Winter has been so long and miserable, it’s nice just to hear, say and think “April”! And with that, keep in mind that April is Children and Youth Month. Everyone is encouraged to support and promote all children and youth programs. Children are our most precious natural resource, as well as the future of our organization and our country.

March was a busy month for the Auxiliary. I appreciate the invitations to the Legion birthday dinners, but vacation to sunny Florida got in the way of most of them. I’m sure they were all very good.

On March 2nd I attended the Junior Conference at Lamberton. I always enjoy seeing our young girls learning how to take part in meetings and learning the correct way to conduct them. They are the ones who will be taking over in a few years so please give them all the support you can. New officers were elected.

I know they’ll do a fantastic job, just like this year’s girls did. If you haven’t already done so, please remember Honorary Junior President Kirsi’s project with a donation.

I was able to attend the Appreciation Rally at the Richfield Post on March 8th. The 2nd District Auxiliary is about ½ of a percentage point behind the 9th District so keep working on those memberships. It would be great to end up in 1st place at the end of the year.

Please note the change of dates for this year’s convention. The Convention Committee was running into too many problems, one being housing, so it was decided to move it to June 6 and 7. It will still be held in New Ulm.

As always, please remember our Veterans, both past and present. Without them, we would not be living in the greatest country in the world.

Jeannette Mertens
2nd District President

Auxiliary Officers


Office Officer Spouse Email
*President Jeannette Mertens James
*1st Vice Pres. Vida Bacon
*2nd Vice Pres. Darlene Breamer
*Exec. Board Merry Hollis Dave
*Exec. Board Diane Strassburg Dennis
*Secretary/Treas. Lesley Christoffer Dave
Historian Ruth Clarken
Chaplain Kathy Burket
Sgt – At – Arms Vickie Milbrath Jim
Parliamentarian Judy Ackerman
*Advisor Naomi Hill Ryan

*Denotes Executive Board Members.  These are the only voting members.  Board meetings are open to  anyone who wishes to attend.

2nd District American Legion Auxiliary Chairmen – 2013-2014



Americanism Darlene Breamer
Auxiliary Emergency Fund Gloria Lindquist  
CCSI Jean Heine
Children & Youth Mykia Lundberg
Community Service Judy Kumerow
Education Mavis Wolfgram
Election Judge Nina Schaffer
Election Tellers  Georgeen Dietz
Joan Burt
Field Service Jacqui Pribyl
Finance (2) Cindy Reese
Finance Naomi Hill
Girls State Cheryl Brown
Home Service
Junior Activities Jane Moody
Leadership Jean Heine
Legislation Rosie Wendland  
Membership Vida Bacon
Memorial Kathy Burket
Memory Book Julie Mertens
Memory Book Sydney & Madisyn Mertens
Music Connie Roessler
National Security Phyllis Postel
Nominations  (3) Cindy Reese
   Raleen Tolzmann
Past Presidents’ Parley Martha Johnson
Poppy Eunice Moldestad
Public Relations Marcia Hanson
Resolutions & By-Laws Judy Ackerman
Resolutions & By-Laws Rosie Wendland
Resolutions & By-Laws Jane Moody
Unit Development & Revitalization Charlotte Zschetzscke
Unit Development & Revitalization Cindy Reese
Veterans Affairs & Rehab Diane Strassburg



*Denotes Executive Board Members. These are the only voting members. Board meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend.

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