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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.



From Linda Boone at Nationals

We have discovered that there are approximately 1445 members whose dues were recorded between mid-April and May 2, that membership cards were not printed with the others that are currently being collated and packaged for shipment to departments.  We will not be able to correct the situation from here in timely manner.  When you receive inquiries you will need to inform the Unit they will have to complete a card themselves from the blank stock sent to them.  If the member pays online or by telephone we will produce the card here.

We apologize for the inconvenience and are trying to implement changes to the process to prevent this occurring in the future.



Doris Jackson's Mother

Maurine “Sue” Schmidt, 88, of Lorimor died Sunday, May 12, 2019 at her home. 
A memorial gathering with family present will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m., Friday, May 17, at Caldwell Parrish Winterset Chapel in Winterset with a prayer service to begin at 7:00 p.m. Burial will be held at a later date in the Lorimor Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Lorimor Lions Club, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Lorimor Church of God. 
Maurine (Sue) McKinney Nelson Schmidt was born October 20, 1930, in Bannock County, Downey, Idaho; the daughter of Orie Russell McKinney and Faye Allsup McKinney. Sue lived in Idaho until the age of four when the family moved to Iowa. She attended Macksburg Consolidated School and graduated in 1948. Maurine married Boyd H. Nelson, May 26, 1948 in Osceola, Iowa. They were parents of five children. They later divorced. Sue married George R. Schmidt, Jr. November 12, 1978, in Lorimor, Iowa. George preceded her in death in June 2015. 
Sue worked and owned many businesses. In the early 1960’s, she managed Buckingham’s Grocery Store in Lorimor and later to work for Jim and Deloma Decker in Lorimor. She spent many a day working in Winterset at the North Bud, Corner Tavern and Bonnie’s. In 1980, she opened a bar and restaurant in Lorimor. She sold the bar and bought Granny Sue’s Café On Main Street. In 1993, she bought Three Feather’s Restaurant & Lounge and was there three years. Sue also worked for Watertown Monuments starting in 1977 until her death. 
Sue served on the Lorimor City Council for 16 years. When the children were younger, she attended the Barney Christian Church and taught Bible School. She served on the board of Innovative Industries. She was a member of the Church of God in Lorimor. She is a member of the Lorimor Lions Club and the American Legion Auxiliary, having been a past 5th District President. 
Sue is survived by her children, Saundra (Wayne) Tucker of Lorimor, Darrell Nelson of Winterset, Marilyn Nelson of Winterset, Doris (Bobby) Jackson of Lorimor and Norma (David) Decker of Adair; eleven grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great grandchildren, including Paisley Kay Wicker (Baby Kay, whom has a very special bond with her great-great grandma); sister-in-law, Mary Williamson; nieces and nephews; special friend, Muriel Johnston; and many more relatives and friends. 
Preceding her in death were her parents; stepfather, Percy McKinney; sister, LaDene Brown; brother, Paul McKinney, sister-in-law, Letha Noehren; grandson, Garrett Harrison; and granddaughter, Vicki Decker.





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.





Department President, Mary L. Sebben


Michelangelo once said “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss, but that it is too low and we reach it.”  We must work, all of us, together to aim high and reach success in the process of achieving strength in membership.  We don’t want to aim too low or we will risk losing the foundation of this great organization.


The American Legion Auxiliary has been established now for almost 100 years but we may not be here for another hundred years unless we increase our membership.  It takes all of us to work hard at achieving this goal.  We must work to find new members as well as work to keep our existing membership.  Yes, I said it takes work… but it can be done.  Let’s honor our veterans’ legacy by making membership a top goal this year and assure that we will continue to serve our veterans and our military and their families now and in the future and preserve the legacy our American Legion Auxiliary sisters started in 1919.


Let’s remember that there are three classes of women eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary.  The first class is mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, grandmothers, and sisters of members of The American Legion.  The second class is mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters, great-granddaughters, grandmothers and sisters of all men and women who were in the armed forces of the Unites States between:  WWI-April 6, 1917 and November 11, 1918; or WWII-December 7, 1941 and December 31, 1946; or Korea-June 25, 1950 and January 31, 1955; or Vietnam-February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975; or Grenada/Lebanon-August 24, 1982 and July 31, 1984; or Panama-December 20, 1989 and January 31, 1990; or Persian Gulf-August 2, 1990 to the date of cessation, all dates inclusive, or who, being citizens of the Unites States at the time of their entry therein, served on active duty in the Armed Forces of any of the Governments associated with the Unites States during any of the said periods, and died in the line of duty or after honorable discharge.  The third class is women who of their own right are eligible to membership in The American Legion.  The eligibility includes step relatives.


As you can see, there are several eligibility options for seeking membership in our great organization.  We just need to get out there and find them.  Don’t forget to encourage your sister unit members to renew their memberships each year as well.  Remember that our dues serve two important purposes:  helping to keep our programs working for our veterans, our military and their families, for our youth and our communities; and, keeping our organization strong in numbers so that Congress sees that we are serious about our “service, not self” commitment. 


Please, don’t hold back membership.  Get them in as soon as possible.  As we are learning from all the disasters of this year, keeping our memberships current is important to becoming eligible to apply for the Auxiliary Emergency Fund.


Remember outgoing District Presidents and their membership teams:  you are still responsible for bringing in membership until July Department Convention.  So, please keep up the momentum and let’s make Iowa 100% this year.  We CAN do it!  Be sure to check the current Department Objectives report under “Membership” each Friday when Jeannie posts the current information. 




Crystal Wright from Earlham has been hired as our new Secretary/Treasurer/Executive Director for the Department of Iowa, American Legion Auxiliary. Crystal served four years in the military and, thus, has a love for our veterans and their families and is very willing to serve our organization.

She has six years of work experience in the private sector. Crystal has received an Associate of Applied Science Degree as well as a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She brings to this job skills in time management, operations and business management, Microsoft office knowledge, web experience, bookkeeping, people skills and customer service skills.

We are confident that Crystal will represent our organization well as our Department Secretary/Treasurer/Executive Director. Please help welcome her to the Department of Iowa, American Legion Auxiliary.  She may be reached at



3/25/19                                                              JUNIOR CAMP - DATE CHANGE 

Junior Camp will be held August 11 - 16, 2019 at the Newton Christian Conference Center. Registration is open till June 15, 2019. If you have already registered do not register again. If for any reason your Junior is unable to attend Junior Camp in August., please notify Jeannie at Department office and you will be refunded the money. The Junior Camp Board is excited about this new venture and are planning many activities! See you at Camp!!!!




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.


Governor Reynolds and the Iowa Legislature will be acting on a proclamation celebrating the centennial of The American Legion and recognizing the period of March 15 through September 16, 1919 as the period of formation of The American Legion in Iowa.
Legion family members are encouraged to come to the Capitol on the morning of March 19 to witness passage by the House of Representatives and Senate and signing by Governor Reynolds.
In order to be in the gallery in time, Legion family members should be on the second floor of the Capitol Rotunda outside the House chambers by 8 AM on March 19. Legion staff will be there to provide directions to the gallery. The House of Representatives will act on the proclamation at 8:30 with the Senate scheduled at 9. There will be time to move from the House gallery to the Senate gallery before the Senate takes action. Following legislative action, Governor Reynolds will sign the proclamation in a public ceremony.
Watch for the next regular issue of the newsletter for any changes but make plans now to attend the ceremony on March 19.

Also remember that the centennial coins go on sale beginning at Noon EDT on March 14. Introductory pricing will be in place for 24 hours. The introductory price will be $5 less than the standard price. Introductory prices for the silver $1 coin will be $54.95 for the proof coin and $51.95 for the uncirculated coin. For the clad 50 cent piece those prices will be $27.95 and $25.95 during the introductory period.
Purchases can be made through the Legion website or by calling the US Mint at 1-800-872-6468


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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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