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Arlene Reisen will be turning 90 on December 1st. Past President Vickie Klinkhammer is throwing her a surprise party and all are invited to come and say SURPRISE!  She is a 79 year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, signed up as a Junior member when she was 11. She had 8 brothers that served during war times and her father, Victor G Paar served in WW1. We know that many will be unable to join us, so if you can’t, please shower her with cards! You can mail them to Arlene Reisen, 1630 Cornell St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001. If you can make it, we will see you there but Shhh, keep in on the down low. The event is at Courtside Bar & Grill, 2095 Holiday Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52002 from 4-9 on Saturday, December 1.

 For more details call Vickie Klinkhammer at 563-663-0076.



Holiday Cookie Donations for the Christmas Open House, which will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2018, and for other Christmas Parties for residents at the Iowa Veterans Home.  Here are the Guidelines.  Thank you for all your help it is greatly appreciated.



The membership team would like to thank all the districts for their hospitality extended to us this fall attending their conferences.  We are starting the year off great.  Please continue to turn in membership.  Continue to wear our brand,  always have membership applications and to include contact information if the person takes application home with them.  That potential member is out there, including the Legion, SAL, and Riders.  Continue to grow this great family of ours.  Honor our Veterans Legacy.   I’ve included the information for the Membership Rally November 17th Highland park post #374 - 3712 2nd Ave, Des Moines.  Registration begins @ 9 meeting @ 10.  Bring any membership you may have to turn in.  President Mary & I have some fun activities planned.  Hope to see you there.

Department Membership Chairman


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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:

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)





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:





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



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

Traci – – Accounting, Obligations, Poppies, Website, 990’s, and Gold Club

Jeannie – – Membership, Girls State, Junior Camp

Cindy - – 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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