984
  • Feb 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975
  • June 25, 1950 - Jan 31, 1955
  • Dec 7, 1941 - Dec 31, 1946
  • April 6, 1917 - Nov 11, 1918
2014-2015
Membership Target Dates
Sons of The American Legion
September 10, 2014 10%
October 8, 2014 25%
November 13, 2014 35%
December 10, 2014 45%
January 21, 2015 60%
February 11, 2015 75%
March 11, 2015 80%
April 8, 2015 90%
May 13, 2015 100%
*July 23, 2015 105%

*Delegate Strength Target Date

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