INDIANAPOLIS—American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Homer Unit 290 in Homer, Ill., was one of only five units, out of more than 8,000, to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence by American Legion Auxiliary National President Janet Jefford. Awards were presented September 2, at the American Legion Auxiliary’s 95th National Convention in Baltimore, Md.
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.
ALA Unit 290 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. To name just a few, they:
“Unit 290 is definitely ‘small, but mighty!,” said ALA Eastern Division National Vice President Sandra Neylon. “I think Unit Vice President Kim Graham said it best when she said, ‘whether it’s a bottle of shampoo or coffee and donuts on their birthday, the smallest gesture can produce the mightiest of results.’ I couldn’t agree more.”
About the American Legion Auxiliary: American Legion Auxiliary members nationwide have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our country’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of more than $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.