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!



South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary


With Thoughts and Prayer

From Department Chaplain

Barbara Walter

Sympathies go out to Charles and Karen Lehr on the death of their sixteen year old Grandson. He is the son of John and Hilary Schwagel. The Funeral will be Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank SD Friday, October 12th at 3:30 pm.

I'm not sure how many of you were members and/or leaders in your local, district or department ALA while Pat Coyle was Secretary. It is with heavy heart that we have to say good bye to Pat as she has gone to her eternal life.

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.

Cards may be sent to the Family of Pat Coyle, 752 Kansas Ave, SE, Huron, SD 57350

A personal side note from Rose: Pat is like the backbone to all of the Auxiliary Members in South Dakota. When you speak to people who worked with her as our Department Secretary they have nothing but praise for her, the job she did and her commitment to our Veterans through the Auxiliary. It is time that we step up to the plate and be the new Pat Coyle of today. God blessed us with Pat and know Pat is sharing her eternal life with him. God Bless.

Prayers and deepest sympathy to PDP Barb Vetter on the loss of her mother, Regina Heidereich. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 2nd.