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.

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