President Jeannine's  Jan Blog

I would like to thank everyone who has sent cards of get well to me.  My treatment is going very well so far, and I feel good.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Mid-Winter Conference in Spearfish, we have an exciting weekend planned.

The Christmas Parties are over at the VA facilities, they were well attended and enjoyed by all.  I want to thank all the Chairman you did a great job.  I would like to encourage you if you have never been to a Christmas Party to put it on your list and try to attend.  The Veterans enjoy visiting and sharing their service connection with us.

February is Americanism month!!  Remember the Poem and Essay contest in your Units.  The theme’s and information is on the website under the “Americanism Plan of Action” also the America Legion Oratorical Contest to be held first at the District level and then the final at Mid-Winter on Sunday morning.  Plan to attend and see the talent and knowledge of these young people.

During the Conference we will hear from the VA&R and Children and Youth Chairman.  Also, at 1pm on Saturday there will be a guest speaker giving information on setting up email accounts and security features.  Rose Kraft will be presenting “The ALA and Me”.  Constitution and Bylaws Susie Clyde will present a short presentation on preparing a Constitution for your Unit.  The Program Fair will continue after the presentations.  Northwest Division Vice President Barb Vetter will be our guest speaker on Saturday after the opening session and again at the Joint Banquet on Saturday evening. Sunday morning starts out with a joint Memorial Service and followed by the State Oratorical Contest.

Keep in mind Journalism City Applications are due March 1, 2019 and Girls State Applications are due April 1.  It’s not to early to start looking for those girls in our schools.  On February 6, the America Legion Auxiliary is planning on joining the American Legion at the Capitol Building where the Legislative goes into session around 2:00 pm.  The Boys and Girls State Governors will be introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Auxiliary Members are invited to attend.  At 5:00 pm there will be a reception at the Post 8 American Legion Cabin.


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.