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May 31, 2021

Please take time to reflect on the meaning of Memorial Day.  I shared this with you last week. Memorial Day is the day we honor the men and women who died while serving in our nation’s military.

 

On National Poppy Day, I enjoyed distributing poppies at Nags Head Outlet Mall with the units from Division 1.  

 

If you have a chance check out The Legion Magazine / June 2020 there are 2 articles that I found highly informative.  National Commander Bill Oxford’s article on page 8 “Women Veterans Deserve Better”. On page 40 the Article “The Man who would not give up on Flag Day” Don’t forget Flag Day June 14.

 

Reminders:

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes.  https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  To Register simply send us an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and lets us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALC-20210708/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

President Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

“No Bake Fundraiser.” For President’s Project. It is simple and easy just send a check what it would cost you to bake a cake, cookies or any yummy dessert to the Department HQ and mark you check for the President’s Project.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

Registration for the ALA Junior Jamboree is now open!! Help your juniors sign up for this fun virtual program happening on June 13th at 7pm. https://cvent.me/mA8m8X

 

National has a new home for Girls Nation and will be hosting our program in person.

this year at the William Bolger Center in Maryland!! Here is their website so you can.

see some pictures: https://www.bolgercenter.com.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

May 24, 2021

In less than 3 weeks we'll be together for our 100th Department Convention.  I look forward to seeing you.  To celebrate our 100th Anniversary I hope we can have 100 or more of our units represented.  As we wrap up the year, let us be ever mindful of our mission of service above self.  As we approach the Memorial Day weekend, please remember that Memorial Day is the day we honor the men and women who died while serving in our nation’s military.  The purpose of Memorial Day is to memorialize the veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  During your quiet time remember those who lost their lives and could not come home, reflect on their service and because of their sacrifice we have the luxury and freedom that we enjoy today. A project for the upcoming year might be to consider how we can support and safeguard their grieving families and loved ones who are left behind.

 

News from National

 

Since there will be no in-person national Junior meetings this year, the ALA is offering a virtual experience for Juniors like no other: the ALA Junior Jamboree. Not a meeting, this is a once-in-a-lifetime event:

  • Virtually meet other Juniors

  • Learn about the American Legion Auxiliary’s mission

  • HAVE FUN!

Thanks to a grant from The American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, each Junior who attends the Jamboree will receive the book Indivisible: The Story of our Flag.

The ALA Junior Jamboree is Sunday, June 13, at 7 p.m. Eastern. Registration opens soon!

 

National President, Nicole did some satellite media tours for National Poppy Day this week “Bring National Poppy Day to your City” If you would like to see some of the interviews click on the following link or copy it into your browser. https://app.criticalmention.com/app/#/report/468d5f2d-415b-46ed-af50-cbdeaa125ab4

 

Reminders:

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes.  https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  To Register simply send us an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and let us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALC-20210708/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

The President's  Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at the Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

“No Bake Fundraiser.” For the President's Project. It is simple and easy just send a check of what it would cost you to bake a cake, cookies or any yummy dessert to the Department HQ and mark your check for the President’s Project.

 

Time Capsules Contest: Due Date is May 30th.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

The National Poppy May 28th. Please share on Social Media how you and your unit are distributing and celebrating Poppies.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

May 17, 2021

It is with sadness to inform you of the passing of Past Department President, Dot Bumgarner.  The funeral will be May 27th at 2pm at the Lutheran Church, on West Main St. in Maiden. Visitation will be 12:30 until 1:30 at the church.     

 

Congratulations to River Allen P. Carrol-Wilson, for being one of the Children of Warriors Scholarship winners.  The scholarship is valued at $5,000.

 

Please National update below about more uses of Poppy money.

 

Reminders:

Message from the Legion concerning Pull Tabs: The Ronald MacDonald house does not have anyone who will pick them up because of COVID.  People are to take them to a local Ronald house themselves, or to a local recycling center, where they will weigh them and write the unit a check.  They are to mail the check with the receipt that shows how many pounds and the amount that was paid and then send that to Loree Miller P.O. Box 26657 Raleigh NC 27611-6657

 

“No Bake Fundraiser.” For the President's Project. It is simple and easy just send a check of what it would cost you to bake a cake, cookies or any yummy dessert to the Department HQ and mark your check for the President’s Project.

 

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes.  https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  To Register simply send us an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and let us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALC-20210708/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

The President's Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at the Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

Time Capsules Contest:   If you or your unit would like to submit a design for the outside front of the box, please email me your design. Due Date is May 30th. If you have not sent me pictures of your unit celebrating our 100th Anniversary. (pictures in jpg form) please do so or you may bring your items to the Department Convention.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

Reminders/ News from National

 

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

 

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

May 10th, 2021

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to all the wonderful Auxiliary Mothers.

 

“Proverbs 31:25: "She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come." “Proverbs 31:26: "She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Proverbs 31 is one of my favorite scriptures in the Bible. The Proverb’s woman is a strong, courageous, intelligent, hardworking, a kind and gentle woman.  She is/should be the role model for all women.

 

Message from the Legion concerning Pull Tabs: The Ronald MacDonald house does not have anyone who will pick them up because of COVID.  People are to take them to a local Ronald house themselves, or to a local recycling center, where they will weigh them and write the unit a check.  Then mail a check with the receipt that shows how many pounds and the amount that was paid and then send that to Loree Miller P.O. Box 26657 Raleigh NC 27611-6657

 

**** Please see attached flyer for a “No Bake Fundraiser.” From President’s Project Chairman, Emilee

 

 

Please see attached flyer from National about the National Convention and more information on Poppy fund usage.

 

 

 

Reminders

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes.  https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  To Register simply send us an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and lets us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

The President's Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at the Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

Time Capsules Contest:   If you or your unit would like to submit a design for the outside front of the box, please email me your design. Due Date is May 30th. If you have not sent me pictures of your unit celebrating our 100th Anniversary. (pictures in jpg form) please do so or you may bring your items to the Department Convention.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.   We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

 

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

 

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

May 3, 2021

Happy May Spring is here. 

 

Your unit president should have received an emailed copy of the Call for Convention which includes the Annual Convention Credentials Certificate that you will need to fill out and send with your check to Department Headquarters. The price is $10 per delegate.  This was in the mailing that was emailed out on Wednesday April 28th.  This information is also in the U.S.P. mailing that was sent out.  If you need any help filling out your Credentials Certificate please let me or Julia know.  We will be glad to assist you. 

 

Please don’t forget to return your Memorial List.

 

National Executive Director Kelly, she answers some common questions about What your Poppy Fund can be used for.

 

 

Southern Division Legislative Chairman, the article was written by our very own Betty Moore who serves as a committee member.

Reminders

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes. https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  To Register simply send us an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and lets us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

President Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com. Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

Time Capsules Contest:   If you or your unit would like to submit a design for the outside front of the box, please email me your design. Due Date is May 30th. If you have not sent me pictures of your unit celebrating our 100th Anniversary. (pictures in jpg form) please do so or you may bring your items to the Department Convention.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

 

Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.   We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

 

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

 

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

April 26, 2021

It is hard to believe that the Department Convention is just a little over six weeks from now.  I am excited to see everyone.  Please make your reservation now if you plan to attend.  On Wednesday, this week (April 28th) the Mailing will go out via U.S.P.S. and by email for those who want it early.  Included will be the Call for Convention which includes the Annual Convention Credentials Certificate that you will need to fill out and send with your check to Department Headquarters. The price per delegate is $10.  If you have any questions on how to determine the number of delegates your unit is entitled to, please call Julia at Headquarters or you may call me. Also included is the Memorial list that needs to be filled out and returned to Headquarters.  A tentative schedule for Convention is also included.  Remember we need you at Convention in June.  We need to have a quorum of units registered so that we can conduct our business.  “Section 6.  A quorum shall exist at Department Convention when thirty-five percent (35%) of the Units having paid membership of ten (10) or more Senior members are represented at the convention.” Article VI Department Convention Section 6.  Right now, the number of units needed is 50 to register for Convention by completing their Convention Credentials form. This number is subject to change as membership continues to come in. The number of delegates your unit has determines the number of votes your unit gets.  

 

Be sure to check out your Auxiliary Magazine.  Our very own VP/ Membership Chairman, Jill has a great article in it about Membership.

 

Reminders

 

Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes. https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  Simply send an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and lets us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th with a joint secession with the Legion. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Time Capsules Contest

As many of you know I have been working on a time capsule project for our 100th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted pictures. If you have not sent me pictures of your unit celebrating our 100th Anniversary. (pictures in jpg form) please do so or you may bring your items to the Department Convention.   You may add a special note about how your unit celebrated and worked our mission during the Pandemic, or you may want to just include a short note to future ALA members about one unique way your unit worked our mission during the last 100 years.  100th Anniversary Chairman, Betsey Lee has suggested that we have a contest to decorate the outside of the box.   If you or your unit would like to submit a design for the outside front of the box, please email me your design. Due Date is May 30th, and the committee will choose the winning design and announce it at the Department Convention. We will take the winner's picture and post on social media and submit to the national magazine. See attachment for some ideas on designs, be creative.

The President Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at the Convention.   If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com

Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

April is Military Child Month. Please continue to celebrate our Military Children.

 

April is also when we Celebrate Administrative Professional Day. (April 21) Do not forget to let Julia know how much you appreciate her.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18

 

Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.  Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award

Paying your dues is easy follow the guidelines:

1.   Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to renew online with your member ID on your card. You must log in to pay your dues. Click “Renew Here” and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, simply click “Sign Up” to get started.

2. Pay by phone to ALA National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Visa/MasterCard or Visa/MasterCard Debit are accepted when renewing online or by phone.

3. Contact your local ALA unit to let them know you want to mail your 2020 dues payment. The unit will provide a mailing address. Please make all checks payable to “American Legion Auxiliary.” If you prefer, you can visit your unit and pay your dues directly to an Auxiliary officer.

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

 

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

 

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

April 19, 2021

Thank you everyone who sent in their End of Year reports that were due April 15, to the chairman.  I look forward to reading the reports from the Chairman. Many Chairman asked me to convey to you that they will take late reports. However, you must get your reports to them asap. Report forms can be found at alanorthcarolina.com click on Program tab, a drop-down box will appear 2019-2021 Program Action Plan, click on the Report form for the Program you need.

 

Yesterday I had the pleasure to help units in Division 1 and 2 pack 100 gift bags for our veterans at the Fayetteville VA. Eleven units brought 100 packs of chips, crackers, coloring books coloring pencils, socks, hand sanitizer and much more. They donated over $1,500 worth of items.  Thank you to all who donated and to Ann Moore, Fayetteville Hospital Rep., and Benson 109 for hosting the event.  It was wonderful to be working our mission together with ALA and SAL Legion Family members to put some smiles on our veterans faces.  This was a project that our 100th Anniversary Chairman Betsey Lee presented at the Division 1 meeting. Thank you, Betsey Lee, for heading up the project.  We CELEBRATED THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY, while working the project.   I encourage units surrounding the other VAMCs to consider organizing a similar event. Betsey Lee or any member of the 100th Anniversary Committee will be willing to help.

 

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107 plus Taxes. https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton.  Registration for the Auxiliary is Free this year.  Simply send an email to legioncollegeforala@gmail.com and lets us know you plan to attend.  Tell us your name and unit number.  Meetings will start at 8:00 am on Friday July 9th  joint secession with the Legion. The ALA program will start at 9:00 am. The room rate is $107 plus tax make your reservation at   https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

Time Capsules Contest

As many of you know I have been working on a time capsule project for our 100th Anniversary. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted pictures. If you have not sent me pictures of your unit celebrating our 100th Anniversary. (pictures in jpg form) please do so or you may bring your items to the Department Convention.   You may add a special note about how your unit celebrated and worked our mission during the Pandemic, or you may want to just include a short note to future ALA members about one unique way your unit worked our mission during the last 100 years.  100th Anniversary Chairman, Betsey Lee has suggested that we have a contest to decorate the outside of the time capsule.   If you or your unit would like to submit a design for the outside  of the box please email me your design. Due Date is May 30th, the committee will choose the winning design and announce it at the Department Convention. We will take the winner's picture and post on social media and submit to the national magazine. The size of the box will depend on how many items we receive. I am thinking about the size of the box that boots should come in. 

 

Reminders:

The President's Project Chairman is asking you to bring items to sell at the President’s Project table at the Convention. You can email Emilee at smithroark@gmail.com  If you love jewelry check out her Origami Owl Facebook page at https://emilees.orgamiowl.com 

Emilee donates all profits from sales to the President’s Project for PTSD

 

April is Military Child Month. Please continue to celebrate our Military Children.

 

April is also when we Celebrate Administrative Professional Day. (April 21) Do not forget to let Julia know how much you appreciate her.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18


Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.  Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award

Paying your dues is easy follow the guidelines:

1.   Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to renew online with your member ID on your card. You must log in to pay your dues. Click “Renew Here” and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, simply click “Sign Up” to get started.

2. Pay by phone to ALA National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Visa/MasterCard or Visa/MasterCard Debit are accepted when renewing online or by phone.

3. Contact your local ALA unit to let them know you want to mail your 2020 dues payment. The unit will provide a mailing address. Please make all checks payable to “American Legion Auxiliary.” If you prefer, you can visit your unit and pay your dues directly to an Auxiliary officer.

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from National

Kelly Circle, Executive Director, shared an article on Leadership in her weekly briefing. “Practicing Self-Management” is directed at CEO/ED officers. The article has valuable tips for any Chair or unit/district/department president or anyone in leadership. It is always a good practice to self-reflect on how we treat and interact with our membership, friends, and family.   “Kindness and politeness are not overrated at all. They are underused. “Tommy Lee Jones

 

 

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

 

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

April 12, 2021

April 15th is a busy day: End of Year Reports are due to the Chairman, ALATHGS applications are due to HQ. and it is Purple Up day for Military Children. 

 

100th Anniversary Chairman, Betsey Lee's report form is attached.  Please let her know all the wonderful 100th anniversary activities your unit has participated in.  

 

Virtual Junior Camp was Saturday, and it was wonderful to see the excitement in our juniors.  Thank you, Chairman Joan, and committee members Betsey Lee and Naomi and all who made it a success.    Thank you, Honorary Junior President Justice, for a job well done. Congratulations to the newly elected officers.

 

Please see attached letter from the President’s Project Chairman, Emilee, about ways your unit can support the President’s Project.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

Reminders:  

End of Year report due April 15, to the chairman.  Remember if you did not submit a mid-year report, please include information from 2020-2021

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18 applications are available at www.ALATHGS.COM  Applications are to be completed and returned to HQ by April 15.  Non-Refundable Tuition Deadline is April 30th the secessions will be conducted Virtually Tentative times are 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Hotel booking for Department Convention June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton: Room rate is $107plus taxes. https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

Legion College is July 9-10 at the North Raleigh Hilton, room rate is 107 plus taxes.  

April is Military Child Month. Purple up day is Thursday April 15, 2021. 

April is also when we Celebrate Administrative Professional Day. (April 21) Do not forget to let Julia know how much you appreciate her.

 

Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.  Membership is the lifeblood of our organization. We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award • Award: $250 to be used to advance the ALA mission • Presented to: Department reaching 95% of their 2021 Department membership goal • Deadline: May 18, 2021 • Materials and guidelines:  Award will be based on membership entered in the ALAMIS system by May 18, 2021.   

Paying your dues is easy follow the guidelines:

  1. Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to renew online with your member ID on your card. You must log in to pay your dues. Click “Renew Here” and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, simply click “Sign Up” to get started.

  2. Pay by phone to ALA National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Visa/MasterCard or Visa/MasterCard Debit are accepted when renewing online or by phone.

  3. Contact your local ALA unit to let them know you want to mail your 2020 dues payment. The unit will provide a mailing address. Please make all checks payable to “American Legion Auxiliary.” If you prefer, you can visit your unit and pay your dues directly to an Auxiliary officer.

 

National Convention August 27-September 2 in Phoenix AZ

 

Reminders/ News from News from National

The National Poppy Day Activation Plan 2021 is “revving up!” (Get it? Indy 500 weekend?)

Our goals are to:

  1. Elevate and educate – grow public awareness about what it means to participate in National Poppy Day

  2. Work collaboratively – deliver a unified effort that showcase The American Legion Family

  3. Garner media attention and support – both at a national and local level, as well as grassroots involvement to grow support and build membership.

  4. Raise money – through donations and Poppy sales through Emblem Sales.

 

Post and Unit Toolkits to aid in local media outreach are posted on the Poppy Day website www.poppydayusa.org for everyone to have easy access and be able to utilize these tools in your local community.

President Clapp and Commander Oxford will also be participating in a Satellite Media Tour focused on National Poppy Day. This will occur the week of May 17th and include a radio press release, a video press release, and at least 25 live interviews across the country.

 

What can we use Poppy Funds for? The link below is a sneak preview of the PSA from National President Nicole on how we can help alleviate food insecurity among our armed forces: https://youtu.be/UiYUcqlkpSg

 

Did you see The American Legion Indy car reveal yesterday?

https://motorsports.nbcsports.com/2021/04/08/jimmie-johnson-tony-kanaan-paint-scheme-indy-500/

 

If you missed the video teasers leading up to the unveiling, they are listed below. Watch in order and know they are racers, not actors!

https://youtu.be/Y9SgAw52WHA

https://youtu.be/SVNSitkvXbY

https://youtu.be/fITK_IGVQi8

National has a new Webinar on Unit Fundraising. April 15.  Please use the following link to register,  https://cvent.me/0K41XZ   I think this will be beneficial to our units.

April 4, 2021

Happy Easter may God bless you during this time and may God bless our organization and our country.   April is a busy month with lots to celebrate.

 

We received the best news to celebrate this past week, “ Our Department Convention is IN-PERSON, June 10-12 at the North Raleigh Hilton. I am so excited to see all of you. 

Please see Commander Moore’s letter for details and use the following link to book your reservation. Hotel booking: https://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/R/RDUNHHF-ALNC-20210610/index.jhtml   Phone number for the North Raleigh Hilton:  919-872-2323

 

 

April is Military Child Month.  Think of those children in your community whose parents are serving in our armed forces and what you can do to help make life a little easier or less stressful for them. Children of military families have anxiety and fears also.  It means a lot to our service men and women to know that someone is looking out for their children while they are away. During the month honor those military kids for their sacrifice and bravery on the Homefront. Purple up day is Thursday April 15, 2021.  Purple symbolizes “joint” in the military.  If you combined all the colors Army green, Air Force blue, Marine Red and Navy blue you get purple.   (for more information see the attachment from Southern Division Children and Youth Chairman.

 

 

Congratulations to River-Allen P. Carol – Wilson, he was selected by our Education Chairman JoAnn Stevens, and her committee, as our winner for the ALA Children of Warriors National President’s Scholarship.  His application will be submitted to the Southern Division Chairman.  Let’s all wish him good luck.

April is also when we Celebrate Administrative Professional Day. (April 21) This day was originally created in 1952 as secretary’s Day. The name was changed because the role and responsibilities of this position has changed significantly since 1952.    We have a wonderful secretary/treasurer, Julia. Please let her know how much she is appreciated.

 

Membership:   Please make those calls to unpaid members.  Membership is the life blood of our organization.: Caring & Sharing Award For one week this spring, April 1-7, 2021, Jill is  asking Unit members and leaders to work together to contact all members of their Unit. We want you to call (or visit) members in good standing, members who still need to renew, and former members (that have not paid dues since 2018). The purpose of these calls is to let everyone know their membership is valued and/or they are missed. We are trying to reach 95% by May Department Award: Armed Forces Day Award • Award: $250 to be used to advance the ALA mission • Presented to: Department reaching 95% of their 2021 Department membership goal • Deadline: May 18, 2021 • Materials and guidelines:  Award will be based on membership entered in the ALAMIS system by May 18, 2021 For more details see the following message from VP/Membership Chair, Jill. 

 

 

 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

 

News from National

  1. National has a new Webinar on Unit Fundraising. Please use the following link to register,  https://cvent.me/0K41XZ   I think this will be very beneficial to our units.

  2. Don’t forget! The National Commander’s 100 Miles for Hope. If you haven’t registered yet and want to participate, go to https://www.legion.org/ and sign up! This is a great activity to do as The Legion Family.

  3. SHARE PHOTOS: ALA NHQ will be remembering those who were killed in action in a special presentation. We are asking for photos along with the name of the servicemember and any relevant information to be emailed to PR@ALAforVeterans.org.

  4. Get involved in National Poppy Day®.  Here’s how: National would really like people to send videos. SUBMIT VIDEOS: What does the poppy mean to me? Tell us in a video. These videos can come from anyone and any age! They do not need to be a member. The video does not have to be long either!  So, grab your phone or have someone else hold and record a message. We do ask that the phone be held horizontally. Videos can be emailed to PR@ALAforVeterans.org. If the video is too large to send through email, please use the site WeTransfer.com (no login information is needed) to send the video.  Thanks for your help! We plan to use them in both the NPD Virtual program and on social media throughout the month of May. 

 

Reminders

If you have not paid your membership Dues now is the time.  There are several easy ways you can pay even if your unit is not currently meeting in person.

  1. Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to renew online with your member ID on your card. You must log in to pay your dues. Click “Renew Here” and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, simply click “Sign Up” to get started.

  2. Pay by phone to ALA National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Visa/MasterCard or Visa/MasterCard Debit are accepted when renewing online or by phone.

  3. Contact your local ALA unit to let them know you want to mail your 2020 dues payment. The unit will provide a mailing address. Please make all checks payable to “American Legion Auxiliary.” If you prefer, you can visit your unit and pay your dues directly to an Auxiliary officer.

  • End of years report due April 15, to the chairman.  Remember if you did not submit a mid-year report please include information from 2020-2021
     

  • Virtual Junior Camp Saturday April 10, 2021
     

  • The 82nd THGS is June 14-18 applications are available at www.ALATHGS.COM  Applications are to be completed and returned to HQ by April 15.  Non Refundable Tuition Deadline is April 30th the secessions will be conducted Virtually Tentative times are 9:00 a.m. to noon.00T

March 22, 2021

Happy Spring!!!  Springtime is a time of rebirth and renewing.  What a great time to renew our commitment to the ALA by working membership.  Membership is everyone’s responsibility.  VP/Membership Jill and her team have been busy making phone calls to get those renewals in.  If we all work together and make calls to our unpaid members and recruit, we will be 100% . VP Jill is hoping to make this goal by May 10th.  “We Can Do It.” If your unit is not meeting in-person, please share the following ways for members to pay their dues:  

 

  1. Visit www.ALAforVeterans.org to renew online with your member ID on your card. You must log in to pay your dues. Click “Renew Here” and log in with your username and password. If you do not have a username or password, simply click “Sign Up” to get started.

  2. Pay by phone to ALA National Headquarters at (317) 569-4570, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. EST. Visa/MasterCard or Visa/MasterCard Debit are accepted when renewing online or by phone.

  3. Contact your local ALA unit to let them know you want to mail your 2020 dues payment. The unit will provide a mailing address. Please make all checks payable to “American Legion Auxiliary.” If you prefer, you can visit your unit and pay your dues directly to an Auxiliary officer.

Award time!!!  ALA Brand Ambassador Award. 

To be considered, please submit pictures in jpeg form, of your unit members wearing their brand while working the mission.   Please send pictures to Juli Zajc Dept PR Chairman at juli@zajcfamily.com and Toni Reale Southern Division PR Chair at grandmareale@gmail.com   Most of us wear our Brand at all ALA events, this should be easy.  The pictures will be shown on the big screen at National Convention

 

Spring is also a great time of spiritual renewing.  Chaplain Evelyn has written us a prayer for unity.  Please join with us in praying for our organization and its members.  

 

March is Women’s History Month

“The month of March is dedicated to the celebration of women’s history. It corresponds with International Women’s Day on March 8th. What could be better for a women’s organization to do than celebrate their own history? Our Auxiliary members have accomplished a great deal all around the world. Now it is time to celebrate what makes them so special! Step-by-Step Instructions What can we do?

  • Learn more about Auxiliary members who made history within your department or unit. This could include girls sponsored to ALA Girls State who have gone on to do great things or those members who have improved their communities, state, or country.

  • Celebrate the women in your life – mom, grandma, even your sister.

  • Donate money to the ALA Cavalcade of Memories budget at the unit, department, or national level in honor of a special woman.

  • Set up a display in honor of those members who have gone above and beyond the ALA’s mission. • Write an article for your unit/department newsletter about Women’s History Month or about the woman you are honoring.

  • Check out how women’s fashions have changed over time in the Auxiliary, as well as women’s hair fashion. There has been a great deal of change from 1919 to today!

  • Research and write about how the former and present members make a difference in the community and share with others.

  • Put up a display at your local library, historical society, or storefront, celebrating the work that the women of the ALA have done and still do every day.”

 

The Military Women’s Memorial honors and tells the stories of women, past and present, who serve our nation. As the only historical repository documenting all military women’s service, the memorial educates and inspires through innovative and interactive exhibitions, world-class collections, and engaging programs and events for all generations. The Memorial honors the commitment, contributions and experiences of every woman who serves in, or with, the Armed Forces. Staff was honored to conduct an in-person social distancing private viewing of the latest exhibit titled ‘The Color of Freedom; honoring the Diversity of America’s Servicewomen.

https://womensmemorial.org/

 

The National Legislative Division (NLD) uses VoterVOICE as its advocacy platform for connecting American Legion members with members of Congress. There are now 25,011 members and

supporters signed up to receive action alerts. As part of Washington Conference, NLD has launched a VoterVOICE Campaign focused at The American Legion Family asking them to share with their Members of Congress The American Legion’s Legislative Agenda and the time and date of the Commander’s Testimony. Please share the following link with your entire network and encourage everyone to participate! https://votervoice.net/AmericanLegion/Campaigns/81356/Respond

 

News for National

“Disappointing news: The Boys State did not make the final list of the Academy Award nominations. Maybe they will have better luck with the ALA Girls State documentary!”

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

 

Reminders:

Midyear report due April 15.  Remember if you did not submit a mid-year report please include information from spring 2019-2021

 

The Virtual Junior Camp is Saturday April 10, 2021. Registration and letters of endorsement forms are due March 15.

 

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18 applications are available at www.ALATHGS.COM  Applications are to be completed and returned to HQ by April 15.  Nonrefundable Tuition Deadline is April 30th the secessions will be conducted Virtually Tentative times are 9:00 a.m. to noon.00Tuition Deadline:

 

Any change to your dues must be submitted to Julia at Headquarters by 3/26, by emailed  ncalahq@nclegion.org  or mailed to ALA Department HQ   P.O. Box 25726, Raleigh NC 27611

  1. Additionally, membership information currently in ALAMIS will be pulled for 2021/2022 membership cards and dues remit addresses.  IT IS IMPERATIVE that you make sure HQ has the correct information by March 31.  Especially the correct address for receiving dues.  

 

Upcoming Division Meetings will be by Zoom:  Please attend your Division Meeting, I look forward to seeing you there.

Topic: Division 1 Meeting Zoom Meeting

Time: Mar 27, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88955327043?pwd=eURWelg3NXB0WGFsVTdYR3hvWjVGQT09

Meeting ID: 889 5532 7043

Passcode: ALADIV

        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

       

Meeting ID: 889 5532 7043

Passcode: 484452

March 15th, 2021

Happy Birthday American Legion, The American Legion will be 102 years Strong.

I know we are all anxious to know about the June Convention.  However, I am waiting for a decision from the Legion about an in-person Convention at the Raleigh Hilton.  As soon as I know I will let everyone know.  I have appointed a special committee Chaired by Julie Hogan. We have incredibly talented and capable people in North Carolina who will help us accomplish everything we need to do for our Convention in June if it is necessary to hold the Convention virtually.  At this point in time, we will proceed with making plans for both an in-person Convention and a Virtual Convention. Thank you for your patience as details are being worked out.   Please see details on the committee. 

 

If you have the opportunity to read the March Legion Magazine, there are several good articles; National Commander Bill Oxford is kicking off the 2nd 100 Miles for Hope on the American Legion’s Birthday March 15 to run through his last day as National Commander. The money raised from this project goes to the Veterans and Children Foundation.  For more information on how-to sign-up visit: legion.org/newsletter. I hope everyone will support our National Commander and this great program.

On page 14 is an excellent article on stress.  The pandemic has placed all of us under some sort of stress.  The past year has caused anxiety for all of us.  The article lists the top 10 ways to deal with stress.  Exercise, get more rest, focus on antioxidants, cut your caffeine intake, start a hobby, try aromatherapy, start a journal, Laugh, just say no, cuddle. 

Please see attachment from: 

FROM: Gabriele Barnett, Southern Division Children & Youth Chair

SUBJECT: Speak Our Youth’s Language to Connect and the March C&Y Newsletter. Remember April is Children and Youth Month.

 

 

 

 

News from National

The Boys State Documentary won the Audience Choice award at the Cinema Eye Honors Ceremony last week. Thank you for voting for it.  Events like this get media attention that promote all the positives of our American Legion Family.  Here is another opportunity to promote the American Legion, if you haven’t seen it, here is video of Tony Kanaan wearing his racing gear featuring The American Legion:

https://twitter.com/AmericanLegion/status/1367870872879570948

 

March 14-20th is National Creative Arts Therapy week. This week is designed to promote and spread information about how art therapy can aid in the recovery and well-being of our veterans. What can you do to celebrate this week while still at home? Here are some ideas:

·     Watch a recording of the 2020 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival online

·     Learn about Veterans Creative Arts Festival Grants from the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation. 

  • Watch a recording of the ALA webinar Mission Delivery – Veteran Creative Arts to learn how you can get involved at the local level and much more!”

 

National Poppy Day is coming up and we are aware the PoppyDayUSA.org site is out of date. The Legion is working on that and it should be updated completely early next week. Until then, please go to our website for updated banners and posters. We’ll be finalizing our plans for this year to educate the general public about Poppy Day and I will share that in next week’s briefing.”

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 

“May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind always be at your back. May the sun shine warm upon your face, and rains fall soft upon your fields. And until we meet again, May God hold you in the palm of His hand.”

“May God be with you and bless you. May you see your children’s children. May you be  poor in misfortunes and rich in blessings. May you know nothing but  happiness from this day forward.”

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

 

Reminders:

The Virtual Junior Camp is Saturday April 10, 2021 Registration and letters of endorsement forms are due. March 15

The 82nd THGS is June 14-18 applications are available at www.ALATHGS.COM  Applications are to be completed and returned to HQ by April 15.  Nonrefundable Tuition Deadline is April 30th.  The sessions will be conducted Virtually. Tentative times are 9:00 a.m. to noon.

Any change to your dues must be submitted to Julia at Headquarters by 3/26, by email  ncalahq@nclegion.org  or mailed to ALA Department HQ   P.O. Box 25726, Raleigh NC 27611

1.      Additionally, membership information currently in ALAMIS will be pulled for 2021/2022 membership cards and dues remit addresses.  IT IS IMPERATIVE that you make sure HQ has the correct information by March 31.  Especially the correct address for receiving dues.  

Upcoming Division Meetings will be by Zoom:  Please attend your Division Meeting, I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Topic: Division 2 Meeting

Time: Mar 20, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Details on the Announcement page

Topic: Division 1 Meeting

Time: Mar 27, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada

Details on the Announcement page

March 8, 2021

 

The office will be closed tomorrow. Julia will be taking a personal day due to an unexpected out town trip to handle a family situation.  She will return to work on Tuesday.  Thank you for understanding.

I had the pleasure to attend the 83rd Annual American Legion High School Oratorical Finals today.  The four finalists did an outstanding job speaking on different aspects of our Constitution. Congratulations to 1st place winner Emma Hall from Apex NC.  Thank you, Shelby Post, Auxiliary, and SAL for hosting.  You did an excellent job, everything was wonderful. 

Congratulations to Emily Cayton Weathersby on the birth of her twin boys.  Lane Owen Weathersby and Charles Dawson Weathersby were born on February 22 (10 weeks early). Lane weighed 2lb 11 oz and Charlie weighed 2lb 9 oz. The boys and mom are all doing well and hoping for an uneventful NICU stay!

 

From the Department Education Chairman, JoAnn Stevens the following information is regarding National scholarships. Due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, students could contact Units concerning the SAT/ACT score requirement when applying for The American Legion Auxiliary National Scholarships. Many students will possibly experience difficulty in taking the SAT/ACT in their areas. National Headquarters have issued the following statement for Department and Units to advise students planning to make applications for The American Legion Auxiliary National Scholarships.  Under the unusual circumstances of this year, the SAT/ACT requirement will be waived for the 2021 scholarship applications. If you can take the test at some point, please include your score. If you find you are not able to take the test, please include a notation with your application that you were unable to take the test due to COVID-19 restrictions.  As states are dealing with their COVID-19 restrictions, Department and Unit, please consider this same statement for their Department and Unit scholarships during these unusual times. Sallie Rossman, Southern Division Education Chairman

 

News from National

There is an open invitation to screen the Boys State documentary This Tuesday. Please RSVP by clicking the link below and registering. A screening link will be sent to your email address. These are the filmmakers who are also interested in producing a Girls State documentary as well.

Please join Apple Original Films and the Motion Picture Association
on Tuesday, March 9 at 8 PM (ET)
for a virtual screening of the award winning documentary film:

 

BOYS STATE

 The screening will be followed by a conversation with filmmakers Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss along with student and Boys State participant, Steven Garza. Emmy-winning journalist Betsy Fischer Martin will moderate.

 The event will also feature remarks from Members of Congress who are alumni of Boys State – including: Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Representative David Cicilline (D-RI).

MPA’s Chairman and CEO, Charles Rivkin will also provide an introduction.

 

Please RSVP Here

 

To watch the trailer, please visit: https://boysstate.movie/

 

 

More News from National

If you did not get the opportunity to see the Commander’s testimony live, you can view it at: https://www.legion.org/

 

I also strongly encourage our members to watch the “Know Before You Go” video to learn all about our legislative priorities:  https://www.youtube.com/embed/5ROPxOn5Xyg

Remember, we are not a political organization and do not endorse a party or a candidate; these are the issues we do support as an organization.

 

If you participated in the DC Conference, we would love to receive your feedback! Please complete the survey at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WR8C5NG

 

American Legion Auxiliary is proud to announce we now have exclusive access to GlicRx!

 

GlicRx provides a free discount card that saves people up to 85% off brand and generic medications. It provides a huge relief for people who don't have prescription coverage, are underinsured or who have high co-pays.

 

For more information about this and other member benefits, go to our website at https://www.legion-aux.org/Member-Benefits

 

The 2021 Unit Guidebook is now available for purchase or download here: https://www.legion-aux.org/Member/Guides/Unit-Guide-Book

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

Reminders:

1.      Any change to your dues must be submitted to Julia at Headquarters by 3/26, by emailed  ncalahq@nclegion.org  or mailed to ALA Department HQ   P.O. Box 25726, Raleigh NC 27611

2.      Additionally, membership information currently in ALAMIS will be pulled for 2021/2022 membership cards and dues remit addresses.  IT IS IMPERATIVE that you make sure HQ has the correct information by March 31.  Especially the correct address for receiving dues.  

 

Upcoming Division Meetings will be by Zoom:  Please attend your Division Meeting, I look forward to seeing you there.


Topic: Division 3 Meeting
Time: Mar 13, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

 

Topic: Division 2 Meeting

Time: Mar 20, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Details on the Announcement page

 

Topic: Division 1 Meeting

Time: Mar 27, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Details on the Announcement page

February 22, 2021

 

Thank you again for all the prayers, thoughts, and calls.  I am doing much better.  I have been able to get out in the sunshine. 

 

National has shared a link to vote for the Boys State Documentary.  It is one of the 10 documentaries nominated for the Audience Choice Award as part of the 14th Cinema Eye Honors. Online voting is open through March 4. The Cinema Eye awards ceremony will take place virtually on March 9.  Boys State is also on the shortlist for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards; final nominees will be announced March 15.  vote and share this on your Facebook and other social media platforms. Attached is a graphic for you to copy and use.  “Note: You are not asked for your name to vote; tracking is done by IP address. That means you can vote daily and on different devices. So, break out your phone, laptops, iPads, and any other device and vote from each one! Share with all your non-member friends and get them to do the same!”

 

This past week’s weather has left many of our members across the country in dire situations. Even though we didn’t experience the extreme cold as many in the South did, we still had our weather issues.  NC experienced a tornado down east this past week. Please remember that members may be eligible for financial assistance through our disaster relief portion of the Auxiliary Emergency Fund. Here is a link to the application: https://www.legion-aux.org/AEF-Application

 

I have attached the Legislative update from Donna Dillard, Southern Division Legislative Chairperson: In December Congress passed Veterans Health law H.R.7105 the Johnny Isakson and David P. Roe, MD Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2020.  You may want to share the benefits of this bill with your veterans.  Also, with the new 117th Congress, you may need to find your elected Congressional officials visit www.senate.gov,wwwhouse.gov.  A list of state legislatures is available at www.congress.gov/state-legislatire-websites.

 

It is not too early to start making plans for April which is Children and Youth Month.  Purple Up Day is April 15, 2021,this day recognizes our military children.  In my unit we always have an Easter Egg Hunt to celebrate our Children and Youth.  This year will look different.  No party but still goodie bags delivered to school children.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

 

 

 

February 16, 2021

I would like to thank each and everyone of you who have lifted me up in prayer and for all the wonderful cards.  Today is day 20 since I came down with COVID19.  I Praise God for my healing.  Today is day 5 of being fever free.  I am on the road to total healing.  Please keep the prayers coming.   My major symptoms were a low-grade fever and fatigue. (15 days with a fever)  My fever spiked last Saturday (Feb 6) that sent me to the ER for the day.   I am feeling stronger each day and tomorrow I plan to start working on some Auxiliary work. Please know that even though I have been taking it easy and getting my rest, I am fully aware of the day to day business of the Auxiliary.   I promise to take it slowly.

 

Thank you to all who attended the Mid-Winter Conference. I have heard wonderful news about it.  I am so sorry that I was not able to attend.  Thank you, VP Jill and Parliamentarian Martha and Dept Secretary/treasurer, Julia,  for keeping things going for me.  I look forward to seeing you all at the Division Meetings.  The Division meetings will be virtual by Zoom.   I will be in contact with the Division Presidents this week.  

 

News from National

1. Next week, we are debuting the new ALAMIS Unit User Training! We will be sending invitations to the new users but if you would like a refresher course, please send an email to alamishelp@alaforveterans.org.

 

2. Our Communications team is working on a membership feature article for the next edition of Auxiliary magazine. This time, the focus will be on recruiting for the entire Legion Family. If you know of any Auxiliary members, Legionnaires, Sons, or Riders who recruit for all of the Legion Family organizations in their post homes, please contact Landa Bagley at alamagazine@ALAforVeterans.org by noon, Feb. 15.

 

3. Facebook is our No. 1 social media channel to reach media, and it is going strong. So, we are now working on our Instagram account trying to make it more visual. 

·         Each Monday, you will see a post with a photo that somehow relates to our mission. The posts are part of our Monday Motivation series.

·         If you are not following us on Instagram, please do. You can find us on Instagram by going to www.instagram.com/alaforveterans

 

Top website downloads:

1.      National Presidents Scholarship Application 

2.      ALA Membership Application

3.      Spirit of Youth Scholarship Application 

 

Stay Strong, Stay Safe we will all get through this Pandemic.  I love you; my heart is so grateful for you.  Happy Valentine’s Day

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

February 1, 2021

Thank you to everyone who attended our 100th Anniversary Zoom Parties this week.  We had a wonderful time celebrating with our National President Nicole, our National Vice-President Kathy and our National 100th Anniversary Chairman Linda. 

 

Today was an exciting day for our new unit, Hickory 544.  They were presented their charter by our Vice-President Jill,  Division 3 President Mary and VA&R Chairman Toni.  Congratulations Hickory 544.  I wish I could have been there to celebrate with you.

 

National has updated the Unit Guidebook to reflect the changes in membership eligibility that went into effect after the 2019 National Convention.   The primary changes are:

  • the updated membership eligibility that went into effect after our last convention in 2019 (remember that?) because of the LEGION act and inclusion of male spouses.

  • gender neutral language to be inclusive of our male spouses.

  • icons highlight important info for the unit.

The online version includes clickable links to referenced webpages or Facebook group pages.  Hard copies will be available to order through Emblem Sales soon.

 

If you applied for the two new special committees, Inclusion and Diversity and Code of Ethical Conduct Review, National is in the process of scheduling interviews.

 

The Washington DC Legion office is planning the virtual DC Conference. It will be held March 1-4 with committee meetings on the 1st and 2nd and the Commander’s Testimony on the 4th.  Stay tuned for more details.

 

I am excited about our upcoming Mid-Winter Conference.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone.  The Zoom Login Information is available on the Announcements page. 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

January 25, 2021

 

“Yahoo! This is your Celebration, celebrate good times, come on! (Let’s Celebrate) There’s a party going on right here. A celebration to last throughout the years.  So, bring your good times and your laughter too. We going to celebrate your party with you.”  I look forward to seeing all of you at your Division’s 100th Anniversary Icebreaker Zoom Party this week.  We are expecting some National Guests, we will have prizes for completing the Challenges. It will be a fun evening.   Zoom login information for each Division and the Challenge and activity sheets for the party located on the Announcements Page.

 

Important Dates to Remember

Monday Jan. 25 @ 7:30 p.m.   Division 3 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

Tuesday Jan 26 @ 7:30 p.m.    Division 2 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

Wednesday Jan 27 @7:30 p.m. Division 1 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

Details on the Announcements Page

The Department of North Carolina’s VIRTUAL Mid-Winter Conference

Friday February 12th at 6:00 p.m. DEC Meeting

Saturday February 13th at 9:00 a.m. General Session

The invitation to join the Zoom Meetings will be sent out no later than February 5th. 

Details on the Announcement Page

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

 

January 18, 2021

 

Tomorrow we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with “A Day of Service”.  Dr. King spent his life serving others.  As ALA members that is what we do, we serve our veterans, military, their families, and our communities.   In 1989, President George H.W. Bush signed the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission Extension Act and in 1994 Congress designated the holiday a national day of service.

 

We can find ways to serve.  The pandemic may limit us in doing service projects collectively or on a large scale, but as individuals we can still serve.  We can make a meal for an elderly neighbor, send cards, make phone calls to our veterans, take prepackaged snacks to the teachers or health care workers. We can rake a neighbor’s yard or roll their trash cans out and in this week.  We can pay for the person’s coffee in line behind us at Starbucks. We can participate in a blood drive.  There are many  ways to serve.   I look forward to hearing about the creative ways you come up with to serve.   Dr. King said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent Question is, what are you doing for others?”  Take time tomorrow to reflect on that question and recommit yourself to have a servant’s heart. 

 

If you were unable to attend the online trainings that were offered in the fall you can take them now, just login to the ALA Academy at: https://member.legion-aux.org/member/online-training

National will offer the following new online sessions:  Junior Mentor Training Course 2: Junior Patch Program “The ALA Junior Patch Program has been a vital component of Junior Activities for many years. As a fundamental program tool, it teaches our Juniors about the mission they are charged with carrying on: helping veterans, military, and their families.
This training is for members who work with Junior members on a regular basis (i.e., Junior Activities chairmen, Junior advisors, Junior mentors), those who wish to begin working with Juniors, or those looking to get a new group of Juniors started.

Thursday, January 28, 7:00 PM ET

Tuesday, February 2, 9:00 PM ET

The registration link can be found in the member portal under meetings/trainings.”

 

Important Dates to Remember

Monday Jan. 25 @ 7:30 p.m.   Division 3 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

Tuesday Jan 26 @ 7:30 p.m.    Division 2 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

Wednesday Jan 27 @7:30 p.m. Division 1 100th Anniversary Ice Breaker Celebration

If you have not received your log-in information, please contact your Division Presidents for the information or me.

 

The Department of North Carolina’s VIRTUAL Mid-Winter Conference

Friday February 12th at 6:00 p.m. DEC Meeting

Saturday February 13th at 9:00 a.m. General Session

The invitation to join the Zoom Meetings will be sent out no later than February 5th. 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

January 11, 2021

Thank you to all who shared their end of the year reports with me.  I enjoyed reading your reports and would like to share just a few of the wonderful works our units have done in the midst of the pandemic.  Units have held after school reading programs by Zoom to help elementary students.  Units have made masks, blankets, shawls, wheelchair caddies, held drive through food distributions, car parades to lift the spirits at local nursing homes, raised money via basket auctions, delivered Christmas presents to handicapped school children, veterans, and nursing home residents. Donated winter coats, toys, food, and books.   Units have done buddy checks on their members, veterans, and the community.  Voted and worked the polls in this year’s election. In many cases you have worked closely with the American Legion to accomplish your goals.   You have worked the mission of the ALA and I know that whatever the future holds, you will continue to work our mission of “service above self” because that is who we are.  We are the American Legion Auxiliary.

 

Please keep PDP Susan Campbell and her family in your prayers.  Her husband Richard, a long-time member of American Legion Post 40 and SAL Squadron 40 passed away on Friday from COVID. Richard was a past SAL Detachment Commander.  Please continue to check on our members and neighbors.  As a Legion family we know this virus is real.  Please pray that God will heal the sick and heal our nation.

 

For those of you who did not see National President Nicole’s message on Facebook Live, I would like to share it with you. 

https://youtu.be/UZSMUNbXmRk

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

A Message from National President Nicole Clapp

Dear Fellow ALA Members,

We have had political unrest and social upheaval throughout the last year and the stress from seeing it all has had a negative impact on our health and well-being. It rose to a crisis point yesterday, but remember, democracy has been under attack before and has always been able to right itself as we are witnessing now.

 

We are strong; we will get through this. Our democracy is strong; it will survive. Now is the time to come together, for the good of our veterans, military, their families, and our country, to set aside our political differences and reflect upon who we are as a group and what we stand for. We are mothers, daughters, granddaughters, sisters, and spouses of those who fought for the very freedoms we are seeing in turmoil now. Some of our members have fought for these freedoms themselves. Please honor their service and their sacrifices. Partisan politics are not part of the American Legion Auxiliary. In honoring our veterans, one of our core values is to demonstrate and pass on respect for our country. As we continue to work our Mission in 2021, remember our declaration:

 

We are the American Legion Auxiliary.
We are called to serve.
We respect our country and the service of those who defend our freedoms.
We are loyal to our United States Constitution and to those who protect it.
We are humbled by the courage of our veterans and their families.
We are alone, yet we stand together.
We are daughters, brothers and sisters, mothers and fathers. We are family.
We are of every color. We are of every faith.
We are of every age.
We are anyone and everyone.
We are common and extraordinary.
We are citizens.
We live in small towns.
We live in suburbs.
We live in cities.
We work in fields, in factories, warehouses, offices, at home.
We are a community. We help one another.
We love our flag and all that it stands for.
We are many. We are one.
We are the American Legion Auxiliary. A Community of Volunteers
Serving Veterans, Military, and their Families.
We commit ourselves to the ideal: Service Not Self.

January 4, 2021

 

Happy New Year.  I am excited about the new year and the possibilities that await us.  We are ALA Proud and Strong.  I am proud of our organization in the midst of a pandemic where you kept working our mission. You kept serving our veterans, children, and communities.  You found ways to keep us going.   You have even added 296 new members to our organization. VP/ Membership Chair, Jill said, that we are only 6% from where we were last year this time. That is awesome considering the pandemic has kept many  us from meeting.  Congratulations North Carolina. 

 

For those of you that did not see Department Chaplain Evelyn's prayer for our Department I would like to share it with you. 

GREETINGS AUXILIARY MEMBERS!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

I feel the need to send a prayer out as we enter into the New Year 2021. Our hearts have been extremely heavy due to the loss of so many people that have succumbed to death as a result of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) and other diseases.

 

Lord, we come to you today, asking that you heal those who are suffering from Covid-19, cancer, and other diseases. We ask that you put a hedge of protection around us from this virus. Lord, you have healing power to cover this land. Stretch your arms to the hospitals, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities and touch each body with your mighty healing power. We need you Lord, hear our plea!!

 

Father God, we ask you to forgive our sins and unrighteousness.  Create in us a clean spirit and a righteous and grateful heart.

 

Father, comfort and strengthen the hearts of those who have lost love ones in 2020. It has been a very difficult year, but we are still trusting and believing you will bring better days and better health. We continue to have Faith and stand on your promise “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, and have been called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28).

 

Lord, thank you for providing a vaccine for the cure of Covid-19. Thank you for protecting our frontline workers and Caregivers. Continue to keep them safe as they administer the vaccine.

 

Lord Jesus, continue to protect and watch over our Veterans, Active Duty Military servicemembers, wherever they may be during this season. We are so thankful for their service and we shall never forget their sacrifice.

 

May we all continue to have Love, Peace, Hope and Joy in the coming New Year!!!

 

I lift this prayer up to you, Dear Jesus!

 

Amen!!

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR,

Evelyn Lewis

NC ALA Department Chaplain

 

I have attached a copy so that you can print it.  I ask everyone to make this a daily prayer for our nation, our world, and our organization.

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

December 28, 2020

Happy New Year. I pray that 2021 will be a year of health and peace for all.  May God bless each of you in 2021. 

 

Thinking back on 2020 and what I have learned from this Pandemic is something I really always knew. Faith in God, time with family & friends and serving others is what is important . These are the things that makes for a happy life. My new year's resolution is to focus more on God, family, friends and serving others. The rest is just stuff we deal with. 

Love you all, Happy New Year.

 

For God and Country,

AlA Proud and Strong 

Julie

December 21, 2020

Merry Christmas Everyone. Thank you for all that you and your units have done to spread Christmas joy to our veterans and shut-ins. This has been a difficult and challenging 9 months. You have found creative ways to work our mission and keep the ALA strong and resilient. Please take time during these next 2 weeks to enjoy time with your family, friends, and time for yourself.  You are the greatest volunteers. You are the Auxiliary’s greatest assets.  You give of yourself and work for our veterans and communities all year.  Take a little time these next couple of weeks for you.  Recharge your batteries for the new year.  We will have much work to do in the new year. 

 

As many of you know the Legion BEC voted to hold the Mid-Winter Conference as a virtual event. The tentative dates are 19-26 February. After the new year I will meet with the chairmen and Division Presidents by zoom to set the agenda for a virtual meeting for the Auxiliary’s Virtual Mid-Winter Conference.

 

Please remember the JoAnn Cronin’s family in your prayers.  Past National President JoAnn Cronin passed away Monday 12/14/2020.  A memorial service will be held later due to COVID restrictions.

 

Please remember Division 2 President, Joanie Hicks, and her family in your prayers. She lost her brother, Let. Col. Keith R. (Randy)White, Retired U.S. Army Vietnam Veteran.

 

Reminder: the office will be closed Thursday for Christmas.

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

December 14, 2020

I pray  everyone is doing well.  COVID 19 is taking its toll on our membership both physically and mentally.  Please check on your members.  For many, Christmas is the saddest, loneliest, and most stressful time of the year.   Covid-19 and social isolation are not helping. The last 9 months have been challenging for all of us.  We have all been forced to change how we do things from buying groceries online or using curbside pick-up to virtual meetings including virtual zoom meetings.   This virus has claimed too many lives.  Please follow the 3Ws. Wear a mask, wash your hands, and wait 6 feet apart.    Our Nation and world are in a crisis. 

 

Thank you for all you are doing for our veterans and community during this time.  Please keep sharing your activities on Facebook.  These encouraging posts are what will get us through.  Thank you, Chaplain Evelyn for your encouraging and uplifting daily posts. 

Thank you to all of you who keep me lifted up in prayer daily. 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

 

December 7, 2020

Seventy-nine years ago tomorrow, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred. 2,403 Americans perished during the attack.  On August 23, 1994 Congress designated December 7th as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.  Tomorrow please take time for a moment of silence to solemnly honor and remember those who lost their lives in the attack on Pearl Harbor. As President Franklin Roosevelt described this as “a date which will live in infamy.”  Tomorrow, if you have the chance to share some history with a young person about Pearl harbor, please do so. 

 

Don’t forget to check out the new National Website at www.ALAforVeterans.org

 

Remember your unit’s mid-year reports are due to the chairman by December 15th.   If you need a form, please contact the chairman or look on our Website at www.alanorthcarolina.com  Please email or U.S. mail your reports directly to the chairman.  It would be good to write a short summary (or just bullet points) that combines all your reports and send a copy to your District and Division Presidents.)

I

f you didn’t get a chance to see the Showcases of the  Veterans Creative Arts Festival this past week, you can see them at https://www.facebook.com/NVCAF/ 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

November 30, 2020

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.  I know for many of us Thanksgiving was different this year.   It is hard to believe that Christmas is just around the corner.   I want to share a couple of ideas that I saw on Facebook that would be fun to do this Christmas Season.

  1. Theresa Weybrew, Toni Reale and Carolyn Donnelly  posted this activity on Facebook.  When you send a Christmas card this year please include your favorite Christmas recipes.  
     

  2. J. Atlas and I are doing a reverse Advent Calendar this year. I have written items/activities for us to do on cards and attached them to the Christmas tree. Each day we take a card and follow the instructions.  Examples:  Choose a canned food item and put in a collection box, donate a coat to a coat drive, or bake cookies for a neighbor.  This can be as big or small as you want.   Advent begins on November 29- December 24. 

                                                                                                                         

The office will be closed tomorrow.  Julia will be back in the office on Tuesday from her vacation.

Please keep District 7 President Karen Butler in your prayers and thoughts.  Her father, Joseph Patrick Keenan “Joe” passed away Wednesday.  Mr. Keenan was a Korean War veteran.

I want to remind everyone that the Creative Arts Festival begins November 30-December 4th This is a virtual festival so you can enjoy watching our creative veterans show their talents off from the comfort of your home.  (see attached flyer)

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie    

November 23, 2020

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I am Thankful for so much in my life, my family, my health, and for my dear friends in the Legion Family.  Have a blessed holiday.  (Do not eat too much pie)

Remember the Office will be closed this week.  If you have an immediate need, please call me or email me. (704-647-1193)

 

Please remember Martha and Beth Whitaker and the Whitaker family in your prayers. Martha’s husband Benny passed away unexpectedly on Thursday Morning.

Please remember Lynn Coughenour, District 9 President, in your prayers and thoughts, her sister Joann Troutman passed away on Friday.

 

National hopes to launch the new updated Website by December. Alaforveterans.org   National is refreshing the site to be more modern.  The members portal section will allow members to have more control over their own data.  The new site will be more user friendly and easy to navigate, when you are looking for national committee information, forms, and handbooks/guides.   Please make sure that your web browsers are up to date. If your technology is not current then connecting to the website could be difficult.  National recommends using Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.  These are free and easy to download.

 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Stay safe and healthy.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

November 16, 2020

I hope everyone celebrated the new Auxiliary Holiday on November 14.  This holiday is to remind members to read their governing documents. November 14,2020 was designated as ALA Read Your Constitution and Bylaws.  The National Constitution and Bylaws Committee has been challenging members to read the national C&B in front of landmarks across the country.  Members are encouraged to send a photo to National C&B Chairman Trish Ward at tbw_ksauz@yahoo.com Please see page 32 in your November Auxiliary Magazine for things to keep in mind while reading your C&B.

Giving Tuesday is December 1, 2020.  Donate today at www.ALAFoundation.org/Giving Tuesday

or mail check to the ALA Foundation at 3450 Founders Road Indianapolis, NC  46268 or call 317-569-4500 to learn more.

 

The November Auxiliary Magazine is full of really good information. Check out page 48 on Brand Loyalty “Who we are .”and the new refreshed National American Legion Auxiliary Website  at www.ALAforVeterans.org

 

The National Creative Arts Festival running November 30th through December 4th. This is a virtual event.  If you have never had the pleasure to attend a National creative Arts Festival here is your chance.

 

 ALA NHQ has created a fillable Youth Hero-Good Deed nomination form! It is on our National website at https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Children-and-Youth/, on the ALA Children & Youth Program Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/ALAChildrenandYouth/ or you can contact National Headquarters at (317) 569-4500 or children&youth@ALAforVeterans.org.

 

Have a Blessed week.

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

November 9, 2020

HAPPY 101 BIRTHDAY AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY!!!!!  I have enjoyed seeing your posts on Facebook as you continue to celebrate our 100th Anniversary.   We will celebrate our 101 birthdays on November 10.  

Happy Veteran’s Day November 11. Why we celebrate Veteran’s Day on November 11th.   World War 1 fighting ceased when an armistice, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. On June 1, 1954, November 11th became a day to honor American veterans of all wars. As we make plans to honor our veterans  please remember that the children of veterans and military families are heroes too.

 

The National Creative Arts Festival running November 30th through December 4th. See attached flyer. If you have never had the pleasure to attend a National creative Arts Festival, here is your chance. The National Creative Arts Festival is virtual this year.

 

 

 

 

 

Read your new updated Constitution on November 14, 2020.  The new National Constitution is available at Emblem Sales.  Do not forget to update your unit’s Constitution.

 

Please remember PDP Linda Laws and her family in your prayers.  Linda’s husband Steve passed away  on Friday.  Steve was a past National SAL Commander and beloved member of the American Legion Family.

 

 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

 

  With the COVID-19 cases on the rise please remember to continue to stay safe and protect yourself with the 3Ws.

November 2, 2020

 

The 100th Anniversary Committee has had a great time Celebrating with you over the last 2 weeks.  Thank you to those who participated.  If you did not participate but would like to send your unit’s history to me, I would love to read it.  See attached questions to help you record your history.  I have also attached a copy of the Committees Program Actions Plan and the report form for the 100th Anniversary. (Added to the Programs page)

 

With the number of COVID-19 numbers rising in our state please remember the 3 Ws and stay safe.  The American Legion is asking Congress to unanimously pass the Buddy Check-in Bill.  If this legislation passes the VA’s will be required to establish a “Buddy Check Week”. The bill would also require the VA to provide educational opportunities on how to conduct personal wellness checks and to expand resources for the Veterans Crisis Line.  Please show your support of the American Legion by contacting your senators and representatives.  Please do your own personal Buddy Check this week.  Reach out to someone this week to see how they are doing.

 

Community Service Chairman Julie Hogan shared an Easy Community Service Project that we can do while social distancing.  Thank you, Julie for sharing a great opportunity.

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

Read your new updated Constitution on November 14, 2020.  The new National Constitution is available at Emblem Sales.  Do not forget to update your unit’s Constitution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark your calendars for the Spring Division Meetings

March 13, 2021 Division 3:   Hosted by Davidson 86, Registration at 11:30 am (light lunch) Meeting at 12:30 pm

March 20, 2021 Division 2:  Hosted by Landis 146 light Breakfast at 9:00 am Registration at 9:30 am and Meeting at 10:00 am

March 27, 2021   Division 1:  Hosted by Hampstead 167, Registration at 11:30 am (light Lunch)

Meeting at 12:30 pm

 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

October 26, 2020

Happy Halloween, please stay safe as you Trick or Treat this year.  I have attached the coloring book again just in case you missed it a few weeks ago.  Remember the National website alaforveterans.org has some great resources that can be downloaded.

 

 

We celebrated our 100th Anniversary with two great Zoom parties this week.  Thank you to those who participated from District 1, 6, and 11, and Districts 2, 7, and 12.  I enjoyed hearing about your unit’s history but most of all it was good to spend time with you.  This week we will be celebrating with the following Districts: 

I have attached instructions on how your unit can make a birthday wish video and send it to National.

 • October 26th Districts 3, 8, and 13

• October 27th Districts 4, 9, and 14

• October 29th Districts 5, 10, and 15

.If you have not received it, please reach out to your Unit President or District Presidents.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two Legion- Backed bills addressing veteran suicide will be become law this week. On Oct. 17, “President Trump signed S. 785, the “Commander John Scott Hannon Veterans Mental Health Care Improvement Act of 2019” and S. 2661, the “National Suicide Hotline Designation Act of 2020” into law. The legislation was supported by The American Legion. The VA estimates that around 20 veterans die by suicide each day.”  See attached news article.  These two laws will help our veterans who suffer from PTSD. 

 

 

 

 

Check out new Member Benefits at https://www.alaforveterans.org/Members/Login/?ReturnUrl=%2fResources%2fMember-Benefits%2f

 

Reminders:

ALA Academy Live Mission Delivery – Basic Training Mission Training 101 and 201.

Registration is open now:   https://cvent.me/MQAqOL?RefId=NECupdate

Session Date:  Monday, October 26, 2020 – 8:00 PM EDT

 

ALA Academy Live – American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Grants Panel

In this FREE virtual panel, you will learn how to apply for grants for things such as a local Veterans Creative Arts Festival or promoting the Auxiliary while working the mission. The virtual panel will be hosted twice: 

  • Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ET 

  • Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET 

 

Mark your calendars for the Spring Division Meetings

March 13, 2021 Division 3:   Hosted by Davidson 86, Registration at 11:30 am (light lunch) Meeting at 12:30 pm

March 20, 2021 Division 2:  Hosted by Landis 146 light Breakfast at 9:00 am Registration at 9:30 am and Meeting at 10:00 am

March 27, 2021   Division 1:  Hosted by Hampstead 167, Registration at 11:30 am (light Lunch)

Meeting at 12:30 pm

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

October 19, 2020

This week starts our 100th Anniversary Zoom Parties.  Your unit President should have received a zoom invitation from your District President for you.  If you have not received it, please reach out to your Unit President or District Presidents.

 

If you attend the 100th Anniversary Zoom Party, the Committee is asking you to do the following:

  1. Bring your own cake and ice cream.

  2. Wear an Auxiliary Shirt, old or new.

  3. Be ready to recognize your youngest member, oldest member, newest member, and member with the most years.  If you need help locating this information, please let VP Jill know and she will help you find the information. 

  4. Share your unit’s charter date and something about your 1st unit officers.

  5. Share at least 1 event/activity that your unit is well known for in your community.

  6.  Help us create a Happy 100th Birthday Video for National Headquarters.

 

Each of the meetings will begin at 7 PM but you may log on at 6:45PM. The schedule is as follows:

• October 20th Districts 1, 6, and 11

• October 22nd Districts 2, 7, and 12

• October 26th Districts 3, 8, and 13

• October 27th Districts 4, 9, and 14

• October 29th Districts 5, 10, and 15

 

Remember if you would like to order a Blue 100th Anniversary Shirt, please contact Gale Jones 828-544-5353 or at Gjones50_2000@yahoo.com

 

The AEF application has been updated and is available online.  Members can donate or submit a grant application at https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Auxiliary-Emergency-Fund/

 

ALA Academy Live Mission Delivery – Basic Training Mission Training 101 and 201.

Registration is open now:   https://cvent.me/MQAqOL?RefId=NECupdate

Session Date:  Monday, October 26, 2020 – 8:00 PM EDT

 

ALA Academy Live – American Legion Auxiliary Foundation Grants Panel

In this FREE virtual panel, you will learn how to apply for grants for things such as a local Veterans Creative Arts Festival or promoting the Auxiliary while working the mission. The virtual panel will be hosted twice: 

  • Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. ET 

  • Nov. 2 at 9 p.m. ET 

 

Registration link:  https://cvent.me/eb9Gez?RefId=NECupdate

 

Correction to the mailing the Raleigh Address is

ALA Department of NC

PO Box 25726

Raleigh, NC 27611

 

Mark your calendars for the Spring Division Meetings

March 13, 2021 Division 3:   Hosted by Davidson 86, Registration at 11:30 am (light lunch) Meeting at 12:30 pm

March 20, 2021 Division 2:  Hosted by Landis 146 light Breakfast at 9:00 am Registration at 9:30 am and Meeting at 10:00 am

March 27, 2021   Division 1:  Hosted by Hampstead 167, Registration at 11:30 am (light Lunch)

Meeting at 12:30 pm

 

Remember Doris Ray’s Birthday is October 20th Please send her a card.

501 N. Churton St.

Hillsborough, NC  27278 (corrected zip code)

 

Phone number (919)732-2282     She is hearing impaired, but can read your responses, so there may be some delays. 

 

Remember to Vote.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

October 13, 2020

What a beautiful fall week we had this past week.  On Saturday we held our District 1 and 3 Zoom meetings. It was great to see everyone.  Thank you, Division 1 President Katie, for setting all this up and handling the zoom part.  Thank you Acting District 1 President Sue and District 3 President Patricia for a great meeting. 

 

This week I have lots of attachments for you. 

  1. VA&R Chairman Toni has a list of needs for our VAMCs. 
    Please consider donating some of the items to your local VA.

  2. National has posted on Facebook the link to sign up for the 2 new special purpose committees. The National Code of Ethical Conduct Review Committee and The Inclusion & Diversity Committee. To be considered for these committees, no ALA Leadership experience is required.  (see attachment from Facebook for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

POW Updates

September 30, 2020: USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted for From World War II (Tushla, L.)

September 30, 2020: USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted for From World War II (Mulick, J.)

October 1, 2020: Soldier Accounted for From Korean War (Agard, R.)

October 2, 2020: Marine Accounted for From Korean War (Ellis, H.)

October 2, 2020: USS Oklahoma Marine Accounted for From World War II (Drefahl, E.)

October 2, 2020: Marine Accounted for From World War II (Cruz, J.)

 

Correction to the Leadership Directory:  Chaplain Evelyn Lewis’s Phone number is 919-824-3181

 

Remember Doris Ray’s Birthday is October 20th Please send her a card.

501 N. Churton St.

Hillsborough, NC  27278 (corrected zip code)

Phone number (919)732-2282     She is hearing impaired, but can read your responses, so there may be some delays. 

 

Reminders:

Fall Conference scheduled for October 23-24 has been cancelled

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

October 5, 2020

Happy Fall, I am loving this beautiful weather we are having.  Fall is one of my favorite times of the year.   There is always excitement in the air as children await Halloween.  A few weeks ago, I sent you a copy of the Halloween Safety book that you could print and distribute.  I received more information on Halloween Safety that I am including. Please share this with your members. 

Do not forget Red Ribbon week October 23-30th, as this is the largest Drug-Abuse prevention campaign in the nation.  The campaign was started in 1985.   For more information visit https://www.redribbon.org/  I have also attached a brochure.

 

Emblem Sales now has the new updated 2020 National Constitution available for Sale.  I just ordered mine.  November 14, 2020 is ALA National Read Your Constitution & Bylaws Day.  National Constitution and Bylaws Chairman, Trish Ward is asking for a photo of you reading the new National Constitution.  

 

Attached is an updated Leadership Directory you can download and save.

 

 

 

 

Remember Doris Ray’s Birthday is October 20th Please send her a card.

501 N. Churton St.

Hillsborough, NC  27278 (corrected zip code)

Phone number (919)732-2282     

She is hearing impaired, but can read your responses, so there may be some delays. 

Reminders:

1.      Fall Conference scheduled for October 23-24 has been cancelled.

2.      Mission Delivery Webinar from National

           Tues., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Tues, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Thurs., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m. EDT

Registration link: https://cvent.me/oPZxDy?RefId=NECupdate

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud,

Julie

September 27, 2020

We had a remarkably successful weekend with our District 7, 8, 9 and 10 Zoom Meetings.  Thank you, District 9 President Lynn, District 7 President, Karen, District 10 President Juli and Division 2 President Joanie, for wonderful meetings.  Thank you to all who attended.  The Zoom meetings have been well attended. 

 

I cannot emphasize enough how great the new Mission Deliver Course is that National is offering.  If you did not see the Facebook post from National here is the information on how to register.

Tues., Oct. 6, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Tues, Oct. 13, 7:30 p.m. EDT

Thurs., Oct. 15, 9:30 p.m. EDT

Registration link: https://cvent.me/oPZxDy?RefId=NECupdate

 

Today was Gold Star Mother’s Day.  If you have Gold Star mothers in your unit, please give them a call or send them a card to let them know you are thinking of them.  “Gold Star Mother’s Day is observed in the United States on the last Sunday of September each year. It is a day for people to recognize and honor those who have lost any family member in service to their country. It was originally formed in 1928 for mothers of those lost in World War I, and it holds a congressional charter under Title 36 § 211 of the United States Code.  Its name came from the custom of families of servicemen hanging a banner called a service flag in the windows of their homes. The service flag had a star for each family member in the Armed Forces. Living servicemen were represented by a blue star, and those who had lost their lives in combat were represented by a gold star.”

 

POW/MIA Update

This week, the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency released the following announcements.

September 22, 2020: Pilot Accounted for From World War II (Eggud, G.)

September 22, 2020: Soldier Accounted for From World War II (Jeffers, O.)

September 22, 2020: Soldier Accounted for From Korean War (Daniels, B.)

September 23, 2020: USS Oklahoma Sailor Accounted for From World War II (Owsley, A.)

Remember Doris Ray’s Birthday is October 20th Please send her a card.

501 N. Churton S.

Hillsborough, NC  27278 (corrected zip code)

Phone number (919)732-2282     She is hearing impaired, but can read your responses, so there may be some delays. 

 

Reminders:

1.      Fall Conference scheduled for October 23-24 has been cancelled.

For God and Country,

ALA Proud,

Julie

September 21, 2020

Thank you to District 5 President, Pam Schall, and Division 1 President, Katie Pfeil, for their wonderful job on the District 5 and District 2 Zoom Meetings yesterday.   I continue to be thankful for Zoom, but I sure miss seeing everyone in person.  The remaining District Meetings will be held by Zoom.   There are a few just-for-fun Zoom Meetings in the planning stages.  Betsey Lee, 100th Anniversary Chairman, is planning a 100th Anniversary Celebration via Zoom. 

 

In the past weeks I have attended 2 webinars with National, one on VA Voluntary Services and one on Mission Delivery.  They were both highly informative.  These were 2 of the new virtual training opportunities.   I encourage you to take advantage of these opportunities to learn more about the ALA.  Also, if you have not taken the ALA Academy Courses, I highly recommend them.  They are free. 

 

Some key points from the Mission Delivery Training, that I found most interesting was

1.  We must change as our veteran population is changing. Veterans needs and wants are not what they were in the past.  We must meet the needs of this changing veteran population.  We may have to let go of some of our past traditions to be able to do this.  However, we can grow stronger by meeting these changing needs.

2. We must shift from a membership only focus to a volunteer/engagement focus. This shift will help us recruit new and younger members.  Plan your activities as a menu style, so members can choose what fits them.  I have attached a template

3.  Look at the Data on the veteran population in your area. You can find data for your area at https://www.va.gov/vetdata/Veteran_Population.asp  

 

These events have been advertised through Facebook.  To see times and register for these free webinars go to the following links:  https://cvent.me/BNONPL?RefId=Facebook for Mission Delivery or the Webinar on Voluntary Services https://cvent.me/MQRQRX?RefId=Facebook

 

Friday was POW/MIA Recognition Day.   It is estimated that 82,000 Americans remain missing from World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Cold War, the Gulf War, and other conflicts.  This is the day where we should pause and reflect on the sacrifices that these men and women made for our country.  Please continue to pray for our POW/MIAs.

 

Mary Ward shared with me that PDP Doris Ray will be turning 97 on October 20th.  I am including her address and phone number.  Doris is our oldest living PDP. She was Department President 1972-73.  It would be wonderful if we could all send her Birthday Cards. 

Doris Ray

501 N. Churton S.

Hillsborough, NC  272728

Phone number (919)732-2282     She is hearing impaired, but is able to read your responses, so there may be some delays. 

 

Reminders:

1.     Fall Conference scheduled for October 23-24 has been cancelled

2.     Gold Star Mother’s Day September 27 This is when we recognize those mothers who lost a son or daughter in the service of the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud,

Julie

 

 

September 14, 2020

We are excited to welcome Julia Budjan back as our Secretary/Treasurer.  Starting Monday, the office hours will be Monday-Thursday 8am-5:15pm. 

 

We had 2 wonderful District Zoom Meetings this weekend. Congratulations to District 6, President Carolyn, and District 12 President, Jenny for an outstanding job.  Please keep District 7, President Karen, and her family in prayer.  Karen had to cancel the District 7 meeting due to her father's illness.  I talked with her briefly today and he is doing better than expected.  

 

Betsey Lee, chairman of the 100th Anniversary Committee has had requests for the blue 100th Anniversary shirt.  She is willing to place another order if we have a minimum of 24. Please contact 100th Anniversary Committee Member Gale Jones at 828-544-5353 or email Gail at Gjones50_2000@yahoo.com to place your order.  Will need shirt size and check to place your order." Gale will give you all the information.

 

Congratulations to all who have paid their 2021 dues.  Thank you for making us #1 in the Nation this past week.  Thank you, Jill, and the membership team, for encouraging us and keeping the excitement for membership and recruiting going.   Congratulations to Littleton Unit 425 who is 122.22% and Unit 404 Elizabethtown at 100%.  What a great way to start the year.

 

COVID has changed our lives and the way we do things.  Halloween may look different for our children this year.   This week I want to focus on what we can do to plan for Halloween.   Remember the National website alaforveterans.org has some great resources that can be downloaded.  I have attached the Halloween safety coloring book that you can print off.  They can also be purchased at Emblem Sales. Below is the link for the pamphlet on Halloween Safety.

https://www.legion.org/sites/legion.org/files/legion/publications/71ACY0420%20Halloween%20Safety.

 

You can also support the National Red Ribbon week October 23-31st.  You can support by donating items to your local school.  The theme this year is “Be Brave, Be Drug Free.   We want to encourage communities and families to work together to live a healthier, happier and a drug free life.

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

September 6, 2020

Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone can enjoy a rest over this holiday weekend.  I do plan to take a couple of days for myself to relax and enjoy the holiday.  I am sending out my letter a day early because I have information to share.

 

First, I am pleased to announce that we have hired a Secretary/Treasurer, Julia Budgan.  Julia will start on Monday, September 14.   The office hours will be Monday-Thursday 8am-5:15pm.   On September 8, 9, and 10, the office will be closed. Two volunteers are willing to donate their time to help with the mail and membership.  Amanda McMillian will input the membership to National, and Vickie Jenkins will take care of the mail.  If you or your unit needs help during these 3 days, I will be available to assist you.  Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition time.

This Wednesday, I had a great visit to the Fayetteville VA hospital. It was our last check to turn in for the President’s Project.  I was able to have lunch with some wonderful Auxiliary members from Unit 32. It was wonderful seeing faces and it made me realize how much I miss being around everyone.

 

I have attached the first membership report for 2021. 

 

News from National

Message from Kelly Circle, Executive Director  I will provide more information as I receive it about these 2 Special Committees.

“During the NEC meeting, President Nicole created, and the NEC ratified, two special purpose committees – The National Code of Ethical Conduct Review Committee and The Inclusion & Diversity Committee. The next step is to reach out to our members and find qualified individuals willing to serve on these committees. This is where you can help! We have approximately 600,000 members and we want everyone to have an opportunity to apply. Please help us get the word out to every unit member in your department!

For these special committees, ALA Leadership experience is not required. More details will follow but know these committees will be meeting frequently on a virtual platform with work to be done in-between meetings. Therefore, we need individuals who can carve out time and be willing to do the “heavy lifting” so proposals can be presented at the next Convention. I know Convention 2021 sounds like it’s a long way off, but it will be here before we know it! Have a wonderful weekend!”

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

August 31, 2020

I wanted to remind everyone that Amanda’s last day is Monday, 8-31.  The office will be closed from September 1-7th. The office is always closed on Friday (4th) and Monday is Labor Day (7th). 

HR is working on finding a qualified candidate.  I will provide more information next Sunday, or sooner if possible. HR has been conducting interviews; nothing is final. If you have any questions, please feel free to call or email me.  Thank you for understanding. 

 

I hope everyone received information on the upcoming Mission Delivery training that National is offering.  If you are interested please contact the Events Team at meetings@alaforveterans.org

The course dates are

Thursday, September 17th at 7:00pm EST

Monday, September 21st at 9:00pm EST

Saturday, October 3rd at 2:00pm EST

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and 

August 24, 2020

I regret to inform you that Department Secretary, Amanda McMillian, submitted her resignation last week. We wish her great success in her future endeavors. Her last day with us will be Monday August 31st.  We appreciate everything that she has done for the ALA over the last year.  Her warmth and smiles will be missed.   

Community Service Chairman, Julie Hogan, asked me to share a request from District 7 President, Karen Butler, concerning the needs of the Red Cross.  The Red Cross needs our help with Blood Drives and Hurricane Shelters.  Please see attachment.

 

In her Weekly Briefing, Kelly Circle, our Executive Director, shared the following Poem. From time to time we all need to reflect on our intentions. Are we a builder or wrecker? We should reflect on how our personal actions may affect others and work to ensure a positive mental attitude.

Builder or Wrecker?

I watched them tearing a building down—

A gang of men in a busy town;

With a “Ho, heave, ho,” and a lusty yell

They swung a beam and the side wall fell;

I asked the foreman, “Are these men skilled?

And the kind you would hire if you were to build?”

He laughed and said, “Why, no indeed

Just common laborers is all I need;

They can easily wreck in a day or two

That which has taken builders years to do.”

So I said to myself, as I went on my way,

“What part in the game of life do I play?

Am I shaping my deeds to a well-made plan,

Carefully measuring with a rule and square,

Patiently doing the very best I can,

Or am I a wrecker – who walks the town,

Content with the labor of tearing down?”

By: Franklin Benvegar.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

ReplyForward

August 17, 2020

Yesterday we had our District 11 and 13 meetings by Zoom.  District Presidents, Annie Ross and Linda Quinlan, did an outstanding job conducting their meetings. I am thankful that we have Zoom, but I miss our in-person meetings.  I miss not being able to go table to table while meeting new people. I miss you.   

 

Please check out our updated Website, www.alanorthcarolina.com  Thank you, Julie Hogan, for all the new updates. 

 

Chairman are uploading their videos on YouTube, so save the YouTube link (below).  Thank you to the following Chairman for uploading their videos; Joan Wells - Junior Actives, Betsey Lee Hodges - 100th Anniversary, Mary Alice Ramsey – Poppies, and Dolly Fisher - AEF.  

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOTVWBVyjwtNpsvfpIYJRrw

 

New from Kelly Circle at National Headquarters

  1. “The National Veterans Creative Arts Festival (NVCAF) which had been scheduled for November 28 – December 5, in St. Petersburg, Florida will be changing formats from an in-person to a virtual, at-home event to be held the week of November 30.  Due to concerns for public health related to COVID-19, the change permits Veterans to continue to be artistically engaged and to be recognized for their creative accomplishments.”

  2. “Boys State Documentary
    “It was short notice and there were technical difficulties, but I hope some were able to see the free screening of the Boys State Documentary on Tuesday evening. If you weren’t able to see it, don’t worry, you will have another opportunity! You can sign up for a free seven-day trial subscription of Apple TV+ so you can watch it. The link can be found in the attached memo. This is very exciting for the entire Legion Family and can help us share some of the impactful things we do as an organization!

 

As mentioned above, attached is the memo TAL Executive Director of Marketing, Dean Kessel, sent recently and gave permission for me to share. Please feel free to share it with your membership. As Dean stated in his last paragraph, with success comes imitation. If your Department(s) and/or Units are approached by interested parties, who may want to create a documentary or other types of third-party content about our programs, please put them in contact with Dean at kcircle@alaforveterans.org or by phone 317-569-4506. They need to properly vet the legitimacy and viability of these types of opportunities. “

 

Please see attachment concerning the video.

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful week.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong.

Julie

August 10, 2020

Yesterday, we had two successful District Meetings by Zoom.  Thank you, District 14 President, Mary Wright, and District 15 President, Ellen Smith, for a great job.  This coming Saturday we will have the District 11 and 13 Meetings by Zoom.  I look forward to seeing you there. 

 

I want to thank all who contributed to the President’s Project last year.  You raised a grand total of $ 23,259.64.  I look forward to distributing the checks to the 4 VAMCs in the coming weeks.  Thank you for supporting our veterans who are suffering from PTSD. 

 

I hope everyone saw this Facebook. Campaign  #100MilesForHope that  benefits The American Legion’s Veterans & Children Foundation. National Commander Bill Oxford is encouraging members of The American Legion Family to accompany him on his journey to cover 100 miles by walking, running, cycling, or riding a motorcycle 100 miles over the next 100 days, concluding on Veterans Day.  You can register on the Emblem Sales website. 100miles of hope information

 

With everything that was going on last week, I forgot to announce that Rosemary will be returning home and Amanda has returned from maternity leave. Rosemary did an excellent job running the office in Amanda’s absence.  I know we are all thankful she came to help us out during this time.   I would also like to welcome Amanda back. 

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

August 3,  2020

Congratulations Emma Schall of Smithfield Unit 132.  Emma is the Winner of the Class II Poppy Contest.  Way to Go Emma!!!!!  Please see attached copy of Emma’s drawing. ( 2nd page of Southern Division Newsletter)

 

I hope everyone is doing well.  Our District Meetings will start Saturday August 8th with District 14 and District 15 holding virtual meetings.  Members of these Districts and Chairman should have received the Zoom invite.  If not please let me know or contact your District 14 President, Mary Wright and District 15 President, Ellen Smith.  I look forward to seeing you on Zoom.

 

I know that we all want to get back to normal and never hear the words COVID19 or social distancing again. However, we are not there yet.   I urge you to follow all the guidelines that our Governor has placed on us during Phase 2. (Hopefully on Friday he will move us to Phases 3) This has become real for me. My mother-in-law died Friday night due to COVID19.  She had been in a long-term memory care facility and contracted COVID two weeks ago.  This virus is very real.  Please do not put yourself or your members at risk by having meetings. If you must have a meeting, please consider using Zoom.   There are ways to still work our mission while socially distancing.  I am a big fan of DRIVE THROUGH EVERYTHING.    Please stay safe.

 

The Southern Division Children and Youth Chairman has suggested that units hold drive through school supply distributions for children who are in need.  This is a wonderful ideal.  Children will still need supplies.  This year supplies may look a little different. Please consider adding a child size mask and hand sanitizer to your list.  The need to help families and children is greater this year because so many parents have been out of work.   Also attached is the updated Youth Hero Application.

 

Last week I forgot to attach Poppy Chairman Mary Alice’s PAP and report form. (see attachments)

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud

Julie

July 27,  2020

National Executive Director, Kelly Circle, has a lot of information that she wanted us to spread to all our unit members on the following topics.   

1.     “The American Legion’s membership workshop is going virtual and will be open to anyone who wants to attend. Members just click on “Attendee Link” in the attached agenda for the session they want to attend about 15 minutes before it starts. This is a wonderful training opportunity for all our members and an opportunity to learn the Legion perspective.”

2.     Also attached is a flyer for the 2020 Show Your Love Contest.  Here is your chance to nominate an exceptional volunteer.  There are 2 categories:  1. General Volunteering 2. Volunteering with COVID-19 Relief Efforts.  Submissions are Due August 2, 2020.  Please think of all our wonderful ALA volunteers as well as our health care workers.   See attachment for rules.

 

3.      Shannon Hitchcock, Director of HR, has been busy reviewing some Inclusion & Division training modules. LinkedIn has some great, and FREE training that would be good for everyone to look at. Kelly highly recommends “Confronting Bias: Thriving Across Our Differences” and “Bystander Training: From Bystander to Upstander.” All these trainings are based in the employment setting but are easily transferable to our organization. Here’s the link to the trainings:”https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/linkedin-learning-resources/free-courses-to-help-you-become-a-stronger-ally-and-have-inclusi Please see attachments.

I would also like to share Poppy Chairman Mary Alice’s PAP and her video.  Please copy the link and paste into your search bar to see the video.  As the chairman complete their videos, I will share with you.

 

For God and Country,

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

July 20,  2020 

I have been thinking about the positivity that I have seen in our world and Legion Family since COVID 19 changed everything.   I am choosing to see the positivity and not dwell on the negative.  These are positive events that I have observed. 

 

1. Our units are continuing to work our mission with Drive Through Events.

2.  The support we have shown our health care workers, delivery workers, and grocery store workers. These are just a few of our essential workers who deserve a great BIG THANK YOU.

3. People praising God in public and on social media for His blessings.   I love seeing all the Good Morning Prayers that you are posting on Facebook. 

4.  Time with family.  I am enjoying playing board games and cards as well as biking and swimming with my grandson. I am happy that

 

we all have time to sit down for dinner.  In some degree it almost seems we have returned to a time where life was not so rushed or stressful.  Maybe God is resetting the world.

 

As you know I have been working on the District Meetings that are to start August 8. Considering that Governor Cooper is keeping NC in Phase 2 until August 7, we have decided to have the District 14 and 15 meeting by Zoom.  District 14 Meeting will be held by Zoom on August 8 at 10:00 a.m. District 15’s Zoom meeting will be scheduled for Saturday August 8 at 2:00 p.m. I will keep you posted on the rest of the District meetings if they should become Zoom meetings.

 

I received the following information about needs at our VAMCs (from another organization that I belong to and they said it was OK to share with you.)  If you are looking for an individual project that you can do to help our VAMCs, consider donating money or gift cards for specific parties. If your unit wants to donate money, please send it to the Department Headquarters. Please indicate which VAMC you wish to have the money sent to and what specific party your unit would like the money to be used for.  Since no family or other visitors are allowed in the VAs now, the patients are especially happy to get food from the outside world as a respite from having only institutional meals on trays. The Recreation Therapy staff are doing their best to plan events that will break up the monotony of being inside 24/7. Monetary donations are especially helpful for funding Pizza parties ($65), Ice Cream Socials and Lemonade with Cookies ($50 each), Bingo nights ($50-$100 for prize money), cooking classes, feeding the birds, garden supplies, renting movies, etc. etc.  Checks can be made out to the (insert name here) VA Medical Center.  Please put a specific use on the memo line if you have a preference.  The mailing address for each VAMC is included on the sheet with their telephone numbers and the VAVS Chief's name. 

 

For God and Country

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie

July 13,  2020 

As we move into the new year, I would like you to remember the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Nothing Great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” Think about that as you work our mission and recruit new members. 

 

On Tuesday I had the opportunity to visit our new office in Raleigh.  This is a beautiful state of the art facility.  The unit membership packets were mailed out on Wednesday; they should be arriving to the Unit Membership Chairman soon.  Let us get a jump on the 2021 collection of dues. 

 

The Blue 100th Anniversary shirts have been shipped from Chairman Betsey Lee.  They are beautiful. Thank you, Betsey Lee, and the100th Anniversary Committee for keeping the Celebration going.

 

If you are looking for something to do, consider the on-line academy courses that are available on the National website, alaforveterans.org. I am proud to say I have completed all of them.  I think you will enjoy them and learn a lot.  There are also some great slides of some our ladies from North Carolina included.  Courses include the following

 

ALA101 (Revision coming this fall)

  • ALA Communications Methods

  • ALA Leadership: Living our Motto of Service not Self

  • Establishing an ALA Culture of Goodwill

  • ALA Branding and Why it Matters to Me

  • ALA Fundraising Course

  • How to Deal with Conflict

  • ALA Juniors E-Learning Course

 

Look for more courses this Fall and Winter, the ALA Academy Virtual Training and Webinars to be available hopefully late August/September. Courses will include Department VAVAS Orientations and Junior Leadership Training.

 

The American Legion has a podcast, “Tango Alpha Lima” The podcast provides interesting dialogue on relevant and timely topics.  There are 9 episodes on YouTube.   Here is the link for YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLHMR9MmnivfPkrqJehwCqij73e_blxrQs

 

Or you can access them on the Legion website.

 

You may also be interested in the following link from Samantha Caudill, the video shares tips for cancelling an event. https://youtu.be/-BekaxJMTXg

 

The Children and Youth Newsletter received this week from Southern Division Chairman, Gabriele Barnett, encourages us to collect school supplies for our children.  Whatever school looks like in the fall, children will still need supplies.   Please consider having a collection drop off site at your Post to collect school supplies.  See attached newsletter for more ideas.

 

For God and Country

ALA Proud and Strong

Julie

July 6, 2020

I hope each of you had a safe and wonderful 4th of July.  I celebrated with my home Post 342 in a “Socially Distancing Parade around one of the local Nursing Homes.  It was wonderful to be out and see the smiles on the residents' faces as we drove by.  

 

Over the last couple of weeks, I have held Zoom Meetings with the Chairman, Division and District Presidents as we make plans for the upcoming District Meetings.   There have been many wonderful ideas proposed for the meetings if we can have them in person or if we have them by Zoom.  The Chairman are working on creating a 5-minute video that explains their Program Action Plan that could be uploaded to YouTube.  I will keep you informed on all information concerning the District meetings.  Thank you for your understanding during this difficult time.

 

Emilee, the President’s Project Chairman, the Committee, and I want to thank you for all your support of the President’s Project this year.  I wish we were able to give you the grand total raised, but we have been asked to wait until after the Audit is complete to make sure there are no mistakes.  I think everyone will be incredibly happy when we are able to share.   For this continuous year we will continue to raise money for the 4 VAMCs’ PTSD Units.  If you were able to give last year thank you.  We understand that units have not been able to have fundraisers  and may not have funds available as they have in the past.  Please do not feel pressure to donate.  However, if you can, any amount will be appreciated by the Committee, myself, and our veterans.

 

I am often asked why I have PTSD for my project.  As many of you know it is personal for me.  I lost a Step-grandson to PTSD.  This week the Southern Division Legislative Bulletin addresses the issue of Suicide Prevention.  Please read the article and you will understand why raising money for the PTSD Units  is a critical need for our Veterans.  PTSD plays a major role in the high suicide rate. In the last 10 years we have lost more than 60,000 veterans to suicide.  The treatment for PTSD needs to be an individual holistic treatment, which can be expensive and not the use of psychoactive drugs which can lead to a risk of suicidal thoughts.  Please read the following Legislative Bulletin.

 

For God and Country,

 

ALA Proud and Strong,

Julie