President Jeannine's  June Blog

As my year comes to an end, I want to thank all my Department Chairman, Hospital Reps, Deputy Reps, Gift Shop Chairman, Christmas Party Chairman, and Department Officers for the great job this year.

Laurel did a great job in keeping the office running smooth, and answers everyone’s questions.  I have enjoyed reading the great year end reports that the District Presidents prepared.  The number of hours, money donated to programs and projects are great and makes me proud to be a member of the “Largest Women’s Patriotic Organization in the World”.  I will be at Girls State May 27- June 1.  I look forward to seeing these young ladies step out of their comfort zones and make new lifelong friends.  Membership has been a Challenge, Lynn Pohlman has done a great job this year encouraging renew and rejoin.  Thank You!!

I hope to see all of you at State Convention June 6-8, 2019 at the Sheraton Hotel in Sioux Falls.  At the Saturday Luncheon Erin Bultje will speak on “Homeless Female Veterans” On Saturday Department Chairman will give a 3-minute report on the accomplishments of their Chairmanship.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their cards of support, get well, and especially Prayer as I battled cancer.  On June 17th I will get a stem cell transplant at Avera in Sioux Falls.  I feel great and hope the rest continues.  I am confident it will!  Thanks for all you’ve did this year.


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.