Applications are now being accepted for the 2019 session of the American Legion Auxiliary Oregon Girls State to be held at Willamette University in Salem from June 16th through June 22nd. In the local area, recruitment is being coordinated by Unit 48 in Warm Springs.
Girls State--a nationwide program sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary--is designed to increase participants’ awareness and knowledge of governmental processes, while learning about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of citizenship. Oregon Girls State provides the opportunity for high school juniors from throughout the state to learn through the development of a mock government at the county and state levels. Experiences may include public speaking while campaigning for various public offices, drafting and presenting bills for passage in the Girls State legislature, serving as a lobbyist to help influence decision-making, participating in mock trials and a wide variety of workshops, and hearing presentations by some of Oregon’s highest elected officials and other inspirational speakers.
Participants will come away with a greater appreciation of the American flag and of the sacrifices made by our veterans. While at Girls State, they make friends with exemplary girls from around the state and have a fun week that many have described as a life-changing experience To be eligible to attend, the student must: be a current high school junior, or the equivalent if home schooled; show respect for and be willing to salute the American flag; have an interest in government; and possess a desire to develop leadership skills and self-confidence.
Interested Junior Girls may apply online at: www.alaoregon.org
HISTORY OF UNIT 48
American Legion Auxiliary - Unit 48 is named in honor of our brave warrior, Eugene Greene, Sr. A combat veteran, Mr. Greene earned the Silver Star, the third-highest military combat decoration that can be awarded to a member of the United States Armed Forces.
The Silver Star is awarded for gallantry in action:
- While engaged in action against an enemy of the United States;
- While engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
- While serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women's patriotic service organization. For God and country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
Locally, the Eugene Greene, Sr. ALA- Unit 48 formalized in September 2015. We support the members and programs of the Eugene Cougar Greene, Sr. American Legion Post 48 as well as area veterans & their families. While small and new, ALA - Unit 48 strives to build up a proud and patriotic community.
Veteran Military Support
Poppy Program - The Auxiliary promotes the poppy as a symbol of the sacrifices our military have made, a symbol to open people’s hearts and inspire them to donate.
Veteran Affairs & Rehabilitation - Whatever a veteran needs – job assistance, transportation, food, clothing, etc. – Auxiliary volunteers will do their best to provide it.
Legislative - As advocates for our veterans, we encourage our members to contact their elected officials by phone, email, or letter to implore them to keep the needs and sacrifices of our military and their families front and center as they go about their legislative work on behalf of their constituents – that’s all of us!
Family Support The Auxiliary creates opportunities that all Americans can do to show our respect and set positive examples of living as grateful, patriotic citizens. The Auxiliary provides learning opportunities and instructional resources for important things every good citizen should know, such as learning about the Constitution and flying the flag on patriotic holidays.
Whether it is hosting a stand down to bring vital health and support services to homeless veterans or coordinating a send-off or welcome-home event for a deployed military unit, Auxiliary members are continuously at work in their communities, demonstrating the compassion and heart we have for those who serve our country and give so much.
The Auxiliary supports a number of scholarship programs. These include the Children of Warriors National Presidents’ Scholarship, awarded annually to 15 outstanding students who are the children and grandchildren of veterans; the Non-Traditional Student Scholarship, awarded annually to five students who are members of The American Legion, Auxiliary, or Sons of The American Legion; and the Spirit of Youth Scholarship, awarded annually to one Junior Auxiliary member in each of the Auxiliary’s five national divisions. Units and departments are encouraged to publicize the availability of these scholarship programs in their communities and establish new scholarships at the local level.