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Home is where the heart is, and some community members work whole-heartedly to improve their communities and make a positive impact. Every neighborhood is made up of selfless volunteers dedicated to making big things happen. Each year the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation and Cookies Food Products collaborates to honor individuals that exemplify the characteristics that all true Iowans possess. We will acknowledge ten exceptional Iowans at the 2018 Iowa State Fair.


We look for citizens across the state with a strong work ethic, involvement in their community, drive to improve the great state of Iowa. Ultimately, nominees should go above and beyond to make a lasting impact on their neighborhoods.


Iowan of the Day winners receive:


If you had someone come to mind that would make a great Iowan of the Day, please consider nominating them. Attached is a nomination form with more information about the program. Additional nomination forms are available at www. All nominations for the Iowan of the Day program must be received no later than July 1, 2018. Please feel free to share the attached brochure and flyer.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact me at (515)-262-3111 Ext. 378 or Thank you for your support of the Iowan of the Day program. We appreciate all of your help in making the program a continued success!


Iowan for a Day  Iowa for a Day Brochure






National Poppy Day


On May 25, pay tribute to fallen warriors and today’s military and veterans by proudly wearing a poppy

The American Legion Family will commemorate the second annual National Poppy Day® – held the Friday before Memorial Day – this Friday, May 25.

We’ve come a long way since The American Legion Family adopted the poppy as its memorial flower in the early 1920s. Since then, the blood-red icon has become an enduring symbol of honor for the sacrifices of our veterans from the battlefields of Europe in World War I to today’s global war on terror. In 2016, both The American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary passed resolutions in support of declaring the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day. The American Legion Auxiliary raises nearly $4 million each year distributing poppies throughout the nation, with 100 percent of the funds raised going directly to help veterans, active-duty military, and their families.

With YOUR help, support of National Poppy Day can grow even stronger! Donate to your local ALA unit when you see members distributing poppies in your community, contact your local media and share with them the significance of the poppy and National Poppy Day, or simply wear a poppy in remembrance of those who fought and died for our freedom and those still protecting it today. However you decide to honor our veterans and military, your participation is critical to ensure National Poppy Day is a success this year and every year.

Posting poppy activities on social media? Be sure to tag each post and photo using #PoppyDay and #LegionFamily! Your posts may be featured in national ALA media.

Learn more about National Poppy Day and discover ways to get involved here.



5/15/18:  M. Myrton Skelley Award Certificates are available this year for you to print to your Members!  Please go to Forms - M. Myrton Skelley to print out.  We use 24lb weight paper, but you could use 20lb.  You will still get your certificates like usual from your District President after Department Convention.  This is intended for Units that run out or never received theirs.  Thank you!




3/12/18:   Calling all Vietnam Veterans in the Des Moines Area!



2/6/18:  If your Unit has not paid for the use of ALAMIS this year, you need to go under FORMS and print out the ALAMIS invoice and send in your money.  We have lots of Units that have not paid!



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As most of you are aware, the ALA Programs Action Plan is transforming into a five-year plan (2017-2022) starting this year, with an Annual Supplement published each year containing updates on committee members plus reporting and award deadlines. This shift was brought forth by National Vice President Diane Duscheck in an effort to ensure consistency from year to year and help departments and units focus on serving the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary. This has proven to be a really big project to accomplish, but we hope that this will better assist you and your department chairmen going forward to plan for your programs with consistent information. 


Currently, the release of the 2017-2022 Programs Action Plan and Annual Supplement is set to be uploaded to the national website following National Convention. Our team is working diligently to get both documents out sooner, as we understand your planning needs for the coming administrative year. We truly appreciate your patience through this process. We will notify you as soon as the documents are available, and will mail copies to those who would like them (stay tuned for additional information).  


Please feel free to send me an email or give me a call if you have any questions. Thank you so much for your service to the American Legion Auxiliary! 






Reminder for contacting the Department Office:  Please use this guideline.  Thank you.

Traci – – Obligations, Poppies, Website, 990’s

Jeannie – – Membership, Girls State, Junior Camp

Marlene – – 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









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