President Jeannine's  April Blog


District Meetings are just about finished, the last 3 are this weekend.  The Units continue to do great things to serve our Veterans.  The Poems and Essays were very good!  I think due to the bad weather the number received was down.  There were several schools canceled for the weather.

April is Children and Youth Month, remember the “Good Deed” and “Youth Hero Awards”.

Elections are held in the odd number Districts, District 1 elected Carol Edwards, and District 7 elected Alice Upshaw.  The other two will be this weekend.  The meetings have been great!  Units continue to report on what they have done this Year.

The State Convention will be held in Sioux Falls June 6-9 at the Sheraton Hotel and Convention Center.  Remember to get your rooms booked and in the April Legionette the Banquet and Luncheon tickets will be available, you will need to order in advance, none will be sold at the Convention.  Cowboy hats were given out at Midwinter, if you received one bring it along to State Convention if you didn’t get one, they will be available at Convention.  The nominating committee is looking for someone interested in the position of Historian, if you feel that would be something you are interested in have your Unit send and endorsement to the Legionette.

Girls State is fast approaching!  Applications need to be sent to Cheryl Hovorka by April 1.  Cheryl reported she has 11 girls for Journalism City.  Remember the Thursday of Girls State week is for Auxiliary.  If you haven’t ever went, try to go.

I am continuing to feel great, in April they plan to harvest my cells for my transplant in June. I will be in the hospital in Sioux Falls in June for about 2 weeks.

That’s all for now lets “Saddle Up for Veterans”

Jeannine Loesch


South Dakota
American Legion Auxiliary


With Thoughts and Prayer

From Department Chaplain

Barbara Walter

Sympathies go out to Charles and Karen Lehr on the death of their sixteen year old Grandson. He is the son of John and Hilary Schwagel. The Funeral will be Emanuel Lutheran Church in Milbank SD Friday, October 12th at 3:30 pm.

I'm not sure how many of you were members and/or leaders in your local, district or department ALA while Pat Coyle was Secretary. It is with heavy heart that we have to say good bye to Pat as she has gone to her eternal life.

The arrangements are Sunday, October 14, 2018, there will be a visitation from noon to 2 PM, with a prayer service at 1:30 at the funeral home in Huron. The funeral service is scheduled for Monday October 15, at 10:00 AM at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huron.

Cards may be sent to the Family of Pat Coyle, 752 Kansas Ave, SE, Huron, SD 57350

A personal side note from Rose: Pat is like the backbone to all of the Auxiliary Members in South Dakota. When you speak to people who worked with her as our Department Secretary they have nothing but praise for her, the job she did and her commitment to our Veterans through the Auxiliary. It is time that we step up to the plate and be the new Pat Coyle of today. God blessed us with Pat and know Pat is sharing her eternal life with him. God Bless.

Prayers and deepest sympathy to PDP Barb Vetter on the loss of her mother, Regina Heidereich. Funeral services were held Thursday, August 2nd.