—9/09/14—INDIANAPOLIS—Sharon Conatser, of Champaign, Ill., was elected national vice president of the
American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 94th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 22-28.
Conatser, a 61-year member, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her father Clay Lofton, a WWII and Korea veteran. She is also eligible through her husband, Marty, a Vietnam veteran, and her son, Rick, a veteran from the Gulf War-era. Conatser is a member of Urbana Unit 71.
“The entire American Legion Family is a part of this great cause, as serving our veterans and protecting their rights should be upmost in everyone’s mind,” Conatser said. “National President Jefford’s theme is Celebrating Faith, Family, Freedom, and I pledge my faith in our American Legion Auxiliary, our family and the freedom to support the visions of our members and our veterans.”
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. During the 2007-2008 administrative year, she also served as First Lady of The American Legion.
Conatser is retired from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign after 25 years where she served as an administrative assistant. 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 $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