INDIANAPOLIS—Sharon Conatser of Champaign, Ill., was elected national president of the
American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 95th National Convention in Baltimore, Md.,
held Aug. 28-Sept 3.
Conatser, a lifetime member, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her father Clay Lofton, an Army veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. She also is eligible through her son, Rick Malloch, a Desert Storm veteran, and her husband, Marty Conatser, a Vietnam-Era veteran and past national commander of The American Legion. Conatser is the first national president who also is a former First Lady of The American Legion.
Keeping the Promise is the theme Conatser has chosen for her term as president. “Keeping the Promise can mean many things,” said Conatser during her installation speech. “Abraham Lincoln promised our soldiers that they would always be taken care of. We, as an organization, are keeping that promise by remaining a vital organization. Keeping the promise to our values, to our American Legion Family, to each other and most importantly to ourselves will be priorities.”
Conatser has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels. At the national level, she has chaired many committees and has served special appointments since 2001. Conatser is a member of Urbana (Ill.) Unit 71.
Conatser is retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she served as an administrative assistant for 25 years. She is an active member of her community and Faith United Church. Conatser’s three sons, daughters-in-law and five grandchildren are all 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 $3 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.