Mission Statement In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American LegionAuxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of thosewho 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.
Vision Statement The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legionwhile becoming the premier service organization and foundation of everycommunity providing support for our veterans, our military, and their familiesby shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peaceand security.
PurposesIn fulfillment of our Mission, theAmerican Legion Auxiliary adheres to the following purposes: To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families. To support the initiatives and programs of The American Legion To foster patriotism and responsible citizenship. To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy. To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in government. To increase our capacity to deliver our Mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities. To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through "service not self"
ValuesOur statement of values ispredicated on the founding purposes....Commitment to the four founding principles; - Justice, Freedom, Democracy, Loyalty Service to God, our country, its veterans and their families. Tradition of patriotism and citizenship, personal integrity and family values. Respect for the uniqueness of individual members with truthful open communication in dealing with the public and our members. Adherence to the adopted policies and rules
Diane Duscheck, of Markesan, Wisconsin, was elected
national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the
organization’s 97th National Convention held Aug. 18-24 in Reno, Nev. She is serving serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service
organization as national president for a one-year term. Diane an ALA member for 56 years, is eligible for membership through
her father Roland Duscheck, a World War II Army veteran, who was a
survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. She is a member of Abendroth-Connolly
Unit 282 in Markesan.
Diane has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the
district, department, and national levels. At the national level, she
chaired many committees and served special appointments, including work on
the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan and as a member of the ALA
Foundation’s Board of Directors. "There’s an old great proverb that says, ‘Society grows great when
old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.’ ...
Areas of emphasis this year will be projects where we plant seeds to make
a difference in the Auxiliary both today and in the future. The first is
the [ALA 5-Year] Centennial Strategic Plan and the second is the ALA
Foundation Endowment Fund,” Duscheck said. Reflecting on the Foundation’s
10 year anniversary, she added, “We have seeds to sow and trees to plant
so the Endowment [Fund] can be a healthy fund that will provide support
and mission outreach so that the future generations in the Auxiliary will
be able to sit in the shade of trees and reflect on the insight of the
women who started the Foundation in 2007.”
Diane has been actively involved in non-profit work for most of her
life. She worked at Easter Seals Society of Wisconsin for more than 10
years, where she was responsible for the personal care of physically
handicapped campers and was also a cook, and still volunteers for
fundraisers and special events. As part of her professional career,
Having taught seventh and eighth grade science for 34 years at St.
Eugene Catholic School and Maple Dale Grade School, respectively, retiring
from the latter in June 2014. Diane earned both her Bachelor of Science
in P.E. with Pre-Physical Therapy Option and a Secondary Teaching
Certification in Science from Montana State University, and earned her
Master of Science in Education from Viterbo University. She holds a
Department of Public Instruction Licensure in computer science, science
(all), and health. In addition to the American Legion Auxiliary, She isalso a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Montana State University Alumni
Association, and Friends of the Domes.
“If you see me around with my little Gracie (service dog) please stop and say hello. I would love to meet everyone, although I’m really bad with names.”
Barbara Wadlow was elected American Legion Auxiliary Department President at the 97th Annual Department Convention of Idaho, held July 13-16, 2017 in Pocatello, Idaho. Her eligibility is through the service of two of her three sons who served in Operation Desert Storm, Tom, USAF and Doug, USMC, a grandson, Brandon recently discharged from the Marines and her late husband, Bill, who served in the US Army Korea. Barbara lives in Pocatello, Idaho and is currently a member in Unit #21.
Barbara joined the American Legion Auxiliary in the fall of 1992 in Chino Valley, AZ, where she served as unit secretary and bar manager. Since moving to Idaho in 2007 she has served her Unit on the Girls State Committee, Vice President, President for 5 terms and 6th District President for 4 terms. While District President, and wanting to learn more about our programs she served on these Department positions: 2 years on Children & Youth and 2 years on Americanism, and continued serving on the Finance Committee. If you ask her she will tell you that is where you get a real insight into the Department, she in 2016-2017 was Department Vice President and Membership.
Barbara has 3 sons, 3 grandsons, 2 granddaughters, 1 great-granddaughter and an extended step family.
As single mother sometimes working 2 jobs she has done purchasing, bookkeeping, bar-tending/club manager for an Elks Lodge, Moose Lodge and her American Legion Post. She has been a Cub Scout leader, a Charter member and Treasurer of her Elks Lodge in Arizona, served on three Rodeo Committees and on the board of several organizations.
In 1996 Barbara married the love of her life Bill Wadlow, a ranch manager and spent 10 great years on ranches in north central Arizona preceding his death in 2006.
When her sons deployed to Saudi Arabia in August 1990 she started a support group for parents of deployed soldiers. “The thing I think I am most proud of came in 1991 when I was fortunate enough to be part a committee to establish the first parade to honor veterans of all the wars in Simi Valley, CA. I watched as a small group of Viet Nam Vets marched down the street, gradually they were joined by others along the parade route and at the end and dedication of the Veterans Memorial there were over 100 who thanked us for making them feel they had finally come home.”
Barbara's officers for 2017-2018 are:
Department Vice President Cindy Woodman from Pocatello Unit #4, is asking us to enhance our membership experiences and encourages the District Presidents to work closely with their units. We must have that personal contact and open the lines of communications to know how units can better fulfill their promise to this organization.
Susan Barnett is the Department Historian and she encourages members to record histories so those who follow will know what Auxiliary members have done for Veterans, their communities and the youth who participate in the programs. She will continue to use a Facebook page for Idaho ALA Unit Historians to share some of their events. The FACEBOOK page is IDAHO ALA HISTORIANS just go their and like that page. She also asks that you record the memories of you unit members and preserve your history with displays of memorabilia from the unit's past.
Department Chaplain De Leah Eavenson wants to help in any of your spiritual needs. De Leah has a Facebook page IDAHO ALA CHAPLAIN, where you can post requests for prayers or thoughts of encouragements. She asks that you collect prayers and thoughts so she can make a Prayer Book for President Barbara to be presented to the Department President at the Summer Convention.
Mary Price is the Department Secretary/Treasurer and the office hours are 8:30 to 2:30 Tuesday through Thursday. Contact information for the office is phone 1-208-342-7066 and there is voice mail if you need to leave a message. The email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Sergeant -At-Arms .....Delores Silcott
Assistant Sergeant-At-Arms...…Kathryn Francke
Parliamentarian..........................Mary Sue Chase
National Executive Committee........Toni Gimpel
Alternate National Executive Committee........Barbara Wadlow
Department 2nd Vice Presidents are the District Presidents. They are: