Welcome to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Louisiana
The American Legion Auxiliary
Who We Are. What We Do. Why We Matter.
The American Legion Auxiliary shines as an example of unselfish giving. With almost a million members from all walks of life, the Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to most Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
The Auxiliary, organized in 1919 to assist The American Legion, is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. Through its nearly 10,500 units located in every state and some foreign countries, the Auxiliary embodies the spirit of America that has prevailed through war and peace. Along with The American Legion, it solidly stands behind America and her ideals.
For God and Country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes:
To uphold and defend the constitution of the United States of America; to maintain law and order; to foster and perpetuate a one hundred percent Americanism; to preserve the memories and incidents of our associations during the Great Wars; to inculcate a sense of individual obligation to the community, state and nation; to combat the autocracy of both the classes and the masses; to make right the master of might; to promote peace and goodwill on earth; to safeguard and transmit to posterity the principles of justice, freedom, and democracy; to participate in and contribute to the accomplishment of the aims and purposes of The American Legion; to consecrate and sanctify our association by our devotion to mutual helpfulness
Spring Conferences are coming!
Hi Ladies! Spring conferences are coming up and we hope everyone is ready to report all the wonderful work your units have done this year. If you have any questions on Department reporting, do not hesitate to call your department chairman. All chairmen are listed in the department roster
The Deparment of Louisiana held its Department Mid Winter Conference in Alexandria, LA on January 15-17, 2016. Members shared their mid year accomplishments, received awards, and enjoyed fellowship. There were many guest in attendence.
The 95th National Convention of the American Legion Auxiliary, is one for the books. Our new National President Sharon Conatser's theme, 'Keeping The Promise' reminds us of the obligation and responsibility we have to our veterans. Here are a few photos of the Department of Louisiana's members who attended the convention in Baltimore, MD.
Department President Ethel Theriot and National Chaplain Byrd Dereck
Department of Louisiana's Delegation
National President Janet Jefford with Department Historian Marcia Cook, 5th District President Patsy Billings, and Past Department President Monique Batiste
Patsy Billings, 5th District President
Linda Petit, Department Internal Affairs Chairman
Natalie Myer, Department Vice President
Our Department Commander Les Cromwell enjoying the National Convention Parade
6th District President Janet Richardson, Departmet President Ethel Theriot, Past Department President Monique Batiste
Department of PuertoRico's Department Secretary Naomi Burgis and Department President Ethel Theriot at the Annual Puerto Rico Party
Ethel Theriot, Department President 2015-2016
Department of Louisiana
Ethel holds American Legion Auxiliary membership through her husband, retired USAF veteran Gerald Theriot. Gerald currently serves as the Louisiana Department Chaplain and previously served as the National Chaplain in 2011-2012 for the American Legion. They have been married for forty-six years. Ethel retired from KMart after twenty years of service.
Ethel has one daughter and three sons and many grand and great-grand children. Two of her sons served honorably in the US Air Force and one grandson served in the US Army. Of this truly Legion Family, twenty are associated with the Auxiliary, Legion, Juniors and SAL.
Ethel has served the American Legion Auxiliary in several capacities:
*1991-1992 Unit 513 Vice-President
*1992-1999 Unit President
*1995-1996 Third District Area-A President and Americanism Chairman
*1996-1997 Department Joint Children and Youth Commission; Third District Scrap Book Chairman
*1997-1998 Department Assistant Sgt-at-Arms; Third District Historian
*1998-1999 Dept Assistant Sgt-At-Arms; Third District Second Vice Pres, and Vice- Chairman of the National Convention Local Pages; Third District Children and Youth Chairman.
*1999-2000 served as Dept Assistant Sgt-At-Arms, Department Leadership Chairman; Third District First Vice President; Membership Chairman; Unit 513 Vice-President
*2000-2001 Third District President
*2001-2010 Third District DEC and other Unit, District and Department positions as assigned.
*2011-2014 Department Chaplain, Historian, Vice-President and President-Elect. She was elected as Department President in June 2015.
Ethel is active in several civic organizations such as the Chiefs of Serengeti Mardi Gras Crew, and the NAACP. She has served as Vice-President of the Amies de Lafourche Branch of the American Business Women Association. She has served as a team captain for the March of Dimes and Relay for Life cancer relays. She also served as a volunteer for the Race for Cure and was a member of Sister Reach Inc., My Sisters and Me, which promotes Breast Cancer Awareness. She also volunteers with Tell-A-Friend of the American Cancer Society. Ethel was co-founder of the Lafourche Parish Desert Storm Family Support Group in 1990. One of her sons and a nephew served in the Dessert Storm arena. She volunteered and worked with the Operation Military Kids which distributed "Hero Packs" to military children from ages 3 to 18. Operation Military Kids no longer exist but she continues to work for the military kids and other children.
Ethel is an avid supporter of the Girls State program. She serves as a chaperone and has been riding the bus to Louisiana Girls State since 2001. Since then, she has worked as a "Dorm Mom" during the sessions. She works as needed during the sessions (including trips to Wal-Mart). As her unit's Procurement Chairman, she continues to bring applications to five different schools and manages to find sponsors to send five to ten girls to the program each year