American Legion Dewey Lowman Post 109

American Legion Post 109 Auxiliary

UNIT 109 COMMITTEES

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Overview of Unit 109’s Committees

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To achieve the mission and purpose of the American Legion Auxiliary the efforts are divided into committees.  The committees develop the plans to achieve their goals, which then get executed with the help of members and friends.   Members should belong to one or more committees.  No, it isn’t overwhelming, a little of your time, energy, and brain power goes a long way in accomplishing the goals.  
 

Americanism

Purpose Statement: To inspire, recognize, and perpetuate responsible citizenship through education and acts of patriotism, in order to raise awareness and increase appreciation of the price paid for our fundamental freedoms.  Each year there is an essay contest for students in grades 3-12.

Current Chair:  Jean Tolson

What we need:  Committee members 1-2 to assist in getting the Essay out to schools, children’s groups, parents and kids.  Members who will come up and execute ideas to promote patriotism in our community.

More Information:  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Americanism/      

Children & Youth

Purpose Statement: To work collaboratively with The American Legion to direct and sponsor programs and services that provide care and protection for our nation’s children, especially those of our military and veterans.

Current Chair:  OPEN

What we need:  Two or more committee members to develop and implement an action plan for this essential committee to fulfill its mission.

Ideas and info:  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Children-and-Youth/

Community Service

Purpose Statement: To strengthen our local communities with uniquely identified opportunities of service by providing volunteer leadership, encouraging the stewardship of its patriotic citizens, acknowledging our country’s military history, and supporting the families that have sacrificed for our freedom. 

Current Chair:  Patty Calvert

What we need:  Two or more members to initiate and carry out two community service projects.  We have in the past held food drives for SWES.  What do you think?

Ideas and Info:  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Community-Service/

Education

Purpose Statement: To promote quality education for children and adults through classroom activities, literacy programs, scholarship promotion, and support of education beyond high school, especially for military children

Current Chair:  Laura Foerster Puglisi

What we need:  Two or more members to assist in our annual $1,000 scholarship to a direct descendant of a Dewey Lowman family member.  Help arrange the judging for selection, and the recognition of the winner. To generate awareness of additional scholarships available through the Maryland Department and National for high school seniors, and the non-traditional scholarship for Legion Family members.

Check it out:  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Education/

Girls State/Girls Nation

About this program:  What single American Legion Auxiliary program can be inspirations, educations, life-changing, and fun?  It is the ALA Girls State/Girls Nation, a marquee Auxiliary program.  At the American Legion Auxiliary Girls State, high school female students who have completed their junior year (they apply while juniors) are competitively selected to participate in a seven-day mock governmental program of campaigning, debating, voting, and electing mock local and state leadership.  Our Unit offers this to two young ladies each year.

What we need:  Two or more members to assist in getting the word out about this great program

For more information: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/ALA-Girls-State—Girls-Nation/

Junior Member Activities

Purpose Statement: To interest eligible young women (under age 18) in adult Auxiliary membership through positive experiences of mission-based volunteer opportunities that instill the ideals of the organization. 

Current Chair: OPEN

What we need:  Two or more members to initiate this group and engage our junior members, perhaps with implementing a community service project, be available for a junior member meeting, there are many possibilities to engage our juniors.

More info:  https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Junior-Member-Activities/

Legislative

Purpose Statement: To train and inform our members to become grassroots advocates for veterans, servicemembers and their families with local, state and national elected officials, supporting the Legislative agenda and initiatives of The American Legion.

Current Chair: OPEN

What we need:  Two or more to stay informed on legislation locally or nationally that is supported by The American Legion and let the members know about the legislation, how it will help or no, and advise which elected officials to contact. 

More info: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Legislative/

National Security

Purpose Statement: To support our Military and their families. The Auxiliary’s National Security program hopes to ease the worries of those deployed so that they can focus on the monumental task of protecting our country

Current Chair: OPEN

What we need:  Two or more members to develop and implement a plan to support active duty military families, or other programs that meet with the purpose of this committee.

Information and details: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/National-Security/

Poppies

Purpose Statement: The Poppy Program raises community awareness and respect for our veterans by educating Auxiliary members and the public about the symbol of the poppy, taken from a line in the poem “In Flanders Fields” written on the battlefront during World War I by Lt. Col. John McCrae, Connecting the visual image of the poppy with the sacrifice of service made by our veterans has been an important goal of the American Legion Auxiliary Poppy Program since its inception in 1921. On Memorial Day and Veterans Day, millions of red crepe paper poppies—all handmade by veterans as part of their therapeutic rehabilitation—are distributed across the country in exchange for donations that go directly to assist disabled and hospitalized veterans in our communities.

Current Chair:  OPEN

What we need:  One to two or more members to solicit member volunteers to sell poppies at the Arbutus Flagpole to attendees at patriotic holiday ceremonies that our American Legion Family participates in.  Arrange for selling the poppies on National Poppy day, or anytime at local businesses.  Sell poppy signs during May in the Post Canteen, with the help of the ever-efficient bar staff.

Information and details: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Poppy/

Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation (VA&R)

Purpose Statement: To initiate, sponsor, and participate in programs and services that assist and enhance the lives of veterans and their families, ensuring restoration and/or transition to normally functioning lives physically, mentally, socially, and vocationally. 

Current Chair:  Sharon Knecht – OPEN as of 7/1/19

What we need:  Three or more members, one of who will be the chair to continue the work that is central to our Auxiliary. Whether it be working on the Vietnam Veteran’s Commeration, organizing for the Auxiliary participation in the Annual Christmas Party at a veteran’s hospital or developing new programs for the committee and members to carry out to fulfill the mission. 

Information and details: https://www.alaforveterans.org/Programs/Veterans-Affairs—Rehabilitation/