South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary


2017-2018 South Dakota Auxiliary President, Elvira Moen's, Homecoming Highlights

President Elvira escorted in by her husband Hilmer Moen

2016-2017 President and Jr. Past President, Melanie Martens, presenting the Dept. of South Dakota Auxiliary Banner to 2017-2018 President Elvira Moen

Jr. Past President Melanie Martens and Elvira's daughters helping President Elvira prepare for the upcoming year with her new outfit

President Elvira speaking to the Legion and Auxiliary members about the year ahead

South Dakota Legion Commander, Hugh Holmes, congratulating President Elvira 

2017-2018 Commander Hugh Holmes and Linda Holmes posing with 2017-2018 Auxiliary President, Elvira Moen and Hilmer Moen


District 2 President, Carol Harvey, and 2016-2017 President and current Jr. Past President, Melanie Martens, signing charter membership at the newly chartered Rosebud Unit # 125.


 National American Legion Auxiliary Convention - Reno, NV

August 18th-24th, 2017      

South Dakota's seating sign.....five rows from the front of podium !!!

2016-2017 South Dakota President, Melanie Martens, and her two pages for the convention, Shelley Dragoo and Barb Vetter

National President, Mary Davis, opening the 97th Auxiliary National Convention

Carol Edwards, National Community Service Chairman, giving her report

   2017-2018 South Dakota Auxiliary President, Elvira Moen, preparing to be installed at the                                                                  National Convention


            Marsha Timm, South Dakota Auxiliary Member of the Year, posing with National                President Mary Davis        


South Dakota selected as the "Department of the Year" by National President Mary Davis

2016-2017 South Dakota Auxiliary President, Melanie Martens, accepting Department of the Year Excellence Award from National President, Mary Davis

South Dakota Delegates / Alternates assemble for a group photo

Fall 2017 District Meetings 


District Two - Hot Springs, SD - 09/09/17

District One - Bison, SD     09/10/17

District Three - Reliance, SD - 09/23/17

                                  District Four  - Brentford, SD - 09/24/17                                   (photo taken / submitted by Becky Hawkins)

                                                    District Five - Britton, SD - 09/24/17                                          (photo taken / submitted by Linda Holmes)

District Six - Wessington Springs, SD - 09/30/17
(photo taken and submitted by Linda Holmes- District 6 President)

District Seven 2017 Fall Meeting - Tea, SD - 09/29/17
(photo taken and submitted by Linda Holmes)

Helping Our Veterans

Iowa and South Dakota working at the Stand Down in Sioux Falls- 09/22/17
(photo submitted by 1st Vice / VA&R Chairman - Theresa Huntimer on Facebook )

Honorary Junior President of South Dakota, Casondra Gerlach helping Juniors Chairman, Sharon Teunissen, welcome our soldiers home by distributing flags and the special ink pens to returning soldiers of the 153rd.

(pictures posted by Juniors Chairman, Sharon Teunissen on Facebook - 09/30/17

Another Successful Sweat for Veterans Event in the Books Congratulations to the Ethan Unit Legion Auxiliary Officers and Members for putting on Amazing Fun 5k Run/2k Walk for Mitchell and surrounding communities. Special thanks to State Commander Hugh Holmesfor participating in the event .
(photo and commentary submitted by Sharon Broghammer on Facebook)

Supporting Education / Children & Youth in South Dakota

Piedmont Valley ALA Unit 311 delivering 10 for 10 program items (headphones) to Piedmont Valley Elementary School, Piedmont, SD. Unit members Mary Wranek and Helen Riedlinger with School Secretary Kelli Wilson. Quote from Kelli "Thanks for all you and the Auxiliary do for our school."
(picture and commentary submitted by Helen Riedlinger on Facebook - 09/20/17)

Valley Springs Unit 131 introduced a puppet show to kindergartners on the Pledge of Allegiance. Noelle Bonjour wrote the show and owner of the puppets.I would like to thank her and her Mom Gloria Bonjour for asking me to help.
(photo and commentary submitted by Children&Youth Chairman, Teresa Huntimer - Facebook post - 09/22/17)

Junior Member from Lead-Deadwood  Homestake Unit #31 making Thanksgiving tray favors for the Veterans at Fort Meade VA in Sturgis, SD. 

Great Job!!!

Flag Etiquette

Piedmont Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 311 with assistance from Spearfish Unit 164 Auxiliary and Black Hills Chapter 164 American Legion Riders raised the flag at Piedmont Valley  Elementary School. They presented the 6th Grade classes with a flag etiquette program.

(Picture and commentary provided by Helen Riedlinger, Unit 311 and Chapter 164 Legion Riders)

                                          American Legion Auxiliary Mission Training                                                                                     Minneapolis, MN                                                          October 20-21, 2107

              South Dakota ALA Members attending Mission Training along with National                                presenters Kathy Daudistel and Brenda Collins (back row; left and right)                                      (Picture and commentary posted on South Dakota ALA Facebook page by :                                  Carol Moeller Edwards; National ALA Legislative Chairman)                

Supporting Our Veterans

Stand Down in Rapid City, SD - Nov. 9th, 2017

(picture taken and submitted to FB by Helen Riedlinger)

Christmas Gift Shops 

Hot Springs State Veterans Home 

(picture taken and submitted to FB page by Diane Simunek)

Ft. Meade VA, Sturgis, SD

(picture submitted to FB page by Micheline Nelson, Spearfish Unit)

Hot Springs VA  - Hot Springs, SD

(picture submitted to FB page by Susie Clyde, Gift Shop Chairman)