NGAUS Awards States for Membership Hikes

NGAUS Washington Report

(Feb. 4, 2014) NGAUS has awarded 10 states with cash prizes for their efforts in increasing paid membership during the past year. The program was announced one year ago by retired Maj. Gen. Gus Hargett, the NGAUS president, as an incentive for states to boost membership.

"We consider this money well spent," Hargett said of the payouts to the most successful states. "A large membership provides the muscle for us to advocate for the National Guard on Capitol Hill. I applaud those states that have made the case to their Guardsman about the benefits of NGAUS membership."

The winner in the small state category is Connecticut, which increased its paid membership by more than 103 percent. The state association will receive $5,000 from NGAUS. Wyoming will receive $3,000 for increasing its membership by 50 percent.

Idaho boosted its membership by 46 percent and will receive $1,500, while Alaska's increase of nearly 40 percent netted it $500.

In the category for medium-sized states, Hawaii earned the top prize with an increase of 23 percent. Kansas boosted paid membership by almost 9 percent for second place, just barely beating out West Virginia, which was less than one percentage behind Kansas.

Illinois walked away with the top prize in the large state category. It increased membership by nearly 49 percent. Indiana took the second prize of with an increase of 20 percent, while Ohio placed third by boosting its membership by 15 percent.