OCTOBER NEWSLETTER 

October 9, 2018

Hello Ladies,

The Marine CPL Holly Charette Home for homeless woman veterans is my project this year, I have learned that homeless woman veterans are now out numbering the male homeless veterans. This is concerning to me because with the homeless woman there are more than likely children with them.

Another issue that is concerning to me is the number of veterans that are committing suicide, this is growing at an alarming rate. Future reports from me will have more information on how we can help.

As members of the American Legion Auxiliary we have a strong voice for the Veterans, and we must all look for new members as there is strength in numbers.

Congrats to Scituate 19 for reaching 84.62%, other unit’s that are doing great are Downey Weaver 34 at 52.34% and East Greenwich 15 at 56.9% great job!

For the unit’s that have not sent in any membership please don’t hold the membership.

I attended the Mission Training in Albany NY on September 29th. I found it to be very informative and so much better than the mission trainings I have attended in the past.

Any unit that is having a fund raiser please let me know as I would love to support your efforts.

Best Regards,

Cathy Camire

American Legion Auxiliary

Department President

 

From your secretary:

Congratulations and thank you to the units that have sent in the 2019 membership as it has come to them.

As you can see on the attached stats report, several units have not yet sent in their membership. Since the renewal notices have been out for several weeks, I am sure your unit must have some dues to send in to department. If your unit shows zero or as few as 2, and you know you paid, please contact your unit and ask why.

Unfortunately, I have no information on mission programs for you. Any of you who have questions about any program can get answers and ideas from the National web-site ALAforveterans.org and local information from our site rialaux.org.

Looking forward to seeing many of your on Wednesday night.

 
 
SEPTEMBER  NEWSLETTER

September 8, 2018

Hello Ladies,

I would like to thank the members of the American Legion Auxiliary of Rhode Island for their confidence in me by electing me The Department President, I won’t let you down.

This year let us all remember that it is Service not Self, we are a strong Legion family, Rhode Island will shine for our Veterans and Active Duty Servicemen and Women along with their families. Let us all be mindful of others as we succeed in our goals.

I may not have all the answers but with the help of my advisors and the members of this department I am confident that we will succeed. I’m always available to answer any questions and if I don’t have the answer than I will find the answer for you as I am still learning.

I attended the National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota covered the Historian and Chaplin’s pre- convention meetings. There were no resolutions.

I will be attending the Awareness Assembly on September 29-30 in Albany NY.

For God and Country,

American Legion Auxiliary

Department Rhode Island

President Cathy Camire

Cell 401-640-9934

Email cathy.camire@yahoo.com


From the Department Secretary:

All 2019 membership can and should be forwarded now. We are behind the great work of last year, but that can change if all units send in their dues now. You don’t have to wait until the renewal notices go out (within the next week). You can work your membership now.

IMPORTANT REMINDER: If you have a junior member on your roster, but she will turn 18 during 2019, she should be paid as a senior. If you don’t, you will not be able to process the membership without additional remittance.

Those of you who receive a directory, I want you to know it may be wrong with respect to the unit information. I asked for the information at the end of last administrative year, but received less than one quarter of the units responding. To those units THANK YOU. To the others, please send it in now! This information is critical to communicating with the units.

You can check your unit’s status on the attached statistics.


From: Department of RI AEF CHAIRMAN MICHELLE GARDNER

ALL MEMBERS NOW THAT WE ARE IN A NEW YEAR FOR 2018-

2019. WE HAVE ALREADY STARTED WITH HURRICANES THAT

HEADING TOWARDS THE CAROLINAS AND GEORGIA. THIS IS

WHERE YOUR AUXILIARY EMERGENCY FUNDS ARE MOST

USEFUL IN ALL DIFFERENT WAYS. SO IN THIS UPCOMING YEAR

I HOPE WE CAN WORK TOGETHER TO ACCOMPLISH THIS AND

MORE.


GIRLS’ STATE September 2018

If you attended the Convention in July, you already have seen the outstanding quality of the 2018 RI Girls State participants. The ROTC cadets from Cranston East brought in the flags for the opening and were very impressive. We had the 2017 RI Girls Nation representative, Quinn Chappelle, speak of her experiences in Washington D.C. and of her week as one of the 2018 Junior Counselors. We also heard from Adrianna Turano, one of the 2018 Girls Nation representatives, speak of the impact of attending the RI Girls State program. Kathleen Bannon, the 2016 RI Girls Nation representative came back as a Senior Counselor this year and joined Riverside Unit 10 to help promote the ALA programs such as Girls State.

We had participants from Barrington, Chariho, Cranston East, Hope, South Kingstown, North Smithfield, Lincoln, Warwick, and Westerly. It was a very diverse group of girls who entered as strangers on Sunday and left as friends on Friday. All the participants reported how much they learned from the experiences and outlooks of students whose backgrounds were so different from their own. Many thanks to the units who sponsored a girl, even if they were not from your city or town. Several Legion Posts also stepped up to sponsor girls from their area. Quinn Chappelle and I and PDC Erick Michaud spoke to the Legionnaires of H.W. Merrill 16 in Westerly at their August meeting about possibly reviving Unit 16 with all the Girls State Alumni from Westerly as an e-Unit expressly to support the girls from Westerly who will attend future Girls States. We are awaiting their answer.

Sharon Demers is currently organizing a Calendar Raffle as a Dept. wide fundraiser for our 2019 program. Please support this, so we can continue to support the “orphan” girls (no ALA unit in their town) when they apply for our life-changing program! I hope to have the two girls who attended Girls Nation 2018, come to our October DEC. meeting and share their stories.

For God and Country,

Lorraine Boucher, Director

Dear Friends and Auxiliary members:

As your Poppy Chairman I welcome you all in joining hands

for another successful Poppy drive on Veterans Day,

November 11, 2018.

This year on our Memorial Day drive we were able to collect over $6000 which has been distributed throughout the veteran community.

This November I would like to increase this number to at least $8000. I have great confidence by putting our best foot forward and working together we can achieve this goal and provide even greater services to our many deserving Veterans.

Sincerely your Poppy Chairman,

Charlie Gardner

September VAVS Representative Report 2018

Deputy Charlie Gardner and I attended the quarterly VAVS meeting on September 7th. The VAMC Summer Sports Clinic was highly successful and the ALA units who contributed to sponsoring one of the luncheons were greatly appreciated. Unit 43 donated over $3000 of hats, sandals, Tee shirts, lanyards, water bottles and neck coolers to the 100+ participants. If any unit has contributed money or items and not reported it to the VAVS office or to me since December 2017, please do so now, as our Annual Review for National is due in November.

The Director of the Homeless Veterans’ program spoke of the needs of veterans and their families who are moving into permanent apartments from homelessness. Many of these veterans have little or nothing to set up an apartment. Because of the lack of storage space at the VAMC, gift cards from Walmart’s, Ocean State Job Lot, Stop and Shop, Target, etc. are most useful. They request gift cards to be a minimum of $50. The Social Workers and Housing Workers can then take the Veteran shopping for what is needed. They are housing veterans in permanent apartments at a rate of 4-6 per quarter.

The annual VAVS bake Sale and basket raffle is scheduled for December 14 this year. This is the big fundraiser for the VAVS committee and donations for baskets (gift cards, restaurant certificates, etc.) or complete baskets, as well as, baked goods are appreciated. I will remind you again closer to the date. Charlie and I always work the sale, and last year, Kathy Johnson joined us. We are always low on volunteer hours at the VAMC and this is an opportunity for ALA members to volunteer for occasional hours.

Welcome Back for a new year of Service, Not Self!

For God and Country,Lorraine Boucher, VAVS Representative

Unit

Objective

JR.

 SR.

Total

%age

West Warwick 2

31

1

1

3.23%

Riverside 10

25

1

1

4.00%

Warren 11

41

0

0.00%

No. Kingstown 12

16

0

0.00%

Cumberland 14

30

4

4

13.33%

East Greenwich 15

58

1

18

19

32.76%

Burrillville 17

16

0

0.00%

Scituate 19

13

1

5

6

46.15%

Gordon Greene 27

35

0

0.00%

Downey Weaver 34

128

10

24

34

26.56%

Block Island 36

44

1

1

2.27%

South Kingstown 39

30

0

0.00%

William Shields Jr, 43

233

44

44

18.88%

Lts Armstrong Gladding 69

27

0

0.00%

Fierlit Korzen 79

30

0

0.00%

SPRM 81

30

1

1

3.33%

Fairmount 84

13

0

0.00%

Beraard Desjarlais 88

12

0

0.00%

Headquarters 102

35

3

3

8.57%

Total

847

12

102

114

13.46%