Our mission in The American Legion is not only to recruit members into the largest wartime veterans’ organization in the world but also to train them once they become a member. Our goal is to teach every new member about who we are as an organization, what we do as an organization and who benefits from what we do as an organization.
We have developed this section to provide American Legion training courses to all members, as we recognize that everyone, regardless of how long you have been a member, needs training. It could be initial training or just a refresher to refresh your memory. We have also set up a link to the national website for anyone who would like to take the "Basic Training Course," which is free to all Legion Family Members.
We hope that you will take the time to take a look at what we have to offer, and hopefully you will find something that will benefit you and your Post – because a well-informed Legionnaire is not only an asset to their Post but also their local community.
Beginner & New Member Training
Our goal is to teach you the basics you will need to know about The American Legion and its programs. This training allows you to be not only an asset to your local Post but your local communities as well as you begin to teach the children and youth about our patriotic programs that will educate them about our nation's history. Below you will find links, which will give you insight into the subjects listed below.
- Introduction to Parliamentary Procedures
- Basic Elements of How to Run a Meeting
- How to Make Motions and How They Affect a Meeting
- House Committee
- Liquor Laws for Posts with Canteens
- Post Fundraising
- Post Finances, Taxes and Audits
- Discipline of Post Members
- Public Relations
- Department Awards
At this level, you should now be familiar with who the Legion is and what we do. You should now be concentrating on fine-tuning your knowledge of specific aspects of how Posts operate, how they raise funds, proper protocol, Legion Family Organizations and the National Organization.
Below is a list of training presentations for the Legionnaire who has been active in the Post for three to five years, but anyone who is interested should definitely take advantage of any training that interests them.
Once you reach this level, you should be thinking about getting involved at the next level of the organization. Below you will find information about what District is and what they do. You will also find out what happens at the Department level and how they fit in with oversight of all the Posts within the state. We will also touch on National Convention and why you should attend.