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


2018-2019 Previous President Blogs


May Blog


I would like to wish everyone a HAPPY EASTER!!

As I write this blog, they are collecting my stem cells for my transplant in June!  Great news, the process isn’t bad, the sitting around is the problem.  I can’t sit still, and this involves 7 hours in one place!!

District Meetings are complete!  What great things the Units reported that they did for our Veterans.  Poems and Essays were judged and as always, they were great. 

April was Children and Youth month and purple up for the “Military Child” hope your Unit was able to do something special.

     District Elections were held in the odd numbered Districts.  Good to see new faces willing to move up and serve.  District 1 elected Carol Edwards, District 3 elected Patsy Madsen, District 5 elected Wendy Henley, and District 7 reelected Alice Upshaw.  Thank You ladies!  They will be ratified at State Convention in June in Sioux Falls.

     State Convention will be June 6-9, 2019 in Sioux Falls SD. it takes place at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.  Don’t forget your Banquet and Luncheon tickets, none will be sold at the door.  PLEASE!  bring items to donate to the Silent Auction.  The monies collected will go for my Presidents Project at the Ft. Meade Medical Center for iPad’s to be used in the Out Patient Mental Health Unit.  Cowboy hats were given out at Midwinter if you received on bring it to State Convention, we will be wearing them.  If you didn’t get one there will be hats available at Convention. 

     Girls State will be held at USD in Vermillion May 27, thru June 1, 2019.  Auxiliary Day is that Thursday, May 30th, anyone wishing to come is welcome, give Cheryl a call so she can plan on you.  If you’ve never been, Good Experience if you can make that work.

Hope to see everyone at State Convention!

 Jeannine Loesch Department President   



March Blog


District Meetings are just about finished, the last 3 are this weekend.  The Units continue to do great things to serve our Veterans.  The Poems and Essays were very good!  I think due to the bad weather the number received was down.  There were several schools canceled for the weather.

April is Children and Youth Month, remember the “Good Deed” and “Youth Hero Awards”.

Elections are held in the odd number Districts, District 1 elected Carol Edwards, and District 7 elected Alice Upshaw.  The other two will be this weekend.  The meetings have been great!  Units continue to report on what they have done this Year.

The State Convention will be held in Sioux Falls June 6-9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.  Remember to get your rooms booked and in the April Legionette the Banquet and Luncheon tickets will be available, you will need to order in advance, none will be sold at the Convention.  Cowboy hats were given out at Midwinter, if you received one bring it along to State Convention if you didn’t get one, they will be available at Convention.  The nominating committee is looking for someone interested in the position of Historian, if you feel that would be something you are interested in have your Unit send and endorsement to the Legionette.

Girls State is fast approaching!  Applications need to be sent to Cheryl Hovorka by April 1.  Cheryl reported she has 11 girls for Journalism City.  Remember the Thursday of Girls State week is for Auxiliary.  If you haven’t ever went, try to go.

I am continuing to feel great, in April they plan to harvest my cells for my transplant in June. I will be in the hospital in Sioux Falls in June for about 2 weeks.

That’s all for now lets “Saddle Up for Veterans


March 2019 Blog

We just finished Midwinter Conference in Spearfish.  Thank You District 1 for planning the Conference.  Of course, the weather was an issue, but we do live in South Dakota.  The Program Fair was great, I hope that good information goes back to the Units.  The Silent Auction brought in $429.00, which will go towards my Presidents Project.  Mary Jo’s Children and Youth pillow case project went over well with tons of clothes donated to fill up the pillow cases.    The Ladies Night out was GREAT!!  We were bused to the Lodge, had a FREE supper, had drinks FREE and finally the Slot Tournament and a chance to win FREE money what more could you ask for.  

Remember to nominate a Unit Member from your Unit and send it to your District President by March 1st. Also, Poems and Essays need to be sent to the Americanism Chairman Patsy Madsen.  All the information will be coming out in the next mailing from Department Headquarters.  Remember the American Legions Birthday March 15th.  Show the Legion we appreciate what they do.

 District Meetings will begin in March:

March 16, District 1, Spearfish

March 17, District 2 , Crazy Horse

March 22, District 6, Wessington Springs

March 23, District 7, Canton

March 24, District 8, Yankton

March 29, District 4, Leola

March 30, District 5, Clark

March 31, District 3 Winner

If you are unable to make your own District Meeting, find a District you can go to.



December 2018 Blog

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!



                                            October 2018 Blog

Thank You all for attending the Fall District Meetings!!  I enjoyed meeting my Auxiliary sisters and the opportunity I had to visit with them.  I hope I can see many of you at the Gift Shops, Christmas Parties and later at the Mid-Winter Conference in Spearfish.

November 10th is the Auxiliary Birthday do something special at your Unit meeting because you belong to the largest Patriotic women’s organization in the world. 

Then November 11th is Veterans Day don’t forget to say Thank You to those men and women who fought for our freedom.  We owe an enormous debt to the Veterans of this Nation.  The debt is only payable in respect, honor and remembrance.  The October mailing will be coming out soon, Plans of Action are part of this huge mailing.  Be sure and share the information with your members.

In the Spirit of Good Will!!