Please see announcements under the American Legion Auxiliary emblem below. 

American Legion Auxiliary Symbol


Strategic Plan has been added to the menu list 

Please look at page entitled

Strategic Plan


MAY 26TH, 2017

Click on the link below 

for the 2017 Girls State

Bus Schedule

Girls State Bus 

Check out the Visit Itinerary for National President - Mary Davis's South Dakota Visit next door on the "Presidents Blog" page. 

Please join President Mary as she tours the Black Hills region of South Dakota. 

Click here to access

the Mid-Winter Conference

Auxiliary Agenda 

Banquet Ticket Form

found in the January 


Spring District Meetings


Posted on Events Calendar

Poppy Poster Contest Deadline date is:

(postmarked by)

April 22, 2017

Please click on link below for the 

SD ALA Junior's Mid-Winter Activities Agenda

from Sharon Teunissen

SD ALA Juniors Chairman

Update Note:

The updated 2016 Consituiton & ByLaws and Policies have been added as links on the Constitution & ByLaws page. Look under the Auxiliary symbol (lower left side)

Click on the two links below for the 

Veterans' Holiday 

Relief Drive information

presented by

Autumn Simunek

Link to Veterans Relief Drive Flyer

Link to Veterans Relief Drive Public Service Statement

Dictionary Project Information

To order dictionaries 

There are two phone numbers:  843-856-2706 or 843-388-7375 or you can order online.

  This is for the student dictionaries, there are 24 in a case.  Cost is $54.00



Wreaths Across America

National Cemetary

Dec. 17th - 10 AM

National Cemetary

Sturgis, SD

The Christmas Gift Shop Dates and Hours have been addded on the Calendar of Events page - November calendar

*Please note changes made for the Sioux Falls VA Gift Shop

Click on the links below for 2016 National Auxliliary Convention Reports from PDP - Jane Benzel

Pre Convention Program Meetings Report

National Convetion Report

Department Awards

South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary


2016 - 2017

South Dakota Department President

 Melanie Martens

Theme: "Have You Hugged A Veteran Today" 

Flowers: Poppy, White Shasta Daisy, and Blue Cornflower

Colors: Red, White, and Blue

Songs: God Bless the USA by Lee Greenwood

This Land is Your Land

Amazing Grace

Mission Statement
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.

Click on Video to hear Welcome from

South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary

Presidents Blog

(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

Mary Davis

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           


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

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,

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.

Melanie Martens

President, Department of South Dakota

American Legion Auxiliary