AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT 501 (updated 9/15/2019)

“Our FLAME needs to be kindled”, as stated by Past Department President Char Kiesling. What does this mean to me and especially you? It’s about membership, both attracting new and renewing current members. Even though you may not be able to devote some of your personal time to the activities of our Auxiliary Unit 501, don’t think that your membership has no value. There is a story going around of a recent meeting between a legislator and our Past American Legion Commander, Denise Rohan, at a meeting in Washington DC. Evidently, when asked about the Membership of the Legion overall, Denise indicated it is in the neighborhood of +2 Million. The legislator retorted that if she could represent 5M, then maybe they could have a conversation. Sad. In spite of this, we must keep the faith. Every vote counts, according to the legislators running for office, so that means, deep down, so does every member of the American Legion Auxiliary. The longest journeys in history all began with one first step. No mountain on this earth is too high to conquer, no ocean too deep. You can be a part, while maybe small in the overall vision, but your participation should be very big to us, and immensely important in your heart of helping us to meet the mission of our Auxiliary.

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Eligibility Requirements for American Legion Auxiliary Membership

Membership in The American Legion Auxiliary shall be limited to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, and direct and adopted female descendants of members of The American Legion, and to the grandmothers, mothers, sisters, spouses, and direct and adopted female descendants of all men and women who were in the Armed Forces of the United States any time after December 7, 1941.

In addition, the American Legion has voted to extend membership in the American Legion Auxiliary to male spouses of U.S. veterans and servicemembers. During The American Legion National Convention in Indianapolis in August, 2019, delegates of the American Legion voted to replace the word “wife” with “spouse” in their constitution and by laws, now opening up membership for them in the American Legion Auxiliary.

A woman or spouse who is eligible for American Legion membership is also eligible to join the American Legion Auxiliary regardless of whether or not she/he is a member of The American Legion. However, eligibility of their female relatives (sister, mother, direct descendants) and/or spouse depends upon their membership in The American Legion.

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Annual membership costs for Unit 501 is $35 for seniors and $5.25 for juniors (all ages up to 18 years of age).  Mail to:  American Legion Unit 501, Membership Chairman, P.O. Box 14343, Madison, WI, 53708-0343.

Use the “CONTACT US” page for details/application form; call us at the phone number listed below, or go to the National American Legion Auxiliary home page, look for the membership tab, a form can be downloaded and completed.

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Auxiliary Unit 501 meets on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, with the exception of July & August for summer break, to conduct our business meeting.  We meet at the American Legion Post 501 Clubhouse, 105 Dempsey Road, Madison, WI; the meeting comes to order at 7:00 pm.

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WHY JOIN THE AMERICAN LEGION UNIT 501 AUXILIARY?
To continue to serve those who, just like your own loved ones, have served their country, you want to be able to stand alongside those who care for the veterans, their family - and especially their children.

American Legion Auxiliary members, since the founding or our organization in 1919, have been committed to meeting the needs of veterans, the military, and their families. The American Legion Auxiliary will continue its century-old legacy of “Service Not Self” well into the future. An increasing number of veterans, service members, and their families will need support. The Anerican Legion Family is taking a “big picture” look at how to help these future families, and keeping our membership strong. You can be a part of this service.

To be counted on in our State and National legislative halls; to let our elected representatives know that we are watching them as they perform their duties to properly care for the active duty personnel and the veteran and their families.

To provide over $1 million in scholarships nationwide for deserving youths, through fundraising such as Poppy sales.  It takes people who volunteer to accomplish this.

To provide nearly $1/4 Million to assist fellow Auxiliary members in time of need.

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WHAT'S IN IT FOR ME?

The personal reward of standing above and beyond most Americans, and who, while you may not have personally served in a military position, you did indeed stand alongside a service person, providing support and reassurance that our country needed them.

Work alongside, together with other women, and now also men, who feel that their time is well spent in the social and support side of the American Legion.

Provide an outlet for those who like to volunteer their valuable time in support of honorable causes.

To share laughs, good times, and remember the past with those who have endured similar life's experiences in support to our Armed Forces.  Some of those times were tough, and some quite rewarding. They are all, and will always be, a part of your life.

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The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 501 proudly lives their Mission Statement which reads:  “In the spirit of Service, Not Self,  the mission is to support the American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans 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“.

We are the largest, in terms of membership, women's service organization and our goal is to continue to build to 1 Million members nationwide.

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AUXILIARY UNIT 501 LEADERSHIP:

At the June 12, 2019, Post 501 member meeting, Auxiliary Unit 501 President Rebecca Lovell asked the officers to be installed to come to the front of the Hall. President Lovell introduced the Installing Officer, Third District President, Jenni Syftestad.  The Sgt.-at-Arms, Betty Ingwell, was directed to call the roll of the officers to be installed.  The Installing Officer then led the incoming officers in the swearing of their oaths.  The Installing Officer then charged each of the officers with their new responsibility.  

CURRENT: 2019-2020 Leadership:
Unit President:                      Rebecca Lovell
Unit Vice President:             Marge Clark
Unit Treasurer:                     Sonja Albright
Unit Chaplin:                         Betty Ingwell
Unit Sergeant-At-Arms: Betty Ingwell
Unit Historian: Cindy Huemmer
Unit Secretary (appointed):  Ellie Paulson
and membership

***************************************************************************************************Congratulations are in order to Auxiliary Unit Post 501 for achieving 100% membership for 2018-2019 action year. On 2/13/2019 Unit 501 President Rebecca Lovell accepts the membership application, as recorded by Unit Secretary Ellie Paulson, which helped achieve this Honor.

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YOUR HELP IS NEEDED….

Once again we will hosting meat raffles at Tully’s II on Monona Drive. We plan to do this meat raffle every other Saturday (September - May). We will be asking for volunteers to assist as we need 4 members (Legionnaires are also needed to assist) to help each time. Please refer to the calendar tab for dates and additional guidance. Note that volunteers need to arrive at 2:30 pm (1430 hours for those who have served alongside partners who were currently serving,and have learned the lingo) and the meat raffle starts at 3 pm (1500 hours).

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UPDATE - The American Legion Annual State Convention for 2019 is now history.  Post 501's Auxiliary had an instrumental effect in making this convention a huge success.  Many of the Auxiliary members contributed their time and effort, either through personal volunteer service at the convention facilities, and also preparing the many gorgeous raffle baskets in fund raising.  A big shout out and thank you to all is well deserved.  Refer to the 2019 Convention Photo Gallery for pictures. Contact person for the Auxiliary Unit 501 for our 2021 convention is Rebecca Lovell, 608-513-2725 or e-mail at rlovell03@hotmail.com.

     We will be looking for donations for basket raffles at the next convention
in July 2021.

     There are many opportunities available to help volunteer at our
     convention.  Some positions are not too difficult; actually can
     be a lot of fun, and may not take up too much of your time.

     Stay tuned for more information on the convention needs for 2021.

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GRAND OPENING OF UNIT 501'S AUXILIARY MEETING & HISTORY ROOM (Updated 12/7/2018)

It’s finally completed. Our American Legion Auxiliary & Post 501 History Room now has the new ceiling and lighting installed. Many thanks to those craftsmen, Gene, Dan, Keith, Jerry, Rich, and Ken for managing and completing this project. It would be a great challenge to find a more functional room amongst any other WI Legion Posts. This room was initially envisioned by our Post Commander and Auxiliary President over the past two years.

POST 501 AUXILIARY LEADERSHIP (now past history):

At the June 13, 2018, Post 501 member meeting, Auxiliary Unit 501 President Rebecca Lovell asked the officers to be installed to come to the front of the Hall. President Lovell introduced the Installing Officer, Carol Sidwell.  The Sgt.-at-Arms was directed to call the roll of the officers to be installed.  The Installing Officer then led the incoming officers in the swearing of their oaths.  The Installing Officer then charged each of the officers with their new responsibility.  

2018-2019 Leadership:
Unit President:                      Rebecca Lovell
Unit Vice President:             Marge Clark
Unit Treasurer:                     Sonja Albright
Unit Chaplin:                         Betty Ingwell
Unit Secretary (appointed):  Ellie Paulson

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Post 501 Cdr. Tom Stolarczyk and Auxiliary Unit 501 President Rebecca Lovell presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the Madison Police Department on May 8, 2017.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 501 recently began handing out Certificate of Appreciation for flying the American Flag to businesses in Madison as part of the American Legion Auxiliary Americanism program.  

On February 17, 2017, Auxiliary Unit 501 President Rebecca Lovell, accompanied by Post 501 Commander Thomas Stolarczyk, presented the first three certificates to Metro Market, Blain's Farm & Fleet, and Schoepp Motors.

We will continue this program and update you with the additional certificates we present.  If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca Lovell at (608) 244-7716.

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Ongoing activities that our Unit 501 members participate in at home -

      Hand crocheted hats that are sent to the VA Hospital in Madison.

     > Hand made Christmas stockings for the VA Hospital in Madison.

Ongoing activities within the American Legion Family and community that our unit members participate in include:

    > Poppy distribution with the donations supporting proven programs
     that help veterans in our local area.

     > Basket raffles to support programs as well as candidates for
     department and national offices.

     > Volunteer time during fund raising dinners and breakfasts at our
     Post 501.

     > Actively participate in educational and informational sessions as well
     as business meetings for the greater Legion family at Spring
     conferences, State Conventions, and the Fall Forums.

     > Participate in the annual Wisconsin American Legion Auxiliary State
     Bowling Tournament. This is a lot of fun for all!

     > Sponsor girls from 5 local high schools to attend Badger Girls State. 
     This chance to attend that we provide challenges each young woman in a positive manner for the rest of their lives.

     > Sponsor individuals from our area on American Legion Auxiliary
     scholarships.

Unit 501 President, Rebecca Lovell, and Diana Jensen carrying flags at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

Unit 501 President, Rebecca Lovell, and Diana Jensen carrying flags at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, WI, on Memorial Day, May 30, 2016.

     > Participate in yearly Memorial Day and Veteran's Day ceremonies
     at the Wisconsin State Capital in Madison, as well as carry flags at
     the Memorial Day Ceremony at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison.

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If you are even just a bit interested in joining, or wish a few more details, please go to the "Contact Us" tab at the top of this page.  We'll get answers back to you right away. Or, just place your cursor over the American Legion Symbol at the top of this page, and click on. This will take you to the Home Page of this fine organization.

 We look forward to having each of you join our Unit as we serve the veteran and their families.