Sandra Onstwedder of White Cloud, Mich., was elected National Chaplain of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States Auxiliary at its 104th National Convention in New Orleans, La., on July 26, 2017.
She is now in the third of five offices leading to the National Presidency, which she is expected to hold in 2020-2021.
A Life Member of Renner-Lobker Auxiliary 3306, she joined on the eligibility of her brother, who served in the U.S. Navy from 1963-1967.
She has served the organization in several capacities including Auxiliary and District President, and as Department (state) President she earned Outstanding President of the Year for her membership group. On the National level she has served as Director for the Voice of Democracy/Patriot’s Pen and Americanism/Patriotic Instructor programs and Big Ten Chairman for the Veterans & Family Support and Community Service programs.
She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary (MOCA). In her spare time she enjoys exploring the great outdoors.
Sandra and husband Charles’ family includes five children, 16 grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren.