National Vice Commander Steve Sweet of Mississippi just finished the Iowa Fall membership round-up being held November 12-17, 2018 throughout the State of Iowa. He made stops throughout Iowa to collect membership and to promote the programs and policies of The American Legion.
On Monday, November 12 at 1530 (3:30pm), members of Post 141 held a small reception and round table discussion with Steve as we were the last stop of the day. To see more about his itinerary, click here or go to https://www.ialegion.org/nvctour/
Monday, November 12
8:00 am-9:00 am, Iowa Veterans Cemetery, Van Meter
9:00 am-9:40 am, Van Meter, Post 403
12:00 pm-1:30 pm, Shenandoah, Post 088
3:30 pm-5:30 pm, Glenwood, Post 141
Iowa Department Commander, Scott Moline, Iowa Department National Executive Committee (NEC) Member and Iowa Department Membership Chairman were all present for the visit. Members of the Post were interested in membership issues and ways other posts around the Nation are addressing decreasing numbers. Discussion surrounded around the fact that America’s Wars are not fought the same way today with an all-volunteer force and many of our members have gone to the Post Everlasting in large numbers.
Members discussed the importance of helping the local community including both Legionnaires and their families, Veterans and their families along side the general population in the community. Post 141 has always been a heavy community supporter, but members agreed that community spirit may need a closer look and some fresh ideas.
Members also discussed the National Agenda and learned more about how the NEC, paid lobbyists, and membership numbers drive the legislation important to Veterans. We touched on the Forever GI Bill and opening Auxiliary membership to males of female Veterans. We talked about ways to support these initiatives in our own community, right here, in Glenwood, IA.
Steve let us know he appreciates the efforts made by our members and Veterans every day. We discussed how many small efforts have a much bigger impact that a few well-organized and planned efforts enforcing the fact that everyone has something to contribute to The American Legion. Steve especially liked the small round table visit to bounce ideas and really discuss the important issues in a relaxed, informal setting. Those members who attended really appreciate everything National Vice Commander Steve Sweet is doing for The Legion every day in our region.