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PAGE 1 August 2018 $3.75 August 2018 $3.75 A heritage of embracing Service Not Self:Learning From Our Past To Help Shape Our Future


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PAGE 3 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 3 32 HOLIDAYS BRIGHTER WITH ALA CHRISTMAS GIFT SHOPS ese decades-long ALA seasonal xtures make it possible for veterans to give presents to loved ones, do something nice for military families, and bring our heroes some holiday cheer. 56 MINNEAPOLIS: BACK TO WHERE IT ALL BEGAN ALA heads back to the city of our founding for the weeklong National Convention.contentsFEATURES IN EVERY ISSUE\003\003\027\003\003 $,$/\003\(,'\(\267\003 MESSAGE 6 BEHIND THE SCENES 8 FROM OUR READERS 12 JUNIOR MEMBERS 14 I AM THE ALA \024\032\003 ,\267\003$//\003*' 41 IMPACT ALA! 55 BUILDING ALA BRAND LOYALTY 58 ALA GIRLS STATE/ALA GIRLS NATION: WHERE ARE THEY NOW? 59 A WISE WOMAN SAID 60 LEGION FAMILY NEWS 62 MISSION MATTERS 65 SOCIAL MEDIA 66 THE LAST WORD\003+\(\003&\(\035\003LQFH\003RXU\003KXPEOH\003EHJLQQLQJV\003LQ\003\024\034\024\034\017\003WKH\003$/$\003KDV\003JURZQ\003WR\003EHFRPH\003WKH\003ZRUOG\267V\003ODUJHVW\003ZRPHQ\267V\003 patriotic service organization. Check out the 2018 ALA Annual Report at to read about $/$\003PHPEHUV\267\003\025\023\024\032\020\025\023\024\033\003\\000HDU\003RI\003Service Not Self (photo illustration: Alan Inkenbrandt). $%\(: Armistice Day, RY\021\003\024\024\017\003\024\034\024\033\017\003LQ\003\000LQQHDSROLV\021\003$\003\\000HDU\003DIWHU\003WKH\003HQG\003RI\003:RUOG\003:DU\003,\017\003WKH\003QHZO\\000IRUPHG\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003KHOG\003LWV\003\300UVW\003 DWLRQDO\003&RQYHQWLRQ\003LQ\003\024\034\024\034\003LQ\003\000LQQHDSROLV\021\003,Q\003DGGLWLRQ\003WR\003VHUYLQJ\003DV\003WKH\003ORFDWLRQ\003IRU\003WKH\003\300UVW\003/HJLRQ\003FRQYHQWLRQ\017\003 WKH\003FLW\\000EULQJV\003WR\003PLQG\003DQRWKHU\003\300UVW\003\263\003LW\267V\003ZKHUH\003WKH\003$/$\003ZDV\003HVWDEOLVKHG\003\013SKRWR\035\003\000LQQHVRWD\003+LVWRULFDO\003RFLHW\\000f\0215256


4 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgFROM THE NATIONAL PresidentAs I reect on this past year as national president, I have worked to emphasize the importance of the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation and all that it does to support our veterans, military, and their families. Many of you have received a keepsake pin, which celebrates the ALA Foundations 10th anniversary. While the pin goes great with any outt, its meaning holds a lot of value. In celebration of the Foundations anniversary, my goal was to surpass the $1 million mark in the ALAs Mission Endowment Fund. Im pleased to say that with your hard work and generosity, we have surpassed our goal! But we certainly cant stop there. Ive canvassed the country, visiting so many of our units and departments, and have especially enjoyed spreading the word about the Mission Endowment Fund and sharing stories of the impact it has made. What is an endowment fund, you may ask? It is a permanent fund that holds a constant principal and pays out investment earnings each year. For example, if a $100 donation is made to the Mission Endowment Fund, that $100 is invested and yields 5 percent for the year. In the American Legion Auxiliarys case, that $5 in *\(+\(\( (top): American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan and I blend right in with Department RI\003*HRUJLD\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003LGHUV\021\003,\267YH\003HQMR\\000HG\003KHDULQJ\003WKLV\003\\000HDU\003KRZ\003\\000RX\267UH\003VXSSRUWLQJ\003WKH\003$/$\003\\003Diane Duscheck National President interest earned is used to pay for ALA programs such as ALA Girls Nation and provide veterans the opportunity to participate in the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. ose additional monies can add up quickly and continue to make earnings year aer year so that our future generations may benet from Auxiliary programs, supporting our veterans and promoting education, good citizenship, and outreach to veterans faced with challenges. You can also leave a charitable gi to the ALA in your estate plans through planned giving. Regardless of the size of your donation, every gi adds up, ensuring our mission outreach programs are available to provide comfort, aid, and education for our future veterans, military, and their families. For the past century, the ALA has been advocating for our veterans through countless hours of service, donations, and awareness. Supporting the ALA Foundation will help ensure that our mission of service to veterans, military, and their families endures for another 100 years. I have seen rsthand how much of an impact the ALA Foundation has made on the lives of many veterans. And though the Foundations 10th anniversary celebration is coming to a close, the support needs to continue being stronger than ever. ats why Im challenging you to keep up the incredible work youve already put forth by donating to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation and continue that eort during the 2018-2019 administrative year when Mississippis Kathy Dungan continues to support fundraising for the ALA Foundation during her term as national president. With your help, we all can play a part in making a real dierence. My time as the leader of this great organization is winding down, and I want to thank you again from the bottom of my heart for being a partner with me in this rewarding experience. e memories I have made this past year will be forever cherished.


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Mary Dubbie Buckler Executive Director, National Secretary As the War on Terror continues, the ALAs mission remains critical. For the ALA to sustain its relevance, we must improve the ALA and proactively change to re ect the times. As we pass the midpoint of our American Legion Auxiliary 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan, we see bene ts of investing in ourselves. Our rate of membership decline has started to improve. e 5 strategic goals to empower the ALA have continued to be prudently resourced by the ALA national governing board. In a time-demanding world of endless options, the ALA must be meaningful so it matters to those who care about making a di erence for veterans and our military. For all ALA entities, summer marks the beginning of a new administrative year. e ALAs historical structure of one-year term-limited governance o ces are challenging to long-range thinking and strategic planning. Role clari cation and respect are critical to the ALAs future organizational e ectiveness. August 2018 Published by American Legion Auxiliary National HeadquartersExecutive Director, Publisher Mary Dubbie Buckler Communications/Business Development Director Michael Butt Communications Manager Aaron Meyer Managing Editor WHSKDQLH\003/\021\003+ROORZD\)Tj/F3 1 Tf2.229 -1.429 Td[(Webmaster Travis Perkins Communications Senior Writer Landa Bagley Creative Communications Specialist Kristen Geczy Communications Coordinator Sara Nahrwold Contributing Writers Brad Oppenheim, Nathan D. Brown\025\023\024\032\020\025\023\024\033\003DWLRQDO\003I\300\003FHUVNational President Diane Duscheck National Vice President Kathy Dungan National Secretary Mary Dubbie Buckler National Treasurer \000DUWD\003+HGGLQJ ADVERTISING James G. Elliott Company Inc. NEW YORK (212) 588-9200 DETROIT (248) 530-0300 &+,&$*\003\013\026\024\025\f\003\025\026\031\020\027\034\023\023 LOS ANGELES (213) 624-0900ADDRESS CHANGE:Email name, previous address, new address and membership ID (9-digit number above your name on magazine label) to: Contact Us: ALA National Headquarters 8945 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 \003\013\026\024\032\f\003\030\031\034\020\027\030\023\023\003 | email: American Legion Auxiliary Magazine is published quarterly by the American Legion Auxiliary with a yearly non-refundable allocation of $3.40 from membership dues. Letters, unsolicited articles and photographs are not guaranteed to be published or returned and August be edited. See Magazine-Submissions for further details. Opinions expressed in this publication August not necessarily represent policy or positions of WKH\003RUJDQL]DWLRQ\021\003$GYHUWLVHPHQWV\003GR\003QRW\003UH\301\003HFW\003 endorsement by the organization. Non-member Subscriptions Send $15 (checks only) to address above, Attention: Accounting Payable to: National Treasurer, ALA American Legion Family The American Legion \013\026\024\032\f\003\031\026\023\020\024\025\023\023\003ZZZ\021/HJLRQ\021RUJ Sons of The American Legion \013\026\024\032\f\003\031\026\023\020\024\025\023\023\003ZZZ\021$/\021/HJLRQ\021RUJ\003\003 American Legion Riders \013\026\024\032\f\003\031\026\023\020\024\025\023\023 To be e ective requires competent leadership in both governance and management. e ALA must advance beyond thinking of a year as possessive singular one and done and put in place practices that foster long-range sustainability. With the widespread annual turnover of o cers and directors who comprise governance, ALAs continuity depends on the expertise of management professionals who serve with those in governance, together, as the ALAs leadership team. Titles need to re ect the times, and roles need to be understood and mutually respected. Respect has indeed been earned by an outstanding ALA leader who is retiring a er nearly 25 years National Treasurer Marta Hedding. Marta has served as both a governance o cer and management executive. Her expertise and experience at ALA National Headquarters have bene ted the ALA immeasurably. Marta early recognized the value CPA Tim Bresnahan brought to National Headquarters. In elevating Tim to National Controller, we operated together as the ALAs chief executive, operations, and nance o cers, with annual dividends of sustained A+ management audits plus organizational e ectiveness tools to help all ALA entities. Professionalism pays dividends that cant be quanti ed, but must certainly be respected. Expertise matters. Continuity matters. And the dedication of such compassionate professionals in top executive roles as Marta and Tim has made the ALA a much better organization. Our deepest appreciation for a well-deserved retirement! to the ALAs future organizational e ectiveness. $/$\267V\003VXVWDLQDELOLW\\000\003\([SHUWLVH\003 and experience matter! \ALA ON THE GO Auxiliary magazine is fully digital and available for download at & TIPS IN A CLICK,Q\003DGGLWLRQ\017\003\\000RX\267OO\003\300\003QG\003H[SDQGHG\003PDJD]LQH\003FRQWHQW\017\003YDOXDEOH\003XQLW\003 DQG\003GHSDUWPHQW\003UHVRXUFHV\017\003SOXV\003GRZQORDGDEOH\003WHPSODWHV\017\003QHZV\003 UHOHDVHV\017\003DQG\003RWKHU\003$/$\003SURPRWLRQDO\003PDWHULDOV\003DYDLODEOH\003RQ\003WKH\003 ALA website 24/7.+\035\003With Gen. Joseph L. Lengyel, 28th Chief of the National Guard Bureau, at a Memorial Day service in downtown Indianapolis.BEHIND THE scenesNOTES FROM THE NATIONAL EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


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8 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 FROM OUR readers THE SOLEMNITY, CONTINUATION OF MEMORIAL DAY As I attended a Memorial Day local service at a cemetery, I noticed the veteran pictured [at right] and found myself wondering. Was he remembering service buddies, experiences of his time at work, loved ones no longer here, or was he wondering if war will ever cease, how many more will be killed defending our ag and country? I will never know what went through his mind that a ernoon, sitting there alone on the ledge of a tombstone. I wish I had gone over and talked with him, but maybe my gi to him was to leave him alone with his memories and thoughts. I hope this photo impacts you to take an in-depth look at what you have and who fought for your right to enjoy those gi s. ank you, Mr. Veteran, for your service and for giving me a ALA GENERATIONS: DECADES OF MEMBERSHIP American Legion Family memberships tend to be deeply rooted in the unwavering desire to aid and appreciate our veterans, servicemembers, and their families. Readers shared their additional generation stories following the May Auxiliary feature titled rough the Generations: A four-generation ALA Hawaii family started with the service of Sterling Cale, a survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Front row: Victoria and Sterling Cale. Back row: Michelle Hoover, Estralita Hoover, and Mikayla LancasterHoover. Britton, S.D. American Legion Auxiliary Unit 80: Mary Sckerl rst joined the ALA in 1992 through her husband, Rudy Sckerl, who joined e American Legion in 1968. In 2009, Rudy and Marys daughter Sheila Anderson joined the American Legion Auxiliary. Sheilas daughter, CeCi Anderson, has been a Junior Auxiliary member since 2010. LEGION FAMILY REBUILDS AFTER DEVASTATING FIRE ank you for telling our story in the May magazine. You did an amazing job! Post 15 strong! Sharon Kollman, Pennsylvania special memory from the Memorial Day service and for making the a ernoon stand out in a special way. Memorial Day 2018 has come and gone the owers, live and arti cial, that decorated graves have been picked up and are back in storage tubs or gracing our homes. e family gatherings hopefully happened with everyone staying calm with no ghts or arguing. e campers are back home, unpacked and waiting for the next weekend getaway. But for those who attended Memorial Day services, what stands out in your memory? What impact or memory did this years service send you home with? If you did not take the time to honor our veterans who gave themselves, put it on your bucket list for next year but dont wait to thank a veteran before its too late. LeAnn Hummel, South Dakota


10 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 Email: or send letters to: ALA National Headquarters 8945 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260 WE WANT TO HEAR FROM youStory and Photo Submissions: Visit more details.FROM OUR readers TROOPS APPRECIATE $/$\267\003*\(\(,< Sgt. Weijiang Liu (standing), Sgt. Jarrett Smith (holding open magazine), and Cpl. Joshua Viruet show o the May issue of Auxiliary magazine during a break in the THANK YOU FOR POPPY INFORMATION I just love this months Auxiliary magazine! Well, I love them all, and of course this poppy issue has just a lot of wonderful articles like it usually does! Mary Adame, California CORRECTION In the February issue of Auxiliary magazine, the unit president of ALA Vermont Unit 36 was incorrectly identi ed. Suzanne Auger is unit president. NEW YORK ALA CELEBRATES \031\030\020<\($\003\000(\000%\(\267\003\024\023\024 ST BIRTHDAY O cers of Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit 376 in New York honored a very special member, Marguerite Stiles, with a luncheon for her 101st birthday. Marguerite is legally blind, but she has a magnifying reader so she can read, especially Auxiliary magazine. Marguerite likes to play the organ and is delighted to have company. She said that, having lived this long, she has seen a lot of changes. When asked what she thought was one of the greatest things to happen in her lifetime, she answered, e television I really enjoy it! Unit 376 members pictured (from le ): Christine Gregoire, Marguerite Stiles (with her 65-year membership certi cate), Jan Pollard, and Jeanie Petersen. Jeanie Petersen, New York work day. anks to donations made by American Legion Auxiliary members and supporters, troops stationed in the remote U.S./South Korea demilitarized zone (DMZ) on the border with North Korea received two desktop computers, two computer monitors, a gaming system, movie projector, and an electronic dartboard. Want to show your support for U.S. troops all over the world? Visit www. for details on making a contribution.


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JUNIOR members e American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York 7th District Juniors, in the spirit of ALAs patriotic roots, made Blue Star Banners for the departments ALA Empire Girls State Committee to present to citizens who have family members serving in the military. Families are encouraged to display the banner in the window of a home when a loved one is serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. e blue star represents one family member serving, and a banner can have up to ve stars, according to e American Legion, which helped reintroduce the Blue Star Banner to Americans following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks by providing banners to military families across the nation. If the individual is killed in action or dies, a smaller gold star is placed over it. Gold stars are placed above the blue stars or to the top right of the ag, in the event a ag represents multiple servicemembers. e Blue Star Service Banner was designed and patented in 1917 by World War I Army Capt. Robert L. Queisser of the 5th Ohio Infantry. His two sons served on the front line. His banner quickly became the uno cial symbol for parents with a child in active military service. e ALA Juniors in New York also made Gold Star Banners for families of those who had given their lives for their country. OHIO JUNIORS RAISE FUNDS FOR SERVICE DOGShocked to learn the German Shepherd puppy was for him, U.S. Air Force veteran Chris Geib quickly fell in love with his service dog. For their service project, Juniors from American Legion Auxiliary Unit 118 in Amherst, Ohio, wanted to do something more than write a check for a cause. e Juniors decided to provide a service dog to a veteran. When looking for a breeder, they came across ALA member Kathi Jo Zornes, who breeds German Shepherds. She previously bred a service dog, Heidi, for Geib, but the canine was dying from cancer. Heidi was an incredibly loyal and incredibly loving dog, Geib recalled. She was that way to the end. Heidi helped Geib with his posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and major depressive disorder (MDD). She even helped save his life on three di erent occasions. Geib had Heidi for over eight years before she passed away. Asking for donations, the ALA Juniors used posters that explained service dogs and PTSD and displayed them at post events. e MEANINGFUL AND FUN SERVICE PROJECT FOR ALA JUNIORS: BLUE STAR BANNERS 9 x 12-inch piece of red felt 7 x 5.5-inch piece of white felt 3-inch stars (should have 10-inch dowel About 18 inches of yarn or cord Hot glue gun or fabric glue What T o Do: What Y ou N eed: down and glue it to make a pocket for the dowel to slide the red; glue. white felt. opening created in the beginning, and tie cord to each end. the dowel.

PAGE 13 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 13 TEXAS JUNIORS EXCEL IN JROTC Hope Flores and Danielle Renard are active American Legion Auxiliary Junior members of Willis Unit 618 in Texas. Both are also involved in Junior Reserve O cers Training Corps (JROTC) at Willis High School and have been recognized in the program, receiving multiple awards and ribbons by taking the ALAs Service Not Self mindset out into the community. Eligible through her grandfather, Flores, pictured (at le ) with Renard, has been a Junior member for 15 years. [I like] getting to help veteran families, she said about the Juniors program. largest amount of money came from the Units Poppy Fund. It took about nine months to raise all the money to not only purchase the puppy, but we were able to pay for his veterinary services and his training as well, said Jenna omson, honorary unit Junior president. I cried when my mom told me we met our goal. When Geib went to meet Kaiser, his new dog, he thought he was picking up a 6-year-old service dog. Im not caught that far o guard very o en, but my expression was clearly a MasterCard moment, Geib said. e rst thing that little puppy did as I took him in my arms was kiss me on the nose. As if perhaps, Heidi was there and telling him to kiss my nose. e two quickly bonded. A few months a er receiving Kaiser, Geib met the ALA Juniors who helped get him another companion. Surreal would probably be the best word, especially a er waiting so long, omson said. I was able to video chat and message [Geib] since he received Kaiser, and it really felt like everything came full circle when we met in person. Geib agreed. I needed to drive to Amherst, say thank you to each person individually, and let these Juniors get to meet Kaiser who they had worked so hard for, he said. Getting to meet in person was very important to Geib and omson, especially a er all the work that went into the project. Chris and Jenna immediately embraced, and they were both visibly moved at being able to look each other in the eye and feel the connection they had built, said Rebecca Hobson, Junior Activities chairman for Unit 118. e entire project took about a year to complete. Not only did [the project] make the Juniors feel proud of what we Shes entering her sophomore year. Being a Junior member in uenced her decision to join the JROTC. I wanted to make my grandfather proud, she said. Flores has received JROTC ribbons for dress and appearance, good conduct, longevity, health and wellness, outstanding ight, and the Celebrate Freedom Foundation Award. Flores said she encourages other Junior members to join the JROTC at their schools, whether they have an interest in joining the military or not. Its a good experience, she said. Its fun, and in the core, we are all family. Flores has yet to decide if she will join the military following graduation, but if she does, she said it would likely be with the Marines K-9 unit. Renard became an ALA Junior member this year and is eligible through her grandfather. I love all the great opportunities being a Junior member gives me and all the new people I get to meet, she said. Renard joined the JROTC her freshman year and has loved it since. accomplished and how we changed the life of a veteran, but we also felt like an important part of our post, as important as any other group, omson said. Hobson agreed, saying it was great for both Juniors and other American Legion Family members to work together. For other ALA units that may want to take on a project like this, Hobson said nding a reputable breeder and keeping the search for a breeder and veteran local will help make the process more personal and overall easier. I will be forever grateful to have been the recipient of this great gi of Kaiser and the love and care that went into it, Geib said. \000(\(\003$'\003*\(\(\035\003$LU\003\$/$\003KLR\003-XQLRU\003PHPEHU\003-HQQD\003 KRPVRQ\017\003DQG\003.DLVHU\003PHHW\003IRU\003WKH\003\300\003UVW\003WLPH\036\003.DLVHU\003ORYHV\003WKH\003DWWHQWLRQ\003KH\003UHFHLYHG\003 from Thomson and the other Junior members.


14 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgI AM THE ALAIt may sound absurd to some that American Legion Auxiliary member Shayli Larabee a wife and stayat-home mother of three children under the age of 12 added to her many responsibilities the task of being Junior leader at her unit. Absurd? No way! Busy? Uh just a little, says Larabee of Unit 315 in Burlington Junction, Mo. ere are 30-plus active Juniors in the unit. Yet, Larabee successfully strikes an eective balance among all of her roles at home and with Unit 315. Whats Larabees secret? My family support system and scheduling. You have to be organized. ings have to be planned out ahead of time, Larabee said. For me, everything has to be written down. But you also need to be exible. You have to be able to maneuver events, switch times, and locations if you need to. Why is it important to engage our youngest members? With any good behavior or good inuence, you have to start early in a persons life. e earlier you start, the more the youth are likely to grasp it and internalize it. It takes everybody community members, school ocials, and parents molding, teaching, guiding, and modeling. Whats your secret for keeping Junior members active and engaged in serving the ALA mission? Im always looking for ways to make contact with my Juniors. Ive got a full-year calendar of events of various activities. I do text alerts to notify parents of events or cancellations or changes. Also, our unit is blessed to work so closely with our local school district. I am so grateful for Unit 315 member Norma Bragg. She works at the school. Norma and I are a strong team in tying in the school district to ALA Juniors activities. e school does a lot of patriotic events when it comes to 9/11 and Veterans Day. We work with them in putting on assemblies. For activities that take place in the school, we have our Juniors there. So, their friends are seeing their friends, who are our Juniors, and they want to get involved. Another thing we do: We try to make it fun! What keeps you motivated in all that you do for the ALA? I have to be honest. At times, there are slumps I fall into, and there are times when I wonder if its all worth it. en Ill get something like a picture from a soldier whos holding one of our pocket ags weve shipped him. Or a soldier who has sent a picture of his platoon and the care packages our Juniors have sent. Or, I see where one of my Juniors has gone and done something above and beyond and has taken the initiative to go that extra mile. ose are the things that motivate me: when I see those things, and Im not expecting them. Tell us your takeaway from working with ALA Juniors? Its knowing that Im trying to do my part to make a dierence in todays youth, For God and Country. I want to play a part in exposing the children to new activities and new experiences; helping them interact with our veterans and our servicemembers; showing the youth who these [veterans and servicemembers] are and what theyre doing for all of us; and showing our youth that a lot of what they have is because of [veterans and servicemembers]. Its nice for our youth to recognize others because its easy to get self-centered. You have to teach and model for them how to turn that eye onto others so they see how others have done for them and how they can give back to their communities, their soldiers, their veterans, and to others. What advice would you give to a member thinking about becoming a Junior leader? Go for it! We need more leaders. Dont be afraid of it. If youre interested in it but youre not quite sure, start with volunteering more. Get more involved with your unit. Oer to be a co-leader. Learn the ropes and get a feel for it as a co-leader. at way, you can see if its a good t for you and if youre a good t for this role. AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT: Unit 315 Burlington Junction, MissouriELIGIBILITY THROUGH: Harold Hoyt, paternal grandfather (U.S. Army)YEARS IN THE ALA: 3UNIT ACTIVITIES: Junior leader; also manages the distribution of poppies at special events +$\(\003<\003$/$\003\000(\000%\(+,\003<\004\003HOO\003XV\003DERXW\003\\000RXUVHOI\003DQG\003KRZ\003\\000RX\003VXSSRUW\003WKH\003ZRUOG\267V\003ODUJHVW\003 ZRPHQ\267V\003SDWULRWLF\003VHUYLFH\003RUJDQL]DWLRQ\003DV\003D\003XQLW\003PHPEHU\003ZKR\003DOVR\003ORYHV\003WKH\003$/$\267V\003PLVVLRQ\003RI\003VHUYLQJ\003 YHWHUDQV\017\003WKH\003PLOLWDU\)73(\017\003DQG\003WKHLU\003IDPLOLHV\021\003&RQWDFW\003XV\003DW\003$/$\000DJD]LQH#$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\003RU\003\013\026\024\032\f\003\030\031\034\020\027\030\023\023\021\003SHAYLI LARABEEIm trying to do my part to make a dierence in todays youth, For God and Country.


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PAGE 17 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 17 ITS ALL goodGOOD NEWS. GOOD WORKS. GOOD TO HONOR.Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results. Andrew Carnegie, Industrialist and PhilanthropistSummer may mark the end of one administrative year and the beginning of another in e American Legion Family, but it doesnt mean the conclusion of devotion to our mission. Standing by each others side, members of e American Legion Family remain dedicated to supporting and honoring those who served and continue serving today. Photo: American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan, ALA National President Diane Duscheck, and Sons of e American Legion National Commander Danny Smith overlooking Omaha Beach in Normandy, France, on the 74th anniversary of D-Day. (Photo: Mike Rohan)


the ALA can do to support veterans in your community?To create a much stronger presence in our local communities for reaching out to younger men and women veterans who are really not getting the help and support they need and deserve. We need to do more because they deserve better. Heather Collins, Alabama Share what we are doing and what events or fundraisers are in the near future, and be sure to invite the general public to everything possible. e public needs to see rsthand what the ALA is doing. Sam Catura, Wisconsin ITS ALL goodGOOD IDEAS FROM ALA MEMBERS In our community, it is reaching out to those who are currently re-entering the civilian world. Be their support and resource system as they rejoin our community. Listen to their needs, as they are dierent than those of older veterans. Michelle Spear, Iowa Visit with them like you really care. Share your concerns about their lives and continue to serve them personally. Judy Twete, North Dakota Express to the veterans and the community who we are, what we do, and why we do it. Knowledge is power. Unity and awareness will make our ALA ourish. Jane M. McKnight, Kentucky A simple smile, a thank-you, or a visit go a long way! Kelly Moyer, Pennsylvania Make people more aware of the needs of our women warriors. We have approximately 72,000 female vets in Ohio, not including our active duty. Unit 151 works hand in hand with our Legion to help and support them. Renee Luce Unruh, Ohio 18 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.o rg Check out the Caring for Homeless Veterans in Long Beach video AmericanLegionAuxLearn about an Auxiliary homeless veterans, including women with children, all made American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund Grant.


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20 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgevents, or just an outright creative expression. To while away the time between battles, soldiers would carve and etch very elaborate and beautiful engravings, said Taylor. ey made di erent things like rings or turning a shell casing into a tobacco jar. Some took casings and made cruci xes out of them. Art had to become a type of therapy for them, not just a way to pass the time away. e American Legion Auxiliary has long recognized the bene ts of creative pursuits for veterans. For nearly 20 years, the Auxiliary and the U.S. Department of Veterans A airs have co-presented the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival, which celebrates and supports the use of creative arts as a form of rehabilitation and coping. And thats exactly what the soldiers of WWI and other wars were doing. For soldiers needing to pass the time, making art from scrap war metals was therapeutic. When you look at the detail in these pieces, you feel the images of war, home, and hope for peace, said Bob Massie, who donated the piece to ALA National Headquarters. Today, trench art is coveted for its beauty, cra smanship, ingenuity, and its special meaning that the inspirations for beauty can come from the most miserable circumstances war.ITS ALL goodGOOD HISTORY $\003\ This metal shell casing from World War I, measuring about 13.5 inches tall, was made in the trenches and was likely intended by the DUWLVW\003VROGLHU\003WR\003EH\003D\003\301\003RZHU\003YDVH\021\003KH\003 ammunition shell was donated to ALA National Headquarters by Bob Massie, SURGXFHU\003RI\003WKH\003\300\003OP\003GRFXPHQWDU\\000 Letters Home, and is currently on GLVSOD\\000LQ\003WKH\003$/$\003DWLRQDO\003&DYDOFDGH\003 of Memories Museum.TRENCH ART: EASING THE BURDEN OF WAR war, home, and hope for peace, said 'R\003\\000RX\003FXUUHQWO\\000RZQ\003D\003SLHFH\003RI\003WUHQFK\003DUW\003RU\003FDQ\003VKDUH\003PRUH\003ZLWK\003XV\003DERXW\003WKH\003SLHFH\003DERYH"\003HOO\003XV\003DERXW\003LW\004\003 &RQWDFW\003$X[LOLDU\)Tj/F8 1 Tf(\003PDJD]LQH\003DW\003DODPDJD]LQH#$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\021Moby Dick contains a chapter of descriptive scenes of sailors and their scrimshaw, or etchings made on whalebones, pieces of wood, or whatever happened to be lying around on sea or shore. Parallels can certainly be drawn between the lives of these Nantucket whalers and those in the trenches and on the battle elds of the early 20th century. Long periods of boredom and idleness, punctuated by periods of extreme tension and stress, made up the daily lives of soldiers. Just as whalers did in the past, soldiers o en lled their idle hours by making art on the battle eld. Art made in this manner is called trench art and is o en made from waste material such as spent ammunition casings or shells. But, trench art is not just made by servicemembers it might also be made by civilians in war-torn areas or by prisoners of war. Trench art started to become recognized during World War I, with most of it being made by English, French, German, and some American soldiers, according to Cathi Taylor, ALA National History Committee Chairman. If you go back through history, there were other men who created art to pass the time during war, said Taylor. But World War I is when we began to recognize it. e art stemmed from the type of warfare. Soldiers dug trenches and were stuck in them for long periods of time between battles; there wasnt a lot of movement by the troops. During World War I, soldiers might be in the same trenches for the duration. Given all the tanks, airplanes, and di erent artillery, there was a lot of discarded metal all around. Soldiers coped and passed the time by creating art from the scrap metal, most of which was shell casings. Trench art can be anything that is created during a time of war jewelry, religious icons, paintings, poems, and more. Trench art could be a form of catharsis, a way of documenting current


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22 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 *RRG\003ZRUNV\003WR\003VKDUH"\003LVLW\003ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\003IRU\003GHWDLOV\021ITS ALL goodGOOD WORKS BY ALA MEMBERS\($\003\\($\035 U.S. Army veteran David Shaffer and ALA member Sharon Morse stand at the snack area at Myrtle Beach VA Clinic in South Carolina.THEMED QUILT HONORS UPCOMING AUXILIARY CENTENNIALere are many dierent ways to celebrate an anniversary. Some sing. Some dance. Some bake cakes. American Legion Auxiliary member Susan LaRussa makes quilts. LaRussa, of Unit 550 in Onstead, Mich., craed a quilt in honor of the American Legion Auxiliarys 100th anniversary, which is coming up next year. e quilt is about 50 inches wide and 65 inches long. She completed her creation in three weeks. Her inspiration for the quilt came aer seeing a mention in Auxiliary magazine about ALAs UNIT OFFERS FREE SNACKS, WATER AT VA CLINIC WAITING ROOMVeterans in the waiting rooms at Myrtle Beach VA Clinic in South Carolina are treated to free snacks and bottled water, courtesy of American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 in Murrells Inlet, S.C. e snacks have made a dierence, beyond the clinics checkin/waiting-room area, for patients who need to eat immediately due to medical reasons, such as low blood upcoming centennial and then running across a center-panel fabric piece with the Statue of Liberty and the New York City skyline on it, LaRussa said. e Statue of Liberty is so iconic for Americans, and for foreigners coming here. at, in itself, stirs your soul. So, I just proceeded to buy the fabric, design the poppies, and paint them, LaRussa added. e ALA centennial-themed quilt is hanging in Post 550 in Onstead, she noted: I may enter it in the county fair. But for whatever its needed for, [the post family] will be able to display it, of course. I just want people to look at it and feel proud and patriotic. sugar or for patients who have completed a necessary fast required for medical procedures, such as blood draws. Weve had nurses come out from the treatment area and get something to give to veterans in need back there, said Unit 178 member Sharon Morse, one of the ALA members who organizes the snack-and-water donation eort. e snacks and water are there for those patients who want them and for those who need them. is is just a little way for us to let veterans know we appreciate and care for them, Morse added. Veterans are allowed to take whatever edible treats they want. e snacks are set out in a bowl or other container near the check-in/ waiting-room area, and the bottled waters are distributed by clinic sta. e treats are available daily. Another volunteer task Morse assists with at the clinic is helping patients who dont have transportation make arrangements for getting to and from the clinic for appointments. e transportation is provided by the Veterans Aairs System, Morse said.

PAGE 23 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 23 ALA CARE PACKAGE PROMPTS \(,&\(\000(\000%\(\267\003,,\003 TO STUDENTSDrop a pebble in a puddle and watch the water ripple. How far did your ripples reach? Oen, we dont get to see the full eect of our eorts whether its a pebble dropped in the water or the mission outreach work of American Legion Auxiliary members. But sometimes, we do see the impact and that impact can be amazing. ALA Unit 1217 in Long Point, Ill., saw how their servicemember care packages of cookies, schoolchildrens thank-you letters, and other assorted items set something wonderful into motion. A classroom of fourth-graders, who were among the letter-writers, received a visit from U.S. Air Force Sta Sgt. Jerey Weaver and his wife, Air Force Sta Sgt. Chey Weaver, of Texas, last month. Dressed in their military uniforms and with their young children Jude, 7, and Kingsleigh, 18 months, by their sides, the Weavers talked to the class at Woodland school No. 5 in Streator about how POST HOME SPONSORS FREE BINGO NIGHT FOR VETERANS Getting out and about occasionally for some fun, socializing, and maybe a bit of friendly competition, can be a terric treat for veterans living in U.S. Department of Veterans Aairs facilities. ALA Unit 47 in Dodge City, Kan., provides an evening of free bingo play once a month at Post 47 for veterans living at the Kansas Soldiers Home at Fort Dodge, said Unit 47 President Paula Sellens. Its an outing for them. It gets them away from their everyday surroundings. Its important to have a dierent place for them to go, relax, and be among friends, Sellens said. Fort Dodge is really good our military serves and defends our nation. Some kids told us they had family members in the military and my husband told the kids to make sure they thank those servicemembers, Chey told Auxiliary magazine. e Weavers had received one of the care packages sent by Unit 1217, and inside the package was a letter from Woodland school fourth-grader Jaron Follmer Cheys cousin. It was sheer coincidence that the Weavers received a letter from Jaron, since those correspondences were randomly put in various boxes of goodies mailed to military in service stateside and deployed overseas. e Weavers contacted Jarons mother, who then arranged the visit with the school ocials. My husband and I felt so thankful that we were able to go visit my cousin and let the kids know that their letters do make it to us, Chey said. She has a message for e American Legion Family: I know you work hard to let the troops know we are appreciated. So, thank you for all that you do! In all, 188 dozen homemade cookies, plus donated pre-packaged cookies, and other donated items ranging from toothbrushes and toothpaste to playing cards, plus the childrens letters, were placed in 41 care package boxes. Assisting with the assembly of care packages were local members of the Legion Family and volunteers from the community. about getting the veterans out who cant get out by themselves. Were happy to oer another opportunity for that. Typically, anywhere from 10 to 25 veterans from the Fort Dodge facility attend ALA Unit 47s special bingo event for them. e event usually is held on the second Tuesday of each month. Some of the veterans ride the bus, and some who live in cottages at the facility bring their own vehicles. e cost of bingo on these evenings is jointly shared by the unit and the post, Sellens explained. irteen ALA members spent 1,335 hours on this mission-based activity between June 2017 and April 2018. Auxiliary members at the event generally work in the kitchen preparing and serving refreshments, and, when possible, visit with the veterans either before or aer the bingo rounds, or in between rounds. ree other ALA units in Kansas each bring annual bingo events to the Fort Dodge facility for veterans there, at dierent times of the year, Sellens added. ose units are Unit 9 of Garden City, Unit 290 in Jetmore, and Unit 152 in Ness City. (Photo: Tom Sistak/The Times/Ottawa, IL)


24 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgITS ALL goodSPIRIT OF GOODWILL Have you ever had con ict with fellow American Legion Auxiliary members and needed some recommendations on how to come to a resolution or compromise? Goodwill Gail is here to help! In this new advice column posted on the ALA blog, Goodwill Gail helps members resolve issues in support of Goal 2 of the ALAs 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan: Create an Internal Culture of Goodwill. 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26 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 &RQWLQXH\003\\000RXU\003VXSSRUW\035\003'RQDWH\003WR\003WKH\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003$X[LOLDU\\000RU\003WKH\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003$X[LOLDU\\000\\003 VHFXUHO\\000DQG\003VDIHO\\000DW\003ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\022GRQDWH\021ITS ALL goodGOOD TO GIVEMaking a donation isnt just a business transaction it is human interaction. Many people give because they want to make a positive dierence in the world. ey believe in a mission and want to make an impact. No matter how much you donate to the American Legion Auxiliary or American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, you are helping change the life of a veteran, ALA member, or student. Our donors matter, and collectively you make a huge dierence. As we approach our 100year anniversary, your donations will help ensure that our mission of serving veterans, military, and their families has a lasting impact. How your donations move our mission forward We understand that every dollar makes a dierence for an ALA member rebuilding aer a ood damaged her home, or a veteran who copes with post-traumatic stress disorder by painting during his art therapy sessions. And because of that, we work hard to make sure your donation makes a dierence. As outlined in the scal year 2017 nancial audit, about 90 percent of donations are used toward mission outreach, while only 10 percent is used for administrative purposes exceeding the national benchmarks of 75 percent going toward programs and 25 percent toward administrative costs. at means more money can be expended toward helping our veterans, military, and their families! Your donations at work Have you made a donation to a specic American Legion Auxiliary or American Legion Auxiliary Foundation fund and found yourself wondering how the veteran, student, or family was impacted by your generosity? Here are a few stories on how your gi changed a life: A Pennsylvania Auxiliary member experienced rsthand how an Auxiliary Emergency Fund donation can make a dierence. I truly appreciate your help, she said. I was to the point of not knowing where I was going to end up, and your help arrived two days before I was going to lose everything I had worked so hard for. Aer a long two years dealing with a personal sickness and losing my parents, I was ready to give up. You gave me the hope and faith again that I had lost. For young people looking to further their education, a Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship can help provide the necessary resources for college. Each year, e American Legion Auxiliary awards this $5,000 scholarship to 15 students who excel in academics and volunteer in their communities. e scholarship money is to be used for tuition, books, fees, room, and board. I just wanted to say thank you from my family and me for awarding me this prestigious scholarship! I know it would have been an honor for my grandfather to know that I, his granddaughter, was awarded this scholarship, said Amy Glover, a 2017 Children of Warriors National Presidents Scholarship recipient. It means so much to my family and me that you have decided to support me in my education at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. With this scholarship, I will be able to become a high school history teacher and teach the youth about all the amazing things veterans have done for our country. ank you so much! If your Auxiliary unit, district/ county, or department identies a specic, emergent need for your local veterans or active military, an American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund grant can lend a helping hand. Residents at the Western Nebraska Veterans Home in Scottsblu, Neb., beneted from a new blanket warming cabinet made possible with an ALA Foundation Veteran Projects Fund grant. When I visited our veterans homes, I oen heard requests for more blankets because veterans are cold, said Barbara Washburn, an ALA Nebraska member. e warm blankets provide this comfort without the additional weight of more blankets. Having personally experienced the comfort of a warmed blanket while in the hospital, I am positive that our veterans will receive enjoyment and comfort. Your donations denitely matter in the lives of people across the country. e recipients of your generosity may never know your name, but they will never forget your gi. In the spirit of Service Not Self, thank you for making a dierence!YOUR GIFTS KEEP ON GIVING!


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28 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgITS ALL goodGOOD READING, GOOD FUN TRAIN YOUR BRAIN FOR SUCCESSWeve all heard the old saying Dress for success. But what about thinking for success? Studies have shown that many successful people from various backgrounds have at least one thing in common: the way they think. is is according to leadership expert John C. Maxwell, who also believes its possible to learn and adopt the method of thinking used by successful people. Making a mindset shi may not be as easy as it sounds. With his Wall Street Journal bestselling book, How Successful People ink: Change Your inking, Change Your Life Maxwell oers eective suggestions for altering your thought process so you can succeed in your endeavors. It stands to reason that attaining personal and professional success can have a positive impact on all of the activities and organizations in which you are involved. Good thinkers solve problems; they never lack ideas that can build an organization, and they always have hope for a better future, Maxwell wrote in the books introduction. Its important to remember that Maxwell is not telling his readers what to think; hes showing them how to think. He also spells out ways to, as he wrote, put yourself in the right place to think, which includes nding the right place to conjure up, stretch, and shape your thoughts. According to Maxwell, nancial status, education level, or health should not aect a persons ability to learn to be a good thinker. Maxwells book delves into 11 skills he identies as being necessary for becoming a person who can achieve great things: Seeing the wisdom of the big picture Unleashing the potential of focused thinking Discovering the joy of creative thinking Recognizing the power of strategic thinking Releasing the power of strategic thinking Feeling the energy of possibility thinking Embracing the lessons of reective thinking Questioning the acceptance of popular thinking Encouraging the participation of shared thinking Experiencing the satisfaction of unselsh thinking Enjoying the return of bottomline thinking American Legion Auxiliary National President Diane Duscheck said she got a lot out of Maxwells book, and sees how the dierent ways of thinking can be applied successfully by each of us in the ALA. An example she cited was reective thinking: Reective thinkers visit past situations in their mind and analyze their successes and their shortcomings, and they decide what they need to change in the future. Im denitely a reective thinker, and I nd that it dovetails with our Centennial Strategic Plan Goal 2 of having an attitude of goodwill, Duscheck said. As the American Legion Auxiliary continues to successfully work on goodwill, there are days we succeed in spreading goodwill and days we fall short. As a reective thinker, I like to look at situations and ask, What could we have done better to get a better result? ink you dont have time to take in all of this? ink again! How Successful People ink: Change Your inking, Change Your Life is only 160 pages in its hardcover version, 224 pages in its paperback version, and 146 pages on Kindle. As an audiobook, the total listening length is three hours and 39 minutes. Maxwell is recognized internationally as a leadership expert, speaker, and author. For more information about him, visit Or, follow him at $;,/,$<\267 CROSSWORD PUZZLE Words Associated with Minnesota (Site of 2018 National Convention).Answers can be found on page 65. ACROSS 1. type of tape 4. personality trait 8. popular department storeDOWN 2. ice sport 3. famous writer 5. Grammy-winning artist\034\021\003 \\003WHDP 11. cookbooks \024\025\021\003FXOW\003\300OP 14. more than 10,000 of these6. type of apple \032\021\003ULYDO\003VWDWH 10. common in winter 13. large shopping center 14 5 8 13 4 7 9 10 6 12 11 1 2 3 10 21012


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30 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgITS ALL goodGOOD MEMBERSHIP In todays world with people constantly on the go, driving children to and from events, long work hours, or health and mobility issues, it can be dicult for some American Legion Auxiliary unit members to make it to a physical meeting. e solution? Add a virtual component to your meeting. ose members who are able to/want to can still go to the physical meeting location while those who can only make it by participating online from her own residence are still able to attend and keep up on the units activities. Another benet of virtual meetings it prevents the quorum problem (i.e., not enough members present to conduct business). A new way of hosting meetings allows the units business to continue, especially for timely items that need to be voted on. A hybrid meeting setup that includes both online and in-person interaction allows for more options in terms of meeting participation and is likely to increase meeting attendance and membership in the organization. It can also help keep your unit from losing your charter or folding. Units that predominantly meet virtually are loosely termed eUnits. Electronic units allow members to communicate and hold meetings via teleconferencing, email, an online group, or other e-meeting soware. Designed for working women and students attending college, the eUnit format also provides a great opportunity for those unable to leave their home, because of health or mobility issues, to remain involved in the American Legion Auxiliary. In addition to electronic communication, eUnit members do meet in person occasionally as required by their units Constitution & Bylaws. ere are several options for hosting virtual meetings. One is, an audio, web, and video conferencing service that is free to users. At the physical meeting location, a computer with a webcam, microphone, and speakers are set up so unit members who dial in remotely through their own devices have the ability to communicate with those at the unit just as they would if they were there. e soware is easy to set up and install, provides security because users must have the meeting ID number, and allows for the recording and downloading of video conference sessions. In fact, American Legion Post 269 in Patchogue, N.Y., uses this service for its virtual meetings. Other popular soware for this use includes For free, users can have a meeting with up to 100 participants with video conferencing/web conferencing features, but there is a 40-minute time limit on group meetings. However, there are other opportunities available with the soware to t your units needs. also has several options for online meetings; however, there are no free plans with this website. Another choice is Google Hangouts that can be used from a computer or smartphone. ALA Indianapolis Womens Inc. eUnit 438 in Indiana uses Google Hangouts for its unit meetings to chat via text. e unit also supplements conversations with Survey Monkey surveys to gather information from the entire unit about dates, projects, etc. ere are many sites you can use for video meetings, so nd the one that works for your unit. GET WITH THE TIMES: HOST VIRTUAL ALA MEETINGS ,W\003GRHVQ\177W\003PDWWHU\003KRZ\003\\000RX\003PHHW\003DV\003D\003XQLW\003{\003LW\003PDWWHUV\003WKDW\003\\000RX\003FKHFN\003LQ\003UHJXODUO\)10(\003\003 ZLWK\003HDFK\003RWKHU\003WR\003FDUU\\000RXW\003WKH\003$/$\003PLVVLRQ\003RI\003VHUYLQJ\003YHWHUDQV\017\003PLOLWDU\\000\003DQG\003WKHLU\003IDPLOLHV\021

PAGE 31 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 31 ITS ALL goodGOOD TO GODOZENS OF LEGION BUILDINGS RECOGNIZED AS NATIONAL TREASURESe idea of belonging nding ones rightful place in the world is integral to helping dene a sense of self. As individuals, the places we frequent or the communities to which we belong oen dene us. As members of e American Legion Family, we oen convene inside physical spaces built specically for us, talking with others who have shared experiences. us, these spaces, or as we call them posts or units become part of creating ourselves. As time passes, roots grow deeper, and communities grow more tightly knit. e buildings of e American Legion Family also begin to take on deeper meaning. e National Register of Historic Places, as part of the 1966 National Historic Preservation Act, takes a bold step in documenting and preserving buildings on the basis of their historical importance. e register legitimizes the grandeur of these structures and the personal and historical importance American Legion Family members already knew existed. Today, 41 American Legion posts can be found listed as historic in addition to orchards, lighthouses, schoolhouses, and even Johnny Cashs boyhood home. ese buildings vary greatly in architectural style, age, and preservation, but not in signicance. If youre interested in helping to preserve these historical buildings, rst contact the Legion post, learn about the history of the structure, and ask if they have any plans for repair or enhancement. Some foundations oer grants that go toward funding historic preservation eorts. Check out the Home Depot Foundation, Kinsman Foundation, and the National Trust for Historic Places for funding opportunities. Volunteer organizations, such as HistoriCorps, preserve historic buildings for public benet. If this is the case for the Legion building, broach this subject and do some research. $\000(,&$\003/\(*,\003&$%,\035 This log structure, built in 1928 in Potlatch, Idaho, stands as a monument to Potlatch servicemembers who lost their lives in World War I. 8 CIGARS$10* Includes 1 each of: Rocky Patel Alec Bradley Torao HC Series 5 Vegas Gran Habano Black Ops Ramn Bueso* Plus $299 s/h. PA residents add 6% tax; taxes on orders shipped outside of PA are the responsibility of purchaser. First-time purchasers only. One per customer. No sales to anyone under the age of 21. For more information see Offer expires 9-15-18.First-Class Premium Cigar SamplerVisit: complete web address or search keyword: SA73851-888-244-2790 Mention code SA7385 Item #: CA49-SP When it comes to cigars, no one even comes close to Cigars International and were ready to prove it to ya with an outrageous intro offer: 8 premium handmade cigars for just $10.* Go ahead, price shop this one and prepare to be stunned. When youre ready, were here waiting with the worlds largest selection of premium handmade cigars at the planets lowest prices, delivered fast and fresh. Thats our guarantee. only $52 value $5 UPGRADE ADD A TRAVEL HUMIDOR ADD A TRAVEL HUMIDOR CRUSHPROOFWATERPROOF$30 VALUE


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Santa Claus isnt the only one who can make a little Christmas magic. e American Legion Auxiliary has been making the holiday season brighter for countless veterans and their families for decades with our ALA Christmas Gi Shops. ese annual makeshi shops oer veterans at U.S. Department of Veterans Aairs health care facilities a way to get holiday gis for free to give to their family members. Some veterans cant aord to buy presents, while others are physically unable to go out and shop as they once did. Regardless of that, gi shops have made Christmas merrier for thousands of veterans and their families through the years. Usually hosted at a VA medical center or in a facility treating a large number of veterans, Christmas Gi Shops vary from location to location and department to department. For example, some gi shop programs include a present for each veteran. In other instances, the Christmas gi for the veterans are provided as part of a dierent, unrelated program. Typically, American Legion Auxiliary volunteers and/or units and departments work together to collect donations or purchase items that are considered suitable gis a veteran can give to a family member or loved one. Units and departments do this work for the benet of veterans at a facility within their state. Gi shops may be in a specic location site or may take the form of a mobile gi cart which can be taken from one physical location to another at a facility to reach veterans. e shops tend to open for a few days between the last week of November and early December each year. From there, the ALA Christmas Gi Shop magic happens! Participating veterans pick out what they want, in accordance with the rules of that particular gi shop. Volunteers are usually on hand to give shopping assistance to the veterans as needed. Sometimes, volunteers wrap the gis to be given to families. Other times, veterans wrap the items themselves if they choose. In many cases, the gi shop project includes shipping presents to family members who are unable to get to the facility. In some instances, the Veterans Aairs medical center or facility pays for the shipping. In many ALA gi shops, the shopping experience or post-shopping activities include light refreshments and a festive atmosphere for the veterans. ough they may be done in dierent ways, all ALA Christmas Gi Shops in all parts of the world achieve the same goals: making it possible for veterans to give presents to their loved ones; doing something nice for military families; and bringing our heroes some holiday cheer while reminding them that they are not forgotten. ese shops have a variety of items from which veterans may select. Among the typical gi shop items (donated as new or purchased as new): bath soap and gel sets, towel sets, wallets, shirts and other clothing, socks, and various types of childrens toys and stued animals. ey may not be luxury pieces, but in the eyes of a veteran on the receiving end of this kind gesture, these gis and the eort put into the shops, are priceless. C\003D\\000dY\\000ij\003?Xm\\000Jg\\000ek\003;\\000ZX[\\000j DXb`e^\003?fc`[Xpj\003i`^_k\\000i ]fi\003M\\000k\\000iXej\003Xe[\003K_\\000`i\003Cfm\\000[\003Fe\\000j


34 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgGi shops are just one of many ways ALA members show their love for our veterans and their families. e ALA Christmas Gi Shops truly demonstrate the true meaning of holidays. e interactions with the veterans and seeing their smiles and sometimes tears remind us ALA members why we honor their service each and every day, said national ALA Veterans Aairs & Rehabilitation Chairman Nicole Clapp. Read on to see examples of holiday magic stemming from seless acts of ALA women who make these gi shops happen each year. >@=K\003F=\003=D@CP\003 Some of the best gis in life cant be boxed, wrapped with pretty paper, tied with ribbons, or adorned with bows. A veteran named Harvey received one of those magnicent, intangible presents from his visit to the ALA Christmas Gi Shop in 2017 at the VA Black Hills Health Care Systems Hot Springs, S.D., Campus, where he had resided for short-term care. At that time, Harvey had been out of contact with his family for years. He likely had no idea how that was about to change aer he met ALA member Jeannine Loesch at the gi shop. Loesch, the Department of South Dakotas VA&R chairman and the departments rst vice president, said she noticed Harvey walking around the gi shop alone and carrying a watch. She approached him and oered him assistance with his shopping. He asked her if he could have the watch for himself. I replied that shopping for himself was to be done the next day, Loesch said. I told him we could shop for his family and he said he hadnt had contact with them in years. I asked him if he knew where they were. With the information Harvey gave, Loesch did some research and discovered that one of Harveys daughters worked at an insurance company in Florida. But, that insurance company was closed for the day. ALA member and Gi Shop Chairman Susie Clyde, of Unit 311 in Piedmont Valley, S.D., attempted to contact Harveys daughters on Facebook, and got no replies. Clyde and Loesch did not give up hope that the two daughters could be reached. e Auxiliary members helped Harvey nd gis, which were then wrapped and set aside. Susie and I just wanted to try it, and if it didnt work, wed unwrap them and someone can have them next year, Loesch said. But we were hoping it would work out, and it did! It was a dream come true! Loesch was able to reach the daughter who had worked for the insurance company in Florida. Loesch explained the ALA Christmas Gi Shop program and told her that Harvey wanted to send presents to his daughters and granddaughters. She asked for addresses where the presents could be sent, and if Harvey could be given the addresses oering not to disclose that information if the daughters did not want him to have it. Once both daughters were notied of these requests, the gis were shipped, and Harvey was allowed to receive the addresses. Harvey was told of the news, and he came to tears

PAGE 35 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 35 and hugged the Gi Shop Chairman [Clyde] and she was in tears. I then saw him at the Christmas party and he knew I was one of the ones responsible. He hugged me and thanked me, Loesch said. It just about brought tears to my eyes, Loesch added. e gi shops do bring families together. e American Legion Auxiliary does great things for our veterans because we love them. e VA Black Hills Health Care Systems Hot Springs Campus is one of ve facilities in South Dakota that have ALA Christmas Gi Shops and Christmas parties. e shops and parties are the result of a statewide eort. Not every veteran has the exceptional experience that Harvey had at one of our gi shops. But all of our veterans seem to really appreciate our gi shops and our parties. at makes it all worthwhile, Loesch said. >@=K\003F=\003>@M@E>\003 Unemployed and working to repair his life which was shattered by substance abuse, Army veteran Robert who served in the elite 82nd Airborne Infantry Division was at the Bob Stump Northern Arizona Veterans Health Care Facility in Prescott, Ariz. At this point, it was a few weeks before Christmas. Robert normally has two jobs at that time of the year. But he couldnt work, and he was sure he wouldnt be able to give presents to his family that holiday. When he found out about the ALA Christmas Gi Shop hosted at that facility by ALA Unit 108, Robert was able to get a present for his wife, a present for his daughter, and a kitty bed for the familys two cats. Robert was also able to get a few personal items for himself from the shop. I would not be able to send gis home if not for this shop, Robert said at the time. Navy veteran Tanya discovered the gi shop at Bob Stump Northern Arizona Veterans Health Care Facility at just the right time in her life. She had come to this facility, from a nearby state, with hope of receiving specialized health care. Unfortunately, her car and belongings were stolen not too long aer she arrived. Tanya was staying at the Stump facilitys domiciliary until she could get back on her feet. At the gi shop, she was able to get some bath products as presents for loved ones back home. Tanya was also able to get a sweatshirt, socks, and blanket for herself. We know the holidays can be a dicult time for struggling veterans, both emotionally and nancially, said Carmen Goswick, Prescott Valley resident and Department of Arizona ALA Gi Shop chairman. Held in late November as a three-day event, the gi shop at the Stump facility is an opportunity for veterans to get presents for immediate family and themselves. ALA members and volunteers wrap, and ship, presents to family members as needed. is gi shop, just one of several held at various sites in Arizona, has been going for more than 50 years; Goswick has spearheaded it for more than 20 years. Together with her co-chairs, Sally Fine and Mitsu Burns, the three women have more than 35 years of experience in putting on the shop. +/,'$<\003+\(/\(\003(this page and opposite): ALA members and other volunteers are shown displaying holiday spirit, wrapping gifts, or assisting veterans at ALA Christmas Gift Shops in Arizona, South Dakota, Georgia, and South Carolina. ALA Christmas Gift Shops aim to make the holiday merrier for veterans and their families.


36 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 >@=K\003F=\003DQ@=K\003J?FG\003>IK@KL;<\003 e details of each gi shop, sometimes even the names, vary from place to place. But all of the ALA members and other volunteers have something in common: ey want to make Christmas a bit brighter and dont want anything in return for their eorts. But oen, the gratitude from veterans and their families nds its way back to the ALA. One of the gi shops has seen a veterans family member pay it forward. ALA member Cary Fisher, national VA&R Committee Western Division chairman, shares the story of such an instance occurring at one of the several ALA gi shops in Utah: A gentleman, his wife, and children volunteer for the gi shop at the George Wahlen VA Medical Center in Salt Lake City. And, the gentleman said he remembers

PAGE 37 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 37 /\(*,\003\$'\003&+,\000$\003&+\(\(\035\003Throughout the United States and beyond, many American Legion Auxiliary XQLWV\003DQG\003GHSDUWPHQWV\017\003ZLWK\003KHOS\003IURP\003/HJLRQ\003\$/$\003&KULVWPDV\003*LIW\003 Shops aimed at brightening the holidays for veterans and their families. The shops offer veterans who are at VA medical facilities, and may be unable to shop for presents or unable afford to presents, a way to do something special for their loved ones. In most departments, gift shops represent a decades-old tradition with no signs of stopping. Pictured above, shown clockwise, are snapshots of past ALA Christmas Gift Shops held in Washington, D.C., Utah, Minnesota, Nevada, Idaho, South Dakota, and South Carolina.


While its not entirely clear which American Legion Auxiliary department held the rst ALA Christmas Gi Shop, there are some historical clues about the roots of this time-honored tradition that spreads holiday cheer and goodwill to thousands of veterans and their families annually. Christmas Gi Shops, usually hosted at a U.S. Department of Veterans Aairs medical center or in a facility treating or housing many veterans, oer veterans who are unable to get to stores or unable to aord such purchases a way to get and give Christmas gis to their loved ones. e veterans pay nothing for the items they select from the shop. Some gi shops include a gi for each veteran at the facility. In other instances, the Christmas gi for the veterans are provided as part of a dierent, unrelated ALA program. e gi shop concept did not originate at ALAs national level, nor has it ever been administered or funded at the national level. e gi shops which can vary from department to department, and facility to facility are grassroots programs usually spearheaded and overseen by the departments, and usually funded with monetary donations collected by the units and turned in to the departments. In this commonly used system, each department then distributes money for gi shops within that state. But there is no single, specic procedure for managing and running ALA Christmas Gi Shops.A Time-Honored TraditionC\003:?I@JKDJ\003>@=K\003J?FGJ\313\003 ?@JKFIP\003J?FNJ\003\003CFE>$JKE;@E>\003 C<>:P\003F=\003:I@E>\003=FI\003M
PAGE 39 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 39 So, how did ALA gi shops get their start? e best source for the history and tradition of the program at a particular facility would likely be the Veterans A airs rep or Chief of Voluntary Services. But in a broader sense, ALA Christmas Gi Shops have existed in some form since the early days of the 99-year-old American Legion Auxiliary, the worlds largest womens patriotic service organization. e Christmas Gi Programs the term used back then were geared at giving items to hospitalized veterans for themselves. Research in National Headquarters archives indicates that, dating back to at least 1921, there were some forms of American Legion or American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Gi programs speci cally for hospitalized veterans of World War I who might have otherwise been forgotten during the year-end holiday. e family gi giving component, and the idea of veterans shopping for gi s, came much later. In World War I, most of the men who served were not married. Also, some of the veterans were hospitalized far from their loved ones. So, to have this program that addressed the needs of the hospitalized veterans would be a natural response given all of that, said ALA National History Committee Chairman Cathi Taylor. According to an article in the October 1929 edition of American Legion Auxiliary Bulletin, the predecessor to Auxiliary magazine, gi programs made a huge impact. About 30,000 hospitalized veterans were the recipients of Christmas cheer through the program, which had the participation of about 330,000 members in units and the 51 ALA departments in existence at the time. A er a while, several concerns emerged within the ALA about the gi programs. For example, some units were sending gi s to hospitalized veterans outside of their state, which was a recipe for confusion and duplication among units and departments. G\\000fgc\\000Xcc\003fm\\000i\003k_\\000eXk`fe\003efk`Z\\000[\003n_Xk\003lo`c`Xip\003nfd\\000e\003n\\000i\\000[f`e^\003kf\003_\\000cg\003 _fjg`kXc`q\\000[\003m\\000k\\000iXej\003]fi\003:_i`jkdXj%\003K_\\000j\\000Xi\\000aljk\003X\003]\\000n\003f]\003k_\\000_\\000X[c`e\\000j\003 f]\003Xik`Zc\\000j\003]ifd\003mXi`flj\003e\\000njgXg\\000ij\003Xifle[\003k_\\000Zflekip\003YXZb\003k_\\000e ere was also some concern about the Christmas Gi programs becoming a duplication of e orts to provide veterans with certain items throughout the year through the Auxiliarys hospital program. At the 1929 ALA National Convention, delegates adopted a resolution that addressed those issues. e resolution called for each department to assume the responsibility of remembering every man hospitalized in that state, making sure suitable gi s were given to the veterans. In 1932, a resolution was passed to extend the Christmas program to families of those hospitalized. It was recommended that units contact families of the veterans hospitalized at facilities in their areas and see whether the families needed holiday meals and gi s. e hospitalized veteran would then be noti ed and assured that his family would have a Christmas dinner and presents that they would not be forgotten. e change to include families may have been driven in part by the fact that our nation was in the middle of e Great Depression when most families struggled. Adding families to the Christmas Gi Program was probably the logical next step, Taylor said. Some units and departments had already included the families as part of their Christmas Gi Program while continuing to give gi s directly to veterans in the hospitals. According to an article in the November 1932 edition of American Legion Auxiliary Bulletin, the Department of New York provided a Christmas gi for every child of a hospitalized veteran in 1931, a year ahead of the 1932 resolution. With each of those gi s was a personalized greeting card from Daddy. Needless to say, these gi s were appreciated by the veteran fathers even more than the gi s which they themselves received, that same article stated. e Christmas Gi Program, in all its phases, is only part of the continuous work which the Auxiliary must carry on for the welfare of disabled veterans. San Antonio Evening News (San Antonio, Texas) Dec. 24, 1921 Evening Star (Washington, D.C.) Dec. 11, 1921 The Burlington Free Press (Burlington, Vt.) Dec. 22, 1921


40 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.o rg 40 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.o rg Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) Address __________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) Phone ___________________________________________________________________________________________ Email ____________________________________________________________________________________________ _________________________________________________________________________________________________ (Membership ID# Former Number) (Post #) (Date) WWI (4/6/17-11/11/18) U.S. Army WWII (12/7/41-12/31/46) U.S. Navy Korea (6/25/50-1/31/55) U.S. Air Force Vietnam (2/28/61-5/7/75) U.S. Marines Lebanon/Grenada (8/24/82-7/31/84) U.S. Coast Guard Panama (12/20/89-1/31/90) Merchant Marines (12/7/41-12/31/46 Only Eligibility) Persian Gulf/War on Terrorism (8/2/90 until cessation of hostilities)I certify that I served at least one day of active military duty during the dates marked above and was honorably discharged or am still serving honorably. Signed By Applicant _________________________________________________________________________________ Name of Recruiter __________________________________________________________________________________ Date __________________________Detachment of _______________________Squadron No. ___________________ Birth Date _________________________________Recruited by ____________________________________________ Name ____________________________________________________________________________________________ (First) (Initial) (Last) Address _________________________________________________________________________________________ (Street) (City) (State) (Zip) Phone _______________________Veteran through whom eligibility is established ______________________________ (a) Above is a member in good standing of Post No. __________________Department of ________________________ OR (b) Above is a deceased veteran who served honorably from ______________________to _____________________ AlittoVeteran_____________________________________________ ALA 01/2017 $45.00 $45.00 We Noticed YourAmerican Flag Veterans Tag please join The American Legion Family to help us make in your local community. Name (First) (M.I.) (Last) Address City State Zip Home Phone Cell Phone Email Address Unit # and Location Have you been a member previously? YesNoDateofBirth(Required) $45.00 Download Print Ready American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 03/2017 Your Auxiliary Member Benets: Save 20% to 50% on most dental procedures Visit any participating dentist and change providers at any time NO processing fee; low monthly cost for all in household. (800) 290-0523 (must mention your ALA membership)Careington Discount Dental PlanApply online : mbrapp.aspx?agentcode =AISINC52058A *Paper application and service provider link at the Members Only area at Plan not available in VT or WA. To learn more about the many member discounts and services available to you and your family, log in to the Members Only area at Your Auxiliary Member Benets:Theres More In It For You!

PAGE 41 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 41REMEMBERING PAST ALA LEADERS AND THEIR LEGACIESPast National Presidents Evelyn Starr, Syble Deshotel, and Phyllis (Bachman) Sickmond spent decades dedicated to the American Legion Auxiliary and its mission of serving veterans, military, and their families. ese women devoted nearly 180 years collectively to the ALA mission. e years each one of them spent as both members and PNPs helped guide the organization toward what it is today. Evelyn Starr, ALA National President 1986-1987Starr, 91, passed away April 8, 2018, in Duluth, Minn. She was active in her church and community, but found the highlight of her service to others was through the American Legion Auxiliary, with a focus on ways she could help people in need, especially children. Starr joined Howard McCarty Unit 290 in 1949 through the eligibility of her husband, Jim, and her father, Ernest Erickson. She served as national president of the ALA during the 1986-1987 administrative year. She held many leadership roles in the Auxiliary at all levels. At the national level, she served on the National Executive Committee (NEC), as national communications chairman, and held 16 national chairmanships before serving as national president, where she continued helping others. During her installation address at the 1986 National IMPACT OF NEW NAME EMPHASIZES ALA IN ACTIONAs the American Legion Auxiliary looks toward its centennial and beyond, the future of our organization depends on the impact we continue to make. Therefore, this section, which was formerly National News, is now renamed Impact ALA! to show how American Legion Auxiliary members can make an impact in communities around the world while serving our mission.IMPACT ALA!Convention in Cincinnati, Starr told Auxiliary members and delegates that her special focus would be on child abuse prevention. Child abuse is a national tragedy that occurs in some degree in almost every community every day, she said. She told delegates the Children & Youth Committee would promote a comic book, Secret of Animal Island, made possible by a grant from e American Legion Child Welfare Foundation. It was geared toward young people and taught them how to be responsible, independent, and how to use good judgement when faced with decisions about their personal safety. e project was very successful with about 1.5 million copies distributed to ALA Junior members, schools, daycare centers, churches, and other youth groups. With a focus on service to others, Starr continued that mantra even a er her passing. Per her familys request, memorials were given in her name to the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation. Starr is survived by her son, Jim, and his wife Lisa; her two daughters, Pamela and Katherine; two sisters; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, James, who died in 1999. A memorial service is planned for late summer or early autumn in Cambridge, Minn.Syble Deshotel, ALA National President 1995-1996 Deshotels work with veterans dates back to her early childhood, continued during the 1995-1996 administrative year when she was ALA national president, and endured into her later years. Deshotel, 88, of Lake Charles, La., passed away unexpectedly April 5, 2018, a er su ering a heart attack at her home and died upon arrival at the hospital. She joined the ALA in 1962, eligible for Auxiliary membership through her husband Ignace James IJ Deshotel and her brother James Duplechian, both U.S. Navy veterans. $\003$,$/\003\(,'\(\035 Evelyn Starr with former First Lady Barbara Bush, who promoted literacy education in remarks to Auxiliary delegates at National Convention in August 1987 in San Antonio, Texas.


42 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgHer rst Auxiliary activities were the Poppy and ALA Girls State programs. In the early 1980s, she was the Louisiana department president and started a library on the site of the newly constructed Louisiana Veterans Home. She retired in 1989 from her career of over 20 years as administrative secretary for the Louisiana Department of Health and Human Resources, vocational rehabilitation. Deshotel served in many leadership roles at all levels of the ALA. At the national level, she served on the National Security Committee, the NEC, and held national chairmanships. During her installation address, Deshotel said she wanted to get back to the basic principles of the Auxiliary with a focus on home and community. You and I, whatever level we will serve, have the knowledge and ability to make a di erence, she said. Work with other organizations, your city and state governments, your schools, and other facilities And never forget to publicize what you do so well. One million members can make a di erence! Linda Boone, ALA national president IMPACT ALA!during the 1992-1993 administrative year, had kind words to say about Deshotel during her eulogy remarks. With her warm personality and management skills, she was able to provide leadership throughout the organization to accomplish the mission, Boone said. During Deshotels year as national president, the ALA experienced several milestones the organization began exploring technology to put the ALA on the internet; the featured program was the Citizens Flag Alliance, which was working toward a constitutional amendment to ban desecration of the American ag; the 50th session of ALA Girls Nation took place; and at the National Convention in Salt Lake City, Deshotel welcomed U.S. Department of Veterans A airs Secretary Jesse Brown and presidential candidates Bob Dole and Ross Perot. Deshotel is survived by her husband IJ Deshotel; her daughter Madeline Nelson and son-in-law Al; her sister Rita Gail Patrick; three grandchildren; and nine greatgrandchildren. She was passionate about donating her time, talent, and treasure, and requested memorials go to the ALA Department of Louisiana Unit 1 and the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Veteran Projects Fund. Phyllis Bachman Sickmond, ALA National President 1996-1997 As national president, Sickmond focused her e orts on prioritizing patriotism and citizenship responsibilities. She was a 50-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, eligible through her late husband, World War II U.S. Army veteran Robert C. Bachman. She was a member of the Department of New York. Sickmond died peacefully at home April 17, 2018, a er a courageous battle with leukemia. She served in many leadership roles at all levels of the American Legion Auxiliary organization, including as 1986-1987 department president of New York. During her national president installation address, she expressed concern over the erosion of Americas values in society. Today, more than ever, our nation needs citizens who are more concerned with ideals than with personal gain, she said. Our nation needs citizens who care more about what is right than about what is trendy. Our nation needs citizens who are more interested in serving others than in being served. is country sorely needs leaders who will model exemplary behavior at a time when far too many individuals imitate acts of disrespect and aggression. A highlight of Sickmonds term as national president was representing the Auxiliary while attending the inauguration of President Bill Clinton and the Veterans Inaugural Ball in Washington, D.C. in January 1997. Sickmond was an alumna of State University of New York and Syracuse University. She worked over 30 years as an educator, working with students from pre-primary through secondary levels. She is survived by her husband Guy M. Sickmond; her children William Morton, Leslie B. Varner (Keith), Paul S. Brown (Jenny), Michelle B. Anderson; her blended family includes six children; six stepchildren; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of owers, her family has requested that memorial contributions be made to the ALA on Sickmonds behalf. /.,*\003%$&.\035 Syble Deshotel (left) presents a Showcase Award in 1996. She served in many leadership

PAGE 43 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 43 The American Legion Auxiliary has supported veterans, military, and their families for nearly \024\023\023\003\\000HDUV\021\003:H\267UH\003FRPPLWWHG\003WR\003WKH\003ZRUN\003ZH\003GR\003 DQG\003WKDW\267V\003ZK\\000ZH\003HQFRXUDJH\003\\000RX\003WR\003VKDUH\003 your passion through planned giving, the ultimate expression of Service Not Self. No matter the size of your donation, collectively, every gift adds up to help ensure the Auxiliary is here to serve the next generation of heroes. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 06/2018Ultimate expression of Service Not SelfYour legacy gift to the ALA missionFor more information about leaving a planned gift, contact or (317) IMPACT ALA!A Lasting Impact on ALA Mission Just like these past national presidents demonstrated, the American Legion Auxiliary has a legacy of giving back to our veterans, military, and their families. Our members have established this tradition through nearly 100 years of mission-related programs that serve veterans and military, develop our youth, and promote patriotism in communities across America. Philanthropy and individual gis have been essential in shaping the history of our organization, and these contributions will have an important role in its promising future. Your actions now can have a profound impact in the life of another person. And you can help contribute to that future by including the American Legion Auxiliary in your estate and other nancial preparations. People of all backgrounds, education, and income levels rely on a variety of planned giving methods to provide for their loved ones as well as support beloved charities, such as the American Legion Auxiliary. In fact, many methods of planned giving ensure that assets that would otherwise be subject to heavy taxation are instead given to dear causes; this means the assets le to loved ones are taxed less. rough planned giving, donors can meet their current and future nancial needs while providing the Auxiliary with nancial support later. You can change a life by including the American Legion Auxiliary in your will. No matter the size of any individual donation, collectively, every gi adds up to help ensure the Auxiliary is here for generations to come. To learn more about your planned giving options, visit www. We appreciate everything these three past ALA leaders have given to the ALA and the impact theyve made in this organization for the betterment of our veterans, military, and their families. \\035 Phyllis Bachman Sickmond with thenFirst Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, ALA Public Spirit Award UHFLSLHQW\017\003DW\003WKH\003$/$\267V\003:DVKLQJWRQ\003&RQIHUHQFH\021\003\003


44 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgIMPACT ALA!NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTSIMPACT ALA!NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTS Norma Tramm is a member of Cold Spring Unit 455 in the Department of Minnesota. LEADERSHIP: REMINDER ENROLL IN ALA ACADEMY COURSESe free ALA Academy is one of the best ways to get accurate and complete information. To enroll in ALA Academy courses, visit the national website at www., go to Members Only, and it is the rst item under the drop-down menu. ALA 101 is the rst course and launched about a year ago. Have you taken it? Youll need only about 35 minutes to learn more about who we are, what we do, and why we matter. ALA Communication Methods takes about 20 minutes. is course will help you identify how the ALA communicates with members and how the ALA uses various social media sites. e third course is ALA Leadership and will take about 20 minutes to complete. What is servant leadership? Who is a leader? Can you identify the qualities of an eective leader? e answers to these questions and information on understanding how leaders champion our brand promise at all levels is included in this course. In March, Establishing an ALA Culture of Goodwill was launched. is one takes about 30 minutes. Why do we need goodwill, and how can better behavior improve the ALA culture? Can you identify road blocks to a culture of goodwill? How do we remove and overcome these barriers? How does the ALAs culture impact our organizational eectiveness? ese questions and also the ALA Code of Conduct and why it is important can be found in this course. ALA Branding and Why it Matters to Me is the h course. If you cannot nd 30 minutes to take the course, that is OK because you can stop at any point. When you have time again, just start back where you le o. Another great aspect of the ALA Academy is that once youve nished, you can go back in to the course and review. Start today and be a better informed ALA member. Encourage everyone to take advantage of this great resource. Not sharp on computer skills? Invite an ALA Junior member over or a grandchild and they will get you started.FINANCE: THE ALA ORGANIZATION IS FISCALLY SOUNDe National Finance Committee, in addition to developing the annual budget, oversees the nancial policy of the organization and makes recommendations to the National Executive Committee (NEC) for action to ensure the ALA national organization is meeting nonprot benchmarks and government mandates. Additionally, nancial information must be reported to several outside entities; the Finance Committee makes sure it is readily available. is committees duciary responsibility is to ensure the nancial stability of the American Legion Auxiliary so we can continue to support the many programs that are the core of our mission. e Annual External Audit of the organizations nancial records and policies is completed by an outside professional auditing rm specializing in nonprot organizations. e Audit Committee is responsible for engaging the external audit rm and conducting an annual risk assessment. e audit report is reviewed by both the Audit and Finance committees, and then presented to the National Executive Committee for acceptance. e auditors also report on the scal practices of National Headquarters management and sta. National Headquarters sta works with the audit rm and the Finance Committee to implement any recommendations. We are fortunate to have a great National Headquarters sta; the external audits have found no material weaknesses requiring corrective action in over 20 years! e Finance Committee of a unit or department, when there is no Audit Committee, must ensure that all federal, state, and local tax reporting is completed in a timely manner, working with sta and external auditors under the governing boards oversight. e National Finance Committee and National Headquarters sta have much expertise and are asked to oer guidance to departments about nancial management and tax reporting, working with sta and external auditors under the governing boards oversight. e national controller is a Certied Public Accountant (CPA), and the Finance Committee includes a retired CPA, and Chair Peggy omas retired as vice president of a large petroleum corporation responsible for business management and nancial operations. e nancial management experience of the American Legion Auxiliarys national Finance Committee enhances the ALAs nancial stewardship. Peggy Thomas is a Past National President and a member of Unit 1 in Richmond, Va.

PAGE 45 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 45 IMPACT ALA!NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTSIMPACT ALA!NATIONAL CHAIRMEN REPORTS Cathi Taylor belongs to Indiana eUnit 438 and is ALA National +HDGTXDUWHUV\267\003DUFKLYLVW\022GDWD\003 SURMHFWV\003FRRUGLQDWRU\021 PAST PRESIDENTS PARLEY: MENTORING IN THE WRONG DIRECTION?is year, the ALA Past Presidents Parley (PPP) Committee has endeavored to provide awareness in eBulletin articles. In one such article, PPP committee member Carlene Ashworth provides insight into mentoring versus meddling what you learned as a president, at any level, and how you translate that into mentoring or bullying. A mentor leads by example. A bully dominates, intimidates others. A mentor shows empathy for others and motivates. A bully lacks empathy, ridicules, and demotivates. A mentor communicates with all levels and understands their motivations. A bully surrounds herself only with people who agree with her. A mentor believes in the abilities of all people and has faith they will do well. A bully thinks everyone else is below them in knowledge and ability and cannot think for themselves. A mentor willingly shares information and is transparent as to its source. A bully withholds information and uses it as a weapon when she wants to demonstrate her importance and knowledge. A mentor is assertive when necessary. A bully is aggressive and uses her power to get her way. e ALA Unit Guide Book states we are to utilize the experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders for the training and encouragement of future Auxiliary leaders. How we apply that wisdom and how we mentor, may be the key to our success.HISTORY: THE PAST MAY FIND ITS WAY BACK TO YOU e American Legion Auxiliary History Committee oen discusses with our members the importance of preserving the Auxiliarys history, whether at the unit or department level. However, many things can happen to that history over the years. When our history is lost, we have to search for it. Sometimes we are lucky enough to nd it, or at least, reconstruct it. And sometimes, it nds us. Such is the case for Unit 112 of Montville, Conn. One day, one of the units former members received a message from a friend asking if she was a member of e American Legion. Aer replying that she was an Auxiliary member, the friend replied by sending a digital image of Unit 112s charter membership roll from 1931, found in her grandmothers house. It seems the grandmother had been a member of the unit and took the document home for framing. Unfortunately, aer accomplishing that task, the grandmother fell ill, and the charter never made its way back to the unit. At some point, the unit began a search for the charter roll, a search that lasted for 20 years, but they were never able to locate it. When the member asked her friend if she could see the actual document, the friend said it should be returned to the unit. And so, the member picked it up and brought it to the units home. Tears were shed. e unit is now in the process of having the charter roll professionally framed. So, dont ever give up on nding your American Legion Auxiliary history. You never know when it might come back to you.\000(\000%\(+,\035\003/\(\267\003\Editors note: 2018-2019 National Membership Chairman Appointee Ann King-Smith looks ahead to a year directed at making membership meaningful. Our primary goal for the 2018-2019 administrative year is to improve the overall member experience by engaging members in mission delivery to enhance our overall strength. Our biggest opportunity for improvement is with new member retention. By their third year, we lose approximately 50 percent of all new members. I strongly encourage all units to correspond with each new member within their rst month and reach out again, in a personal way, within the next three months. is correspondence can be something as simple as a card to welcome them to the unit, a new member welcome yer, unit meeting time/date/place and ocers, information about upcoming events, a newsletter, a referral to www., and an ALA member benet yer. A personal invitation to get involved is key, which will help a member feel included and keep her coming back. My main focus for the 2019 membership year: Lets be positive in all we do. Who can resist a big smile, combined with a heartwarming story about positively impacting the life of a veteran, servicemember, a child, or an entire community? Our smiles and stories will keep membership growing. Unveiled at the 2018 Department Leadership National Conference in Indianapolis and starting with 2019 dues, ALA National Headquarters will mail signed membership cards to members who join or renew online. Units wont need to create or mail cards to these members now, cutting down on the delay that sometimes causes ill will. Departments will still send paid online reports to units without ALAMIS access. Ann King-Smith is a 11-year PHPEHU\003RI\003WKH\003$/$\021\003KH\003 belongs to Unit 163 in Florida. Mary E. Davis is a Past National President and 42-year PHPEHU\003RI\003:DVKLQJWRQ\003QLW\003\032\025\021


American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 06/2018Spokane, WASeptember 29Charlotte, NCJanuary 12SULQJ\300\003HOG\017\003,/October 20Sioux Falls, SDOctober 6Albany, NY Las Vegas, NV(new location on Strip)January 26+ + + + + +September 29-RLQ\003XV\003DW\003D\003RQH\020GD\\000$/$\003\000LVVLRQ\003UDLQLQJ\003VHVVLRQ\004\003 *R\003LQ\020GHSWK\003ZLWK\003WKH\003$/$\003PLVVLRQ\003DQG\003EH\003LQVSLUHG\003 E\\000QHWZRUNLQJ\003DQG\003OHDUQLQJ\003ZLWK\003IHOORZ\003PHPEHUV\021\003 $UHDV\003RI\003IRFXV\003WKLV\003\\000HDU\003LQFOXGH\003\000HPEHUVKLS\017\003XEOLF\003 HODWLRQV\017\003HWHUDQV\003$IIDLUV\003\t\003HKDELOLWDWLRQ\017\003$/$\003 \2018-2019 ALA Mission TrainingSAVE THE DATE! HJLVWUDWLRQ\003LQIRUPDWLRQ\035\003ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\022\000HHWLQJV Just for Juniors!A national Junior meeting will be held at the same time at each location. 'RQ\267W\003PLVV\003WKH\003FKDQFH\003 for our youngest members to learn more about the ALA!ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ

PAGE 47 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 47IMPACT ALA!WHATS NEW AT NHQ e American Legion Auxiliary recently switched its national direct mail fundraising agency to ResourceOne, which understands the ALAs desire to place emphasis on fundraising packages designed and manufactured in the USA. Providing USA-made fundraising products to members e American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters plans to move to a permanent facility by year end. e ALA National Executive Committee approved the purchase in July 2017, the rst time the organization has owned property in its nearly 100-year history. ALA NHQ will be housed in the former Zeta Tau Alpha international headquarters at 3450 Founders Road, Indianapolis, IN 46268. With close proximity to major interstates, the new building is 20 minutes from downtown Indianapolis and 30 minutes from the Indianapolis International Airport. e new building space is larger, allowing the ALA to host more of its meetings at NHQ, which will cut down on the cost of paying for hotel meeting space. Owning the building versus continuing to lease will also be bene cial to the organization nancially. Only some remodeling is needed, especially to meet todays Fire Code, and no major repairs are anticipated in the near future because the building has had many major items replaced recently. e 10-year cost analysis of leasing versus owning takes all of these factors into consideration, including upkeep expenses and property taxes, which shows owning the building is a much better nancial investment than continuing to lease. Further, by buying the building outright, there will be no mortgage interest payments. e move is planned for later in the year. Stay tuned to national ALA media for updates.UPDATE ON NHQ BUILDING MOVE MADE IN THE USA WITH NEW DIRECT MAIL FUNDRAISING AGENCYand nonmembers is very important to the American Legion Auxiliary, said Madison Maves, development outreach lead for ALA National Headquarters. We have been working hard during the past several years to ensure this request from our audience is met and are proud to have achieved this goal with the new company. Maves said the company has quickly implemented the ALA branding style and has been very helpful in suggesting appropriate items that match who we are, what we do, and why we matter. We want members and nonmembers to get a nice, useful gi item for their donation, while being good stewards of our donors money, Maves said. We want to keep the cost to a minimum so we can impact more veterans, military, and their families. Based on positive audience feedback, ResourceOne will continue to include the all-occasion card collection that mails in the spring, the ALA Foundation wall calendar (pictured at le ) that mails in the summer, holiday cards that mail in late fall, and a special yearend mailing that will be useful and appealing. e American Legion Auxiliary and its Foundation both work very hard to keep fundraising costs low, and one way we do this is by strategically selecting our mailings rather than mailing to the entire ALA membership. ose who donate via the ALAs direct mail fundraising program will receive future mailings. Feedback reveals donors really like the fundraising package items. ALA National Headquarters works meticulously to develop custom fundraising packages that appeal to our ALA members and supporters, Maves said. About half of the donations come from nonmembers. e team at ResourceOne, based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, appreciates our attention to detail. And they love the ALA mission. For more information on ALAs direct mail programs or to become a donor and be added to the mailing list to receive these items, contact Donor Services at (877) 483-4149 or email


48 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgTEAMS CONTINUE STRONG PROGRESS TOWARD 2020 GOALIMPACT ALA!ALA CENTENNIAL STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATEStrategy captains, goal champions, and Implementation Team members continue working toward the goals of our 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan. See the updates here, by each goal team. Goal 5: With The American Legion, Build Brand Loyalty e biggest impact continues to relate to activities on the National Poppy Day message within e American Legion Family as collaborative eorts between e American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary took place this year. A National Poppy Day story was released and picked up by 1,043 online media outlets, plus 10 of the largest designated market areas in the U.S., with an audience to-date of over 102 million. Social media for both the Legion and ALA utilized hashtags #PoppyDay and #LegionFamily. e National Poppy Day social media graphic posted in May reached over 20,000 people online. e ALA Branding Game focuses on the importance of understanding branding and how people interpret brands. e game is available on the national website at Goal 4: Strengthen Departments and UnitsQ \003Strategy A: Build capacity of all departments this team is continuing work on the Best Practices for Leadership Transitions resource, providing departments a go-to guide when leadership transitions occur within their state. Q \003Strategy B: Collaborate with departments in developing innovative ways to improve organizational and nancial performance this team is currently working on department resources pertaining to National Executive Committee roles and parliamentary procedures. Another department resource, Core Policies that Every Department Should Have, is in the early development stages.Q \003Strategy C: Support the departments in the development of their strategic plans the rst phase II Department Strategic Planning Achievement Award phone call between a national mentoring team and the Department of New York took place earlier this year. Fortyve departments have engaged successfully in strategic planning thats an 86 percent success rate!Q \003Strategy D: Optimize mission delivery e Impact Report Forms have been updated online to make them easier to use for members. is team has also wrapped up its review of ALA programs and committee structures. eir recommendation has been sent to the ALA Future Focus Committee and the ALA Centennial Strategic Planning Implementation Team for review. Goal 3: Develop Leadership at All Levels Department leaders are getting more familiar with the Roles and Accountability chart graphic. See the chart on page 50 in this issue for the full infographic. Goal 3 is starting to receive requests for clarication, so it is clear departments are discussing and learning. Additional updates on this goal:Q Rened a dra with key Goal 3 terms and denitions, such as accountability and succession planning, which will be circulated to the team for discussion.Q \003Work is beginning on a version of the roles and accountability document that will address separately incorporated ALA Girls State programs, with the eventual goal that this chart will be included in the updated ALA Girls State Program and Operations Guide.Q e group discussed the obstacles in dispersing information to the unit level to see whether any of the initiatives or action steps could help. Goal 2: Create an Internal Culture of Goodwill Goodwill information that is available to members through the ALA website and blog include a goodwill ambassador model, goodwill cards, and the new Goodwill Gail column (see page 24 in this issue of Auxiliary to read more). e Goodwill Ambassador Award is in the revision stages, with the rst awards slated for presentation at the 2019 ALA National Convention. Goal 2 and the Junior Activities Committee are working together to create a goodwill patch. Goal 2 will become a story collector with examples of goodwill and activities. SURVEY RESULTS COMING SOON Results from the latest $X[LOLDU\)Tj/F1 1 Tf0 Tw[( magazine reader survey will be printed in the November issue. The survey went to a random number of ALA members. Want to be part of the action? Send us your IHHGEDFN\003RQ\003WKH\003PDJD]LQH\004\003:H\267G\003ORYH\003WR\003KHDU\003IURP\003\\000RX\021\003&RQWDFW\003DODPDJD]LQH#$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\021

PAGE 49 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 49 IMPACT ALA!ALA CENTENNIAL STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATETo help educate our newest members, the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan Goal 1 team has created a new member welcome yer. Information in the yer includes the ALAs relationship to e American Legion/Legion Family, units/unit ocers, dues, national programs/committees, and frequently asked questions. e yer is a short, easy-tounderstand starting point for new members to get basic questions answered, all while educating themselves on what it means to be a member of the worlds largest womens patriotic service organization. e unit is where the grassroots work of the Auxiliary takes place. ere are more than 8,000 units worldwide. To learn more about an ALA unit, check out the national website at rough the yer, new members will learn that being part of the ALA includes many benets, what to do if a member hasnt received her membership card, how to nd the member ID number, and so much more. To view the yer in its entirety, go to Members/Membership, scroll down to new member welcome yer on the lehand side (login required), and you can download a copy. For those new members who are ready to learn even more about the organization and ways to work the mission, direct them to the ALA national website. It oers a vast amount of information, including instructions on ALA Academy classes. Encourage members to go online as they continue to learn what it means to support our veterans, military, and their families. HANDY FLYER CREATED TO WELCOME NEW ALA MEMBERS ese story ideas will be ltered to the National Headquarters Communications Division to promote and publish throughout national ALA media. Goal 1: Enhance Membership StrengthQ \003Strategy A: Invest in opportunities to attract, engage, and retain members there were 327 new members who joined online for 2018 as of May 30, and 144,661 emails on le for members. ank/ honor a female veteran project: 536 new female veterans for 2018, 347 renewals for 2018 (42 percent of 2017), and 473 renewals for 2017 (57 percent of 2016).Q \003Strategy B: Engage and strengthen membership that represents the diversity of the U.S. military Ensure diversity in marketing materials: Blog articles have been published online at www.ALAforVeterans.wordpress. com. Research how other VSOs ensure diversity: Communications have been sent to e American Legion assistant director of women and minority veterans outreach in Washington, D.C., to learn additional methods to identify, recruit, and spotlight diverse members. Identify cultural units within each department: Team members are working with department membership chairmen on obtaining information on department cultural units to gather an understanding of their makeup and experience in our organization. e goal, once the data is compiled, is to pair like units with each other to help build o their strengths. Q \003Strategy C: Expand alliances to create multiple pathways to serve Develop ALA-branded service learning packets for teachers, parents, and students. Additional materials have been added, and the packet is complete. e National Education Committee will disseminate and promote the packets. e ALA Centennial Strategic Plan is a really big undertaking, and vital if we are going to be here for another generation of veterans. Remember: Achieving Goals 5, 4, 3, and 2 will make it possible to get to Goal 1. We can do this if we work together to achieve our vision, that by 2019-2020, the American Legion Auxiliarys million members will be making a dierence for veterans and their families in every neighborhood. ese ve goals are our top priority. Goal 1 Enhance Membership Strength Goal 2 Create an Internal Culture of Goodwill Goal 3 Develop Leadership at All Levels Goal 4 Strengthen Departments and Units Goal 5 With The American Legion, Build Brand Loyalty American Legion Auxiliary 2014-2019 Centennial Plan


50 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 primary management ocer executes and implements the policies and strategic direction provides continuity and training responsible for hire or re of additional department sta oversight of membership accountable to the DEC IMPACT ALA!ALA CENTENNIAL STRATEGIC PLAN UPDATE DEPARTMENT ROLES & ACCOUNTABILITY protects the organization ensures nancial health of ALA sets strategic direction establishes policies conrms appointed department ocers approves department presidents appointments; disciplines, removes ocers as needed has legal liability ensures resources (both human and material) are available approves the budget delegates risk assessment to a designated audit or nance committee delegates governance responsibilities to committees (990, audit, budget) hires department secretary/executive director accountable to members chairman of the governing board convenes meetings makes sure the board is addressing proper topics needs to understand the role of the DEC chief ambassador of the organization the primary governance ocer can suggest appointments does not have the ability to hire or re accountable to the DEC responsible for oversight of nancial processes ensures nancial reporting ensures that sound nancial processes are in place accountable to the DEC maintains membership records processes membership dues in a timely manner accountable to the department secretary '\($\000(\003\(;\(&,\(\003&\0000,\(\(\003\013'\(&\f DEPARTMENT SECRETARY/ EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR DEPARTMENT PRESIDENT DEPARTMENT TREASURER MEMBERSHIP CLERK NOTE: is is a visual representation of information in Chapter One of the ALA Department Operations Guide. It is not intended to be a diagram of how each department must be structured, but can help you identify the suggested roles of each position within a department. e idea to visually illustrate the duties and responsibilities of these positions was part of an ALA Centennial Strategic Plan Goal 3 initiative, focused on developing leadership at all levels of the organization.

PAGE 51 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 51 AUGUSTSEPTEMBEROCTOBERURYLGHG\003E\\000\(YHO\\000Q\003\(VSLQROD\017\003DWLRQDO\003&KDSODLQ\003\025\023\024\032\020\025\023\024\033 | \003ZZZ\021IDFHERRN\021FRP\022JURXSV\022DODFKDSODLQVWe are beginning a new year, which may bring thoughts of Can I do this? or Will my best be good enough? As new ocers, this can be overwhelming, and your self-esteem can become low. Scripture tells us, e Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His Love, He will rejoice over you with singing (Zephaniah 3:17). I can remember aer reading this scripture that a friend sent me, the rush of joy I felt in my heart as I read those words. I can imagine even more now, Jesus looking at me with complete love. e type of love He has shown me is overwhelming. It showed me that I can do anything in His eyes because He doesnt just put up with me; He gave me everything so I would be his. In the mission service we do for our veterans, problems do arise and our self-esteem becomes low. When things go wrong, keep your focus on Him and His promises. e righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all troubles (Psalm 34:17). God is our refuge and strength, though the stressful experience may seem excruciating at the time, it is ultimately all for good: God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it (Hebrews 12:10-11). e Lord be with you, and let go of the stress relax, pray, and give it back to Him. Remember: All things are possible through Him. Scriptures: Philippians 4:13; Psalm 46:5; Proverbs 31:25; Psalm 28:76; 1 Corinthians 25:10; Psalm 62:5-6; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 2:9. Evelyn Espinola is a member of Unit 209 in the Department of Colorado. Our American Legion Family believes in the power of love and love of God, family, friends, and strangers. Love is one of the core values in our mission with our veterans. e Bible tells us that love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things. As we strive to follow the example of Jesus, we are convinced that love makes our work possible. e Bible doesnt tell us that God has love; it tells us that He is love. He created us because He loves us; He made us so He could love us and so you could love Him. John 3:16 says that God loves us so much He sent His only son. How important do you think it is to feel Gods love especially on your bad days or rough days? Ephesians 3:17-19 tells us that His love dwells within us and to know His love surpasses knowledge. We are lled with His Love. Everything we do in our mission should be in love for our Legion Families and for our veterans, military, and their families. John 3:18 is one of my favorite verses: Let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth. When you take some time and relax, think about what He tells us that He wants us to love Him, love ourselves, and to love one another. Nothing will touch other people more deeply than having the love of God shining through you to others and in your life. Love, as a universal language, is something everyone can understand and become a witness to in the salvation of the Lord, and lead into a deeper walk with God. Scripture verses below show in my mind that the quality of love is No. 1. God would love to get deeper into our souls and personalities. Scriptures: 1 John 4:19; 1 Corinthians 13:7; John 13:34; Colossians 31:14; Ephesians 4:2; Romans 5:8; 1 Peter4:8; Romans 8:3839; 1 Corinthians 16:14; Matthew 18:26. By the time October arrives, many of us are planning or starting our end-of-year activities. We tend to start getting really busy and forget about what each holiday means biblically and spiritually. October starts with a new season, Autumn, and for creating spiritual impressions upon the young and old alike as well into the ending months of the year. American Legion Family members are starting their busy year in working their programs and mission in making the lives of our veterans happier. October can be fun, but it can also be a stressful month in just knowing the next three months have many events to follow. So how can we connect all that is about to happen the stress, hectic life, worry of our mission in helping veterans, their families, and their children? rough Scripture. e Bible may not be everyones book to go to, but we can still appreciate the comfort and wisdom of these words. No matter your religion, beliefs, or somewhere in between, God is there for you, no matter what kind of relationship you have with Him. As we start to put our vision and mission in our plans for this year and the years to follow, there are two things Im sure will help everyone succeed. Its faith and the spirit of gratitude, and that means to be grateful for even the bad days. If you are grateful for all things, He will give you even more. He gives you the undeniable power from within to conquer the fears. Scriptures: Romans 8:31; Matthew 21:22; Luke 1:37; Philippians 4:6; Isaiah 46:4; 2 Samuel 22:33; John 11:25; Matthew 11:28; 1 essalonians 2:17; Proverbs 18:13; 1 Timothy 6:12; 2 Corinthians 12:9-11. IMPACT ALA!REFLECTIONS


The American Legion Auxiliary Department Operations Guide is the go-to staff for answering questions on operational issues and understanding the roles of governance and management. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 03/2018 Know your ALA its all covered in these detailed sections of the guide: Developing Leaders Parliamentary Procedure Everything ALA in one place!

PAGE 53 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 53 CENTENNIAL moments NATIONAL TREASURER MARTA HEDDING RETIRES AFTER 24 YEARS For nearly two and a half decades, National Treasurer Marta Hedding has le her mark at American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. Aer 24 years a couple years longer than Id originally planned its time for someone else to have all the fun, Hedding said. Hedding joined ALA National Headquarters in July 1994. Previously, she helped launch a nonprot charged with long-range economic development planning for the State of Indiana, where she served as vice president of Business & Public Aairs, corporate secretary, and assistant treasurer. During her time at ALA NHQ, Hedding wore several hats. In addition to national treasurer, Hedding also managed Finance, Sales, Human Resources, and Membership. Chief operating ocer more accurately reects my role in recent years and is certainly more professional than jack of all trades, Hedding said. Hedding had to overcome some challenges during her time at National Headquarters. For most MEET SARA RIEGEL: $/$\267\003\(:\003$,$/\003 TREASURERAs Hedding departs, the transition will be smooth, as ALA Compliance Accountant Sara Riegel becomes the American Legion Auxiliarys national treasurer. Riegel, a member /LNH\003\\000RX\017\003$/$\003DWLRQDO\003+HDGTXDUWHUV\003VWDII\003LV\003GHGLFDWHG\003WR\003WKH\003$X[LOLDU\\000V\003ORQJVWDQGLQJ\003PLVVLRQ\003RI\003VHUYLQJ\003YHWHUDQV\017\003 PLOLWDU\\000\003DQG\003WKHLU\003IDPLOLHV\021\003/HDUQ\003PRUH\003DERXW\003\\000RXU\003FRUSRUDWH\003KHDGTXDUWHUV\003WHDP\003DW\003ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\022VWDII\021\003 of my rst 13 years at NHQ, there were only ve of us to handle all accounting, human resources, and membership tasks, she said. With so few people to handle so much, a couple of us oen worked 60 to 80 hours per week. Lacking technology also made tasks more dicult. When I rst walked into National Headquarters, only a few sta had desktop computers, Hedding said. ere was a Disk Operating System for membership, I had to manually prepare payroll on green bar paper, and, because the accounting soware had only been in place a few months, accounting sta were still using giant ledger books. Under Heddings leadership early on, things got better with more professional sta at National Headquarters and improved technology, making operations much more ecient. Amidst challenges, Hedding would remember the reason she was so dedicated to the organization. In particular, she recalled how sta and volunteers reacted to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Sta were stunned, frightened, and wanted desperately to do something helpful and meaningful, Hedding said. While the national president and national secretary were stuck in Washington, D.C., Hedding called sta together to discuss how to move forward. We organized poppy distributions and elded calls from members and the public about how to help. ough shell enjoy a more relaxed life, there will be things she will miss, like her co-workers and not seeing my favorite volunteers, although I hope to see many at National Convention in Indianapolis in 2019. ALA Controller Tim Bresnahan, CPA, commends Heddings devotion to the ALA. Her dedication is something I will always remember about working with her, Bresnahan said. I will miss Martas heart for the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary and those we serve. ALA National Secretary/Executive Director Mary Dubbie Buckler praised Hedding. For 10 years, weve tackled big projects together. Shes a dear friend, a superior businesswoman, and Im deeply grateful to her. She made a huge impact! rough it all, Hedding said it was rewarding to work for an organization that puts God and country rst and having the opportunity to work with so many great people. And shell still be around. I plan to continue my membership and support the Auxiliarys mission. of the ALA Indianapolis Womens Inc. eUnit 438 in Indiana, is eligible for ALA membership through the service of her grandfather. She came to National Headquarters in 2011, serving a variety of roles, to support the Accounting Division. Riegel brings a diverse business background in the private and nonprot sectors, including prior ownership of a small business. She has served on school commissions and neighborhood development organizations, and is thankful for the guidance of her parents in setting the example of giving of ones time and talent in service to their church and community. Riegel has implemented the same character-building values in raising her four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, and socializing.


54 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.o rg Visit to download easy-to-print templates of the cards. American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 03/2018 New ALA goodwill cards accentuate the positive! Creating a culture of goodwill begins with all American Legion Auxiliary members as we lead by example. Give one of these special cards to someone who demonstrates an act of kindness, gratitude, and generosity of spirit. Thank You for Your Kindness and Generosity : appropriate to acknowledge any observed act of goodness or kindness Member Counts : honors military personnel and their families; encourages membership cohesiveness Supporting Our Veterans : encourages local businesses to collaborate with the American Legion Auxiliary, helping form a true bond to the www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAmerican Legion AuxiliaryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families From American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAm e ri ca n L eg i o n A u xili a ryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families Thank YouFor Your Kindn ess & GenerosityFrom American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAm e ri ca n L eg i o n A u xili a ryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families Youre Appreciated!Local Business Supporting Our VeteransFrom American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAm e ri ca n L eg i o n A u xili a ryHelping Veterans, Military, and Their Families Honoring Their SacrificeTogether Every Member CountsFrom American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79

PAGE 55 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 55 Building ALA brand loyalty ALA ADULT MEMBER VERSION | American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 02/2018 A brand is a product or service publicly distinguished from other products and services so that it can be easily communicated and marketed. Put simply, the American Legion Auxiliary brand is what comes to mind when a prospective everything the public thinks it knows about what our organization offers both factual and emotional. brand name exists objectively; people can see it. Branding is the process of creating and disseminating the brand name. Branding can be applied to our entire corporate identity, the American Legion Auxiliary, as well as to individual product and service names, such as our ALA Girls State program.Brand Promise: Service Not Self in All You Do and the public. What will our members receive when they join, volunteer, or donate under the ALA brand? What will they experience? How do we interact with our local community?Brand Perceptions: How do Others Describe the ALA? Brands are built by consumers, not companies or organizations. Ultimately, should have with every interaction is Service Not Self .Brand Expectations: Do Others Consistently Experience Service Not Self ? Based on the brand promise, consumers develop expectations for the brand. When they pull their hard-earned money out of their pockets to donate to the Brand Persona: Who is the ALA to Your Community? Rather than asking, What is a brand?, a better question might be, Who is a What is that person like? What can one expect when interacting with that person? From appearance to personality and everything in between, our brand persona is one that consumers will evaluate and judge before they choose to join, renew membership, volunteer their time, donate their money, or recommend the ALA as the premiere veteran service organization in their community. The Brand Elements: Avoid Brand Dilution as tangible elements such as our brand logo, which includes the ALA emblem, messaging (slogans, etc.), packaging, and so on. All of these elements must work together consistently to communicate our brand promise, shape brand careful not to confuse our audience with multiple changing themes, slogans, and brand designs so that they have a positive and consistent brand experience. AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS:8945 N. Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46260 P: (317) 569-4500 F: (317) 569-4502ALA WASHINGTON, D.C. OFFICE:1608 K Street NW Washington, D.C. 20006 P: (202) 861-1351 F: (317) 569-4502EMAIL:alahq@ALAforVeterans.orgONLINE: www.ALAFoundation.orgOUR MISSION:In the spirit of Service Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and honor the 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.In the Spirit of Service Not SelfBUILDING BRAND LOYALTY AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SUPPORT TOOLS A collection of resources from National Headquarters to assist and guide members and volunteers in serving veterans, servicemembers and their families. Last Updated 02/2018 American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters | Indianapolis, IN | Phone (317) 569-4500 | Fax (317) 569-4502 | www.ALAforVete AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY SUPPORT TOOLS A collection of resources from National Headquarters to assist and guide members and volunteers in serving veterans, servicemembers and their families. Last Updated 02/2018 American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters | Indianapolis, IN | Phone (317) 569-4500 | Fax (317) 569-4502 | www.ALAforVete ALA Branding Game 1 ALA Branding Game 3 ALA Branding Game 17 ALA Branding Game 20 In the spirit of the American Legion Auxiliarys Centennial Strategic Plan Goal 5 With e American Legion, Build Brand Loyalty the ALA Branding Game was created to get you thinking about the brands you know and use, or once used, on a regular basis, why you recognize them, and how you feel about them. At the end of this fun and interactive three-round game, members will compare and discuss the American Legion Auxiliary brand and challenge each other to care for and promote the ALA brand with a new awareness of how others see the ALA as an organization. Two versions of the game were created: one for seasoned ALA members, and one for Juniors. No need to exclude our youngest Juniors from the game just have an adult sit with those who cant yet read because someone will need to write their answers. e game for senior members includes 20 logos of well-known company/ organization brands. is includes some older brands from companies that may no longer be in existence. Juniors will see brands that appeal to a younger target audience. Logos include companies that are newer and may not be as widely recognized outside of Generation Z (born 1995 2009). ALA Branding Game objectives Learn more about branding and how it applies to the American Legion Auxiliary and e American Legion Family. Discuss the importance of branding through review of current company brands. Discover the potential positive and negative consequences of branding. Learn about and discuss public perception for both members and those who arent familiar with our organization. How it works Log in to the Members Only section at to download the free game pieces: a script for the presenter; a helpful handout on what it means to build brand loyalty; images of 20 various company/ organization logos; and a sheet for participants to write their answers. Print either of the two provided logo les on 8.5x11 paper in color. ese images could also be presented to the audience on a tablet, laptop, or projector to reduce printing costs. Using the game script, review the provided handout Building Brand Loyalty with the audience to establish the importance of branding and the intent of the presentation, as well as de ne a baseline of terminology and general knowledge about brand names and branding before beginning the game. e game is played in a series of three rounds. Rounds 1 and 2 should move swi ly, encouraging users to write down rst thoughts without discussion. Audience interaction is encouraged in Round 3, as discussion on impression and brand occurs. Using the script, review the introduction of the game with the audience. e Branding Game should take a minimum of 45 minutes, depending on audience discussion and interaction. Tailor the script to your needs if youre presenting the game during a unit or department meeting, cut the logo portion short if youre running behind schedule or the audience is losing its attention span. Close out the game with a review EVERYONE WINS IN NEW ALA BRANDING GAMEof the e ects of positive and negative branding. e activity ends with action items and a challenge to the audience on how to become ALA brand ambassadors. Your takeaway a er playing What are positive ways members can share and promote the ALA brand and e American Legion Family as an organization to support and join?


The BeginningA year aer the end of World War I, the newly formed American Legion held its rst National Convention in 1919 in Minneapolis, where 684 delegates attended the three-day event. ey adopted the Legion constitution and preamble, passed a resolution to support the Boy Scouts of America, and voted to locate the Legions national headquarters in Indianapolis. is year, e American Legion will celebrate its 100th National Convention in Minneapolis, a tting tribute to the very rst Legion convention held there. In addition to serving as the location for the rst Legion convention, the city is signicant for another rst: Its where the American Legion Auxiliary was established as an organization to support e American Legion. Minneapolis convention visitors can stop by Peavey Plaza, where two plaques mark the site of the Legions rst National Convention and the founding of the ALA. Back in 1919, less than a year old, 1,342 American Legion Auxiliary units were organized in more than 45 states. Minnesota became the rst department in the Auxiliary. Since our humble beginnings in 1919, the ALA has grown into the worlds largest womens patriotic service organization with a nearly century-old history. Continuing the Tradition About 9,000 members of e American Legion Family attend National Convention each year. e event includes the national conventions of e American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary, and Sons of e American Legion, as well as e American Legion Riders Legacy Run. During the week of National Convention, e American Legion Family gathers to help further our cause of patriotism and support for our servicemembers both past and present. is years 98th American Legion Auxiliary National Convention is ALA Proud proud of who we are, what we do, and where were going. See it Live!Watch the 98th ALA National Convention through our live stream at \334\334\334\260\035v\234\300i\314i\300>\230\303\260\234\300}\311V\234\230\333i\230\314\210\234\230]\003\334\205i\300i\003\336\234\325\275\217\217\003>\217\303\234\003w\230`\003>\230\003\325\253`>\314i`\003 \223ii\314\210\230}\003>}i\230`>\260\003\210`i\234\003V>\230\003Li\003\333\210i\334i`\003\234\230\003\223\234L\210\217i\003`i\333\210Vi\303]\003\314>L\217i\314\303]\003 \234\300\003\336\234\325\300\003`i\303\216\314\234\253\003V\234\223\253\325\314i\300\260\003\230>L\217i\003\314\234\003V>\314V\205\003\314\205i\003\303i\303\303\210\234\230\303\003i>V\205\003`>\336\266\003 \210`i\234\003>\217\303\234\003\334\210\217\217\003Li\003>\333>\210\217>L\217i\003v\234\300\003\300i\253\217>\336\003\333\210i\334\210\230}\260\003Back to Where it All Began 56 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgNational Convention Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis


A few non-business events of the week include a community service project and a patriotic parade and memorial service on Sunday. In the early years of National Convention, the parades were very well attended by local citizens, had high turnout from Legion Family members, and lasted for hours. In fact, the 1940 National Convention parade in Boston took 12 hours and 15 minutes to complete! In addition to these events, those going to the 2018 National Convention are invited to attend Minnesota sporting events by purchasing discounted tickets. e rst is for the Minnesota Vikings pre-season football game at 7 p.m. Aug. 24, and the second event is for American Legion Family Night with the Minnesota Twins baseball team at 6:10 p.m. Aug. 25.Down to Business Since 1919, members across all levels of the ALA have gathered annually for a series of meetings and workshops to better carry out the organizations mission of serving veterans, the military, and their families. e main purpose of ALA National Convention is to elect ocers who will serve oneyear terms for the ensuing administrative year, amend the national governing documents if needed, receive reports from national ocers and committees, and handle any other business that may be brought up. e National Executive Committee, the governing board of the ALA with duciary, policy, and strategic responsibility for the organization, meets twice during the week of convention. e nal meeting of the current administrative years NEC is always held on the Saturday morning before convention, while the post-convention meeting of the new NEC term is held immediately following the installation of national ocers. National Convention opening session begins Monday with a variety of hands-on workshops to help you, your unit, and your department succeed for the upcoming year. Several major ALA awards are also presented at National Convention to honor outstanding accomplishments in service to veterans, the military, and their families, both within the ALA and out in the community. A host of awards are presented on stage, including Woman of the Year, National Presidents Award for Excellence, Unit Members of the Year, and Salute to Servicewomen. To learn more about national ALA awards, visit awards. One way to help ensure the ALA mission endures is through the American Legion Auxiliary Foundations #GivingTuesday campaign. During convention, a booth is set up to raise funds for veterans and military servicemembers. A day dedicated to giving back, #GivingTuesday follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Concluding the week of activities, ocers for the upcoming administrative year are elected by National Convention delegates. ese one-year, term-limited positions include the president, vice president, chaplain, and historian. e national secretary and national treasurer are not term-limited and are conrmed each year by the board of directors/NEC. Upon installation in their new roles, these ocers will help lead the ALA into the 100th year of the organization. For more details on this years National Convention, visit www. To stay connected through social media for the event, use the hashtag #AuxCon18. 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58 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgALA Girls State & ALA Girls NationWHERE ARE THEY NOW? Stephanie Herseth Sandlin1988 SD ALA Girls StateBefore Herseth Sandlins tenure began as president of Augustana University, she was elected as a U.S. Representative for South Dakotas at large congressional district, where she served from 20042011. She said ALA Girls State taught her that working in public service is all about teamwork. An ALA member, Herseth Sandlin said the key to her success has been encouragement of the women around her. I think thats an important lesson today, she said. And the research bears it out women arent as likely to run for oce unless they are encouraged and supported by other women to do it We play really important roles for one another. Sarah Brown (Hummel)2002 OK ALA Girls State & ALA Girls NationWhen Brown attended ALA Girls Nation, she was appointed as a Supreme Court justice. She said that was the rst time I ever put on a robe. Today, Brown is a Municipal Court judge where she wears a robe regularly. However, her judgeship is not full time, allowing her to pursue other interests. Brown is also a practicing attorney; policy analyst for Sac and Fox Nation, a Native American tribe; and commissioner on the Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women where she works to empower women and inform and educate the Oklahoma legislature, executive branch, and citizens about womens issues. Brown is also an active ALA member. :$\('\004\003'LG\003\\000RX\003RU\003D\003UHODWLYH\003DWWHQG\003HLWKHU\003RI\003WKH\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003$X[LOLDU\\000H[SHULHQWLDO\003OHDUQLQJ\003SURJUDPV\003\003 \013$/$\003*LUOV\003WDWH\022$/$\003*LUOV\003DWLRQ\f"\003$X[LOLDU\)Tj/F10 1 Tf[(\003PDJD]LQH\003LV\003ORRNLQJ\003IRU\003SDVW\003SDUWLFLSDQWV\003RI\003DOO\003GHFDGHV\003DQG\003WKH\003SURIHVVLRQ\013V\f\003\003 \\000RX\003FKRVH\003IRU\003WKLV\003UHFXUULQJ\003IHDWXUH\021\003&RQWDFW\003XV\003DW\003$/$\000DJD]LQH#$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\003\013SOHDVH\003LQFOXGH\003WKH\003\\000HDU\017\003VWDWH\017\003\003 DQG\003SURJUDP\003\\000RX\003DWWHQGHG\003LQ\003WKH\003VXEMHFW\003OLQH\f\003RU\003FDOO\003\013\026\024\032\f\003\030\031\034\020\027\030\023\023\003LI\003\\000RX\003FDQ\003KHOS\004 Amanda Bruchs Sheridan1997 VT ALA Girls State & ALA Girls Nation Aer earning her law degree, Sheridan went on to work as a sta attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta. Now, she is living in Washington, D.C., where she is a lawyer in the legislative practice area for the Federal Aviation Administration. Amanda Seese Whelan2001 PA ALA Girls State & ALA Girls Nation Seese Whelan is chief of sta for the Department of Transportation Oce of Inspector General in Washington, D.C. An ALA member, Seese Whelan said she believes we need to inspire future generations of leaders especially strong female leaders to step up into the public arena and use their talents to contribute to the overall good of our communities. Jackie Robertson (Rule) 1940 OK ALA Girls StateRobertson attended the very rst Oklahoma ALA Girls State in 1940 she celebrated her 95th birthday in April. A longtime ALA member, Robertson is eligible through her father who was a World War I veteran. ough she worked for an insurance agency until her retirement in 1988, she returned to ALA Girls State as a senior counselor for 18 years. Alexa Carroll2016 VA ALA Girls StateCarroll, whose father serves in the U.S. Army, is currently attending Texas A&M and is in the Corps of Cadets. My desire to pursue a career that would be challenging yet rewarding combined with the realization that I wanted to continue to be a part of the community I had grown up with is ultimately what inuenced me to pursue a career in the military, she said. Mary Alice Upton1952 MT ALA Girls StateShortly aer attending ALA Girls State, Upton started working at the State Bank of Townsend in Montana. She retired 51 years later as the vice president of that same bank. In 1974, she was asked to serve on the Townsend City Council where she continued to serve as council president for 12 years. From there, Upton was eventually elected the rst female mayor of Townsend. A 63-year ALA member, Upton has held numerous positions in the organization, including ALA Montana department president, National Executive Committee member, Northwestern Division national vice president, and has almost continuously served as a unit ocer. She said her experience at ALA Girls State taught her how to meet and get along with dierent people. Jacque Hill-Ptak1976 AR ALA Girls State & ALA Girls NationHill-Ptak is the corporate director of Cosmetics Store Design for Dillards department store. At Dillards, she oversees the planning, design, merchandising, and construction of all cosmetic designs for all 350 stores which involves working with cosmetic executives and designers of brands from all over the U.S. and sometimes Europe. Jennifer Oakes2009 VA ALA Girls State & ALA Girls NationAer graduating from college, Oakes secured one of two spots at the FBI Headquarters where she was initially an analyst in the Resource Planning Oce. Aer deciding to challenge herself by pursuing a career in technology and learning to code, she is now back with the FBI as a soware developer.

PAGE 59 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 59 A wiseWOMAN SAIDWhat have you gotten out of being part of the Legion Family? Joining the Legion and the Auxiliary, I learned what true friendship was. I was young. I later had two children to support alone and ill parents to take care of for the rest of their lives. My brother had been killed in action September 11, 1943, on the USS Savannah near Salerno, Italy. My Legion Family stood by me and gave me courage, love, and support. I would not have achieved what I have without them. All of these years I took part in all their programs, and, in doing so, it made me a better person. Is there a special feeling you get from being a Legionnaire and ALA member? I am so proud of my dual membership because we are family, and we should support one another in e American Legion Familys goals, projects, and aims. Why is it important for veterans and servicemembers to join the ALA? It oers them a way to extend what they are doing to serve others, and what they have already done. We can learn from them, and they can learn from us. What are your thoughts about ALA? I am honored to be a part of this great organization of wonderful, dedicated women who support veterans and servicemen and women, the VA veterans homes and homeless veterans, teach Americanism, guide our young people with e American Legion Boys State [and Boys Nation] and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State [and ALA Girls Nation], hold art and essay contests, have the poppy program, and do so much more. Tell us your favorite part about being an ALA member. I am able to donate to ALA and sew for their cra sales doing things that go toward ALAs aims, purposes, goals, and veterans programs. Also, my 95 years on this earth have taught me a great deal. I have learned from life the hard way, and I can help our younger members.I am so proud of my dual membership because we are family and we should support one another in The American /HJLRQ\003\V\003JRDOV\017\003 projects, and aims.When our nations military needed help, Helen Anderson Glass was there. She enlisted in the U.S. Navy on March 8, 1943, her 20th birthday. Glass followed in the footsteps of her father, World War I veteran Arthur Anderson, and her brother Arthur J. Anderson, who enlisted in the Navy in 1942. And when Glass needed friendship, support, and a dierent purpose aer life dealt her a rough hand, e American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary were there for her. She joined the Legion in 1945, signed up by her father, and later became a life member. Helen also later became a longtime ALA member, and cherishes her dual membership, she says. Glass refers to her dierent post homes in New Jersey, Florida, and Arizona including her current one, post home 73 in Tucson as my anchor, my lighthouse, my solid rock. For 73 years, Glass has given as much as she got from being part of e American Legion Family and continues to do so. For decades, she has done volunteer work at various facilities, including the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System. at work involved assorted tasks such as mending and sewing for veterans, making busy aprons for those who are memory-impaired, and making wheelchair tote bags for those in longterm care wards. She honors veterans and servicemembers with her awardwinning, military-themed and patriotic poetry. Glass has written more than 500 of these poems and had two books of military poems published when she was in her 90s. rough the years, Glass has won several National Veterans Creative Arts Festival medals. Glass takes pride in her dual membership and is a staunch supporter of the Legion Family, much like American Legion National Commander Denise H. Rohan also a dual member. Helen Anderson Glass embodies Family First, Rohan said. Women veterans shouldnt decide between the Legion or the Auxiliary. Pick both! Helen has served our family well as a member of the Greatest Generation and today continues to impact the latest generation. e Legion, ALA, SAL, and Riders are all vital members of our family. We all need more members like Helen. Glass shares some insights with Auxiliary magazine about her life within e American Legion Family.


60 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgAMERICAN LEGION FAMILY newsEven aer almost a year, the thought of Hurricane Maria and the devastation and pain le in its wake still stings Amanda Torres Lugo, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Puerto Rico. e memories, the ashbacks, and the storms destructive aereects on the lives of many people living in the Caribbean bring tears to her eyes. Torres Lugo survived the storm, and she, like so many others, is grateful. Still, recovery has been particularly slow in Puerto Rico aer the strongest hurricane to hit the island in 80 years made its dubious mark on history. For a long time, the basics such as communication capabilities, food, drinking water, insect repellent, and shelter were not available for many people. And for them, those and similar struggles continue. Amid those challenges, American Legion Auxiliary members in Puerto Rico have been making it a priority to help others in dire need around them, said Torres Lugo. at plus the assistance given to numerous ALA members in Puerto Rico from fellow ALA members of dierent departments and knowing that the Auxiliary Emergency Fund has helped many members is solace to Torres Lugo. e strength [to help others at this time] comes from the pride and goodwill we have for our organization and our community, and last but not least, the need to help our compatriots, she said. Here are a few examples of the seless eorts put forth by ALA members and Legion Family members there: A unit member and her Legionnaire husband, both at Post 125 in Ponce, aided the commander of that post. e commander needed to take respiratory therapies but did not have the electric power to do so. Members of Unit 140 in Country Club collaborated and did volunteer work for a local church. e unit members also donated a full box of school supplies to a school in the coastal town of Loiza, one of the areas most aected by the hurricane. ose same members donated baby supplies to a young mother and her newborn baby, also in Loiza. Members of Unit 154 in the beach village of Boqueron donated a package of rice and plastic cutlery. e items were delivered to a radio station, where the members were in charge of cooking and delivering the meals to those in need. Unit 154 members also participated in another activity, working along with other veterans organizations, to deliver hot meals and provisions. ree of Unit 154 members, who are nurses, assisted in checking vital signs of some of the recipients of the meal and provisions. As the aermath of Maria took its toll on the islands residents, many ALA members found themselves in dire straits nancially and otherwise. In addition to ALA MEMBERS IN PUERTO RICO HELP OTHERS DESPITE STRUGGLES WITH HURRICANE RECOVERY+\(/,*\003+\(\003\013 above): Auxiliary members of Unit 140 in Country Club, a community in southeastern San Juan, Puerto Rico, deliver donated baby items to a mother of a newborn in the coastal town of Loiza. Below, a Unit 140 member does volunteer work at a local church.

PAGE 61 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 61 U.S. Navy veteran Kevin Bartlett, Esq., has been appointed e American Legions National Judge Advocate, lling the vacancy le when longtime National Judge Advocate Philip B. Onderdonk Jr. retired earlier this year. Bartlett is the ninth National Judge Advocate the Legion has had in its nearly 100-year history. dealing with the damage and devastation that occurred in their personal lives, some ALA members found themselves unable to pay their dues on time, Torres Lugo explained. But other Auxiliary members o the island came to their aid. Several units and departments paid the entire 2018 membership dues for ve units in Puerto Rico. Also coming to the rescue was the American Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund, which grants money to eligible ALA members coping with nancial hardships due to an act of nature or personal crisis. Sixty grants were awarded to members in Puerto Rico. Combined, those grants totaled $58,760. e national AEF Grant Committee determines on a caseby-case basis which applicants receive grants and the amount of each awarded grant. Much of the other economic relief money trickling into Puerto Rico from other sources has been earmarked for housing and small business recovery and not for units. But units and post homes in Puerto Rico also suered signicant losses at the hands of Hurricane Maria. Many unit meeting rooms were damaged, and some units lost their Auxiliary materials such as ags, banners, and basic furniture. For example, Unit 15s oce in Naguabo was ooded when a nearby river overowed its banks. e oce was also burglarized and later became infested with mice, Torres Lugo said. Maria caused an estimated $100 billion in damage, led to or contributed to many injuries and deaths, and damaged or destroyed nearly 400,000 homes, according to Puerto Ricos government. e U.S. Virgin Islands, whose units are part of the ALA Department of Puerto Rico, got pummeled by two hurricanes last September. Hurricane Irma struck Sept. 6, followed by Maria on Sept. 19. As of Auxiliary magazines press time in early summer, electricity was owing there, roads were cleared of debris, retail stores were open, and students were in schools. But there are still challenges, even eight months aer the hurricanes made landfall. Many homes remained in extreme disrepair at that time, and the hospitals were still seriously damaged, according to the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency. e Auxiliary Emergency Fund was able to help here as well, awarding four grants to applicants from the U.S. Virgin Islands. Updates on units and ALA members in the U.S. Virgin Islands were not immediately available for this issue of Auxiliary magazine. e AEF was created in 1969 through a bequest from the estate of Auxiliary member Helen Colby Small of Burlington, Wis. It continues today solely through generous donations from Auxiliary members and supporters. For more details on the AEF, to download the grant application, or to donate, visit www. e American Legion has a similar program called the National Emergency Fund. Last year, NEF distributed 348 grants to Legionnaires, members of Sons of e American Legion, and directly to posts. ose grants totaled more than $367,000. Of the grants awarded last year, more than 300 went to aid those impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Among his legal duties, Bartlett serves as Counsel General to the American Legion Auxiliary. Bartlett, a 28-year member of American Legion Post 79 in Marshall, Mich., was appointed assistant national judge advocate in June 2017, assuring a smooth transition. Onderdonk, a Vietnam War veteran and member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville, Md., is the Legions longest-serving national ocer. He will continue as a legal consultant to the organization until August 2018. R\003SXUFKDVH\003PHPEHUVKLSV\003IRU\003$/$\003PHPEHUV\003LQ\003WKH\003'HSDUWPHQW\003RI\003XHUWR\003LFR\017 RU\003WR\003GRQDWH\003$X[LOLDU\\000PDWHULDOV\003RU\003EDVLF\003IXUQLWXUH\003WR\003XQLWV\003WKHUH\017\003FRQWDFW\003'HSDUWPHQW\003UHVLGHQW\003 $PDQGD\003RUUHV\003/XJR\003DW\003DWRUUHVBOXJR#KRWPDLO\021FRP\021ATTORNEY KEVIN BARTLETT BECOMES AMERICAN /\(*,\267\003$,$/\003-'*\(\003$'&$\(


62 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 MISSION matters $,/\003<\003/\(\(\003,\000(+:\003\003\(\(\003+\(\003$/$\003\000,,\003:,+\003/\($,*\003<\003+\000(eres a common misconception that assisting veterans and their families is a time-consuming aair. It certainly can be but a lot of us who still want to help dont have hundreds of hours to give every month. Below, youll nd helpful information on how you can support the ALAs mission by serving veterans and their families from your own home and whenever you can. Volunteering of this type counts under the Auxiliarys Veterans Aairs & Rehabilitation Service to Veterans program. 1. What can I do from my phone?Contact local school guidance counselors and oer to be on call for assistance with military children. Provide support for the spouse of a deployed servicemember. Refer to the ALAs National Security Programs Action Plan and the ALA Military Family Readiness Action Guide at Call a veteran reach out to nursing homes or veterans who may be living alone. Call nursing homes in your area or ask your network of family and friends if they know of anyone who would love to chat. Contact local religious leaders and social service ocers about the programs available in your community. Get involved! Call your local legislators to advocate for the veteransrelated issue(s) you care most about. Go to govtrack. us/congress/members to nd your Congressional representative and their contact information.2. What can I do from my computer?Serve as a mentor in the career e-mentoring network through the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundations Hiring Our Heroes Military Spouse Employment Program. Go to to nd out how to sign up. Write an editorial for your local newspaper about veterans issues you feel are important and timely. Visit e American Legions legislative website at to keep current on legislative priorities, and post them on social media. Increase awareness on social media of scholarship opportunities for military children. For more information, go to scholarships and\026\021\003,\003KDYH\003RQO\\000\300YH\003PLQXWHV\021\003+RZ\003FDQ\003,\003KHOS"Post e American Legions legislative priorities on social media or share their posts on your own channels. Go to to see their social channels. Take a few extra moments while shopping to purchase needed items for homeless shelters or transitional housing. Always-in-need items include laundry soap, cleaning supplies, kitchen items, hygiene items, and seasonal clothing such as hats, scarves, and gloves.4. I have limited mobility. What can I do?Donate to the American Legion Auxiliary in honor of someone who has made a dierence in your life or the lives of veterans. Youll spread awareness and help fund the mission. Help relocating servicemembers and their families connect with Legion or ALA members in their new community. Coordinate community donations for care packages for deployed troops. Contact churches, schools, friends, family, or whomever might be able to donate. Ask your local Auxiliary or Legion members if you can assist them with coordination. 5. My weekend is free. I want to help! What should I do?Compile blessing bags, hygiene kits, or Buddy Baskets at home. Contact community members or organizations for donations or help. Prepare a time to assemble and deliver the items. Visit with veterans, take them on a picnic, or oer to stay with homebound veterans to give their caregivers a break from responsibilities. Participate in a stand down or a holiday gi shop at a local VA facility. For information on how to plan for or participate in these events, go to


American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 03/2018ALA Service Not Self Volunteering ToolkitLooking for ideas to support the American Legion Auxiliarys mission? The new American Legion Auxiliary Service Not Self Volunteering Toolkit provides members with ideas for more volunteer opportunities to support veterans, military, and their families. Examples of service ideas: Invite veterans to local schools Assist in a job fair for veterans or military spouses Make a Buddy Basket for a struggling veteran Organize an ALA Star Spangled Kids activity Volunteer at ALA Girls State Coordinate a Give 10 school supply drive Visit veterans at a local senior center or VA home Download a copy of the ALA Service Not Self Volunteering Toolkit today visit the Members Only section at Legionnaire Robert Hickok of The American Legion Post 500 in Speedway, Ind. is sharing his military experience with students as part of the Veterans in Community Schools DFWLYLW\)74(\017\003D\003FRPSRQHQW\003RI\003WKH\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003$X[LOLDU\\000V\003 Education


Join ALA national Facebook groups ...Facebook is changing who you see content from, and American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters wants to make sure you are still getting all the information you need to help our veterans, military, and their families. The ALA national organization has 16 Facebook groups. Find one that interests you by searching these names! ALA Americanism AEF, American Legion Auxiliary Emergency Fund ALA Children & Youth ALA Community Service ALA Education Program ALA Girls State Leaders American Legion Auxiliary Historians ALA Leadership Program ALA Legislative American Legion Auxiliary National Membership Group ALA National Security ALA Poppy Program ALA Public Relations $/$\003HWHUDQV\003$\003DLUV\003\t\003\003\003 Rehabilitation (VA&R) American Legion Auxiliary 100th Anniversary Celebration American Legion Auxiliary Chaplains American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. All rights reserved. 06/2018Learn more about our ALA Facebook groups at

PAGE 65 August 2018 | Auxiliary magazine 65 American Legion Auxiliary social media Visit our social media at ,QFUHDVH\003DZDUHQHVV\003RI\003WKH\003$PHULFDQ\003/HJLRQ\003$X[LOLDU\\000ZKLOH\003SRVLWLYHO\\000DIIHFWLQJ\003RXU\003EUDQG\035\003 &KHFN\003RXW\003WKH\003$/$\177V\003RFLDO\003\000HGLD\003ROLF\\000DW\003ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJ\022VRFLDO\020PHGLD\021\003ALA SOCIAL MEDIA HASHTAGS: #ALAJuniors Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of your ALA Juniors working the mission. #LegionFamily Post a photo of you/your unit volunteering with Legion Family members in branded attire. #ALARockStars Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of ALA members working the mission. #AmericanLegionAuxiliary Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of anything and everything related to the ALA. #ALA100 Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos celebrating the ALAs 100th anniversary. #ALAServiceSel e Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of yourself volunteering at a non-ALA event while wearing ALA attire (shirts, pins, hats, etc.).$,$/\003<\003'$

66 Auxiliary magazine | August 2018 www.ALAforVeterans.orgTHE LAST word A soldier embraces his family at a deployment ceremony at Wheeler Army Aireld, Hawaii, before a nine-month deployment. e term military brat is nothing new to American Legion Auxiliary members. Weve supported veterans, military, and their families since 1919. But whats familiar to us that may not be to others is the resiliency of this group of young people, their strength, and how the ALA matters in their lives. Military brats make sacrices just like their parents, and for that, we salute them. Did you grow up with a career military parent? What was it like? Auxiliary magazine is seeking stories from members of all ages. Contact or (317) 569-4500.In wisdom gathered over time, I have found that every experience is a form of exploration. Ansel Adams, Photographer (Photo: Sgt. Ian Morales, U.S. Army)


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American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters 8945 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis, IN 46260 In the Spirit of Service Not Self for Veterans, God and CountryRQSUR\300\003W\003UJ\021 \021\021\003RVWDJH\003DLG %ROLQJEURRN\017\003,/ HUPLW\003R\021\003\025\023\027\031 ZZZ\021$/$IRUHWHUDQV\021RUJUltimate expression of Service Not SelfYour legacy gift to the ALA missionFinancial gifts, large and small, have been essential in shaping our history. Your donations will have an equally important role in our promising future. For example: $2,400 can provide a member hope and help through an Auxiliary Emergency Fund grant; $5,000 can give a deserving student a scholarship to pursue education; $3,500 will send a senator to ALA Girls Nation; and $3,000 will impact veterans through a Veteran Projects Fund grant. You can support our mission and change lives by including the American Legion Auxiliary in your will. No matter the size of a donation, collectively, every gift adds up to help ensure the Auxiliary is here to serve the next generation of heroes. For more information about leaving a planned gift, contact or (317) 569-4500.