2015-2016 National Americanism Ambassador
Americanism: Understanding Auxiliary Traditions
Happy New Year! As we look forward to another exciting year, now is a great time to review “Understanding Auxiliary Traditions.” This is valuable information to share with new and current members alike.
Entering a Meeting
• At a local Auxiliary meeting, you will enter the meeting room and once the doors are closed, all members must show a current dues card.
• At Department and National meetings, your card will be asked for at the door.
Raps of the Gavel
• One rap = Attention
• Two raps = Rise
• Three raps = Be seated
Attention & Parade Rest
• “Attention” in the VFW Auxiliary means hands at side, head up with eyes looking straight forward.
• “Parade Rest” means the left foot is moved slightly to the side while bringing the arms to the small of the back. Clasp the left thumb in the right hand. The head is bowed slightly during prayer.
Showing Proper Respect to the Flag
• During our Ritualistic meeting, the President will say “Salute” when the flags enter and leave the room, as well as when we say the Pledge of Allegiance and sing the national anthem. Salute the Flag by placing the palm of the right hand flat over the heart.
• During Auxiliary meetings, the heart salute shall be used at all times where the salute is used.
• A member who is also a veteran may use the military salute.
• When the Flag is displayed AND the national anthem is played and/or sung, all present should face the Flag and salute.
• When the Flag is NOT displayed and the national anthem is played and/or sung, all present should face the music and salute.
• Members should stand when the flags are moving.
Showing Proper Respect for the Altar & Bible
• Members will remain seated while the Chaplain opens and closes the Bible, provided the Colors are not at the Altar.
• Whenever the Chaplain is opening and closing the Bible, everyone should stop all movement and talking.
• Members will not cross between the President’s station and the Altar, as this is considered sacred ground symbolizing where our Comrades who have answered the final roll call are at rest. However, when the Bible is closed, members may pass through this area.
Addressing the President & Making a Motion
• All remarks must be addressed to the President and not by one member to another. A member wishing to address the President will rise and say, “Mister/Madam President,” but shall not speak further until he or she has been recognized by the President.
• Making motions is your right as a member. To make a motion, you should stand and be recognized by the President and then proceed.
For those who are replacing banners, there is a wonderful Dedication Of The Colors ceremony on page 98 of your Ritual section of the 2016 Podium Edition: Bylaws and Ritual. I encourage you to hold this Dedication so that your members are once again reminded of what power our flag and banners hold.
Reminder: Smart/Maher National Citizenship Education Teacher Awards are due to your Post by February 15th!
Keep Calm and Wave On!