Our Values Our statement of values is predicated 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
Our Purpose In fulfillment of our Mission, the American 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"
Our National President - Kathy Dungan Kathy Dungan, of Wesson, Miss., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 98th National Convention held Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis. Dungan will serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term. Dungan has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district, department, and national levels. At the national level, she chaired ten committees and served special appointments, including work on the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan, Future Focus Committee, 100th Anniversary Committee and Succession Planning Committee. Dungan also served as ALA Mississippi Girls State director for three years.
“Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, thank you for putting your trust in me to lead this great organization as national president … What an honor, I am humbled and truly blessed,” said Dungan in a speech at the Installation of Officers during the ALA’s National Convention.
After more than 20 years of employment with the Mississippi Supreme Court, she retired as judicial assistant for a Supreme Court judge. She is actively involved in her community in many ways, including as a member of Little Bahala Baptist Church where she volunteered as church treasurer for more than a decade, Youth Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the widows’ ministry committee and planning committee. Kathy’s love for God and Country is the guiding reason for her dedication to make a difference in the lives of veterans, and she steadfastly believes in the ALA’s mission of Service Not Self.
Dungan, a 40-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, is eligible for membership through the service of her father, Wittie Card, who served in the Army in WWII. Kathy and her husband, William, have one son and two grandchildren, all of whom are members of The American Legion Family. She is a member of ALA Drane-Prine Unit 79 in Wesson.
About the ALA: Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) helps to advance the mission of The American Legion. With nearly three-quarters of a million members, the ALA is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization and one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, military, and their families. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1.1 billion each year. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, The American Legion Family has been instrumental in advancing legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. To learn more and get involved, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
Our Department President - Cindy Woodman
Cindy became eligible for membership
in the Auxiliary by way of her Grandfather, Paul Sapp, who served in the South
Pacific during WWII. She continues her eligibility through her husband,
Immediate Past Department Commander G.A. “Woody” Woodman. She has served as
Unit Historian, Second Vice, First Vice, and President; she has also served as
District Secretary/Treasurer, Department Public Relations Chair, Historian, and
Department Vice President, before her election in July to serve as Department
Welcome to the new year! Thank you for the
opportunity to serve as your Department President for 2018-2019. There are
several important things to focus on this year, as in every year; however, I
would really like us all to focus on kindness, first. National has a strategic
plan to increase brand awareness, membership strength, and program
effectiveness – none of which can occur without kindness at every level.At National Convention, we were thrilled to
hear from Will Bowen, author of A Complaint-Free World. We were
challenged to go 21 days without a spoken complaint – it’s harder than you
think! I challenge each of you to try it too; you can go to Will’s website to
purchase a bracelet or use a rubber band on your wrist; then every time you voice
a complaint, switch it to your other wrist and start again on Day 1. It’s
challenging, sure – the best part is, though, that you become aware of your own
influence on the world around you.This year, my theme is Service is a Work of Heart. I truly believe this to be true; if we
put our hearts and thoughts towards service, as is our Mission, and serve
others with kindness and compassion, I truly believe that not only will our
membership increase, but our positive impact on our Veterans, Service members,
their families, and our communities will increase exponentially. I look forward to seeing you at upcoming
District Meetings and Midwinter!
Department Officers President - Cindy Woodman Vice President - Susan Barnett Secretary/Treasurer - Mary Price Historian - KC Fuller Chaplain - De Leah Eavenson NEC - Toni Gimpel Parliamentarian - Kay Vallerie Sergeant at Arms - Heather Kyle
District Presidents District 1 - Jo-Ann Rasmussen District 2 - Pearl Bentley District 3 - Joann Babbitt District 4 - Linda Blanton District 5 - Beth Beedle District 6 - Kathy Francke District 7 - LaDene Wiese District 8 - Jan Johnson District 9 - Barbara Scott