—8/25/15—INDIANAPOLIS – Nearly 2,000 women representing the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA), headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind., will convene in Baltimore, Maryland, Aug. 28-September 3 for the organization’s 95th 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 2014-2015 administrative year and provides an opportunity for ALA leadership to hear from national committee chairmen on successes and issues relevant to the Auxiliary’s longstanding mission of serving veterans, the military and their families. Delegates to the national convention in Baltimore will also vote on important proposed resolutions.
“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 Janet Jefford, 2014-2015 National President.
A highlight of the ALA’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. Jefford will present the award to Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin at a special luncheon in Godin’s honor on Sept. 1. Other activities include expert-led skill-building workshops for attendees as a way to extend Auxiliary mission outreach.
For ALA advocates unable to attend convention this year, the organization will feature live streaming and blogging, a detailed online convention page as well as photos and information posted throughout the week on social media. More information is available at www.ALAforVeterans.org.
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 $2 billion. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary 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.
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