Auxiliary members…hang on for the ride of your life as we embark on our new year together. We have many things to accomplish this year and I know all of you are up to the challenge.
First of all, thank you for giving me the honor of serving as your Department President for 2015-2016.
My theme is "Always Remember" and my symbol is a patriotic heart tied with a yellow ribbon. Throughout this coming year, I ask all members to remember the following things:
• Always Remember our Veterans and military and the many sacrifices they have given to provide for our freedom
• Always Remember the special privilege you have to belong to the American Legion Auxiliary
• Always Remember that every member can help with Unit membership; be prepared with application blanks and At-A-Glance brochures
• Always Remember that this organization is not "my" unit or "my" program. We are in this together to work as a team
• Always Remember to be a good mentor and a good friend. When new members join, teach them our programs, work beside them and encourage them. When members have personal challenges, listen to them and help
I have several projects for this next year: 1) Continue raising funds for our Department scholarships; 2) Raise funds for the Auxiliary Emergency Fund; 3) Raise funds to support the Lincoln VA Homeless Outreach. Please donate to any of these that your Unit chooses to support as all three would benefit.
I am so very proud of the work that everyone in the Department of Nebraska does for our Veterans and for membership this past year. I personally know it isn't easy to find new members or collect renewals, but our Veterans didn't have it easy either. We have an outstanding membership team who are glad to help you with new ideas and listen to your concerns. We may not be able to solve everything, but we do want to listen to what you have to say. Nothing saddens me more than when I receive an email or phone call from a Unit saying they just can't go on and want to dissolve. If our organization no longer exists, who will be here to ensure that our Veterans and military are cared for in the future? We must continue to work together as a family to find ways to make the American Legion Auxiliary an organization that women want to join and remain as members.
In closing, I would ask each of you to visit a Veterans facility during this next year and find a way that you can personally volunteer some of your time or talents. Whether stuffing envelopes, pushing a wheel chair, doing sewing projects or making tray favors and centerpieces -- our Veterans need us to be there for them as they were for us. Once your heart is touched by a visit to one of these facilities, I hope it will help you to Always Remember why your membership in our organization is such a great privilege.
In Service to God and Country,
2015-2016 Department President