Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday. January signals the beginning of the second half of our current Auxiliary year. June will be here before we know it, so now is the perfect time to review what we have accomplished and to plan what we still want or need to do. Now is the time tome sure all of your officers have Pais their 2019 dues. If not, please contact the un-paid officer to pay their 2019 dues. If not, please contact the un-paid officer to pay their dues immediately because they are no longer a member in good standing per our by-laws -- (Section 104 page 15 of the 2019 edition Bylaws and Ritual). Now is also a good time to contact any of your other members who have also not paid their 2019 dues as they are also not in good standing and should they need one could not apply for a cancer grant.
Now is also the perfect time to take a look at the end of year Program reports in the Communication Center. Year end reports are due on April 15, 2019. Please remember you will need the amount of money spent on each program/event and how many veterans or members of your community benefited. As you heard in my Official Visit promotions, this information is very important to the Auxiliary remaining a tax exempt organization.
While you are reviewing your 2019 calendar, make a note that our Spring Conference is scheduled for Saturday, March 30, 2019 at the Embassy Suites in Piscataway and our 100th State Convention will be held in Wildwood June 19-22, 2019. Everyone is entitled and welcome to attend these functions and I hope you will consider doing so. There is always much to learn while enjoying each other's company.
If you find your Auxiliary is struggling or your members have questions, please know the Department has members who can assist. We call the Line Officers, District Presidents, and Past State Presidents but all these individuals are mentors and are there to assist you. Please do not hesitate to contact me or any of these individuals.
Finally, please remember our hospitalized veterans. If your Auxiliary is looking for a Youth Activity, why not have a Girl Scout Troop or Youth Group make "thinking of you" or Valentine cards to brighten their day?
Never forget to "Be Alert For Ways to Help Our Veterans" because I Believe that together we can and will do great things.