— Diane Duscheck, of Markesan, Wisc., was elected national president of the
American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 97th National Convention held Aug. 18-24 in Reno, Nev. Duscheck will serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term.
Duscheck has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the district, department, and national levels. At the national level, she chaired many committees and served special appointments, including work on the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan and as a member of the ALA Foundation’s Board of Directors.
"There’s an old great proverb that says, ‘Society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in.’ ... Areas of emphasis this year will be projects where we plant seeds to make a difference in the Auxiliary both today and in the future. The first is the [ALA 5-Year] Centennial Strategic Plan and the second is the ALA Foundation Endowment Fund,” Duscheck said. Reflecting on the Foundation’s 10 year anniversary, she added, “We have seeds to sow and trees to plant so the Endowment [Fund] can be a healthy fund that will provide support and mission outreach so that the future generations in the Auxiliary will be able to sit in the shade of trees and reflect on the insight of the women who started the Foundation in 2007.”
Duscheck has been actively involved in non-profit work for most of her life. She worked at Easter Seals Society of Wisconsin for more than 10 years, where she was responsible for the personal care of physically handicapped campers and was also a cook, and still volunteers for fundraisers and special events. As part of her professional career, Duscheck taught seventh and eighth grade science for 34 years at St. Eugene Catholic School and Maple Dale Grade School, respectively, retiring from the latter in June 2014. Duscheck earned both her Bachelor of Science in P.E. with Pre-Physical Therapy Option and a Secondary Teaching Certification in Science from Montana State University, and earned her Master of Science in Education from Viterbo University. She holds a Department of Public Instruction Licensure in computer science, science (all), and health. In addition to the American Legion Auxiliary, Duscheck is a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, Montana State University Alumni Association, and Friends of the Domes.
Duscheck, an ALA member for 56 years, is eligible for membership through her father Roland Duscheck, a World War II Army veteran, who was a survivor of the Battle of the Bulge. She is a member of Abendroth-Connolly Unit 282 in Markesan.
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.
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