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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 May 22, 2015    

Hold the CRABS. Look out MAJOR changes to the membership report AGAIN  Just like that the numbers have changed and there is a shakeup in the line again

As the Detachment goes we are sitting at 99.68%!!!  We moved up .67%this past week and we only need another 50 members to get to 100%.   I know and I am hoping we can be at 100% next week!!!  Congratulation goes out to EVERYON!!!
We are having a GREAT YEAR we are still ahead of last year by 283 members!!!!
1st place was taken over by the district that is known as the “Sandbaggers”  South Eastern Shore District moved into 1st place sitting at 101.09  Thank You Dennis & Ray  Great Job.  So Proud of all of you and your District.   They have 8 squadrons that have exceeded the 100% and they have 1 squadron at 160.38%  They only have 5 squadrons that need to send in some members.  They need to send in another 63 members and all of South Eastern Shore District will be at 100% or better and that would Make the Detachment over 100%  Great Job
Southern Maryland is having a problem keeping that 1st place spot.  They have now moved into 2nd place at 100.52% and they even sent in another 12 members in this past week, however that was not enough to stay in first place but Keep those members rounding the bases!!  Southern Maryland has 27 squadrons over 100% and only 9 squadrons that need to send in a total of 140 members and this would put the Detachment over 102%  Joe you are doing one heck of a job as District Commander and I know You and I are looking forward to the Crab Cake dinner being provided by now the 3rd place Commander of WMD
Robert Hill and the Western Maryland District just moved into 3rd place moving up in the ranks and Joe better watch out as Robert & the WMD District is sitting at 100.38% just .14% away from the 2nd place spot.   This is going to be one heck of a race to the end!!!!   WMD has 11 Squadrons that have exceeded 100% and only 7 that need to send in a total of 68 members and that would put the Detachment over 103%  Keep up the hard work Robert and lets get those last runs in!!!
Karl and the North Eastern Shore District have moved from 2nd place to 4th place and they stayed 99.82% tThe North Eastern Shore District is just .18% away from making that 100% North Eastern Shore has 9 squadrons that have met the 100% mark with only 4 that need to send in another 56 runs in.  Keep up the Wonderful work Karl!!!
Mountain District stayed in 5th place and stayed at 98.41% They only need to send in another 34 runs. They have 3 squadrons at 100% and just 2 more need a little work.
Staying in 6th place is Northern Central District.  They are at now 97.04% and moved up 1.49% by sending in 15 runs this past week. Keep those runs coming in Larry and soon you will be on top.  NCD has 8 squadrons that have hit the 100% mark and only have 9 that need a little bit of work if those 9 Squadrons send in another 138 runs all of NCD will be at 100% and this would send us over the 105% for the Detachment.  I think Larry will be on the move!!
And finally rounding the bases is the Baltimore District.  They are at 85.33 they moved up .90% by sending in 3 runs last week.  Commander Jerry told me he made some visits and I think he will have to make a couple more if he is looking for that number to change.  They only need another 52 runs to make all the Squdrons at 100%  Come on Jerry Look into the dugout and spit on the gloves and bats and get a good grip and get those last outs or runs in!!!   I think that Jerry wants to Keep 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!!  If does not want to wear that helmet, He will have to make the necessary changes in his line up and pitching staff.  They need to hit the bases running hard and fast!!!  Baltimore district has 2 squadrons at 100% and 5 need some work.
I am so proud to be the Membership Chairman this year!!! You are all making the marks and getting the membership in!   Thanks to all your hard work and the support.  Please let’s get this last push and get this last .32% and only 50 members in this next week.  I would love to see another 105 runs to be sent in this next week.   If we would do that we would be over the 100% mark.   Thanks again and keep hitting and pitching those members in!!!!
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.  Right now 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!!!
Great job and keep up the GREAT work!!

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
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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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