Notes from the Department Secretary
Fall (maybe winter) has come to our great state. By the time this article comes out our Fall Workshop will be over and done. Thank you to the American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders for being a part of this event. The Fall Workshop was a great success with participation by representative from many Posts and Units. Also, a big note of gratitude to Susitna Valley Post/Unit 35 for hosting this year’s workshop. You folks are amazing and we truly appreciate your work.
There was a joint session in the morning with The American Legion, The American Legion Auxiliary, The Sons of the American Legion and the Legion Riders. This was followed with a presentation by the Warriors Hockey which consists of players who are veterans. The group then split into their individual groups.
Auxiliary members were presented with information regarding program action plans, ALA academy, membership, Children and Youth, 100th Anniversary activities, the 5 year Centennial Plan, and the National President’s Award of Excellence. The first day ended with a visit to the Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home. Junior members were also part of the activities for a day. Thanks to Amy Bell for taking on their activities for the day.
INFORMATION FROM UNITS:
Merlin Elmer Palmer Unit 6 (Wrangell) is preparing for many events in the next two months. They have an ongoing rummage sale at Moosellaneous. It is open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday when the OPEN sign is on! There is a bazaar and Flea Market from 10:00 to 2:00 p.m. They are hosting a Veteran’s Day Dinner on November 11th at 5:00 p.m. feature prime rib or spiral ham with green salad. Veterans and one guest is free. All others must have a ticket which costs $10. Seating is limited. The Children’s Christmas Party will be held on December 15th for children ages 12 and younger with each child receiving a gift. There will be a morning and afternoon session. On December 17th Unit 6 will be putting together and delivering trays of cookies, candy and cheese bites rotating through their list of Veteran’s in the community. There will be 50/50 Auxiliary Raffles in November and December with tickets at $1.00 per ticket.
Peter Heyano Unit 442 (Dillingham) shared the following upcoming activities for November and December. They will be attending the Veterans Day Presentation which the school hosts and will be registering Veterans and educating them about what the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary have to offer. For bother Veteran’s Day and the American Legion Auxiliary birthday, there will be public service announcements on the radio to educate the public. Peter Heyano Unit 442 is anticipating a coloring contest at the elementary school for Veteran's Day if approved at the Unit meeting in October. In December they will have a recruitment table at the Holiday Bazaar. They will also be holding a Christmas Party for Veteran's and their families.
- Silver Tea – November 3, 2018 at Jack Henry Post 1 in Anchorage.
- Poppy Orders Due – November 10, 2018
- Domiciliary Gift Shop – December 1, 2018. Please let Ann Robinson or Jane Larson know if you would like to make a donation or if you are available to help on that day.
- Department Convention – April 25-27, 2019 at Jack Henry Post 1 in Anchorage
- American Legion Auxiliary Alaska Girls State – June 1-7, 2019