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e The KaleidoscopeSeptember 2017 Volume VII Issue 2


Catching Rays, Creating Brighter Futures !For Submissions: The Kaleidoscope 1912A Lee Road Orlando, FL 32810 Ph: (407) 293-7411 Fax: (407) 299-6522 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. In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice 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 KaleidoscopeMission Statement 1 [ This month ]1 Message from the President 4 Constitution & Bylaws 5 From the Historian 6 Veteran Affairs 7 Chaplains Corner 8 Presidents Fundraiser [ CONTENTS September 2017 ] 1 4 5 6


MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT [ From the President ] T.K WILDRICKIts already September and Football is in the Air!! I have seen many Units hosting their School Sup ply Drives sending eager youngsters back to school supplies and loads of extra goodies for the teachers to start the New Year in good shape and renewed enthu siasm. I can and I will just watch me!! Bernie and I (Amigo 2 and Amigo 3 as we have been nicknamed) took Jake to Lazy Days outside of Tampa for an impromptu long weekend visit to several Post homes in District 7 and District 15. We had a lovely visit and met several Unit Members at Mulberry 72. I love the Program Poster for their monthly activities great idea!! Then we were off to Winter Haven 8 where the Sons members were busy in the Kitchen moving applianc es. We had a tour of their Post and took heed of the Warning about snakes and alligators in the lake I didnt take off my sandals to test the water. They were absolutely correct, I had never seen an Eagle statue carved out of an enormous tree such as the one in the back yard very impressive and will not soon forget it! As we had skipped lunch, we headed to Riverview 148 for the infamous Fish Dinner provided by the Sons. Low and behold, our 15th District President Georgia McKenzie and her husband came in for dinner as well. We had a lovely visit Thank You and keep up the great work!! Saturday morning after breakfast, we spent some time exploring the camp ground and let Tonka and Browser play in the Dog Park. Then we were off to Lakeland 4 for their was a great honor to be for the Unit members. The incoming President, Pam Jo Snyder, was a gracious hostess and presented me a beautiful bouquet of roses THANK YOU!! They lasted several days when we returned home. Past Nation al Detachment Commander Jimmy Roberts also attend ed the ceremony surprising Yes, I had the Chicken Salad Croissant and (2) cookies Yum-sickles! The next day we broke camp and survived the torrential downpour as we made our way to Bushnell 101 for their Installation of many of the Unit members I have made friends with over the past several years. I know they will support President Karen Griscom as she leads the way creating new ways to complete our programs. The beginning of August found me traveling to Port Charlotte 110 for the 8 & 40 Marche. It was very special to see and visit with many of our Senior Auxiliary members who are mentors and Partners of this organization. Chapeau Diann Dircz had a Beee-utiful year! During the Banquet Dinner, one of the Unit members, Fay, was rallying for a 50/50 Raf K-9s for Warriors, my special charity project. Every one was very excited about the program and how they assist our veterans. When the band took their break, I was asked to draw the tick this wonderful cause!! PS: if you are in the area, make sure you plan to stay for breakfast, lunch or dinner Continued on page 2 1


Past Detachment Commander Larry Smith had invited Bernie to Okeechobee 64. I was able to get out of work early enough to make the trip. It was a great pleasure to see 11th District President Mary Beth Marioni and Dee Butler. We are sure to have a great time during tions to President Penny Hite and give the Legionnaires and the Sons a run for their money to keep up with you. The homemade Chicken Dumplings hit the spot before our journey home. Amigo 1, Commander Steve Shuga, and his First Lady, Leo, packed the Department vehicle and are on their way to meet up with the American Legion Riders heading to Reno for the National Convention. He has been posting on Facebook along soon!! Before Bernie and I take off to Reno, we went to the 12th District to attend their Membership Processing meeting at Cocoa 22. It began as a Sons event and the Legion and Auxiliary followed suit making it a Legion Family Affair. I was thrilled to see so many Unit members in at tendance. District President Shirley Fashano made arrangements and our Department Secretary, Patty MacDonald, provided ALAMIS completing Transmittals to Depart ment for Membership. It was great to see our Eastern Area Crystal Sweep, Dorothy Walsh; our Department Finance Chairman, Cathie McMullin and our Audit Committee Member, Karen Humann among the attendees. The questions were great, everyone gave helpful sug gestions for situations or issues and the comradery was priceless. It just goes to show that we are ALL in it for Membership! That afternoon we were in East Or lando 242 (formally Bithlo / Union cers. Again, I was very happy to see many long-time members and spent time catching up. The District staff was happy to see 6th District President Carole Pirone-Udell back in the saddle after having hip surgery. Thank You Mary LaNoce for being Chauffeur! Best of Luck faith your renewed spirit will lead Unit 242 to a successful year. This past Sunday, Orlando Memorial 19 held their Installation of Chaplain, Lois Stachelrodt, is the ulations!! Unit 19 has a long history of great for sure. The Legion and SAL Commanders along with the Riders Director have all pledged to work together as a Legion Family. I heard about some of their planned events and I believe they are cer tainly headed in the right direction. Speaking of working together as a Legion Family, please try to at tend your District meetings. This is where the Units come together to share upcoming events, discuss new ideas for the success of our programs, meet new members and make new friends building the Le gion Family. I hope to see many of you at Workshop, September 8 & 9, at the Wyndham Resort in Lake Buena Vista. Friday evening we will have our meet and greet of the Department promises to be Fun and SUPERCALIFRAGILISTICEXPIALIDO CIOUS!! twice!! Looking forward to Na tional Convention in Reno and gathering 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 lar (407) 267-7258. For God and Country ~ TK Treva Kay Wildrick Department President Continued from page 1 MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT Continued from Pg. 1 2


Hello again!!! Its Mary your State of Florida. I see many prospects for membership in your areas. They are willing to join you as a star in your unit if you only ask, ask again, and ask again. Marketing says it take 6-8 times reaching out to people to get them to respond to you. Dont give up. I know you are all busy and so are they but it is worth the effort if you want someone with the heart, the imagination, the creativity and the passion to carry on the work we do. Did you know that National has Inter est Forms located on various web pages for visitors to express an interest in membership or volunteering? These forms are passed on from National to your Department Member ship chairman and then to the area in which this person lives so they can be contacted by someone in their area. PLEASE make sure these contacts are followed up with and the results sent back up the chain to National. This is a very useful tool especially since they are asking for the informa tion. You can also use something to this effect in your local papers, websites, etc. Work Smart, Not Hard! Please dont forget to invite your local area membership chairman and myself to your local events promoting membership. We would love to be involved in your local events. Most local Area Chairmen have started their own Facebook page for their area. Be sure to check it out and participate in the discussions, posts, etc. I hope you have all sent by now. Installation of ished for the year if not done. Please be PRO ACTIVE in getting your membership renewals, rejoins, and new membership applications rolling in. Nationals be sent out till January. Dont wait and ask your members not to wait. The mind set needs to be changed that You need a piece of paper to pay your dues. Dont forget WORKSHOP!! We have soooo much to teach you!!-Debbie Sviderskas Membership Debbie Sviderskas 3When you're in a position to have gotten so much, the gift at this point is giving back. -Paul Stanley


CONSTITUTION & BY LAWS All District Consti tution & Bylaws Chairmen will be given packets at Workshop. District Consti tution & Bylaws Chairmen and District Presidents were given copies of requests for contact information on District Chairmen. Please send to me so that I may be able to contact your District Chirmen. Also included in the packets is information on Units, either long over due for updating/updated during the 2014-2016 years that are incorrect or Units C&BL that were returned for corrections that have not been returned. PLEASE!!! Contact the Units in ques tion to see if there are prob lems or need help. Refer to the Constitution & Bylaws sample template that is cur rently on line. When submitting revised C&BL, send 2 original, signed copies home address by regular Mid-Year written reports are due to District Chairmen by December 1 and District Chairmen written reports are due to Department Chairman by December 15. Please do not hesitate to contact me if help is need get all the Constitution and Bylaws 100% current. Pat Devine Cbylaws@ Note from the TreasurerPlease note that the July Membership Credit Reports, schedule to go out on August 15, 2017 was nal accounting process. The August report scheduled to be sent on September 15, 2017 report will unfortunately also be delayed due to being away at Workshop the weekend before. Therereports will resume as normal on November 15, 2017. Thank you for your understanding and patience! Remember you can always check your online payments from National by accessing your Unit's ALAMIS, then "Unit Reports" section and the "Paid Dues Online" report. If your Unit does not have ALAMIS and you need this portion of the report, please contact Department at member As a reminder, September 1, 2017 opens up the 2018 NEW MEMBER processing for National. Start sending in your new memberships now for processing! 4 Pat Devine-Becky Gripton


From the Historian Eleanor AmatoTHE VALUE OF HISTORY To Ourselves: 1. History will enable units to discover their own place in the stories of their unit, post, communities and nation. 2. They learn the stories of individuals and committees that have come before them and shaped the unit in which they serve. Critical Skills: 1. We learn independent thinking. 2. History teaches research, judgment, reliability of sources, validation of facts, clear and persuasive written and oral communication and other skills that productive unit. To Our Communities: 1. History lays the groundwork for strong, resilient units. 2. Our connections and commitment to one another are strengthened when we share stories and experiences. (Economic) Development in other words fatten the check book: 1. People are drawn to organizations that have preserved a strong sense of historic identity and char acter. 2. Your history will attract talent. Our Future: 1. History helps units craft better solutions. 2. By bringing in history into discussions, we can better understand challenges facing our units. Leadership: 1. History inspires leaders. 2. History provides role models meeting our complex challenges. Their stories reveal how they met the challenges of their day which can give new leaders the courage and wisdom to confront the challenges of our time. Legacy: 1. History saved and preserved is the foundation for future generations. Without the preservation of our histories, future members will have no grounding REMEMBER: I am here for you! For God and Country, Eleanor Amato Department Historian 5 4 Pat Devine


Veterans Affairs Ann King-Smith I hope everyone is geared up and ready for an exciting year of year of Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation (better known as VA&R) activities. Working alongside President T.K. Wildrick, we will be Catching Rays and Creating Brighter Fu tures for all Florida veterans. The mission of the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Program is to en hance the lives of veterans, military and their families. Working tomission. Guiding us along the way this year will be our VA&R Mascot, Lima Charlie, a most handsome Golden Retriever. As some of you may know, Lima Charlie means loud and clear in military lingo. So, all over Florida, we will be shout ing out loud and clear for each and every veteran. For those that cannot see, we will be their eyes. For the veteran that cannot speak, Auxiliary members can be their voice and for those that cannot hear, we will be listening. As I mentioned in the beginning of this article, I mentioned that we will be Catching Rays and Creating Brighter Futures for our Florida veterans. In addition, I will be ask ing each and every member to also Collect and Deliver Rays to our hospitalized and homeless veter ans. Each District will be working together, as a TEAM to collect and deliver items to the VA Hospital (VAMC), VA Nursing Home or Homeless Veterans Facility of their exciting year of serving our veter ans with the same DEDICATION, LOYALTY and SERVICE they have given to each and every one of us. Sometimes, when the day seems a bright Florida sunshine, we must make every effort to CREATE our own rays. C = Commitment R = Resourcefulness E = Enthusiasm A = Abundance T = Transform E = Every I already know that Florida ALA members are ready to make the commitment to use our resource fulness and always show lots of enthusiasm while collecting an abundance of sunshine that will help transform the lives of every veteran we serve. I am excited to work with VA&R Committee Members, Terry Gallagher and Sandie Eck throughout the upcoming year. Both of these members have an abundance of creativity and the ability to make things happen for our veterans. It is my wish that we all have a fun and exciting year as we all work togeth er to make great things happen here in Florida. If you have any ques tions, please feel free to contact us and always remember that there is never a stupid question. In each Kaleidoscope article, I will try to list upcoming events, infor mation and contact information. Please feel free to join in and make each event a success for our vet erans. If your Unit or district has events planned, please let me know. I would like to give a Lima Char lie shout out to Kaye Rogers-Wells of Unit 45 in Palatka for making ditty bags using military uniforms donated by a retired veteran. These care items and puzzle books that will be distributed at the West Palm VAMC on August 27th. Great job, Kaye For God and Country, Ann King-Smith Department Chairman Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation 321-312-5788 6


CHAPLA INS CORNER LOIS STACHELROD TList of Deceased Members As we begin to Catch the Rays for our Veterans, let us also start to Create New ways to show them how much we care. Lets also Create new ways to support our Members as they continue to work with our communities and our youth. The Rays are also being caught by the members whom the Lord has decided he needed at his home. Let us always remember that they did Create new ways for us to continue to make our organization stronger. They will be missed but never forgotten. District 5 District 12 Unit 129 Allen, Faye Cox, Janet Unit 250 Anderson, Dorothy Caron, Ida Jean Rhoades, Hazel McGorern, Dixie Farnell, Theresa Smith, Charlotte Verretti, Mary E. Spiteri, Adelina D. Wooten, Muriel District 13 Yardley, Roberta H. Altig, Edith Unit 274 Fogel, Betty District 6 Kise, Debra J. Unit 101 Richardson, Megan Oakes, Lynne Unit 219 Johnston, Karen Cusick, Catherine Curlew, Claire Marie Robeson, Madilyn Aspers, Barbara J. District 14 District 8 Unit 67 Kearns, Helen G. Unit 24 Carlson, Marion E. Davis, Mae T. Schall, Frances Goodman, Elsie Stranburg, Marian District 15 Unit 69 Hartman, Shirley Unit 26 Starling, Mary Unit 152 Neal, Charlotte District 9 District 16 Unit 65 Loomis, Virginia Unit 17 Palmatier, Ruth Anne District 11 District 17 Unit 62 Fritz, Debra Unit 120 Fordham, Barbara 6 7


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Saturday September 23rd Mark your calendars District 13 will be going to Jacobson State Veterans Nursing Home in Port Charlotte and they were so excited to hear that we wanted to come up and visit with their veterans! I explained that not only do we want to visit, but we want to bring them ice cream and our Department Second Vice President Ann King Smith too. I have a list of the things that they can use for the Veterans so we will be bringing gifts also. I may have to break out the trailer for this o ne! They have 120 patients plus staff. So we will need a lot of ice cream (vanilla, chocolate and coffee ice cream their choices), cups, spoons and napkins. I have a rather large cooler (white Coleman) that we could keep the ice cream in. I asked about the diabetic patients and she stated that if we only give them a little bit, it will be ok. For the ones that cannot make it to the social room, we will go to their room and bring them ice cream. We will be visiting between 2:00 2:30pm on Saturday September 2 3rd This is a great opportunity to add to your VA&R hours and donations. Keep track of all the hours you put in collecting items to bring. Thank You in advance. For God and Country, Jeanne Nadeau District 13 President Electric razors, Electric nose and ear trimmers After shave sets, such as Old Spice Portable CD players Personal DVD players Movies DVDs western, comedies, 40s 50s, Nova, BBCs documentaries. Music CDs 40s, 50s, 60s Blue Ray DVD Players Socks Ladies bright colors Large/X Large New c olored, collared shirt sleeve t shirts Ladies PJs M, L, XL Ladies sweaters full zip up M, L, and XL Nail Polish, Perfume, sweat pants M, L, XL Mens White T Shirts, S, M, L & XL and colored T Shirts Mens cotton briefs, M, Large Mens sneakers Sizes 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 Large/XLG separating front zipper sweaters Mens Sweatpants, Med & Large Gift cards to Wal Mart (Used for snacks for resident Food functions/Holiday Parties Gift Cards to Restaurants (I.E. Dennys, Bob Evans, Ihop, Olive Garden, Cracker Barrel Applebees, Perkins, Ruby Tuesday, Hooters Gift Cards Michaels & LTM party & Hobby Lobby & Jo Anns Fabric Non Alcoholic Beer and wine for Resident Happy Hour Functions 12pk sodas regular and diet Crafts Items: Elmers glue, ribbons, cotton balls, craft tissue paper, wooden bird houses, popsicle sticks Foam board(20x30) Acrylic paint, colored markers, colored pencils, Latex Balloons & Mallard (We blow up with Helium for Resident Birthdays) various colors Puzzles Large pieces 24 piece and 100 piece Adu lt coloring books PLEASE DO NOT DONATE DRY CLEAN ONLY CLOTHES, AS WE HAVE NO WAY TO CLEAN THEM. 9 District 13 Spotlight JEANNE N ADEAU


District 5 Spotlight MOLLY MAIN Fih District President Molly Main assisted with the National Blind Veterans Convention in Jacksonville FL. District President Molly Main met the Veterans at the Jacksonville Airport and assisted them getting their luggage and boarding the vans to the Hyatt Hotel downtown Jacksonville. 10


FROM THE UNITS Unit 285 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 285, Edgewater delivers uniforms to Edgewater Public School to help their needy children. Pictured from le to right Eleanor Amato Department Historian, EPS Kay Holland, Principal Ms Becky Porter, President Dora Lee Dawson, Education Chairman Barbara Noto. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 285, Edgewater delivered School uniforms to Indian River Elementary School for needy Children. Pictured are Eleanor Amato, Department Historian,Jennifer Holmgreen Assistant Principal, Pesident Dora Lee Dawson, Junior Member Piper Amato, Carrie Crkvenac Principal and Education Chairman Barbara Noto. 11


UNIT 45 UNIT 45Kaye Rogers-Wells (le) and Joann Frames(right) Unit 45 Crochet items for our veteran and homeless community TAMPA BAY TROOP SUPPORT PACKING EVENT HOSTED BY AMERICAN LEGION POST 273 AND AMERICAN AUXILIARY UNIT 273 AUGUST 12th On Saturday, August 12, 2017 the American Legion Post 273 and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 273, Madeira Beach hosted the Tampa Bay Supports Fall Packing Event. Volunteers from Troop Support, Unit 273, Tampa Homeless Outreach and Post 273 packed 61 care boxes to be shipped to overseas troops around the world. From The Units 12


NOTES FROM THE WEST PALM BEACH VA MEDICAL CENTER By Linda Grevera, WPB VAMC Representativee West Palm Beach VA Medical Center has been busy adding services at their facility: Warriors to Soulmates Retreat. is retreat helps strengthen the bond between married couples. e 3-day retreat is open to couples of all ages, provided one of them is a veteran. Donations are needed for this program. Baby Showers. Twenty veteran mothers-to-be attended the shower in July. e next shower takes place in February. Donations to purchase baby supplies are welcome. e new Lactation Room is a huge success! e room was created using a Make A Dierence grant and the usage has exceeded all expectations. A new paging system, similar to the restaurant-style pager, is in place so that discharged patients who are waiting for a ride home can roam the medical center while waiting. Photos taken by veterans can be viewed all throughout the medical center. Kudos to the WPB sta for creating and implementing the use of red bands to alert medical sta that a patient has a port in their arm. is eliminates the chance of the sta using a blood pressure cu on the ported arm. New In-Patient Personal Hygiene kits will be distributed in the near future which include pneumonia-resistant products made in America. Quiet Kits featuring sleep masks and ear plugs are now being distributed to in-patients. e annual West Palm Beach Veterans Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, November 5th at 2:00 pm starting on Clematis Street. Everyone is encouraged to attend this fabulous event. Groundbreaking of the new 60-bed mental health domiciliary will take place on September 6th at 11:00 am. All are welcome. On Friday, September 22nd, at 11:00 am, the VA will be holding a POW/MIA commemoration in the Chapel. All are welcome. e Legion Riders are scheduled to attend. On Sunday, October 29th, the ALA will be hosting a Halloween party at the VAMCs Community Living Center from 2:00 3:30pm. All are welcome to attend. Ongoing needs at the medical center include food for the pantry and shoes for the clothing closet. 12


of American Legion Family is dedicated to ensuring that Friday in September, which this year falls on Septem ber 15th. Please invite your Legion Family and your community to attend this powerful ceremony where Americans are military men and women who are imprisoned or unac counted for as a result of their military service. The remembrance service script is traditionally read by just one person -an American Legion Auxiliary member (usually the Chaplain) or a Legionnaire -and the table is set before the meeting begins. The entire remembrance service usually lasts 15 minutes. The full script for the ceremony and further guidelines can be found on al-security. The POW/MIA table should be staged with the follow ing items: small table with a white tablecloth plate, fork, knife, spoon and napkin on the table inverted water glass chair placed at plate setting vase with a single rose in it and a red ribbon tied around the vase slice of lemon on the plate and salt sprinkled onto the plate white candle in a holder, lit at the beginning of the ceremony Please make sure to report your POW/MIA service activities on your mid-year and year-end reports. By Linda Grevera National Security Chairman National Security 14No man is worth his salt who is not ready at all times to risk his well-being, to risk his body, to risk his life, in a great cause. -eodore RooseveltHow to Plan a Powerful POW/MIA Remembrance Service Linda Grevera


Legislative Dee BellA.L.A. LEGISLATIVE ALERTH.R. 2765 PERPETUAL POW/MIA STAMP ACT Sponsored by Fl. Rep. Gus Bilirakis Armed Forces who are still prisoner, missing, or unaccounted for and for other purposes. 1. The Department of Defense reports that more than 83,000 service members remain missing since WWII; 2. The United States Government has an obligation to achieve the fullest possible accounting for the Americans who have gone missing while serving the country and to leave no one unaccounted for in future the White House in Washington D.C.; tions concern and commitment to resolving as fully as possible the fates of Americans still prisoner, missing, and unaccounted for in Southeast Asia. and Americas Prisoners of War and Missing in Action. Forces who have been prisoner, missing, or unaccounted for, the Postmaster General shall provide for the issuance of a forever stamp suitable for that purpose and depicts the National League of Families POW/MIA purpose even if the rate of that postage is later increased. 3. Effective Date The stamp described shall be issued beginning as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act and shall not thereafter be discontinued at all. Please contact your Representative and ask them to support H.R. BILL 2765 POW/MIA PERPETUAL STAMP ACT 15 Linda Grevera


Ditty Bags made by Kaye Wells(As mentioned by Ann King-Smith, VA&R Chairman) 16


shared as found on One day a small opening appeared. as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole. Then it stopped, as if it couldnt go further. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon. it had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The man continued to watch it, expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body, Neither happened! crawling around. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle into the wings so that it would be ready Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us. We will not be as strong as we could have been Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present. -Joan Rivers 17


Unit 19 Installation 16 From The Units


FROM THE UNITS Unit 242 Installation Unit 4 Installation 17 From The Units


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