INDIANAPOLIS—American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) John J. Morris Unit 62 in Peoria, Ariz., 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 62 successfully implemented multiple community-based programs over the past year. Operating under their mantra – “communicate, invite and engage” – the members of ALA Unit 62 found a way to keep their current members, pick up a few new ones and get more involved with their community. ALA Unit 62 was successful with a variety of communications and public relations efforts to share their mission. They also welcomed everyone to participate in their flag ceremonies held on all patriotic holidays, gave ALA gift memberships to local female veterans, and sponsored a WWII veteran to participate in an Honor Flight.
By bringing so many mission-related projects into the community, ALA Unit 62 is able to engage members, non-members, and the entire local veteran population. Here are just a few more of their projects: collecting bedding and cleaning supplies for the local homeless veterans’ shelter, Christmas gift drive and party for the Phoenix VA, volunteering at the Veterans Crisis Command Center, and the collecting more than $30,000 worth of lap robes that were distributed across the United States.
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.
Photo caption: American Legion Auxiliary 2014-2015 National President Janet Jefford presents the National President’s Award of Excellence to John J. Morris Unit 62 President Amy Hankins.