The Legion Auxiliary Unit 156

  Founded  in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women's  patriotic service organization. The American Legion Auxiliary’s mission  is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those  who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their  families, both at home and abroad.   For  God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor  youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.   A  group of 20 officers who served in the American Expeditionary Forces in  World War I were asked to suggest ideas on how to improve troop morale.  One officer, Lt. Col. Theodore Roosevelt Jr., proposed an organization  of veterans, which we know today as The American Legion.

The original purpose of The Legion was to “preserve the memories and  incidence of our association in the great war,” helping those who had  served in foreign wars to reintegrate into their hometowns while still  remaining connected to those with whom they had served abroad.

The Legion served as a support group, a social club and an extended  family for former servicemen. After two planning caucuses held by a  committee of officers who had the confidence and respect of their  military comrades, they designed a constitution to govern the group and  set up headquarters in New York City to begin work on its programs of  relief, employment and Americanism. After  the formation of The American Legion, a number of women's organizations  wanted to become the official affiliation of The American Legion. The  women who had served so faithfully during the trying days of the war  wanted to continue to serve.  After  careful consideration, the committee agreed that a new organization  should be made up of the women most closely associated with the men of  the Legion, and that these women would serve with the Legion, in peace  as they had in war.

The committee decided to build a new organization from the ground up, so  the Auxiliary could then carry forward the phases of Legion activities  more suitably performed by women.

In less than one year, 1,342 local units of the Women’s Auxiliary to The  American Legion had been organized in more than 45 states.  The Leonard  Hawkins Unit 156 post was established in 1932.                                                                         

Mission: In  the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion  Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice  of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and  their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we  advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote  patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.  

 Officers 2016 

Laura Booth, President e-mail:  

Joanne Valletta, Corresponding Secretary e-mail:  

Doreen Wall 1st. Vice President of Membership e-mail:  

Jane Gelsi, 2nd Vice President of Children and Youth 

Susan Vaughn 3rd Vice President of  Veterans  Affairs & Rehabilitation 

Marguerite Sessa, Treasurer 

Jeanne D’Allessandro, Recording Secretary  

Vivi McGuire,Chaplain  

Judy McCormick, Sergeant at Arms 

                               Joanne Valletta, Historian                                 

                                    Programs and Chairs:  TBA