AMBUCS grows by recruiting new volunteers and expanding programs into underserved areas throughout the country. Recruiting is important because it means more people helping to carry out the mission to Inspire Mobility and Independence. In addition to the existing Membership Drives of Spring Round-Up and Fall Branding (See existing AWARD GUIDELINES), AMBUCS will now expand to offer recruiting incentives year-round. Read on to learn more about this exciting new initiative.

1st Quarter: Jun. – Aug. – “SADDLE UP” –  Is all about beginning the AMBUCS membership year with excitement. This quarter should have an emphasis on recruiting new members, specifically former members and retirees. Each AMBUCS member who recruits a new member during this period receives a “saddle” pin.

2nd quarter:  Sept. – Nov. – “FALL BRANDING” – In the fall months, chapters begin to accelerate their program and social activity. It is an excellent time to bring in new members, easily tying them in with these activities. Every chapter with a net gain of five members between September 1 and November 30 is designated a Top Spread chapter. The president of each Top Spread chapter is designated a Trail Boss and receives a certificate. Each AMBUCS member who recruits, or ‘brands,’ a new member during this period receives a spur pin…two brandings, two spurs…three brandings, two spurs and a branding iron pin. For more than three brandings, each member would continue to receive an additional spur, and for every third branding a branding iron instead of a spur. For example: a member who brands six new members receives four spurs and two branding irons. New members branded during Branding Time also count for Big Hat credit. In addition to spurs and branding irons, Big Hatters receive a star pin for each new member. 

3rd Quarter: Dec – Feb – “TRAIL RIDE”. For this quarter, members who recruit others will receive a horseshoe pin, bringing good luck for the start of 2025. This is a great time of year to do non-traditional and new activities to brighten up the cold and dreary months of winter.

4th Quarter: March – May – “Spring Round Up”. Every chapter president with a net gain of five members between March 1 and April 30, is designated a #1Cowpoke, and will receive a certificate. Each AMBUCS member who recruits, or ‘rounds up’ a new member during this period receives a boot pin…two round-ups, two boots…three round-ups, two boots and a lasso pin. For more than three round-ups, each member would continue to receive an additional boot, and for every third round up, a lasso instead of a boot. For example: a member who rounds up six new members receives four boots and two lassos. 

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