Being an Auxiliary Member has allowed me to be a part of something phenomenal. My American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) sisters have embraced me and taught me the mission statement that I vowed to keep to the best of my knowledge. Although I am still considered to be a new member (1 year), all of my life, I have been committed to Service and not Self; however, ALA takes this mission statement to a whole new level. I pray that all new & senior members will focus on our responsibility to this awesome promise we made to our veterans, their families, our community and our youth.
I know that some of you feel as though you are not needed and that can weigh heavy on your responsibility to your commitment. Let me assure you that you are needed, especially to our new members, like myself.
Statistics have proven that people leave organizations within the first year because of the ineffectiveness of leadership. However, I am excited for what is about to happen in 2017... Great things like:
A heart of true love for all mankind
Strong Leadership that embraces constructive criticism & education
New legislation to aid our veterans
Dedication from ALL members
Stronger Youth Participation
Networking more with the Legionnaires and Sons of the American Legion
We are all ALA sisters and we will do exceedingly and more abundantly above anything we could ever ask or think (Ephesians 3:20) this year, if we just believe.
There is a song that I use to sing, in an old church down in East Texas, called "Somebody Need to Catch on Fire" and I would just wave my hands, shout and sing it to the top of my lungs. I would sing that song all night in my head and in my dreams. These moments reminded me that genuinely loving something or someone, create an excitement that is unexplainable to those who are just passing through. Can someone teach me the ALA Song? I promise I will sing it with joy and pride. I think I know the first stanza. Hmmmm... Can you help me? Here goes...
I Wake up each Morning There’s so much I must do Well, I think I’ve just started, When another day is through. But no matter how busy, I know who I am I’m a Woman who cares about Life in this land
After we sing our song... we can tell the story...I am always excited to hear a great ALA story from my sisters that have been in this organization over a period of time. Therefore, beautiful ladies of ALA, I admonish you to tell the story to others about your journey. Tell it with excitement. Tell it with twinkles in your eyes (not one eye but both eyes). Tell the story of the Poppies in Flanders Field. Tell the story of how legislation shape policy for the veteran. Tell the story of the many volunteer hours we put in supporting our military and their families. Tell the story of your sickness and how your sisters came to your rescue. Whatever your story is...tell it. Tell the story... Tell the story... You will be amazed at the people that really want to hear it.
Challenge #1: Briefly tell me your story in the comment section below.
Challenge #2: Upload a video of your version of the ALA song
On your mark! Get set! Goooooooooooo... LOL
See you all at Nationals.
Author: Sylvia Chess
The American Legion was chartered and incorporated by Congress in 1919 as a patriotic veterans organization devoted to mutual helpfulness. It is the nation’s largest wartime veterans service organization, committed to mentoring youth and sponsorship of wholesome programs in our communities, advocating patriotism and honor, promoting strong national security, and continued devotion to our fellow service members and veterans.