—8/30/16—CINCINNATI — American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) James P. and Michael Sullivan Lone Rock Unit 383 in Lone Rock, Wisc., was one of only five 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.
ALA Unit 383 was inactive in Wisconsin for several years until a revitalization effort in 2009 brought them back to life. Since then, members have worked the ALA’s mission of serving veterans, military, and their families. As a result of embracing the ALA Centennial Strategic Plan, with a focus on Goal 2: Create an Internal Culture of Goodwill, members have exceeded their membership goal numbers for the 2015-2016 administrative year and made unit meetings positive and fun.
ALA members in the unit have also executed fundraising events for ALA scholarships and the Auxiliary Emergency Fund, which helps ALA members in need, by raising almost $1,000 during a bake sale in just one day. They also raise money to send veterans in Highland to Washington, D.C. each year to visit the war memorials dedicated to their service. In order to raise funds for the trip this year, Unit 383 hosted a benefit dance with a silent auction and bake sale that brought in more than $21,000.
“ALA Unit 383 members are working the mission and keeping our promise to veterans all while creating a culture of goodwill,” said ALA Eastern Division National Vice President Helen Skelton during the awards presentation.
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