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<ul><li><p>NEVER FORGET </p><p>MARVELL E. RUPPEL NATIONAL PRESIDENT </p><p>NATIONAL LINES </p><p>FALL 2017 </p></li><li><p>Greetings to all! </p><p>Let me first begin by saying what an honor and privilege it is to be elected as your National Ladies Auxiliary National President. I thank you all for your support throughout the past years as I held various offices. I ask for your continued support this year and look forward to visiting with the many Departments who have invited me to their wonderful states. I would love to visit every Department and there is still room on my calendar to do so. If your Department is considering an invitation please send it to National Headquarters. </p><p>My theme for the year is Never Forget. This theme is meaningful to me as it serves as a reminder that we should Never Forget our Veterans, our currently serving military men and women, or our Gold Star families. We should Never Forget that as American citizens we must do our part to avoid apathy and become involved in serving our communities. We must Never Forget that the future of our country is dependent upon educating our children regarding the principles of equality, freedom and democracy. </p><p>I have chosen Freedoms Foundation as my project. Together, with the Americanism Chairman, we will be working to raise monies for Lighting the Way to Freedom by replacing the antiquated outdoor lighting on the campus. Freedoms Foundation provides education to youth through the various programs held on campus including the AMVETS Spirit of America Youth Leadership Conference held each November. Some statistics from youth attending the program show that: 88% of participants claimed to be more politically aware following the conference; 95% register to vote at the first opportunity they get which is well above the average. National research actually shows that there has been a continued decline in voting among younger people (ages 18-24). 88% of participants volunteer regularly (the national average is 55%) So you see Freedoms Foundation has a tremendous impact on shaping our youth in becoming responsible citizens. </p><p>Freedoms Foundation also reaches out to educators to help them be better prepared to teach youth about civic mindedness and the Medal of Honor legacy. 99% of the teachers attending conferences attending the educators programs felt that their teaching improved and 96% felt that their students benefitted from the teachers participation in Freedoms Foundation programs. Last year Freedoms Foundation offered over 40,000 hours of instruction to students and nearly 15,000 hours to teachers. </p><p>Congratulations to all the newly elected Local, District, Department and National Officers! You are tasked to lead, motivate, support, and encourage our members to reach new heights in </p><p>NEVER FORGET Marvell Ruppel </p><p>National President N33 W7120 Buchanan St. </p><p>Cedarburg, WI 53012 262-305-1330 </p><p>meruppel@yahoo.com </p><p>mailto:meruppel@yahoo.com</p></li><li><p>service to our Veterans, our communities and our children. Membership will be extremely important; both retaining and recruiting new members. There is much to be done in the year ahead. Im challenging all of you to make this a year we will Never Forget! </p><p>God Bless you and God Bless America! </p><p> Congratulations to all the newly elected and appointed officers for the year 2017-2018. You have something to be very proud of. You are a part of a great organization, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. As we start on this new journey together setting our goals for the coming year, lets keep in mind the reason were here. We are all about helping our veterans and those in need in the communities. Reading our Preamble, Aims and Purposes and Code of Ethics is one way to get off to a great start. Its very important to know just what our organization stands for. Each of us have a very special job to do, but it takes everyone working together to reach the goals that we set. Working together, sharing ideas, lending support to each other is all a part of being a TEAM. And as we all know, there is no I in team. It is also very imperative to our success this year that we reach our Membership goals. It means new volunteers that relate to new ideas, more roads to reaching out to more new members. Keep in mind that new members may have a sister, stepsister, daughter, or granddaughter that will also join. There is no end to just how many one new member has in their family that could be eligible to join. In your everyday life, its key to talk about all the many things our organization has to offer. Promote that great project youre doing or that has been done to help veterans or those in your communities when you have the opportunity. Sometimes just talking about something gets others around you wanting to know all about this organization known as AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. Be proud and talk about what we do. To each Membership chairman, remember its essential to get your membership sent in, dont hold it back. Before sending, check that you have names spelled correctly and eligible to read. You have forms on the National web site such as name changes, address changes, transfers, transmittals and many more that are there to help you as Membership Chairman. Make sure the correct dues amount is sent to your Department and National. Auxiliaries that are in chartered states make sure you send all paper work to your Department first. Auxiliaries in unchartered states need to send all your paperwork directly to National Headquarters. </p><p>MOVE UP IN MEMBERSHIP </p><p>Barbara Valley National 1st Vice President 25681 Orange Hill Rd. Danville. Ohio 43014 740-485-2873 Valleybarb1948@gmail.com </p><p>mailto:Valleybarb1948@gmail.com</p></li><li><p>As your newly elected 1st Vice President/Membership Chair Id like to take this opportunity to thank you for the honor you have given me to serve in this position. My theme for the year is Move Up In Membership. It is only with your help that we can all work in doing just that! Have a question or idea e-mail me at valleybarb1948@gmail.com. God Bless Each of You and God Bless America. </p><p>To all Departments large or small!! Heres a great incentive to win up to $100.00!! </p><p>For a chance to win this you must have the highest percentage of annual (new/renewal) membership by November 30,2017 vs. May 30, 2017 membership. </p><p>I encourage all Department 1st Vice Presidents to take the time to contact each of your Local Auxiliary 1st Vice Presidents and reach out to members and get those renewals in early. Make a phone call, send an email - it just takes a few minutes of your time. </p><p>We also have so many ladies out there that are eligible to join our organization, they just need to be asked. </p><p>Be the first Department to take advantage of this opportunity for a great award. </p><p>Any questions call or e-mail me. </p><p>Barbara Valley National 1st Vice President Cell - 740-485-2873 E-mail valleybarb1948@gmail.com </p><p>mailto:valleybarb1948@gmail.com</p></li><li><p> NN PAY IT FORWARD </p><p>National Second Vice President Dee Baggett 13238 Rose Hollow Way Astatula, FL 34705 352-742-8215 doe123dee@aol.com </p><p>I would like to thank everyone for the opportunity to serve as your National Second Vice President. It is an honor and a privilege that I represent AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary in this position and I will do so to the best of my abilities. My theme this year is Pay It Forward as I believe everytime we help a child, they will Pay It Forward in good deeds later on. Keep in mind that we are teaching our children by example, they are our future! </p><p> JTC is our National Program and I encourage each local auxiliary to hold at least one benefit function. My National visit to JTC will take place prior to the holidays and I am looking forward to sharing that with you. All Department NECs and Department Second Vice Presidents should have received a packet from me. In this packet, is helpful information to make your year a success. I have also included some fundraising information. If you hold either of these offices and have not received your packet, please contact me ASAP. I will put another one in the mail to you. Anyone who would like to receive that information by email is welcome to send me an email and I will make sure you receive that information. As we approach the holidays, please reach out and touch a childs life. Christmas is a great time to reach out and help our local children. A lot of children would not receive anything for Christmas if it wasnt for volunteers like you! Most schools are always looking for an angel and will supply all needed information for your gift shopping. (Most schools collect needed items year round also!) As always remember that a project is not done until that report is filed!! I look forward to receiving your reports. So Pay It Forward and I look forward to hearing from you soon. </p><p>mailto:doe123dee@aol.com</p></li><li><p> Thank-you for the opportunity to serve as your National Third Vice President. I am honored and look forward to working with each and every one of you. My theme this year is Open Doors &amp; Reach out in your Community. There are many projects in community service such as, food banks, blood drives, volunteering at senior centers, Ronald McDonald House and animal shelters. These are just a few of the suggestions your members can participate in. The National Program is PAWS with a Cause. Please take this opportunity to Open Doors to raise funds to train a service dog. I have some wall hang ups of a Paws print in your mailing that you will receive shortly that can be used to raise funds. Remember the money we donate to PAWS has priorities of first being used to place an Assistance Dog with a Veteran, and or a Veterans family member. PAWS presents certificates for every Department or Auxiliary that donates throughout the year at the National Convention. March is PAWS with a Cause month. Im looking forward to working you! Please contact me if you have any questions concerning Community Service. Thank you for all you do! </p><p> Madam National President Ruppel, PNPs, National Officers and members - Thank you just does not seem like enough. But I thank each of you for taking the journey with me this past year while serving as your AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary President. It has been a great honor and privilege to serve as your National President this past year and to represent the great state of Florida. Continue to have the courage to care for each other and our veterans. I never would have made it without you. You all are my Super Heros and you ROCK! You have given me a lifetime of encouragement, memories, support and love. Thank each of you for holding true to my theme this year Together Well Rock the Nation and we have done just that. I love you all and I look forward to seeing you at NEC. </p><p>IPNP Evelyn McElvin 4332 Princehall Boulevard Orlando FL 32811 Cell: 407-758-3392 Bleve123@aol.com </p><p>OPEN DOORS AND REACH OUT IN YOUR COMMUNITY </p><p>Joan Sirek, National Third Vice President AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary </p><p>928 Elm Road N Stevens Point, WI 54481 </p><p>H-715-341-3818 C-715-892-3856 </p><p>duanenjoan@hotmail.com </p><p>mailto:Bleve123@aol.commailto:duanenjoan@hotmail.com</p></li><li><p>Our Constitution, Bylaws and Manual may not be as easy to read as the Town Bylaws but I encourage each of you to read and try to find the answer before contacting your State or National Parliamentarian. If you search for your answer you will remember what you have found. If someone tells you the answer to your question you will not remember where to look for it the next time you need it. </p><p>Bylaws renewals will be for the following Departments in 2018: </p><p>Arizona California Indiana Iowa Kentucky </p><p>Maryland Michigan Missouri North Carolina </p><p>Ohio Pennsylvania Tennessee Texas Virginia </p><p>Washington West Virginia Wisconsin </p><p>Thanks! </p><p>PNP Betty S. Lawson, Parliamentarian 3595 Tally Road Morristown TN 37813 Home: 423-581-0074 Cell: 423-258-5257 law846@comcast.net </p><p>mailto:law846@comcast.net</p></li><li><p>Thank you so much for re-electing me as your National Scholarship Officer. I look forward to another year working with everyone to make this a successful program with everyones help. In keeping with my theme from last year My theme is CHANGE a life with a scholarship. </p><p> After seeing the applications that were received it hit home how many really bright students are out there that just need a little help with expenses while going to school. So many were from single parent homes or poverty level families. While our scholarship amounts are modest they may be just the help needed to get that student through another semester closer to their goal. We had way too many applications disqualified for easily preventable errors. Here are the most common reasons for disqualification and how to avoid it: </p><p> All 3 applications have specific requirements that must be followed. Many graduating High School students applied for all 3 scholarships when they were only eligible for the College Support Scholarship. </p><p> Blank spaces or whole sections. There must be something entered, or use N/A. </p><p> All 3 letters of recommendation MUST be signed and dated. </p><p> Transcript must be an authorized copy received in a sealed envelope. </p><p> Proof of membership card copy MUST be a current Auxiliary membership card. We received AMVET cards and receipts. The relationship to the Auxiliary member must be filled out with their name/relationship and Auxiliary number and state. </p><p> Applications received late must be postmarked no later than July 1. Please verify the date stamp is visible on the envelope PRIOR to mailing. </p><p> Official application was altered to a Departments information as well as due date. This was mailed to National Headquarters late and was also disqualified for not being on an official form. </p><p> Neatness counts! White outs, scribbled out entries, poor penmanship and sloppy appearance can reduce the score. </p><p> My goal this year is to have more viable applications to judge. There are three types of scholarships that are awarded The Auxiliary Scholarship is for someone in their second year of undergraduate study at an accredited college; the Career Start Scholarship for Ladies Auxiliary members who are re-entering the workforce with at least one semester/quarter at an accredited technical college, business college or a college/university; and the College Support Scholarship for graduating seniors who have been accepted to an accredited college or university. Applications are on the website www.amvetsaux.org. Photocopies are acceptable but original forms are preferred. All applications must be postmarked no later than July 1 and </p><p> Karin Simmons National Scholarship Officer 3240 Penland Parkway #242 Anchorage, AK 99508 (907) 272-2733 ksimmons@gci.net </p></li><li><p>sent to AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Headquarters - attention: National Scholarship Officer. Please make sure the applicant is submitting the correct Scholarship. The applications will be updated on the website as of September 2017. Ladies, lets have fun with this and see...</p></li></ul>