Clark American Legion Auxiliary Unit 328 Invites Eligible Members to Join
Submitted by Judy Doran
On June 11, 2019 the Let Everyone Get Involved in Opportunities for National Service (LEGION) Act was passed. Signed by President Donald J. Trump on July 30, 2019 the LEGION Act changes eligibility criteria from seven war eras to two: April 6, 1917, to November 11, 1918, and December 7, 1941 to a time later determined by the federal government. This bipartisan effort expands membership to honorably discharged veterans who have served in unrecognizable times of war since World War II. It ensures previously ineligible veterans to have the opportunity to join the American Legion. This larger pool of veterans now eligible for the American Legion will also open their family members to eligibility in the Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary as well. Prospective Legionnaires should write “LEGION” Act in the eligibility date section of American Legion membership applications if their service falls outside the previous war eras.
In response to this new act, the American Legion Auxiliary invites all persons now eligible to join the Auxiliary. The Clark American Legion Auxiliary Unit 328 begins its year in September with meetings on the first Wednesday of the month, September 4th, 2019. We have a full calendar of events starting with the fall football schedule of breakfasts on Sunday mornings. These breakfasts usually coincide with games played in London or Mexico City but this year those games are being played in the afternoons or evenings. But our popular breakfasts will continue even without a football game. The breakfasts will be held at the American Legion Hall at 78 Westfield Avenue. Check with the Legion for the dates.
The Auxiliary has already kicked off the new school year with a backpack drive. Twelve fully equipped backpacks have been donated to a local elementary school, K thru 4th grade, to help children start the year off with all they need to be successful. The ladies buy supplies during the summer to fulfill the teacher’s list of required items.
The Auxiliary’s 2019 slate of officers include: President, Tammi Angelo, Vice President, Karen Fink, Secretary, Margaret Alago, Treasurer Kathleen Switek, Chaplain, Jody Burns, Sergeant at Arms, Maureen Reilly and Historian, Kim Broadwell. Along with the members these ladies work to raise funds to assist local veterans and their families. Join the family of America’s veterans and auxiliary in your community.
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