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.
National Commander Fundraising Efforts
American Legion National Commander James "Bill" Oxford shared during Fall Meetings his focus now, the centennial coins, and his shift at the new year. CLICK HERE to read more.
CLICK HERE to watch the fifth episode of the American Legion Documentary! This episode concentrates on American Legion Baseball!
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.
Thousands Attend Funeral of Veteran Who Had No Family
|Thousands of people turned out Tuesday to pay their respects to an Army vet in Florida who had no living family to attend his funeral. CLICK HERE to read more.|
National WWI Memorial Gets Final CFA Nod
|Commission hails approval as "giant step" toward beginning construction of this monument. CLICK HERE to read more.|
Legionnaire and World War II 'Hero of Cologne' awarded Bronze Star
Legionnaire and World War II veteran Clarence Smoyer received the Bronze Star Award for his actions in the Battle of Cologne during a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on September 18, 2019. CLICK HERE to read more!
Centennial Ride Connects Teams Legacy and Vision
|Legion Riders converged in Great Bend, Kansas, after a 1,875-mile motorcycle ride to connect the Team Legacy and Team Vision banner. CLICK HERE to read more.|
Legion Centennial Ride to Bisect the Heart of America
|Teams of motorcylce riders are connecting “legacy” and “vision” along the American Legion Memorial Highway. CLICK HERE to read more!|
Helping to End Homelessness at the Post Level
|Damaged after Superstorm Sandy, American Legion Post 107 in New Jersey opensed a new facility – complete with six apartments for homeless veterans. CLICK HERE to learn more!|
2019-2020 Officers Installed
Congratulations to the 2019-2020 officers of American Legion Post 2! East Region Vice Commander Larry Reed installed the new officers during the June Post Meeting!
To Strengthen a Nation, Episode 3: Economic Opportunity
The latest installment in the centennial video series explores the ways The American Legion has helped veterans find prosperous careers. CLICK HERE to watch the episode!
Commemorative Coins Evoke The American Legion’s Service and Values
American Legion 100th anniversary commemorative coins are on sale now. CLICK HERE to learn more!
VA Secretary Grilled Over Implementation of VA Mission Act
Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie testified on the implementation of the Mission Act before the Senate and House Committees on Veterans’ Affairs in a joint hearing on December 19th. CLICK HERE to read more.
American Legion Float Has Prominent Position in Rose Parade
The American Legion will have the third float in the parade, directly behind the Marine Corps Band. CLICK HERE to learn more!
A New Name for Post 9
|An American Legion Post in Indiana honored the only World War I Hoosier to receive a Medal of Honor. CLICK HERE to read more.|
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American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation
|The American Legion Veterans & Children Foundation was recently launched. Funds will help needy military families and disabled veterans. CLICK HERE to learn more|
New York American Legion Honors Wounded Veterans
|Marine Sgt. Eddie Ryan received a honorary Paid Up For Life membership during Patriot Highlander Challenge. CLICK HERE to read more.|
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.
Legion Steps Up to Help Hurricane Victims, First Responders
|A South Carolina post created hurricane relief kits for Soliders assisting with clean-up efforts, and an Arkansas post has uplifting letters written for those staying in shelters. CLICK HERE to learn more.|
California Post Opens Doors to Fire Evacuees, First Responders
|Post 519 in Palm Springs served as a shelter for Cranston fire victims, serving food and announcing its assistance through news channels and a Legion ham radio station. CLICK HERE to read more.|
Finally, a New VA Medical Center in Colorado
|The long-delayed and debated project ushers in a new era of care for Denver-area veterans. CLICK HERE to read more.|
American Troops Involved in Thai Cave Rescue
|United States Special Operations Forces were called upon to help rescue the trapped boys’ soccer team. CLICK HERE to read more.|
Sweeping Veterans Health Care Bill Becomes Law
Among other provisions, the VA MISSION Act includes provisions to consolidate community care programs into a single, streamlined service and provides sufficient funding to extend the program through 2019. CLICK HERE to read more.
A Century of Americanism
A Tennessee Post is marking the American Legion centennial by teaching area students about the flag. CLICK HERE to read more!
North Dakota Veterans Home Director Receives Award
Mark Johnson, Director of the North Dakota Veterans Home in Lisbon, has received the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) "Eli Pick Facility Leadership Award. CLICK HERE to read more!
Do You Know 2nd Lt. C.A. Jackson, 2nd Division, AEF?
A Wisconsin Legionnaire is looking to reunite a canteen with descendants of this World War I Soldier. CLICK HERE to read on.
Commander Rohan Pledges to Work with New VA Secretary
The National Commander released a statement regarding the selection and confirmation for a new VA Secretary. CLICK HERE to read more.
Electrical Stimulation Treatment Helps PTSD Patients
Treatment helps patients reduce stress, anxiety. CLICK HERE to learn more.
Final 100 Cities/100 Memorial Grant Recipients Named
The American Legion was involved with several winners, also designated as national centennial memorials. CLICK HERE to read more.
Legacy Scholarship Gives Ohio Student Home
Chase Cooke received the college scholarship in honor of his father, a post-9/11 disabled veteran. CLICK HERE to read more!
Survey Shows Veteran Households Support Research of Medical Cannabis
CLICK HERE to see the results of an American Legion survey conducted by an independent research company.
Old Glory All Over the World
Wisconsin Boys State alum and current US Army Lieutenant has been able to fly his US flag in 21 countries spanning all seven continents. CLICK HERE to read more!
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!
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!