By MARY CREIGHTON
Special to the Index
McALLEN – The Department of Texas for American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary held its annual conferences in McAllen Convention Center in McAllen during July 10-13.
Farris Anderson Unit 75 of Mineral Wells had three representatives in attendance – Past Department President and Finance Committee Chairman Lynda Horton-Turk, Poppy Chairman Kathy McLaughlin and Legislative Committee Chairman Mary Creighton – who gave reports and attended as voting delegates on matters concerning the auxiliary.
These chairmen managed the state programs for their respective areas so reports covered activities and awarded achievements of the past year. Cancer Research Chairman Debbie Murray was not able to attend.
The American Legion is the largest veterans’ organization in United States. The American Legion has in its family the Sons of the Legion, Legion Riders and the American Legion. The American Legion also reaches out to children of the Auxiliary and Legion. These members are called Junior Auxiliary members. These representatives were also present at the Auxiliary meeting and gave reports of their events and announced their new officers.
One of the outstanding programs that is primary to the Auxiliary is the Girls State program. It is a great program that helps girls learn leadership skills by participating in mock political settings and running for office. Those who excel may be selected to attend National Girl State.
The American Legion Auxiliary held their officer elections for the coming year. New Department of Texas President will be Donna Miller.
The local American Legion, Sons of the Legion, Legion Riders and American Legion Auxiliary will have their installation of new officers on July 26 at the Legion Hall starting at 7 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.