Welcome to the Ladies Auxiliary

Season’s Greetings, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy New Year and any other I may have missed!

Congratulations most of all to the most fabulous ladies of any Department LAVFW! Thank you for all the hard work of getting the Department of Florida to 91% in membership on Dec.12th. I especially want to thank Debbie Tilley, Membership chairman, and Joyce Rose, Dept. Treasurer, for all their hard work. Everyone contributed to this effort and every membership turned in helped us to achieve this goal! Our next goal is to get as many Auxiliaries as possible to 100% in membership by December 31st for the President to be eligible for the Night on the Town at Mid-Winter Conference. If you don’t make this goal, we are still shooting for All State by March 31. I know you can make that goal!

We will have a special guest with at Mid-Winter Conference -National Sr. Vice President Ann Panteleakos. Most of all, we will host our Voice of Democracy/ Patriot’s Pen Banquet on Saturday night. The speeches always renew my faith in our youth. I hope everyone will be there!

Fall Roundup saw a great turn out of ladies and a lot of information distributed by all the wonderful chairmen. We heard a very moving speaker at the POW/MIA, Dot Wittle, she was an adolescent civilian POW in the Philippines (WW2). I have not witnessed a POW/MIA ceremony that was soooo quiet and no one moving about!

I was honored to represent the Department of Florida at the Celebrating America’s Freedom at the Vicksburg National Park in Vicksburg, Miss. We also had Paula Twaits as a Color Bearer from Florida leading the processional. It was a very beautiful event!

We hosted the Southern Conference meeting in Orlando, and our very own Joyce Rose was elected to the office of Southern Conference Chaplain. We had the National President Sissy Borel, National Treasurer Jan Owens, and National Chaplain Colette Bishop among other dignitaries in our state for this event. Special thanks go to Jean Hamil and Lee Harris for being the Co-Chairs of this conference. I also want to thank all the Ladies that helped in the Hospitality Room and throughout the conference. Your work and assistance was invaluable.

The ladies that comprise the Department of Florida are the best in the land. Please remember that some of us may not hit all the goals that we have set for ourselves, but that does not lessen all the great things that we have accomplished along the way! As always we will continue to keep working our programs till we have done everything possible. “ We are the change that we want to see in this world” and our organization. “Rosie” is very proud of everything we have accomplished so far, and knows that we are not done with our races!

Loyally yours in service,
Debbie McCollum
Department President

Department President