Ms. Canaday attends national convention

Ms. Canaday attends national convention

Posted: Wednesday, September 8, 2010 8:01 pm

Ms. Canaday attends national convention | Kathy Canaday
Kathy Canaday of Union City, president of the Tennessee Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and a member of Jones-Walker Post 4862, recently led the state delegation at the 97th National Convention held at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis.
As leading representative of the state, she voiced the delegates’ votes during the election of national officers and played a key role in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2010-11.
A highlight of the convention was the announcement of the Outstanding Department Presidents in the 11 membership groups at the National President’s Luncheon. Awards and resolutions to the national bylaws were announced and reviewed. Many guests, including first place patriotic art winner Mariah Jorgensen, and special award winner Dan Wallrath were in attendance.
Other highlights included the opportunity for members to view the eight winning Young American Creative Patriotic Art entries and the Buddy Poppy displays, in addition to attending several joint events with the VFW, such as the joint opening session and the patriotic rally.
During the convention, national president Jan Tittle commended the 3,000 attendees for all their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. Members have spent millions of dollars and volunteer hours helping the heroes of our country.
She also will thanked members for volunteering 1.2 million hours in the nation’s hospitals, raising $2.3 million for the organization’s Cancer Aid and Research Fund and donating $296,920 to VFW National Military Services, which includes Operation Uplink™ to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.
Thousands of dollars have been donated to cancer research facilities across the country. Ms. Tittle sent funds to the National Veterans Wheelchair Games, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund for repairs to The Three Servicemen statue, the Hospitalized Veterans Writing Project and many other organizations.
The election and installation of national president Cortina Barnes, a life member of Woodbridge Auxiliary Post 9755 in Washington, D.C., and the other 2010-11 national officers concluded the convention and brought Ms. Tittle’s term to an end.
To learn more about the nearly 550,000-member organization, visit www.ladiesauxvfw.org.
Published in The Messenger 9.8.10

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