American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Dakota
Poppy Program Action Plan 2016-2017
22756 Pickarts Lane
Box Elder, SD 57719-9320
What is this program, and why do we have it?
The Poppy Program was designed to promote and educate people about the history of the poppy, and to make them aware of the sacrifices of our veterans.
What can you/Units do?
1. Promote the Poppy Program and increase poppy revenue.
a. Distribute material and make it available to members.
b. Encourage the Legionnaires, Sons of the American Legion, American Legion Riders and Junior members to be active in the poppy program.
c. Contact local businesses for permission to distribute poppies on their premises. Take necessary information, poppies and/or cans to these businesses. Give poppies to staff to wear during the poppy promotion. Send a thank you to businesses that allow distribution.
d. Have a local “Poppy Day” with media coverage of a Poppy Day Proclamation.
e. Educate your community about how funds collected help veterans.
f. Post poppy information in visible areas of your town.
g. Donate poppies to school children to wear during the veterans’ programs on Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
h. Make bookmarks with the “In Flanders Fields” poem on them available during poppy distribution.
i. Use poppies to decorate all Legion and Auxiliary events throughout the year.
j. Encourage participation in the Poppy Poster Contest. Get local schools, kids’ clubs and junior members involved. Present awards to winners. (Department will include Poppy Poster Contest information in the October mailing to Unit Presidents.)
k. Encourage your Miss Poppy and Little Miss Poppy to display the poppy and become active in community events.
l. Wear a poppy to promote conversation and interest.
m. Use poppies in all corsages, bouquets and wreaths created during the year. Wear or display them proudly.
n. Give poppies to veterans in your community as a way to say, “Thank you.”
o. Sponsor a hat decorating contest with judges from your local Legion organizations.
2. Increase the number of poppy makers in your Unit.
This does not apply to Units in South Dakota, as all of our poppies are made by our wonderful veterans at the VA in Hot Springs. They are always anxious for the poppy program to begin each fall. If you know a veteran that has been at the Hot Springs VA, remember to thank him/her for making our Poppy Program successful.
3. Miss Poppy / Little Miss Poppy Contest
a. Hold a Miss Poppy and Little Miss Poppy pageant.
b. Have contestants share their knowledge about the history of the poppy.
c. Submit an article to your local paper regarding the pageant.
d. Have tiaras available for the girls to wear at events. Create them using
e. Please follow department guidelines for submitting enteries.
f. Winners' information (name, address, unit) and scrapbooks submitted to
department must be emailed or postmarked on or before May 10th, 2017.
*Poppy orders are due to Department by November 1st.
*Poppy reports are due to your District President by 11-15-16(mid-year) and 4-15-17(end-of-year). Reports are due to me by 12-01-16(mid-year) and 5-01-17(end-of-year). District Presidents, please send your reports to the address at the beginning of this Action Plan.
*In January, plan ahead for the Poppy Poster Contest and Miss/Little Miss Pageant.
*Conduct poppy distribution in May.
*I am required to submit all Department poppy award and poster contest entries to the division chairman by 6-01-17.