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American Legion Auxiliary Spring Convention

American Legion members attend the spring convention.
American Legion president Desiree Stoy places a poppy wreath at the Veteran's monument.

The American Legion Auxiliary for Emery County held their annual spring convention recently at the Huntington Senior Citizen Center. They were excited to welcome to the meeting this year, the National American Legion Auxiliary President, Desiree A. Stoy. During her time as president of the organization she visits each of the 50 states and speaks to local American Legion Auxiliaries.

Stoy addressed the attendees to the convention. She told them of her recent visit to Washington DC where she attended the inauguration ceremony for newly elected Pres. Barack Obama.

Stoy is a 41 year and honorary life member of Irvin Hiskey Unit 535 in her hometown of Bellville, Ohio. She is eligible for the American Legion Auxiliary through the service of her late stepfather, Jack R. Miller, a US Army Veteran of the Korean War.

Stoy encourages members to remember why they joined the American Legion Auxiliary. The Auxiliary promotes volunteer programs at a national and local level. These programs focus on Veterans, young people and communities. "We are a nation at war, a nation that needs volunteers now as never before," Stoy said. "Never let one military family say there is no hope. That's our call to action in the months ahead to identify their needs and we will offer assistance either by rolling up our sleeves and doing it ourselves or by locating other resources to assist them."

The American Legion Auxiliary has 900,000 members across the nation and in several foreign locations. The group is affiliated with the American Legion, the Auxiliary is the largest women's patriotic service organization with volunteer programs on the national and local levels serving veterans, their families and their communities.

After the convention local District Pres. Carolyn Randall along with Dept. Pres. Georgia Englebrecht and other department officers and members traveled to Castle Dale to the Veteran's Memorial. Pres. Stoy placed a poppy wreath at the memorial site.

Pres. Stoy spent three days in Southeastern Utah and was entertained by Dept. NEC Debi Swafford with some of the adventures found in Moab and the surrounding Castle Valley.

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