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Auxiliary to Post 2780

Traverse City, Michigan

Officers of the Auxiliary to Post 2780:


President:  Sheila Pickard

Sr Vice President: Olive Pickard

Jr Vice President: Zoe Degroat

Secretary: Anne McMann


Chaplain: Gloria Janka

Conductress: Kelly Hines

Guard: Diane Feriend


A Brief History of the Auxiliary

In 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States was founded.  The Cherryland Auxiliary to Post 2780 in Traverse city, MI, was chartered in 1934. 

The following Auxiliary members have been District 13 Past Presidents:  Ruth Miller, Ila Elder, Rosemary Merritt, Mabel Sbonek, Ravena Basch, Bertha Smith, Delores Bradford, Adella Sheldon, Margaret Adams, Dorothy McManus, Ellen Barger, Cecilia Pickard, and Beverly Proctor. 

At the present time, the Auxiliary now includes men as the Mens Auxiliaries were discontinued to make just the one Auxiliary. There are over 6,300 Auxiliaries throughout the United States and Guam that continue to help veterans and their families.

The Auxiliary to the VFW Mission

For as long as men have been going into battle, women have been nursing sick and wounded warriors back to health. Until recently, this was a necessity because governments did not provide adequate medical facilities for their servicemen. In fact, medical care was often so abysmal that more men died of disease and food poisoning than of wounds.   Today, the Auxiliary includes both men and women and is involved in a kaleidoscopic range of activities. While continuing to support the VFW and its causes, the Auxiliary has developed a social conscience of its own. With the paramount goal of helping families in distress, its members perform community service, fund cancer research, fight drug abuse and illiteracy, advocate for the rights of the elderly, and support the VFW National Home, Special Olympics, and other worthy causes. With their inexhaustible supply of goals and members, the Auxiliary is here to stay.


Who Can Join the Auxiliary?

Wives/husbands, widows/widowers, mothers/fathers, foster and stepmothers/fathers (who have performed the duties of parent), grandmothers/fathers, daughters/sons, granddaughters/sons, foster and stepdaughters/sons (who attained that status prior to the age of sixteen and for whom the duties of parent were performed), sisters/brothers, half sisters/brothers, foster and stepsisters/brothers (who attained that status prior to age sixteen) of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States. Members must be citizens of the United States and not less than sixteen years old.
  Women eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States shall be eligible for dual membership in the Auxiliary.