The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota held their 98th State Convention in Mahnomen, Minnesota on July 13-15, 2017

    The American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota held their 98th State Convention in Mahnomen, Minnesota on July 13-15, 2017

    American Legion Auxiliary members from Warren, Karlstad, Middle River and Thief River Falls representing Units in Northwest Minnesota were Jean Walker, Joanie Krantz, Pat Hanson, Bonnie Wagner and Lynn Carr.

    Carol Kottom of Buffalo, Minnesota, State President of the American Legion Auxiliary presided.  Honorary Department Junior President, Kana Coleman-Woods, a member of the Lino Lakes Unit 566 brought greetings from the Junior Auxiliary.

    Special Highlights of this convention were:

    Margee Keller (Crookston), Department Children and Youth Chair reported on her program and presented the Milo Blanich Children and Youth Plaque to Hayfield Unit 330 and the Glen H Dornfeld Children and Youth Plaque to Fridley Unit 303.  

    Crookston Unit 20 received Certificates of Merit in Poppy, Past President’s Parley, Children and Youth, Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation, Service to Veterans and Margee Keller received a Certificate of Participation in Public Relations.

    Jean Walker (Warren), Department Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation Chairman reported on her program and presented Binger Plaque to Dawn Grosinger, Monticello Unit 260 and the Junior Award was presented to the Warren Unit 27.

    Warren Unit 27 received Certificates of Merit in Constitution and Standing Rules, Junior Activities, Poppy, Memorial, Americanism and Public Relations. Jean Walker received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Auxiliary Emergency Fund and Bev Johnson, Junior Activities Unit Chairman,  received the Starr Lauck Americanism Plaque for the most outstanding Americanism Youth Program. Warren Juniors also received a Certificate of Merit for their Junior History.

    Newly elected officers for 2017-2018 American Legion Auxiliary, Department of Minnesota are:  Donna Arends, Department President from Wilmar, Jean Walker, Department First Vice President from Warren and Mary Hendrickson, Department Second Vice President from Cloquet.  The newly elected Alternate National Executive Committeewoman is Raleen Tolzmann from Nicollet.