President Jeannine's  April Blog


District Meetings are just about finished, the last 3 are this weekend.  The Units continue to do great things to serve our Veterans.  The Poems and Essays were very good!  I think due to the bad weather the number received was down.  There were several schools canceled for the weather.

April is Children and Youth Month, remember the “Good Deed” and “Youth Hero Awards”.

Elections are held in the odd number Districts, District 1 elected Carol Edwards, and District 7 elected Alice Upshaw.  The other two will be this weekend.  The meetings have been great!  Units continue to report on what they have done this Year.

The State Convention will be held in Sioux Falls June 6-9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.  Remember to get your rooms booked and in the April Legionette the Banquet and Luncheon tickets will be available, you will need to order in advance, none will be sold at the Convention.  Cowboy hats were given out at Midwinter, if you received one bring it along to State Convention if you didn’t get one, they will be available at Convention.  The nominating committee is looking for someone interested in the position of Historian, if you feel that would be something you are interested in have your Unit send and endorsement to the Legionette.

Girls State is fast approaching!  Applications need to be sent to Cheryl Hovorka by April 1.  Cheryl reported she has 11 girls for Journalism City.  Remember the Thursday of Girls State week is for Auxiliary.  If you haven’t ever went, try to go.

I am continuing to feel great, in April they plan to harvest my cells for my transplant in June. I will be in the hospital in Sioux Falls in June for about 2 weeks.

That’s all for now lets “Saddle Up for Veterans”

Jeannine Loesch

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary




Decorate the Capitol

Yes, it is a cold and dreary day, so you might be having winter thoughts.  So, take a jump over the holidays and think Christmas!  Yes, Christmas at the Capitol! Read below for information regarding ornaments for the American Legion/Auxiliary 10 foot Christmas tree!  How exciting if each of our Units would send an ornament to adorn this tree!  Merry Christmas thoughts to you and happy becoming creative to construct or purchase the picket ornament to represent your unit!

Happy thoughts! Cheerful greetings,



 To all District Presidents:

The State American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary Unit and Posts have been asked to make an ornament to put on the tree at the Capitol during the Christmas season.  The Unit in Pierre has donated this tree to the State American Legion for their 100th Anniversary.  The decorating of the tree will take place on November 17th at 4:00 pm.  Everyone is invited to come and help decorate the tree.  After the tree is decorated maybe go out for supper.  If you can’t come and decorate they will need your ornament to be sent by November 15th, so they can get the ornaments ready for decorating.  So please start thinking ahead of the ornament you want to buy or make for the Centennial Tree.  They have all the lights and the tree will be 10’ tall.  They are making the topper that say’s 100 Years and has red, white, and blue in it.  The ornament should include Post or Unit number, and name of the so it can be identified.  If you are sending the ornament it can be sent to:

 Leroy Madsen 

125 North Madison Ave, 

Pierre, SD 57501

 Phone #605-280-6479 or if anyone has questions.


Pat Coyle Funeral Information

The arrangements are Sunday, October 14, 2018, there will be a visitation from noon to 2 PM, with a prayer service at 1:30 at the funeral home in Huron. The funeral service is scheduled for Monday October 15, at 10:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron.