I can’t believe the Holidays are here upon us. I pray that everyone will have a “Merry Christmas” and a Happy New Year!

My theme this year is” Courage to Care”. My Presidents Project is “St Jude’s Ranch for Children – Focus Program.” Please support this worthwhile project. Make your donations to: Wanda McDermon, Executive Secretary, Department of Florida, 1302 Cherry Hills Rd NE, Palm Bay Florida 32905. Don’t forget to earmark it “St. Jude’s Ranch FOCUS Program” and complete and send your service report to the Child Welfare Service Officer.

I announced at our last Fall SEC Meeting that the first auxiliary that donated over Auxiliary #8, $225 donation that I would present to them the courage badge. I can’t wait to see who won.

Just a reminder that our National President Kathryn Berning will be visiting with us at our upcoming Mid-Winter SEC Meeting. A reception will be held for her on Friday night in my suite after the joint opening AMVETS and Auxiliary session.

The Mid-Winter SEC Meeting will be held February 11-14, 2016. The deadline for making your hotel reservations is January 10, 2016.

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone and I pray everyone are safe in their travels.

God Bless America and In God We Trust,

Sheila Haywood, Department President AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 5512 Palm Drive Ft. Pierce, FL 34982 772-216-2940

Sherry Marecek, 1st Vice President 102 Diogenes Street Dunedin, FL 34698 727-687-5523

Greetings Ladies:

A reminder to all Auxiliaries – membership year ends December 31st. Therefore, any member who has not renewed by December 31st will now come in as a NEW member.

What does this mean? It means that any NEW member must provide documentation proving she is eligible to be an AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary member and then the local Auxiliary needs to vote her in as a member. In other words, she has to start the process all over again. This is unnecessary work for your local Auxiliary. So please make a valiant effort to contact those members who have not renewed yet and get them in prior to December 31st.

Please continue your recruiting efforts for new members. Remember, Membership – the “bear” essential of success. Without membership, there Is no Auxiliary. Members are special people; we need to listen to them, reward them for their hard work and never forget to say “thank you”.

When sending in your D & R forms, be sure to print your member’s names so they are legible. Having the correct spelling of your name on your membership card is important. The same goes for your Revalidation forms. If you have officer changes during the year, you need to submit another Revalidation form with the information of the new officers only.

Always try to have a blank membership application with you at all times. You never know when you might need it for the member you recruited at the grocery store, bowling alley, beauty shop, etc. And if you do that, you also qualify for National 1st VP, PDP Evelyn McElvin, “I got 1” pin!!!

My wish to all of you, have a joyous Christmas with your family and friends and a safe and healthy New Year!

Hope to see you all in February.

Meltonia Presley 1517 Riley Ave. Orlando, Florida 32805 407- 223-5688

Greetings Ladies, Happy Holidays to all: Thank you to all of the Auxiliaries that have turned in your service reports from the book bag giveaways and such; although, we are off to a slow start in reporting, I am confident that we are all working towards the goal of helping our youth. Please let’s not forget to include the youth in our projects, where they can have service reports as well as learn the value of helping others, especially at this special time of year. I will be collecting the AADAA posters on Friday by the Credentials desk immediately following the Joint Meeting. Judging will take place during the February S.E.C. The deadline for service Reports is January 12, 2016 to be included in the book.

Yours in Service, Meltonia Presley-2nd Vice President

Catherine E. Carroll, 3rd Vice President – Community Service

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Department of Florida

131 Crossways Dr. Leesburg, Fl. 34788


Greetings Ladies:

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !

I hope that while you have been out feeding the hungry and clothing the needy this season you have taken time to recharge your giving tank. This time of year always reminds me why I volunteer, as busy as we can get, we do not have to look far to find something to be grateful for in my own life or an opportunity to bless another.”YOU are the ones, we have been waiting for.”This year is just flying by, before you know it March will be here. Have you started planning for your PAW’s With a Cause event ???????

You have been doing a great job getting your reports in to me, I would like to see more of you reporting in the “GO GREEN” program. Remember it no longer matters if you take your recycling to the post, a center or your curb it is reportable !!!!!!!

I hear the Juniors will be visiting Ronald McDonald House, if you have any tabs you need delivered please bring them to SEC. May you continue to “Find the COURAGE to BELIEVE” that better is possible in the New Year.

Believe in yourself, in others, in the work, that this organization is doing MATTERS because it does. We are known by what we do!!!!

If you believe you can make a difference YOU WILL!

……….….REPORT by JANUARY 12TH to be included in the book !!!!!

Karen Powers, Treasurer 409 Andrew Drive Valparaiso, Fl 32580 wk: (850)678-3140

Greeting Ladies,

I hope everyone had an enjoyable Holiday Season. Before we know it it will be time for our Mid Winter SEC in Orlando. Remember our National President Kathy Berning will be visiting with us. Please plan on making her feel welcome. I am confident by now ALL of our local Treasurers have not only filed their 990’s with IRS but also mailed a copy to our Department Executive Secretary, if not you are not in good standing with Department or IRS. I have learned a lot and taken this job serious. I am hopeful all local treasurers are doing the same. As I enter items in the computer I find myself saying “tab is my friend” so much my husband asked me who Tabby was. Needless to say I have now named the laptop. I am getting more comfortable using the computer program versus doing it all by hand in my local. I guess it proves you can teach an old dog a new trick. Remember that two (2) signatures are required on ALL Auxiliary checks and no check shall be accepted at Department without the two (2) required signatures. Lastly local treasurers shall be giving monthly reports at each meeting and providing copies to local Presidents, Secretary and your members. After all it is the membership’s money you are taking care of. The more transparent the better it is for everyone. Keep safe and see you in February.

Debbie Beck Americanism Officer Department of Florida Amvets Ladies Auxiliary 404 Port Royal Ct N. Ft Myers, Fl 33917 239-826-4741

Greetings Ladies!

First, I would like to wish you all a very happy holiday season! I know how busy we all are at this time of year. I want to thank everyone for sending your reports, we are doing great with our reporting so far. Please remember when filling out your reports to round off your totals, it really helps as we are entering your reports. I also wanted to take this time to remind you, I will be giving out an award for the auxiliary with the most total evaluation for the Honor Flight.

The essay and poster contest will be judged at the February SEC, please get your entries in! As you know for your reports to be in the February book are due to me no later than January 12th! Don’t forget if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out, we are here to help! Also, at the February SEC we will all be receiving our FORECAST for honors and awards. Be sure to share this with all your members and apply! Looking forward to seeing you on February!

Yours in Service, Debbie Beck

Damaris “Dee” Gonzalez, Hospital Officer AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Dept. of Auxiliary 2404 Drake Elm Terrace Valrico, Florida 33594 (813) 817-8677

Greetings Ladies, I am very proud to report to all of the Auxiliaries that sent in your Hospital Reports; you are doing a tremendous job reporting your volunteer hours and I thank you. Our numbers have increased please keep continue reporting the work you are doing for our veterans. My challenge to you this year is to “Adopt a Vet” and each of you that do so will be presented with a Certificate of Adoption.

Thank you once again and I hope to see all of you at the February SEC.

Holly Burbach Dept. Scholarship Officer 3039 Ponce De Leon Blvd North Port, Fl. 34291 941-786-8210

Hello Ladies,

I would like to thank all the Auxiliaries that have sent in their scholarship reports so far!! Please ladies keep the reports coming, I would like to see 100% reported this year!! I know we can do this. And don’t forget I will be giving away 2 awards at June Convention, 1 to the Auxiliary that donates the most money to our Dept Scholarship, and 1 to the Auxiliary that has the most reports in Scholarship. Also remember that the FORECAST will be coming out at Feb. SEC, Please share this information with your members.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all at Feb. SEC!!! Thank you and keep your reports coming!!

Yours in Service, Holly Burbach AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Department of Florida

Chaplain Jerri Devoll 217 Ladue Ave Crestview, FL 32539-7342 Phone 850-305-4247 December 2015

I hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas and got to spend time with friends and loved ones. Happy New Year and I hope that you have a very fulfilled year! All notifications have been sent to National and the National Chaplain that has been received as of this date. Thank you for getting me the Notifications in to me in a timely manner, it really helps me to send cards to the family and let them know that we are thinking of them. Please use the most current form. At this time we have lost members from 17 Auxiliaries; 15 Annual, 6 Life, and 1 Honorary member. Please if you have not sent in your deceased members have them to me by January 15 if you want them in the February SEC Book. Looking forward to seeing all of you in February, until then,

God Bless and be with you. Yours In Service,

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT); ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take”.

Sgt. at Arms Claudia Thompson 1409 Pembrook Dr. Leesburg, Fl. 34748 (352)348-3326 (Cell)

I would like to say Thank you all for re-electing me as your Sgt. @ Arms. If any of you ladies would like to Page this weekend, please contact me when you arrive at the S.E.C or call me at the number above.

PDP Donnajeanne Hakler, NEC 5756 Calais Blvd. North #3 St. Petersburg FL 33714 727-463-1757 (cell) 727-545-3534 (evenings)

December, 2015

Greetings Ladies:

It is hard to believe that 2015 is gone or almost gone and 2016 is here! I am looking forward to seeing you all at our February, 2016 SEC. The National President has been invited to attend our February SEC but I do not yet have confirmation. It will be an honor to have her visit us and I am sure our weather will be better than in Iowa in February. I am looking forward to representing you at the Spring NEC in Washington DC in March, 2016 and will bring back information to share with you from other Departments and National. Reporting from you all has been awesome. Please continue to report all of your hard work. Remember your Department Officers are here to help all of you in any way they can. If you have questions regarding reporting please call your service offices, me or your Alternate NEC, PDP Mary Lou Maslo. Dates to remember: January 12, 2016t, Service Reports are due to Service Officers in order to be included in the February, 2016 SEC book. May 5, 2016, Service Reports are due to Service Officers for Annual Report that goes to National. See you all in February in Orlando and remember we will be there on Valentine’s Day! Donnajeanne

PNP/PDP Charlene D. Kee, Department Parliamentarian P. O. Box 457 Eustis, FL 32727 CHRLNKEE@AOL.COM (352) 357-0866

REMINDER; Read your bylaws and standing rules on all levels. When in need of help contact that Department Officer pertaining to your question(s) for answers. Anything outside of an officer’s duty please contact me as Parliamentarian or Madam President. All Auxiliaries, Districts, SEC and Presidents Council must review your bylaws/guidelines every three (3) years in order to be revalidated. After they have been reviewed and read twice to your membership for a vote, submit three (3) copies of the bylaws and one (1) copy of the minutes from where the membership approved them to the Department Parliamentarian for approval. The minutes should state the changes in your bylaws. Be sure the bylaws are signed and dated by the local Parliamentarian and President. Local Presidents it would be wise to appoint a Parliamentarian if the position is not elected to assist with your bylaw procedures. Please use the bylaws cover sheet to insure all documents are included when submitting bylaws. A copy was given to each local SEC present. If you need a copy please email or call me.

The following Auxiliaries bylaws are due before the 2016 Department Convention: Auxiliary #4 Auxiliary #17 Auxiliary #23 Auxiliary #26 Auxiliary #47 Auxiliary #81 Auxiliary #92 Auxiliary #98 Auxiliary #113 Auxiliary #442 Auxiliary #444 Auxiliary #1208 Auxiliary #1219 Auxiliary #1939 Auxiliary #2000 Auxiliary #2001 District 6 SEC Council

Happy Holidays!!!


First let me say Merry Christmas and a very joyful New Year to all of my Auxiliary sisters.

Our year has gotten off to a rocky start for me, learning all the ends and outs of this position has been a real challenge for me. With that said, renewals have been coming in steady and new memberships have increased quite a bit. Please remember to send two copies of your D&R and have two signatures on all checks sent to Department. Hope to see you all in February.

Joy Nekola Quartermaster 16601 NW 85th Ter Fanning Springs, Flap 32693 352-210-1738 Greetings Ladies,

Merry Christmas hope your Holidays are filled with Love and Happiness. hoping to see you all at Feb. SEC we will have lots of information and also Fun. I am hoping to have some new things so hope I see you in Feb. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year !!! See you in February.

Yours in Service Joy Nekola Quartermaster

Jill Holstein, P.R.O. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Department of Florida 360 Okaloosa Avenue Valparaiso, FL 32580 (850) 517-6720

Hello Ladies:     The holidays are always busy for everyone so there should be a lot of pictures that were taken, and I need those photos. A photo of your post and one of your Auxiliaries Officers and then 1 of the event with names… It is getting close to the time of our Winter SEC in Orlando. I am looking forward to seeing all of you again soon. And hope that you will bring some photos. Christmas parties and dinners and events that you are proud of and want to show off your Auxiliaries. Connect with me of Facebook if you haven’t already, it’s a good easy way to share…. (Really Easy). My face book page is Jill Holstein; Call me if you need assistance, Especially from our own Department Officers, Help me show your local Auxiliary off, Send me some photos….

Yours in Service Jill Holstein

PDP Evelyn R. McElvin 4332 Princehall Blvd Orlando, Florida 32811 407-758-3392


Just a reminder, look for the Annual Forecast coming out at our next SEC in February. This information is to be shared with your auxiliary members and your awards committee. Apply for the many awards you are entitled to as you work hard all year. Now’s the time to be rewarded. To all award donors and givers. Please take another look at the wording of your awards and the criteria you have for your award. Please let me know if you are making any changes or updates to them ASAP so we can get them corrected in the Forecast. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns regarding the upcoming OZ’s Awards program.

Linetta Shilling 3460 Lake Center Drive Apt. 5102 Mount Dora, FL 32757 814-414-8799 Ways and Means Chairperson Dept. of Florida

Greetings! Once again I am looking forward to providing the members of the Department of Florida AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary with opportunity to help support its activities. This February a silent auction will once again be set up at the back of the meeting room. The October silent auction was very successful and with Valentine’s Day falling on the weekend of the convention many opportunities will exist to provide your sweethearts with surprises when you “win” your choices at the auction.

Yours in Service,

Linetta Shilling