! T he K aleidoscope August 2017 Vol. VII, Issue 1 Inside This Issue President's Message Installation Spotlight President's Project From the Department Staff
The Kaleidoscope Mission Statement In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrice 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. Vision Statement The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security. For Submissions : The Kaleidoscope 1912A Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810 Ph: (407) 293-7411 Fax: (407) 299-6522 www.ala.org "Catching Rays Creating Brighter Futures" Catching Rays Creating Brighter Futures 1 Message from the President 2 Installation Spotlight 3 President's Project 4 From the Secretary 9 From the Treasurer 10 Message from the President (ctd`) 13 Chaplain's Corner
To ALL Members and Mentors that have supported and guided me through the past several years, my Biggest Hugs and Sincerest THANK YOU!! TA DA the dream has come true!! I am truly honored to serve as your Department President of this wonderful organization for the 2017-2018 year. I promise to fulfill the duties as your Ambassador to the best of my abilities. As you know, the Department of Florida has had its challenges. However, that chapter is finished, the book is closed and filed in the restricted section of the library, to which the key has been tossed away. We have drawn a line in the FL sand and have leaped over and way beyond in a positive direction. Our new Department Staff have already made a difference and our Executive Team (Officers and Chairmen) have pledged to commit themselves to our mission and programs of the American Legion Auxiliary supporting our Veterans, Military and their Families, our Children and Youth and our Communities in the spirit of Service Not Self. My colors this year are Patriotic Red, White and True Blue in honor of our devotion to 100% Americanism. Utilizing Sun Crystals, we will be Catching Rays Creating Brighter Futures: C = Capture New Enthusiastic Members and Ideas R = Regeneration with Renewals and Rejoining Members E = Educating and Mentoring about our Programs and Mission A = Advocating for Veterans, their Families, our Children and Communities T = Teamwork between the Legion Family supporting each other E = Everyday is Special in Every Way In order to succeed in Creating our Brighter Future, we must remember the foundation of our past accomplishments, renew our Promise of Unity and dedicate ourselves to Service, Not Self!! Let us appreciate our rich history and diverse heritage as we prepare for our 100 year anniversary. Membership is Key for any organization to thrive and ours is no exception. Although National has a 5-year Strategic Plan with a goal of 1 million members, we need to consider the quality of our members not just the quantity. This year our focus will be to sweeten our Membership. Treat each other with respect and kindness as we would like to be treated ourselves. By warmly welcoming new members, reaching out to rejoining members and appreciating our renewing members, fun and fellowship will ensue and snap' our goals will be attained!! We are all Volunteers with hearts of gold, a wealth of imagination and an overall inner sense of for the common good. History is in the making!! My husband, Bernie Wildrick, was elected as Detachment Commander of the Sons and Steve Shuga was elected as the Department Commander of the Legion for 2017-2018. We are all members of Old Glory Post 183, Altamonte Springs; striving to be the friendliest' Post home located on beautiful Prairie Lake, believing in and living by the ideals of Legion Family among the 4 organizations. Being long-time friends, we have been named "The 3 Amigos" planning to travel the State of Florida promoting "Legion Family". Bernie and I started our travels on July 3 rd packing our Jayco 5 th wheel with our dogs, heading to Safety Harbor for their 9 th annual 4 th of July Parade. This event has been hosted by Safety Harbor Unit 238, headed by Ruth Burgess and her team. They have certainly outdone themselves again this year, having the largest number of participants. The excitement started early at the staging areas, decorating vehicles and floats, last minute polishing of motorcycles, fine tuning instruments, checking giveaways of beads, candy and flags with coffee and cold drinks all around. Thanks Bunches to Michele DeGennaro, Dee Bell and Maryann Kearns for their assistance in decorating the Department President vehicle. The streets were lined with adults and children dressed in their full American holiday' attire, waving flags and cheering Happy 4 th of July!! Later, there was a ceremony at the pavilion in the center town park complete with Santa's Drill Team, live music entertainment, speeches and a band closing out the ceremony. Post 238 had a gathering afterwards where many members enjoyed good food and camaraderie. Continued on Page 10 1 Message From The President T. K. Wildrick
Membership Debbie Sviderskas Hi, I would like to introduce myself. My name is MARY POPPINS, aka Debbie Sviderskas. I will be your Membership Chairman for the Department of Florida and President TK for the coming year. As we catch rays, creating brighter futures, we will be spreading the word about our organization, promoting ourselves in our communities, and helping our organization to grow. Send in your renews, and rejoins now to start the year 2017-2018. New Members for the NEW YEAR can not be processed until September 1 st But now is the time to get your first transmittal in to department and earn your first goal for this year. We do not want any Goose Eggs. Traditionally, all officers being installed need to pay their dues before their installation of officers, so there is no reason you can not get your first transmittal in ASAP. Hope all of you will be able to attend workshop, September 8th-10 th We are planning an exciting program for you. Our Service Dogs (Department Chairmen) are eager to help you in your endevors this year, so please, let us know how we may serve you. A spoonful of Sugar will help you get all of our members from department down to your local Legion, Auxiliary, and Sons of the American Legion together and work as a team to help recruit, renew and rejoin members. It's not the Team with the best players that win. It's the players with the best team that wins!!! Your membership goal for this year is to get 3% more than what your units total number of members were at close of books on July 22 nd 2017. You can do it!! Don't forget about our Facebook page for membership. I will be posting every Friday, once our membership reports start coming out. Mary Poppins is magical and she carries a magical bag of tricks. She is gentle, cheerful, and nurturing. And this year she is going to use her bag of tricks to help you achieve your goals. We have six Crystal Sweeps (area chairmen) who will also be happy to help. We are excited because we are expecting you to invite us to your membership drives that you hold at your local community fairs, markets, craft shows, etc. Thank You in advance because I know you will work hard this year to attain your goals and I am already proud of you. Membership Contacts Debbie Sviderskas..... membershipchairman@ala fl.org ...727-686-2782 Carolyn Brown.... northernareamembership@alafl .org ....904-674-4179 Katie Gabehart..... centralareamembership@al afl.org ...727-804-3783 Denice Grinis..... southernareamembership@alaf l.org ..754-264-4388 Ive "Nell" Hewit... email@example.com rg ...850-766-1909
Public Relations catches the RAYS of the Mission related programs to SHINE THE LIGHT of the message for public awareness of Who we are, What we do and Why we matter to Veterans, Active Duty, Children and our Communities. Increased awareness of American Legion Auxiliary while positively affecting our Brand is critically important to fulfill the promise for a Brighter Future Enhancing Membership strength MAKING OUR MISSION KNOWN What is Public Relations? To promote, publicize, and re-educate the public and our members about our core program values of serving veterans and their families. Why Public Relations benefits in Making our Mission Known? Increase Awareness of ALA while positively affecting our Brand. Promoting who we are, what we do and why we matter strengthens our brand (Goal 5) and makes us appealing to potential members who will recognize our common goal of helping veterans, service members and their families (Goal 1). Goal 5 : Brand recognition and support/increase Membership Goal 5: With The American Legion build brand loyalty. Working together as American Legion Family we can raise public awareness of our Mission. Wearing of the ALA Emblem or the Legion Family Emblems raises Brand recognition. HOW the Public Relations strengthens our brand (Goal 5) and makes us appealing to potential members who will recognize our common goal of helping veterans, service members and families. Promote the ALA Brand by wearing of the ALA Emblem, during Mission related program events, in Facebook Postings, during public events, and reporter interviews. WHERE to Make our Mission known: Media Contact List Search: Research Web for Newspapers, Television and other Veteran organizations newsletters in your local area. Prepare Media releases in word document attached to emails and copied to Facebook. Included the five W's Who What When Where and Why. Send Photos of ALA members wearing emblem and Unit News to Dept. newsletter and National magazine. SUBMIT, SUBMIT AND KEEP SUBMITTING to media resources. We want to hear from you Start Preparing Now Part of making sure we are promoting our good work is reporting it to the National organization. Mid-year, Year-end reports with Narratives enable our team to review work, evaluate best practices, and capture success stories. The Public Relations Mid-Year and Year-end reports have changed. Mid-Year reports with narratives are a mid-point of reporting to track work and success stories to finalize Year-End Narratives. Attaching a Narrative to Mid-year and Year-end Reports Don't Stress Some People develop anxiety when they hear the word "Narrative." A narrative is nothing more than a story of connected events. You can make your narrative chronological, as in order of events by month, or simply highlight the public relations coverage of activities and events taking place in your Unit. We know and understand every media release is not published. We want to hear about your efforts to promote ALA programs. List every media release submission by date and Mission related program your Unit submitted to media contacts. For God and Country Sandi Howard-Stepp firstname.lastname@example.org Welcome to the Public Relations Team. "Catching Rays Creating Brighter Futures"
The Chinese Calendar shows 2018 as the Year of the Dog. Ask anyone, my dogs are my warm-fuzzy 4-legged children, catered to as if members of royal family. So, I am very excited the Finance Committee approved my Special Project to be K9's For Warriors, located in Ponte Vedra, FL just north of St. Augustine. Founded by Shari Duval, K9s For Warriors save warriors and rescue dogs. Some are veterans, some are active duty, and all are heroes and have served in the military. K9's For Warriors' philosophy is to involve the veteran in the training of their new service canine partner, allowing the warrior the opportunity to be part of the solution to their recovery. The in-house program provides each warrior with 120 hours of hands-on training with professional canine and warrior trainers. Each dog utilized in the program is carefully selected and extensively trained to become a service dog for an American hero. I had an opportunity to tour the campus. Camp K9 has 2 state-of-the-art climate controlled kennels that can house up to 57 dogs at full capacity. The kennels feature an on-site veterinary clinic, indoor training area and indoor/outdoor runs for the dogs. The Lodge is a 17,000 square-foot headquarters with a full kitchen, dining hall, lounges, exercise room and library/card room to accommodate the warriors while class is in session. The living quads for the warriors are very spacious with specially designed feel-at-home comfortable furnishings, complete kitchenettes and laundry facility. Each room includes deluxe bedding and feeding trays for their canines. There is also a bone-shaped dog pool with a fire-hydrant fountain in the middle for the dogs to enjoy. Check out You-Tube for videos and testimonials. We are also planning special guests for our upcoming meetings! Stay President's Project K9s FOR WARRIORS
From the Treasurer Becky Gripton Hello, Department of Florida! What an exciting summer we've had! I was so honored to accept the appointment of Department Treasurer at Convention. Thank you for the opportunity to serve in this capacity! I look forward to a great year with our new Madam President, TK Wildrick, as we catch rays and create brighter futures. I would like to thank former Madam President, Current NEC Chair, Kelli Becraft for an awesome year as we faithfully navigated the course for veterans and their families. And what a great job of navigation she did! For those of you who missed Convention, and may not be aware, we raised $ 110,000.00 for Kelli's 2016-17 President's Project, Final Salute, a non-profit for female homeless veterans and their children. What a moving time it was as the donations just flooded in from off the floor. Personally, I can say, it was special to me to see our Units and individual members step up to the plate (or in this case, microphone!) and present additional donations to Jas Booth, the founder of Final Salute, who was in attendance. Just inspiring, Ladies! Thank you for all you do to support our veterans. Now it's time to get down to some business as we close out the old year and usher in the new fiscal year (July 1-June 30). Firstly, your 2016-17 membership credit reports (AKA over/short report) have been closed out for the fiscal year. Checks were cut where credits remained on our books, and balance memos issued where Units were short. These were mailed out the week of July 24 th If you have a balance owed to Department, please remit payment immediately. Also be sure to send in poppy reports or proceeds where applicable for any 2016-2017 distribution dates if you have not done so already. Let's start the new fiscal year off in good standing! Secondly, I know that some Units attempted to use their membership credits for the 2016-17 year AFTER July 1 st Unfortunately, any transmittals received after July 1 st were past the cut off date to use those credits. You will have received a check for this credit with the close of your Unit's 2016-17 membership credit report AND you will see a shortage for those transactions in the new 2017-18 year that you will need to remit to Department. I know this presents some "double work" for those Units but due to the large number of Units as compared to our accounting staff, we had to have a cut off date and unfortunately, there is just no way to get all the accounting transactions processed that are affected by close of books. Thank you for your understanding and patience with this annual close of books process. Also, please be on the lookout for a Quota invoice for 2017-18 which will be sent out by September 15 th I have already received some checks from Units paying their Quotas based on old membership and Quota amounts. PLEASE do not send a check in until you receive your invoice. This will avoid shortages and overages that have to then be sorted out. Finally, as way of reminder, please review and heed the important changes implemented in membership this year. A complete list was included with your membership credit report. Remember: 1ONLY ONE CHECK PER TRANSMITTAL/ RECAP. 2ALL CORRECTIONS TO YOUR REPORT MUST BE MADE WITHIN 90 DAYS SO PLEASE REVIEW YOUR MONTHLY CREDIT REPORT IMMEDIATELY AND CONTACT US AS SOON AS YOU NOTICE A DISCREPANCY. Thank you! Becky Gripton Department Treasurer email@example.com 4.
From The Historian Eleanor Amato The History program is different from all other programs. Instead of waiting until April to do your narrative for completion, we must start right at the beginning of the New Year. Therefore I am including the information about awards and instructions for your reference. Thank you for participating and know that I am here for you. Eleanore Kernaghan Senior History Trophy History must be written in narrative form as events occur after current year's Department Officers' Installation. (See how to write a narrative in Program Action Plan Historian) RULES Introduction, Inclusions 1. Title Page a) American Legion Auxiliary Unit ___________________________History b) City of Unit c) Name of Unit Historian and President d) Present year of history being recorded e) Membership grouping 1. Foreword or dedication 2. A prayer 3. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America. 4. Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary. 5. List of Unit officers and chairman Appearance Formatting 1. Photos, mementos, souvenirs will not be considered in judging. These items may be added later. 2. Use plain, white paper 8 x 11 in ". 3. Page Setup: a. Margins Left and right margin should be 1.25 in; top and bottom margins should be 1 in. 2. Pagination Page numbers should begin on the first page of the historical content. They should be centered and placed 0.5 in. from the bottom of the page. f) Spacing: Double-spaced with the exception of the introductory pages (i.e. title page, foreword or dedication, prayer, Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America, and Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary) which shall be centered in the middle of the page. Paragraphs may be indented or in block form. g) Text: 12 point font, Times New Roman or Arial style font. Content 6. The unit history shall be written as a factual narrative beginning with the installation of department officers at department convention, and ending with the summary of end-of-year reports and closing events for that ALA administrative year. 7. The history shall be written in third person. 8. Use clear, concise language with correct spelling. 9. Do not include or use computer graphics, pen or ink drawings, illustrations, extra material, or newspaper clippings, or other embellishments. 10. Be sure the unit annual history truly represents a historical account of the unit what the unit accomplished. A unit history lists those who served as leaders and mentions notable awards or individual achievements. It is not a travelogue or diary of any officer or individual's itineraries. The content is about the unit and its collective members mission achievements. DEPARTMENT AWARDS Certificate plaque: "Honorable Mentioned Award" presented to the unit in each membership grouping who submits the best history narrative in her group but did not receive the Eleanore Kernaghan Senior History Trophy. Unit must follow instructions in Program Action Plan. JUNIOR AWARD Certificate plaque: Presented to the junior member who submits the best history narrative. Member must follow rules as indicated in the Program Action Plan under senior's Eleanore Kernaghan Senior History Trophy. Up to five (5) pictures can be included. IMPORTANT NOTICE National has changed the name for "Cavalcade of Memories". It is now called History Committee. In this transition period, Department of Florida will be calling this program Cavalcade/History. Please send all scrap books to the Cavalcade/History Chairman, Sherry Wingard at 570 Cypress Ave., Orange City, Florida 32763 and all Narrative Histories to Eleanor Amato 892 Catfish Ave., New Smyrna Beach, Florida 32169. ALL entries must be received by May 1, 2018. No exceptions! 5.
and the Leaders will lead Hello members! The Department staff is just back from workshop. We not only had a great time getting accustomed to our new rolls as officers and chairmen, but also had an opportunity to get to know each other better, and to share ideas about our future endeavors. We are a TEAM and we work so much better together than alone! Please take this thought back to your District and Units. It's a new term, a new "leadership", and we need to make the most of it. I am excited to know that each year, we have a new, clean slate. This is the time to invigorate your units with openness, sharing of ideas, and maintaining the focus of our mission: To give assistance to our Veterans, active duty service members, their families and our community. We have a blank canvas. Be creative! All of us are leaders in one way or another: Many of us are either committee chairman or officers at the Unit, District or Department level. Embrace your position, and acknowledge the confidence it can instill in you: Share your ideas with the officers and committee chairmen Address an unresolved issue that may be lingering at your Unit resolve it! Interface with the Legion, Sons and Riders find common ground to work together Find new ways to preserve the history of the Auxiliary Ask for help! We are a TEAM! And, we hope that all members will rise to the challenge of being a leader. We have many tools to assist members with their leadership goals. A good start is to schedule your AB-C School in your District with me, as soon as possible. You can reach me at Leadership@alafl.org or firstname.lastname@example.org Ladies, rise to the challenge! For God and Country, Robin Burk Leadership Chairman Dept. of Florida 561-371-7240 Leadership Robin Burk
Dee Bell !"##$%&'()"*+ Welcome to the 2017-2018 Auxiliary year. My name is Dee Bell and I am your Department Legislative Chairman. I have been an Auxiliary member for 20 years. I live in St. Pete Beach and belong to Treasure Island Unit 158. The Legislative Program provides information and assistance to American Legion Auxiliary members to advocate for the legislative agenda of The American Legion. Let's have a great year while Catching Rays and Creating Brighter Futures for our veterans and their families, military families, children and our communities. Dee Bell Legislative Chairman email@example.com 8.
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Saturday, July 15 th Bernie and I headed off to the 16 th District to attend the Installation of Officers at Post 158 Treasure Island. District President Liz Close and her staff did a lovely job! It was great to see Legislative Chairman Dee Bell and she introduced me to some of the special guests in attendance. After the ceremony, I enjoyed spending time with the Unit members of Treasure Island during the light lunch served. Shortly thereafter, we traveled to Seminole 252 for their Installation of Officers. Again, it was very special to see and visit with several Unit members that I had not seen in a while. When the ceremony was over, I was invited to participate in their long-standing tradition: sharing a toast of Champagne, kicking out the old year by kicking off a shoe, relaxing and enjoying one another's company. Then, they get ready to get back to work starting the new year tomorrow! Bernie caught the video and shared on Facebook! Thank You Ladies I will share your tradition This Unit does great things throughout the year, posting their contribution / donation sheet for all to see. I believe this transparency goes a long way when they ask for participation and donations in their fundraisers. This past weekend found the 3 Amigos' attending the dinner and Installation of Officers at Old Glory Post 183. The Hall tables were decorated with Parrots, Teddy Sugar' Bears and puzzle pieces. Dinner was prepared by the Squadron members with a little secret helper' NECA Art Schwabe in the kitchen, complete with knife and apron most of the day. Thanks boys it was delicious! Several Unit members served the salads and then the dinners. Cakes for desserts were self-served. We had over 80 persons in the Hall to witness and support our officers. As Carol Pirone-Udell had recent hip replacement surgery and is currently in Rehab, Past District President Charlotte Bass presided. We all wish you a quick recovery, Carol!! The Installation Ceremonies were true to form at Old Glory, keeping the District Staff on their toes with fun had by all. True American Legion Family at its finest!! Sunday, The 3 Amigos' attended the Installation of Officers at Pine Castle Post 286. We were greeted by the Honor Guard in their grandest attire I was so overwhelmed with the hand salute I barely made it to the door!! Several other dignitaries were in attendance; Ann King-Smith presented awards for Children & Youth to Jasmine Harris who was not in attendance at Dept Convention; Jane Hardacre presented the ROTC/JROTC Award for National Security program to Fran Ridgley; Charlotte Bass awarded a Poppy award to Little Miss Poppy, Jasmine Harris. NECA Art Schwabe was also in attendance, Erna is still under the weather and we send wishes to her for a speedy recovery. Each organization's Leader spoke, sharing inspiration, goals and expectations for the coming year. The Installation of Officers found special' privileges with the reading of charges. Unit President Phyllis Menoski is leading again for her 2 nd term. I believe the Legion Family teamwork will shine bright for this Post home. I took Presidential privilege by asking everyone to sing Happy Birthday to Fran Ridgley. We had quite a nice visit with the members before heading over to Dorie Miller Post 331 in Orlando. Their Honor Guard posted colors with great precision well done!! The Installation of Officers went smoothly and I had the honor to install President Stephanie Pearson, a Past Eastern Area President. All light-heartedness aside, President Stephanie stated it very well by pledging they could turn things around with the support of the Unit and Legion members, respecting Unity and Teamwork. Enjoy your Summer ladies and hope to see you at Workshop!! Okay, that's all for now!! I will be traveling to Reno in August for the National Convention, bringing back great ideas to share. We have started to schedule the District visits as well. If you would like me to visit for events or attend your activities, please let me know via email President@alafl.org or cellular (407) 267-7258. For God and Country ~ TK Treva Kay Wildrick Department President 10. Message from the President Continued from Page 1
Our Installation of Department Officers on Sunday, July 2 nd presided by my very dear friend, Past Department President Diane Rousseau with Past Department President Erna Schwabe as Chaplain was well attended by many members of the American Legion Family. Thank You both for your guidance this past year as I prepared for this milestone journey in my American Legion Auxiliary career. Several family members and friends also attended, witnessing the incoming District Presidents escorted by their outgoing District Presidents performing the traditional ceremony of the sash and pin exchange. The Department Officers then followed being introduced and escorted to their positions at the head table. A giant shout-out Thank You to my Granddaughter, Jennifer Stearns, for overseeing the music selections of "Incredible" by Celine Dion; "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten; "Only in America" by Brooks and Dunn and "The Power of the Dream" by Celine Dion. Then silence, as Department President was presented being escorted by my hero, my Dad, Sidney Huff, a Korean War Veteran in his full Army uniform yes, it still fits!! The standing salutes and thunderous applause were quite overwhelming. I am not sure who was more proud, me for his service or him for my achievement. As "Make Someone Happy" by Jimmy Durante played, we began the stroll down the aisle' to the cheers, well wishes and sounds of air horns courtesy of Old Glory Unit 183. What a thrill seeing all the smiling faces, the biggest one my Mom's. A man of few words, my Dad stated he was very proud of me and "If you have a chance, go on the Honor Flight" when given the opportunity to speak After the ceremony was completed, the great-grandson, Xavier, presented me with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. They traveled to Safety Harbor and lasted through Boot Camp! Installation Spotlight Treva (T. K.) Wildrick Department Presiden t
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