As an Auxiliary member for more than 68 years, I wanted to tell you that I don’t believe Auxiliary magazine has ever been better. The articles are so relevant to the work we do, and you can tell they are written specifically for Auxiliary members with the information we need to know. I brought my copy of Auxiliary to my last unit meeting and insisted that every member read it from cover to cover. It contains inspiring stories and useful ideas that all members can use. It is an excellent magazine! Violet Montgomery, Indiana I want to thank you for one of the best articles on the faith of our founders that I have ever read. I have studied this topic extensively over the years, and your article in the May 2014 issue of Auxiliary is right on the mark. Whoever did the research, thank you! There is only one point I would have added: In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court declared us a Christian nation (Church of the Holy Trinity v. United States). Thanks again for a good article! Chaplain Jim Braden ALA RESPONSE: Thank you for your kind compliment about the “Faith of Our Founders” article. We received many nice comments about the article and are so glad it resonated with so many of our readers. We are an organization that stands “For God and Country,” and may that ever be true for generations to come. Thank you for taking the time to share your comment with us and that additional bit of history. Thank you for a great article, “Faith of our Founders,” in the May issue of Auxiliary magazine. I hope there are more articles like this to come. So many people do not understand our nation’s rich history and the differences between the Senate and Congress. Thank you again. Patricia Forssdll Your May 2014 issue of Auxiliary is outstanding! Thank you all so much for the article “Faith of our Founders.” It’s a keeper and now more so than ever as our faith is being attacked from all sides. We must not ever forget the faith of our founding fathers. Elizabeth G. James, Texas Great job on the May 2014 issue of Auxiliary magazine! My thanks to the staff on the excellent information provided to members on critical issues — an excellent tool for leadership at all levels to use in promoting programs, updates on national president visits, the Centennial Strategic Plan, Department Operations Guide, and so much more. I have to say the article on the “Faith of our Founders” hits home with me. Kudos for making the decision to publish what, in my opinion, demonstrates the relationship faith has to who we are and what we stand for in carrying out our mission. I stand proud to have humbly served as national president, along with others, to serve and shape one year of ALA’s existence. Blessings as always, and I so appreciate the work you do! Rita Navarreté, 2009-2010 National President I remember when [our National Secretary Buckler] first started with the Auxiliary, one of [her] missions was to work over the magazine. I visited a small unit in Gunnison, Colo., this evening, and one of the ladies, Ann Lagaens, pulled out Auxiliary magazine and told everyone to check their mailboxes because it had just arrived and was full of wonderful tips and tidbits. The unit members proceeded to discuss how they receive so many magazines that just go straight into the trash, but not the Auxiliary’s magazine. I just thought you would enjoy hearing that and how the effort you have put into this magazine has paid off. Deb McBride, Colorado Thank you for the article highlighting the Auxiliary’s Americanism Program in the May issue of Auxiliary magazine. I am very proud of my daughter, Katie Beth Caudill, and her brothers, who were featured in the article for standing up for what they believe in. I have always told my kids that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything! The American Legion Auxiliary has taught my children to be patriotic, and for that, I am thankful! This is a great article, but there are some discrepancies regarding Katie’s role in getting a flag for her school: Funding to get a new flag wasn’t the issue; the flagpole needed repaired, but Katie Beth had thought it was because they didn’t have the money. Katie was called to the office to discuss what happened, and I was called because there was some concern that it would shed negative light on the school. Thank you for contacting us regarding this article and for highlighting the important work of this American Legion Auxiliary program. Laura Kilgore, West Virginia ALA RESPONSE: Thank you, Laura, for the clarification and for setting such a wonderful example for your children. I’m writing to congratulate you on the very nice article on Americanism in the May issue of Auxiliary magazine. You put together a very comprehensive and well-written piece…a good follow-up to a terrific Poppy Program article. — Martha Lee Thatcher, National Americanism Committee Chairman 2013-2014 Thank you for putting our class on page 44 of the May issue of Auxiliary magazine. So many people in our community contacted me and were so proud to see us in Auxiliary magazine. Our Legion does such an amazing job teaching our first-graders at Spring Valley Elementary School about our flag and pride in our country. As the wife of a former Navy SEAL, the flag folding ceremony always makes me weep with pride. Thank you! Nancy Cleveland, First Grade Teacher, Wisconsin ALA RESPONSE: Thank you, Nancy, for sending us the students’ letters about what the American flag means to them. See the letters at www.ALAforVeterans.org. I’m a brand new member of the ALA — the May issue of Auxiliary was my first. I was really impressed by the magazine, the organization I had just joined, and the women who make it all happen! I especially connected with the strategic goal to build brand loyalty and its place in recruiting new members…and on the very next magazine page, I saw an opportunity to support those goals. In one afternoon, I printed bookmarks from the ALA website, baked more than 100 spritz-style cookies (pictured above), and assembled “sales kits,” not to sell cookies, but to sell the Auxiliary, our unit, and its local good works. At our Friday night fish fry, the poppy cookies were a great vehicle for conversation and donations. After all, who doesn’t love a homemade cookie? Inspired by the May edition of Auxiliary and supported by the tools at www.ALAforVeterans.org, the John J. Morris Unit 62 in Peoria, Ariz., collected more than $200 with its new Poppy Cookie Program. Marge Christianson, Arizona WE WANT TO HEAR FROM you Send your letters to: ALA National Headquarters 8945 N. 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