Local Auxiliary Unit 170 Wins American Legion Auxiliary National President's Award for Excellence

  • INDIANAPOLIS—8/30/12—American Legion Auxiliary Clarence L. Tinker Unit 170 in Midwest City, Okla., was one of only five units to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence from American Legion Auxiliary National President Kris Nelson. Awards were presented Aug. 30 at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis.

    The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to American Legion Auxiliary units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in Auxiliary national goals and objectives in at least three Auxiliary programs.

    Unit 170 took “Service Not Self” to heart through the following activities and donations:

    • Volunteered nearly 5,000 hours of their time.
    • Spent almost $20,000 of their own money
    • Drove more than 20,000 miles to assist veterans, military and their families.
    • Collected and donated clothing during a Stand Down in Oklahoma City.
    • Provided food, clothing and toiletries for Oklahoma City’s Friendship House, a VA funded facility for recovering Veterans
    • Created a Christmas Card Tour where they toured two VA Hospitals and seven VA Centers passing out Christmas Cards and gifts to veterans
    • Served on the Board of State Accrediting in support of GI Bills to help veterans pay for college, non-college training and on-the job training
    • Held a Poppy Day to receive donations and create awareness of the meaning behind the poppy
    • Collected and donated clothing, books, magazines and computers to the Oklahoma City VA Hospital and Norman Veterans Center.
    • During the holiday season, they created “Service Stockings” filled with sweet treats, notebooks, pens, bath towels, wash clothes and other needed items and delivered them to the VA Friendship House.
    • Coordinated with the 45th Infantry Family Readiness Group to host a holiday party for families of deployed Reservists. Unit members baked more than 30 dozen holiday cookies and worked with Operation Military Kids to secure Nintendo Wii games for the kids.

    Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000, local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission to serve veterans, the military and their families is carried out through its hundreds of outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and National Headquarters.


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