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*************3/30/2020************

America Legion Auxiliary President Teresa Huntimer asked that this information be shared on the Spring District Meetings. 

 

SD American Legion Constitution and Bylaws Article IV, Section 7 requires the Department Commander to call District Conventions between March 1 and May 1. Due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Motion that all District Spring Conventions are postponed and rescheduled before the beginning of the 2020 State Convention, with meeting times to be determined. District Commanders may opt to conduct a meeting within their District before the Department Convention with the Department Commander’s approval and if the current COVID-19 dangers have subsided. They must inform their Posts at least 15 days before such a meeting.

 Motion #2 with updates;

"The DEC is to recommend to Posts to postpone their elections initially and to recommend to them to find other means to hold election of officers. Depending on their Constitution and Bylaws or if environmentally safe to gather in groups of more than ten it could be done the next time they physically can meet, electronically or by mailed out ballot."

 What this means to you.

Spring District Conventions are now Postponed out.  Expect District 3-8 to be held at the State Convention.  District 1 & 2 will likely hold theirs prior to convention if they can.  Pending the restrictions from COVID-19.
The Second motion is our advice to our Posts.  You must follow your constitution and Bylaws for guidance on how decide. Or you must look at South Dakota Nonprofit law SDCL 47-22 chapter.
We are staying flexible going forward and making decisions as needed.  We realize you base a lot of decisions off our schedule and we will notify you when we officially make our decisions.
The American Legion Auxiliary follows The American Legion on dates of the Spring Meetings.  Everyone needs to check their Constitution and Bylaws on the handling of elections.  Everyone needs to remember The Auxiliary Constitution and Bylaws are different than The American legion.

 

If you have any questions please call our Department President Teresa at 605-351-8470.

 

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary

 

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3/30/20

2020 Spring District Mettings - UPDATE

The America Legion Auxiliary President Teresa Huntimer asked that this information be shared on the Spring District Meetings. 

 

SD American Legion Constitution and Bylaws Article IV, Section 7 requires the Department Commander to call District Conventions between March 1 and May 1. Due to the current COVID-19 situation.

Motion that all District Spring Conventions are postponed and rescheduled before the beginning of the 2020 State Convention, with meeting times to be determined. District Commanders may opt to conduct a meeting within their District before the Department Convention with the Department Commander’s approval and if the current COVID-19 dangers have subsided. They must inform their Posts at least 15 days before such a meeting.

 Motion #2 with updates;

"The DEC is to recommend to Posts to postpone their elections initially and to recommend to them to find other means to hold election of officers. Depending on their Constitution and Bylaws or if environmentally safe to gather in groups of more than ten it could be done the next time they physically can meet, electronically or by mailed out ballot."

 

What this means to you.

Spring District Conventions are now Postponed out.  Expect District 3-8 to be held at the State Convention.  District 1 & 2 will likely hold theirs prior to convention if they can.  Pending the restrictions from COVID-19.
The Second motion is our advice to our Posts.  You must follow your constitution and Bylaws for guidance on how decide. Or you must look at South Dakota Nonprofit law SDCL 47-22 chapter.
We are staying flexible going forward and making decisions as needed.  We realize you base a lot of decisions off our schedule and we will notify you when we officially make our decisions.
The American Legion Auxiliary follows The American Legion on dates of the Spring Meetings.  Everyone needs to check their Constitution and Bylaws on the handling of elections.  Everyone needs to remember The Auxiliary Constitution and Bylaws are different than The American legion.

 

If you have any questions please call our Department President Teresa at 605-351-8470.


3/30/20

COVID-19 Notices

**********Added 3/19/2020**********

Message from VA Debt Management Center (DMC)

Greetings from the VA Debt Management Center (DMC),

 Attention Veterans and Family members who have a VBA overpayment.

If you are affected by the COVID-19 (CORONA VIRUS), have a VBA benefit debt and need temporary financial relief, please contact DMC at 1-800-827-0648 to request assistance.

*********Added 3/17/2020***********

DEPARTMENTAL SPRING DISTRICT MEETINGS ARE BEING RESCHEDULED -- KEEP CHECKING THE CALENDAR FOR UPDATES

***********Added 3/17/2020********

GIRLS STATE REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO April 6th

*********Added 3/17/2020*********

Spring Midwest Honor Flight Missions PostPoned

*********Added 3/16/2020*********

Auxiliary Workshop Scheduled for 3/21/2020 in Piedmont has been cancelled


8/3/19

Operation Pillowcase -- Informational announcement

For those who are not aware, at ALA Girls State this year, the girls decorated pillowcases to be given to military service members when they deploy.  On July 26, Department President Teresa Huntimer presented the 152nd Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in Pierre with the Girls State pillowcases.  President Teresa has since been asked if she has any more pillowcases.  It broke her heart to say there were none left.


Thus, Operation Pillowcases has begun!  These pillowcases mean the world to our deployed military, and President Teresa never again wants to tell anyone that there are no pillowcases available.  Rather than waiting until the next Girls State, President Teresa is calling on all Auxiliary units across the state to participate in this project.  She wants to compile as many pillowcases as possible, so she is always ready when she receives word of another deployment.


There are a number of ways unit members can participate.  They can (1) donate pillowcases that have been decorated in a patriotic fashion, (2) donate plain white pillowcases that President Teresa can have others decorate, or (3) donate Sharpie markers to be used for decorating.  Donations may be brought to the district meetings or to Midwinter Conference.

Here are a few notes should units choose to decorate pillowcases themselves.  Sharpie markers are better than fabric paint because the paint would be rough.  Please remember that these may potentially be used on pillows that our military are laying their heads on!  Sewn or embroidered pillowcases are also acceptable.  White pillowcases are preferred.  However blue and red are okay as long as the decorations are plainly visible.  Decorations do need to be patriotic or supportive of our military (meaning "Thank you for your service" is just as appropriate as "God bless America").  The decorations need to be something that our military can understand and appreciate without necessarily knowing about the American Legion Auxiliary.

Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary in South Dakota, our active military need our support!  Even if each unit only decorates 10 pillowcases, President Teresa will never again have to tell our deploying military that there are no more pillowcases.  The pillowcase serves a practical purpose, but it also serves as a constant reminder that there are folks back home who care about them and support them.  So let's all do our part to make Operation Pillowcases a huge success.


Noelle Bonjour
Public Relations Chair
American Legion Auxiliary Dept. of SD


07/09/2019

“Wives” to Become “Spouses” – a Look at What this Means for the
American Legion Auxiliary and Our Mission

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