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Posted 11/7/17:  

Visitation for Louis Kirk is at McCalley funeral home in Adel from 1 -7pm on Wednesday. Louis Kirk's funeral is Thursday morning at 9:30 am at the same place. We will be at the Iowa veterans cemetery at 11 am.  Here is a link to the funeral home​.


Posted 11/6/17:

November is a big month for Education!  November hosts National Education Week November 13-17 to be exact.  This is a great time to get into your local schools to show your appreciation for all that the teacher and support staff are doing to enrich the lives of the children in your community.  Some great ideas for National Education Week include give small treats to the teachers and support staff (remember many schools are NUT FREE) non food items are also great!  Make a Give 10 to Education Donation to your local schools (Check with your local school to see what items they are most in need of).  Volunteer your time to the school in anyway that they need it. 

This week also falls very close to Veteran's Day, what a great time to organize a Veteran's in the classroom activity or day!  

As you do these activities please send me a report of what you have been doing for the Education Program. 

District Presidents please forward this to your County and Unit officers.

Live, Learn, Educate


Alida Kolthoff

Department Education Chairman

Posted 10/24/17:


Past Department President Sandra Heckstein had a stoke following the 4th District Conference on 10/21/17.  She is still in the hospital but would enjoy your cards at 2021 385th Street, Osage, IA 50461.


Does The American Legion endorse sending flag stars to troops​?  


Margie Black, 87, of Oskaloosa passed away Sunday, October 15, 2017, at the Mahaska Health Partnership in Oskaloosa.

Margie Ione Black, daughter of Arley and Thelma Irene (Mitchell) Garrett, was born July 22, 1930, in Oskaloosa, Iowa. She was a 1948 graduate of Oskaloosa High School.  August 4, 1950, she was united in marriage to Fred Black Jr. at the First Christian Church in Oskaloosa.  Margie was first employed at the Oskaloosa Herald and later worked for Garden and Associates for ten years.  Her last job was with the Phil Griffin Insurance Agency. She was a longtime active member and volunteer at the First Baptist Church, the American Legion Auxiliary, and the Nelson Pioneer Farm.  Margie had a servant’s heart and truly enjoyed helping others; she also volunteered for many years at the V.A. Hospital in Knoxville, Iowa. 

Her family includes her godson, Aaron Lafrenz of Pleasant Hill, Iowa; her siblings and their spouses: Elaine and Danny Brown of Oskaloosa, Mary Lou and Carrol Beyer of Sully, and Betty Plate of Pella. She is also survived by three sisters-in-law: Nancy Garrett of Bussey, Nadine Garrett of Marion, and Miladean Garrett of Albia; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband, Fred, of 54 years and her parents, she was preceded in death by four brothers: Bill, Bob, Keith, and Donald Garrett; two sisters: Dorothy Hazlett and Faye Arlene Salway; three brothers-in-law: Bob Plate, Gene Black, Dale Hazlett; and a sister-in-law, Marian Gaston Sperry.

Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 Wednesday, October 18, 2017, at Langkamp Funeral Chapel in Oskaloosa with Pastor Alvern Boetsma of the Good News Chapel officiating. Burial will be in Forest Cemetery.  Visitation will begin at 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral chapel; the family will greet visitors from 5-7 p.m., Tuesday evening.  Memorials can be made to the American Legion Auxiliary. 




We regret to inform you that Past National Vice Commander Keith Baker passed away on Saturday, September 23, 2017.  Keith’s wife Tooter was a Past National Historian and Past Iowa Department President.  Committal Services for Keith will be at the Iowa Veterans Cemetery, at Van Meter, Iowa, at 11:00 a.m.  A lunch will be served at the Van Meter Post Home at 11:30 a.m.  Memorials are for the Iowa Foundation for Boys State Scholarships.  Cards and Memorials may be sent to Betty (Tooter) Baker, 1244 32nd Street, Des Moines, IA 50311.


Also, get well cards may be sent to Tooter at the above address.  Tooter had hip surgery last week.






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! 





American Legion Auxiliary

2017-2018 Mission Training and Junior Meeting 

We are excited to announce the dates and locations for the 2017-2018 Mission Training Conferences and Junior Meetings:

October 14: Springfield, Illinois
October 21: Hartford, Connecticut
October 21: Minneapolis, Minnesota
October 28: Shreveport, Louisiana
January 20: Charlotte, North Carolina
February 3: Las Vegas, Nevada

To register now, click this link: Yes
Everyone who registers must have a unique email address, this includes Junior members.  If you are registering someone that does not have their own email address, please contact for instructions.

Registration Fees:
Your registration fee includes: materials for the conference, one continental breakfast and one lunch. Register early for a discounted registration fee. Those who register after the deadline or on-site may not be guaranteed all of the materials during the conference.
For more information, please click the links below:
View Event Summary 
Compliance Matters is being offered again this year! FREE information session on IRS Compliance including topics like EINs and filing 990s will take place the Friday night before the Saturday conferences from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. If you wish to attend, please select the optional session during registration!

To make housing arrangements:
Housing requests will be made through your registration process, please be sure to register by the housing deadline found on the registration website, after that time rooms are subject to availability. 

For housing information, please click here:

Not able to attend a mission training this year?
Please click this link: No
By clicking No, that you will no longer receive reminder emails to register.

Have Questions?
Please contact the ALA Event Team at



Posted 5/16/17:

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.

Thank you!

Posted 1/25/17:  

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 .


Hello, Ladies.

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.

ALAF Giving Tuesday Brochure

Dory Hammeke

Board Member, American Legion Auxiliary Foundation



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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