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
Sharon Conatser of Champaign, Ill., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary during the organization’s 95th National Convention in Baltimore, Md., held Aug. 28-Sept 3.
Conatser, a lifetime member, joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her father Clay Lofton, an Army veteran who served in World War II and the Korean War. She also is eligible through her son, Rick Malloch, a Desert Storm veteran, and her husband, Marty Conatser, a Vietnam-Era veteran and past national commander of The American Legion. Conatser is the first national president who also is a former First Lady of The American Legion.
Keeping the Promise is the theme Conatser has chosen for her term as president. “Keeping the Promise can mean many things,” said Conatser during her installation speech. “Abraham Lincoln promised our soldiers that they would always be taken care of. We, as an organization, are keeping that promise by remaining a vital organization. Keeping the promise to our values, to our American Legion Family, to each other and most importantly to ourselves will be priorities.”
Conatser has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels. At the national level, she has chaired many committees and has served special appointments since 2001. Conatser is a member of Urbana (Ill.) Unit 71.
Conatser is retired from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she served as an administrative assistant for 25 years. She is an active member of her community and Faith United Church. Conatser’s three sons, daughters-in-law and five grandchildren are all members of The American Legion Family.
The Department of Idaho American Legion Auxiliary is being led this year by Mary Packer from Bliss, ID.
Mary Packer's officers for 2015-2016 are:
Judy Gill Department Vice President is asking us to encourage membership by involving members in your programs and to let your communities know that the American Legion Auxiliary cares about our Veterans and our communities. Be visible when you are serving and to be proud to be American Legion Auxiliary members.
Beth Beedle 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.
Department Chaplain Bird Derrick wants to help in any of your spiritual needs. She asks that you collect prayers and thoughts so she can make a Prayer Book for our President to be presented at the Summer Convention.
Mary Price is the Department Secretary/Treasurer and the office hours are 8:30 to 2:30 Tuesday through Thursday.
Keeping President Mary in perfect Parliamentary Order is Joyce Black, who is the Department Parliamentarian.
Department 2nd Vice Presidents are the District Presidents. They are: