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American Legion Auxiliary - Department of Massachusetts



1/29/17 - Membership message 

Hello Everyone

Attached is a memo Sally Johnston, Eastern Div. Membership Chair with our division standing and Membership plan information from National.

Please read the document for important information about the “challenge” set forth by National Membership Chair Martha. 

“I am issuing a Challenge to each division/dept. to reach their goal in 18 weeks, before Memorial Day.  In each division, every dept. that is goal will be put into a drawing to win a special "Poppy" item valued over $50.  Upon drawing that dept., the winning dept. will then hold a drawing of their units that reached their goal by the same date and that unit will get the prize.  The prize will not go to the dept. membership chm but to a unit.”

Dept. of MA needs 2,123 to reach 100%, and with approximately 24 weeks left in the fiscal year, so we need 89 membership dues per week to reach 100%.  Average membership sent in over the past 19 weeks is 218, which is tracking above the stated plan challenge.  If we continue on this path, we could potentially end up at 13 over our 100% goal. 


 Also attached is the Numeric Goals spreadsheet as of 18 January. 

I created 2 additional tabs in the worksheet, “By State,” and “Division Rank.”

Dept. of MA is currently in 6th place out of 12 for the Eastern Division, at 66.99%,

By State ---Dept. of MA is 21st out of 52

Division Rank –Dept. of MA is 2nd out 5 Divisions

The average of all divisions is 66.69%; Eastern Division is 68.89%, and Dept. of MA is 66.99%, so we are tracking slightly above the average at both the state and Division level.   

Everyone is working hard and it shows.  Keep up the good work and we will get there!

Please feel free to reach out to any Membership committee member if you have any questions or concerns. 
Donna Blattenberger
Coral May Grout
Deb Lyons and Carol Jackman
Ann Fournier
Thank you for all you do.
Deb Lyons
EDV Membership memo with Numeric goals


MOST IMPORTANT ------- As of January 6, 2017, the email address for the Department of MA is  Please make adjustments in your contact information.


MEMBERSHIP message received at Department:

This message comes to us from our Eastern Division National Vice President and was forwarded to the Membership Committee by our Dept. Sec/Treas. I have offered to help by sharing it with you and ask each of you to do the same; to share it with your members. Looking forward to seeing you all at Fall Conference.
-----Original Message-----
From: Ann Fournier Secretary-Treasurer>
To: DJL_rel <>; bunnyblats <>; cmgrout <>
Sent: Mon, Oct 24, 2016 8:25 am
Subject: Fwd: Membership

Ann Fournier

Oct 22, 2016 09:26:18 PM, wrote:


Hello Ladies of the ALA Eastern Division! I just wanted to take a moment to send out a PRAISE shout
out to the Departments of the District of Columbia, Maryland and New York!  Way to go!!! 
The membership reports indicate your membership numbers are higher than
they were this time last year.  If you
are doing something new that works --- please share with our other Departments! I know all of our Departments are working hard on
membership.  And, there are many that are
very close to last year’s numbers.  Keep
up the good work and please encourage all of your members to work
membership.  It is not just our
Membership Chairmen’s job to work on recruiting, rejoining and rejuvenating
members. Public Relations work is important to membership.  Encourage your units to take pictures every
time they get together to work on any program – delivering food to the food
bank, children’s parties, putting together packages to send to the troops away
from home, juniors meeting and working on projects, etc.  Ask them to send those pictures to their
local newspaper, along with a brief explanation of what the ALA is doing.  Their new members come from the communities in
which they live and, who knows, maybe their existing members will see the
pictures and articles in the paper and feel renewed PRIDE in the American
Legion Auxiliary.  Who knows?  Eastern Division Membership Chairman, Sally Johnston, is
working with your Department Membership Chairmen.  If your Membership Chairman asks you for
assistance please do what you can for her. 
 We are here to help also. 
If there is anything Sally or I can do to help you we are just an email
or phone call away. Patti Lach, Eastern Division Nation VPpattiwmd@yahoo.com301-662-7071 (h) or 240-626-4034 (c)  Sally Johnston, Eastern Division Membership






Message from Department Secretary received 8/2/2016:

It is with sad heart that I relay the following information

Catherine "Rena" C. Davidson (Robb)- June 21st, 1940 July 31st, Went home to be with God on July 31st. She was a district director with President Marion Roberts. She was one of the "Lemon Sisters" directors. Her daughter is Linda Ward, Past Dept President, 
Visitation will be  Friday, August 5th, 2016, 4:00pm - 6:30pm at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot Street Beverly, MA 01915
In lieu of Flowers the family has request donations be made to Unit 331 Beverly of the American Legion Auxiliary 
Ann Fournier



Jul 6, 2016 01:22:24 PM, wrote:

Hi! Hope you all are well.  
Great news — the 2016-2017 Programs Action Plan (formerly known as the Plan of Action) is ready and available for download at The benefit of using the web version is that you’ll always have the latest copy when changes/updates are made. 
You can download the full 2016-2017 Programs Action Plan here (log in required):
Thank you! 
Kristen Geczy 





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