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Membership Report


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 April 19, 2015    

The membership report for is out for 4/17/15 and there are some changes ups in the lineup.   Robert from Western Maryland District dropped from 1st to 2nd place this week.
As the Detachment goes we are sitting at 95.64%. We moved up 1.05% great job if we keep moving up 1% each week we will MAKE the May13th goal of 100%.  So FANTASTIC JOB to everyone.  
We are having a GREAT YEAR as of right now. Still ahead of Last year by 279 members!!!!
Karl from the North Eastern Shore District took over 1st place and is sitting at 96.78% He is out of the dugout getting the Pitchers ready for the final stretch.  He is out Pitching for Membership and getting those last members to pay those dues and getting new members as well they have 4 - 3 Star Squadrons and 3 - 4 Star Squadrons Keep it Karl Great job!!
Western Maryland District has moved into 2nd place at 96.58% just .20% away from 1st place.   Robert is doing a great job with the largest district and only needs another 295 members sent in to reach goal at 5001 members.  They have 3 - 4 Star Squadrons.
South Eastern Shore District has now moved into 3rd place at 96.39% they moved from 4th to 3rd place by sending in another 43 runs this past week they are just .39% away from 1st place the Shore Districts are making their move. Look out for those Designated Hitters & Pitches known as sandbaggers.  Look out. They have 2 - 3 Star Squadrons, and 3 - 4 Star Squadrons Keep it up.
Mountain District has now moved from 6th place to 4th place and they are sitting at 95.55% and they sent in another 20 runs in this past week.  Keep it up Mountain District. Mountain District has 2 - 4 star squadrons and 1 - 3 star Squadron.  Good Job.
Now in 5th place is Southern Maryland District at 95.12% Southern Maryland District the 2nd largest district only needs to get another 284 members to make goal of 3,855 members.  Joe is playing the game hard and has the pinch hitters and runners at bat and on the bases.  They are just 1.66% away from 1st place and only 1.46% away from Western Maryland District.  They sent in another 30 runs this past week.  If they keep doing that they will be moving up in the ratings.   They have 12 - 4 star squadrons and 9 - 3 Star Squadrons Great Job
Now in 6th place and waiting for the final stretch to change pitchers and the lineup is Northern Central District at 93.66% and they sent in another 27 runs in last week.  Great job and keep up the great work. They have 4 - 3 Star and 3 - 4 star Squadrons Great Job
And finally rounding the bases is the Baltimore District.  They are at 83.83% they moved up 1.79% this week and Commander Jerry told me he made some visits this week and he is looking for that number to change next week.  He is looking to give up the Yellow Girls Softball helmet with the purple ponytails.  He is making the necessary changes in his line up and pitching staff.  They need to hit the bases running hard and fast as the May 13th goal of 100% is just right around the bases.  We know how Commander Jerry looks in the yellow girl’s softball helmet with burgundy & purple beads and the ponytail and he did not like it as you saw in facebook.  He wants to give up that helmet!!  Baltimore has 1 - 4 Star and 1 - 3 Star Squadons  Great job.
GREAT JOB TO EVERYBODY  !!!!!!!!!!!  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
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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