This year the Americanism program is going to ‘Pass the Baton, by teaching Americanism, to Strive for the Gold for Veterans’. Every battle our Veterans fought was under the American Flag, that symbol that represents freedom. Teach others how to treat and respect it.
To strive for the gold we must learn the programs and pass them on. In Americanism the fundamentals are 1) patriotism 2) respect for our flag and 3) supporting our Legion Americanism programs.
Share ideas on how to promote Americanism in your units. Find or make events to teach flag etiquette and respect (schools, post home, public functions) and publish them in the newspaper and on social media.
Participate in a flag disposal ceremony. rganize and participate in local patriotic holiday events. Encourage local businesses & other members to fly a flag especially on patriotic holidays.
Compile a list of patriotic holidays and events to share with your Units and others. Sign up to receive notifications on when to display your flag at half-staff. Order pocket flag kits and distribute to members for assembly. Identify and distribute assembled pocket flags to active-duty military overseas.
*Promote American Legion Americanism programs with your Post Chairman
… Participate in the Illinois Americanism Essay Contest: details will be sent to all Units. The Illinois contest subject is What National Monument Means the Most to Me
… American Legion Baseball. Help with statistics. Work the concession booth. Donate. Contact local sports shops for donations toward a fundraiser or offer a discounted price to purchase needed items
…Oratorical Contest: Help prepare post home to sponsor local or district contest. Offer to be a judge or timekeeper. Offer to help out with refreshments. Provide transportation for candidates. Help recruit candidates at local schools and other organizations. ! Contact history teachers or debate coaches.
… Junior Shooting Sports: promotes gun safety & marksmanship training for youth. Help with scoring, supervising or transportation. Help recruit candidates at local schools and other groups. Contact JROTC at local schools.
*Support the Flag Amendment to protect the United States flag from desecration.
....Contact state & federal representatives, asking them to support the flag amendment. Vote. Encourage others to vote. Take your children/grandchildren with you when you vote- many places have kid related voting. Tell others about the flag amendment.
Let’s have a lot of competition for the Department plaques. The Ricky’s Country Girls Americanism Plaque will go to the Unit submitting the most outstanding participation on promoting the Americanism program to the schools. The Doris Shultz God Bless America Plaque will go the Unit for the best overall participation in the Americanism program. My personal awards will be $10 for the Unit with the best participation in the Essay Contest and $10 for the Unit with the best participation in the Flag Project.
Please contact your Units for mid-year reporting and pass the information onto me. In whatever you do continue to be great examples of what a patriotic American does to honor our Veterans and these United States. Together we can promote and encourage patriotism! Angela Golightly Americanism Chairman American Legion Auxiliary Department of Illinois firstname.lastname@example.org or 309-945-2551 and leave a message.
Americanism Action Plan
Chester, SD 57016
Hello my name is Joyce Smith and I am so excited to be able to represent you as the department chairman for Americanism. Our Americanism Program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship.
What can you do?
As Auxiliary members we need to be knowledgeable on flag history, flag etiquette and the proper disposal methods of our torn and flags in unfit conditions. By teaching the proper handling, displaying, and respect for the American Flag, as well as our National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance we promote Americanism.
As Auxiliary members we need to practice respect for our flag at sporting events and other public events. We could sign up at www.legion.org to receive notification on when to display our flag at half-staff.
As Units and Members
We can recruit others to support the flag amendment by explaining what it is and why it is important. Sign up for The American Legion’s Legislative action alerts and follow flag issues.
We can work with local schools to further education of the Constitution, either whole or in part such as the Bill of Rights or the Preamble.
We can always fly a flag at our home or business as another really good way to promote patriotism. By voting and encouraging other to vote is also a good way. We can visit schools and give some basic facts about our flag, Our National anthem and when & why we stand and put our hands over our hearts at parades and ball games.
We can contact and ask state and federal representatives to support any and all flag amendments.
Those of you who have a green thumb can volunteer to keep up the area around the flag pole at your Community’s civic government area by planting seasonal flowers and collecting trash.
Our support of Junior Shooting spots, the promoting of gun safety and marksmanship training for our youth is another way we as Units and Members can promote patriotism. We also need to support our local American Legion baseball Teams as another way to promote our patriotism.
We should encourage our school age children in our local school to participate in the Americanism Essay Contest and The South Dakota Americanism Poetry Contests and the Oratorical Contests. As members we can encourage our children & grandchildren to participate in the essay contests. We can also Help Judge the essays. This year’s Essay Contest Theme is:
“What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community?”
The contest shall include six classes
Class Grade Level Word Requirement
I 3 and 4 150-250
II 5 and 6 250-300
III 7 and 8 350- 400
IV 9 and 10 450-500
V 11 and 12 450-500
VI Students with Word count should correspond
Special needs with student’s grade level
Students with special needs are defined as:
· Those in special education classes.
· A student recommended for special education classes, but who has not been admitted due to a waiting list or various other factors.
· A child identified as having a disability, but not in a special education class due to lack of facilities; identification contingent upon discretion of school officials.
Student Awards: Americanism Essay Contest
Type of award: Citation, $50.00 prize and additional $50.00 donation added to the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund.
Presented to: 30 students total, six from each division, one student for every class in each division
· Entries must include the Americanism Essay Contest cover sheet found in the Americanism Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.@ALAforVeterans.org
· Unit winners are sent to the department Americanism chairman, (me) following department guidelines.
· For deadline and division Americanism chairman contact information, please refer to the Americanism Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan@ALAforVeterans.org
· National winners will be informed of their award via communication from National Headquarters. The award check will be mailed directly to the student and the citation will be forwarded to the department for presentation.
· While ALA representatives will do their best to return all essays it is not guaranteed. We recommend participants retain a copy of their submission for their own records.
Unit Presidents, please have your Mid Year reports to your District President by November 15th, 2017, and District Presidents I need your Mid Year Reports no later than December 1st, 2017. The Unit President's should have the Year End Reports sent to your District President by April 15 2018, and the District President's need to get the Year End reports to me by May 1st, 2018.
Please be as timely as posssible as I need time to get my report written and in to the National Chairperson. Thank you in advance for your promptness in getting the reports in on time. You can mail them to me at Joyce Smith, P. O. Box 182, Chester, SD 57016. Or at A.L.A., P. O. Box 41, Chester, SD 57016. My email is email@example.com. Annual Reports reflect the progress of the program at the units and districts level.
As part of your narrative report, please include answers to the following questions:
· How did you promote the Americanism essays contest?
· How did units promote the flag program?
· How did you promote patriotic holidays?
· How did units encourage support of the flag amendment?
· Did units support The American Legion Americanism programs? How?
· How did units promote Americanism in their community?
Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Just three simple steps to add your part to our national success story:
1. Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan
2. Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.
3. Submit as indicated in the annual supplement to the Programs Action Plan.