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To our nation’s veterans, a huge thank you
from the American Legion Auxiliary
American Legion Auxiliary members dedicate themselves to honoring the sacrifices of those who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces every day of the year. On Nov. 11, ALA members and units will host special ceremonies and events across the nation in honor of Veterans Day. It is our duty as Americans to remember those who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we hold so dear. To our veterans, thank you for your service!

Although it’s impossible to compensate our veterans for their great personal sacrifices, we can demonstrate deep appreciation for all they’ve done by sharing a bit of ourselves. Click here to learn five meaningful ways to volunteer on Veterans Day.

Pictured: ALA National President Diane Duscheck helps a gold-medal winning veteran with an art project at the 2017 National Veterans Creative Arts Festival.

ALA awarded 1st place Ozzie! Best Annual Report
The American Legion Auxiliary was honored with a first place Ozzie Award for the 2016 ALA Annual Report/National Convention Guide – that’s like the “Academy Awards” of the magazine industry. The ALA competed against 2,500 other entries for Folio:'s Eddie & Ozzie Awards – and we won! Also, for the fourth year in a row, the ALA’s national magazine, Auxiliary, has received four other Eddie & Ozzie Honorable Mention awards for excellence in editorial content and design; that’s like winning silver and bronze awards!

A panel of more than 300 judges narrowed the very competitive crowd of entries to about 800 finalists. In total, Folio: bestowed 250 awards across 33 categories. It’s the largest and most inclusive awards program for the publishing industry. We are proud to be in the impressive company of fellow winners such as Better Homes and Gardens; O, The Oprah Magazine; AARP The Magazine; Southern Living, etc. Click here to see our award-winning entry online. Click here to see the entire list of award winners.

#GivingTuesday is Nov. 28! Donate now!
Advocate, participate, and donate to the ALA Foundation and be part of a tradition of generosity! Nov. 28, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, is #GivingTuesday – a national day of giving which started in 2012. Through widespread promotion, #GivingTuesday has generated over $72,000 for the ALA Foundation since 2015! All of the donations have helped veterans and military families through the ALA Foundation’s Veteran Projects Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund. Innovairre Communications has agreed once again to match donations given to the ALA Foundation up to $15,000 – allowing donors to make an even greater impact. Help the ALA Foundation ensure that our mission of service endures. Make your donation today here.

ALA Mission Training: Your opportunity to learn new ideas, meet other members
“I learned that there are a lot of women who are very dedicated to this organization and are willing to give of their time to come to a national meeting, network with each other, share their ideas, and really invest in the resiliency of this organization and want to invest in its future.” – Staci King, ALA Member

Get fresh ideas and insight on how to serve veterans, military, and their families by joining us at a one-day ALA Mission Training event near you! You’ll be energized while learning more about the ALA’s core programs in an interactive and fun environment, plus meet new ALA friends. Have ALA Junior members? A national Junior meeting will be held at the same time and location as ALA Mission Training. Bring your Juniors so they can learn more about the Auxiliary and how our youngest members also play key roles in mission delivery. Click here to register and for more information.

Join us for one of these remaining 2018 ALA Mission Training and national Junior meetings:
Charlotte, N.C. – Jan. 20
Las Vegas, Nev. – Feb. 3

Apply for a 2018-2019 ALA national appointment
American Legion Auxiliary National Vice President Kathy Dungan is now seeking applications from motivated members interested in being appointed to national committee leadership positions during the 2018-2019 administrative year. National committee chairmen and members are appointed annually by the national president and are confirmed by the National Executive Committee to serve on the following committees: Americanism, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, History, Children & Youth, Community Service, Constitution & Bylaws, Education, Finance, ALA Girls Nation, Junior Activities, Leadership, Legislative, Membership, National Security, Past Presidents Parley, Poppy, Public Relations, and Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation. ALA members with strong professional backgrounds that relate to our many programs are needed; some require physical agility. You need not have served as an ALA officer in your department. Applications must be completed online by Feb. 1, 2018. Apply online here.

The ALA was recently featured in Fisher House magazine, The Patriot.The article spotlights some of the ALA programs, the ALA Foundation’s charitable outreach, and the ALA’s support of Fisher House. Read the full article here.

You can renew your ALA membership online! Renew online by logging into the Members Only section of the national website – There will be a “pay dues” link under the welcome message with your name. When you renew online (or by phone), you get an instant emailed receipt and printable card. Please note that you should contact your unit directly if you do not receive your signed membership card within 30 days. Also, mailing of membership cards is not always a routine practice – some units bring them to meetings or leave them at the post for members to pick up, saving postage costs. Just let your unit secretary or membership chairman know what you need.

The Members Only section of the national website has tons of info! The Members Only section of has thousands of resources available to members to help you serve and grow our mission. You can pay dues online, access the ALA Programs Action Plan, find Impact Report Forms and marketing resources, access free ALA Academy online training, and find updated information on the ALA 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan. The free Members Only section has something for every member, unit, district, and department to better help you work our mission. You just need your ALA member number. Discover new ideas and more – today!

The updated 2017 ALA National Constitution, Bylaws, & Standing Rules is on the national website in the Members Only section. Note: If you order a copy from Emblem Sales, you should receive the 2014 printed publication plus a four-page insert with the updates from 2015, 2016, and 2017. The four-page document of updates is also available in the Members Only section of the National website. Both the insert and the 2017 publication can be downloaded for free here.

Shop via AmazonSmile – support the ALA Foundation: Super easy!
Do you buy things online at Amazon? Simply by signing up for free through Amazon’s “give-back-to-charity” link, every purchase you make results in a donation to the ALA Foundation! Take just 10 seconds to sign in to Amazon through this special AmazonSmile link, select the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation, and every purchase you make will generate a 0.5 percent donation to the ALA Foundation. No added cost to you. No added fee. No catch. Just log in to your Amazon account through the link, and you’re now supporting the ALA. Nothing could be easier!

Share your posts and photos with us on social media @ALAforVeterans. ALA social media hashtags:
#LegionFamily Share posts, tweets, and photos of your Legion Family volunteering in branded attire
#AmericanLegionAuxiliary Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of anything and everything related to the ALA
#MyAuxiliaryMagazine Post a photo of yourself reading the latest Auxiliary magazine
#ALARockStars Share Facebook posts, tweets, and photos of ALA members working the mission
November 2017
In The Know eBulletin:
in the know ebulletin
Click here to stay updated with November reports and timely articles from these ALA national committees, programs, and activities:

ALA Girls Nation
Auxiliary Emergency Fund
Community Service
Constitution & Bylaws
National Security
Past Presidents Parley
Public Relations
Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation

ALA Membership:
Where does your department stand in Auxiliary membership? Click here to log in and view the latest reports.

On the ALA blog:
Good Advice from American Legion National Commander Denise Rohan
Remembering our POW/MIAs
Helpful Resources for Homeless Veterans

New blog posts are uploaded regularly – check it out now!

The ALA supports the legislative agenda of The American Legion with elected officials at all levels of government (local, state, national). Get involved.

Celebrate our upcoming 100th anniversary with these centennial items!
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