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Sylvia W. Rowland
National President 2014-2015
Sylvia W. Rowland of Raleigh, North Carolina was elected National President on August 16, 2014. For over 26 years, she has been a Life Member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 635, Raleigh and an extremely dedicated volunteer at the Durham VA Medical Center. Within a couple of years after becoming a member she was appointed a VAVS (Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service) Representative and remains in that position to this day.
"We Waited Together - Now Let's Work Together"
AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is a subordinate of AMVETS (www.amvets.org). We have been in the business of assisting veterans and their communities for over 50 years. It's a volunteer effort that we proudly carry out. From looking after our veterans and their families to those hospitalized and in need - all related to a veteran ourselves - are committed to working for the good of our country and the needs of its citizens.
We firmly believe that our service to our family members in the military did not stop with their discharge. For that reason, Auxiliary members across the nation give their time and efforts to ensure that our veterans' needs are met.
In 1946, AMVETS National Commander, Mr. Jack Hardy, instructed AMVETS Liaison Officer, Mr. Bernhardt, to contact all AMVETS Auxiliaries in the United States for the purpose of organizing the National Department of AMVETS Auxiliary. Commander Hardy also established, at that time, an Auxiliary Liaison Committee within AMVETS. Serving on that committee were Mr. Bernhardt, Mr. Thad Males of California and George Burke of Florida. In September of that year Mr. Bernhardt call this National AMVETS Auxiliary organizational meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Representatives from thirteen states, all delegates and alternates attended this meeting and were made members of the Executive Committee. These pioneer members who were present at the pre-Convention meeting in Pittsburgh in 1946 set in motion the wheels of the organization.
National Founders, September 1946
Mrs. Edith Males* - California
Mrs. Elizabeth Roose - Florida
Mrs. Maxine Darnell - Illinois
Mrs. Stella Elliot - Iowa
Mrs. Louise James - Louisiana
Mrs. Frances Seldon - Michigan
Mrs. Takla DiFate - New York
Mrs. Miriam Soloda - Pennsylvania
Mrs. Virginia Marks - West Virginia
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Mrs. Ruth Patsos - Washington, DC
Mrs. Marguerite Blanton - Florida
Mrs. Marie Stigers - Iowa
Mrs. Irma Hilliard - Iowa
Mrs. Kathryn R. Hearn - Massachusetts
Mrs. Jane Doak - Michigan
Mrs. Kathryn M. Snyder* - Ohio
Mrs. Helen Chamber - Pennsylvania
Mrs. Florence Stripe* - Wisconsin