Welcome to the Department of Connecticut
President Marie Delaney -
We are all members of the American Legion Auxiliary because of a veteran in our life. Everything each of us does to support the ALA mission is in honor of their service. Recruitment of new members and retention of current members brings an opportunity for inclusiveness to create a culture and environment that develops and nurtures mutual respect for all. Everyone has a contribution to make to our great organization. Every member should feel comfortable and have an opportunity to flourish. Please take the opportunity to show off your individual talents. Attend a meeting and if not work our programs from your home at your own pace. All contributions are needed. We need to encourage and support new ideas of mission delivery, programs and opportunities that women of all ages can participate in. Smile and volunteer, observe the rush of warmth you feel. I believe a smile is one of the most powerful and understanding of all gifts that we can give and receive. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes and the community. As an ALA volunteer, it not only helps those in need, our veterans and their families and our organization but its benefits can be even greater for you. Always feel you can reach out to me and let me know how you are doing. Thank you. Marie
A closing note, as we prepare to complete this year and move forward into our 100 year Centennial Celebration, a verse from the Broadway musical Seesaw:
"It's not where you start, it's where you finish
It's not how you go, it's how you land
A hundred to one shot, you call him a clutz
Can out run the favorite, all you need is the guts
Your final return will not diminish
And you can be the cream of the crop
It's not where you start, it's where you finish
And you're gonna finish on top."
Thank you for giving me the privilege of serving as Department President this past year. Our members are the cream of the crop and we finish on top because of the 1,000s of hours members dedicated to serving our Veterans and Communities. Thank you to all for helping the Department achieve our goals.
For God and Country,
Marie Delaney - Department President