ALL ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY
In this world of ours, the American Legion Auxiliary shines as an example of unselfish giving. With almost a million members from all walks of life, the Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to most Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers. The Auxiliary, organized in 1919 to assist The American Legion, is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. Through its 10,500 Units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with the American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.
Patriotism is a personal commitment for American Legion Auxiliary members. We place great importance on community involvement and responsible citizenship.
The Auxiliary has conceived and implemented hundreds of programs for veterans, their families, young people and the community at large. Many programs have been expanded and now are commonly accepted institutions within the community and nation. So deeply ingrained are such programs that the subtle guiding hand of the Auxiliary is often not recognized.
Few people realize that:
The Auxiliary and the Legion are often centers for community and civic activities in mid-America, and provide a focal point for citizens’ involvement.. The Auxiliary raises more than $18 million every year and reinvests those funds in VA medical centers and community programs.
Thousands of hours are devoted to crime prevention programs, instructing children, the elderly and the general public on safety, crime prevention and protection within the community.
Auxiliary volunteers are the backbone of assistance in the 171 VA Medical Centers.
They not only provide diversion and entertainment for patients but also assist the hospital staff in physical and psychological therapy, clerical and many other duties that would otherwise cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.
The Auxiliary deals with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, missing and abused children, teen suicide and teen pregnancy. Its services touch the lives of all Americans directly or indirectly. More than 20 nationwide programs receive support and financial aid from the American Legion Auxiliary.
A Timeline celebrating 80 years of achievements:
1919 The American Legion Auxiliary is first established to support the American Legion
1921 The First National Convention convenes in Kansas City, Mo. The Poppy of Flanders Field becomes the memorial flower of the Auxiliary
1925 Auxiliary moves it's National Headquarters to the War Memorial Plaza in Indianapolis, IN.
1927 It is decided that only veteran-made poppies will be distributed by the Auxiliary
1934 The Auxiliary establishes Junior membership
1936 The American Legion Auxiliary's Bulletin becomes the National News
1937 The Girls State program is created
1944 The Auxiliary's program for the rehabilitation of disabled veterans is crated
1947 The first Girls Nation is held in Washington, DC
1950 The first Golden Press/Golden Mike media awards are presented
1953 The first Women's Forum on National Security convenes in Washington
1970 The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is established
1972 Cavalcade of Memories is established at National Headquarters
1979 President Carter signs a bill extending Legion eligibility to Vietnam-era veterans
1980 The first Awareness Assembly is held in Washington, DC, replacing the Women's Forum
1988 Heart of America Awards are initiated, replacing the Golden Press/Golden Mike Awards
1990 Eligibility is extended to veterans of Grenada Lebanon and Panama
1992 Eligibility is extended to veterans of the Persian Gulf hostilities
1995 The 50th session of Girls Nation is celebrated
2000 The American Legion Auxiliary celebrates its 80th year
The mission statement of the American Legion Auxiliary:
To support the American Legion programs for Veterans Children, and Community.
To provide for today’s needs, while being advocates for a brighter future.
To advance the understanding of patriotism and responsibility of citizenship.
To promote individual integrity and family values.
To ensure that, as volunteers, we continue to be the leaders in all that is good in this nation today, tomorrow, and for generations to come, through serving others, not self.
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred per cent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations during the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy; to participate in and contribute to the to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of The American Legion; to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness.
OUR UNIT WAS CHARTERED ON MAY 8, 1950 BY THE FOLLOWING MEMBERS:
Mildred Adams Phyllis Arnold Anatasia Beam Mary Brown May Clagett Viola Gempp Mary Louise Hann Jeanne Hare Cora Harris Shirley Harris Etta Ruth Heird Dorothy Hoover Vera Kreitzer Mary Alice Lare Gladys Leister Helen Leonard Bessie Martin Clara Martin Virginia Martin Mary Mathias Estie Miller Viola Morris Louise Parlette Pansy Phillips Estey Richards Ella Rill Gertie Rohrbaugh Mazie Rohrbaugh Mary Shepard Alice Smith Evelyn Smith Grace Smith Mary Spicer Rheda Stiffler Oneida Stone Dorothy Thorssell Kathleen Wells Martha Wisner