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.
Sympathies and Condolences
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Post 2 member Keith Kerbaugh. Keith, who served as our Commander in 2007, passed away on Sunday, January 2nd. Arrangements have been entrusted to Hanson-Runsvold Funeral Home. An obituary is available by CLICKING HERE.
A funeral service will take place on Friday, January 7th at Calvary United Methodist Church (4675 45th Street South, Fargo). Visitation will take place at 9:00 a.m. with the service following at 10:00 a.m. Burial with Military Honors will take place at the Fargo National Cemetery in Harwood.
Please keep the family of Keith Kerbaugh in your thoughts in prayers during their time of mourning.
Thanks also to our guest speakers who shared their time with us at our November Post Meeting! Diana Hall (above), the Homeless Program Manager for the VA's Community Resource and Referral Center and Jennifer Lieder (below), the Cemetery Manager for the Fargo National Cemetery shared a lot of great information with us tonight!
How to Help Afghan Allies
The American Legion is in search of veterans looking to help resettled Afghans with Special Immigrant Visas (SIV) and refugees. Many of these Afghans assisted American forces in Afghanistan as interpreters during the Global War on Terrorism.
For more information, please CLICK HERE.
100 Miles for Hope
CLICK HERE to read a message from National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford regarding the 100 Miles for Hope.
American Legion Posts 'Saving Lives' Through Vaccine Efforts
American Legion Herman Kent Post 777 in Jamestown, NY already had a strong relationship with the VA Western New York Healthcare System (VAWNYHS) prior to the coronavirus pandemic. But both entities recently expanded that relationship in an effort to get as many COVID-19 vaccines out to area veterans.
CLICK HERE to read more!
100 Miles for Hope
Be a part of the 2021 100 Miles for Hope to raise funds and awareness for the American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation (V&CF). CLICK HERE to learn more about how you can participate!
What to know about the virtual Washington Conference
This year’s American Legion Washington Conference will be virtual, due to safety concerns regarding the ongoing pandemic. However, the conference, which is from March 1 to 4, has a packed agenda and technology allows Legionnaires to participate from wherever they may be.
CLICK HERE to learn more about the conference.
From the National Commander
CLICK HERE to read the latest from our National Commander James W. "Bill" Oxford.
What Veterans Need to Know About Getting the Vaccine from the VA
As an influx of veterans are seeking the COVID-19 vaccine as it becomes available at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, many want clarity on when and where they will be able to get their vaccines. CLICK HERE to read more.
‘We Must End This Uncivil War,’ President Biden Says
Just before noon on January 20th, Joe Biden took the oath of office of as the 46th President and Commander-in-Chief of the United States. CLICK HERE to read more.
American Legion Condemns Violence in U.S. Capitol
American Legion National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford unequivocally condemned the attacks on the U.S. Capitol. CLICK HERE to read more.
The VA is working hard to get COVID-19 vaccines to Veterans as quickly and safely as possible. CLICK HERE to sign up and help them understand your interest in getting a vaccine when one is available to you. They’ll send you updates on how they’re providing vaccines across the country - and when you can get your vaccine if you want one.
Suicide Prevention for Veterans and Military Service Members Information
HeartSprings Community Healing Center
Thank you to Jan Nelson for stopping in at our Post Meeting to talk about the programs and classes offered at HeartSprings Community Healing Center! CLICK HERE to learn more about them and the services that they offer.
Want to be notified of the latest veterans news and events in Cass County? Then sign up for eNotifications! CLICK HERE and enter your contact information to receive these handy notifications!
Thank You to Our Color Guard
Thank you to our outstanding Post 2 Color Guard for all that they do in and around the Fargo-Moorhead area. From posting colors are local patriotic and sports events to providing military rites and final honors at funerals, this group of dedicated individuals perform their duties diligently regardless of the day or weather conditions.
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!