National convention held in Utah by VFW auxiliaries
Members were recognized for service at hospitals and fund-raising projects.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- The 92nd national convention of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States took place Aug. 20-25 at the Salt Palace Convention Center.
Representing Ohio at the event was Donna Russo of Youngstown, VFW Auxiliary state president and a member of Transportation Auxiliary 3307, who voiced the delegates' votes during the election of national officers and took part in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2005-2006.
Also participating in the convention was Chloe Williams of Warren, a member of Warren Auxiliary 1090.
National president JoAnne M. Ott of North Lawrence presided at the convention, and thanked the 4,000 in attendance for achieving goals such as topping 1.8 million hours of service in the nation's hospitals, raising $3 million for the organization's Cancer Aid and Research Fund for the 17th consecutive year, and donating $286,896 for Operation Uplink to provide long-distance telephone cards to troops and hospitalized veterans.
Recipients of honors
Special honors went to Karen Stark of Edmond, Okla., who started the Hugs Project to send neck collars to troops in Iraq, and to George Kim of Los Angeles, who has retired after serving many years as chief, community relations, headquartered with the U.S. Forces in Korea.
Also honored were winners of the Patriotic Art, Junior Girls, Outstanding Young Volunteer, Outstanding Community Volunteer, and NAC Volunteer of the Year national contests.
For the third year, items were collected for shipment to deployed troops during the coming year. In conjunction with the project, 697 packages were shipped to service men and women in 2004-2005, and $18,000 was donated to cover the costs.
A highlight of the event was the election and installation of National president Sandy Germany, a life member of Kichler-Pippen Auxiliary 5658 in Elberta, Ala., and other national officers. Musical entertainment was provided by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.