What an amazing past four months.  I have met so many dedicated and motivated members and officers during my travels.  It is an honor to serve as your Department President and be part of a team that is so committed to the goals and objectives of the VFW Auxiliary.

Becoming the Department President has been a lifelong journey. The principles and practices can be learned, but it requires a core sensibility about the members we serve and the importance of the work we do everyday in support of the VFW’s mission and our commitment to meet the needs of the veterans that we serve.

What we have accomplished in four short months has been outstanding.  Every Auxiliary program, to include Americanism, Auxiliary Community Outreach, Mentoring, and Veterans & Family Support to name a few has been fully embraced by the leaders and members on Post and District level.  It is this individual commitment to this group effort, that makes a team- work.  We are working together toward a common vision.

While I am not a football fan, I know that every football game has four quarters.  While it is important to score early and often, it is equally important that you give the same effort throughout the four quarters. 

The VFW Auxiliary team has just finished a little over the first quarter of a year long effort to change lives. Our Auxiliaries on the Post and District become teammates when each is moving in the same direction for the same common results.

The second quarter of our yearlong journey is under way.  I stand with each of our auxiliary presidents to continue the progress we have made so far.  We have a long way to go, but I believe in each of you to not only have a successful year, but to set new records.

During the next few months, we will be celebrating Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We have a lot to be thankful for and lots to give.  My wish for each of you is that all your days are filled with the spirit of these special days in our lives.

Tela Harbold
2021-2022 Department President