Happy New Year to all my Auxiliary Sisters! I hope that you all had a wonderful Christmas with friends and family. A special Thank You to all of the Gift Shop and Christmas Party Chairman and volunteers for all their hard work. You did a wonderful job. It is so rewarding to see the beautiful gifts, the delicious treats and the great programs that are put together to make Christmas extra special for our veterans.
Thank you to all the units that have placed their poppy orders, we have orders for over 93,000 poppies! Way to go team South Dakota.
Midwinter Conference will be here before you know it. The dates are February 10, 11 and 12 in Oacoma, South Dakota at Cedar Shores. Plan now to attend, we have an exciting weekend planned. The focus of Midwinter is learning, encourage your members to come, get involved and make new Auxiliary friends. There are four workshops scheduled for Saturday, make plans to attend all four of them. The Chairmen will have new information to share with you and some fun activities for you to participate in.
We will also recognize goal units during Mid Winter, your unit membership needs to be received at Headquarters by January 27th to receive the award. How close are you? Can you make a few phone calls or send a couple emails to reach your goals? We hope to have many units to recognize.
A Silent Auction will be held, with the proceeds being be used for the President’s Project at the Hot Springs State Veterans Home. There will also be a Poppy Contest including Poppy Centerpiece, Poppy Corsage and Poppy Photo. I can’t wait to see all your beautiful poppy creations! The Juniors are planning a very unique fundraiser, watch for details in Sharon Teunissen’ s letter.
The Auxiliary banquet theme is honoring our past....celebrating our future! Our first National Convention was held in 1921, choose a time in the Auxiliary history from 1921 to current, dress for that period, wear some jewelry, or a hat and have fun with it! A short fashion showed planned, come and have a good time. There are lots of pictures and information about our history on the National website for your reference. It will be fun to see what period of history you choose to represent! Feel free to bring fun interesting facts to share.
We are very excited to have Northwest Division National Vice President Virginia Nelsen attend our Midwinter. She is a very dynamic and knowledgeable leader, we look forward to her message.
To keep you updated on the Strategic Plan starting with this issue, we will highlight one of the goals. This month we will highlight goal #3, Develop Leadership/Mentor Members. What is your unit doing to support goal #3?
Look forward to seeing many of you at Midwinter.
Until next month….