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Membership Program and Awards

 

2017 – 2018

Membership Program 

This Membership – Awards Program has been designed with incentives to work on membership, VFW programs, meeting attendance and submission of reports. Post and District membership 100% quotas will be based on the June 30, 2017 membership as adjusted by National Headquarters. Except where noted, the quota will NOT be reduced because of members who die or transfer to another Post. A new Post will be assigned a Membership Quota of 30 members.

 

MEMBERSHIP PLAQUES

Membership plaques will be presented at the State Convention to the Post with the largest membership increase in each category. The judging will be based on Membership as of May 11, 2018.

  1. Category A – Posts with Membership of 10 thru 75
  2. Category B – Posts with Membership of 76 thru 150
  3. Category C – Posts with Membership of 151 thru 250
  4. Category D – Posts with Membership of 251 thru 500
  5. Category E – Posts with Membership of 501 or more

 

                                                  LIFE MEMBERSHIP INCREASE PLAQUES

A Life Membership increase plaque and $200.00 will be awarded at State Convention to the Post with the greatest increase in Life members (must be at least 3 new Life members) in each category. The judging will be based on Life Membership as of May 11, 2018.

  1. Category A – Posts with Membership of 10 thru 75
  2. Category B – Posts with Membership of 76 thru 150
  3. Category C – Posts with Membership of 151 thru 250
  4. Category D – Posts with Membership of 251 thru 500
  5. Category E – Posts with Membership of 501 or more

LIFE MEMBERSHIP DRAWINGS

There will be four (4) $500.00 Life Membership drawings. One (1) Post will be selected for each drawing. Posts must meet their membership quota by the day prior to drawing to be eligible. Drawings will be held on the day of awards judging. Posts with 10 thru 75 members will have one (1) chance, Posts with 76 thru 150 members will have two (2) chances, Posts with 151 thru 250 will have (3) chances, Posts with 251 thru 500 members will have four (4) chances, and Post with 501 or more members will have five (5) chances.

  1. The first drawing will be held on September 29, 2017 and the Post must have 75% of its 2017 membership quota to participate.
  2. The second drawing will be held on October 31, 2017 and the Post must have 85% of its 2017 membership quota to participate.
  3. The third drawing will be held on January 4, 2018 and the Post must have 95% of its 2017 membership quota to participate.
  4. The fourth drawing will be held on March 1, 2018 and the Post must have 100% of its 2017 membership quota to participate.

 

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL PLAQUE

A Membership Renewal Plaque will be awarded to each Post that renews ALL viable Annual Members on its unpaid list who were Annual Members the previous year. Deceased members and conversions to Life Membership will not count against total.

 

POST 100% MEMBERSHIP AWARD

Post 100% Membership Banners will be awarded to each Post that meets their 2018 100% membership goal by June 30, 2018. In addition, the respective Post Commander and Quartermaster will receive 100% Membership Pins and Ball Caps. These awards will be presented at the Posts’ respective District meetings.

 

LEGACY LIFE MEMBERSHIP AWARD

The Post with the largest increase of new Legacy Life Members will receive a check in the amount of $200.00. The judging will be based on Legacy Life Membership as of May 11, 2018.  The award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

2017-2018 POST ALL STATE REQUIREMENTS

All State Post Requirements:

  1. Post must meet their 100% Membership Quota by June 30, 2018

Note: Post will receive additional points towards the Captain of the All-State Team for membership. One fifth (1/5) of one (1) point will be assigned for each additional member above 100%.

Note: Posts with less than 50 members are not eligible for the All-State Team. To be eligible the Post must increase their membership to 50 or more members.

 

  1. The Post Quartermaster must be bonded.
  2. The Post must have been inspected and the Inspection Reports must be received by State Headquarters no later than December 15, 2017.
  3. The Post Commander or designated Post Officer must attend each District meeting.
  4. The Post Commander or designated Post Officer must attend District School of Instruction. 
  5. All Audit Reports must be turned into State Headquarters as required by Section 218 of the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
  6. The Post must purchase a minimum of five (5) poppies per member
  7. The Post must donate to the Department MAP Fund (500 or more members – $150.00, 100 to 499 members – $100.00, 99 or less members – $50.00).
  8. The Post must have a Post Service Officer appointed.
  9. The Post must have submitted the following reports at least once during the first half of the year (May 1 thru October 31) and once during the second half (November 1 thru April 30)
    1. Hospital Report
    2. Americanism Report
    3. Community Activities Report
    4. Safety Report
    5. Youth Activities Report
  10. The Post must participate in at least 2 of the 3 following programs:
    1. Voice of Democracy Program (must submit a student to the District level for District judging)
    2. Patriot’s Pen Program (must submit a student to the District level for District judging)
    3. Teacher of the Year Program (must submit at least one Teacher to the District Level for District judging)

Note: Five (5) additional points towards the Captain of the All-State Team will be awarded to Posts submitting entries in all three programs.

Note: Community Service Record Books are optional, However, a Post will receive one point towards Captain of the All-State Team for submitting a Community Service Record Book for judging by 5pm on May 11, 2018. Additional points will be given to first place (5 points), second place (4 points), and third place (3 points).

 

 POST ALL STATE TEAM AWARDS

  1. All State Post Commanders who have met all the criteria including membership by May 11, 2018 will receive a citation, an All State cap, and an All State pin during the State Convention. A check in the amount of $300.00, to assist in payment of expenses while attending and participating at the State Convention, will be presented. Time of payment will be at the discretion of the Department Commander. All State Commanders meeting the criteria except for membership by May 11, 2018 and then meeting the membership criteria by June 30, 2018 will receive a citation, All State cap, and All State pin at their next District meeting.
  2. All State Post Quartermasters who have met all the criteria including membership by May 11, 2018 will receive a citation, an All State cap, and an All State pin. A check in the amount of $300.00 to assist in payment of expenses while attending and participating at the State Conventionwill be presented. Time of payment will be at the discretion of the Department Commander. All State Quartermasters meeting the criteria except for membership by May 11, 2018 and then meeting the membership criteria by June 30, 2017 will receive: A Citation; an All State cap; and All State pin at their next District meeting.
  3. From the All-State Team, the Post with the highest points in the All State judging on May 12, 2018 will be designated as the Outstanding Post of the Year 2017-2018. The Commander and Quartermaster of this Post will be the Captains of the All-State Team.
  4. The Awards and Citation Committee will break all ties and their decision will be final.

 

2017-2018 DISTRICT ALL STATE REQUIREMENTS

All State District Requirements:

  1. The District must meet their 100% Membership Quota by June 30, 2018.
  2. All Posts in the District must be inspected and the Inspection Reports must be received by State Headquarters no later than December 15, 2017.
  3. All Post Quartermasters in the District must be properly bonded.
  4. The District Quartermaster must be properly bonded.
  5. All Audit Reports for the District and all Posts in the District must be turned into State Headquarters as required by the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
  6. All Posts in the District must have submitted the following reports at least once during the first half of the year (May 1 thru October 31) and once during the second half (November 1 thru April 30):
    1. Hospital Report
    2. Americanism Report
    3. Community Activities Report
    4. Safety Report
    5. Youth Activities Report
  7. All Posts in the District must have purchased Buddy Poppies.
  8. The District must conduct a District School of Instruction by the end of September 2017.
  9. District must make Donate at least $100 to Department MAP Fund.

 

DISTRICT ALL STATE DISTRICT AWARDS

  1. All State District Commanders who have met all the criteria including membership by May 11, 2018 will receive an All State District Commander’s cap and an All State pin during the State Convention. All State Commanders meeting the criteria except for membership by May 11, 2018 and then meet the membership criteria by June 30, 2018 will receive an All State District Commander’s cap, and an All State pin at their next District meeting.
  2. All State District Commanders will receive a VFW jacket if all Postswithin the District are 100% or more in membership by June 30, 2018.

 

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP AWARD

  1. A District achieving 100% of their membership goal by June 30, 2018 will receive a citation and $500.00 check.
  2. A District in which all Posts in the District have achieved 100% membership by June 30, 2018 will receive an additional check for $500.00.

 

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

All individual recruiting awards will be awarded by using the National Recruiter Reports dated May 1, 2018. These awards will be presented at the State Convention.

  1. An Annual member who recruits five (5) New or Reinstated Members will receive:
  2. Their Annual Dues (National and Department portions) paid by the Department for the current year.
  3. Their name and membership number will be entered into a drawing for a Life Membership.

Note: For each additional five (5) members recruited, an additional entry will be made in the Life Membership Drawing.

  1. The drawing for the Life Membership listed above will be conducted on the day of awards judging.
  2. A Life Member who recruits 5 New or Reinstated Members will receive:
  3. Name and membership number will be entered into a drawing for one level of Legacy Life membership equal to $400.00 or $200.00 cash if already a Gold member.

Note: For each additional five (5) members recruited, an additional entry will be made in the drawing.

  1. The drawing for the Legacy Life Membership award listed above will be conducted on the day of awards judging.
  2. Any member who recruits five (5) New or Reinstated Members will be entered into a drawing for:
  3. Round trip airfare to the 119th National
  4. Expense check in the amount of $599.00 to help defray expenses.

Note: For each additional five (5) members recruited, an additional entry will be made in the drawing.

  1. The drawing for this award listed above will be conducted on the day of awards judging.

Commander in Chief Trip

All members who recruits 5 New or Reinstated Members will be entered into a drawing for:

Commander in Chiefs annual trip to include airfare for two. (For each additional 5 members recruited, an additional entry will be made in the drawing). The drawing for this award listed above will be conducted on the day of awards judging.

 

POST COMMANDER MEMBERSHIP AWARD

Post Commanders who have their Post 100% by Dec 31, 2017 will receive a Department Commanders jacket and will be recognized at Winter Council.

 

INDIVIDUAL RECRUITER AWARDS

Individual recruiters will also receive for:

  1. 15New or Reinstated Members – a Pen and Key Chain Set.
  2. 25 New or Reinstated Members – a Department Aide-de-Camp Recruiting Award with engraved citation, an official cap.

This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

THE SAMUEL B. DeVAUGHAN MEMBERSHIP AWARD

The Samuel B. DeVaughan Membership Award is presented to the member who recruits the most new and/or reinstated members of the 2017-2018 Membership Year and will receive the following:

  1. Check in the amount of $300.00 to help defray expenses of the State Convention.
  2. Department citation.
  3. Distinctive cap and name badge

This award will be presented at the State Convention.

THE GEORGE C. DALBY AWARD

The George C. Dalby Award is presented to any Post member for outstanding participation in VFW programs. Rules for this contest are sent to each Post in the spring. Deadline for submission to State Headquarters is the day prior to awards judging. Post and District Commanders are excluded from this award. This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

THE W. B. SHAFER, JR. MEMBERSHIP AWARD

The W.B. Shafer, Jr. Membership Award is presented to the Post making the greatest percentage gain in membership as shown by the State Membership Report dated the day prior to awards judging. This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

THE RICHARD A. (AL) GUAGER AMERICANISM AWARD

The Richard A. (Al) Guager Americanism Award is presented annually. Rules for this contest are sent to each Post in the spring. Deadline for submission to State Headquarters is by the day prior to awards judging. This award will be presented at the State Convention. Posts placing second through ten will receive a Department Citation.

 

THE GEORGE E. McCRACKEN HONOR GUARD/COLOR GUARD AWARD

The George E. McCracken Honor Guard/Color Guard Award is presented to the most outstanding Post Honor Guard/Color Guard. Deadline for submission to State Headquarters is by the day prior to awards judging. This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

FIREFIGHTER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Firefighter of the Year Award is presented to the most outstanding firefighter. The selectee will receive a plaque and a check for $300.00. The deadline for submission to State Headquarters is January 5, 2018. Send resume of nominees’ background, resume of background in fire/emergency safety work, accomplishments in fire/emergency safety field, photograph, title and address to State Headquarters. This award will be presented at the State Convention or at a local venue.

LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Law Enforcement Officer of the Year is presented to the most outstanding law enforcement officer. The selectee will receive a plaque and a check for $300.00. The deadline for submission to State Headquarters is January 5, 2018. Send resume of nominees’ background, resume of background in law enforcement work, accomplishment in the field, photograph, title and address to State Headquarters. This award will be presented at the State Convention or at a local venue.

 

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Emergency Medical technician of the Year is presented to the most outstanding Emergency Medical Technician. The selectee will receive a plaque and a check for $300.00. The deadline for submission to State Headquarters is January 5, 2018. Send resume of nominees’ background, resume of background in paramedic work, accomplishment in the field, photograph, title and address to State Headquarters. This award will be presented at the State Convention or at a local venue.

 

TEACHER OF THE YEAR AWARDS

The Teacher of the Year awards are presented to the most outstanding Teachers. The selectees will receive a citation and check for $300.00. There are three winners – Kindergarten through 5th, 6th through 8th, and 9th through 12th. These awards will be presented at the State Convention or at a local venue.

 

THE W. I. WOODDELL MEMORIAL POST QUARTERMASTER AWARD

The W. I. Wooddell Memorial Post Quartermaster Award is presented to the Post Quartermaster who has shown outstanding dedication to his Post and the Department. The Post Commander must send in a nominating letter on why the Post Quartermaster should be considered for Quartermaster of the year.  Submission must be received the day prior to the awards judging.  The recipient is to be selected by a committee headed by the State Quartermaster. The award will consist of a custom-lettered citation, plus a check in the amount of $200.00 from the Department. This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

THE CLAIR B. POFF PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARD

The Clair B. Poff Public Relations Award is presented to three (3) Posts for the most outstanding newsletter or publication for their size group and then forwarded to National for judging. To enter, send two different copies of your Post Newsletter to State Headquarters along with the editor’s name and address. Deadline for submission to State Headquarters is January 5, 2018. This award will be presented at the State Convention. Group 1 membership 99 members or less; Group 2 membership 100 to 179; and Group 3 membership 180 or more.

THE ROBERT H. RINER AWARD

The Robert H. Riner Award is presented to the District Commander with the highest percentage gain in membership over last year. Membership gain will be as shown by the State Membership Report dated the day prior to awards judging. This award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

WILLIAM T. (BILL) ALLEN HOSPITAL AWARD

The William T.(Bill) Allen Hospital Award is presented to Posts for outstanding reporting in hospital work. The winning Posts will be determined by the State Hospital Chairman. These awards will be presented at the State Convention. Hospital award categories are:

  1. Category A – Posts with Membership of 10 thru 75
  2. Category B – Posts with Membership of 76 thru 150
  3. Category C – Posts with Membership of 151 thru 250
  4. Category D – Posts with Membership of 251 thru 500
  5. Category E – Posts with Membership of 501 or more

 

CLARENCE E. KELLEY MEMORIAL VOICE OF DEMOCRACY AWARD

The Clarence E. Kelley Memorial Voice of Democracy Award is presented to the Post sponsoring the State’s first place VOD winner and is presented at the State Convention. In addition, each Post participating in the VOD program will receive a citation.

Note: The State VOD winners will receive a plaque and: 1st place – $2,000.00; 2nd place – $1,500.00; and 3rd place – $1,000.00 to be presented at the Winter Conference Banquet. The first three place winners are expected to attend the Winter Conference Banquet where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners will be announced and the 1st place winner will read their essay.

 

LARRY MATTERA MEMORIAL PATRIOT’S PEN AWARD

The Larry Mattera Memorial Patriot’s Pen Award is presented to the Post sponsoring the State’s first place Patriot’s Pen winner and will be presented at the State Convention. In addition, each Post participating in the PP program will receive a citation.

Note: The State Patriot’s Pen essay winners will receive a plaque and: 1st place – $1,000.00; 2nd place – $750.00; and 3rd place – $500.00 to be presented at the Winter Conference Banquet. The first three place winners are expected to attend the Winter Conference Banquet where the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd winners will be announced and the 1st place winner will read their essay.

 

SCOUT OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Scout of the Year Award is presented to the State Scout of the Year winner. A plaque and check for $500.00 will be presented at the State Convention. In addition, each Post participating in the Scout Program will receive a citation.

 COMMUNITY SERVICE RECORD BOOK

The Community Service Record Book should be kept from May 1, 2017 to April 30, 2018 for State judging. Plaques will be awarded to the top three (3) entries at the State Convention. Special Citations will be awarded to the fourth through tenth places and all other entries not placing in the top ten will receive a citation. Additionally, an award from National will be presented to the first place entry.

All Posts entering a Community Service Record Book will have a chance to win a monetary award in the amount of $200.00 if judged best overall entry in their respective membership category. One (1) check will be issued in each membership category.

  1. Category A – Posts with Membership of 10 thru 75
  2. Category B – Posts with Membership of 76 thru 150
  3. Category C – Posts with Membership of 151 thru 250
  4. Category D – Posts with Membership of 251 thru 500
  5. Category E – Posts with Membership of 501 or more

 

BUDDY POPPY CITATIONS

Buddy Poppy Citations will be presented to the District Commander whose District purchased the most Buddy Poppies and to the District Commanders whose District had 100% participation in the Buddy Poppy Program. The Post in each District who purchased the most Buddy Poppies will also be presented a citation. These awards will be presented at the State Convention.

 

LOYALTY DAY CITATIONS

Loyalty Day Citations will be presented at State Convention to Districts and Posts participating in Loyalty Day Programs.

 

BEST NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CITATION

The Best Newspaper Article Citations will be presented at State Convention to the Post who submits the best article for each edition of the State Newspaper.

 

ADDITIONAL REPORTING AWARDS

Posts reported in 3 categories of Community Activities, 4 categories of Safety, 8 categories of Americanism and 4 categories of Youth Activities during the reporting period of May 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018 will receive a citation at their next District meeting.

 

VFW National Membership Program

Keith E. Harman

Commander-in-Chief 

 

                 

Membership Mission

     Recruit, retain, and mentor a stable membership base, including all generations of veterans, which is well-versed in institutional knowledge and actively involved at all levels of the organization. To show continued growth and thrive through the dedication and involvement of members at all levels of the organization.

Introduction

For the past several years, the VFW has been relatively successful in recruiting members aged 39 and younger. The only way to make this success permanent is to retain those members, recover past members, and recruit new members. We must improve the way we communicate with our members at all levels of the organization. Does your Post, District, State or Department have a newsletter, email, or an outreach team that visits fellow members? In many cases, we have lost touch with our members. We need to know who they are and what their needs are. Let’s get back to basics—our first priority is taking care of our members and the veteran community as a whole.

Membership Goals

  1. Build a strong organization for the future.
  2. Work together to achieve the VFW’s goals. The VFW National Headquarters staff is here to assist in coordinating programs, developing new membership initiatives and building awareness among our membership and the entire veteran community.

Membership Benchmarks

  • Recruit new and recover unpaid members
  • Retain existing membership
  • Increase life membership
  • Increase legacy life membership

 

 

Retention Defined

Although retention is not a prerequisite for the All-American program, it is extremely important to understand how retention is derived and the important role retention plays in accomplishing growth. The number of paid annual members in your Post on July 1 is your ensuing year’s “prior year total.” One more new or recovered member is required to make up for each prior year annual member the Post fails to retain.

Your Post retention is derived from six types of payment components based on your prior year total of annual members:

  • A prior year annual member pays his or her annual membership dues.
  • A prior year annual member pays the life membership installment fee.
  • A prior year annual member pays for life membership dues.
  • A prior year annual member transfers to another Post and pays his or her annual membership dues.
  • A prior year annual member transfers to another Post and pays the life membership installment fee.
  • A prior year annual member transfers to another Post and pays life membership dues.

Life Membership Amnesty

All life members who are reported deceased between July 1, 2017 and August 31, 2017, will be removed from the Post rolls and the Post’s prior year membership count will be adjusted accordingly.

Recruiting Awards

Individual Awards:

  • 5, 10, 15             Corresponding numbered member pin
  • 25                         Commander-in-Chief membership coin & citation
  • 50                         National aide-de-camp cap and citation
  • 75             VFW leather travel bag
  • 100             Century cap and citation
  • 175             Commemorative medallion set

               “BUCKET OF BUCKEYES” Member Drawing

 Five (5) winners will be drawn and accompany the Commander-in-Chief on an all-expense paid trip in May 2018 along with their spouse or guest.

                    For any new/reinstated member recruited between July 1, 2017 and April 01, 2018:

  • You will receive one (1) chance for every five (5) new/reinstated members recruited
  • You will receive ten (10) additional chances for every increment of 25 new/reinstated members recruited
  • Attention Post and District Commander:
  • You will receive ten (10) chances in recognition of 85%+ post and district retention

Drawing will take place April 2, 2018

  • All awards are non-transferable

Early Bird Award—VFW Legislative Conference

The top three Post commanders and quartermasters and the top two District commanders in each division on Jan. 1, 2018 will be awarded:

  • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW Legislative Conference, Washington D.C.

Post Commander and Quartermaster – New & Recovered Member Award

The top 10 Post commanders and quartermasters in each division who report more than 50 new and recovered annual members by Jan. 1, 2018 will each be awarded:

  • A distinctive leather zippered Padfolio.

Kansas City Spree

The top two Post commanders and the top two District commanders in each divisions who achieve 100% membership by April 1, 2018 along with their spouse or guest, will be awarded:

  • Round-trip airfare to Kansas City, Mo, from the airport nearest the awardee’s home.
  • A fun-filled weekend (May 03-06, 2018) that may include but is not limited to: touring, shopping, and a complete tour of the VFW National Headquarters.

100% Post, District & Department

A distinctive streamer will be awarded to every Post, District and State/Department that achieves 100% or greater in membership before July 1, 2018.

100% Commander Drawing

Each Post and District commander that exceeds 100% in membership by July 1, 2018 will be placed in a drawing. 20 post commanders and 12 district commanders will be drawn to receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.

Legacy Life Membership Acquisition

Each Post that achieves the designated benchmarks of 25, 50 and 75 Legacy Life Members will be awarded:

  • A Legacy Society Post Proclamation.

Each Post that achieves the distinctive benchmark of 100 Legacy Life Members by July 1, 2018, Commander or post representative will be awarded:

  • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.
  • Reserved seating at the VFW National Convention joint opening session.
  • Legacy Society Post Proclamation.

Elite Recruiter

Any VFW member who signs up 250 or more new and/or recovered annual members by July 1, 2018, will be awarded:

  • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.
  • Distinctive cap, citation, and name badge.

Recruiter of the Year

The VFW member who signs up the greatest number of new and/or recovered annual members greater than 250 by July 1, 2018, will be awarded:

  • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.
  • Reserved seating at the VFW National Convention joint opening session.
  • Distinctive cap, citation, and name badge.
  • Commander-in-Chief’s Crystal Eagle.

All-American Leadership Criteria

The All-American leadership program exists to recognize exceptional leadership, authentic accomplishment in membership growth and VFW core programs.

All-American Post Leadership Criteria

  • Recruit new and reinstated members equal to 5% of Prior Year Total
  • Greater than 50 members on July 1, 2018
  • Membership greater than 100%
  • Voice of Democracy – minimum of one entry advanced to District Judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National)
  • Patriots Pen – minimum of one entry advanced to District judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National)
  • National Citizenship Education Teachers Award – one entry advanced to District judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National)
  • Buddy Poppy- must purchase Buddy Poppies
  • Hold a fundraiser with the proceeds going to National Veterans & Military Support Services, minimum of $50
  • National Veterans Service – Appoint a Post Service Officer

All-American Post Leadership Award

  • Acknowledgment in VFW Magazine
  • All-American Post citation
  • All-American Post streamer
  • All-American citation – Commander
  • All-American name badge – Commander
  • All-American cap – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase cap
  • All-American lapel pin – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase pin
  • The top five Commanders in each division will also receive:
    • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.
    • Reserved seating at the VFW National Convention joint opening session.

All-American District Leadership Criteria

  • Recruit new and reinstated members equal to 5% of Prior Year
  • Membership greater than 100%
  • Voice of Democracy – minimum of one entry advanced to Department Judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National)
  • Patriots Pen – minimum of one entry advanced to Department judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National)
  • National Citizenship Education Teachers Award – one entry advanced to Department judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National)

All-American District Leadership Award

  • All-American District streamer
  • All-American District citation – Commander
  • All-American name badge – Commander
  • All-American cap – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase cap
  • All-American lapel pin – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase pin
  • The top two District Commanders in each division will also receive:
    • A $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention.
    • Reserved seating at the VFW National Convention joint opening session.

  All-American Department Leadership Criteria

  • Membership must be greater than 100%
  • Recruit new and reinstated members equal to 5% of Prior Year
  • One new post or increase the membership of three posts of 50 members or less to over 50 members by July 1, 2018
  • National Legislative Service
    • Monthly National Legislative Service committee member/chairman reports must be submitted to National Legislative Service in Washington, D.C.
  • National Veterans Services
  • Must have a State/Department service officer and submit his or her name and contact information to National Veterans Services in Washington, D.C. by July 31, 2017
  • Monthly National Veterans Services committee member/chairman reports must be submitted to National Veterans Services in Washington, D.C.
  • Programs
    • Voice of Democracy – An entry advanced to national judging
    • Patriot’s Pen – An entry advanced to national judging
    • National Citizenship Education Teacher Award – submit an entry in all three categories (K-5, 6-8, 9-12) and entries must advance to national judging
    • Veterans & Military Support Programs – Must complete a State/Department fundraiser and proceeds must be donated to: Veterans & Military Support Programs, Kansas City, MO
    • Student Veterans of America (SVA)
  • Select a state/department SVA liaison, and submit their contact information to the VFW Programs Department, Attn: Brooklynne Mosley, no later than July 31, 2017.
  • Complete three (3) or more SVA events spanning at least two of the three semesters (fall, spring and summer) and submit each of the three (3) or more activity reports to the VFW National Programs Department, Attn: Brooklynne Mosley, no later than June 30, 2018. Event defined: A planned public or social occasion.

All-American Department Leadership Award

  • All-American Department streamer
  • All-American Department citation – Commander
  • All-American name badge – Commander
  • All-American cap – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase cap
  • All-American lapel pin – Commander – *Quartermaster may purchase pin
  • $1,000 stipend to be used toward attending the VFW National Convention
  • Reserved seating at the VFW National Convention joint opening session

Post Membership Divisions and Minimum Qualifying Percentages

Division Total Membership Qualifying Percentage  
1 750 And up! Over 100%  
2 356 749 Over 100%  
3 246 355 Over 100%  
4 185 245 Over 100%  
5 143 184 Over 100%  
6 112 142 Over 100%  
7 88 111 Over 100%  
8 68 87 Over 100%  
9 51 67  Over 100%  
10 1 50 Over 100%  

District Membership Divisions and Minimum Qualifying Percentages

Division Total Membership  Qualifying Percentage  
1 5,000 14,000 Over 100%  
2 3,282 4,999 Over 100%  
3 2,172 3,281 Over 100%  
4 1,447 2,171 Over 100%  
5 906 1,446 Over 100%  
6 1 905 Over 100%  

 

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • To receive stipends, awardees must be in attendance at designated events
  • Only one National paid stipend per event (national convention, legislative conference, etc.)
  • All awards are non-transferable

 

To Download the 2017-2018 programs click here Awards Program 2017-2018 all.pdf (1 download)

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