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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 March 6, 2015    

Oh My, the membership report for 3/6/15 just came out and there is another change up in the lineup however Western Maryland still remains in 1st place for the 5th week in a row.  Way to Go WMD The Crabs are getting bigger and bigger in Western Maryland!!
We are having a GREAT YEAR as of right now. Still ahead of Last year!!
As the Detachment goes we are sitting at 88.82%. We have exceeded the March 11th goal of 80%, and we are just 1.18% away from the April goal of 90%.  We are actually still ahead of last year by 234 members.   So FANTASTIC JOB to everyone.  
Western Maryland District, is still in first place Robert likes that Red helmet and it is going to be tough to get it away from them as they sent in another 59 members last week.  They are now at 90.84%, the only squadron to reach the April goal of 90%!  They have hit another Grand Slam along with 3 more singles and have bases loaded again as they are getting ready to go into the home stretch! WMD is looking to lock up the home field for the play offs and head to the world Series!  Congrats goes out to WMD!!!  You go WMD  J
Mountain District made some changes in the line and they are now in 2nd place at 88.71% just edging out 3rd place by .37% as they sent in another 16 members in last week. They are giving Karl and Larry a crabby situation.
Now Karl Kibler has moved from 2nd place to 3rd place this week. North Eastern Shore District is at 88.34% however he is still looking for that prized red helmet. Since he moved into 3rd place the Hot dogs and pretzels, and maybe peanuts is all he has for dinner tonight as the crabs got cold and went underground.
4th place is still the Northern Central District.  Mr. Larry got the bases loaded and has moved to 87.81%, the moved .45% this week by sending in 13 runs this last week.  Great Job!!  They just had a membership rally last week and Mr. Larry is getting out to the players and rallying them up and getting them ready to load the bases to get those last minuet runs in to get to that prized goal the World Series.
Staying in 5th place and waiting for the final stretch to change pitchers and the line up is Southern Maryland at 8760% just 3.24% away from NOT buying that crab cake dinner for WMD Commander Robert Hill.  Southern sent in another 41 members last week!  Great Job Joe, you are doing an outstanding job and you only need another 636 members to make goal where WMD has to send in another 608 members.   A very tight race and fun to watch.  Will be exciting down to the end.
South Eastern Shore District is now in 6th place they are now at 87.41% and they sent in another 10 members last week.  The fell in the standings and I do not think that Dennis will stand for this!!  Look for the weeks to come as I know Dennis will do something sly and send in some sliders towards the end of the month.
To have 6 districts ahead of the March 11th goal of 80% is phenomenal  and to have one at the April goal of 90% is GREAT!!!!!!
And finally rounding the bases is the Baltimore District.  They are moved up 5.69% and went to 79.34% just .66% away from our next goal in March of 80% I know Jerry will get those last runs in this week to meet our March goal of 80%  Great job of getting out to your squadrons and getting them to send in 19 members in last week.   Commander Jerry still needs to get 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 .   Jerry is out there doing stretches for the 7th Inning stretch.   They need to hit the bases running hard and fast as the March 11th goal of 80% is just right around the bases.  I am not sure how Commander Jerry is going to look in a yellow girls softball helmet with burgundy & Purple bows.  I took the pony tail off the helmet now, it just has the bows.

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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