Membership in The American Legion offers a number of benefits, They include:
Where else can you spend time with others who understand where you’ve been, and where you are, as a veteran?
Outreach in Local Communities
Whether holding holiday parties for kids, coordinating regular blood drives, providing a venue for charitable events, mentoring Boy Scouts and junior shooters, or sponsoring elite Legion baseball teams (just to name a few), local posts have a strong heritage of community service.
Exclusive Member Discounts
Your membership gives you and your family practical, money-saving discounts that can easily save you many times the cost of your annual membership dues. There are discounts for car rental, home services, electronics and technology, financial and insurance services, travel and lodging, and more.
12 Issues of The Legion Magazine
The monthly magazine boasts features on military, veterans and political topics written by talented writers, professional journalists and world leaders.
A Powerful Voice in Nation’s Capital
The American Legion is the nation’s most influential, effective and dependable advocate of veteran affairs fighting for better active-duty pay, improved housing for active-duty families, guaranteed GI Bill education benefits, and helping to ensure that the VA’s medical system can properly care for veterans.
VA Benefit Assistance
Your membership helps support Department Service Officers who assist veterans in preparing claims and obtaining their full military healthcare benefits through the VA.
Access to Scholarships and Programs
Posts, County Legions and the Department offer a variety of scholarhips for Legion Family members entering college.
Subject: Post Membership Goals for 2017-2018 Year
2017-2018 Membership Goals Post 48 Oxnard 555 Post 49 Santa Barbara 185 Post 50 Paso Robles 178 Post 56 Santa Maria 485 Post 66 San Luis Obispo 542 Post 125 Vandenberg 331 Post 136 Arroyo Grande 241 Post 160 Santa Ynez 102 Post 211 Lompoc 312 Post 220 Templeton 90 Post 339 Ventura 245 Post 371 Guadalupe 86 Post 432 Cambria 233 Post 482 Ojai 105 Post 484 Simi Valley 177 Post 502 Moorpark 168 Post 534 Orcutt 299 Post 686 Oakview 39 Post 741 Camarillo 573 District 16 Goal 4,946
The district membership goal has increased by 175 for 2017-2018 year.
"Below you will find instructions on using the new online transmittal process. It's time to move forward so, you won't find the old forms online. Also, we are working with a company to place all of our forms professionally online with "back-end" processing. This will save an enormous amount of time and effort for our Posts and expedite managing the data. Please work with us during this transition. It will save you countless dollars in the future.", John Bart, Department Adjutant
About Membership Reports
Membership reports are sent each Friday evening after the Fall DEC and ending in June when our database is reset. The reports end in June because the reset removes the goals formulas. We manually reset them after the July membership meeting in Indy and the new membership goals are set at our Fall DEC.
The Membership Transmittal Process:
- Membership cards are received at department
- The cards are manually verified against the names and numbers on the transmittal form
- The cards are separated
- The cards are packaged weekly and shipped to Indianapolis for their processing
- Friday morning National sends an electronic Zip file with the data processed the previous week
- The Zip file is downloaded, then uploaded to our server to updated the records
- The membership report is run and saved as a PDF.
- The PDF is sent to me and placed in the weekly email to the Membership Team, District
- Commanders, District 1st Vice Commanders, District Adjutants, Area Vice Commanders and DEC Officers.
- Cards received and processed at department = 3-5 days (depending on volume)
- Cards mailed transit time = 3-5 days
- Cards processed by National = within 2 days
- National updates data = information from cards posts that very same night on the database.
- Total processing time before the member reflects on the weekly report 10-20 days
NOTE: If a card is damaged or written on, it must be processed manually. It will be entered on the download until it is manually entered by National. Hence, it won't count until then.
Cut Off Dates and Target Dates:
- "Cut Off Dates" are the dates that trigger a delinquent notice being sent to the member if the member has not been transmitted. These are generated by National. Department has no influence or control over this process. It is automatic.
- "Target Dates" are end dates membership transmittals will be counted toward any of the goals for awards such as Early Bird.
- To meet "Target Dates" we frequently ship overnight at a large expense to help you hit the goals.
- Membership Dues are NOT being transmitted.
- Article V, Section 15, reads in part: Posts will pay the State and National per capita tax in full for the year out of the first (1st) money received from its Members on or before the tenth (10th) of the month following its receipt.
- Last Year nearly 100 members from California sent complaints to National because they paid their dues, had their cards, but they were not transmitted by their Post. Even after they contacted their Post. This must stop.
- To help solve this problem a complaint form has been developed and will be available on our website so members can report the problem. The reports will be forwarded to the District Commanders.
- Failures to transmit harms the Post, Department and National.
Member Data Form (MDF)*
The Member Data Form (MDF) traditionally was used to update all member data. Today, MyLegion.org is an electronic alternative that makes the updating of information on members much easier.
* Adding new members, process renewals and transferring members must still be done by using the hard copy Member Data Form and mailing it to the Department.
If you have served federal active duty in the United States Armed Forces during any of the war eras listed below, and have been honorably discharged or are still serving -- you are eligible for membership in The American Legion!
*August 2, 1990 to today (Persian Gulf/ War on Terrorism) December 20, 1989 to January 31, 1990 (Operation Just Cause - Panama) August 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984 (Lebanon/Grenada) February 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 (Vietnam) June 25, 1950 to January 31, 1955 (Korea) December 7, 1941 to December 31, 1946 (World War II) April 6, 1917 to November 11, 1918 (World War I)
*Because eligibility dates remain open, all members of the U.S. Armed Forces are eligible to join The American Legion at this time, until the date of the end of hostilities as determined by the government of the United States.
2017–2018 Target Dates
National Membership Target Dates
September 13. 2017 50% October 12, 2017 55% Novmber 15, 2017 65% December 13, 2017 75% January 18, 2018 80% February 14, 2018 85% March 14, 2018 90% April 11, 2018 95% May 9, 2018 100% Delegate Strength 30 days prior to
Target dates are the second Wednesday of the month unless a holiday falls on that day or at the beginning of that week.
The November target date will be on the third Wednesday due to Veterans Day falling on the previous Saturday.
To maximize the December renewal notice, and allow for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, the January target date will be the third Thursday of the month.
Cut-Off Dates Renewal Dates May 10, 2017 July 3, 2017 September 13, 2017 October 10, 2017 October 12, 2017 November 17, 2018 December 13, 2017 January 5, 2018 February 14, 2018 February 28, 2018 April 11, 2018 April 27, 2018
Transmittals not received by the cutoff date may not prevent a subsequent renewal notice from being delivered at or around the renewal date. Routinely, it takes four to five days from the target date to input data.
The Membership Committees of The American Legion serve a critical need at every level of the Legion, The impact of our Membership Committees is most important in our local posts. It is very possible the good work of our post Membership Committees, will more than any other committee, determine the long term survival of The American Legion.
The District Membership Committee is chaired by the District First Vice Commander and the First Vice Commanders of each post in the district are members of the committee. The active involvement of our post first vice commanders is critical to the success a healthy and robust membership throughout our district.
There are many good resources on membership developed by The American Legion and available on the Publications Page of the national web site. We have included a number of them for you to review in the column on the right side of this page.
Legal Duty of Dues Processing!
It is the legal duty of local post officers to ensure that member's dues payments are processed promptly.
It is vitally important that all posts leaders understand:
Dues payments are restricted funds,
that can ONLY be used to pay a member's dues.
Amembers dues payment should be processed properly, this includes depositing the dues payment, listing the member on a transmital form sent to the department with the $33.50 per capita tax and sending a current membership card to the member is very important.
Failure to process dues payments promptly and failure send membership cards soon after their dues are paid, could cause problems for a post.
The Post Adjutant is responsible for many aspects of processing member's dues payments. As a result they are often asked questions about dues and how they are allocated. To make sure we all understand, an important dues issue, The American Legion has a financial year that runs from July 1 to June 30.
However the membership year runs from January 1 to December 30. If a member has not paid their membership dues by December 30, they become delinguent.
Your members may ask from time to time ask how their dues are used. This information may be helpful in answering such questions. For each member in a post their annual dues payment is allocated this way.
A significant portion of the membership dues each member pays, is an annual per capita tax of $33.50
This is how the per capita tax is allocated:
$18.50 goes to The American Legion.
$15.00 goes to Department of California.
The remainder of the funds from a members annual dues, belongs to the post.
( i.e. post dues of $45 = $11, $40 = $6.50, $35 = $1.50 )
- Click on the link above to open the Membership Transmittal Form.
- Enter the member's information in the labeled spaces. (Last name and Membership Number)
- Scroll to the bottom of the last page. Click Next. (You will see a summary of your transmittal)
- Click on the "Submit Form" button on the bottom right of the page.
- The form will is submitted and you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you entered on the form. The email will contain all the information you entered.
- The Online Payment Page will open after you have clicked on the "Submit Form" button.
- You may use PayPal or a Credit Card. The amount will be automatically calculated and is located on top of the page.
- You can print or save your receipt by "right clicking" on the mouse and selecting "save as" or "print."
- If you choose to pay by check, simply close the page.
- Package the cards in alphabetical order. Do not include a copy of the transmittal form. We only need the cards when you use this automated transmittal form.
- The cards will fit in a #11 envelope. Do Not Bend or Fold.
- If paying by check, enclose the check with the cards.
- Send only the two (2) part cards to the department. Do not include a copy of the transmittal form. We only need the cards if you use this automated form.
- Remember *Enclose your payment with the cards if you did not pay online.*
*** Your transmittal will be processed upon the arrival of your payment and cards. ***
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