Mission Statement In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American LegionAuxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of thosewho 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.
Vision Statement The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legionwhile becoming the premier service organization and foundation of everycommunity providing support for our veterans, our military, and their familiesby shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peaceand security.
PurposesIn fulfillment of our Mission, theAmerican Legion Auxiliary adheres to the following purposes: To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families. To support the initiatives and programs of The American Legion To foster patriotism and responsible citizenship. To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy. To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in government. To increase our capacity to deliver our Mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities. To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through "service not self"
ValuesOur statement of values ispredicated on the founding purposes....Commitment to the four founding principles; - Justice, Freedom, Democracy, Loyalty Service to God, our country, its veterans and their families. Tradition of patriotism and citizenship, personal integrity and family values. Respect for the uniqueness of individual members with truthful open communication in dealing with the public and our members. Adherence to the adopted policies and rules
Mary E. Davis, of Lacey, Wash., was elected national
president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 96th
National Convention in Cincinnati, held Aug. 26-Sept. 1. Davis will serve the
world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national president
for a one-year term.
Davis has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit,
district, and department levels. At the national level, she chaired many
committees and served special appointments, including work on the ALA’s 5-Year
Centennial Strategic Plan and designated director for the American Legion
Auxiliary Foundation. She is a member of Pat Tillman Memorial Unit 53 in
As a member of the ALA for 40 years, Davis has chosen to highlight ALA Member
Pride for her term as national president. “Each and every day as we work our
programs, serve our veterans, help our military families, or make a difference
in the life of a child, we swell with pride because of the difference we make,”
Davis said during her inaugural speech. “I call that ALA Member Pride. Pride in
one’s accomplishments, pride in making a difference in another’s life, and
pride in belonging to an organization that embodies the mission work of the
American Legion Auxiliary.”
Davis is an accredited service officer through the U.S. Department of Veterans
Affairs for The American Legion and the Washington Department of Veterans
Affairs. She has served as a service officer for 20 years, including eight
years as a training officer for The American Legion Service Division. Davis is
a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, Beta Sigma Phi, PBS We Are
Veterans Advisory Committee, and the Military and Veterans Caregiver Peer
Support Network Advisory Council. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The
Evergreen State College.
Davis is eligible for membership through her late father R. Garnett Boots, an
Army Air Corps veteran of WWII; her mother Helen Babb Boots, also a WWII
veteran who served in the Women’s Army Corps; her husband Dale Davis, a Vietnam
Army veteran; and her son Robert Davis, a Desert Storm Air Force veteran.
The Department of Idaho American Legion Auxiliary is being led this year by Judith Gill from Meridian, Idaho. She is a member of ALA Unit #2 -- John Regan and believes firmly in the programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. Judy encourages membership and has all her family in the Legion Family. Judy is raising money along with the Legion Commander Bob Skinner to aid Gold Stat Families in Idaho. They are doing a 50/50 raffle at all meetings and so all the funds raised will be kept in Idaho for Idaho families.
Judy Gill's officers for 2016-2017 are:
Barbara Wadlow, Department Vice President is asking us to enhance our membership experiences and encourages the District Presidents to work closely with their units. We must have that personal contact and open the lines of communications to know how units can better fulfill their promise to this organization. She asked that we use this acronym CMA--C is for communication, M is for motivation and A is for appreciation.
Cindy Woodman, ALA Unit #4, is the Department Historian and she encourages members to record histories so those who follow will know what Auxiliary members have done for Veterans, their communities and the youth who participate in the programs. She has created a Facebook page for Idaho ALA Unit Historians to share some of their events and the page is IDAHO ALA HISTORIANS just go their and like that page. She also asks that you record the memories of you unit members and preserve your history with displays of memorabilia from the unit's past.
Department Chaplain De Leah Eavenson, ALA Unit #33, wants to help in any of your spiritual needs. De Leah has a Facebook page IDAHO ALA CHAPLAIN, where you can post requests for prayers or thoughts of encouragements. She asks that you collect prayers and thoughts so she can make a Prayer Book for our President to be presented to the Department President at the Summer Convention.
Mary Price is the Department Secretary/Treasurer and the office hours are 8:30 to 2:30 Tuesday through Thursday.
The National Executive Committee member is Toni Gimpel, Unit #56
Department 2nd Vice Presidents are the District Presidents. They are:
1st District--Jo Anne Rasmussen
2nd District--Pearl Bentley
3rd District--Jo Ann Bujarski
4th District--Diane Poston 5th District--Sarah Brown