Membership Committee Purpose:

The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote an increase of membership in the Department, to ascertain the causes for failure of former members to renew their membership, and generally, to assist the Posts in a program working toward increasing the numerical strength of the Department. Also, to recommend programs to Posts for the promotion of such activities as would stimulate interest in The American Legion and its programs in all communities. The Committee meets 4 times a year, at the Department Fall Meetings, Midwinter, Department Spring Meetings and the Department Convention.


Jim Waltich, Chair - Beaver Dam

Steve Kohnke, Vice Chair - Oak Creek

James Lee, Member - Cedarburg

Justin Steiner, Member - Deforest

Bill Crowe, Member - Fremont

Tom Visintainer, Member - Kenosha

Julie Muhle, Member, Department Vice Commander

Keith Lovell, Member, Department Vice Commander

David Latimer, Member, Department Vice Commander

Harry Bauer, Member, Department Vice Commander

Jim Johnson, Member, 2nd District Commander

Linda Pfeiffer, Member, 4th District Commander

Gail Minks, Member, 6th District Commander

John Zychowitz, Member, 8th District Commander

Larry Larson, Member, 10th District Commander

Scott Markle, Member, 12th District Commander

Jeff Zwiers, DEC Liaison


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On this day in 1919, The American Legion is federally chartered, which authorizes the as-yet unincorporated organization to proceed to the adoption of a constitution and bylaws, elect officers “and do all other things necessary” as outlined in U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapters 41-50. Under Chapter 43, “Purposes of corporation,” much of the language is borrowed from the original draft Preamble to The American Legion Constitution with some notable deviations, such as “to promote peace and good will among the peoples of the United States and all the nations of the earth” and “to cement the ties and comradeship born of service.” The original charter outlines the powers and authority of the organization, membership criteria, naming rights, exclusivity to manufacture and use The American Legion emblem, and a requirement that “the organization shall be nonpolitical and, as an organization, shall not promote the candidacy of any person seeking public office.” #AmericanLegionDay ... See MoreSee Less