The Following program will be short and sweet. We are not rewriting the book; we are moving this Department forward. My goal as Membership Chairman is to make the Department of Hawaii the envy of all other Departments. Commander Schaedel has assembled a team that has what it takes to lead this Department into the future. We will grow our numbers by creating a product that sells itself to new members and shows our existing members that we truly appreciate them.  

Post Membership Chairman  

Each Post is responsible for naming ONEindividual that best represent the VFW in that Post.  Post Membership Chairman are charged with being the first line of contact within the community for new and prospective members.  


· Research and schedule membership table opportunities on their own or with guidance from the Department Membership Chairman.  

· Establish lines of communication between Department Membership Chairman, Post Commanders, and Community representatives.  

· Seek out community outreach opportunities.  

· Build and maintain relationships with businesses, schools, municipal agents…etc. 

·Report all activities to Department Membership Chairman.  

Post Mentors  

Each Post shall nominate at least ONE member that best represents their post to new and current members.  Post Mentors must meet the following criteria:  

· Good communication skills.  

· Welcoming and encouraging attitude.  

· Knowledge of VFW programs.  

· Willingness to receive calls from new members and MLT’s.  

New Member Timeline  

2 week – Call to ensure member has received their ID.  

 Yes – Congratulate and invite them to the next meeting so you can formally induct them.   No – Confirm that it is on the way and check back within 5 days.  

1 Month – Inquire if the member has visited the Post.  

Yes – Ask how their visit went. Do they have any feedback about the Post? Let them know about    volunteer opportunities.  

 No – Ask if there is a day that you can personally meet up. Highlight a few upcoming events. 

 6 Months – Ensure that the member is receiving the Post newsletter, followed Post social media.  

1 Year – Ask what they thought of their first year in the VFW. REMIND them that they are UNIQUE, DIFFERENT, and SPECIAL and that they have a place in the VFW. REMIND them of their renewal date.  Outline the benefits of becoming a LIFE member and the ways that it can be purchased.  

Membership PUSH  

Four times a year the Posts and Posts will be encouraged by the Chairman to hold a membership drive or activity. These activities should not require spending at the Post or Post level. Please reach out to the Membership Chairman if you have any questions or concerns.  

Patriots Day Push (Sep 11) – Patriots Day weekend. Reach out in your community to see if there are any Patriots Day activities planned. A great opportunity would be to present the colors at a high school football game. Use this opportunity to recruit new members as well as renew interest in the Post.  

Veterans Day Push – Veterans Day weekend. Local media will want to run stories about Veterans in their communities. Contact them first! Participate in parades in any way possible. Contact local recruiters and see if you can talk to new recruits. They are our future.  

Christmas Push – Encourage families to purchase Life Memberships or Legacy Memberships for the Veterans in their lives. See if there is a Toy for Tots drive in your area. Ask if you can host or seek donations on their behalf.  

Spring Push – Finish the year strong, conduct wellness checks of your membership, Ask and provide assistance as required.  Review unpaid lists contact these members and find out why they did not renew their membership.   

Please be aware that all of the above activities can and should also be reported in your Quarterly Activities Report.

Membership Program Awards 

.  All membership and recruiting awards are included in the All-State Program.

All Membership Awards are derived from the numbers coming from the National Membership MemStats and or records retained by our National Membership Department in Kansas City. In order to receive recruiter credit, you MUST put your NAME and VFW MEMBERSHIP ID NUMBER on the membership application form. It is crucial the POST QUARTERMASTER include the recruiter information when transmitting ALL MEMBERS, NEW and REINSTATED, to the National Membership Department. It is the responsibility of the RECRUITER and POST QUARTMASTER to ensure this is done.


Norbert Enos, Chairman