Past Presidents Parley - Cavalade of Memories
Past Presidents Parley and History Committees
Tammy Wright, Chair
1521 Seneca Road NW
Swisher, IA 52338-9525
"Hearts on Fire for our Veterans!" What a great theme President Sharon has selected. The
following was modeled after verbiage taken from the National Program Action Plan: Past
Presidents Parley and the Iowa Strategic Plan - Designed to help Auxiliary members who have
served as unit, county, district or department presidents, members of this committee model,
civility, loyalty and service before self as they actively work to build a strong future for the
organization. (Goal 2, Goal 3 and Goal 4!) The purpose of this committee is to utilize the
experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders for training and encouragement of future
Past Presidents Parley/Cavalcade of Memories, now known as Past Presidents Parley and
History Committees, two different committees, not to be confused with Historian's duties.
National changed the name of the committee so action was taken at 2016's Iowa Department
Convention to change Iowa's committee name as well. New names, same duties and
Ideas for participation in Past Presidents Parley committee:
• Form a unit, county, district Past Presidents Parley, reactivate or revitalize the group
• Encourage mentoring. Be a mentor. Seek out a mentee.
• Promote and submit nominations for Unit Member of the Year award. Honor those
• Promote and submit nominations for the Salute to Servicewomen Award recognizing the
military service of female military personnel, representing each branch of service,
including the National Guard and Reserve. Honor your nominee(s) at your unit. See
National Program Action Plan (formerly known as National Plan of Action) at
alaforveterans.com for Nomination form.
Unit Member of the Year Award Criteria:
• Only senior members in good standing are eligible.
• Current membership dues must be paid.
• The member cannot have obtained an elected or appointed leadership role
higher than that of unit president.
• Selection is based on 2016-2017 accomplishments and activities.
• The nominee may be a new member, years of membership are considered.
• Nomination of 1,000 words or less stating nominees' name and address must be
signed by the unit president and secretary unless the nominee is one of them, in
which case a past unit president must sign the try form.
• Nomination must be received by your District President 2 weeks prior to Spring
District Conference for her selection.
• District President selects and announces District Unit Member of the Year at
Spring Conference and submits to Tammy Wright prior to May 15 so selection of
the Department Unit Member of the Year may be send to national chairman
postmarked by June 1, 2017. Department Unit Member of the Year will be
announced at Department Convention.
The following was modeled after verbiage taken from the National Program Action Plan: The
History Committee preserves, displays and shares the history of the American Legion Auxiliary.
The heart of the Auxiliary is in its unique records, items that our officers and members donated,
produced and compiled over the years. They provide unique testimony to the achievements of
the organization and stimulate pride and enthusiasm among our members.
Ideas for participation in History committee:
• Share Auxiliary memorabilia with your unit or department.
• Ask longtime members or family members of deceased members if they would like to
• If you enjoy history and want to learn more, volunteer to be your History chairman or
committee member for your unit or department.
• Post your unit history on the Legion's Centennial Celebration webpage at
• Involve your Junior members in your activities and help them to earn the History patch.
• Participate in the Members Remember project. See Page 195 of the National Program
Action Plan (formerly known as National Plan of Action) at alaforveterans.com
• Create displays that are attractive, interesting and relevant.
• Highlight historicallimportantlinteresting events in your unit, county, district or
• Include historical information in your unit, county, district or department newsletter.
• Attend a workshop to learn preservation and conservation methods.
• Partner with local museums, historical societies, public libraries or local merchants to
display historical information.
• Celebrate Women's History Month in March. See Page 196 of the National Program
Action Plan (formerly known as National Pian of Action) at alaforveterans.com for more
information and helpful tips.
• See History program page at www.alaforveterans.org for additional resources, including
What's Your Story? The Important of Sharing with Others and Preservation Resources.
History is more than artifacts and/or a summary of events listed in a dusty book somewhere. As
we look back on our achievements, let us make history come alive!