Auxiliary News - Announcements
Posted June 12:
We regret to inform you of the passing of Peter Meyer, the husband of Alma Meyer. Alma has been very has been very active on the 4th District and Department levels for several years. Peter Meyer's wake is Monday June 13 from 3-7:00 p.m. at Schluter-Balik Funeral Home, 202 South Washington Street, Calmar, IA 52132. The funeral is Tues. June 14 at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 304 South Maryville St., Calmar, IA 52132. Cards and memorials may be sent to Alma at 106 W Hancock, Calmar, IA 52132. Please keep Alma and her family in your thoughts and prayers.
THE ALA FOUNDATION AWARDS MINI GRANT
TO THE DES MOINES VAMC
CREATIVE ARTS FESTIVAL PROGRAM
On April 24, 2017, the ALA Foundation contacted the Department of Iowa that they had approved a VCAF grant award in the amount of $2,500 to the Des Moines VAMC local veterans’ creative arts festival program.
The mission of the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation is to positively impact the lives of our veterans, military, and their families by funding programs of the American Legion Auxiliary today and for future generations.
Nationwide, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical facilities use the creative arts as one form of rehabilitative treatment to help veterans recover from and cope with physical and emotional disabilities. The American Legion Auxiliary has played a key role since 2000 in the NVCAF as a co-sponsor of the event along with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
On May 24, 2017 the Mini Grant Award check of $2,500 was presented to Suzanne Anderson, Music Therapist, and Becky Thompson, Recreation Therapy Supervisor, by Department President Sharon Anderson and ALA Representative Mary Sebben at the CLC of the Des Moines VAMC.
Mary L. Sebben
Des Moines VAMC
Hi everyone! Hope this email finds you well. :)
In honor of the upcoming National Poppy Day, May 26, and in order to spread the word on social media, we’re asking you to participate in the Share This Poppy social media campaign ALA NHQ is running on Facebook and Twitter! All you have to do is follow the links below and share or retweet the poppy to your own social media profiles and/or post on friend’s pages. As I’m sure you know, Congress is poised to proclaim the Friday before Memorial Day each year as National Poppy Day — a huge accolade for The American Legion Family and a great way to honor those who gave all and those still sacrificing for our freedom today.
To participate, simply follow the links and share on your profile and/or with friends on Facebook or retweet on Twitter:
Thank you in advance for participating and helping to spread the word about National Poppy Day!
If you have any questions, feel free to give me a call or send an email. Please do not "reply all" to this email.
National wanted to give you all a heads up about a new mailing from The Hartford that just went out to our members. It is The Hartford’s Rewards Accident Insurance. Please go to the ALA Plan Administrator at the following number: 844.363.1726. Do not call the Department Office.
Junior Camp, Kathy Wilkerson Camp Director
Who’s fired up for Junior Camp? The 2017 Junior Camp will be at the Christian Conference Center, Newton. All Juniors ages 8 -18 are eligible to attend. Camp will start with arrival/check-in Sunday evening, June 4 and will end with the close of Department Junior Convention, Friday, June 9. Any deviations from attending the entire week need to be cleared with the Camp Director by June 1. Registered campers will receive a letter around the middle of May with more specifics including what to pack and what to leave at home. Updates will be communicated via the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary website and/or the Iowa American Legion Auxiliary Junior Camp Facebook page.
The $125 camp fee does not cover the cost of the week. All monetary contributions to defray the cost of camp and support crafts and other special projects or speakers are ALWAYS welcome and appreciated! Any District, County, Unit or Individual contribution of any amount helps. Please consider making a difference in the life of a Junior Auxiliary member today and send your donation directly to Department Office earmarked Iowa Junior Auxiliary Camp (4403).
Camper registration is now available online. The link may be found in the forms section of the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Iowa website. After registering online please send the $125 camp fee directly to Department Office along with the completed parental waiver form. Reminder - Camp registration is not complete until the camp fee and parental waiver are received at Department. Don’t delay; deadline for camper registration is April 1, 2017. Counselor/staff registration is also available online in the forms section with an April 1 deadline. So get your applications filled out and mark your calendars for a Hearts on Fire fun filled week of Junior Camp June 4 - 9, 2017.
Department of Iowa
2016-2017 Deadline for submission to Department Historian: June 1, 2017
Address for Submission: Dawn Aberle, 5958 Dix Road, Coggon, IA 52218
Page size: 8 1/2x11 or 12x12 NO LARGER
Number of pages-- No limit – Use your creativity
PG 1: Unit Name and Number
Unit town – County – District
Auxiliary Year (2016-2017)
Department Theme (Hearts on Fire for Veterans)
PG 2: Unit officers
Members serving on a higher level
Balance of Book:
Write the history of your unit in words and pictures the sky is the limit!
Deadline for submission is June 1, 2017. Scrapbooks will be available for pickup at Department Convention in Des Moines. Units are responsible for picking up their books at the end of Convention. Books will not be taken to the Department office following convention.
Same rules apply for Senior OR Junior books.
Dues increase for 2018 dues $17.00 for seniors 3.00 for juniors. New dues will go in affect when you receive your membership packet in July .
Commemorative Junior Member certificates are now available online. The “Commemorative Graduation Certificate” honors the dedication of Junior members as they transition to senior membership. The “Commemorative Enrollment Certificate” can be used when a Junior membership is given as a gift. Both certificates can be found on the Junior Member Activities page when you log in to the Members Only section at www.ALAforVeterans.org.
As Department and Division leaders, I’m asking that you help spread the word about Giving Tuesday. Please distribute the attached brochure to members of your Department. You can include a copy of the flyer in your monthly newsletter, forward copies to all Unit Presidents and Unit Secretaries, and distribute/discuss during meetings with your own Unit. We have just a little over a month to spread the word about this important opportunity to all members within the ALA. Can I count on your support in distributing this message? If you have any questions about Giving Tuesday, they can probably be answered with the information below. However, you should also feel free to contact me if you have any questions. I appreciate your assistance.
Board Member, American Legion Auxiliary Foundation
1. They are currently out of Medium sizes of underwear, shirts and sweatpants for men.
2. They are in need of candy (mostly peppermint type candies) and any kind of gum. This is for smokers to satisfy their needs as they are not allowed to smoke while they are patients on 3A.
District Presidents. please spread the word and help out our VA and our veterans.
Laura, said the best way to make a donation of candy is to ask members to purchase the candies and drop them off at the VA. Ask them to include their name, organization, address and phone number so we can confirm and thank them.
Dept. VA&R Chairman
Great news — the 2016-2017 Programs Action Plan (formerly known as the Plan of Action) is ready and available for download at www.ALAforVeterans.org. The benefit of using the web version is that you’ll always have the latest copy when changes/updates are made
You can download the full 2016-2017 Programs Action Plan here (log in required): https://www.alaforveterans.org/members/programs-action-plan/
Best regards, National Headquarters.
Reminder for contacting the Department Office: Please use this guideline. Thank you.
Traci – firstname.lastname@example.org – Obligations, Poppies, Website, 990’s
Jeannie – email@example.com – Membership, Girls State, Junior Camp
Marlene – firstname.lastname@example.org – Administrative, Communique, Blue Book, Policy Book and other business not list above
NOTE: Traci is in the office all day Monday and Tuesday and Wednesday until noon.
Office Number – 515-282-7987 or FAX – 515-282-7583