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Membership Program and Awards

2018 – 2019

ALL-STATE PROGRAM AND ANNUAL STATE AWARDS
(JULY 1, 2018 – JUNE 30, 2019)

 

“Every Day Is Veterans Day”

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, 2019 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 numeric membership increase in each category. The judging will be based on Membership as of May 10, 2019.

  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 10, 2019.

  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) 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 28, 2018 and the Post must have 75% of its 2019 membership quota to participate.
  2. The second drawing will be held on October 31, 2018 and the Post must have 85% of its 2019 membership quota to participate.
  3. The third drawing will be held on January 4, 2019 and the Post must have 95% of its 2019 membership quota to participate.
  4. The fourth drawing will be held on March 1, 2019 and the Post must have 100% of its 2019 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

In addition, the respective Post Commander and Quartermaster will receive 100% Membership Pins and Ball Caps if the Post meets its 2019 100% membership goal by May 10, 2019. 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 10, 2019.  The award will be presented at the State Convention.

 

2018-2019 POST ALL-STATE REQUIREMENTS

All State Post Requirements:

  1. The Post must meet their 100% Membership Quota by June 30, 2019.
  2. The Post Quartermaster must be bonded.
  3. The Post must have been inspected and the Inspection Reports must be received by State Headquarters no later than 5pm on December 16, 2018.
  4. The Post must have at least one member attend each District meeting.
  5. The Post must have at least one member attend District’s School of Instruction. 
  6. All Audit Reports must be turned into State Headquarters as required by Section 218 of the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
  7. The Post must purchase a minimum of five (5) poppies per member.
  8. The Post must make a donation to the Department Service Officer Fund. Posts with (500 or more members – $125.00, 100 to 499 members – $100.00, 99 members or less – $75.00).
  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: Posts 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 Posts must increase their membership to 50 or more members.

Note: A Post with less than 50 members who completes all other requirements of the All State program, achieves 100% in membership, but does not surpass 50 total members will be honored with a certificate and a check for $200. These Posts will each be known as a “Meritorious Post”.

 

POST ALL STATE TEAM AWARDS

  1. All-State Post Commanders who have met all the criteria including membership by May 10, 2019 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 10, 2019 and then meeting the membership criteria by June 30, 2019 will receive: a citation, an All-State cap, and an All-State pin at their next District meeting but will not receive any monetary award.
  2. All-State Post Quartermasters who have met all the criteria including membership by May 10, 2019 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 10, 2019 and then meeting the membership criteria by June 30, 2019 will receive: a citation, an All-State cap; and an All-State pin at their next District meeting but will not receive any monetary award.
  3. From the All-State Team, the Post with the highest points in the All-State judging on May 11, 2019 will be designated as the Outstanding Post of the Year 2018-19. 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 considered the recommendation to the State Commander.
  5. The State Commander shall make the final decision for all recommendations of awards and the decision shall be final.

 

2018-2019 DISTRICT ALL STATE REQUIREMENTS

All State District Requirements:

  1. The District must meet their 100% Membership Quota by June 30, 2019.
  2. All Posts in the District must be inspected and the Inspection Reports must be received by State Headquarters no later than December 16, 2018.
  3. The District Quartermaster must be properly bonded.
  4. All Audit Reports for the District must be turned into State Headquarters as required by the National By-Laws and Manual of Procedure.
  5. 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
  6. The District must conduct a District School of Instruction by the end of September 2017.
  7. The District must donate $100.00 to the Department Service Officer Fund.

 

DISTRICT ALL STATE DISTRICT AWARDS

  1. All-State District Commanders who have met all the criteria including membership by May 10, 2019 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 10, 2019, and then meet the membership criteria by June 30, 2019 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 their District are 100% or more in membership by June 30, 2019.

 

DISTRICT MEMBERSHIP AWARD

  1. A District in which all Posts in the District have achieved 100% membership by June 30, 2019 will receive a check for $500.00.

 

 

 

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

All individual recruiting awards will be awarded by using the National Recruiter Reports dated May 10, 2019. These awards will be presented at the State Convention.

  1. Annual members recruiting 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. Life Members recruiting 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. Members recruiting five (5) New or Reinstated Members will be entered into a drawing for:
  3. Round trip airfare to the 120th 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.

 

POST COMMANDER MEMBERSHIP AWARD

Post Commanders who have their Post 100% by Dec 31, 2018 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. 20 New or Reinstated Members – State Commander’s challenge coin
  3. 25 New or Reinstated Members – a Department Aide-de-Camp Recruiting cap and citation
  4. 50 New or Reinstated Members – State Commander’s briefcase
  5. 75 New or Reinstated Members – State Commander’s jacket

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 2018-19 Membership Year.  He/she will receive the following:

  1. A check in the amount of $300.00 to help defray expenses of the State Convention.
  2. A Department citation.
  3. A 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 tenth will receive a 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 4, 2019. 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 4, 2019. 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 4, 2019. 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 grade, 6th through 8th grade, and 9th through 12th grade. 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 4, 2019. 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 the 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 with outstanding reporting of 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 his/her 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, 2018 to April 30, 2019 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. 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 District Commanders whose Districts had 100% participation in the Buddy Poppy Program. The Post in each District that purchased the most Buddy Poppies will also be presented a citation. These awards will be presented at the State Convention.

 

BEST NEWSPAPER ARTICLE CITATION

The “Best Newspaper Article Citation” will be presented at State Convention to the Post who submits the best article for each edition of the State Newspaper. Judging shall be performed by the committee for the newspaper.

 

 

National Membership Awards

Membership Mission

To recruit, retain, and mentor a stable membership base, including all generations of veterans. To cultivate a membership that is well versed in institutional knowledge and actively involved at all levels of the organization and in the local community. To establish Posts with a strong tradition of service, leadership, and community outreach.

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 us 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 Objectives

  • Recruit new and recover unpaid members
  • Retain and mentor existing membership
  • Develop new Posts and revitalize existing Posts
  • 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 the ensuing year’s “prior year total.” One more new or reinstated 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, 2018 and August 31, 2018, will be removed from the Post rolls and the Post’s prior year membership count will be adjusted accordingly.

Recruiting Awards

 

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

               “LUCKY STARS” Member Drawing

 Five (5) winners will be drawn and accompany the Commander-in-Chief on an all-expense paid trip May 06-12, 2019 along with their spouse or guest.

                    For any new/reinstated member recruited between July 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019:

  • 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, 2019

  • All awards are non-transferable

Department “First to Finish” Incentive

The Department Commander and Quartermaster along with a guest for each of the Department that is the first to attain 100% in membership will be awarded.

  • Round trip airfare, accommodations and transportation with transfers. To include three nights in Honolulu and four nights in Maui, Hawaii. Note: if Hawaii wins, CDR and QM with guest will win a trip of equal value.

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, 2019 will be awarded:

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

Department Quartermaster Early Bird Incentive

For every Department that achieves 92% in membership by Jan 1, 2019; the Department Quartermaster will receive:

  • A VFW Henry 30-30 Caliber Rifle or a credit voucher of equal value, for use with Veterans Travel Services.

Post Commander and Quartermaster – New & Reinstated Member Award

The top 10 Post commanders and quartermasters in each division who report more than 50 new and reinstated annual members by Jan. 1, 2019 will each be awarded:

  • A travel charger with the official VFW Commander-in-Chief logo.

Kansas City Spree

The top two Post commanders and the top two District commanders in each divisions who achieve 100% membership by April 1, 2019 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 16-19, 2019) 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, 2019.

100% Commander Drawing

Each Post and District commander that exceeds 100% in membership by June 1, 2019 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.

Post Commander and Quartermaster Division Challenge

For every ten (10) new/reinstated members recruited between July 1, 2018 and April 1, 2019; Posts will earn one chance for both Post Commander and Quartermaster to be entered into a drawing. One Post per Division will be drawn to receive:

  • A $1,000 stipend each for Commander and Quartermaster 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, 2019, 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 reinstated annual members by July 1, 2019, 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 reinstated annual members greater than 250 by July 1, 2019, 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.

New Post Development Department Award

For each new Post chartered, the Department Quartermaster will receive:

  • A $250 credit from the VFW Store to be used towards necessary materials for the new Post.

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

  • Greater than 50 members on July 1, 2019
  • Membership greater than 100%
  • Finish in the top 50 posts in your respective division
  • Voice of Democracy – minimum of one entry advanced to District Judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National in lieu of entry)
  • Patriots Pen – minimum of one entry advanced to District judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National in lieu of entry)
  • National Citizenship Education Teachers Award – one entry advanced to District judging (Overseas Post donate $50 to National in lieu of entry)
  • 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

  • Membership greater than 100%
  • Finish in the top 25 Districts in your division
  • Voice of Democracy – minimum of one entry advanced to Department Judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National in lieu of entry)
  • Patriots Pen – minimum of one entry advanced to Department judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National in lieu of entry)
  • National Citizenship Education Teachers Award – one entry advanced to Department judging (Overseas District donate $100 to National in lieu of entry)

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%
  • Must conduct two Membership Recruiting events prior to May 1, 2019. A report of these events must be submitted to the Membership Department.
  • Hold a Commander’s Round-Up* prior to Jan 1, 2019 with a report submitted to the Membership Department.
  • One new post or increase the membership of three posts of 50 members or less to over 50 members by July 1, 2019
  • 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, 2018
  • 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

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

Conference Membership Award

The state/Department leading each conference will be entrusted with the conference membership colors for the following year. The 2018-2019 Conference winners will pick up the colors from the Membership Department at National Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The Conference with the highest membership percentage of the four Conferences will have their name and year engraved on a traveling trophy that will be presented by the Commander-in-Chief to the Conference Chairman at the National Convention. This trophy will be entrusted to the Conference until the following National Convention. Post Membership Divisions and Minimum Qualifying Percentages

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

District Membership Divisions and Minimum Qualifying Percentages

Division Total Membership  Qualifying Percentage # Eligible
1 5,000 14,000 Over 100% 25
2 3,282 4,999 Over 100% 25
3 2,172 3,281 Over 100% 25
4 1,447 2,171 Over 100% 25
5 906 1,446 Over 100% 25
6 1 905 Over 100% 25

 

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
  • The Commander’s Round-Up program is for Department Commanders to visit Posts in their Department to get face-to-face time with their Post and District leadership and assist with membership development events. For further information about the Commander’s Round-Up, please contact the Membership Department.

 

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