—8/30/16—CINCINNATI — American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Oak Orchard Riverdale Unit 28 in Millsboro, Del., was one of only five ALA units – out of more than 8,000 – to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence by ALA National President Sharon Conatser. The award was presented at the ALA’s 96th National Convention in Cincinnati.
The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to ALA units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in ALA national goals and objectives in at least three ALA programs.
Members in Unit 28 have been actively working the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission of serving veterans, military, and their families by embracing the ALA’s Centennial Strategic Plan, specifically Goal 1: Enhance Membership Strength, and Goal 2: Create an Internal Culture of Goodwill. By welcoming everyone who came their events, embracing diversity, and being positive, this unit was able to increase their membership by almost 100 members in the 2015-2016 administrative year.
Members of Unit 28 also worked tirelessly to help Auxiliary members when they needed it the most. By fundraising, they were able to donate $3,000 to the Auxiliary Emergency Fund – one of the largest donations to that fund made by a unit.
“Oak Orchard Riverdale Unit 28 accomplished so many amazing things this year! Thank you for helping us keep our promise to our veterans and our own members,” said ALA Northwestern Division National Vice President Judy Twete during the awards 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