—8/30/16—CINCINNATI — American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) National President Sharon Conatser honored the ALA Department of Virginia with the National President’s Award for Excellence at the organization’s 96th National Convention in Cincinnati.
Recognized for service to the mission of the ALA, members from the Department of Virginia have been committed to their work on behalf of veterans, military, and their families. The national president’s 2015-2016 theme, Keeping the Promise, served to ignite and inspire the Auxiliary members in Virginia to renew and keep the promise they made to serve veterans.
The Department of Virginia accomplished many things this past year. A few of the highlights: increased their Auxiliary Emergency Fund donations by 75 percent, which helps ALA members in need; created a “Membership Renewal Team” that contacted every single member who had not renewed their membership, which increased the Department of Virginia’s membership; presented more than 100 certificates to any ALA member who had been a part of the organization for 50 or more continuous years; started two new units and signed 600 new members; partnered with Habitat for Heroes to build a home for a disabled veteran; contributed more than a quarter million dollars in monetary and in-kind donations; and volunteered 644 weeks in support of our nation’s veterans.
“I am thankful for all of [the ALA Department of Virginia’s] efforts and for being passionate, active, and engaged members of the American Legion Auxiliary,” Conatser said during the award presentation.
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
Contact: Kristen Geczy at 317-569-4566 (office) or 850-814-6684 (cell); kgeczy@ALAforVeterans.org