The American Legion Auxiliary - Unit 175
8700 Bell Creek Road, Mechanicsville, Virginia
Meeting on the 4th Tuesday of every month at 7:00 pm
Join us for Coffee and Doughnuts every Tuesday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am
Visit with us and let us introduce you to our group.
Fiscal Year 2022-2023 (01 July 2022 to 30 June 2023)
President - Elizabeth Navas, 804-368-0100
1st Vice-President - Diane Lewter, 804-357-4377
2nd Vice-President - Joanne Meek, 804-307-3437
Secretary - Fayth Heath, 540-809-2454
Treasurer - Jeannie Rummel, 804-310-7200
Chaplain - Bonnie Ossa, 804-795-5377 / 804-366-7943
Sergeant-at-Arms - Carolyn Nicholas, 804-382-2552
Historian - Betty Flippo, 804-746-3440
Membership - Fayth Heath, 540-809-2454
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of The American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
The vision of The American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families by shaping a positive future in an atmosphere of fellowship, patriotism, peace and security.
In fulfillment of our Mission, The American Legion Auxiliary adheres to the following purposes:
- To support and advocate for veterans, active military and their families
- To support the initiatives and programs of The American Legion
- To foster patriotism and responsible citizenship
- To award scholarships and promote quality education and literacy
- To provide educational and leadership opportunities that uphold the ideals of freedom and democracy and encourage good citizenship and patriotism in government
- To increase our capacity to deliver our Mission by providing meaningful volunteer opportunities within our communities
To empower our membership to achieve personal fulfillment through Service Not Self
Our statement of values is predicated on the founding purposes:
- Commitment to the four founding principles: Justice, Freedom, Democracy, Loyalty
- Service to God, our country, its veterans and their families
- Tradition of patriotism and citizenship
- Personal integrity and family values
- Respect for the uniqueness of individual members
- Truthful open communication in dealing with the public and our members
- Adherence to the adopted policies and rules
Unit 175 Historical Background and Programs:
The Mechanicsville American Legion Auxiliary Unit 175 received its charter in July 1973 with 15 charter members.
The Unit is involved in a myriad of community projects. Here are some of our long-standing initiatives:
Girls State - We sponsor Junior year high school girls in this nation-wide youth leadership development program
Fisher House - Providing free lodging for military families of wounded warriors (while service member is hospitalized)
Disadvantaged Children - Providing backpacks and school supplies for elementary age school children of lesser means
Veterans Assistance and Rehabilitation (VA&R) - Provide 'canteen' books, wrap gifts, and financially support the USO facility at Richmond International Airport. The Unit distributes poppies in May to fund VA&R projects.
We support the Department President’s project, the Creative Arts Festival, and the Auxiliary Emergency Fund.
We organize social events to improve communication and camaraderie amongst our Unit, the Post, Sons of the American Legion (SAL), and The American Legion Riders (ALR).