1st VICE-COMMANDER-Tina Burgess
Our 2024 post membership numbers are still going strong! We are 89.79% of our goal, which means we are very close to achieving our March Membership goals of 90%. Let’s continue to do our Buddy Checks and remind our fellow members to renew as soon as possible!
A bit of news regarding future membership options, the American Legion is now allowing a multi-year membership when you renew for 2025. If you renewed for the 2024 American Legion membership year prior to the new multi-year rollout on December 4, you can now take advantage of a three-year membership starting with the 2025 membership year. You can visit legion.org/renew for the multiyear membership of 2025, 2026, and 2027. Legionnaires still needing to renew for 2024 or veterans joining the organization for the first time can also lock-in a three-year membership (2024, 2025 and 2026) by visiting legion.org/renew or legion.org/join.
Please keep in mind that multi-year membership sign-up is only available on the national American Legion website, legion.org/renew or legion.org/join. Current or potential members cannot renew or join for a three-year membership at the post level or through MyLegion. Payment for the three-year membership will be up front, there is no discounted rate with the three-year membership, membership cards will be sent annually by Legion posts, and those who sign up for a multi-year membership will not receive a renewal notice during the time they have signed up for the multiyear membership.
Lastly, in our efforts to serve our fellow Veterans, your American Legion Post will be hosting a company called Optum Serve, which will include a 25 foot mobile examination trailer, Feb 3 to Feb 10 2024. Please keep in mind that we do not book appointments, Optum Serve contracts directly with the VA. We are simply providing the parking spaces required
Happy New Year! I have great news on our 2024 Post Membership numbers! As of this writing, we have achieved our membership goal for February! You read that correctly! We have met our February goal of 85 percent! Let's keep it going by continuing to do our Buddy Checks and reminding our fellow members to renew if they have not done so already. I would like to thank Harriett, Peggy, Peter, Marie, and Rob for volunteering to help process several hundred online membership renewals. You stepped up when the Commander and I needed you the most and we are grateful for your support.
On a personal note, in mid-December, I attended the Department of Florida's American Legion College. Going in, I wasn't sure what to expect. Coming out, I have a clearer vision of what I want my role to be as your First Vice Commander. I never imagined that processing new and transferring memberhsip applications would be so rewarding. When an application crosses my desk, I take the time to read every line and every entry. We have some remakrable people joining our post and I encourage all of you to get to know them and most importantly, make them feel welcome.
Rob and I thoroughly enjoyed celebrating with many of you at the post on New Year's Eve. It was awesome to see our Legion Family come together and so much fun sharing appetizers and dessers throuhout the evening. Rob and I wish you a year filled with new hoped, new joys, and new beginnings!
It is hard to believe 2023 is coming to a close and with that, so is our 2024 American Legion renewal season. At the time of this writing, Post 347 is at 72 percent of our goal, which equates to approximately 2,000 more membership renewals to go! If you haven’t renewed your membership yet, please do so by visiting our front office Monday-Friday, 9 am to 4 pm. If you know of someone who has not renewed their membership, please encourage them to do so.
On another note, our Post continues to welcome new members and transfers on a daily basis. Since becoming your First Vice in October, I have processed 100 new member and transfer applications. I do my best to make each new member feel welcome, but that shouldn’t stop with me. It is important for all of us to make our new members feel welcome. Encourage them to attend our Post meetings and functions. Find out his/her areas of interest and encourage them to become involved through volunteering. There are ample opportunities throughout the post to make a difference!
One new volunteer endeavor is our upcoming Oratorical Scholarship Program: A Constitutional Speech Contest to be held at the Post in January! We need about 20 volunteers to support this prestigious event, such as escorts, timers, and score tabulators. If you are interested in supporting this event, please let me know and I will pass on your name to our Committee Chairman, Steve Thomas.
As we begin December, Rob and I hope this holiday season brings peace and joy for you and your family that will last throughout the coming year.
As your new First Vice Commander, I am honored to have been selected by the Post’s Executive Committee to fulfill the remaining 2023-2024 term. Although I was not seeking a leadership position, I was asked, and I will answer the call. I joined Post 347 in 2019 and have remained active through volunteering. I am also the Historian for our American Legion Auxiliary. Yes, my plate is full, but my commitment to our success will not waver. I appreciate your support and trust as I learn my new responsibilities.
Our 2024 new memberships and renewals are going strong. To date, our Post has over 3,000 members renewed, representing over 60 percent of our total. Please renew your membership if you have not done so already and remind your family and friends to renew their memberships as well. And, If you renew before November 11th, you will be eligible to attend our Early Bird dinner, a delicious spaghetti and meatball dinner prepared by our fabulous Auxiliary members. Dinner will be on November 19th. You can guarantee your spot at the table by visiting the front office from 9 to 4 pm beginning Thursday, October 26th to renew your membership.
Please know we value you and your membership. If you have the time and inclination to get fully involved, we can always use your help.
Be sure to take the time this Veterans Day to show support and appreciation to all Veterans! I would like to wish all Post 347 members and their families a Happy Thanksgiving!