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I had a wonderful time in Reno, Nev., during The American Legion’s 99th national convention. I traveled to and from by Amtrak. If you haven’t done such a trip you are missing out on America, the home of the brave and land of the free.

Our media awards luncheon was a great success. We awarded 45 print and digital publications, however, every entry into the media awards program was a winner. I encourage every media producer in The American Legion to enter the contest next year. Remember, the entry fee is waived thanks to NALPA’s recurrent national sponsorship. While mentioning sponsors, I would be greatly remiss not to recognize the super folks at the Reno-Sparks Convention Authority for their outstanding support of the 2017 award year and taking that initial step to be the first sponsor of our awards program.

You’ll notice in this issue that there are two NALPA leadership positions open for those who might be interested. NALPA is running well at this time so the learning curve should not be too difficult for either position. Both the executive director and finance officer positions are an integral part to the operation of NALPA. Although the bylaws indicate these resumes can be received up to 30 days prior to national convention in August, we would like to receive resumes by this Dec. 31. This will provide time for the NALPA Executive Committee to make a decision and to help ensure a smoother transition at convention.

We have been able to obtain some very nice NALPA embroidered shirts that are available for purchase. I will say they are nice enough that someone bought the shirt off my back at convention.

Finally, I must continue to mention membership. Growth of NALPA will improve our health and productivity. I recently saw the notes for our reorganization and rebranding meeting from 2015. When I reviewed those notes and remembered we spoke of over 1,500 newsletters and like numbers of digital products now, we should easily have between 2,500 and 3,000 members. We still have a way to go folks. Talk to your friends, post members and acquaintances in social media that produce The American Legion post media products.

And lastly, a small reminder.

As you know, NALPA has a nice membership card that features your name, American Legion membership number, city and state. This year I have had to make quite a few new cards due to address changes.

When you move, please let us know. It’s much easier to make the change before the cards are printed.

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Free copies of Legion magazine delivered monthly to posts

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Every American Legion post within the United States will receive three complimentary issues of The American Legion Magazine every month. This started with the October issue. Post members are encouraged to use the free magazine copies as a recruiting tool by showing potential new members one of the many benefits of Legion membership or by leaving copies at the local VA hospital.

If you do not receive your free copies, please contact Jenny Altherr by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by phone at (317) 630-1221.


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Free online American Legion training program now available

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A new mobile-friendly online training program for members of The American Legion, Sons of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary is now available free of charge, replacing the former American Legion Extension Institute.

“Basic Training” is a five-part lesson housed on The American Legion Education Institute site at The module updates and refreshes the former online training program, makes it free of charge for members of The American Legion Family and has been developed for mobile phones, electronic tablets and desktop computers.

Topics covered are:

- History & Organization

- Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

- National Security

- Americanism

- Children & Youth

Each topic area offers ways in which American Legion Family members can advance the organization’s values and services in their local communities.

Following a Course Conclusion step in the training program, a 40-question exam is provided. Graduates can download and print a certificate of completion and order a Basic Training Graduate pin from Emblem Sales.


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Hashtags help promote your activities

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Oftentimes social media users search for hashtags of a particular topic of interest.


Hashtags are always one word and begin with the pound or number sign.


In upcoming months, there are events that social media managers may want to use when posting information about what their post is doing.


Here are some that will be used and/or monitored by the National Headquarters team:













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Openings for NALPA leadership positions

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Executive Director

The NALPA executive director provides the day-to-day supervision and operation of the association. The incumbent must be fluent and comfortable in both oral and written presentations, knowledgeable with current digital communication tools, and have the ability to adapt to changes in technology to keep current with more efficient ways of communication and management of the association. General duties include:

  • Serves as the liaison between NALPA and staff of The American Legion National Headquarters Media and Communication Division and Convention Division to ensure coordination and understanding remain fluid.
  • Manages the membership database and issuance of membership cards.
  • Implements sound fiscal policy and management of accounts.
  • Supervises the annual Media Contest, which includes the receiving of all entries, making arrangements for judging, and developing and arranging for award construction and delivery to national convention site.
  • Coordinates with Legion Convention Division staff and convention catering personnel for the annual awards luncheon, as well as space for the Executive Committee and annual general meetings.
  • Operates an office at the national convention either within American Legion National Headquarters staff offices or the exhibit hall if a NALPA booth is provided.
  • Attends other national meetings as requested to represent NALPA and to help recruit new members.

Other duties may be assigned as needed. This is a non-competitive and non-compensated, 100 percent volunteer position. Additional requirements include being a current member in good standing within the American Legion Family and NALPA.

Fiscal Officer

General duties of the NALPA fiscal officer include:

  • Uses bank statements and debit/credit logs to provide oversight of the budget, profit and loss statements for the annual general meeting and the Executive Committee.
  • Completes an analysis of expenditures in comparison to the approved budget (report); evaluates the past fiscal year for the fiscal health of the association (report); and provides a proposed budget to the Executive Committee.

This is a non-competitive and non-compensated, 100 percent volunteer position. Experience or educational background in bookkeeping, accounting or finance is preferred. Additional requirements including being a current member in good standing within the American Legion Family and NALPA.

To apply, send a cover letter and resume by Dec. 31 to:

NALPA President Mark Sutton, 5377 Durfee Road, Eaton Rapids, MI 48827. Or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call (248) 390-5481.


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