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DEPARTMENT VICE PRESIDENT

PAULA SELLENS

CONTACT INFORMATION:

513 Andrews Street, Dodge City, KS 67801

(620) 227-3816

werechaps@cox.net

 

DISTRICT VICE PRESIDENTS
District One Ashley Scheitler Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Two Nancy Mysliwski Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Three Unknown Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Four Marchia Cottrell Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Five Pat Teach Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Six Nancy Evans Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Seven Julie Radke Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page
District Eight Marsha Weber Click for contact information and Unit Report Forms Click:Go to District Page

The Office of Department of Kansas Vice President:

The DUTIES as the Unit and/or District Vice-President include, but are not limited to the following:

  • The responsibility of aiding the President in completing the development of the Unit/District program(s). 
  • The Vice-President should be prepared to preside at meetings in the absence of the President. 
  • As the Vice-President, you hold one of the most important positions:  MEMBERSHIP CHAIRMAN.
  • Always representing the American Legion Auxiliary in a professional, dignified manner.
  • The responsibility of being a cheerleader.

The Membership Program:

As the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, the strength and influence of the American Legion Auxiliary is derived from its members. Members work to ensure the future growth and prosperity of the organization by partnering with units, departments, and divisions to develop strategies to retain current members, recruit new members, and engage all in mission-related activities. Members renew memberships because of our accomplishments. They know the importance and the results of the work the American Legion Auxiliary does locally as well as nationally. New members will join when they believe the Auxiliary offers them something of value in their lives.

Department of Kansas Membership Program:

CLICK HERE TO VISIT THE "MEMBERSHIP: PROGRAM AND STATUS" PAGE

The Department of Kansas theme for the 2018-2019 administrative year is:

.The ‘We Can Do It’ poster depicts the rallying cry for women who rolled up their sleeves and went to work filling in the gaps while men went to battle during WWII. Rosie is more than just an icon. She symbolizes the contributions of women who entered the workforce and paved the way for cultural change. Between 1940 and 1945, the female percentage of the U.S. workforce increased from 27 percent to nearly 37 percent, and by 1945 nearly one out of every four married women worked outside the home.  Three million new female workers entered the workforce during the time of the war.

One of the lesser-known roles women played in the war effort was provided by the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, or WASPs. These women, each of whom had already obtained their pilot’s license prior to service, became the first women to fly American military aircraft.

They ferried planes from factories to bases, transporting cargo and participating in simulation strafing and target missions, accumulating more than 60 million miles in flight distances and freeing thousands of male U.S. pilots for active duty in World War II.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women's patriotic service organization. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad.

As the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, the strength and influence of the American Legion Auxiliary is derived from its members. The Membership Committee works to ensure the future growth and prosperity of the organization by partnering with units, departments, and divisions to develop strategies to retain current members, recruit new ones, and engage all in mission-related activities.

Department Auxiliary President Karen Hasting’s theme is “Keep Em Flying”. Are we as auxiliary members doing all we can to keep our membership flying?

In the words of one Rosie the Riveter, “Ladies, just keep your eyes on the goal, don’t be discouraged and help one another.”

Rosies We-Can-Do-It attitude has left an imprint in history. They did it then and We Can Do It…Today!

****RENWAL NOTICES SCHEDULE****: The first renewal notices will be mailed from National Headquarters by September 15. The second renewal notice will be mailed from National Headquarters by January 15. Units are welcome to supplement the national renewal notices with unit generated renewal notices.

What Can You Do to Promote Membership:

Enhance the membership experience.
PROMOTION IDEAS:
Retain all current members. Help members stay in "good standing." Always recognize members for any and all contribution made to the Auxiliary. Make sure their is pleanty of opportunity for Auxiliary members to contribute what they can.
Share membership tools. Help members get access to the National website. Inform members about benefits and discounts available to Auxiliary members.
Rid units and departments of membership discrimination.
Ensure a positive experience for all members.
Be welcoming, kind, and respectful to members of all ages and backgrounds. Ask for new ideas and be open to them. Encourage personal contact between members of the unit. Demonstrate Service, Not Self in all activities and interactions with others. Realize that not all members will attend meetings, and be respectful ot their choice.
Ask members to participate in programs they are passionate about.
Establish a membership committee or team. Communicate needs. Use membership resources on the National website. Assign committee members a job to perform.

Reach out to former or expired members.
PROMOTION IDEAS:
Identify former and expired members using American Legion Auxiliary Management Information System (ALAMIS).
Reach out to former and expired members. Set up a committee to phone former and expired members. Develop a script to guide the members based on the purpose of the committee. Meet regularly to identify and discuss why people are not continuing their membership.
Share former members' feedback with the unit and determine what the unit might need to do differently to retain all members.

Attract new members.
PROMOTION IDEAS:
Ensure a positive new-member experience. Personally contact a new member shortly after she joins. Provide a personalized welcome letter from the unit president or membership chairman. Find out how a new member wants to be involved and which volunteer activities might best suit her skills and interests. Offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in which new members can participate, at times convenient to them, to support and deliver the Auxiliary's mission. Be welcoming, kind, and respectful to persons of all ages and backgrounds. Do not expect all new members to attend regular meetings; be grateful for whatever way she wants to participate, even if only to pay her dues.
Increase the Auxiliary's visability in the community. Use Auxiliary programs to increase community involvment and encourage responsible, active citizenship supporting our military servicemembers and their families. Engage other community based organization in Auxiliary community projects.
Volunteer at schools giving flag demonstrations and serving as mentors, with a special emphasis on military childr and the issues they face with deployment and transfers.
Identify recuritment target groups, such as women veterans, military families, and relatives of American Legion members, Auxiliary Girls State alumnae, and local colleges.
Ensure the Auxiliary is appealing to new members.
Exhibit Service, Not Self in all activities and interactions with others.
Create a significant membership experience for Junior members. Encourage Junior members to recruit their eligible friends and relatives. Encourage Junior members to attend your unit meetings.

Understand and respect members rights.
PROMOTION IDEAS:
Membership dues. . . members can pay membership online, via national renewal notice, or directly to thier unit. Once a member pays her dues, she is in good standing and entitled to all rights and privileges of being an Auxiliary member. Units have a legal and fiduciary responsibility to process membership dues in a timely manner. Failure to do so is a violation of the members' rights and due process. Dues received by the unit should be transmitted to department at least once a month.
Membership cards. . . units must provide members with membership cards as soon as payment is received. As soon as a unit finds about about an online membership renewal, a membership card must be provided to them from your unit.
Make sure your unit/district has access to the American Legion Auxiliary Management Information System (ALAMIS).

Member, Unit, and Department Membership Awards:

CLASS AWARD NAME AWARD GUIDELINES
Member Recruit/Rejoin 5 Special gift form Membership Chairman (one entry per recruiter) Use the following entry form for this award: Recruit/Rejoin 5 form. This award is for members that have recuirted/rejoined five junior and/or senior members. Rejoins must not have paid dues after 2016. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: May 1, 2019 (To National Headquarters, Attn: Membership Division, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
Member Sliver Brigade Special gift from National President; entered into drawing for $500.00 for all varified entries (one gift per recruiter) Use the following entry form for this award: Sliver Brigade form. This award is for all members who have recuited 25 or more new senior Auxiliary members. ENTRY MUST BE SUBMITTED WITH NATIONAL AWARDS COVER SHEET. Click here to download the National Awards Cover Sheet. DEADLINE: May 1, 2019 (To National Headquarters, Attn: Membership Division, postmarked or e-mailed by 5:00PM EST on deadline date.)
NOTE: RECRUITER CAN EARN BOTEH THE RECRUIT/REJOIN 5 AND SILVER BRIGADE AWARDS. SENIOR MEMBERS RECRUITED FOR THE RECRUIT 5 CAN BE USED TOWARD THE SILVER BRIGADE AWARD.
Unit Newly Chartered Units Award

Citation;$25.00 gift card to Emblem Sales; entered into drawing for $500.00 for all varified entries

No entry form required. Each new unit chartered between September 1, 2018, and July 1, 2019, will receive a $25.00 gift card to Emblem Sales, and be entered into a $500.00 cash drawing. DEADLINE: Unit charter information must be received by National Headquarters by July 1, 2019, to qualify.
Department Veterans Day Award $250.00 No entry form required. This award will be presented to the department that achieves 2% over their previous year's membership total as of Veterans Day compared to its total on the same day last year. Reports will be pulled and distributed on November 13, 2018. DEADLINE: National Headquarters must have membership by November 11, 2018, to qualify.
Department National Poppy Day Award $250.00 No entry form required. This award will be presented to the department that achieves 2% over their previous year's membership total as of National Poppy Day compared to its total on the same day last year. Reports will be pulled and distributed on May 25, 2019. DEADLINE: National Headquarters must have membership by May 24, 2019, to qualify.
NOTE: DEPARTMENTS THAT RECEIVED THE VETERANS DAY AWARD ARE ALSO ELIGIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL POPPY DAY AWARD.

Click this link to view the American Legion Auxiliary (National) Membership Program Page: www.alaforveterans.org/Members/Membership. You will need your User ID and password to access the National website.

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the District Chairman by December 5, 2018.

Mid-Year Unit Report are due to the Department Chairman by December 15, 2018.

Year-End Unit Report are due to District Chairman by March 1, 2019.
Year-End Unit Report are due to Department Chairman by March 15, 2019.
Department Vice President/Membership Chairman's Year-End Report (Convention Book of Reports) is due to Department Headquarters by April 23, 2019.
Recurit 5 Award Nominations are due to National Headquarters by May 1, 2019.
Silver Brigade Award Nominations are due to National Headquarters by May 1, 2019.
LOOKING FOR DISTRICT FORMS. . . Visit the "Forms" tab on this website's main navigation menu, then select "District Report Forms".
Kansas Program Action Plan Unit Report Forms can be referenced, by District, at the top of this page, or by visiting "Forms" (then select your District), on this website's main navigation menu.
How to Create a Personal Connection to get Members to Renew Recruit 5 (New and Rejoin) Award Nomination Form
How to Hold a Revitalization Event or Participate in a TAL District Revitalization Sliver Brigade Award Nomiation Form
How to Create a New Member PacketALA Rock Stars Contact Form
How to Create an Account for the Members Only Section of the National Website Commemorative Button Order Form
ALAMIS Honor Women Veterans with Free Auxiliary Membership
Download: New Member Kit Download: Color Door Hanger
  Download: Black/White Door Hanger

 

 

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