JUNE 5, 2014
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE American Legion Auxiliary Members, Each member has the power to make a difference with Joyce E. Endres positive changDepartment es as we serve President our heroes and their families. You are a GEM of SERVICE – let yourself shine! The mission of the ALA begins with ‘In the spirit of Service, Not Self.’ VA Medical Center volunteers, representatives, and deputies epitomize service, not self. They honor and serve hospitalized veterans and active military recovering from old and new wounds of war. They serve with their heart. One volunteer said, “I am a better person because I am a volunteer.” ‘Loving Spoonfuls’ is a term
used by VA volunteers. Loving volunteers open milk, carry trays, and help veterans who may need assistance with their daily meals. This term is a kind way to wake us up to the reality of the needs of our veterans. Your membership supports VA Medical Centers and the Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation program. Thank you for being a member! As you think about the joy you gave another person through your patriotism and dedication, you can’t help but smile about it! Brag about what you do so the world knows about the difference we make as members of the American Legion Family. I read an article about Maya Van Wagenen, now 15, who wrote a book while attending eighth grade entitled, ‘Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek.’ Maya ends her book with a plea for her peers, “All the times I
felt popular were because I had reached out to other people. We can bring about a lot of change on this planet (and in our schools) by digging deep, finding our best selves, and shining that light of compassion.” Share this advice with Junior and Senior members! A culture of goodwill, with positive approaches and communication, encourages more participation and support for all we do. Each member or stakeholder you touch elevates the awareness of the ALA – who we are, what we do and why we matter. Each member, unit, county, and district plays an important role in our success as we carry out Auxiliary mission driven programs. Some initiatives, such as the Homeless Women Veterans Grant Program, garner national attention. Others may have less publicly visible components but are still vital to serving our veter-
ans, youth and communities. The impact of the Wisconsin ALA is amazing. Add the impact of the American Legion Family as a whole, and the impact goes beyond measure. Every member, hour, and dollar makes a difference. The hard work, dedication and patriotic spirit our volunteers
and each member brings to the ALA helps us achieve success as we ‘Share our Lives’ to fulfill the mission and vision of the ALA. Share that smile and spread the joy you feel ‘Sharing your Life’ for God and country. Joyce E. Endres Department President
Celebrating Auxiliary Service
MEMBERSHIP The 2013-2014 membership year is rapidly coming to a close. But, the Department of Wisconsin is only 2,478 members away from reaching 100% and we are not giving up until we get there. Now more than ever we need to make personal contact with those members who have not renewed their memberships. Find out why they haven’t renewed and see what your unit can do to help them out. Can your unit honor members with 50 or more continuous years of membership by paying their dues? Do you have any members that are serving our country? If so, pay their dues! Do you have any female veterans who are Legion members? Sign them up as Auxiliary members and they become Dual members! And don’t forget your daughters, granddaughters and great-granddaughters. Start or add to a junior group in your unit. We need these young members so we can pass on our legacy of volunteerism, patrio-
tism, leadership and Service Not Self. I want to congratulate everyone for helping the Department of Wisconsin achieve the third membership goal of 85% by May 17th, Armed Forces Day. You have worked hard, but the work isn’t done. Don’t forget the membership incentive for recruiting new members for your units. Each member who recruits a new member and submits an entry form to the department will be entered in a drawing for $25! Ten winners’ names will be drawn at Convention in July and you do not need to be present to win. Now, don’t forget the unit incentive out there. There will be payouts of $50 to the top three units in percentage of membership. So keep making those personal phone calls and personal contacts to renew your members and sign up new ones. Don’t forget: if you need any help with membership to give your Dis-
trict President and Membership Chairman a call for help. Your Department Membership team is also here to help. The goal of the National Organization is to reach one million members by 2019, the 100-year anniversary of the American Legion Auxiliary. We need to stay diligent and connected to our members so that we become the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military and their families. Share Your Life, Be Gems of Service and Pass It On!
Your team: Laura Calteux, Chairman Berne Baer, UD & R Ruth Mengsol, UD & R Morgan Johnsen, Junior Member
Bernice Zimmerman celebrated her 93rd birthday along with 60 years of service with ALA Unit 33 in Neenah. Bernice served as a WAVE during WWII. Bernice was active for most of her 60 years until she needed to limit her activities. Health permitting, she still attends the annual Memorial Day events and Unit Summer picnic. Char Kiesling, Unit 33 President is shown presenting Bernice with flowers.
Members of Lockman-Jensen Auxiliary Unit 499 gathered in April to present a 70-year membership certificate to Virginia Welter. Pictured are (seated, L to R) Vivian Lund, the Unit’s oldest member at 96 years, and Virginia Welter. (center) Rita Rainaldo, (back row) Sandy Stapp, Unit President Jeanne Brown, Luella Burdick, and Mary Jane Roy.
May 2014 99.60%
CHAPLAIN’S CORNER Char Kiesling Department Chaplain Music Chairman Ph: (920) 725-0121 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org June finds us enjoying our long-awaited, warm, sunny days with a few showers thrown in for good measure. Signs are everywhere that our Lord is finally giving us respite from our frigid days of winter. My previous Chaplain’s Corner honored mothers and their special day. June brings Father’s Day on June 15, 2014. I, of course, remember my father Charles “Charlie” Lenz who is no longer with us. He was the typical American Legionnaire, working tirelessly for The American Legion. He was a Past Grand Chef with the 40&8, a member of the VFW, a CVSO, and Department American Legion Vice-Commander who led in membership throughout the nation that year! He acquired 10,000 volunteer hours at the Middleton VA Center. He was so proud of every award, certificate, and honor he received. He was also a great dad to seven children and a disabled wife. He was totally committed to God, his family, and his country. He gave back as much as he gained from his work for veterans. The American Legion was there for him and his young family when he needed help after a serious injury. Charlie Lenz is one of many dedicated WWII veterans who sacrificed and led by example to make life better for others. May he rest in peace with his Supreme Commander with others of his generation. Our fathers certainly deserve this special day of remembrance, especially our veterans and servicemen at home and abroad. HAPPY FATHER’S DAY! PRAYER: Lord, we give you thanks for fathers who give us strength, direction, shelter and shield with their loving protection. May you carry us through life on the wings of your love. MUSIC: FAITH OF OUR FATHERS, written in 1849. Faith of our fathers, living still, In spite of dungeon, fire, and sword; O how our hearts beat high with joy Whene’er we hear that glorious Word! (Refrain) Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to Thee till death. Faith of our fathers, we will love Both friend and foe in all our strife; And preach Thee, too, as love knows how Be kindly words and virtuous life. (Refrain) Faith of our fathers, holy faith! We will be true to Thee till death.
Happy Father’s Day!
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY “WISCONSIN”
JUNE 5, 2014
GREETINGS FROM HEADQUARTERS Bonnie Dorniak Executive Secretary/Treasurer Ph: (608) 745-0124 Email: email@example.com The 2014 ALA membership year runs from January 1 to December 31, 2014. If a member’s dues were paid to the Unit but the Unit did NOT forward them to Department, that member is considered delinquent and is not eligible for member benefits. Applications for new 2014 members should be submitted with a Unit Membership Transmittal Form immediately so they can receive the full benefits of membership – including the right to vote on unit matters; applications should NOT be held until the 2015 membership year. 2015 membership cards will be distributed to units after Department Convention. Units are asked to collect and for-
ward dues to Department as soon as the cards are received. National is offering monthly cash incentives to Departments that process membership dues in a timely manner and we need your help to win as much as we possibly can! Units and Posts are reminded to submit their 20% poppy profit reports to Department Headquarters upon completion of poppy distribution. Poppy profit funds are split equally to support veterans and children and youth programs. The 94th Annual ALA Convention is scheduled for July 18-20, 2014 at the Radisson Paper Valley Hotel in Appleton. Convention information was sent to all Unit Presidents in the May Unit mailing. Pre-registration fee is $25; registration after July 14 is $30. The number of delegates each unit is allowed is based on total paid membership 30-days prior
to Department Convention. Forms will be sent to each Unit so they can provide the names of delegates to headquarters so voting credentials can be recorded and voting cards printed and ready for registration. Please visit the department website for a full schedule of activities and convention information. National Convention is scheduled for August 22-28, 2014 in Charlotte, NC. The Wisconsin American Legion has contracted with Lamers Coaches to provide round-trip bus transportation from Department Headquarters to the Convention Hotel. Cost is $300 per person. A nonrefundable deposit of $150 per passenger is required. The reservation form is available on the department website and must be submitted to Legion Headquarters as soon as possible.
AMERICANISM Laurel DuBois Department Chairman FLAG DAY In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14 to commemorate the adoption of the United States flag. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress passed the first Flag Act: Resolved, that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red
and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white in blue field, representing a new Constellation. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. Today, the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies; the stars represent the 50
states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence, and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice. Please show your patriotic spirit by flying the American flag on Flag Day, June 14, 2014 and every day! God Bless America!
PUBLIC RELATIONS Teresa Isensee Public Relations Chairman PO Box 145, Boyd WI 54726 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (H) 715-667-3528 (C) 715-577-5259 To show that Wisconsin is working to ‘PASS IT ON,’ the theme of National President Nancy Brown-Park, I am collecting photos of multigenerational American Legion Family members to put into a slide
show presentation for State convention. Include all of our American Legion Family: grandmothers/mothers/granddaughters, fathers/sons/daughters, etc. Remember to include the names of everyone in the picture and their relationship. Please send these multigenerational photos to me via email or US mail (see contact information at beginning of this article). WANTED – for President Joyce’s Mem-
ory Book and Public Relations Book – newspaper articles (the entire page with date heading) and pictures of President Joyce. Please send these articles to me via email or US mail (see contact information). Continue spreading the word about our organization and the wonderful volunteerism we do to support our veterans, our military, their families, and our communities.
VETERANS AFFAIRS & REHABILITATION Judy Walters Department Chairman In August 2013, the Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary received an application for assistance from a woman veteran who found herself homeless. “Dawn” was in her mid-fifties and never in her wildest dreams did she ever think she would end up homeless, but she was determined
to get back on her feet. She qualified to attend school under both the Wisconsin State Tuition Reimbursement and the Veterans Retraining Assistance programs but needed help with her first semester tuition and books at Milwaukee Area Technical College and her grant application was approved. Recently, she received funds through the Wisconsin GI Bill and repaid
the Homeless Women Veterans Grant Fund, which will allow the ALA to help another woman veteran when the need arises. Dawn graduated with honors in May 2014 and hopes to find employment right away. Thank you to everyone who supports our women veterans through the Homeless Women Veterans Grant Fund!
WALASBA BOWLING TOURNAMENT Jenni Syftestad WALASBA Tournament Manager The WALASBA 9-pin tournament once again was a place to be for fun and relaxation! A few ladies joined us for the first time. Some ladies bowled doubles and singles only because they did not have two more ladies available to make a team. So come out for the fun, even if it’s only you and a partner. We had twenty-seven (27) teams, fortyseven (47) doubles, ninety-three (93) singles, and seventy-two (72) ladies entered all events. Yes, there was one 300-game bowled! Congratulations to Carol Gehrke from Fremont who rolled a 300! Others came close but just couldn’t do it.
TOURNAMENT RESULTS Team: 1st Place – Waunakee Unit 360, Team: Gusto’s (Score: 2592) 2nd Place – Grafton Unit 355, Team: Grafton (Score: 2559) 3rd Place – Verona Unit 385, Team: Mom & The Girls (Score 2482) Doubles: K. Mohs/L. Stump (Score: 1413) J. Syftestad/S. Zier (Score: 1370) L. Bertand/T. Moegenburg (Score: 1345) Singles: C. Mortenson (Score: 846) L. Bertrand (Score: 762) J. Syftestad (Score: 733)
All Events: L. Bertand (Score: 2286) J. Syftestad (Score: 2131) K. Mohs (Score: 2082) Oh – the Department President’s team beat the Department Secretary’s team! President’s Team Score: 1992. Secretary’s Team Score: 1737. Word from the Secretary’s team is that President Joyce stacked her team. Just kidding, President Joyce! [Editor’s Note: The President did select the teams. Hmmm...] At this time I do not have the schedule for next year’s tournament, but we hope to announce the dates soon so more ladies can join us in APPLETON!
JUNE 5, 2014
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY “WISCONSIN”
Candidate for Department President TERESA ISENSEE As candidate for Department President, Teresa truly believes in ‘The American Legion Family’ and embraces the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary. In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security. Teresa is a 24-year member of Walter-Nelson Unit 326 Auxiliary in Boyd, joining under the service of her husband Steve, a Vietnam Veteran, and has been endorsed by her Unit, Chippewa County, the 10th District, and her family for the office of Department President. Steve and Teresa have been married for 24 years and together they have four children and
eight grandchildren, all are members of the American Legion Family. In her professional career, she is an IT Project Manager/Programmer Analyst for National Presto Industries in Eau Claire. In addition to her volunteer hours to the American Legion Family, Teresa is as an active member of the Boyd Lions Club, served for the last eight years as a Village of Boyd Trustee, Past Chairperson of the Chippewa County Economic Development Corporation, Past Chairperson of the Revolving Loan Fund for Chippewa County, and Past Board Member of the Regional Business Fund. She has held offices at the unit, county, district and department levels and is currently serving as Department Senior Vice President and Department Public Relations Chairman. She has attended Fall Informational Forums, Department Conventions, TAL Midwinter Meetings, National Conventions, and National Workshops
Candidate for Department 1st Vice President LAUREL DuBOIS Laurel DuBois has been a member of Ellis Hagler Unit 278 of Balsam Lake for 15 years, joining under the service of her husband Steve who served 23 years in the United States Air Force. Laurel has been endorsed by 12th District for the office of 1st Vice President. Laurel has held offices at the unit, county, district and department levels. She is currently serving as 2nd Vice President and Department Americanism Chairman. Laurel served as President on the unit, county and district levels. In 2009-2010 she served as Membership Chairman and she served as the Children and Youth Chairman 2010 and 2011. Laurel also served on the Executive Board for ALA Badger Girls
State and is currently the Head Nurse. Laurel was honored to be involved with the National Veterans Creative Arts Festival. Laurel is currently working with local Units to help improve membership and dedication for this great organization and is proud to be able to provide assistance. Laurel was a Registered Nurse for 25 years. She is an instructor for the American Red Cross and teaches CPR and first aid. She helps organize local blood drives. Laurel and Steve have been married for 43 years. They have two sons, two grandsons and are very proud of their family. If elected for 1st Vice President, Laurel promises to continue to give her dedication, devotion and loyalty to the American Legion Auxiliary.
59TH ANNUAL KING DAY PILGRIMAGE SUNDAY, JUNE 15, 2014
Gift distribution to King members in their rooms 10:00 am-1:00 pm Music in the Park 10:30 am Charcoal broiled chicken dinner served to King members 1:15 pm Parade around the grounds 2:00 pm Formal program In the event of rain, the program will be held in the Marden Multi-Purpose Room. Refreshments and food will be available at the concession stand in the park. Chicken dinners may be purchased: $8 for adults, $4 for children under 12. Anyone interested in sponsoring chicken dinners for the King members may send donations payable to ALA Unit 161 to: Nancy Neuroth, N2710 Lind Avenue, Waupaca, WI 54981.
SAVE THE DATE! Department ConvenƟon July 18-20, 2014 Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W. College Ave., Appleton Visit www.amlegionauxwi.org for details.
Candidate for Department Senior Vice President LAURA CALTEUX Laura’s eligibility for the American Legion Auxiliary is through the naval service of her father Pete, her brother Dennis, and the Air Force service of her son Jacob. She has been a member of the American Legion Auxiliary for over 30 years. As a member of Greendale Unit 416, she has held many offices at the unit, county and district levels. She currently serves as Unit President and County Chaplain. On the department level, she has served as the Poppy Chairman, Americanism Chairman, Music Chairman, Department Chaplain, and Department Historian. As the Americanism Chairman, she earned the Clara B. Smith award. Laura is currently the Department Membership Chairman and Department 1st Vice President.
Laura was the Mailroom Chairman for the National Convention and the Chairman for Decorations and Publicity for the 8 & 40 National Convention, both held in Milwaukee. She volunteers at ALA Badger Girls State as the Assembly Counselor. Laura is married to Michael and they have three children, Sarah, Holly and Jacob. Jacob and his wife Lori have two daughters, Renee and Virginia. All are members of the American Legion Family, with another Auxiliary member on the way! Laura has been a Project Specialist at Graybar Electric for the past 16 years and has run the United Way campaign for Graybar for over 10 years. Laura is supported by her family and proudly endorsed by Greendale Unit 416 and the 4th District.
Candidate for Department 2nd Vice President BONNIE JAKUBCZYK Bonnie Jakubczyk has been a member of Oelschlaeger-Dallmann Unit 434 for over 30 years. Her eligibility for the American Legion Auxiliary is through the Army service of her father Raymond, the Air Force service of her husband Dan, and her son Dennis who is currently in the Air Force Reserves. Bonnie and Dan have been married for 38 years and have a son and daughter who also belong to the American Legion Family. Bonnie has held many offices at the unit, county, district and department levels, and is currently serving as Department Historian and the ALA Hos-
pital Representative for Zablocki VAMC. On the department level, she has served on the Leadership Committee, Standard Officer Curriculum Training subcommittee, Constitution and Bylaws Committee, Resolutions Committee, ALA Badger Girls State volunteer, and Department Chaplain. She has attended the National Learning and Listening Conference along with numerous Department and National Conventions. Bonnie is proudly endorsed by her family, Oak Creek Unit 434, and the 4th District. She strongly believes the Auxiliary’s mission statement of service, not self
Candidate for Department Historian CHAR KIESLING Charlayne Irene Kiesling, known as “Char” to friends and family, is announcing her desire to be your next Department Historian. Char is currently Department Chaplain, which she says has been an awesome year, learning more about the American Legion Auxiliary and herself. Char is endorsed by Unit #33 in Neenah, Winnebago County Council, and the Mighty 6th District. She has been an active member in the ALA for more than 27 years and joined under her husband Kent’s service as a Captain in the US Air Force. Char has held all offices and chairmanships in her unit and is the current long-serving President. She was also 1st Vice President of the County Council and past 6th District President, achieving 100% in membership both years. She is now serving as Children and Youth and Junior Activities Chairman for 6th District. Last year, she served as a nurse counselor at ALA Badger Girls State and is planning to volunteer again in 2014. She served as PDP Violet Feldmann’s Sergeantat-Arms, where she gained her first glimpse of
Department in action. Char has been blessed with 47 years of marriage. Kent has been a member of Post #33 as Past Commander and served as Chaplain for over 23 years and 39 years in the 40 & 8. Char and Kent have two daughters and a son, nine grandkids, and three great-grandkids. Their daughterin-law is a disabled Army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan and their son-in-law is a disabled Army veteran injured in Germany as an MP. Her immediate and extended family is truly an American Legion Family and very supportive! Char led a very fulfilling profession and is now a “retired” RN after 43 years, mostly in home care. “There is no place like home” for healing the body and soul. Char attends Mount Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church in Appleton. Char leads a very busy life, but one that she truly loves, serving veterans, military and their families. Being a part of this organization has been a gift and she hopes to continue to give back by being your next Department Historian.
Candidate for Department Chaplain JOANIE DICKERSON A 55-year Paid-Up-For-Life member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Joanie Dickerson is eligible for membership as the result of her own service and that of her late husband, her grandfather, father, and brothers. She is an active member of Liscum Brothers Unit and Post 482 of Bagley, serving as Unit Treasurer and Post Commander. She is the out-going Third District President and has served in most of the district offices. Joanie has held numerous chairmanships for the district and department. She is currently a member of the ALA Badger Girls State committee and was recognized in 2014 for 20 years of service to the program.
An active member of St. Mary Parish, she is also employed as a teacher at their school and currently serves on an assessment review committee for the Diocese of Madison. Joanie continues to serve on a local level as a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary where she coordinates public education activities for members of the boating public. A long-time supporter of Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, she is a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scout Honor Society and at this time serves as a member of Troop 88 committee. Joanie has two sons, a daughter and son-inlaw, and four grandsons, all members of the Legion Family. She has been endorsed by her unit, county and district.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY “WISCONSIN”
JUNE 5, 2014
Holiday Vacations Donates to American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Fund
CALENDAR FUNDRAISER WINNERS APRIL 2014 1
ALA Unit #8-Waukesha
St Francis Westfield
Mary Ann Myers
Malone Bloomer Appleton West Bend Grand Marsh
Wisconsin Dells Delavan Abrams
Pulaski Junction City Barneveld Kewaskum West Salem Shawano
The recent Poppy distribution of ALA Unit 53 of Eau Claire exceeded all expectations as the result of a large donation from Holiday Vacations. The annual Poppy distribution is a crucial fundraiser for the American Legion Auxiliary. American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary members, community members and businesses in the Chippewa Valley donated generously during the 2014 Poppy distribution in early May. Most generous of all was Holiday Vacations of Eau Claire which gave $10,000 in honor of all veterans. Holiday Vacations’ donation is the largest single donation ever received for the Eau Claire Auxiliary’s Poppy Fund. Wisconsin’s Poppy Fund benefits veterans in several ways, starting with the veterans who make the poppies. 100% of the Eau Claire Auxiliary’s poppy profits are used to improve the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and their families, especially in Western Wisconsin. Pictured: Tom Wildrick, World War II Army Veteran, passed away on February 15, 2014. Tom was the beloved father of Patty Stoffers and fatherin law of Pat Stoffers, founder of Holiday Travel in Eau Claire (now Holiday Vacations).
Please wear a poppy in honor and remembrance of American veterans. Matching Vacations HolidayChallenge: Vacations Holiday contributed will to match donation $10,000 the your poppy drive of to the poppy drive of American Legion American Legion Auxiliary 53 Eau Eau Claire . Auxiliary UnitUnit 53 of Claire.
These poppies are handmade by disabled veterans here in Wisconsin.
All donations go to help veterans, active military, and their families.
PAST PRESIDENTS PARLEY LUNCHEON Loretta Shellman Department President 1999–2000
Saturday, July 19, 2014 at 12:30 PM Radisson Paper Valley Hotel 333 W. College Ave. Appleton
Menu Choices • Chef Salad – Iceberg lettuce with julienne ham, turkey, Swiss and cheddar cheeses, tomato wedges, sliced cucumbers, hard-boiled egg, and alfalfa sprouts; served with buttermilk ranch or French dressing, freshly baked roll and butter. • Turkey Pesto Focaccia: – Sliced breast of turkey on focaccia bread with pesto mayonnaise, lettuce, tomato, and radish sprouts; accompanied by potato chips.
Cost: $18.00 per person
(includes choice of coffee, tea or milk; tax and gratuity) RESERVATION DEADLINE JUNE 30, 2014 Submitted By:
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