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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 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.

Update December 13, 2014

 WOW  Is all I can Say with the exception of  GREAT JOB & CONGRATULATIONS  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I want to thank all of the District Commanders for an OUTSTANDING JOB on membership.  You have all stepped up to the plate and have all of your squadrons rounding the bases.


As the Detachment goes we are at 61.85%.  We have already exceeded the January 21st goal of 60% and we are getting ready to head to the February 11th goal of 75%.

We are actually ahead of last year by 104 members.   Yes that is what I wanted to see!!  Let’s keep it up and you are all doing a great job of getting the membership renewals coming in like they always do, this time of the year.

Northern Central District is in 1st place at 70.38%.  They have already jumped 2 months ahead to the top of the 8th Inning.  OUTSTANDING !!!!


North Eastern Shore District is in 2nd place at 65.82% and right on their heels are South Eastern Shore District at 65.01%.  What is going on out there in the Shore Districts, they are NOT playing Softball that is for sure!!   They are hitting home runs and are catching up to the Northern Central District.  Keep it up out there on the Shore Districts GREAT JOB!!!

Southern Maryland is in 4th place at 62.49% with a another FANTASTIC JOB.  The Shores better watch out  if they keep up in sending over 100 members in every week they will be passing everybody soon. 

Western Maryland has skipped ahead and now they are in 5th Place at 55.93%.  They sent in a whopping 227 members in last week.  They are only now 2,149 members away from reaching Goal for a district with a goal of over 5,000 members.  What esle can I say,   Except that is a GREAT JOB!! Keep those runs coming in WMD!!!  The Other Districts better watch out as the Western Maryland District has had some change ups and they are on the move.


Baltimore is now is 6th place at 55.39% which is has met and exceeded out December 10th goal of 45% and they are only 4.61% away from our January 21st goal of 60%  CONGRATUALTIONS to the Baltimore District. 


Now for the Mountain District which has met our December 10th goal of 45% and is now heading towards our January 21st goal of 60%  They are at 48.65% and I know that if they keep sending in runs our renewals every week they will not be in 7th place for long.

Congratulations and GREAT WORK by all of our District Commanders, & Squadron Commanders for getting out there and reaching out to our members that have not renewed their membership. 

Update February 1, 2015    

First of All I want to say    THANK YOU    to each and every one of you.
We are having a GREAT year so far.
As the Detachment goes we are sitting at 79.63% just .37% away from the March 11th goal of 80%.  We have already exceeded the February 10th goal of 75%.  We are actually 443 members ahead of last year  So FANTASTIC JOB to everyone.  First Place has gone back to the Northern Central District, Larry likes that Red helmet.  They are at 82.72% and they have exceeded the March 10th goal of 80% and are heading to the April 8th goal of 90%.  I Know the 2nd Place Commander Karl Kibler is right on their heels at 82.33% and is just .39% away from that first place position.  Larry & Karl will be doing battle these next couple of weeks. We have a new Commander coming around 3rd base Mr. Joe Lohman of the great Southern Maryland District.  The 2nd largest district within the detachment.  They are now in 3rd place at 81.04%.  They only need another 974 members to make their goal of 3,855 members  Great Job Commander Joe.
There is a bet going on for a crab cake dinner between the 3rd & 4th place Districts.  The 4th Place district Commander Robert Hill is doing a fantastic job with the largest district of the Detachment of Maryland. Their goal this year is over 5,000 members by 1 for a  total of 5001.  They are at 77.56% and only 3.48% away from reaching 3rd place.  Western Maryland has exceeded the February 10th goal of 75% and is heading towards that March 11th goal of 80%  They only need another 1,174 members to make goal.  Keep up the great job.  
In 5th place we have the Mountain District that is right the Mountain District moved up in the rankings.  They are now at 76.47% and have exceeded the February 10th goal of 75% and they are working to meet the March 11th goal of 80%  great job Mountain District.
Now in 6th place is the South Eastern Shore District at 75.29% they also have exceeded the February 10th goal of 75% and are on their way to the March 11th goal of 80%.
All 6 of these districts have already met the February 10th goal of 75% Congrats.
Now Commander Jerry has something on his sleeve or up his sleeve as he has to start making some changes in his line up or pitching staff as the Baltimore (Orioles)District is now in 7th Place at 70.66%.  They did meet the January 10th goal but they need to hit the bases running hard and fast as the February 10th goal is just right around the bases at 75%.  I am not sure how Commander Jerry is going to look in a yellow girls softball helmet how about you?
But seriously.  I would really like to thank all of you for your hard work in Membership!!  We really had an OUTSTANDING year last year and to actually be ahead of last year is phenomenal.  So Thank you and Great Job and Keep It UP!!

Yours in Service,

Jeffrey Seiler

1st Vice Commander

Membership Chairman


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
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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