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Subject:  Post Membership Goals for 2017-2018 Year

Membership Goals PDF



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.

New Membership Transmittal Process

"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

Membership Transmittal and Per-Capita Payment Page

  • 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. ***


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:
The Timeline:

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:

Serious Problems:

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.


Member Data Form (MDF)*

Eligibility Information

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
National Convention

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.

Renewal Schedule


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.

National Membership Recruiting Awards

The National Membership Awards Point Manual was prepared and designed primarily to assist department and district/county membership teams and commanders in building a complete membership program. It includes:

2016 National Membership Awards Points Manual

National Commander's Pin

To qualify for this award you must recruit (5) new members into
The American Legion. You can download the pin application from The American Legion web site.

Download pin application


National Commander's Coin

To qualify for this award you must recruit (5) new members into
The American Legion. You can download the coin application from The American Legion web site.

Download coin application

Gold Brigade Award

A Legionnaire who recruits 50 or more new members (not transfers) by the May target date qualifies for enrollment in the elite Gold Brigade of The American Legion. These Legionnaires will be awarded unique gifts that designate affiliation with the Gold Brigade. The gifts awarded to a Gold Brigadier will depend on the number of times he or she has qualified for the award.

Silver Brigade Award

A Legionnaire who recruits 25 to 49 new members (not transfers) by the May target date qualifies for this award. A silver pin and certificate will be awarded.

Note: Silver Brigade and Gold Brigade awards cannot both be awarded to a recruiter during the same membership year.

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.

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: