The VFW Auxiliary was founded in 1914 to help veterans and their families. At the dawn of this new Millennium, that is still the primary goal of the organization. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to the VFW. Like the VFW, the Auxiliary interests have broadened to encompass the entire community. The Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. It is solidly behind America today as it was when it was founded. The VFW Auxiliary is an integral part of the VFW and supports a host of programs which pursue issues of national importance to veterans. These programs are designed to preserve veterans rights, advocate a strong national defense, promote patriotism and offer community service.
The VFW Auxiliary also has conceived and implemented hundreds of its own volunteer programs to help veterans, their spouses, their children, schools and local communities. Today, the VFW Auxiliary is involved in a kaleidoscopic range of activities. The Auxiliary has programs for veterans, their families, young people and the community at large. Many programs have been expanded and now are commonly accepted institutions within the community and nation. Although these programs are run locally, they are also a part of a larger nationwide effort, administered through the VFW Auxiliary National Headquarters. So deeply ingrained are such programs that the subtle guiding hand of the VFW Auxiliary is often not seen or recognized.
While continuing to support the VFW and its causes, the VFW Auxiliary has developed a social conscience of its own. With the paramount goal of helping families in distress, its members perform community service, fund cancer research, fight drug abuse and illiteracy, advocate for the rights of the elderly, and support the VFW National Home, Special Olympics, and other worthy causes.
The VFW Auxiliary is a fraternal, patriotic, historical and educational affiliate of one of the Posts of the VFW.
It’s objectives are to:
Provide assistance to the VFW Post and its members whenever possible
Provide assistance to the VFW Auxiliary members whenever possible
Maintain true allegiance to the Government of the United States of America
Maintain fidelity to the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America
Foster true Patriotism
Maintain and extend the Institutions of American Freedom, Equal Rights and Justice to all men and women
Preserve and Defend the United States of America from all her enemies whomsoever they may be
To accomplish these objectives, the VFW Auxiliary has established several programs listed below.
We are so proud to be American! There is no greater place in the world to be. By definition Americanism is a custom, trait, or thing peculiar to the United States of America or its citizens. As the Auxiliary, what a better way to “CATCH THE DREAM FOR OUR VETERANS” than to get out there and be an example of Americanism and Patriotism. What a dream come true for our Veterans to walk outside and feel the love from the country they fought so hard to protect. “VETERANS ARE OUR ANGELS” and we should reach out to those who may not be blessed to have a veteran in their life. Break out your Red, White, and Blue, and take your Americanism to Extremes!
Let’s not stop there, get into your local schools, boy and girl scouts, sports groups, homeschools, 4H, FFA, who-ever will let you in. Be a part of every Patriotic Day that they will allow. Teach our youth how to have respect and pride for our country. Don’t forget the teachers who are working hard to mold our youth; and nominate those going above and beyond for the Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Award.
Honor your Gold and Blue Star Mothers. After all, they did raise the young men and women who proudly served our Country and insured our safety and freedom. (i.e. reach out to them and invite them to your post for snacks and beverages, ask them to bring photos and share their son/daughter with you. If you can’t get a meet and greet together, seek out their address and send them a nice letter or card.)
VFW Buddy Poppy - Before Memorial Day in 1922, we conducted our first poppy distribution, becoming the first veterans' organization to organize a nationwide distribution. The poppy soon was adopted as the official memorial flower of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States, as it remains today. The Buddy Poppy contest for this year is a BUDDY POPPY MEMORIAL WREATH. The most unique will receive a plaque at State Convention. These need to show the importance of the Buddy Poppy flower to the VFW. These will be judged at Mid-Winter with the winner announced at State Convention. Wreaths will be donated to VA Hospitals and VA Clinics.
VETERAN & FAMILY SUPPORT
We are a Veteran’s organization that puts emphasis on VETERAN!! Promoting civic responsibility, patriotism, and supporting youth and local programs in communities across America are just a few of the many ways we give back to those who've afforded us our freedom. We are here to help all veterans and their families whether it be through financial or moral support. We do all that we can to help them with coming home and helping them to return to civilian life. We are here to help their families with whatever they may need help with. Sometimes it is just a matter of listening to them speak about their problems. We are here to do it all.
Program Goals - As the nation's largest organization of combat veterans, we're dedicated to providing our troops and their families with the support they need during all phases of deployment. Our members understand first-hand the burdens of deployment, and that's why we have troop support programs ready to assist.
PRESIDENT'S SPECIAL PROJECT
"VETERANS ARE OUR ANGELS" yes they are, more than we will ever know. They have laid their life down for all of us, with no questions asked.
They signed a blank check for us, now it's our time to sign one for them.
This year our Department Auxiliary President has asked for Texas to choose to work two special projects.
TANYA JACKSON CHAIRMAN
CHEYENNE WEICHE CO-CHAIRMAN
Through unselfish giving of time, energy, love and devotion, thousands of Veterans have been cheered, comforted, loved and thanked for their DEDICATED SERVICE to us when it was needed. All that we are and have today, we owe to the Veterans who answered the call. Now it is our turn to let them know how much we appreciate all they did, never forgetting their sacrifices. These Veterans can be found in the VA Hospitals, nursing homes, out-patient clinics and in their homes in every community. More and more their numbers are increasing as they become older and experience more health problems. Some of these men and women have no families or relatives to offer them comfort. VFW Auxiliary members sit with them, read for them, or maybe write a letter for them.
NURSING SCHOLARSHIP CHAIRMAN
As the population ages, teachers and nurses retire and healthcare coverage expands, the need for nurses continues to grow. Locally, hospital and other healthcare facilities are expanding to meet the needs of the growing and aging population.
Texas Nursing Workforce reports indicate a shortage of more than 15,000 registered nurses in the state and demand is expected to increase 54% by 2030. Some facilities statewide are keeping their head above water, but others are struggling to fill the critical positions.
Nursing facilities statewide have attempted to use incentives to draw in employees. “Sign on bonuses don’t work” officials have said.
They’ve said employees often do not make it through the initial six-month period to receive the full bonus. Some never show up for their first scheduled day. With so many nursing homes in the area, applicants often jump from one facility to the next based on pay.
What an exciting time for our Organization. We have Sisters and Brothers working together to serve our Veterans... their families... our youth…and our communities. For all the wonderful work we do so many people don’t realize that we have such opportunities to help our youth and those family members who want to continue their education. We have four (4) exciting scholarship opportunities to share with our Communities. It is up to you, our members, to get the word out about these programs.
Auxiliary Presidents are an important piece of the puzzle that is the VFW Auxiliary and its success. Responsibilities are many and may seem like a thankless job at times. Your commitment to the organization and the auxiliary members stand to be a true testament.
Mid-Year and Year-End Reports are included in the program this year. These reports are the only solid support you have to show for your hard work. These reports will be mailed directly to me, not the District President by the deadline on the reports. Thanks for accepting this office and I extend my assistance in any way.
As Patriotic Instructor, you have been appointed to be one of the most important parts of the Auxiliary.
It is your obligation to lead your current members and teach new members the rituals and understanding of the Auxiliary protocol.
You are the “Cheerleader of Patriotism”! Let them know that “VETERANS ARE OUR HEROES” and help them “CATCH THE DREAM FOR OUR VETERANS”.
Throughout the year for example, you can teach flag etiquette, make a calendar of Patriotic Holidays, have a “school of instruction” for the Auxiliary rituals, and lay flags on our Heroes headstones.
The sky is the limit when it comes to Patriotic Pride!
“Children are our greatest treasure. They are our future.” ---Nelson Mandela
Invest in our youth. Teach them. They ARE the future. If we show them the path and the rewards it will bring, they will continue on that path as adults. That is our hope. We need our youth to know about Patriotism and Love of Country. Who better to teach them than us? If we invest some time now we can preserve our future.
What? You don’t know any youth? Start with your family, your neighbors, the youth at church. There are local Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts (who doesn’t buy the cookies??) FFA, JROTC and many others. Look around you. Our youth are everywhere. You can participate in local events such as parades, festivals and local fairs. Invite the youth to participate in your events.
Work with your Post and Auxiliary to promote our organization. Many youth only know our history from school or TV. They do not know the REAL history of our nation. They NEED to hear it from our Veterans.
We are Our Veterans Voice
This is one of the most important programs our organization has. Every benefit that our veteran receives starts with legislation. EDUCATE and PARTICIPATE! Learn the issues, know where to find the solutions, then tell others what is important to our veterans and their families. EDUCATE on these matters, PARTICIPATE in town hall meetings and contact your legislators about the issues.
KAREN KAYLOR CHAIRMAN
JUANITA WORKMAN CO-CHAIRMAN
Membership in the VFW Auxiliary is an excellent way to show your support of America’s Veteran and helps spread patriotism nationwide. There is strength in numbers.
We encourage you to participate by asking someone else to join as we work to improve the lives of America’s Veterans, active-duty military and their families and communities across this great nation. If each Auxiliary member would recruit “Just one new” member and we would have a double-header for our membership! That would have a homerun for our Veterans!
Our Auxiliary membership numbers count for the VFW strength and each VFW Combat Veteran has 12 family members that may join. They must be citizens of the United States or a United States National and at least 16 years old. The eligible relatives are Wives/Husbands, Mothers/Fathers, Grandmothers/Grandfathers, Daughters/Sons, Granddaughters/Grandsons, Sisters/Brothers. Let’s recruit new members and retain the ones we have! Proof of service is required for eligibility and MUST be obtained by the applicant.
Each member and Auxiliary focus on retaining those continuous members who have not yet paid their 2018 dues. While those members are not considered “members in good standing” – they do have until June 30, 2018 to pay their 2018 dues and retain their continuous status. After that date, they will need to reapply for membership. Don’t let those members slip out of the back door. Call, email, use social media or visit every member on that unpaid list. Find out why they have not paid their dues – have they been ill? Are they having financial difficulties? If so, then perhaps the Auxiliary can assist this member in need. Have you asked them to pay their dues? Membership is everyone’s responsibility so each member do your part. “Have a catcher for your Auxiliary for the Fast Pitch membership that will be sliding into home plate”.
CHIEF OF STAFF/ EXTENSION
What we do today is how we will be remembered in the future. Will the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary continue to be the greatest organization in the world? The answer is yes, with continued growth and strength; we will keep our organization strong and viable.
This year, our #1 goal is to have every auxiliary qualify for the “Healthy Certificate”. This goal is obtainable, with everyone working together. Our #2 goal is to Institute new auxiliaries and Revitalize weak auxiliaries. It is your responsibility as District President to work with these auxiliaries. Assist them in any way possible to help them grow into a good functioning auxiliary doing work for veterans, veterans families and our communities. Saving every auxiliary is our aim. If an auxiliary folds for any reason, transferring those members to another auxiliary IS A MUST.
The Chaplains in the State of Texas do an awesome deed for their community every day and I am so proud to recognize them all for their hard work. I know it is not about the awards, but the love and passion they show each day for someone in need deserves some pat on the back of some kind.I know as a Chaplain it is part of your duty to perform random acts of kindness. So, this year I will recognize any and all Chaplains who send me a year end report telling me what you have done this year. I appreciate all you do and I am "Thanking You" in advance and hope I am flooded with reports for "Competition".
The Podium Edition Bylaws and Ritual (2017 book on page 99, Sec. 822) state the duties of an Historian shall collect all authentic material pertaining to the history of their Auxiliary, carefully compile the same and submit a report at the end of the year. According to Webster’s Dictionary, a Historian is one who writes or compiles a chronological record of events.
We strive to keep accurate records and pictures of all our accomplishments. Historians, your President appointed you to this position because they believe you can and will record the events of the year.
HENRY "BUBBA" CLARK
Congratulation on being elected as District President. What an honor it is for you to lead your district to what I know will be a successful year. I am very excited to be a part of this Chairmanship! This will be a new experience for me and I am looking forward to learning new things and working with each District President.
As the District President your Auxiliaries will look to you for leadership and guidance. You are the liaison between Department and your District.
One District President in each Membership Division will be chosen as the “Outstanding District president and will receive an award from the Department President during the Awards Banquet at Department Convention.
I encourage each of you to strive for excellence!