(please see President Melanie's newest Blog after the visit itinerary)
We are very happy to announce the visit of American Legion Auxiliary National President
Mary Davis - Department of Washington
Please consider joining President Mary as she tours the Black Hills area of South Dakota.
American Legion Auxiliary National President
South Dakota Visit Itinerary
April 23-25, 2017
SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 2017
4:00 PM Auxiliary members invited to help set up Prayer Pillow Craft and Meal – Post 22, Rapid City
6:00 PM Pre-Craft Meet N Greet, Meal, and Prayer Pillow Crafting Session with President Mary – Post 22, Rapid City
MONDAY, APRIL 24, 2017
7:00 AM Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn – 815 E. Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD
7:45 AM Travel to Black Hills National Cemetery to lay wreath (Legion Rider escort)
8:30 AM Lay Wreath at Medal of Honor Recipient’s Gravesite
9:15 AM Tour Ft. Meade, Sturgis, SD – President Mary to hand out Prayer Pillows and visit with Veterans
12:00 PM Lunch at Hot Springs Post 71 – Hot Springs, SD
1:30 PM Tour State Veterans Home – Hot Springs, SD
2:30 PM Tour Hot Springs VA – Hot Springs, SD
3:30 PM Travel to Mount Rushmore
4:30 PM Tour Mount Rushmore
6:30 PM Meet N Greet, Dinner (Business Casual), Speakers, Entertainment Post 303 – Hermosa, SD
TUESDAY, APRIL 25, 2017
8:00 AM Breakfast at Hilton Garden Inn – 815 E. Mall Dr., Rapid City, SD
v National President, Mary Davis, will arrive at Rapid City Regional Airport on Sunday, April 23
v The National President will be staying at the Hilton Garden Inn in Rapid City, SD
v Escorts will be NEC Susie Clyde & President Melanie Martens
v Coordinator of the National President’s visit is Debra MacDonald, Dept. Public Relations Chairman
v National President, Mary Davis, will depart from Rapid City on Tuesday, April 25, 2017
v ALL MEMBERS of The American Legion Family are invited to attend all or any portion of the tour
v This schedule is subject to change. A final schedule will be posted on the SD ALA Facebook page and Auxiliary Website at www.sdlegionaux.org
Greetings Auxiliary Sisters!
I hope you all are enjoying the weather; Spring is almost here! The District meetings have just been completed. I always enjoy hearing about all the wonderful accomplishments from the units.
April is Children and Youth month. Let us remember the children in our families, those in your Auxiliary unit and in our communities. Perhaps your unit could plan a special event including the Junior members or youth in your area during this time. Remember, the youth are our future.
I attended the DC conference February 28th thru March 1st. It was a wonderful conference, we learned that the American Legion Auxiliary members are “doers”. We are the ones that the military men and women go to for help and we make it “happen” for them. We had some great speakers during the conference, one of the presentations was Caring for Caregivers. Every year 9% of our population serves as caregivers to someone close to them. The speakers talked about the fact that most caregivers do not recognize themselves as caregivers and most likely they suffer from some sort of depression. It was pointed out that a lot of grief is also associated with caregiving, this too also goes unrecognized. We were provided with a website that provides tons of information for us to use to assist the caregivers in our communities, www.milvetcaregivernetwork.org
I was VERY excited to hear that the American Legion is presenting a proposal to Congress; the Friday before Memorial Day will be called “National Poppy Day” to recognize those that gave the ultimate sacrifice. Isn’t that just wonderful?
The ALA 101 on line, self-paced course should be available shortly on the national website. Watch for announcements in your email, our website and Facebook page to let you know when it is released. I hope all of you will take the time to use this new easy to use tool, it is a great way to learn more about our organization.
I am very pleased to announce that National President, Mary Davis will be our guest April 23, 24 and 25. I encourage you to check the travel itinerary and make plans to come and meet her. Let’s show her a great, warm South Dakota welcome.
Well, ladies, report time is fast approaching. Unit year-end reports are due to your District President by April 15th. I encourage all of you to apply for National awards, take the time to sit down and review the requirements, you will be surprised at how easy it is to apply. We are having a great year and you all deserve to be recognized for what you do.
I know that all of you are diligently working membership, we are almost there!! Reach out to those members that have not renewed by giving them a phone call or stopping by to visit. Personal contact goes a long way. Go team South Dakota!
Also, at State Convention our silent auction will have a new look; the units will not need to bring items for the Silent Auction. Stop by to check it out while you are at Convention.
President, Department of South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary