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Resourcing the ALA: Sustaining momentum important topic at 97th ALA National Convention
At ALA National Convention Aug. 18-24 in Reno, Nev., members will assemble to conduct business meetings and vote on important Auxiliary business. This year’s agenda includes resourcing the American Legion Auxiliary in order to ensure we can continue to serve our country’s 22 million veterans.

Three years into the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan, the benefits of this investment in our future continue to grow. The Strategic Plan’s five goals focus on strategies resourced each year by the ALA national governing board so that the ALA has the ability to fulfill our mission and make a difference for veterans and their families. Investing in ourselves as a vital service organization means making sure the funds we generate are sufficient to meet our mission needs and are wisely used to strengthen the ALA as an organization and maximize the ALA's impact.

As reported by the ALA’s external audit, continuing the ALA’s progress requires an adequate dues structure. The last dues increase was adopted six years ago, and in an amount less than was needed. As announced at the February 2017 National Executive Committee meeting, action is needed now to address declining operating revenue and put in place a dues structure to become effective with the 2019 membership year. The ALA is a large member-funded corporation with a big mission; your membership dues are your annual investment in sustaining the ALA. The FY17 national budget adopted projects a deficit of more than half a million dollars because of declining membership and therefore reduced dues income. The minimum cost to support the ALA National Organization will be the same whether we serve 250,000 members or 1 million. The membership decline is starting to lessen; yet until we start growing membership, we must maintain sufficient resources to sustain our momentum of progress.

Unable to attend the 2017 National Convention? You can watch it live from wherever you are through our live stream link. Unable to catch the sessions each day? Archived video will also be available for viewing. The ALA is needed. Thank you for caring about the ALA’s future!
71st session of ALA Girls Nation is a wrap
The 2017 ALA Girls Nation, held in Washington, D.C., officially concluded July 29. During the weeklong immersive learning program, the “senators” gained practical insight into how the federal government operates, a sense of pride in our country, and friendships that last a lifetime. The ALA Girls Nation senators also had the opportunity to tour D.C. monuments, met Holocaust survivor Nesse Godin, took pictures with the President of the United States in the Rose Garden of the White House followed by a live-streamed speech, and also met their respective real-life counterparts on Capitol Hill. Re-live the 71st ALA Girls Nation including the ALA Girls Nation Times, bills and resolutions, video of President Trump’s speech, social wall, ALA National Headquarters social media accounts for photos, and more here.

ALA Girls Nation receives coverage by NBC News
NBC News recently interviewed ALA Girls Nation senator Osaretin “Oti” Ogbeide of Indiana for an article about her experience at the 71st session of ALA Girls Nation. From an excerpt of the article: “To me, being a first-generation American is to combine both what your family has come from and also what you learned in America to combine those to become the best person you can be,” Ogbeide said … She was surprised to find she had so much in common with young women from across the country who have similar hopes and aspirations.” Read the full article here.

Celebrating our legacy: ALA Foundation turns 10
A lot has happened in the 10 years since the American Legion Auxiliary Foundation was created in 2007 as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization of the ALA. The ALA Foundation is celebrating a decade of giving back to veterans, military, and their families. Our celebrations of the ALA Foundation will kick off at the 2017 ALA National Convention in Reno, Nev.! Until then, discover reasons to celebrate by taking a look at the August Auxiliary magazine article here that showcases our first decade, why the Foundation is needed, and what lies ahead.

Join the tradition of giving on #GivingTuesday
Advocate, participate, and donate to the ALA Foundation and be part of a tradition of generosity! On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (Nov. 28 this year), right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, 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 Foundation’s Veteran Projects Fund and the Mission Endowment Fund. Innovairre Communications has agreed once again to match donations given to the Foundation up to $15,000 – allowing donors to make an even greater impact. Learn more.

Get new ideas to serve our mission at ALA Mission Training, national Junior meetings
Do you want to be more effective in working the ALA mission in your community? Are you looking for fresh ideas on how to serve veterans, military, and their families? If yes, join us at a one-day ALA Mission Training event near you! You’ll be inspired while learning more about the ALA’s core programs in an interactive and fun environment. 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.

Registration is now open! Click here to register and for more information. Questions? Contact ALA National Headquarters’ Events Team at meetings@ALAforVeterans.org or (317) 569-4500.

Join us for one of these 2017-2018 ALA Mission Training and national Junior meetings dates:
Springfield, Ill. – Oct. 14
Hartford, Conn. – Oct. 21
Minneapolis, Minn. – Oct. 21
Shreveport, La. – Oct. 28
Charlotte, N.C. – Jan. 20
Las Vegas, Nev. – Feb. 3

2017-2022 ALA Programs Action Plan coming soon
In an effort to ensure consistency and help departments and units focus on serving the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary, the ALA Programs Action Plan is transforming into a five-year plan (2017-2022) starting this year, with an Annual Supplement published each year containing updates on committee members plus reporting and award deadlines. The 2017-2022 ALA Programs Action Plan and Annual Supplement will be available on the national website later this month following National Convention.

DID YOU KNOW?
Shop 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!

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August 2017
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On the ALA blog:
Veteran finds her destiny in performing arts as a way to help others
How the American Legion Auxiliary’s Poppy Program benefits veterans
Arts festival helps veterans heal and feel again

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.

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