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The Department Headquarters Office and the Department Service Office will be closing at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014 for the annual Staff Christmas Party.
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Countdown to Conference
Natl. Cmdr. Mike Helm
Dear Department Commanders and Membership Chairmen:
I write to you today with considerable disappointment and concern over the current state of our membership programs. When we met in Indianapolis last summer, we all agreed on the importance of increasing our retention programs at the post, district and department levels. Unfortunately, thus far we have shown no success in increasing our retention rates, and therefore although some of the departments have shown growth, the vast majority of departments are falling further and further behind.
Today I am announcing a member retention surge, beginning immediately and running through January 31st, 2015. During this period, I expect each and every one of you, along with your department and district officers to support the membership renewal programs in each and every post by accomplishing the following:
* Telephoning at least 3 lapsed members per week and renewing them
* Telephoning each of your subordinate commanders at either the area,
district, county or post level at least once a week for the next 6 weeks to promote renewals and provide accountable feedback on what they are doing to increase renewals
* Promoting membership renewals as your command focus and priority by statements in your department communications, in e-mails or during Legion functions at every opportunity.
As leaders of the largest war-time veterans' organization in the world; we have an obligation to our members and to the organization to keep the American Legion strong. The way we do this is by having a growing and robust membership that allows us to continue to have the lead amongst the veteran's community. We owe our members and our programs our maximum efforts over the next six weeks.
Thank you in advance for these efforts and the continuing privilege to serve each of you and the veterans that make up this organization as your National Commander.
Michael D. Helm, National Commander
*Call to Action*
With passage of Resolution 2014F13 entitled Legislative Priorities, the Department Executive Committee has armed every member of The American Legion, Department of Indiana with enough information to positively affect veterans’ legislation in the upcoming session of the Indiana General Assembly.
All it takes is phone call, an email, a letter or a visit.
The resolution sets forth seven results that the Legion wants to see emerge from the General Assembly. No specific legislation is identified; any bill proposed by any Senator or Representative can be supported, as long as it meets one or more of the objective set forth. They include:
DECEMBER VA CLAIMS RATINGS DECISIONS
REQUEST FOR CHANGES TO DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY CAN MADE HERE
Department Directory Corrections
In order to correct a number of errors and omissions in the 2014-2015 Department Directory, the Department has established a special email address for those listed in or omitted from the book to submit corrections. The email addresses is email@example.com. Corrections will be made online as they are received, and corrected pages will be distributed after the correction period ends.
Your help in quickly and accurately correcting the directory is both important and essential. Please take a few minutes to review it – either in the paper copy you received at the Fall Conference or the on-line version here. Please observe the following guidelines and submit corrections only to the special email address above.