Jane Reape, of Carthage, N.Y., was elected National Chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States Auxiliary at its 106th National Convention in Orlando, Florida on July 24, 2019.
She is now in the third of five offices leading to the National Presidency, which she is expected to hold in 2022-2023.
A Life Member of Dionne-Rumble Auxiliary 7227, she has served the organization in many capacities including Auxiliary, District and Department President.
On the National level she has served as National Director for the Scholarships program, Eastern Conference Chairman for the Americanism/Patriotic Instructor and Youth Activities programs and as National District Council Member representing New York.
She joined on the eligibility of her late husband, James, who served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-1983. Jane’s family includes three children and three grandchildren. The military service continues in her family. Jane’s oldest son, Raymond, is a Navy veteran of the first Iraqi War and a Life Member of the VFW. Her youngest son, Robert, served in the Air Force for 22 years. Jane’s granddaughter, Sarah, is currently serving in the Air Force and her brother, Daniel, is serving in the Army.
Jane is equally active in her community. She serves on the Finance Council of her church and she is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Ava Maria Circle, Carthage Area Hospital Auxiliary and the Honor Flight Committee.