American Legion Auxiliary - May 2013

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A BEST-PRACTICE SHOWCASE FEATURING NEWS ABOUT YOU. FROM YOU. Get all the latest news from the American Legion Auxiliary at and REMEMBERING PAST NATIONAL PRESIDENT JUNE STOLTE Missouri’s June Stolte, who passed away in January at age 85, was a shining example of an American Legion Auxiliary mentor, according to her department and those who knew her. She had a good word and smile for everyone. She had a passion for the Auxiliary and was willing to share her knowledge with anyone. Stolte joined the American Legion Auxiliary more than 60 years ago after her husband, Walter, finished serving in the U.S. Air Force in World War II. She rose to become national president of the organization in 1982 after serving many offices and chairmanships at the unit, department and national levels. As part of her term leading the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Stolte placed an emphasis on education by expanding the Auxiliary scholarships offered at the time and increasing the amount awarded to recipients. It was during her installation address at the 1982 National Convention in Chicago where Stolte made her challenge to membership: “Rekindle that spirit of patriotism in your community — Let Freedom Ring.” Stolte passed away at a facility for patients of Alzheimer’s disease in Phoenix, where she had moved after the death of her husband more than a decade ago. Stolte was a longtime resident of Creve Coeur, Mo., and a past president of Creve Coeur Memorial Unit 397. Stolte owned a restaurant in Creve Coeur where she cooked and baked pies. She later worked as a secretary at the headquarters of the Special School District of St. Louis County. She sang in her church choir for 25 years. Visitation was held in Chesterfield, Mo., followed by a memorial service and burial at the church cemetery. Survivors include her son, Gary Stolte of Phoenix, and two granddaughters. THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY MISSION: In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security. NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTS ALA GIRLS NATION: SERVICE PROJECTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN VETERANS’ LIVES The ALA Girls Nation Committee is taking National President Peggy’s theme of “Soaring to New Heights for God and Country” to heart. Members have been in contact with department directors/chairmen sharing new and exciting information to make their programs work more effectively. The American Legion Auxiliary Girls State and Girls Nation programs are two of the most prestigious programs in the country embracing young women to teach them the who, why, when, and how government is formed and implemented into law. The week of instruction begins on the department level explaining how state government functions. Not only do the young women get an intensive government education, they also are invited to pay it forward by helping with their Girls State veteran service projects. Some of the service projects chosen: • Maryland: encouraging delegates to assist with the Girls Nation service project – the Wounded Warrior Barbecue at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. • North Carolina: collecting toiletries, individually wrapped snacks, microwave popcorn, socks, and underwear for male and female veterans. Since North Carolina has four VAMCs, they rotate the items each year from hospital to hospital. They make cards during the week to send with the donated items. • Ohio: assisting a food bank by asking delegates to bring nonperishable items to be donated for the project. They also are supporting the Girls Nation Wounded Warrior Barbecue at Walter Reed. • Tennessee: delegates bringing personal items which are donated to the Nashville VAMC. They hope to surpass last year’s donated amount of more than $5,000. They write notes to be included in their donated items. • Connecticut: setting up meetings with their state representatives to discuss possible state funding of the program. • Virginia: in the process of filing to become a 501(c)(3) in order to solicit fundraising from corporations and other organizations. • Iowa: having a silent auction to increase the department’s bottom line, and units are doing the same to raise funds to send their delegates. • Idaho: into the third year of veteran service projects. Each year, they research and choose the area with the most need. One effective area many departments are moving to is online registration. Departments already using this form of registration report that it saves time, resources, and they are able to communicate with the delegates faster and more efficiently. This year will mark the third year of the Girls Nation service project for the wounded warriors housed at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. These deserving warriors stay various terms from a few nights, a few months, and sometimes a couple of years, depending on their injuries. During this project, Girls Nation staff and delegates host a barbecue picnic for the wounded and their families. The delegates prepare and perform a USO-type show under the direction of the music/talent director of the Girls Nation staff. The delegates mingle and chat with the warriors and their families. At the event, the warriors are presented with gift cards provided by donations from Auxiliary members, units, departments, and other individuals. As an organization, if we make a difference in one veteran’s life and his/her family, then our efforts have been a success. Join us to support your local ALA Girls State program and the ALA Girls Nation program every day and in every way you can. Martha Corriher is a 29-year member of the Landis American Legion Auxiliary Unit 146 in Landis, N.C. JUNIOR ACTIVITIES: MEMBERS WORKING MANY ACTIVITIES TO SUPPORT MISSION George Burns once said, “I honestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” Juniors across the country are not failing at what they love; rather, they are busy working on the objectives of the Junior Activities program by participating in service projects that serve our veterans, military, and their families, promoting the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship, and assisting to increase the use of technology in Auxiliary units. Activities our Juniors have been working on include assisting with senior projects, Veterans History Project, developing websites, volunteering at local blood banks, folding pocket flags, making cards for the troops, working at Legion events, putting together Hero Packs for Operation: Military Kids, and more. They have been marching in parades, attending memorial services and attending unit, Junior and county meetings. These young members are working on their patches by teaching senior members how to use the Internet, promoting Americanism, and visiting hospitalized veterans. Communities benefit when Juniors have worked to fill food baskets for the Adopt-a-Vet program and packed donated goods and dollars for Operation: Military Kids. They’ve also made tray favors for our veterans at VA facilities and nursing homes. Decorating pillows and packing them for our veterans has kept many Juniors busy. Helping with blood drives at their Legion post has made a big impact on our youth as they see the need for blood donors. The National Junior Meeting will be held in Houston from Aug. 24-25 with Honorary National Junior President Amanda Washburn of Nebraska presiding. Many activities currently are in the planning stages for this meeting, including an offsite visit, service project, election and installation of new officers, graduation ceremony and participating in the national convention parade. More information will be available at as we approach convention. Marie Goede is a 43-year member of William Allen Unit 179 in Plainview, Minn. CONSTITUTION & BYLAWS: STATES EMPLOYING BEST PRACTICES WITHIN PROGRAM Do your members understand the significance of our Constitution & Bylaws? The Constitution establishes our organization's comprehensive principles, membership eligibility, national officers, and National Executive Committee. The bylaws set forth the organizational governance and rules by which we operate. (i.e., dues, who votes, committees and makeup of them, and duties of officers). Each department has the right to further its governance by creating its own distinct C&B, providing it does not contradict or impede in any way that of National's. Mid-year reports show effort by our department chairmen to engage members' interest and understanding. They also provided some insight on differences between departments. North Carolina's Susan Campbell set out early a list of goals for her state. Among them: to ensure each unit updated its C&B and to conduct workshops on how to write a C&B. Understanding that changes to National are automatically regulated to departments, Pat Salmen, chairman, Nevada, reported including in Nevada's C&B changes from both 2012 National and the department before distributing to all units. Interestingly, Michigan adopted in 1925 a uniform unit C&B and has used it with needed updates ever since (most departments have suggested format). Districts, however, create their own in conformity with their department and National. In addition, Chairman Donna Fuelling reports that Michigan provides guidelines for standing rules, which are required to be re-submitted every three years for approval. North Dakota collects copies each year of all unit C&B. In addition to retaining a copy in the department office, every district chairman receives copies of each unit's C&B within her district. Thanks to Chairman Sandra Petermann for passing on that idea. Would that be a useful tool for district chairmen in your department? New York holds an American Legion College each year. The course on governance covers the Constitution & Bylaws. Chairman Nancy Kurk reports that the favorite part of the class is how to write a resolution. Priscilla Imburgia first became a member of the Auxilary as a Junior in 1956. She is a Past Department President of New York LIAISON TO CHILD WELFARE FOUNDATION: CONSIDER APPLYING FOR A GRANT As an integral partner with The American Legion, the Auxiliary has been privileged to work with the Legion and is tasked with the challenge of continuing to raise funds for the Legion's Child Welfare Foundation. Since its inception as a 501(c)(3) Foundation in 1954, the CWF has awarded more than $12 million to organizations such as Our Military Kids, the Children's Organ Transplant Association and Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), as well as aiding the production costs of the G.I. Josh Dog. In order to receive grants, the primary concern of the applying nonprofit organizations must be to educate the public about the needs of children across the country. The Child Welfare Foundation in this past year received 235 applications for grants, and, while 50 were considered by the Grant Screening Committee composed of members of the Legion Family, 20 were approved for total grants of $734,220. Needless to say, more funds are needed and would be much appreciated. The Foundation, at national convention, will present departments, units and individuals with a variety of awards for contributions, and it is always a great tribute to the recipients for their hard work. The Child Welfare Foundation's grants are also open to departments and units. Examples of projects might be to promote "Red Ribbon Week," anti-bullying or bike safety - all of which would qualify for grants. The same qualifications must be met as are the deadlines. Grant applications can be found on the Child Welfare Foundation website at After submitting the grant application for consideration, the proposals will be reviewed to confirm they meet the guidelines, the Grant Screening Committee will make the final decisions and a notice will be sent to the applicants. Once a grant is awarded, the recipient has from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 to complete the project. With the deadline occurring May 1 to July 15, it may be necessary that the proposal bridge administrations - and that is doable. Final thoughts: Consider applying for a grant, and please contribute! This report was co-written by members of the Liaison to the Child Welfare Foundation Committee: Barbara Kranig, vice chairman, and Sharon Conatser, member. Linda Newsome is a Past National President (1994-1995) and a 47-year hfe member of Greenbelt Unit 136, Department of Maryland. NATIONAL PRESIDENT'S AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE - SEND YOUR APPLICATION TODAY! All Auxiliary members work hard to further our mission, but once a year we highlight those who truly stand out as they serve our veterans, the military and their families. The American Legion Auxiliary presents the National President's Award of Excellence at its national convention to one department and five units that represent the best of the best among our membership. Not only do they get a well-deserved pat on the back, but their stories inspire other Auxiliary members to emulate their success. Apply today at The application deadline is the first Friday in June. NATIONAL CANDIDATES 2013-2014 Candidate: National President NANCY BROWN-PARK Department of California George Tadlock Unit 472 Eligibility: Through father Richard D. Brown, a WVVII Army Air Corps veteran, and through husband Jim Park, a Navy Vietnam War veteran. Offices held: 65-year member. Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district and department levels. National: NEC, national vice president and chairman of Junior Activities, Public Relations, National Security, Constitution & Bylaws, Membership, Children & Youth, VeteransAffairs & Rehabilitation. Personal/professional: Owns and operates a sales and marketing company. Two children, Christopher and Chloe; both are part of Legion Family. Member of California Girls State Foundation Board and involved in other community affairs. Candidate: National Vice President JANET JEFFORD Department of Connecticut Goodale-Rameker Unit 56 Eligibility: Through father William Lucas, a WVVII Army veteran, and through son Jeff, Desert Storm Army veteran. Offices held: 45-year member. Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district and department levels. National: NEC and chairman of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, National Security, ALA Girls Nation, Education, Public Relations, Americanism, Auxiliary Emergency Fund. Also served on special committees: Ethics, Communications/ Marketing, National Presidents' Scholarship, Long Range Strategic Planning. Candidate: Central Division National Vice President DONNA RAY Department of Ohio Halker Flege Unit 69 Eligibility: Through husband RobertA. (Bob) Ray, Navy. Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit level. District and department: president, several offices and chairmanships. National: NEC and Central Division chairman of several committees; currently serving on ALA Girls Nation Committee. Candidate: Eastern Division National Vice President MARGARET (MAGGIE) Mc MAHON Department of New Jersey Walker-Dwyer Unit 181 Eligibility: Through father Leo Mc Mahon, a WWII and Korean War Army Air Force veteran. Offices held: Served all offices at unit level and several offices at district/county and department levels. National: NEC. Candidate: Northwestern Division National Vice President PATRICIA J. STERANKA Department of Colorado Ovie Vernon Unit 2 Eligibility: Through father William Bert Roberts and brother William Scott Roberts, both Navy-father during WWII and brother during Vietnam. Offices held: Unit and district: chaplain, secretary, treasurer, president. Department: president. Candidate: Southern Division National Vice President ANGELAS. KILCREASE Department of Mississippi Walthall County Unit 56 Eligibility: Through husband Jack L. Kilcrease, a retired 32-year Army veteran who served four tours in Vietnam. Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit level. District: president and vice president. Department: most offices and chairmanships. National: NEC and member of several committees; currently serving as national historian. Candidate: Western Division National Vice President GINGER COX Department of Arizona Pat Tillman Unit 117 Eligibility: Through husband Larry K. Cox (Vietnam), father Harold L . Brimm (WWII), and son Steven N. Allen (Desert Storm). Offices held: 22-year member. Served most offices and several chairmanships at unit, district and department levels. National: NEC and Western Division chairman of Membership and Public Relations committees. Candidate: National Chaplain LYNDA HORTON-TURK Department of Texas Farris Anderson Unit 75 Eligibility: Through late husband Edward "Jack" Horton who served in the Army for 28 years, and through current husband Carroll C. Turk, Army. Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit, district, and department levels. National: NEC, Southern Division National Vice President, and member of several committees, as well as Southern Division chairman of several committees. Candidate: National Chaplain SHELLEY RIGGS Department of Ohio Unit 29 Eligibility: Through father Bernard C. Harris, Army. Offices held: Served several offices at unit level. District: president, Children & Youth chairman. Department: most offices and chairmanships. National: NEC and member of several committees, as well as Central Division chairman of several committees. Candidate: National Chaplain GAYLE JANSON Department of Wisconsin Brask-Fossum-Janke Unit 185 Eligibility: Through father Alton Egge, Navy Seabees, (WVVII), husband Bill Janson, Air Force (Korean War), son Matthew Janson, Air Force (Desert Storm), and grandson Philip Goldman, Air Force. Offices held: Served most offices at unit, district and department levels. National: NEC. Candidate: National Historian CINDY K. NEWTON Department of Louisiana Leander J. Kinchen Unit 47 Eligibility: Through self and father, both Navy. Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit and district levels. Department: president. National: NEC and member of several committees. Candidate: National Historian SHARON L. DORAN Department of Arizona David C. Johnson Unit 93 Eligibility: Through brother Ronald Wm. Embly, Air Force (Korean War), brother Jack Berry, Navy (Vietnam), husband Gary E. Doran, Army (Korean War), and daughter Jessica Jaramillo, Army Reserve. Offices held: Served most offices and chairmanships at unit level. District: most offices and Budget and Constitution & Bylaws committees. Department: member of several committees. National: NEC and Western Division Community Service chairman. See more online! Read additional details about the candidates for 2013-2014 national office at Information presented on this page was provided by candidates. WHAT'S NEW AT NHQ NATIONAL PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN: ADS RUNNING IN FIVE TES T MARKETS Television spots have been filmed, ads placed, and all is in high gear for the American Legion Auxiliary's new national public awareness campaign. At the 2012 National Convention, delegates voted to move forward with the groundbreaking, professionally developed and conducted campaign. TV and print ads will run throughout May in the five television media test markets: Norfolk, Va.; Lexington, Ky.; San Antonio; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Seattle. The test markets were carefully selected based on factors such as proximity to VA facilities, military installations and enlistment rates, geography, and media market affordability. Developed by the Indianapolis offices of Publicis Groupe, the third largest communications and marketing enterprise in the world, the purpose of the ads is to raise awareness about the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition to the volunteer-spirited TV ads, print ads will appear in well-known military publications. Publicis conducted focus groups during the winter in the five test market areas. The data results revealed that awareness levels of the Auxiliary were low among the nonmembers participating in the market research. The media spots aim to answer the questions Auxiliary members hear too often from the public: "Who are you, and what do you do?" An Auxiliary member has been designated in each of the five test market cities to coordinate the campaign's response efforts. A review team led by Past National President Kris Nelson has been consulted by Publicis at critical junctures. Every TV spot and print ad includes a special Auxiliary website and phone number unique to the campaign so that ad responses can be tracked. A professional national public awareness campaign is a new undertaking for the organization, and it's pretty exciting. Additional updates about the campaign will appear in future monthly issues of ALA eNews. Be in-the-know and sign up today for this free emailed publication at REFLECTIONS Provided by Rosemarie Hauck, National Chaplain 2012-2013 | MAY On Memorial Day here in the United States, thousands of people visit cemeteries and monuments to remember and honor their loved ones. They ponder a name carved in stone and recall the person for whom it stands. This kind of reflection on the lives of these who have gone before us can encourage us to evaluate the way we are living today. When people hear our name, do they think of someone who is faithful and dedicated? Do they think of someone who, like many, gave their lives that we may be free? We shall be remembered by what we have done, not by what others have done for us. As we go along through the years, a single act of advice, encouragement or caution may decide a question of usefulness and happiness for another. Proverbs 10:7 reads, “The memory of the righteous is blessed.” “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” (Proverbs 22:1). “A good name is better than precious ointment.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1). A solid reputation and loving relationships are high achievements. Honesty, integrity, and generosity in life are more valuable than the most expensive funeral. Perfume fades, but the aroma of our lives lingers on. By our attitudes and actions, we are creating the memories that will be associated with our names in life and in death. Today we have an opportunity to renew our commitment to God, our country, our organization and to the making of a good name — a name that encourages those we love and come in contact with for years to come. PRAYER: This is the wish I always make, the prayers I always pray: Lord, may my life help other lives it touches along the way. God, as we honor our fallen dead, some rest on foreign lands and others on the ocean floor, we thank You for their sacrifices to God, with reference and love, we pause to pay tribute to them. We pray that we may always be mindful of their service to You and country. Heavenly Father, please keep their families in Your care. Please bless and comfort them in their time of sorrow. We offer these petitions to You in the name of our Lord. Amen. The memory of a faithful life speaks more eloquently than words. JUNE Scripture: Ecclesiastes 3:1 To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heavens. Most people who really know me know I love music and love to sing. Each Wednesday night, when growing up in St. Louis, my mother and I would see a musical stage show at the St. Louis Municipal Opera. When thinking about this article, “The Carousel” musical came to mind. A song from that show is “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over.” Why? Because it’s June, June, June. June opens the door to summer, sunshine, warmth, laughter, happiness, and weddings. No wonder the American Legion Auxiliary chose this month to honor our Junior members. Our organization also provides love and happiness to young women across the country through ALA Girls State, where we involve our Juniors and other young women in Americanism, Community Service, and citizenship training. This opportunity also allows us to help mold these girls’ young, creative, capable hands and their energetic enthusiasm in the month we honor the American flag. As we participate in the Girls State program, and as we pause on June 14, I ask God to help us look upon this symbol. One of my purposes is to make a difference to all mankind. What is yours? Yes, June will burst out all over us, but don’t forget that June is a wonderful time to rededicate ourselves to service for God and country. Why? Because, as the song says, “It’s June, June, June.” PRAYER: O God, even in the midst of a season of warmth and fun, remind us of “the time to every purpose under the heavens.” We pray You will be in the hearts of young people as well as adults to know that freedom is not free. Please make all of us remember we belong to You and should never cease to thank You. Let us not forget the real reason for our Star Spangled Banner. Lord, let us, our children and our children’s children pledge our allegiance to You and freedom. Thank you, God, for the blessings You continue to give us. We are so blessed to be Americans. We give You praises for the privilege to be free. Amen. The world needs the peace, joy, love, and happiness that June brings; it passes all misunderstanding. If you are looking for hope, peace, joy, and love, look to God. JULY Scripture: Psalm 100:3 Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people. History reveals that whenever a nation ignores God and rejects His Word, it reaps a bitter harvest. Our founding fathers loved the concept of individual freedom, but they did not have in mind a permissive lifestyle that allows us to do anything we please. True freedom can never be enjoyed by people who refuse to fear God. The psalmist said, “Know that the Lord, He is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves.” We are responsible to God because He has created us in love. On this Independence Day, Americans are reminded again of the liberties we enjoy. For these, we should be deeply grateful. But sometimes we take them for granted, displaying little concern for those who are not so abundantly blessed. We are becoming a nation of individuals who selfishly insist on our own rights, making unfair demands on others and not thinking of their welfare. The worst part, for personal freedom, we do not hear about the rights of our country’s veterans and military personnel. We should recognize that God expects us to be responsible for their freedoms for a normal lifestyle. Let’s not forget the rights of veterans who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. PRAYER: Heavenly Father, we pray for Your guidance to have faith in You and our country, to keep in our minds the freedom we enjoy each day. In this, the month of our country’s birthday, we thank You, God, for liberty and justice. God, please protect our country. Please help us to remember those who offered their lives in war. We also ask You to help remind us of our obligations to the community, our state, and the nation. Keep us, O God, grateful as a nation for the many blessings You so graciously have given us. Yours shall be the glory and the praise forever. Amen. So long as faith is kept alive, Nation and people will survive; God keep them, always, everywhere: The hearth, the Book, the place of prayer. — Anonymous True freedom is not in having our own way, but in yielding to God’s way.

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