2020 Christmas Gift Shops and Christmas Parties


Ft. Meade Gift Shop (Joanann Goeringer)

Sunday, November 15 – 10:00 am 

We will be starting at the chapel instead of the hospital, filling and wrapping gifts to ship. We will do a potluck each day we are there.  If anyone has a table and maybe a small heater if you get cold, the chapel does not have heat. Please bring them.  We are not sure how many days it will take.

Ft. Meade Christmas Party – (Piedmont Unit 311) – yet to be determined

There will not be an in-house party this year. Members will be gathering together to put together gift bags to be distributed.

Hot Springs State Home Gift Shop (Diane Simunek)

Saturday, November 14 – 12:00 pm (Mountain Time)

We will be meeting at the Hot Springs Post Home at 12:00 pm. We will be wrapping gifts and doing Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs State Home Christmas Party (Kim Geer and Mary Jo Stier)

There will not be an in-house Christmas Party at the State Home this year. Instead, we will be assembling gift bags for the residents on Saturday, November 14. We will get together at the Hot Springs Post Home on Saturday afternoon around 4:00 pm to assemble the bags and to write Christmas cards. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Gift Shop (Susie Clyde)

The gift shop is set as scheduled. However, it will be a little different. We are allowed to only have two people help the veterans shop at any given time. After the veterans are all done shopping, we will have up to seven people come in and wrap the gifts to be mailed. 

Hot Springs VA Hospital Christmas Party (Terry Curry) – yet to be determined

Sioux Falls VA Hospital Gift Shop – (Julie Weinmann)

The VA will have a VA employee going to the Veterans and getting the gift requests.  They will then bring the list back to us and we will pick out the items and then wrap them and the VA employee will deliver the gifts to the Veterans room or we will mail them out.  The VA wants us to give to the Veteran plus 1 other gift.  The second gift will probably be mailed out.  We might be able to sneak in more than one other gift.  I will need only a few volunteers for this gift shop on Monday and Tuesday and would like them to stay the whole day.

Sioux Falls VA Christmas Party – (Kathy Geraets) - yet to be determined


Human Service Center Gift Shop - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Human Service Center staff will be having the veterans fill in a Christmas wish form and will send them to me the day before Thanksgiving. We will then need to go shopping for the gifts and line up a day to wrap. If you would like to help, please reach out to Mary Jo.


Human Service Center Christmas Party - (Mary Jo Stier)

The Christmas Party will be a catered meal on December 17. The Human Service Center Staff will be serving the meal for us. 

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary




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.


COVID-19 Notices

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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.

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Spring Midwest Honor Flight Missions PostPoned

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


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


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