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JUNE 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: AMERICANISM

AS PRINTED in the June Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary's Americanism program promotes patriotism and responsible citizenship. Additionally, the Americanism program strives to uphold and promote American ideals and the principles of democracy. The goal of the Auxiliary's Americanism program is to educate every citizen on the fundamentals of American government, the Bill of Rights and the value of active, informed involvement in the home, in the Auxiliary organization and in the community.

What can I do to promote the Americanism program? As an individual Auxiliary member, you can vote, educate the public on flag etiquette, voting issues, and the Constitution, educate children on Americanism issue, contact legislators regarding the flag amendment, and much more. You can promote the Americanism Essay Contest in your child/grandchild’s school, in your church, and other places where children could be interested in the contest. Do not forget about children that are home schooled. Lastly, you and your Unit can aide The American Legion with their Americanism program. These programs include: American Legion Baseball, Oratorical Contest, and Junior Shooting Sports.

For more information about the items discussed in this focus, and the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Americanism program, go to http://www.kslegionaux.org/americanism.html.

JULY 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: LEADERSHIP

AS PRINTED in the July Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary Leadership program’s main focus is to develop and prepare knowledgeable and capable leaders to carry on the growth and success of the Auxiliary by promoting activities and resources that educate, motivate, and mentor members of all ages on all levels and phases of our programs. Some leaders are born, but most are trained to be good leaders. No matter what the experience, education, or technical skill, most anyone can be trained to be a leader if they are willing to make a commitment, devote their time and energy to listen, learn, and communicate.

What does it mean to be a leader? You might think of leadership as being an officer or a chairman. This is leadership, but there is so much more to being a leader than a title or a position. Every single person reading this newsletter is a leader. You are the influencer and manager of your family. You are employed or retired from a career you managed well. You are respected by your local church and service organizations. You have many hobbies and experiences to share. Leadership is all about finding a niche you do well, then teaching others how to do it too. For example, you might enjoy planning parties, so volunteer to help decorate the Post home for holidays, dinners, and events. You might have an arts and crafts hobby, so volunteer to help coordinate a unit craft fair/bake sale. Everything you do has value and makes you a leader.

What can I do to promote the Leadership program? You can volunteer to mentor a new or prospective Auxiliary member. Sharing your knowledge of ALA history, programs, and organization is a valuable service to the Auxiliary. The ALA Academy, offered through the national website, is a great tool to educate members regarding general history of the organization and teach practical issue regarding unit and membership management. All members are encouraged to take these classes. Also, there are a vast number of documents and materials at your finger tips that help guide our organization. These items include: Unit Guide Book, Constitution and Bylaws (all levels of the organization), Department Operations Guide, Girls State/Legislative/Poppy Program Guide, and much more. Last, but certainly not least, every Auxiliary member must nurture a culture of Goodwill at all levels of this organization. First impressions are lasting impressions. Many times how comfortable and welcomed a person feels is how she perceives the organization from that point forward. Let our actions be a living example of the Goodwill mission and objectives of the American Legion Auxiliary.

For more information about the items discussed in this focus (including direct link to ALA Academy on the national website), and the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Leadership program, go to http://www.kslegionaux.org/leadership.html. (2018-2019 Leadership Page will be updated by July 15.) You can also find direct links to the following information on the Kansas website: most important organization management guides at http://www.kslegionaux.org/member_resource.html, and Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules for all levels of our organization at http://www.kslegionaux.org/governance.html.

AUGUST 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: PUBLIC RELATIONS

AS PRINTED in the August Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary's positive public image and excellent reputation in the community is no accident. The Public Relations program works to establish and maintain goodwill within the organization and with the general public and promotes the Auxiliary's many worthwhile programs, events, activities and accomplishments through every available medium. The Public Relations program performs a dual function. Doing things well and making sure that the public is aware of the efforts ensures continued community support and awareness of Auxiliary programs. Good publicity augments and supports the Auxiliary's recruiting efforts by attracting interested, eligible women and motivating them to become active members.

What can you do to promote the Public Relations program? You can support and promote the building of brand loyalty. Here are a few ideas that help build brand loyalty: 1) wear clothing, pins, etc. that have the American Legion Auxiliary logo; 2) distribute American Legion Auxiliary brochures, posters, and information in your community (libraries, job fairs, medical facilities, etc.); 3) write articles for your local newspaper about American Legion Auxiliary events; 4) promote events on a Unit Facebook page; 5) be familiar with the already created public relations resources developed by the national American Legion Auxiliary and the Department of Kansas; and 6) know and understand that each and every member is the public face of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The Public Relations program has not been updated on the Department of Kansas website as of the publication of this newsletter, but will be available in the next few weeks. Not only will numerous national resources be available, but the Kansas Public Relations Chairman is working on an entire selection of resources that will help members promote various Kansas activities in their communities.

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Public Relations program page can be located at: http://www.kslegionaux.org/public_relations.html. From this page, you are also encouraged to click the link that will connect you directly to the national Public Relations page. You will need to have an ID and password to access this information. Please contact, Annette Scheaffer, if you need help obtaining your ID and password.

SEPTEMBER 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS

AS PRINTED in the September Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary's Constitution and Bylaws program informs and educates members of the American Legion Auxiliary on the importance and power of properly written, reviewed, and updated documents, policies, and procedures at all levels.  Constitution & Bylaws are the basis for governance of your department, district, county, and unit.  Preparing and adhering to updated Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules will ensure a more successful organizational process, and provide the structures to follow at all levels of our organization.  This is one of the most important programs in the American Legion Auxiliary. 

What can you do to promote the Constitution and Bylaws program?  Be familiar (read) your Unit/District/Department/National Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules.  Do not be afraid to suggest updates or corrections to these governing documents.  Actively participate in developing policies and procedure in the best interests of the American Legion Auxiliary at all levels of the organization.  Be aware of Roberts Rules of Order, and how it applies to you and this organization.  Always as questions.   

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Constitution and Bylaws program page can be located at:  http://kslegionaux.org/const_bylaws.html.  From this page, you are also encouraged to click the link that will connect you directly to the national Constitution and Bylaws page.  You will need to have an ID and password to access this information.  Please contact, Annette Scheaffer, if you need help obtaining your ID and password.

OCTOBER 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: PAST PRESIDENTS PARLEY

AS PRINTED in the October Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary's Past Presidents Parley utilizes the experience and knowledge of past Auxiliary leaders for training and encouragement of future Auxiliary leaders.  Through the Past Presidents Parley committee, women who have served as unit, department, and national presidents have an opportunity to continue in active service to the Auxiliary, helping ensure strong future leadership for the organization.  This committee also recognizes and honors outstanding unit members through the Unit Member of the Year Award and women veterans through the Salute to Servicewomen Award.

What can you do to promote the Past Presidents Parley program?  1) You can be available to mentor unit members in whatever aspects of the American Legion Auxiliary they wish to pursue.  As a mentor, you do not need to know everything about the Auxiliary, just where to find the information.  You will likely find the pursuit of information to be a learning experience as a mentor. Also, lead by example- be the unit member you mentor others to be.  2) You can nominate an outstanding unit member for the Unit Member of the Year Award.  Who is that person in your unit that is always present at meetings and events, has kind words to say to everyone, who truly lives the motto "Service, Not Self."  3) You can nominate a local service woman for the Salute to Servicewomen Award.  Does a member of yours have a daughter in the military?  Do you have local women heroes serving in the military?  Nominees do not need to be members of the American Legion Family, but it is likely your unit will have new members following the presentation of this award.

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Past Presidents Parley program page can be located at:  http://kslegionaux.org/past_pres_parley.html.  From this page, you are also encouraged to click the link that will connect you directly to the national Past Presidents Parley page.  You will need to have an ID and password to access this information.  Please contact, Annette Scheaffer, if you need help obtaining your ID and password.

NOVEMBER 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: EDUCATION AND NATIONAL SECURITY

AS PRINTED in the November Sunflowerette:

The Auxiliary's Education and Scholarship Program promotes quality education for every child and supports students in their desire to continue their education beyond high school. Auxiliary members work actively with educators and local schools to develop and maintain an educational system that serves the needs of all children at every level. Auxiliary volunteers sponsor and support state and national education legislation; establish new scholarship opportunities for students; alert eligible students to existing scholarship resources; help students identify career opportunities and professional job requirements; and encourage students to plan early for college and apply for scholarship opportunities. A solid educational foundation is the cornerstone of American freedom.

What can you do to promote Education? Develop a "Veterans in Schools Program" for your community. Promote American Legion Family scholarships in your local high schools and colleges. Support teachers via the Give 5 to Education Program and have special events honoring teachers/school employees for Teacher Appreciation Week and American Education Week.

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas Education program page can be located at: http://www.kslegionaux.org/eduction.html. From this page, you are also encouraged to click the link that will connect you directly to the national Education page. You will need to have an ID and password to access this information. Please contact, Annette Scheaffer, if you need help obtaining your ID and password.

NOT PRINTED in the Sunflowerette: Program Focus on National Security.

The Auxiliary's National Security Program maintains and promotes a strong national defense by strengthening and supporting military service members and their families. The Auxiliary believes in maintaining a strong national defense and endeavors to educate its members on all vital national security issues.  In cooperation with The American Legion, Auxiliary members are briefed on a wide range of topics at local and national meetings and through publications and bulletins. Topics include national and civil defense; crime prevention; emergency and disaster preparedness; and environmental protection.  The member's clear understanding of the issues helps to lay the groundwork for community-wide mobilization and support of various national security activities.

Specifically in Kansas, the American Legion Family supports Fort Riley in providing personal care items for soldiers in transition returning home, sponsors the Big Red One Turkey Run (complete Thanksgiving dinner for military families), and participates in the Biig Red One Operation North Pole (Christmas party, games, Santa, and gifts for military children).

What can you do to promote National Security? Inform your unit of those families needing a blue or gold star banner. Become more informed about issues affecting a military Family's home life and the resources available to help, such as PTSD, TBI, domestic violence, financial literacy, and other issues. Organize a Welcome to Our Hometown event to welcome military familes that are moving or transitioning out of the military to your community. Work with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and refer a survivor or caregiver for specialized support. Support active duty military, reserve, transitioning servicemembers, and their families through the Family Readiness Group (FRG) at military installations. Assist military spoused in getting and maintaining employment. Support the National Security programs of The American Legion.

The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Kansas National Security program page can be located at: http://www.kslegionaux.org/natl_security.html. From this page, you are also encouraged to click the link that will connect you directly to the national National Security page. You will need to have an ID and password to access this information. Please contact, Annette Scheaffer, if you need help obtaining your ID and password.

DECEMBER 2018'S PROGRAM FOCUS: AUXILIARY EMERGENCY FUND
 

 

 

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