—8/28/14—INDIANAPOLIS—Janet Jefford, of Manchester, Conn., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 94th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 22-28.
Jefford, a 45-year member, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her father William Lucas, a WWII Army veteran. She is also eligible through her son, Jeff, a Desert Storm Army veteran. Jefford is a member of Goodale-Rameker Unit 56.
“Celebrating faith, family and freedom is what the American Legion Auxiliary is all about,” Jefford said. “Faith in our God, one another, and our leaders; working together as a Legion Family and with our community families toward a common mission; and freedom to be who we want, say what we want and worship as we want, thanks to the selfless men and women who have died for those freedoms. I am so honored to be given this extraordinary opportunity to lead our organization as national president.”
Jefford is the first Connecticut resident to represent the American Legion Auxiliary as national president since Helen Lee Gilbert during the 1944-1945 administrative year. She has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels, including eight national program chairmanships. She currently serves on the 2014-2019 Centennial Strategic Planning leadership team.
Jefford recently retired as vice president of institutional effectiveness at Goodwin College in East Hartford, Conn. She served as a commissioner on an agency that accredits schools and colleges, and as president and chairman of the Board of Connecticut Training Center, a community-based nonprofit training center. Jefford has two children and two grandchildren. All are members of The American Legion Family.
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 of nearly $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary 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 Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.
###Contact: Stacy Poca, (317) 569-4565; spoca@ALAforVeterans.org