"Farewell as We Focus on Service"
From 2017-2018 Department of Alaska President Barbe Wolkoff
I was privileged to be invited to participate in ALA Alaska Girls State 2018. What a great event with brilliant young women. Praises to Director Vonn Lamm and her staff for a job well done. I am always to impressed and awed by the talent of our picture perfect leaders. The American Legion Boys State was held the following week but I didn’t get to attend.
Thank you for allowing me to be your American Legion Auxiliary President 2017-2018. I am truly blessed and humbled to have been your leader this year. National Convention in Minneapolis in August which will be my last function as president. I am looking forward to seeing you all there. This will be the 100 year anniversary of the American Legion. Congratulations!!
Remember to continue to work on your membership; recruit, renew and retain. Make a veteran’s life better every day, even if it’s only to visit them. Everything you do does matter. Helping with chores (inside or out), baking, cooking, giving rides. You would be surprised at how small acts can make a big difference. Thank you everyone for all you do.
"As We Begin A New Administrative Year"
From 2018-2019 Department of Alaska President Debbie Lowndes
I want to start by first saying Thank You for the opportunity to serve as your 2018- 2019 Department of Alaska President. I have returned from the DLNC training ready to start an exciting year full of great opportunities for your Units and plenty of ideas to boost membership. Along with me you elected a great and enthusiastic Board of Officers, and we are ready to get involved and “Grow Goodwill”!
So that being said, July and August have prime opportunities for you and your Units to be involved in Veteran and Community Events, show yourselves and be proud of the ALA brand, wear it often! Attend or participate in a parade, or attend the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Appreciation Bike and Car Show on July 28th from 10 am – 2 pm at the Anchorage VA Center on Muldoon. Support the American Legion Baseball teams by attending their games or host a fun day camp for your Juniors. Do something… don’t just do nothing!
Getting new members and keeping them beyond three years is a constant struggle. Let’s find out why they don’t want to join or renew. Do you communicate with them after they’ve joined? Be creative with your membership welcome packages, remember to include event calendars and volunteer opportunities. Odds are they joined the American Legion Auxiliary to do something, find out what motivates them. The future of our organization depends on it.