—8/30/15—BALTIMORE—Maggie Jones, of Brevard, N.C., was elected Honorary National Junior President of the Junior American Legion Auxiliary on Aug. 29, during the organization’s 95th National Convention in Baltimore. She is the first Junior Auxiliary member from North Carolina to hold this office.
Jones, who became a member of the American Legion Auxiliary the day she was born, is a 17-year member who is eligible through her grandfathers Joe Jones, a Korean War Navy veteran, and Charles Morris, a veteran of the Marines. Jones is a member of ALA Unit 88 in Brevard.
“Helping veterans and their families has always been very important to me,” said Jones in her installation speech. “We, as individuals and as a group, can accomplish great things for the greater good. I’m proud to be an American, and I’m proud to be a Junior member of the American Legion Auxiliary!”
Jones has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit and department levels. She also served at the national level as Honorary National Junior Southern Division Vice President for the 2014-2015 Auxiliary year and Honorary National Junior Chaplain in 2013-2014.
Jones attends Brevard High School and is active in the color guard, advanced theatre troop, spring musical and is secretary for the concert chorus. She is the daughter of Keith and Susan Jones of Pisgah Forest and granddaughter of Anne Morris of Brevard.
ABOUT AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY JUNIOR MEMBERSHIP: Junior Auxiliary membership is open to girls from infancy through age 17, and aims to engage the next generation of ALA members. The Junior ALA prepares girls to become engaged citizens by providing positive volunteer experiences that instill the ideals of the ALA. These girls develop leadership skills while having fun and will hopefully become the future leaders of our organization and communities.
ABOUT THE AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY: 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 of more than $3 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also 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.
###Contact: Stacy Poca, (317) 569-4565; spoca@ALAforVeterans.org