American Legion Auxiliary Johnson-Nicoles-Kuhlman-Olson Unit 53 in Eau Claire, Wisc., 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 53’s motto this year was “Actions speak louder than words.” They put that motto into action with a variety of projects:
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.
"Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in."—Marjorie Moore, Belleville, Ill.