Service, Not Self

The American Legion Auxiliary National President is Coming to Michigan on July 8 & 9.

American Legion Auxiliary National President Lisa Williamson will visit two American Legion Posts during her visit. Join the department leadership and the national president on July 8 at the Walter Fraser American Legion Post 108 in Oxford. A meet-and-greet will be held from 4 p.m. until 5 p.m., with dinner at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be a chicken dish, and the price will be $10. RSVP for dinner to Department 2nd Vice President Dawn Gramza at nursevna@aol.com.

National President Williamson will be the guest of honor at a meet-and-greet at the SSG Michael A Dickinson II American Legion Post 257 in Battle Creek on July 9 from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Lisa Williamson of Fairbanks, Alaska, was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 102nd National Convention held Aug. 25-31 in Charlotte, N.C.


The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Michigan 2024 Convention

Join us July 11-14 for the 2024 Annual Department Convention at Kewadin Casino in Sault St. Marie.

Important information:
Registration Form
Final Convention Agenda
2024 Convention Resolutions
Flower Order Form
Flag Order Form


Do some painting while at the 2024 Department Convention!

Join Randall Ostrom—Dartist on Friday or Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to paint a beautiful canvas art piece of your own at the Ira D. Mac Lachlan American Legion Post 3. Located at 3 Legion Dr., Sault Ste. Marie. The classes are limited to 20 participants per class, and the cost is $30 per person. 

To pre-register, contact Randall at roviking72@gmail.com or find him on Facebook by searching for Randall Ostrom – Dartist.

All questions should be directed to Randall.


ALA Michigan Girls State was featured on Fox 2 Detroit on May 21, 2024.  Check out the video below.

Fox 2 Report on May 21 2024 on Michigan Girls State

American Legion Auxiliary Michigan Girls State program is now recruiting students. It is a simulation of representation. What would American democracy look like in the hands of teenaged girls? The new documentary, Girls State, takes us inside the experiment of building a government from the ground up. The program here in Michigan is currently recruiting girls wrapping up the 11th grade.

By Erica Francis, Fox2Detroit.com
Posted May 21, 2024 7:52am EDT

Click here to learn how to register for Girls State


The Month of June is the VA’s PTSD Awareness Month

June is PTSD Awareness Month

The US Department of Veteran Affairs is the world’s leading research and educational center of excellence on PTSD and traumatic stress.
PTSD is a mental health problem that some people develop after experiencing or witnessing a life-threatening or traumatic event. If symptoms last more than a few months, it may be PTSD. The good news is that there are effective treatments.

If a Veteran is struggling with PTSD, it can affect the spouse, children, and extended family members. Find resources for your Veteran, you, and your family members at the VA’s PTSD Center www.ptsd.va.gov.

Spread the word through your social media accounts and websites. The VA has created a calendar for June for you to use. Find the calendar here: VA PTSD Awareness Calendar

Resources for spreading awareness can be found here: VA Promotional Material PTSD

June 27 is National PTSD Awareness Day.

Other important dates in June to observe:

June 6 – D-Day Anniversary WWII
June 12 – Women’s Veterans Day
June 14 – Flag Day and the U.S. Army Birthday
June 19 – Juneteenth Holiday Observed
June 23 – Birthday of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary
June 27 – Korean War Veterans Armistice Day and PTSD Awareness Day


Department Headquarters

Located in Lansing, MI. If you need assistance, please reach out to Sara Beckner, Administrative Assistant, email: sara@michalaux.org

Or contact Shannon Werner, Executive Director, Secretary and Treasurer, email: info@michalaux.org 


Visits from the Auxiliary President, Kimberly Champion

If you would like the American Legion Auxiliary President to attend your event, fill out this form.


Unit and District Officers List for 2024 – 2025

Please complete the 2024 – 2025 Officers List online via our Google Form. You do not need a Google account or Gmail address to complete the Google form.
*If there is no person for an officer position, put “Vacant position” in that field. 

CLICK HERE to access the 2024 – 2025 Unit Officers List Google Form.

CLICK HERE to access the 2024 – 2025 District Officers List Google Form.


ALA MIS Access

If you would like to be added to or renew your access to ALA MIS, please complete the ALA MIS Access Application and mail it to the Department along with payment.

If you would like FULL ACCESS, you MUST complete an application, EVEN if you already have access to ALA MIS.

Please do not contact National.  Requests for access must come from the Department and not the Unit or District.


Donation Information

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING DONATIONS

Donations for outside organizations will no longer be accepted at the department for distribution. If a donation is received, it will be returned to the Unit.

The department accepts the following donations:

ALA Girls State
Auxiliary Emergency Fund (AEF)
Current DEPARTMENT President’s Project (Supporting Veterans with PTSD)
Current Department Junior President’s Project
Memorial Scholarship Fund
ALA National Creative Arts Festival
Past President’s Parley Medical Career Scholarship
VA&R Fund – Please indicate which facility you are donating to.

The following are examples of donations that the Department cannot accept:

Chapel of Four Chaplains
National President’s Project
USO
Wounded Warriors Project
Wilwin Lodge (This goes to the Legion)

If your Unit would like to donate to one of these organizations, please get in touch with that organization directly.
If you have any questions, please email Department: info@michalaux.org

PLEASE CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ON WHERE TO SEND DONATIONS IN THE DONATION GUIDE


 Attention Unit Membership Chairs

The department has been receiving an abundance of incomplete membership applications! When we receive incomplete applications, they are mailed back to the membership chair with a credit memo requesting that the COMPLETED application, new transmittal form, and copy of the credit memo be sent back to the Department. This causes significant delays, extra time for Department staff, and extra expense. 

Please see the Application Instruction Sheet provided. CLICK HERE

The department reserves the right to mail back your entire membership submission if all parts are not complete and correct. 

Questions about eligibility?  Download the new Eligibility Infographic Post and share!  This is a great tool for unit Membership Chairs!