North Dakota President Janice Best, a member of Arthur W. Jones #7564, West Fargo, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the U.S. at the 97th National Convention held August 21-26 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, Ind.
As a leading representative of the state, she voiced the delegates' votes during the election of national officers and played a key role in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2010-2011.
Joyce Weible of West Fargo, a member of Arthur W. Jones Auxiliary #7564, also participated in the convention marking the beginning of her 2010-2011 term as National Chairman for the 15 states in the Western Conference on the Americanism/Patriotic Instructor Program.
A highlight of the convention was the announcement of the outstanding department presidents in the 11 membership groups at the national president's luncheon on Monday. Awards and resolutions to the national bylaws were announced and reviewed during Tuesday's session, and many guests, including first-place patriotic art winner Mariah Jorgensen and special award winner Dan Wallrath, were welcomed at Wednesday's gathering.
Other highlights included the opportunity for members to view the eight winning Young American Creative Patriotic Art entries and the Buddy Poppy displays in addition to attending several joint events with the VFW, such as the joint opening session and the patriotic rally on Tuesday evening.
National President Jan Tittle commended the 3,000 attendees for all their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. Members have spent millions of dollars and volunteer hours helping country heroes.
Tittle also thanked members for volunteering 1.2 million hours in the nation's hospitals, raising $2.3 million for the organization's Cancer Aid and Research Fund, and donating $296,920 to VFW National Military Services, which includes "Operation Uplink" to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.
Thousands of dollars have been donated to cancer research facilities across the country, including the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for repairs to The Three Servicemen statue, the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project and many other
The election and installation of National President Cortina Barnes, a Life Member of Woodbridge Auxiliary #9755 in Washington, D.C., and the other 2010-2011 National Officers on Thursday, Aug. 26, concluded the convention bringing Tittle's term to an end.
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