Old Members: Bring in a New Member!
So you have these new people who moved in up the street. They are a young couple with small children. You notice the young man wears a “US Marines” sweat shirt.
Another scenario: You live in a 55 and over community and you enjoy swapping stories with a gentleman in the unit across from you about times in Korea.
And yet another scenario: A young lady in your church is a single mom and you hear she is a veteran of the US Air Force and was discharged just this year.
What do they have in common?
They are all eligible for membership in our post. Invite them along for the next meeting! Or bring them along for a Saturday Night Special dinner!
Our Commander has had quite a bit to say about trying to get us to go “over the top.” Let’s help him make that happen! Additionally, we need new members to keep our delegate count up for Department Convention in Wildwood.
When possible membership candidates ask “why?” just tell them all the reasons you belong the the American Legion and why you enjoy “The Post on the Coast With The Most.”
Some other reasons to enlist new members:
- Access to a Service Officer to help with VA matters
- Discounts in many products and services
- American Legion Magazine
- CVS CareMark prescription discount program
- and many others
Basic eligibility requirement is to be a veteran of the US Armed forces with an Honorable Discharge in one of the following eligibility dates:
- April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I) — now all gone
- December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II) — very few left
- June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korean War)
- February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam War)
And the groups we should especially be on the lookout for since they are our future:
- August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada)
- December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Panama)
- August 2, 1990 to today (Gulf War/War On Terrorism)
We don’t want our Post to dwindle down to nothing and we especially don’t want the American Legion to become irrelevant. Let’s start bringing folks in.