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To our donors: A video message just for you
Thank You ALA Donors
Thank you for your generosity! Because of our donors, there are fewer homeless veterans on the streets, we educated America’s future leaders at ALA Girls Nation, ALA members were able to seek help after last year’s natural disasters, and so much more. To those of you who support the American Legion Auxiliary and ALA Foundation, we extend a special word of gratitude: THANKS!

Spend MLK Day in service to others
The American Legion Auxiliary’s national days of service include the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service on Jan. 15 – a great opportunity for ALA members to both serve the community and display a positive image. Promote your unit’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service project using these templates. (log in required)

American Legion National Judge Advocate retires after 35 years of service to Legion Family
The American Legion National Judge Advocate Philip Onderdonk has officially retired from that national office effective Jan. 1. In addition to serving as legal counsel to The American Legion, the national judge advocate also serves as counsel general to the American Legion Auxiliary. Onderdonk will continue to serve as legal consultant to the Legion and ALA National Headquarters through the 2018 National Convention. His successor, Kevin Bartlett, has officially assumed the office of The American Legion’s national judge advocate. The American Legion Auxiliary appreciates the longtime service of Judge Onderdonk and extends our best wishes to him and his family.

Deadline extended for AEF disaster grant applications
As the catastrophic damage from the hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters of 2017 takes its toll, many are still facing a very long recovery effort. The Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF) is available to help our ALA family – the deadline to apply for an AEF disaster grant has been extended to Feb. 1. Please spread the word if you or a fellow ALA member is in need of temporary grant assistance.

Eligible ALA members can apply for an AEF grant by logging in to the Members Only section here. The ALA is prepared to expedite the process of grant requests from Auxiliary members impacted by the recent hurricanes, fires, and other natural disasters.

To help ALA members impacted, donate now to the AEF . All donations are tax deductible. Every dollar helps.

Last call! Apply now for national appointments
Time is running out to apply online for an ALA national committee appointment – deadline is Feb. 1. American Legion Auxiliary National Vice President Kathy Dungan is seeking applications from motivated ALA members interested in being considered for appointment to national committee leadership positions during the 2018-2019 administrative year. National committee chairmen and members are appointed annually by the ALA national president and are confirmed by the National Executive Committee to serve on the following committees: Americanism, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, History, Children & Youth, Community Service, Constitution & Bylaws, Education, Finance, ALA Girls Nation, Junior Activities, Leadership, Legislative, Membership, National Security, Past Presidents Parley, Poppy, Public Relations, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. ALA members with strong professional backgrounds that relate to our many programs are needed. Help steer the ALA toward our centennial! Applications must be completed online by Feb. 1. Apply here.

ALA Foundation board accepting applications
The American Legion Auxiliary Foundation nominating committee is seeking applications from motivated individuals who are passionate about the ALA’s mission of serving veterans, military, and their families, and are willing to make the commitment to raise money to build, promote, and sustain the ALA Foundation. This is a three-year elected board position. Have fund development experience? Applications are due April 1. Apply now!

WANTED: Your ALA stories for Auxiliary magazine
The ALA national quarterly magazine, Auxiliary, is committed to bringing you content that’s about YOU. We need your help as we put together the stories that showcase our members as they work the ALA mission. Are you part of a multi-generation American Legion Auxiliary membership? Did you attend ALA Girls State or ALA Girls Nation? Are you an active ALA member dedicated to serving the ALA’s mission? If yes, we need your stories and photos for the 2018 Auxiliary magazine issues featuring these topics: ALA generations, ALA Girls State/ALA Girls Nation alumnae, and I am the American Legion Auxiliary. For more information, what to send, and whom to contact, click here.

Are YOU using AmazonSmile to help the ALA Foundation? Did you know that through Amazon’s charitable AmazonSmile program, you can support the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation while knocking out some of your everyday shopping? And it doesn’t take much effort. Simply sign in to Amazon through this special link, select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and just like that, Amazon donates 0.5 percent of every purchase you make to the ALA Foundation. There’s no added fee, no catch, and best of all, you’re supporting the ALA Foundation and the lives of our veterans, military, and their families by funding programs of the American Legion Auxiliary today and for future generations. Bookmark this special AmazonSmile link for your future purchases!

ALA members have access to FREE online training with ALA Academy!Want to learn more about the American Legion Auxiliary? The American Legion Auxiliary is providing all members with the tools they need to help grow the organization as a team. The ALA Academy is designed to help members learn as part of a process that includes learning the information, sharing it with others, practicing their new skills, and, eventually, making those new skills a habit. Classes now available: ALA 101, an introductory course to the ALA; ALA Communications 201, an introduction to how the ALA uses e-communication; and ALA Leadership 201, which discusses how to be an effective leader. Get started today!

Share your posts and photos with us on social media @ALAforVeterans. ALA social media hashtags:
#LegionFamily Share posts, tweets, and photos of your Legion Family volunteering in branded attire
#AmericanLegionAuxiliary Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of anything and everything related to the ALA
#MyAuxiliaryMagazine Post a photo of yourself reading the latest Auxiliary magazine
#ALARockStars Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of ALA members working the mission
January 2018
In The Know eBulletin:
in the know ebulletin
Click here to stay updated with January reports and timely articles from these ALA national committees, programs, and activities:

100th Anniversary
Auxiliary Emergency Fund
Community Service
ALA Girls Nation
Junior Activities

ALA Membership:
Where does your department stand in Auxiliary membership? Click here to log in and view the latest reports.

On the ALA blog:
Service to Others: A Way to Observe MLK Jr. Day Next Month
Deadline Extended for Auxiliary Emergency Fund Grant Applications
ALA Members Use Art to Spread Positivity to Women Veterans

New blog posts are uploaded regularly – check it out now!

The ALA supports the legislative agenda of The American Legion with elected officials at all levels of government (local, state, national). Get involved.

Celebrate our upcoming 100th anniversary with these centennial items!
centennial items

A simple, stress-free $500 cash rebate for ALA members who purchase or lease a new vehicle from one of the nation’s leading auto manufacturers. Download Flyer

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