SAL Report

sonsSons of The American Legion Committee

Chairman John A. Eisler, Jr.

The Sons of The American Legion was created in 1932 as an organization within The American Legion which exists to honor the service and sacrifice of Legionnaires. Their mission: to strengthen the four pillars of The American Legion. Their 2014 membership achieved another “All-Time High” of 358,009 with a 5% increase over 2013. The renewal rate was 88.44% so their key to success is recruiting new members. They have been one of the main supporters of The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation (CWF) which reached a milestone of contributions to more than $6 million. In its 60th year CWF has awarded $566,691 in grants to 18 nonprofit organizations.

Pennsylvania holds the honor of the largest Detachment recording a membership of 59,030 for the 2013 – 2014 Legion year. National’s final Membership report dated December 31, 2014 was 60,080 with a renewal rate of 89.79%.  The proposed budget for 2015 was calculated from last year’s membership of 59,030 at $2.00 per member for a total of $118,060.00. The surplus from the 2013 years budget on December 31, 2013 was $7,567.59 as every proposed budget is calculated to the maximum payout almost guaranteeing the solvability of the program.

We need to get the word out to every post with a SAL squadron they need to file the IRS form 990 of each post to include the SAL Squadron.  The squadron is a program of the post and as such the post is responsible for reporting squadron funds on the post 990.

The SAL license plate has been approved by Penn DOT and the applications must be submitted to the American Legion Dept. of Pa with a fee of $11.00 payable to The American Legion. The plates are impressive with the colors matching the SAL emblem. The Department of Transportation is also offering a vanity plate with lettering. The plates are not pre-printed they are manufactured on a as need basis.

I would like to thank Commander Haas for the opportunity to serve on the committee. I would also like to thank Adjutant Kit Watson and our staff, vice-chairman; Ray Woof, Manuel Griffin, John Amole, Brad Simpson, Roger Pospisil and Leonard Clawson.

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