Americanism Action Plan
Chester, SD 57016
Hello my name is Joyce Smith and I am so excited to be able to represent you as the department chairman for Americanism. Our Americanism Program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship.
What can you do?
As Auxiliary members we need to be knowledgeable on flag history, flag etiquette and the proper disposal methods of our torn and flags in unfit conditions. By teaching the proper handling, displaying, and respect for the American Flag, as well as our National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance we promote Americanism.
As Auxiliary members we need to practice respect for our flag at sporting events and other public events. We could sign up at www.legion.org to receive notification on when to display our flag at half-staff.
As Units and Members
We can recruit others to support the flag amendment by explaining what it is and why it is important. Sign up for The American Legion’s Legislative action alerts and follow flag issues.
We can work with local schools to further education of the Constitution, either whole or in part such as the Bill of Rights or the Preamble.
We can always fly a flag at our home or business as another really good way to promote patriotism. By voting and encouraging other to vote is also a good way. We can visit schools and give some basic facts about our flag, Our National anthem and when & why we stand and put our hands over our hearts at parades and ball games.
We can contact and ask state and federal representatives to support any and all flag amendments.
Those of you who have a green thumb can volunteer to keep up the area around the flag pole at your Community’s civic government area by planting seasonal flowers and collecting trash.
Our support of Junior Shooting spots, the promoting of gun safety and marksmanship training for our youth is another way we as Units and Members can promote patriotism. We also need to support our local American Legion baseball Teams as another way to promote our patriotism.
We should encourage our school age children in our local school to participate in the Americanism Essay Contest and The South Dakota Americanism Poetry Contests and the Oratorical Contests. As members we can encourage our children & grandchildren to participate in the essay contests. We can also Help Judge the essays. This year’s Essay Contest Theme is:
“What can I personally do to promote Americanism in my school or community?”
The contest shall include six classes
Class Grade Level Word Requirement
I 3 and 4 150-250
II 5 and 6 250-300
III 7 and 8 350- 400
IV 9 and 10 450-500
V 11 and 12 450-500
VI Students with Word count should correspond
Special needs with student’s grade level
Students with special needs are defined as:
· Those in special education classes.
· A student recommended for special education classes, but who has not been admitted due to a waiting list or various other factors.
· A child identified as having a disability, but not in a special education class due to lack of facilities; identification contingent upon discretion of school officials.
Student Awards: Americanism Essay Contest
Type of award: Citation, $50.00 prize and additional $50.00 donation added to the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship Fund.
Presented to: 30 students total, six from each division, one student for every class in each division
· Entries must include the Americanism Essay Contest cover sheet found in the Americanism Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan.@ALAforVeterans.org
· Unit winners are sent to the department Americanism chairman, (me) following department guidelines.
· For deadline and division Americanism chairman contact information, please refer to the Americanism Annual Supplement to the Programs Action Plan@ALAforVeterans.org
· National winners will be informed of their award via communication from National Headquarters. The award check will be mailed directly to the student and the citation will be forwarded to the department for presentation.
· While ALA representatives will do their best to return all essays it is not guaranteed. We recommend participants retain a copy of their submission for their own records.
Unit Presidents, please have your Mid Year reports to your District President by November 15th, 2017, and District Presidents I need your Mid Year Reports no later than December 1st, 2017. The Unit President's should have the Year End Reports sent to your District President by April 15 2018, and the District President's need to get the Year End reports to me by May 1st, 2018.
Please be as timely as posssible as I need time to get my report written and in to the National Chairperson. Thank you in advance for your promptness in getting the reports in on time. You can mail them to me at Joyce Smith, P. O. Box 182, Chester, SD 57016. Or at A.L.A., P. O. Box 41, Chester, SD 57016. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. Annual Reports reflect the progress of the program at the units and districts level.
As part of your narrative report, please include answers to the following questions:
· How did you promote the Americanism essays contest?
· How did units promote the flag program?
· How did you promote patriotic holidays?
· How did units encourage support of the flag amendment?
· Did units support The American Legion Americanism programs? How?
· How did units promote Americanism in their community?
Taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission is worth doing! It helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter. Just three simple steps to add your part to our national success story:
1. Please follow instructions as you fill out the National Report and awards Cover Sheet found in the awards section of the Programs Action Plan
2. Provide details/examples about the activity as outlined in the award’s materials and guidelines section.
3. Submit as indicated in the annual supplement to the Programs Action Plan.
Example of a Definition essay on English about:
Americanism / american dream / united states
The problem of understanding correctly the term “Americanism” and its origin and cultural impact.
What is the “American Dream” for the people all around the world? How does the term “Americanism” reflect the attitude towards the whole American nation? How has “Americanism” inspired people?
America has become all of these for many people, who believe they are living out the American dream but the truth is that people all over the world dream about the same thing and therefore the appearance of the term “Americanism” is not a surprise for anybody.
Introduction: America has always been the “New World” for millions of people who had a Dream. Their dream was not something exceptional but only to have a good life: to have enough expenses to survive, to have a house where children could be raised and what is more important to feel free and protected. America has become all of these for many people, who believe they are living out the American dream but the truth is that people all over the world dream about the same thing and therefore the appearance of the term “Americanism” is not a surprise for anybody.
The existence of the term “Americanism” reflects the special attitude towards the position of the United States of America in the world. What it means is that people see America as the ideal they are striving for and consider American values to be model-values. It also goes without saying that “Americanism” was born as the desire to be like “the strongest country in the world”. Though some Americans underestimate the influence of their lifestyle on the rest of the world, they cannot neglect that fact that they give the direction for the lifestyle of people from at least the neighbor countries
Americanism is not just a word taken from the American-English slang. It is the evidence of the exceptionality of the American nation. American with its populations knows that its lifestyle is qualitatively different from other countries. This qualitative difference contains a lot of factors inside: the history of the United States of America, the credo of the nation, the political and economic structures and many others. Americanism can be seen when people try to copy the way the Americans speak, walk, dress, love and think. As each American is considered to be an honorary guest in any country and welcomed everywhere, people belonging to other nations dream about having the same possibilities and having an easier life compared to the one they have. Nevertheless, people do not understand that the life of American people is not easy and they sometimes do suffer a lot. The aura that has been constructed around the success of Americans as a nation has converted “Americanism” in a cult and has given the direction for the development of many countries all over the world. The personal freedom that is one of the key characteristics of “Americanism” has already inspired many people to rearrange their life in an American way or even try to emigrate to the United States of America.
Conclusion: “Americanism” is a notion that explains why people outside the borders of North America tend to emphasize the opportunities that the American way of life gives and the substitution of any other dreams by the American dream. So many things have been said about “Americanism” and therefore about the American dream; so many people have struggled against themselves to prove that it does not only exist but can also be achieved. So many people worked hard and devoted their lives to “Americanism”. America truly is a great country but it is very important to remember that its citizens do not live in a dream but try hard everyday to make it come true if not for them, so for their children and sometimes suffer a lot before it happens.