Local Auxiliary Unit 181 wins American Legion Auxiliary National President's Award for Excellence

  • INDIANAPOLIS—8/30/12—American Legion Auxiliary Lake Stevens Unit 181 in Oak Harbor, Wash., 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 181 spent all year working to meet objectives established by various programs.

    • Members identified eight local children with parents currently serving in the military and presented them with Blue Star Service Banners.
    • They held a “Back to School” drive and handed out 200 backpacks to the children of Lake Stevens Community.
    • Unit 181 financially sponsored a youth football team that had eight players whose parents are active duty Navy!
    • Their Winter Carnival made 186 military kids happy with fun activities, treats and a surprise visit from Santa. Nearly 300 volunteers helped with this event and the unit received $4,500 in in-kind donations.
    • In March, Unit 181 teamed up with Operation Homefront and hosted a joint baby shower for expectant military mothers. Fifty-one mothers, with their service-member spouses, each received a bag of baby supplies, lunch and fellowship with other military mothers.
    • Unit 181’s Junior members logged more than 82 hours of community service.
    • It total, this unit:
      • Logged more than 437 hours assisting the children in their community and raised more than $11,800 in donations used to meet program objectives.
      • Clipped more than $300,000 worth of coupons to sent to overseas commissaries
      • Distributed more than 10,000 poppies during Veterans Day and Memorial Day.
      • Participated in a Seattle Stand Down and donated 100 gift bags filled with toiletries for female veterans – a donation totaling more than $3,000.
    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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