♦American Legion Auxiliary Programs♦
Because of you...
Someone will have enough to eat tonight.
Someone will have decent clothes to wear.
Someone will have shelter.
Someone will receive medical care.
Someone will learn the skills they need to survive and succeed.
Someone knows there's at least one person in this world who cares.
This world is a better place because you volunteered, and we thank you for it.
please email respective Chair at emails noted below.
The Americanism work of the Auxiliary includes all activities tending to perpetuate American ideals and to uphold the principles of American democracy. The security of America lies in a citizenry in whose minds and hearts is ingrained a true understanding of and love for those ideals and principles upon which the nation was founded; a citizenry awake to the duties of citizenship and willing to perform these duties even at the cost of great personal sacrifice. Americanism work is largely educational in character and is usually divided into three phases: work with the youth, the adult, and the community. All matters pertaining to the flag or patriotic education are rightly classified as Americanism activities.
In 1970, funded by memorial gifts from Units, a loan from Auxiliary funds, and an inheritance to the Auxiliary from a former member, the Auxiliary Emergency Fund was established. This fund, which provides emergency assistance to a member for a limited period of time, provided she has been a member of the Auxiliary for the immediate past three consecutive years and has her current year's dues paid, is supported by contributions from Auxiliary Units and members.
Another kind of emergency has been recognized by the Auxiliary - the emergency a woman faces when she is suddenly single - deserted, divorced, or widowed, with no skills to support herself or her family. This area deals strictly with the need of a member to brush up on former job-related skills seldom used as she raised her family. It is to give immediate, rather than long-term, assistance. The criteria is similar to that of the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, including the requirement that she must have exhausted other means of job-preparation assistance.
The duties of the Chaplain are to pronounce the invocation and the benediction at Auxiliary meetings, as well as perform such other acts as would fall within the realm of her office as the spiritual leader. She should conduct the memorial service when such is needed. As the Auxiliary is composed of women of different creeds and faiths, she must be a woman of tolerance and sympathy toward all.
The Chair and committee will also work with other responsible organizations and agencies of the community whose work is in the interest of children.
Annual review of Auxiliary Standing Rules is needed to determine the need for additional policies and that all policies are represented in writing and officially adopted by the membership. To review current policies to determine if any changes need to be made in order for the Unit as a whole be more efficient and best represent the Auxiliary and specifically Unit 291. Constitution & Bylaws are reviewed as needed to conform to Department and National guidelines. Changes require multiple votes by the membership as well as approval by Department of California.
Becky Mauger BeckyMauger@gmail.com
The American Legion Auxiliary believes education is vital to democracy and that investing time and money to educate our youth is literally an investment in America’s future. Our Education program fosters learning for children in our own communities, with our main focus on the children of our military and veterans.
To promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion and support of education beyond high school, especially for military children.
Promote literacy programs for youth and adults
Support legislation that establishes new scholarship opportunities
Encourage schools to invite veterans to speak in their classrooms
Provide scholarships for students who desire a college education
Cynthia Culp email@example.com
Debbie Schubert & Carolyn Whitlinger
The first step necessary to assure success of Poppy Week is the appointment of a capable, enthusiastic chairman and committee. In selecting a chairman, consideration should be given to her ability to organize within the Unit and her ability to secure the greatest possible cooperation from the community.
Since the Unit’s Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation and Children and Youth funds are derived from the annual Poppy distribution, it is essential that it be a success. Pin the first poppy on the Mayor and ask the Mayor to issue a proclamation setting aside a day as Poppy Day, with an appeal to all citizens to observe the day by wearing a poppy.
Volunteer Guide to a Successful Poppy promotion : A special booklet giving detailed directions for the organization and promotion of a successful Poppy Day has been prepared by National Headquarters. The booklet outlines the steps necessary to organize the work force, secure newspaper publicity, win community cooperation, and handle the actual work on Poppy Day.
Publicity for Poppy Day
Because our poppy is an emblem of sacrifice, those who love it must make every effort to teach the public the true meaning of the flower. The success of the poppy distribution depends upon the advance publicity. If, in the season of Memorial Day, the poppy can make the indifferent public recall the sacrifices which have been made by the men and women who gave their lives that our country might be saved, the first and greatest mission of the poppy has been fulfilled.
The second mission is to win the confidence of the public through knowledge of the purposes to which the American Legion and American legion Auxiliary expend the money derived from the poppy distribution. By means of publicity on the expenditure of the poppy proceeds, public confidence can be won. The public has the right to this information. Every Post ad Unit should see that the poppy proceeds are so spent that publicity will bring honor and reward to our organization.
The public should also be reminded that the disabled men and women in hospitals, and their families are assisted by our poppy funds. The public will then know that The American Legion and The American Legion Auxiliary are continuing to keep faith with those who gave their all for our freedom.
Each year suggested publicity stories are prepared by National Headquarters and supplied without charge in sufficient quantity to Departments for distribution to each Unit. The stories are designed to be localized by the insertion of local names or to be rewritten from a local angle. This publication is entitled “ Poppy Preview.”
Public relations is simply a matter of establishing and maintaining goodwill. It is telling the general public of the value of the American Legion Auxiliary to the community and the country. Public Relations covers every kind of communication from personal contact in casual conversation, to speakers , and to carefully prepared news releases for the media. It is not a complicated job, but it is a vitally important one. It is a job for every member of the Auxiliary as well as the Public Relations Committee.
There is only one way to build a reputation for worthwhile work, and that is by doing things well and making sure the public is aware of both the effort and the result. There are many ways to build goodwill, and an active Unit will take advantage of each of them, appointing a committee to make personal contact with newspapers, radio, and television stations, thus building a bridge from the Unit to the media. There is interesting and important information that can be given to the public about all the Auxiliary programs.
VA & R means the complete restoration of the veteran and his family to normal function and adjustment, physically, mentally, socially, and vocationally for the fullest possible life, compatible with his abilities and disabilities.
The VA & R work of the American Legion Auxiliary includes bringing physical comfort and mental cheer to veterans in hospitals, aiding the disabled to earn money for the support of themselves and their families, and helping them to reestablish themselves in life. The American Legion Auxiliary cooperates with The American Legion in ALL its endeavors on behalf of veterans.
To carry out the VA & R work effectively, a complete organization extending from the Unit to the National organization is necessary. Years of experience in rehabilitation have brought about systematizing of the activities which has proven to be the most efficient way to aid the different classes of disabled veterans. Unit VA&R workers should become familiar with the Department and National VA & R organizations and be able to use the services of theses groups when necessary. Units should work closely with the VA & R Committees of their American Legion Posts and with other agencies in the community from which aid for the disabled is available.
Further information about each program can be found at:
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♦Unit 291 Committees♦