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11/07/2019 Words from our President

I have been asked to send an email out regarding the Membership Tour this year.  You can find the schedule on the Legion website.  Please remind the,county and unit Presidents of the upcoming N.V.C.Membership Tour the week of November 18 -22. With all Legion Family Membership turned in or sent to Department and received by Friday the 22nd and or turned in on the 23rd at the Van Meter American Legion Post starting at 9 A.M.counts toward the winning Districts Unity Award.


10/18/2019- PREAMBLE

Resolution 1 was adopted by the Legion NEC on Oct. 16 which amends the Preamble wording from  "the Great Wars" to "all wars."  The American Legion Auxiliary needs to follow and amend our Preamble.    This takes effect immediately and automatically.  Please inform your department and units.  We were not aware this was being proposed ……sorry about the no warning.



With Great Sadness I post that Mary Sebbens mom has passed away. Please follow the link below for funeral information.


Helen Ruth DeWitt went to her eternal home in Heaven at 10:55 a.m. on October 9, 2019 in Grimes. She was born July 20, 1928 in El Campo, Texas, the daughter of Rev. G.C. Senff and Ellen (Pfennig) Senff. She graduated from Pflugerville High School, Pflugerville, Texas in 1945. She entered the Army Cadet Nurse Corps. Because of health issues, she was not able to continue. She worked for the Texas State Health Department before coming to Iowa in 1946.

She was a devoted and caring nurse for 29½ years at Humboldt and Des Moines, Iowa hospitals. She retired in 1999; then she worked part-time at the Granger, Iowa children’s center. Due to health issues, she fully retired in 2006.
Helen excelled in cooking and enjoyed entertaining friends and family. She was a wonderful seamstress and enjoyed crocheting, embroidery, crafts and gardening. She was also a Girl Scout Leader, and she worked for the United Community School lunch program when it was at Jordan, Iowa. She was a member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Woodward, Iowa. Helen cherished the time she had to spend with her family, especially her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandsons.

Helen was a youth leader and a Sunday School Teacher while a member of Boone E-Free church. She also served as a bible school teacher. She later became a member of the Madrid Evangelical Free Church. Her church was a vital part of her life. Her faith in God sustained her daily.

She is survived by her five children: Larry (Louise) DeWitt, Joyce DeWitt, Mary (Jerry) Sebben, Patricia (Pat) DeWitt, and Susan (Jerry) Osburn; five grandchildren: Heidi (Chris) Willis, Jon (Crystal) Sebben, Leah Spencer, Jay Sebben, and Abby (Dave) McClure; six great-grandchildren: Reanna, Elizabeth, Isabella, Geno, Bennett and Emma Ruth; and great-great grandsons, Jace and Liam and a host of other family and friends.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 15, 2019, at the Madrid Evangelical Free Church. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until service. Interment will be at Fairview Cemetery Madrid, Iowa.

Memorials may be given to Madrid Evangelical Free Church.




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Go to the Centennial page to get your tool kit today!

Department Convention Program FINAL PRINT



Statement regarding potential change in American Legion Auxiliary membership

This is what we’ve learned:

The American Legion, at its spring 2019 National Executive Committee meeting, voted to replace the word “wife” with “spouse” in its constitution and bylaws section regarding the American Legion Auxiliary’s membership eligibility.

How this news affects the American Legion Auxiliary:

American Legion Auxiliary members, since the founding of our organization a century ago, are committed to meeting the needs of veterans, the military, and their families. Currently, 1.9 million women veterans are living in the United States, and 9 percent of the U.S. military is female. By 2045, it’s estimated that 18 percent of the U.S. military will be comprised of women.

With this potential change in membership eligibility opening up to the spouses of veterans, membership in the ALA has much promise for growth, leading to new resources, increased funding opportunities, and additional diversity and talent among our leadership, as well as general membership.

Building upon the ALA’s 100 years of Service Not Self, our mission will be supported by the inclusivity of all veteran spouses:

Embracing people, and the opening of our membership recruitment pool, allows the American Legion Auxiliary to become even more wide-reaching to those we serve – our heroes.

Next steps:

This is being sent on behalf of Interim National Secretary Linda Boone.




Note from Melody Moody-

I wanted to share a bit of great news with you as we are very proud of our post #660 in New Hartford Iowa! The City of New Hartford informed myself and the commander of the Legion that our organizations have won the "ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR AWARD"!

We are so proud to accept this award from our wonderful city. Our team works hard for our vets and their families.




Would you like your unit recognized in the Department’s 100th Anniversary Booklet?   Simply complete and submit the 100th Anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary Survey Form to the Department Centennial Chairman, Diana Shadduck at or by mailing to 1205 E Avenue East, Oskaloosa, IA 52577.   Information may be shared along with photos of your unit ‘s historical participation in the American Legion Auxiliary.   We would also like to recognize those members between the ages of 95 to 100+ and also those members who have the longest continuous years of membership in your unit.




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Contact information for Department office – Accounting, Obligations, Poppies, Website, 990’s, and Gold Club

Jeannie – – Membership, Girls State, Junior Camp

Crystal Wright Executive Director – Administrative

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









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