Dear Auxiliary Members,
It is my honor to be your 2017-2018 VFW Auxiliary Department of Connecticut President and I am humbled by your confidence in me. I want to thank everyone who has mentored and guided me, or just been a friend to me throughout the years. Your commitment to this organization and dedication to serving our veterans has been an inspiration to me, and I know that you will continue to be there for me as I do my very best to represent you and your accomplishments across our state and country.
This year, I wanted to remind us all about the reasons why we exist as a country in the first place - why so many have fought to preserve it. I choose as my theme "Give Me Liberty”, the first part of Patrick Henry’s quote "Give Me Liberty, or Give Me Death”. I chose those words because I believe they embody our founder’s acknowledgement of the commitment they were willing to make, to make and keep this country free, just as every United States veteran here and abroad did when they raised their right hand and swore to defend our Constitution. My symbol is a scroll with a quill that represents the U.S. Constitution, the document that lists the rights and freedoms, that our military men and women fought and died for. I will do what I can to make sure all that was done, all that was given, was not and will not be in vain.
In the past few years, our National VFW Auxiliary and the Program Ambassadors have refocused our priorities on what this organization was founded for – support for our veterans. As we reach our members and interact with the community through our program work, I would like to see us incorporate ways to remind all about why this country was founded and our rights as citizens.
With the rollout of MALTA, the VFW Auxiliary’s new membership tool, there will be a lot of new and exciting changes coming for our auxiliary and they will bring many challenges and opportunities. The Department of CT VFW Auxiliary will do everything we can to provide training sessions to make the challenges turn into possibilities and opportunities, and to make our organization stronger for today’s veterans and for future generations to come.
State Auxiliary Officers
President Christine Smith
Senior Vice President Laura Allen
Junior Vice President Rose Angelicola
Treasurer Ann Panteleakos
Secretary Sharon Messenger
Chaplain Lynn Watkins
Conductress Maureen Ducat
Guard Deborah Breault