American Legion Auxiliary Department 2018-2019 Committee Chairmen
Americanism -- Lyn Masters Auxiliary Emergency Fund -- Waconda White Children & Youth -- Jennette Trube Community Service -- Kay Jones Constitution & Bylaws -- Jo Ann Bujarski Education -- Bird Derrick Finance -- Sarah Brown Girls State Girls Nation -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen Junior Activities -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen Leadership -- Lianne Kubs Legislative -- Adrean Cavener Membership -- Susan Barnett Music -- Elaine Jensen National Security -- Toni Gimpel Past Presidents' Parley -- Carmen Metzer Poppy -- Linda Blanton Public Relations -- Linda Brugger VA&R -- Kim McElliott
Americanism -- Lyn Masters, Chairman The Auxiliary's Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship and strives to uphold and promote American ideals and the principles of democracy. The goal of the Auxiliary's Americanism program is to educate every citizen on the fundamentals of American government, the Bill of Rights and the value of active, informed involvement in the home, in the Auxiliary organization and in the community. Most successful Americanism programs efforts between an Auxiliary Unit and its community. Contributions donated to the Spirit of Youth Foundation by individuals, organizations and members' estates, benefit young people through the National President's Scholarship program.The Citizens Flag Alliance is an a political, non-partisan confederation of organizations and individuals who wish to protect the United States flag from acts of physical desecration. The Citizens Flag Alliance's goal is to pass a Constitutional amendment prohibiting flag desecration. The American Legion Auxiliary joined this effort in 1994 due to its belief that the flag is unique, deserving proper respect, care and protection.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund -- Waconda White, Chairman The
Auxiliary Emergency Fund is an excellent example of the Auxiliary's
dedication to "Women Helping Women." The fund, established in 1969, is
supported by memorial contributions from Auxiliary Units and members. It
provides temporary emergency financial assistance to Auxiliary members
who have exhausted all other personal and community resources. For
members who find themselves suddenly single,deserted, divorced, or
widowed, with no skills to support themselves or their families, the
Displaced Homemakers Fund provides immediate aide to help the member
acquire new job skills through schooling or job training.
Children and Youth -- Jeanette Trube, Chairman The
Auxiliary's Children and Youth program provides care and strives to
improve conditions for all children. The program works to preserve the
integrity of the family unit and takes a realistic approach to the needs
of children by considering the physical and spiritual, as well as the
emotional and educational aspects, of each situation.The Children and
Youth program cooperates with many other public and private community
agencies and organizations and supports essential legislation for
children at the national, state, and local levels. In some cases, the
program offers direct financial assistance and services to individual
children or to the families of veterans. Auxiliary members also
contribute to The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, which was
established in 1954 to fund special programs and projects which
emphasize preventative solutions to difficult children's issues.
Educating members and the general public about these issues is a primary
goal of the Auxiliary's Children and Youth program.
Community Service -- Kay Jones, Chairman The
Auxiliary's Community Service program is based on the premise that no
organization has a right to exist within the community without giving
something to that community in return.Community service helps to make
our communities better places in which to live.Auxiliary members study
community needs, recommend projects, raise funds and donate their time
to accomplish their specific objectives. Special attention is given to
the selection of each project to ensure that the work of other
organizations is not duplicated. Auxiliary Units also provide assistance
on Community Service projects sponsored by American Legion Posts and
work with other organizations to implement practical, worthwhile
projects for the benefit of the community. Some examples include, blood
drives, first aid and CPR training, child safety programs, support for
women in shelters, donations to shelters for the homeless, tree
plantings, recycling programs, and disaster and emergency preparedness
Constitution & Bylaws -- Jo Ann Bujarski, Chairman The
Auxiliary's Constitution and Bylaws program encourages Auxiliary
members to study and understand the organization's formal written
policies and procedures, particularly as they relate to the rights and
benefits of membership. Members are encouraged to review the Auxiliary
Constitution and Bylaws on an annual basis and may submit ideas for
review and possible change.
Education -- Bird Derrick, Chairman Auxiliary
members believe that a solid educational foundation is the cornerstone
of American freedom. The Auxiliary's Education program promotes quality
education for every child and supports students in their desire to
continue their education beyond high school. Auxiliary members work
actively with educators and local schools to develop and maintain an
educational system that serves the needs of all children at every
level.Auxiliary volunteers sponsor and support state and national
education legislation; establish new scholarship opportunities for
students; alert eligible students to existing scholarship resources;
help students identify career opportunities and professional job
requirements; and encourage students to plan early for college and apply
for scholarship opportunities.
Girls State Girls Nation -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen, Chairman Girls
State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible
citizenship and love for God and Country. Since the inception of the
Girls State program in 1937, nearly one million young people have had
the opportunity to learn first-hand how their state and local government
works.High school girls, having completed their junior year spend an
intensive week of study, working together as self-governing citizens at
Auxiliary sponsored Girls State programs in every state. They learn how
to participate in the functioning of their state's government in
preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens. Two
girls are selected from each Girls State program to attend Girls Nation,
a national government training program. Girls Nation "senators" meet
for a week in Washington, D.C., where they run for political office,
campaign for the passage of legislation and meet with state
Representatives and Senators. Capping off the week of Girls Nation is a
meeting with the President of the United States at The White House.
Junior Activities -- Jo-Ann Rasmussen, Chairman Junior
Auxiliary membership for girls under the age of 18 is a training ground
which prepares young women for active adult membership. Junior
activities and programs reflect and support the work of the Auxiliary
and instill the ideals of the organization. The Junior program is an
important step in the transition from childhood to responsible
adulthood. At age 18, Junior members automatically are eligible for
Leadership -- Lianne Kubs, Chairman The
success of any organization depends largely upon the skill and
competence of its leaders.Auxiliary members are vitally concerned with
developing present and future leadership within the organization.
Comprehensive training courses and materials are offered in every
Auxiliary Department and by the National organization. Courses focus on
fundamental management and communication skills and outline the basic
responsibilities and leadership opportunities which are available within
the many programs of the Auxiliary. Units and Departments conduct
leadership workshops with motivational speakers to increase enthusiasm
for all Auxiliary programs.
Legislative -- Adrean Cavener, Chairman Auxiliary members are encouraged to get involved and stay informed
on local and national issues of special interest to the organization.
They keep in close contact with their legislative representatives about
issues which concern veterans, young people and entire communities.
Auxiliary members know there is strength in numbers. Many beneficial
laws have been passed because of Legion and Auxiliary support.
Membership -- Susan Barnett ,Chairman & Department Vice-President The
Auxiliary's Membership program conducts ongoing recruiting to ensure
the future growth and prosperity of the organization. Unit members work
diligently to publicize and promote the benefits, objectives and
activities of the Auxiliary and seek out those eligible women who might
be interested in membership and active involvement in Unit activities.
Units, Departments and Divisions vie in friendly competition against one
another as they work toward reaching their individual and
organizational membership goals.
National Security -- Toni Gimpel, Chairman The Auxiliary believes in maintaining a strong national defense and
endeavors to educate its members on all vital national security issues.
In cooperation with The American Legion, Auxiliary members are briefed
on a wide range of topics at local and national meetings and through
publications and bulletins. Topics include national and civil defense;
crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; and environmental
protection.The member's clear understanding of the issues helps to lay
the groundwork for community-wide mobilization and support of various
national security activities. National activities include the annual
Washington Conference, a legislative forum in Washington, D.C.; POW/MIA
Awareness; crime prevention; and local and worldwide support of USO
Past Presidents' Parley -- Carmen Metzer, Chairman Members
who have served the Auxiliary as Unit, Department and/or National
Presidents are a valuable resource to the organization. As members of
the Past Presidents Parley committee, they put their leadership
experience to good use, offering guidance and/or counsel on any activity
or problem requiring special support or emphasis Committee members also
maintain a scholarship fund for nurses and contribute to the "Women in
Military Service" memorial. The Past Presidents Parley is a primary
source of support for hospitalized women veterans and select “Woman of
the Year” from“Unit of the Year” submissions.
Poppy -- Linda Blanton, Chairman The Poppy Program is the oldest and most widely recognized
Auxiliary program. Each year around Memorial Day, Auxiliary volunteers
distribute millions of bright red crepe paper poppies in exchange for
contributions to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans. The program
provides multiple benefits to the veterans and to the community. The
hospitalized veterans who make the flowers are able to earn a small wage
which helps to supplement their incomes and makes them feel more
self-sufficient. The physical and mental activity provides many
therapeutic benefits as well. Donations are used exclusively to assist
and support veterans and their families. The poppy also reminds the
community of the past sacrifices and continuing needs of our veterans.
Auxiliary members endeavor to explain the true meaning of this little
flower to all those who receive it. The poppy has become a nationally
known and recognized symbol of sacrifice and is worn and used by
Auxiliary members to honor the men and women who served and died for
their country in all wars.
Public Relations -- Linda Brugger, Chairman The
Auxiliary's positive public image and excellent reputation in the
community is no accident.The Public Relations program works to establish
and maintain good will within the organization and with the general
public and promotes the Auxiliary's many worthwhile programs, events,
activities and accomplishments through every available medium. Public
Relations performs a dual function. Doing things well and making sure
that the public is aware of the efforts and the results ensures
continued community support and awareness of Auxiliary programs. Good
publicity augments and supports the Auxiliary's recruiting efforts by
attracting interested, eligible women and motivating them to become
active members. A major communications vehicle is the Auxiliary's
bi-monthly national magazine, National News. This publication is a
primary source of information and means of communication between the
local Unit members and the organization's national leadership.
Veteran's Affairs & Rehabilitation -- Kim McElliott, Chairman The
Auxiliary's Veteran's Affairs and Rehabilitation program provides
service and financial assistance to veterans and their families.
Auxiliary members are interested in restoring the veteran and his family
to normal functions - physically, mentally, socially and vocationally.
Members provide emotional support and cheerful companionship while
attending to the hospitalized, handicapped and home bound veterans'
physical comforts. In a single year, veterans' programs utilized the
services of more than 100,000 hospital field and home service volunteers
who donated millions of dollars and millions of hours to assist
veterans. The Auxiliary's gift shops and holiday parties have become an
essential part of the VA program.The Poppy program provides therapy and a
means of earning money for handicapped and hospitalized veterans and
their families. Members work with legislators and congressmen to pass
legislation to increase government benefits and assistance for veterans.
Essential equipment and supplies are purchased by caring members to
upgrade and facilitate the level of care provided in veterans'
facilities.Members furnish job assistance, transportation, food,
clothing and medicine to thousands of needy, handicapped and homeless
veterans. The Auxiliary plays a necessary and important role in the life
of America's veterans.