2017-2018 National Chief of Staff/Extension
A Season of Thanks and Reflection
November is a time when we reflect on what, and who, we have to be thankful for. It’s a month when gratitude is top-of-mind and we give thanks for our Auxiliary members and their many contributions throughout the year. When a member’s efforts in supporting Auxiliary programs and activities are acknowledged, it creates a positive experience for the member, which may initiate the recruitment of additional members.
During this month of Thanksgiving, distribute the VFW Auxiliary Good Job card or award or use one of the following ways to extend the sentiment of thanks to fellow members.
- Send a personal note of thanks
- Use social media to express appreciation
- Highlight a message of thanks in your Auxiliary newsletter
- Use local news media to share a message of thanks
- Host a special social event centered around the value of member
November is also a time to reflect and explore why you are thankful to be a member of the VFW Auxiliary. Think about what you have gained by being a member of this organization. Write it down and share your reflection with others.
I am thankful…
- for volunteer opportunities working with and for veterans, active duty military and families.
- to honor the heritage of a family member’s service to our country.
- to be able to participate in so many activities within one organization.
- to brighten the day of a veteran residing in a VA facility, hospital, nursing home, veterans home or any other facility where veterans are served.
- to lobby to maintain and enhance veterans benefits.
- to share and teach patriotism.
- to interact and teach youth.
- to work and learn from a diverse group of individuals.
- to mentor others.
- for leadership opportunities.
- to use my professional skills.
- to gain and share a bond of friendship.
- for an outlet to express appreciation to those that served to allow me the freedoms I enjoy every day.
The next few months will be filled with numerous distractions due to the celebration of a variety of holidays. Hours will be spent cleaning, cooking, entertaining, attending social events, addressing holiday cards and shopping, as well as attending school and church activities. When creating your “to do” list, make sure to schedule an hour or two to help a family who has a loved one deployed, an elderly person who is unable to complete some of these tasks on their own, or a help a family in crisis. Your generosity may open the door to a new member!
Take a minute to say thanks to a member and veteran to today!
May you have a bountiful Thanksgiving holiday with your family and friends, and safe travels, too!