—8/30/16—CINCINNATI — American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Fort Atkinson Unit 348 in Fort Calhoun, Neb., was one of only five ALA units – out of more than 8,000 – to receive the National President’s Award for Excellence by ALA National President Sharon Conatser. The award was presented at the ALA’s 96th National Convention in Cincinnati.
The National President’s Award for Excellence is presented annually to ALA units that represent the “best of the best” in planning and implementation of the Auxiliary’s mission. Recipients are selected based on applications that address the unit’s achievements in ALA national goals and objectives in at least three ALA programs.
Members of ALA Unit 348 have been actively working the ALA’s mission of serving veterans, military, and their families in Fort Calhoun. Earlier this year, they hosted “Storm the Fort,” a walk/run event that supports trauma therapy for veterans and provides shelter and services to local homeless veterans. Most recently, in an effort to educate the public on the challenges facing today’s veterans, ALA Unit 348 invited the community to take a trip with them to “Take Flight Farms,” where they watched a demonstration on horse therapy for disabled veterans.
Unit 348 members have also embraced the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan, with a focus on Goal 5: With The American Legion, Build Brand Loyalty. As a result, members were always seen wearing their American Legion Auxiliary branded shirts at events, and worked to engage the public by organizing interesting and educational outings and inviting the entire community to be a part of their events.
“Fort Atkinson Unit 348, we are so proud of the impact you are making in your community,” said Western Division National Vice President Linda Workman during the awards presentation. “Thank you for showing your town who the American Legion Auxiliary is, what we do, and why we matter.”
American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA 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 ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.###
Contact: Kristen Geczy at 317-569-4566 (office) or 850-814-6684 (cell); kgeczy@ALAforVeterans.org