The internet and new technology have changed the dynamics of how Posts, for example, promote Legion activities. As a result, C.A.L.P.A. membership has grown to include Legion, Auxiliary, Sons and Rider members who take an active interest and role in promoting their programs, along with newsletter editors, copywriters, graphic artists, web designers, broadcasters and others.
Dues are just $10 per year. You receive an Official Press Card recognizing you as an American Legion media representative.
As an official member of the press and carrying an authentic American Legion Press Card, you will have the advantage in gaining access to various political rallies, debates, lectures, council meetings, and any news worthy event that especially affects the lives of veterans, the military and their families. You as a journalist, reporter, photographer, and/or videographer need to represent the State of California and the American Legion as the voice of those who have served. We encourage you to get involved and join today. Also consider picking up a lanyard ($7.50) to display your press card and a CALPA pin ($7.50) to display on your cover or lapel. For a deal of a life time, buy both the lanyard and CALPA pin together for only $12.50)
We had several entries this year from California in the National American Legion Press Association Media Competition for 2016. The competition is becoming much stronger as more entries nationwide and participating in the contest. The various categories to submit entries from include, Newsletters, Editorials, Press Releases, Websites, Social Media, Photos, Videos, and Graphic Art for promotional pieces. Then the categories are broken down by Department/Detachment, Districts, Posts, Units and Squadrons; thus allowing Legionnaires, Auxiliary, Sons and Riders to participate.
So the question is, “Did You Enter This Year? – If Not, Why Not?” Although California placed in several areas, we would like to see a stronger representation of the talent within our state. You know who you are and you know what your talents are, so if you are not a member of C.A.L.P.A., join today. If you are a member of C.A.L.P.A., watch for the competition (around April/May) for both C.A.L.P.A. and N.A.L.P.A. next year and enter.
View the 2016 C.A.L.P.A. winners (here).
The winners of the N.A.L.P.A. competition will be announced and honored at a special luncheon at the National Convention on August 29th in Cincinnati, OH.