Starting A New Squadron
Have you ever considered starting a new Squadronof
The Sons of The American Legion?
The two most important things to consideras you prepare to start a new Sons of The American Legion Squadron areresearch and planning. It is essential that you know as much as possibleabout the community before establishing a new Squadron. Community size,Legion Post history, annual events and activities are all part of the planningprocess.
The first step in starting a new S.A.L.Squadron is the establishment of a Post S.A.L. Committee, usually consistingof three to five Legion members, appointed by the Post Commander. A CommitteeChairman should be selected to provide leadership and to assign tasks toCommittee members. This Committee is responsible for recruiting S.A.L.members, organizing the Squadron and conducting S.A.L. Squadron activitieswith the sponsoring Post. The Committee should establish a plan of action,including a calendar of activities which allows you to set goals, suchas recruiting 20 members in 20 days.
The second step in the process is to requestan Application for Squadron Charter from Department Headquarters. DepartmentHeadquarters will furnish individual application blanks and applicationsfor charter on request from any American Legion Post in the Department.There is only one form of charter, and there is no fee charged in connectionwith its issuance. A Post cannot sponsor more than one Squadron of theSons of The American Legion. Both internal and external communicationsare necessary when developing a new Squadron. Internal communications shouldbe maintained with the officers of the sponsoring Post. It is importantthat your external audience also remains informed. Keep all members ofyour Legion Post, as well as surrounding Posts that lack S.A.L. Squadrons,notified of your progress and activities. They can assist by letting othersknow a new Squadron is being established and help with the referral process.