Department of Virginia
Program Action Plan
“Knowledge & Support Cultivates Leaders”

The Mission Statement of the American Legion Auxiliary is: “In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace, and security.”  To accomplish this mission, the Auxiliary programs support The American Legion’s Four Pillars: Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation, National Security, Americanism, and Children & Youth

Leadership Training Schedule

   ➢ American Legion Family Leadership College: August 2-4, 2019 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Richmond- Midlothian, 1021 Koger Center Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23235
   ➢ Western Zone Leadership Workshop: September 21, 2019, AL Post 16 Lynchburg, VA
   ➢ Northern Zone Leadership Workshop: September 28, 2019, AL Post 290, Stafford, VA
   ➢ Eastern Zone Leadership Workshop: October 12, 2019, AL Post 284, Colonial Heights, VA
   ➢ National Mission Training- October 19, 2019, Baltimore, MD
   ➢ Department Fall Conference: Friday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m. at DoubleTree Williamsburg Hotel, 50 Kingsmill Road, Williamsburg, VA 23185
   ➢ Department Spring Conference: Friday, February 28, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. at the Renaissance Portsmouth-Norfolk Waterfront Hotel

Cultivate Leadership 

   ❖ Learn about and promote participation in the ALA Academy, which is a result of the 2014-2019 ALA Centennial Strategic Plan.
   ❖ Enhance leaders’ knowledge about ALA history, programs, and organization.
   ❖ Encourage the use of ALA reference documents and materials, such as the Unit Guide Book, Unit, Department, and National Constitution & Bylaws, Department Operations Guide, ALA Girls State Program Guide, and the national website listing of previous
annual reports, to include the Centennial Strategic Plan initiatives.
   ❖ Offer a mentoring program, utilizing the knowledge and experiences of members who have served as leaders beyond the unit level. Nurture a culture of goodwill at all levels of the organization.
   ❖ Resources:
        ➢ www.ALAforVeterans.org:

    • ALA Senior Basics Course: A Course on our History and Legacy
    • Junior Leadership Course: “The ALA: My Organization and What I Need to Know to Grow as a Member”
    • PowerPoint: “Officer Duties and Responsibilities”
    • How to sheets
    • ALA Unit Guide Book
    • ALA Constitution & Bylaws
    • ALA New Member Packet, refer to Membership Programs Action Plan How To sheets
    • Members Only section – filled with valuable information for all members: Membership and new members suggestions and sample information; member resources and benefits; department and unit resources for support tools         

      ➢ Robert’s Rules of Order & Basic Parliamentary Procedure
   ❖ Reporting and Awards information will be located in the Leadership Program Action Plan



 Chair: Sallie Rossman, PDP
  Member:  Nancy Harting, PDP
  Member:  Frances Shelton, PDP
  Member:  Peggy Thomas, PNP
Member:  Patricia Upshaw, PDP