American Legion Auxiliary Unit 85

2016 – 2017 Officers

  • President - Michelle Still
  • 1st Vice President - Bobbie Elmstrand
  • 2nd Vice President - Diane Splittstoser
  • Secretary - Kelly Fedun
  • Treasurer - Shirley Fisk
  • Chaplain - Helen Lindhart
  • Historian - Beverly Otterness
  • Sgt. at Arms - Gwen Olson

President’s Email: michgh@prodigy.net

General Meeting: Second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m.
We do not meet the months of January, July or August

Purpose

The American Legion Auxiliary is the largest patriotic women’s service organization in the world, with nearly 1 million members. Affiliated with The American Legion, the Auxiliary is a veterans’ service organization with members in nearly 10,000 American communities. The organization sponsors volunteer programs on the national and local levels, serving veterans, their families and their communities.

This organization sponsors and promotes the following programs for veterans and veterans’ families: The Minnesota VA Hospitals; Minnesota Fischer House, Poppy Days, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Veterans Gift Shop, Legislation, Servicemen’s Center, and gifts and programs for veterans in area senior living centers.

Other American Legion Auxiliary-supported programs include: Children & Youth, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Family Hospital Association, Minnesota Girls State, Education Week, Mother’s Day Memorial Banquet, and scholarships.

Few people realize that:

  • The Auxiliary and the Legion are often centers for community and civic activities 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.

In the spirit of service not self for veterans, God and country.