South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary




Chaplain Action Plan

Karen M. Layher Chaplain

 47468 146th St.

Milbank, SD 57252

Cell: 605-880-5726

Home: 605-432-4010

As Chaplain, I have been entrusted by the members of the American Legion Auxiliary to be your spiritual guide through prayer, actions and deeds. This is a position I am honored to hold. Our beloved country was founded on faith and service. Service to our God and service to others. My prayer for the year is our service to God and county will be to create harmony and growth in our spiritual lives. Thanks to our veterans, freedom does ring in South Dakota and let our Auxiliary members be the instruments in service to ring the bell to spread God's love.

  • Pray for the American Legion Auxiliary, its members and leaders, for success in carrying out our mission.
  • Guide members through prayer experiences that are appropriate for the situation.  Provide and promote emotional and spiritual support to the American Legion Family by sending emails, prayers, etc., to members throughout the administrative year.
  • Reconnect with the heart of God, the master of might, and promote our founding fathers' desire to create one nation under God.
  • Be present and responsible for all invocations, benedictions, and memorial services for deceased members at official meetings.
  • Recommend educational materials that promote a spirit of unity and love.  Create spiritual, fun events throughout the year that provide fellowship time and spiritual growth.


    Prayer Rocks: As I thought about a project, my thoughts kept going back to prayer rocks as I carry one with me. During a recent conversation with Elvira, she told me she also carries one with her. I envision this project to be quite easy to do as members can pick up any flat stone and add a simple word to the front such as hope, faith or thank you. Add a bible verse reference on the back such as John 3:16. If you decorate a stone in patriotic colors, the simple words "Thank you" would be very a wonderful opportunity to let a veteran know we truly appreciate their service. Please remember to take some pictures and let me know what you unit has done so I can include this on my report.

Christmas Stockings: The other project I would like to suggest is "Stitches of Love". Sew a Christmas stocking for our Veterans. I would suggest a simple colorful Christmas material sewed in the shape of a stocking. This could be hung on the Veterans door, or in their room to bring them some Christmas cheer. Maybe you unit could add a tube of ChapStick or a pair of socks. A nice little gift to remember our men and women of the military. Again, remember pictures and stories.

Have fun with these projects! Remember "Thanks to our Veterans Freedom Rings in South Dakota".

President's Prayer Book:

The Department of South Dakota has always encouraged Unit Chaplains to turn in prayers for the President's Prayer Book. All of us have shared and witnessed powerful prayers and quotes at church, bible studies and meetings. Those words should be celebrated and archived in a beautiful book that our President can remember her year by reading the beautiful prayers created by our members. Please turn in prayers for the President's Prayer Book by May 1st, 2018. You can mail them to the address above, or you may email them as well. Let's ensure President Elvira has a beautiful book for State Convention in June!

Prayer Book Competition:

The Department of South Dakota has, in the past encouraged Unit Chaplains to submit prayer books for competition at the end of the year. This year will be no different. Please let your work be recognized so others may look at the books during convention. Please bring your prayer books to State Convention in June for Judging! If you can't make it to State Convention, please send them to the address listed above and I will make sure it gets there and gets judged! If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.


I encourage Units to send reports of your activities. Mid-year would need to be sent to your District President by November 15, 2017 and the year-end by April 15, 2018. South Dakota was recognized with many awards during National Convention in Reno. Let's continue our good works so I am able to report to the National Chaplain all that many blessings of prayers and spiritual guidance the Auxiliary members have bestowed throughout South Dakota. Have a wonderful Auxiliary year and may God Bless everyone with his love!

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. Hebrews 6:10