2018 Americanism Essay Cover Sheet
Americanism Reporting 2017-2018
Americanism Plan of action 2017-2018
The Americanism work of the Auxiliary includes all activities tending to perpetuate American ideals and to uphold the principles of American democracy. The security of America lies in a citizenry in whose minds and hearts is ingrained a true understanding of and love for those ideals and principles upon which the nation was founded; a citizenry awake to the duties of citizenship and willing to perform these duties even at the cost of great personal sacrifice. Americanism work is largely educational in character and is usually divided into three phases: work with the youth, the adult, and the community. All matters pertaining to the flag or patriotic education are rightly classified as Americanism activities.
Every citizen should have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the Constitution of the United States. Therefore, the Auxiliary has a very definite objective in emphasizing through its Americanism program the teachings of good citizenship.
Active Americanism in the home; active Americanism in the Unit; active Americanism in youth groups; active Americanism in adult groups; and active Americanism in our community.
Revitalize our personal patriotism. Be able to answer “What kind of an American am I?” Take an interest in our country’s affairs. Express our belief in our love for America in our words and deeds. Inspire children and young people in our homes and schools to develop fine characters, high ideals and a sincere appreciation of our heritage. Be tolerant in thought and deeds towards others. Vote intelligently after careful study of candidates and issues.
Appoint an active Americanism chairman. Sponsor study classes for the Constitution, Declaration of Independence, flag etiquette, and great American characters. Plan a patriotic conference. Observe patriotic holidays. Display the flag, keep it clean, and fold it properly. Distribute flag etiquette brochures.
Present Americanism awards in schools. Sponsor debaters and essay contests. Present flags to schools. Encourage formation of student councils in elementary schools. Present records and/or tapes of the Star-Spangled to Banner to schools. Sponsor Boy and Girl Scout Troops.
Sponsor citizenship classes and present flag codes, American Creed, and small American flags to new citizens. Hold Americanism meetings and Community forums. Place flag study course in night schools for foreign-born.
Plan Town Meetings and other study groups, presenting both sides of a question. Help with community observance of patriotic holidays. Present fags where needed. Use both printed and electronic media when presenting Americanism programs. Watch for subversive group activities and report to proper authorities. Visit local government groups in action and show interest in school boards, City Councils, County Boards, and Town Meetings. Plant trees as memorials and study conservation programs.
The Americanism program of The American Legion embraces a multiplicity of activities. It necessitates real, honest, unselfish effort on the part of all members of The American Legion. The members of the Auxiliary can effectively make patriotism a personal matter and they can select and successfully carry out projects adaptable to the needs of their communities.
Spirit of Youth Fund
This fund was established by the American Legion Auxiliary to support programs for young people. Tax deductible contributions from individuals, organizations and estates are the basis of this permanent endowment fund for youth. The funds are expended for programs that benefit the youth of our nation an to enrich those programs which already exist. Two such programs are the Americanism Youth Conference conducted each spring for the Auxiliary by Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and the four year “Spirit of Youth Scholarship” for Junior Members.
Pocket Flag Project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.