December 2013


Karen Powers, President
850-678-3140 (daytime wk)
850-729-7760 (evenings)
409 Andrew Drive
Valparaiso, Fl 32580

Can you believe the holidays are already upon us? I would like to extend holiday greetings to my Auxiliary sisters. I wish you and your families a peaceful, safe and happy holiday season.  Keep in mind we have many Veterans and their families that spend their holidays apart and many veterans that spend their holidays alone.  Reach out to these special people and please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Before we know it, it will be time for our February SEC and I am looking forward to seeing everyone. Our National President Linda McGriff will be attending our February SEC and we will be having a reception for her immediately following our Friday evenings business session.  Please plan on attending her reception and spending a little time with her. I am sure she will enjoy being in sunny Florida. Let’s hope the weather cooperates with us and she has a sunny time.

Also our fabulous PDP’s will be giving a Training Session on Saturday afternoon at SEC.  If you or any of your members have questions feel free to write them down and bring them to the SEC to ask during the Question and Answer section of the meeting, Your PDP’s & Department Officers will be there to answer all questions.  Remember there is no such thing as a dumb question.

Ladies I would like to let you know how proud I am of you.  You continue to work hard on your programs.  I have been learning many new kinds of fundraisers from you.  We are so fortunate to have the best Ladies here in Florida.  Remember you are the pulse to the heartbeat of this organization. Keep up the good work with your Veterans, your communities and your youths and remember to REPORT, REPORT, REPORT.

Lastly, let’s not forget to continue to work on our membership. It is still important to retain our members as we recruit new members.  All of our members are equally as valuable as the next, reach out to those who have not renewed yet. You may even want to reach out and be a Secret Santa and give the gift of membership to a member who may be having a difficult time.  Also remember membership increasing on 1 January 2014.

May you and yours have a blessed holiday season.                                                                                 



AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Dept. of Florida
Barbara Branch, 1st Vice
2051 High Ridge Dr.
Clearwater, FL 33763
727 239-0268

Greetings Ladies:
I want to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season.  I know everyone’s working hard on renewals, so I just have a few reminders.  December 31st is the deadline for all renewals, if the deadline is missed the member will no longer be in good standing and will have to be processed as a new applicant and show all eligibility requirements. We need to phone contact members and remind them to renew. Remember, membership means volunteer hours. 

Please note that a dues increase was voted in at National in August that goes in effect Jan. 1, 2014.  Please refer to our Executive Secretary’s Hotline article for the correct amount that is to be sent in.  Make sure that your membership processor receives the article so she can send in the correct amount.

Remember the BEAR essentials of membership, and who will take Abby home until June.

I am looking forward to seeing everyone in February and anxious to meet our National President.

AMVETS Ladies Department of Florida
Sheila Haywood, 2nd Vice President
5512 Palm Dr Ft. Pierce, Fl 34982
Phone: 772-216-2940 Email:

Hi Ladies,
I want to thank all who reported on time for Mid Year. As you know we must report projects that benefits children only. You can find information about our child welfare programs in our manuals.
My theme this year is (Courage to Care)
I am asking all auxiliaries to support Nationals John Tracy Clinic for National’s 2nd Vice President Kathy Berning and AADAA program (AMVETS Against Drug Alcohol Abuse). Let’s not forget Department’s Make a Wish Foundation. I would like to see each auxiliary to get children involved in your projects. It is up to us to instill AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary programs into our children. Lets get to work. Here are a few suggestions for projects that can be reported under Child Welfare. Check these organizations websites out that helps children. St. Judes Ranch for children, Children’s Cancer Foundation, Box top for education. I know for a fact if you type in then click on children youth then on Base Camp Children Cancer Foundation Winter Park Fl. This is where you can print your postage paid shipping label for used cell phones. Yes they will pay the postage for the used cell phones you collect. Each phone with or with out a charger is valued at $50.00. This is an easy program that every auxiliary could be reporting. Your auxiliary can also sponsor parties for underprivileged children, sponsor Girl Scouts Troops, Boy Scout Troops and sponsoring sport programs for children. There are many programs out there auxiliaries can submit their projects on under Child Welfare. We all need to focus and find where we can help children only. Please remember what we do for our AMVETS family, our churches, neighbors and other organizations we belong to are not reportable as an Auxiliary project.
All reports must be in my hands by January 13, 2014 in order to be included in the February SEC book.


Sherry Marecek, 3rd Vice President
102 Diogenes Street
Dunedin, FL 34698

Greetings Ladies:

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous New Year.

February SEC is quickly approaching.  In order for your Community Service evaluations to appear in the SEC book, reports must be IN MY HANDS by January 13, 2014.

I would like to thank all the Auxiliaries who are sending their reports in every month.  Keep up the good work!  For those who have not sent any, please don’t wait until the last minute  –  you may forget something (i.e. hours, mileage, etc.) that should have been reported.  I’d be so happy to see 100% of the Auxiliaries report this year!

When completing your reports, please be sure to use the NEW service report, fill them out completely and include the Chairman’s name, address and phone number.  If I call you, please don’t panic – I’m just getting clarification or maybe to tell you what a cool project you did.  REMEMBER, Community Service does not include hours you assist in your Post.  This is our duty as a subordinate organization of AMVETS.

Community service projects are limitless.  So, ALL ABOARD as we Chugga-Chugga to the top with bigger and better service reports showing our love of Community.

Keep up the good work and keep those reports coming in!!!


PDP Donnajeanne Hakler, Treasurer
5756 Calais Blvd. N. #3
St. Petersburg FL  33709
727-463-1757 (cell) 727-545-3534 (evenings & fax)

Hello Ladies:
I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday.  It is hard to believe that we are already getting ready for our February SEC. 
Just a reminder; all Auxiliary checks need to have two (2) authorized signatures on that check.  In addition, it is suggested that you have at least three (3) people who can sign checks just in case one person who can sign checks is not available due to being out of town, sickness, etc.  Further as a Treasurer of your Auxiliary you should be giving a report at each meeting and make your reports available to your members.  The Secretary should receive a copy of the report as well as the President.   In addition you should always have your “books” with you so that if anyone wants to look at them they can.  The more open you are with reports and being able to answer questions your members ask the less likely you will have anyone questioning where the money is going.  It is just good business to give a report at each meeting. 
Looking forward to seeing all of you in February in Orlando.  Keep a close eye on your change!


Catherine E. Carroll, Americanism Officer
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Department of Florida
131 Crossways Dr.
Leesburg, FL. 34788
catcarroll @

Greeting Ladies:

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year… to all!

The AMVETS have changed the Deadline for the Americanism Poster and Essay Contest to Friday, Noon of S.E.C. entries must be submitted by February 14th at 12 pm. Please be sure you have checked your entry to the criteria of the contest ex: Word Count.

I am sure that you all have been very busy getting packages and cards out to our brave men and women overseas, placing wreaths and all the other events that the holidays bring. KEEP UP the GREAT WORK!

****Thank you to those of you that send your reports in as the events happen. *****
DEADLINE for REPORTS to be included in SEC Book  JANUARY 13th, 2014

Debra Reed, Hospital Officer
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Dept. of Florida

553 Peacock Road

Holly Hills, Fl 32117
(386) 307-1041

              We have accomplished a lot of diligent volunteering services in and about our communities for our Veterans that are confined to Hospitals and Nursing Homes.  This really shows that “Sharing Is Caring” which is my theme for 2013-2014.  Please continue to send in your reports and claim the credit you deserve for your hard work.   Remember my Hospital Chairman’s award will be awarded to the Auxiliary that sends in the most money to Department for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Your donations, which are greatly appreciated, can have great impact in a life of a child in accomplishing their goals to recovery.
Also remember to check the criteria in the Forecast and apply for Department Hospital Awards.  If you don’t apply you can’t win so apply, apply, apply!
You have all been doing a great job, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
I look forward to seeing both new and familiar faces at the February SEC.  Until then have a blessed & safe holiday season.


Meltonia Presley, Scholarship Chairman
1517 Riley Ave.
Orlando, Fl. 32805
Phone: 407-223-5688

WOW, the year is half way over.  I would like to thank everyone that is continuously working so diligently towards scholarships for the Department of Florida.  Keep those reports coming Ladies. I ask that you be mindful of the deadline dates for the service reports. The deadline for local Service Reports to be included in the book is Monday, January 13th. Make sure to use the updated forms in filling out the scholarship applications.  Let us forever stay “United for Education”; because,” it takes a village to raise a child”.

Madam President Powers I wish you a successful meeting.  I am looking forward to seeing everyone in February.


Sgt. At Arms
Margaret (Peg) Morgan
36433 Antone Drive
Grand Island, FL 34735

Thank you to all who served as pages at the October SEC. If you are willing to serve again at the February SEC or anyone else who is willing to serve as a page contact me when you arrive at the SEC or call me at the above number.  Pages are needed.

Sgt. At Arms
Margaret (Peg) Morgan 

516 Avanti Way Blvd.
North Fort Myers, FL 33917
239-656-4088 Home      616-634-1578 Cell

Greetings Ladies,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful holiday spending time with friends and family.  May God keep safe and sound over the holiday season.
Please remember to send 3 copies to me, and to use the current Deceased Member Notification Updated 9/2010.  Linda Hoon is still receiving the deceased notices, so please make sure they are being sent to me, Thanks.
Please keep our Auxiliary sisters in your prayers, many of them are going through trials and tribulation and need us to keep them close.
Our condolences go out to the families of our Lady Auxiliary members that have passed. Prayer goes a long way.

PDP Dolores (Dee) Baggett, NEC Woman
13238 Rose Hollow Way, Astatula, FL 34705
352-742-8215 email:

National President Linda McGriff will be attending our February SEC meeting.  There will be a reception held in her honor Friday evening, please try to attend and/or send a representative.  If you will be presenting her with a gift, keep in mind that she will be flying and baggage space is sometimes limited.  Let’s give her a very “warm” Florida welcome.

I thank all the locals who have reported their service work to our Department Service Officers.  All five of them reported to national via me for our midyear reports, on time.  I know everyone is hosting some kind of holiday program, so don’t forget to report!  All service reports need to be IN THE DEPARTMENT SERVICE OFFICERS HANDS BY JANUARY 13th to be included in the February SEC book.  This is a good time to make sure your totals agree with the departments.

Also don’t forget to keep renewing and growing your membership.  Florida has stood out in the nation on our maintaining our membership totals and we cannot keep all programs going without members!

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Charlene D. Kee, Parliamentarian
13 Cherry Laurel Court #104
Winter Springs, FL  32708
(407) 388-7441               

Friendly reminders:
Local Auxiliaries you DO NOT have to approve or submit any bylaw changes made at National and/or Department level.   If the changes are printed in your local bylaws just draw a line through the statement and update.  Many changes were made to our National Constitution, National and Department Bylaws and Manual.  All Locals are strongly encouraged to obtain these newly revised documents.  These items can be purchased through our Department Quartermaster.  There have been increases to food donations and used item donations.  There are dues increases that will take effect January 1, 2014.

Although, our bylaws are to be reviewed every three (3) years in order to be revalidated, they can be reviewed on an ongoing basis and revised as needed.  After they have been reviewed and read twice to your membership for a vote, submit three (3) copies and one (1) copy of the minutes from where the membership approved them to the Department Parliamentarian for approval. Be sure they are signed and dated by the local Parliamentarian and President.  Your bylaws are not approved until they have been signed by the Department Parliamentarian and President and returned to your local auxiliary.

I have created a cover sheet to be used when submitting bylaws.  Every SEC Woman was given a copy.  Please complete the form to insure that all items on the checklist are included when submitting your bylaws. Please do not request a signature when mailing bylaws.

Listed below is the corrected auxiliary list of bylaws that are needed to be reviewed before the 2014 State Convention:

  • Auxiliary #8 
  • Auxiliary #9 
  • Auxiliary #13 
  • Auxiliary #15 
  • Auxiliary #16
  • Auxiliary #30 
  • Auxiliary #59 
  • Auxiliary #200 
  • Auxiliary #231 
  • Auxiliary #447
  • Auxiliary #7467 
  • District II 
  • Auxiliary #18 Not Revalidated



Don’t forget our challenged we made at the officers training to support Madam President Special Project “The Carillon Bell Tower” If you have made your donation thank you!  If not, please see our Treasurer Donnajeanne Hakler at our upcoming meeting.  Thank you!




Linda Hoon, Executive Secretary
2826 Tamiami Trail
Crestview, FL  32539
Phone/Fax: 850-306-2647

Well, Ladies,  our membership year is coming to an end and you are doing great with your renewals.  We are currently at 71% of renewals and at 70% overall total.  Keep up the good work but be sure and get all renewals in my hands by January 7th.   Remember, anyone not renewing by December 31st must come in as a new member and re-establish eligibility.

At the National Convention in August, it was voted to increase membership dues at the National level.  Due to that increase, what you must send to Department beginning in January is as follows:

ANNUAL    $  19.50
LIFE     275.00
HONORARY     10.00

Please make sure your membership processor gets this information.

Looking  forward to seeing you all in February.


Doe Seals, Recording Secretary
4211-2nd Ave. No.
St. Petersburg, FL 33713

Greetings, Ladies:
I know this is December and it’s a very busy time for all of us, but before we know it will be time for the February SEC.

Ladies, please remember to go to the microphone when addressing the assembly, also for the recorder to pick up what you are saying.  Please state your name and which auxiliary you belong to.  Also, there will be motion sheets placed on each table.  If you make a motion, please write it down, indicate who 2nd the motion and bring it to the head table so it can be reviewed by Madam President and the Parliamentarian.

Thank you, Ladies. I wish you all very happy and peaceful holidays and look forward to seeing you in February.



Jerri Devoll Department PRO
217 Ladue Ave
Crestview, FL  32539

Thank you Madam President Powers and Officers for coming to have your pictures taken for the History/Scrapbook for this year. For the Officers and PDP’s that I missed I will take yours at the February SEC

If you take any photographs of Madam President or Department Officers attending a special function at your Auxiliary, please send copies to me or bring them to me at the SEC in February with the information about the function.

I know that your Auxiliary is busy working on a scrapbook. I would like to remind you to be sure and bring your scrapbook to the June Convention for judging.  The <b>criteria</b> for the judging was in your packet given out at the SEC Meeting in October.



Dee Norman, Ways & Means Chairman
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Dept. of Florida

109 20th Street

Niceville, Fl 32578

(850) 279-6713

Greeting Ladies, 
It’s hard to believe that it’s already December & before you know it, SEC will be here.  

At our SEC in February we will be having a drawing for a “Basket of Cheer”. Please plan on stopping by our table at the back of the room.  As always the tickets will be at the affordable price of $1.00 a piece or 10 for $5.00. 

I wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season, and II look forward to seeing everyone at our February SEC.



PDP Dolores (Dee) Baggett
13238 Rose Hollow Way
Astatula, FL 34705
352-742-8215 email:

I want to thank all the auxiliary members who signed out tickets for our daily 50/50 for the February drawings.  These tickets can be mailed to me or turned in at the SEC.  If your auxiliary did not get any tickets and you would like some please call me. 

We will also be raffling off a 32” TV with stand on Sunday morning.  These tickets are available also!  They are $2 each or 3 for $5.  These also can be mailed to you.  You do not need to be present to win for either of the drawings.

The banquet will be a steak dinner and tickets can be purchased at the SEC.  Each table will be of groups of 8 if you would like a whole table.  There will be flyers and more information on the website in January, so make your plans now!  We want to show our Commanders and President our support.  SO MAKE YOUR PLANS TO ATTEND NOW!!


PDP Evelyn McElvin, Dept Awards Chairman
4332 Princehall Blvd
Orlando, Florida  32811


Please look for the Forecast at our upcoming SEC in February.  This is to be shared with your auxiliary members.   Start now and gather your information from your service reports to see what awards you Can apply for.  If you don’t apply you cannot win.

•Watch the deadlines
•Follow  the criteria
•Ask for help if you don’t understand

More information to follow at SEC



February 13-16, 2014

Pre-Registration:  $10.00
Deadline:  1-26-14 


Mail to:  Sandy Polite, Credentials Chairman
3200 Old Winter Garden Rd., #1316
Ocoee, FL  34761
Telephone #:  407-222-2109

Auxiliary #:  _______________  Location: _________________________________________________

Person Reporting:  ______________________________________Phone #:_______________________

E-mail:  ______________________________________________ Amount Enclosed:________________

Direction:  (1) Please print (2) Only list officers and members attending the SEC    (3)Only the President and SEC vote at SEC meetings.  All other members attending are listed under members.
(4) Check the box if this is the member’s first state meeting

Only Elected/Appointed Department Officers and PDP’s paid for by Department

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President: _________________________________     SEC: _______________________________

Alt. SEC: _________________________________ 


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Honorary Member/Guest – (NO VOTE):
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                DECEMBER 2013 HOTLINE