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

South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary

 

 VA FACILITY REPRESENTATIVES

2018-2019

Click for listing of 2018-2019 Hospital Representatives

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Gift Shop - Gift Donation Facility Chair & Address:   

                                                                             
Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Joanann Goeringer (ALA GIFT SHOP)
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741


Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                             
c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Susie Clyde (ALA GIFT SHOP)
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Julie Weinmann (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Diane Simunek, (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Human Services Center:
Attn: Cheryl Hovorka
816 Park Street, Yankton, SD 57078

GIFT SHOP MONETARY INSTRUCTIONSAll monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

2018 Christmas Party Chairs:

               Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:          Unit 311, Piedmont -  Unit Presient Jean Howe

               Hot Springs VA Medical Center:       Unit 22, Rapid City - Unit President Terry Curry

               Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:        Kathy Geraets

               Human Services Center:                   Cheryl Hovorka

               Hot Springs State Veterans Home:   Unit 303, Hermosa - Unit President Melissa Wombaker

CHRISTMAS PARTY MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

 Personal Care Items Facility Address:

Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Marcella Root, ALA Hospital Rep.
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741

 Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                         c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Nancy Keith, ALA HSVA Rep.
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Kristen Hendriekson, Voluntary Services #135
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Barbara Walter, ALA SHOWERS
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Mark all boxes – ALA Showers

SHOWER MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

What Facility Does My Unit Support?


Ft. Meade VA Medical Center: ALL of District 1 & 4

Hot Springs VA Medical Center: ALL of District 2; District 5Big Stone City, Britton, Grenville, Langford, Milbank, New Effington, Pierpont, Revillo, Rosholt, Roslyn, Sisseton, Strandburg, Veblen, Waubay, Wilmont; District 8 – Armour, Avon, Corsica, Delmont, Geddes, Lake Andes, Menno, Parkston, Platte, Wagner, Tripp


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center: ALL of District 7; District 5
Astoria, Aurora, Bradley, Brookings, Bruce, Bryant, Carpenter, Castlewood, Clark, Clear Lake, Elkton, Estelline, Garden City, Gary, Raymond, Sinai, Toronto, Volga, Watertown, Webster, White, Willow Lake; District 8 – Centerville, Chancellor, Davis, Hurley, Irene, Marion, Wakonda


Hot Springs State Veterans Home: ALL of District 3 & 6


Human Service Center: District 8 –
Gayville, Springfield, Tabor,Tyndall, Vermillion, Yankton

 

 VA Medical Centers & State Veterans Home Personal Care Items

(items needed by facility)

Ft. Meade:

Sept. / Oct:  Tube & Crew socks, combs, deodorant, lotion                                                                                 Nov: Tootpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, denture cream                                                                                   Dec: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                  Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                         April: Quarters - .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs VA Center:

Sept./Oct.: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant, twin blade disposable razors, shampoo                          Nov.: Puzzle books, postage stamps, greeting cards, playing cards                                                                 Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                          Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                            Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                                  April:  Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May:  Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs State Veterans Home:

Sept: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, foot powder, conditioner                                         Oct.: Playing cards (large print Poker & Pinochle), greeting cards, puzzle books, large print books,                            cash donations for field trips                                                                                                                        Nov.: Denture care products, Kleenex, dental floss                                                                                              Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                       Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                      Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Sioux Falls VA:

Sept.: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant                                                                      Oct.: Denture cleaners, baby powder, twin blade disposable razors                                                             Nov.: Coffee, microwave popcorn (light and butter)                                                                                         Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                      Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters