INDIANAPOLIS—8/31/12—Peggy Thomas, of Richmond, Va., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis Aug. 24-30.
Thomas joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her late husband, John C. Thomas, a U.S. Army veteran. She is the first national president from Virginia since Anna Gear in 1983-1984.
“My dream for the Auxiliary is to help it grow and flourish,” Thomas told Auxiliary members and convention delegates at her installation speech. “We are members of a very noble and prestigious organization that has made a difference in the lives of many men, women and children for decades.
Thomas, a 31-year member of the Auxiliary, has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels. At the national level, she just completed her term as vice president and has served as chairman of the following committees: Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, Leadership, National Security, Constitution & Bylaws, Poppy, Legislative, and Membership. She has served her Virginia department as president, secretary and chairman of a variety of committees including the Advisory Committee for 10 years.
Thomas served Auxiliary Unit 144 as president twice and as secretary, and Unit 137 as president. She has held all chairmanships in both units.
A retired vice president of a petroleum distributorship with three divisions, Thomas continues the American Legion Auxiliary motto of Service Not Self by volunteering as the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service deputy at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Va. She was listed in “Who’s Who in Women in Business.”
Thomas has one married daughter, Lisa, and is currently a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior, National Association of Parliamentarians, and the Bellwood Defense Supply Women’s Club where she is a member of the Executive Committee. Thomas is also vice president of M. Stanley Ryan Unit of Parliamentarians.
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.
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