Auxiliary News - Announcements
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.
Unit data forms are due to the office by April 15, 2017. They are on our web page under forms.
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 .
Girls State parent waiver form due into the office by February 28,2017
Girls state refunds will not be issued until April 2017
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
I have a new request from Laura, VA Voluntary Services, at the Des Moines VA.
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.
Donations wanted for "Hospice Baskets Project" at the Des Moines VAMC Facility. Using small baskets, place travel-size items such as lotions, shampoo and conditioner, and body spray along with a notepad/pencil or pen and fuzzy socks. You can find items at Target, Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Walmart, Hy-Vee and Bath and Body Works. (Use your imagination on what items to use.). If you would rather donate money, send check to Department and earmark it for "Hospice Baskets at Des Moines VAMC."
Please help the CLC Hospice Wing provide the best experience for our veterans.
Thank you for honoring their service and sacrifice for our freedoms. Contact VA&R Department Mary Sebben if you need more information.
Reminder for contacting the Department Office: Please use this guideline. Thank you.
Traci – email@example.com – Obligations, Poppies, Website, 990’s
Jeannie – firstname.lastname@example.org – Membership, Girls State, Junior Camp
Marlene – email@example.com – 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