Revitalization Discussion, Part II
CLICK HERE to review the Revitalization Report by Adjutant Christopher Hanson. This report was briefed a the February Post Meeting.
Post 2 Revitalization Meeting
I'd like to send a special thank you out to everyone who attended our first Revitalization Meeting last night in Legacy Ballroom of the American Legion. For an hour and a half, nearly 40 American Legion members engaged in conversation and dialouge expressing their wishes for the American Legion to continue on into the future. Frank and honest opinions were shared and great ideas were given.
This is just the beginning of the revitalization, of course. The next step is to take everything we heard and begin to put together the VISION to revitalize the post. And after that, we must PLAN to support the mission. Finding the MANPOWER AND SUPPORT will be important. And only after successfully executing the plan in support of the vision will we see the benefit of this revitalization plan.
Just to remind everyone, the four bullet points we're working with on this revitalization are the following:
1) How do we contribute to the community?
2) How do we reconnect with our membership?
3) How do we recruit and replenish our ranks?
4) How do we effectively communicate and engage membership?
Stay tuned for the next steps in our revitalization. Last night, we heard from you and what we heard is that this is truly important and we must step up. We must encourage the rest of the membership to consider stepping up as well in aiding us in bringing Post 2 back into the community.
Christopher Hanson, Post 2 Adjutant
Post 2 Revitalization on the News
CLICK HERE to watch a clip from WDAY News featuring the American Legion Post 2. WDAY ran a short story highlighting the Revitalization Meeting which took place on Thursday, October 24th. Special thanks to the folks at WDAY TV for taking time to highlight our organization.
Revitalization of Post 2 - Bullet Points
1) Contribute to the Community
We need to be seen by the community as a whole. The good news needs to be spread that we are alive and seeking new opportunities to help not only our veterans, but our community as well. With the spread of this news, the rumors of Post 2 being "dead", "closed", and "non-existent" will fade. What I'm looking for are your ideas of what we can do. How can we be most visible? How can we get the word out?
2) Reconnect to Membership
How do we connect our current membership back to the post again? How do we get them involved again? How do we them to participate or at a minimum, get them to attend a meeting or an event to reacquaint? How do we restore faith in the post and assure membership that our future is bright?
3) Recruit and Replenish
How do we go about recruiting new members into the American Legion? Where do we look? How can the district or state headquarters help us in this mission? What new and fresh ideas come to mind to recruit new membership? There is no doubt that recruiting a youthful base is vitally important to the American Legion continuing into the future. How do we get these young veterans and service members to join our organization?
4) Communicate and Engage
Once we reconnect to current membership and recruit new membership, how do we continue good communication with those members who are willing to listen and able to participate? How do we those members to participate and contribute to Post 2 happenings, activities, events, and projects? How do we engage membership so they will want to become a part of the leadership of the post?
From Stars and Stripes
Check out an article written in Stars and Stripes regarding the American Legion's push to recruit from the pool of younger veterans in our communities. CLICK HERE to read this interesting article and let us know what you think.
Legion Reaffirms Position for a Stong America
National Commander Denise H. Rohan and Legion leadership meet in Indianapolis to vote on resolutions, receive donations and promote Family First! initiatives. CLICK HERE to read more!
Are You a Past Post 2 Baseball Player?
If you are a past Post 2 Baseball player, please let us know! Post 2 Baseball would like to put together a list of Legion members who have played Post 2 baseball into an "alumni list"!
CLICK HERE to E-mail Adjutant Hanson to submit your name as a Post 2 baseball alum!
District 1 Leadership for Membership Year 2018
Post 2 is proud that two of their members are serving as leadership for District 1! Michele Olson is serving is District 1 Commander while Christopher Hanson is serving as District 1 Vice Commander!
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander Denise H. Rohan.
From a 'Miracle' to a Sad Tragedy
One of the stars of the Team USA ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey movie, who later joined the Army and became a Green Beret, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. CLICK HERE to read more about this heartbreaking story.
Texas Posts Serving as Donation Centers and Shelters
CLICK HERE to read about how Texas American Legion Posts are providing relief and aid to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Department of Texas Commander encourages financial contributions be donated to the Legion's National Emergency Fund.
American Legion Elects First Female National Commander
Denise Rohan, the first woman elected American Legion national commander, asks Legion family members to continue their service to the nation, its veterans and military. CLICK HERE to read more.
The GI Bill: Now and Then
A lot has changed with the GI Bill since it began many years ago. CLCIK HERE to read about some connections made between the original measure and today’s post-9/11 veterans benefits packages.
Location Change for Post Meetings
All Post Meetings will take place at the Hector Airport Business Park (the old Hector Terminal located at 1801 23rd Avenue North, Fargo) unless otherwise advertised. Going forward, this site will be the permanent meeting space for American Legion Post 2.
Meetings and events had been occurring at the Fargo Air Museum for the past several months, but due to unforeseen circumstances, the location for events and meetings has officially changed back to the Hector Airport Business Park.
Who Will Fill Our Shoes?
American Legion national commanders asks members of the NEC who is going to carry the organization into the next century. CLICK HERE to read on.
America's Military is Losing Its Technology Edge
The global war on terrorism and reduced defense spending have taken their toll, even as rival nations are modernizing their forces. CLICK HERE to read on.
VALOR at NDSU
VALOR (Veteran Alliance Organization) was created to improve the campus climate for military and veteran students at North Dakota State University. The concept is to create a network of ADVOCATES made up of staff, faculty, and administrators at NDSU who are identified to our veteran students as people that they can go to for guidance and direction.
VALOR materials and training opportunities provide:
VALOR is sponsored by American Legion Post 400 and an Advisory Board that provides guidance and oversight.
Questions on the program can be directed to Adjutant Christopher Hanson or Past Commander Brad Aune, both who are Advisory Board members of VALOR.
Why Join the Legion?
Looking for good reasons to join or convince someone to join the American Legion? Wondering if it would be worth it to start up again after letting your membership lapse? CLICK HERE to read more about why you should join us in our mission and cause!