President Jeannine's  Jan Blog

I would like to thank everyone who has sent cards of get well to me.  My treatment is going very well so far, and I feel good.  I am looking forward to seeing all of you at the Mid-Winter Conference in Spearfish, we have an exciting weekend planned.

The Christmas Parties are over at the VA facilities, they were well attended and enjoyed by all.  I want to thank all the Chairman you did a great job.  I would like to encourage you if you have never been to a Christmas Party to put it on your list and try to attend.  The Veterans enjoy visiting and sharing their service connection with us.

February is Americanism month!!  Remember the Poem and Essay contest in your Units.  The theme’s and information is on the website under the “Americanism Plan of Action” also the America Legion Oratorical Contest to be held first at the District level and then the final at Mid-Winter on Sunday morning.  Plan to attend and see the talent and knowledge of these young people.

During the Conference we will hear from the VA&R and Children and Youth Chairman.  Also, at 1pm on Saturday there will be a guest speaker giving information on setting up email accounts and security features.  Rose Kraft will be presenting “The ALA and Me”.  Constitution and Bylaws Susie Clyde will present a short presentation on preparing a Constitution for your Unit.  The Program Fair will continue after the presentations.  Northwest Division Vice President Barb Vetter will be our guest speaker on Saturday after the opening session and again at the Joint Banquet on Saturday evening. Sunday morning starts out with a joint Memorial Service and followed by the State Oratorical Contest.

Keep in mind Journalism City Applications are due March 1, 2019 and Girls State Applications are due April 1.  It’s not to early to start looking for those girls in our schools.  On February 6, the America Legion Auxiliary is planning on joining the American Legion at the Capitol Building where the Legislative goes into session around 2:00 pm.  The Boys and Girls State Governors will be introduced in the Senate and the House of Representatives.  Auxiliary Members are invited to attend.  At 5:00 pm there will be a reception at the Post 8 American Legion Cabin.

Jeannine

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary

 

2018-2019 Previous President Blogs


10/08/18

                                            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!!

Jeannine


12/01/19

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!

 Jeannine