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Dues Increase

Dear Legion Family Members and Friends,

Why a dues increase, and why now?

The American Legion National Executive Committee passed a resolution in May 2015 to bring before this year’s National Convention a $5 dues increase to take effect next January. Nearly a decade will have passed since the last national dues increase. Such a recommendation did not come easily, but history shows the call must be made from time to time in an organization like ours, where the need for services and programs grows, the cost to provide them rises, and the primary revenue stream – membership dues – remains the same or declines over time.

Specific economic realities led to the recommendation. They include:
•A 16-percent reduction in overall membership since the last dues increase in 2007.
•U.S. cost-of-living growth of 13 percent since 2007.
•Reduced income from American Legion investments due to the recession and the general economic downturn.
•Employee health-insurance benefits having climbed 13.2 percent since the last dues increase.
•The erosion of the value of each dollar, at a rate of 1.44 percent per year, resulting in more than $1 million of additional annual cost.


National Headquarters has worked to offset the need for a dues increase and is making progress in the areas of fundraising, corporate relationships and cost reduction through online transactions. Those efforts, however, are just getting off the ground.

For instance, if we use the five-year-old non-member fundraising program as a model, we can expect two and a half years to pass before new fundraising initiatives start netting positive and begin growing – as the non-member fundraising program now does. Also, by investing in new technology to ease automatic renewal and improve online joining, the cost per member transaction falls from 85 cents to 11 cents. So far, about 230,000 members (and growing) use the online joining and renewing services, but that’s still only a little over 10 percent.

New revenue streams and cost reductions based on improved efficiency are heading in the right direction, but they need time to grow and gain traction.

More importantly, as a wave of new veterans re-enters civilian life, The American Legion cannot reduce its commitment or capacity to help them and their families. The need for trained service officers has rarely been so profound in U.S. history. Career events for veterans, homeless advocacy, benefits assistance, help with medical appointments, wholesome programs for young people, protection of our flag and support for America’s troops are just some of the reasons now is not the time to divest from our time-honored commitment.

 

Mike Helm

National Commander

Legion Tribute To Old Glory

Legion launching tribute to Old Glory
 
The American Legion, the nation’s largest veterans organization, is launching a multimedia tribute to Old Glory that will explore the flag’s meaning, the price paid for all it symbolizes, and the special place it occupies in our conscience and culture.
 
The American Legion wants the public to be a part of this tribute to our flag. Social media users are encouraged to post photos of Old Glory, or share what the U.S. flag means to them, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #MyUSFlag. Those who want to participate also can pin photos of the flag to the Legion’s Pinterest page. (https://www.pinterest.com/talhq/).
 
“Indivisible: The Story of Our Flag,” will be a collectible American Legion Centennial bookazine. Through illustrations and text, it will tell the story of the U.S. flag from the American Revolution to the Global War on Terrorism. Voices, unique facts, historical anecdotes and more will team up with beautiful illustrations to tell that story.
 
Combining with the bookazine will be a web platform housed on www.legion.org that will include videos, frequently asked questions, U.S. Flag Code standards, stories of interest and other valuable resources. A mobile app also will be available as part of the campaign, and will feature information about the display of the flag, photos, videos and flag etiquette.
 
The American Legion has a long-standing history of flag advocacy. On Flag Day, June 14, 1923, the Legion convened a summit in Washington, D.C., to draft a code of flag etiquette. The Legion and 68 other patriotic, civic and military organizations created the U.S. Flag Code, which was signed into law by Congress on June 22, 1942.

Zinke Honoring Service Members

Veterans, 

 

Rep. Zinke Honoring Montana's Service Members 

 

Congressman Ryan Zinke is hoping to create a permanent display in his Washington D.C. office honoring Montana's armed forces, but he needs your help.

As part of a Memorial Day celebration Zinke is asking Montana servicemen and women, past and present, to send photos along with information on their service.

Service members will receive a special honor during the week leading up to Memorial Day and photos will become a permanent part of his office. 

 

If I could get your help with passing this along to your vast network of Vets and people I would greatly appreciate that. The link I attached will give you all the details.

 

http://www.abcfoxmontana.com/story/28885870/rep-zinke-honoring-montanas-service-members

2015 National Convention

Below are the registration documents for the 2015 National Convention along with hotel information. 

 

National Convention 2015

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