President Jeannine's  April Blog

A Big HELLO! 

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

 

 VA FACILITY REPRESENTATIVES

2018-2019

Click for listing of 2018-2019 Hospital Representatives

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Gift Shop - Gift Donation Facility Chair & Address:   

                                                                             
Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Joanann Goeringer (ALA GIFT SHOP)
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741


Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                             
c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Susie Clyde (ALA GIFT SHOP)
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Julie Weinmann (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Diane Simunek, (ALA GIFT SHOP)
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Human Services Center:
Attn: Cheryl Hovorka
816 Park Street, Yankton, SD 57078

GIFT SHOP MONETARY INSTRUCTIONSAll monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

2018 Christmas Party Chairs:

               Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:          Unit 311, Piedmont -  Unit Presient Jean Howe

               Hot Springs VA Medical Center:       Unit 22, Rapid City - Unit President Terry Curry

               Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:        Kathy Geraets

               Human Services Center:                   Cheryl Hovorka

               Hot Springs State Veterans Home:   Unit 303, Hermosa - Unit President Melissa Wombaker

CHRISTMAS PARTY MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

 Personal Care Items Facility Address:

Ft. Meade VA Medical Center:
Attn: Marcella Root, ALA Hospital Rep.
113 Comanche Road, Fort Meade, SD 57741

 Hot Springs VA Medical Center:                                                                                                                         c/o Voluntary Services
Attn: Nancy Keith, ALA HSVA Rep.
500 N. 5TH Street, Hot Springs, SD 57747


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center:
Attn: Kristen Hendriekson, Voluntary Services #135
2501 W. 22ND Street, Sioux Falls, SD 57105


Hot Springs State Veterans Home:
Attn: Barbara Walter, ALA SHOWERS
2500 Minnekahta Avenue, Hot Springs, SD 57747
Mark all boxes – ALA Showers

SHOWER MONETARY INSTRUCTIONS: All monetary donations are to be mailed directly to Department Headquarters for showers, gift shops and Christmas Parties. Note on the check the facility and the program the money is for. Packages are sent directly to the facility with a packing slip, including unit #, address and dollar value.

What Facility Does My Unit Support?


Ft. Meade VA Medical Center: ALL of District 1 & 4

Hot Springs VA Medical Center: ALL of District 2; District 5Big Stone City, Britton, Grenville, Langford, Milbank, New Effington, Pierpont, Revillo, Rosholt, Roslyn, Sisseton, Strandburg, Veblen, Waubay, Wilmont; District 8 – Armour, Avon, Corsica, Delmont, Geddes, Lake Andes, Menno, Parkston, Platte, Wagner, Tripp


Sioux Falls VA Medical Center: ALL of District 7; District 5
Astoria, Aurora, Bradley, Brookings, Bruce, Bryant, Carpenter, Castlewood, Clark, Clear Lake, Elkton, Estelline, Garden City, Gary, Raymond, Sinai, Toronto, Volga, Watertown, Webster, White, Willow Lake; District 8 – Centerville, Chancellor, Davis, Hurley, Irene, Marion, Wakonda


Hot Springs State Veterans Home: ALL of District 3 & 6


Human Service Center: District 8 –
Gayville, Springfield, Tabor,Tyndall, Vermillion, Yankton

 

 VA Medical Centers & State Veterans Home Personal Care Items

(items needed by facility)

Ft. Meade:

Sept. / Oct:  Tube & Crew socks, combs, deodorant, lotion                                                                                 Nov: Tootpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, denture cream                                                                                   Dec: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                  Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                         April: Quarters - .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs VA Center:

Sept./Oct.: Toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant, twin blade disposable razors, shampoo                          Nov.: Puzzle books, postage stamps, greeting cards, playing cards                                                                 Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                          Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                            Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                                  April:  Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                               May:  Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Hot Springs State Veterans Home:

Sept: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, foot powder, conditioner                                         Oct.: Playing cards (large print Poker & Pinochle), greeting cards, puzzle books, large print books,                            cash donations for field trips                                                                                                                        Nov.: Denture care products, Kleenex, dental floss                                                                                              Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                       Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                      Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters

Sioux Falls VA:

Sept.: Shaving cream, toothpaste, toothbrushes, lotion, deodorant                                                                      Oct.: Denture cleaners, baby powder, twin blade disposable razors                                                             Nov.: Coffee, microwave popcorn (light and butter)                                                                                         Dec.: Cash donations, $5 per veteran for as many as you care to serve, due to Dept. Headquarters by                      Dec. 1st                                                                                                                                                       Jan-March: Cash donations for these months, due by April 1st, send to Dept. Headquarters                            April: Quarters, .25 cents per member - send to Dept. Headquarters                                                                  May: Cash donations, send to Dept. Headquarters