Archive for Thursday, July 12, 2007

Legions adds women’s auxiliary

July 12, 2007

Twenty-two women have signed up as charter members of the first women's auxiliary of the American Legion Post 411 in Lansing.

A.C. Byrd, area vice commander, said the women's auxiliary would make the Lansing post more complete. He said most posts have the American Legion group as well as a Women's Auxiliary and Sons of American Legion Auxiliary.

He said by creating the auxiliaries, more people would have the opportunity to get involved and help throughout the community.

As part of its role, the women's auxiliary will provide more workers to help with fundraisers and projects the American Legion is working on.

Back in 2002, Post 411 attempted to start a women's auxiliary unit. While the post had enough members to join, it couldn't find participants to take on the roles of president, secretary and treasurer.

After putting the venture off for several more years, Byrd said he thought it was now or never. He tried again and this time it seems to be a success.

The women's auxiliary held its first meeting Tuesday night.

Alisa Murphy, the new president of the group, said she got involved because she always loved to do volunteer service. She said she liked the American Legion's vow to uphold the honor of the Constitution and citizenship and thought the auxiliary would be a good fit.

As president, Murphy said she hoped develop the junior auxiliary more, especially in regards to increasing awareness about Girls State. She also would like to work with other organizations attached to the Legion on fundraisers to give back to the community.

Linda Bohnsack was chosen as the club's vice president. She said she was there to support the veterans in any way she could and to bring awareness to that cause.

Bohnsack, whose husband is a charter member of the Lansing American Legion, said she wasn't exactly sure what would be involved with the club but was excited to learn and participate. She said it was important for citizens to be patriotic and to be involved in something that supports the government and nation.

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