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Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!


Serving a century Side by side!   As you and the members reminisce about the your unit's history of the American Legion Auxiliary, don't forget to share it with a Centennial Committee member. All the history is important even small tidbits. Every thing that has been achieved was history in the making and needs to be shared.  Let's connect to plan ways every county, district and unit can start a period of celebration- excitement to celebrate our past achievements, present happenings and future endeavors.    


Added Note:   Limited supply of magnets for sale,  $ 5.00 each available from your District representative on the Centennial Committee.    The official centennial Pin. Some asked for one at the 2018 Mid Winter session- we designed one- and now it is for sale.   $ 3.00    Buy from a representative.    


Bev Copple




It is vital more then ever to get those memberships in.  Remember to not sit on them.  And your membership "dream" team is here to help on anyway we can.

Judy Ring-red team, districts 7,8 &9

Cassie Harrell-white team, districts 3,5 & 6

Mary Sypherd-chairman-blue team, districts, 1,2 &4.

Let's honor our veterans legacy.


Dates of the fall Stand Downs in and around the state:

Cedar Rapids – September 7

Quad Cities – Thursday evening September 13, all day Friday the 14th & Saturday morning September 15th at the QCCA Expo, Rock Island. 

Des Moines – Friday evening September 14, all day Saturday the15th & Sunday morning September 16th

Sioux Falls – September 21

Iowa City – November 15

Omaha – November 16th - New location will be UNO Milo Bail Student Center Building.



VA Central Iowa's Annual Chaleng Meeting (Community Homelessness Assessment Local Education and Networking Groups)






Retirement Announced

Marlene Valentine, our Department Executive Director, has announced her retirement. We are now accepting resumes for this salaried management position.
Applicants should have the following skills:
Ability to hire and supervise employees and volunteers
Be knowledgeable on aspects of operation of daily office tasks
Communication skills including but not limited to:
Newsletters, websites, program information
Act as secretary to all the committees
Must have accounting background
Be able to work with the American Legion Family
Have oversight of preparations for meetings and programs
Some travel will be required for out of town meetings.
We are an equal opportunity employer. Selected applicant will need to pass a mandatory background check.
Deadline for cover letter and resume is September 28, 2018, at 5 P.M. Please submit by email to:



Click Here to read the full Newsletter ... August 2018 THREADS Newsletter

• From the Executive Director


• June Moore:  QOVF "Original"

• Special QOV & Label For Blind Veteran

• Save the Date! 2019 National Conference

• QOVF Certified Quilt Shop Program

• Quilts Reported


QOV recipient Betty Gore worked to break Japanese military codes during WWII. 

Reprinted with permission from an article in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, June 15th, 2007.

(Photo used with permission.)


2018-2019 Mission Training and Junior Meeting Registration

We are excited to announce that registration for the 2018-2019 Mission Training Conferences and Junior Meetings is now open!

Dates & Locations:
September 29: Albany, NY
September 29: Spokane, WA
October 6: Sioux Falls, SD
October 20: Springfield, IL
January 12: Charlotte, NC
January 26: Las Vegas, NV

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 Fee:
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 link below:
View Event Summary

Compliance Matters is being offered again this year! A 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: Housing

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


Having trouble with the link? Simply copy and paste the entire address listed below into your web browser:



8/6/18:  TEAM MISSISSIPPI invites you to attend the homecoming for Kathy Dungan American Legion Auxiliary National President




Hear YE! Hear YE!

The American Legion Auxiliary Centennial Committee is at work. Plans are in the making to have a celebration to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this great organization for the Department of Iowa.  More concise, on point details to follow.   We need input from everyone. Contact one of the members, if you have an idea.  Committee members:  Diana Shadduck, Vickie Klinkhammer, Kelly Elliott,  Mary Sebben, Judy Ring ,  Marlene Valentine and Bev Copple.      Serving a Century- Side by Side




The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival is coming to Des Moines, Iowa the week of October 29-November 5, 2018.

Invitation Letter

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

Traci – – Accounting, 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 Monday - Friday 8 to Noon.

Office Number – 515-282-7987 or FAX – 515-282-7583









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