American Legion Auxiliary
Department of Florida

Featured News

PDP Jean Mahoney

It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of our dearly beloved Jean Mahoney.  Jean was under hospice care and went peacefully in her sleep at about 3:50 PM on Saturday, May 9, 2020 – her 97th Birthday.

As we all know Jean was a Nurse in the US Navy and a proud member of The American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary.   Jean was currently a member of Lake Worth 47 and the Elegant Eleventh District.  We were honored to have had her serve as Florida’s Department President in 1972-1973 and as Southern Division National Vice-President in 1985-1986.

Jean had a great mind and a wealth of knowledge of our organization as well as Parliamentary Procedure.  She has been a teacher and mentor to most of the Department leadership since before she served as Department President.  Her life has been one of service and all of us who knew Jean well will deeply feel her loss.

Jean is survived by three children, Cathi Mahoney, James Mahoney and Pam Banks as well as a brother and several grandchildren,  great grandchildren and many other devoted relatives.  Condolences to the family can be sent to:

Cathi Mahoney      – 12191  144th Place North, Palm Beach Gardens, Fl 33418

A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date when we are out of the “safe at home” situation we currently find ourselves in.  Details will be sent at that time.

Department Convention and Unit Voting

Due to Covid 19 virus the Department Executive Committee has voted to cancel Department Convention and hold our Department Officers in place until Department Convention 20201. Below is a letter from the Department President, Ann King-Smith in reference to the Convention and Unit Voting.

Department Convention Unit Letter

Unit Voting Letter

Unit Voting Recommendations

National Awards

National has made changes to some of the award dates making them a two year award. Below is the spreadsheet with all the information

National Awards Date Changes

Department President Homecoming

Due to the Covid 19 virus the Department President, Ann King-Smith, has postponed her homecoming.

Message from Department NEC Michele DeGennaro

In these uncertain times we want to keep our members as informed as possible! We will be posting our update from National as they are received! Click here for letter from National

Click here for Girls Nation Update Florida Girls State has changed the dates to July 1, 2020 to July 9, 2020.

NEC Briefing April 3, 2020

NEC Briefing April 10, 2020

NEC Briefing April 17, 2020

NEC Briefing April 24, 2020

Thank you for allowing me to serve as your NEC! Stay safe and healthy
Michele DeGennaro

VA Hospitals & Nursing Homes

At this time the VA Hospitals and nursing homes are asking that visitors limit their access the the facilities. Some of the hospitals are not allowing visitors at all at this time. They are also asking if you have items you want to donate to hold on to them at this time. They will be assessing the situation and will keep us update.

 

Current Newsletter

Inside This Issue: President’s Message, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Voting Recommendations

Veterans Service Organization

Think about the last time you received what you needed when you needed it. Did you call it a gift or even a miracle? In the American Legion Auxiliary that “need meeting-gift giving” happens continuously. And it’s possible because as the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world our membership of more than 850,000 strong is fiercely dedicated to serving, helping, and meeting needs. Our focus is what it’s always been: servicemembers, veterans and their families in their communities. And our members produce annual statistics in the millions.

The women of the American Legion Auxiliary make a difference in the lives of all Americans. They educate children, organize community events and help our nation’s veterans through legislative action and volunteerism. The American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization with nearly 1 million members in 10,100 communities. Auxiliary members are a unique group of women, joined in the fellowship of volunteerism, patriotism and dedicated to veterans, young people and communities.

Our Role

We take our role as a veterans service organization seriously; meeting the needs of veterans and keeping those needs front and center in the minds of the American public!

Few people realize that:

  • The Auxiliary and the Legion are often centers for community and civic activities in mid-America, and provide a focal point for citizens’ involvement.
  • The Auxiliary raises more than $18 million every year and reinvests those funds in VA medical centers and community programs.
  • Thousands of hours are devoted to crime prevention programs, instructing children, the elderly and the general public on safety, crime prevention and protection within the community.
  • Auxiliary volunteers are the backbone of assistance in the 171 VA Medical Centers.
  • They not only provide diversion and entertainment for patients, but assist the hospital staff in physical and psychological therapy, clerical and many other duties that would otherwise cost American taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • The Auxiliary deals with issues such as drug and alcohol abuse, missing and abused children, teen suicide and teen pregnancy. Its services touch the lives of all Americans directly or indirectly.
  • More than 20 nationwide programs receive support and financial aid from the American Legion Auxiliary.