Debra MacDonald - Chairman
24195 Alkan Ln
Hermosa, SD 57744
What is this program, and why do we have it?
Public Relations promotes who the American Legion Auxiliary is, what the Auxiliary does, and why the Auxiliary matters.
What can you do?
1. Promote a positive image of the American Legion Auxiliary by supporting and promoting the efforts of Goal 5 of the Centennial Strategic Plan. The essence of this plan is to “Build Brand Loyalty with the American Legion”. You may also make use of the wide variety of public relations materials and resources available online at www.ALAforVeterans.org
· Give an Auxiliary magazine gift subscription to your local library and local doctor/dentist’s offices.
· Distribute American Legion Auxiliary brochures and posters in the community at local events, libraries, medical facilities, and your post home. Print brochures from the Member Resources section at www.ALAforVeterans.org or order them from your department secretary.
· Wear your officially branded American Legion Auxiliary apparel and “Honoring Their Service” button when out and about in public. Button order forms are available at www.ALAforVeterans.org
· Be prepared to answer when asked who the American Legion Auxiliary is, what you do in your South Dakota community, and why the Auxiliary matters.
· Develop a list of local media contacts for your unit to use. You can find step-by-step instructions included in the Public Relations Guide and Tips for Volunteer Recruitment handbook, available in Marketing & Promotional Materials in the Member Resources section at www.ALAforVeterans.org . Familiarize your unit with this handy media aid.
· Build a relation ship with your local media(newspaper, radio station, and TV stations) and political figures to educate them on who we are, what we do, and why we matter as we strive to help Veterans across the state.
· Write a letter to the editor and/or news release for patriotic holidays and events. If you do not have a local newspaper in your area, go ahead and put up flyers announcing the event that you are sponsoring.
· Order a copy of the “Step Up, ALA” public service announcement DVD ($10) to take to your local television stations and request they air it, or request a free 15-second version for your public broadcasting station. To order the 60-second version DVD or request the 15-second version, email pr@ALAforVeterans.org
2. Build brand loyalty of the American Legion Auxiliary through the utilization and promotion of websites, social media, and other electronic communications.
· Subscribe to ALA eNews and In the Know eBulletin via www.ALAforVeterans.org
· Promote Auxiliary events on your personal social media account (ie: Facebook)
· Link to www.ALAforVeterans.org and/or the ALA Step Up commercial in your personal email signature.
· Create and actively maintain a unit website that adheres to brand standards. Be familiar with “Department Website Best Practices” available in the American Legion Auxiliary Branding Guide at www.ALAforVeterans.org
· Create and maintain an active social media presence for your unit on one or more platforms that you are comfortable with (i.e., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)
Reporting Member and Unit Public Relations Activities
It is very important to report all PR activities that your unit does in the community. Every time that you put an Auxiliary item in the newspaper, Auxiliary pictures in the newspaper, enter Auxiliary news on Facebook, etc., you should be recording this activity. Be proud of who you are, what you do, and why you matter as an Auxiliary member and unit.
Mid-Year Reports Due:
Units to District Presidents November 15, 2016
District President’s to Dept. Chair December 1, 2016
Dept. Chair to Dept. President and
National Div. Chair December 15, 2016
Year End Reports Due:
Units to District Presidents April 15, 2017
District President’s to Dept. Chair May 1, 2017
Dept. Chair to Dept. President and
National Div. Chair May 15, 2017
Remember: Mid Year reports include activities from April 1, 2016, to November 1, 2016, and Year End Reports include all activities from April 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017
Public Relation Forms:
The following Public Relations information forms may be found on the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary website; www.sdlegionaux.org . (Look at the Public Relations page under the American Legion Auxiliary emblem on lower left side of page.)
· How to write a news release
· Utilizing Facebook and Twitter
· How to set up a Unit Website
· Auxiliary Magazine Gift Subscription form
You will find these information forms under the Auxiliary Emblem on the lower left hand side of the Public Relations page.
Please utilize the American Legion Auxiliary Facebook page. Log onto your Facebook account and then type South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary in the search bar. It will pop up. If you are not a member of the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary group, you may request to join.
Thank you for allowing me to be your 2016-2017 Public Relations Chairman. I look forward to hearing about all you, as members, and your units do throughout the coming year around South Dakota. Remember to “Ring Your Bell” for the American Legion Auxiliary. Let your community, South Dakota, and National know what you are doing to serve the Veterans, Active Military personnel, and their families. I would also like to encourage you to collect and send any newspaper articles and other public relation material, highlighting your activities, for the Department Scrapbook.
Have You Hugged A Veteran Today?
Debra MacDonald – Dept. PR Chairman