President Jeannine's  Dec Blog

There is a lot happening in the Auxiliary!!  Gift Shops are half over, and Christmas Parties will be starting at the facilities.  I love this time of year and I really enjoy the gift shops.  It is so rewarding to be able to spend time with “Our Veterans” our “Hero’s”.  They always ask the question of why we do this and feel they aren’t worthy—they truly are.  In early November I fractured my pelvis and have had a great deal of pain and doctor appointments.  I apologize for not attending the Gift Shops at the Hot Springs VA and Ft. Meade Medical Center.  I am now on my way back to recovery.

I also want to thank everyone who contributed to my Presidents project so far.  Connie Wagner District 1 President and member of the Spearfish Unit emailed me telling me that the Spearfish Unit donated $500.00 to my Presidents Project and Challenges other units to do so also.  Thanks, the Veterans deserve all we can do for them, send all donations to Department Headquarters and mark it Presidents Project.

I hope you have turned in your midyear reports and you reported on everything your Unit has done!  I am waiting to read all those reports of all you did for Veterans, Children and Youth, and your Communities.

I would like you to mark your Calendars for the Midwinter Conference to be held in Spearfish on February 8-10th 2019.  I have an exciting weekend planned and I hope you will all plan on attending.  More information will be in the Legionette.

Barb Vetter our NW Division Vice President will our guest at Midwinter.

Look over the progress charts and see if your obligations have been recorded properly, and keep those Memberships coming in Lynn does an excellent job!!  Laurel is doing a Great job at the Department Headquarters!!!

With the Holiday Season approaching remember our Veterans many don’t have families and if you could spare a little of your time that would be the greatest gift of this Holiday Season.  Also remember our deployed veterans and their families, not having that family member with you for Christmas is very hard.  The Holiday Season is much more than shopping and gifts!! 

My husband I want to wish everyone a Happy Holiday Season!


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.