INDIANAPOLIS—8/20/13—– Nearly 2,000 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will convene in Houston Aug. 23-29 for the organization’s 93rd annual national convention. Auxiliary members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, together with members of The American Legion and the Sons of The American Legion, meet annually to set national priorities to guide their organizations in the coming year.The event follows the end of the 2012-2013 administrative year and provides an opportunity for American Legion Auxiliary leadership to hear from national committee chairmen on successes and issues relevant to the Auxiliary’s mission. Delegates to the national convention in Houston will also vote on important proposed resolutions, including a change in the organization’s decades-old Constitution & Bylaws.“Two thousand women will gather to honor and celebrate America's veterans, military and their families, and to set the course for another year in Auxiliary members' century of service to the mission,” said Peggy Thomas, 2012-2013 national president. A highlight of the Auxiliary’s national convention is the presentation of the Woman of the Year Award, which recognizes outstanding individuals and organizations for efforts that especially benefit the military, veterans and their families. Auxiliary National President Peggy Thomas will present the award to Patricia “Patty” Shinseki at a special luncheon in Shinseki’s honor on Aug. 27.Other activities include expert-led skill-building workshops for attendees as a way to extend Auxiliary mission outreach.For Auxiliary advocates unable to attend convention this year, the organization will feature live streaming and blogging, a detailed online convention page as well as photos posted throughout the week. More information is available at www.ALAforVeterans.org. 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.Contact: Stacy Poca, (before Aug. 22) 317-569-4565; spoca@ALAforVeterans.org (cell: use between Aug. 22 and Aug. 29) 317-250-4960###
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