VFW AUXILIARY NATIONAL OFFICERS ASSUME POSITIONS FOR 2020-2021
Kansas City, Mo. — July 24, 2020 – Sandi Onstwedder of White Cloud, Mich., was elected National President of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States Auxiliary for the 2020-2021 Program Year.
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.
Sandi spent 35 years working as a Literacy Skills teacher. She served as Summer Director of VFW Camp Trotter in Michigan for 11 years and six years on the Michigan Freedom Foundation Board of Directors. She is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Cooties, and holds Life Memberships in both VFW Camp Trotter and VFW National Home for Children. In her spare time she enjoys exploring the great outdoors.
Sandi and husband Charles’ family includes five children, 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
The election and installation of National President Onstwedder and other 2020-2021 National Officers today brought 2019-2020 National President Peggy Haake’s term to an end.
The 2020-2021 National Officers of the VFW Auxiliary have been elected as follows:
- Sandi Onstwedder, National President (Department of Michigan);
- Jean Hamil, National Senior Vice-President (Department of Florida);
- Jane Reape, National Junior Vice-President (Department of New York);
- Ann Panteleakos, National Secretary-Treasurer (Department of Connecticut);
- Carla Martinez, National Chaplain (Department of Utah);
- Brenda Bryant, National Conductress (Department of Missouri);
- Lois Callahan, National Guard (Department of Arkansas)
The National Officers will visit members in communities across America this year, seeing the efforts of Auxiliary volunteers and encouraging non-members to get involved and join the Auxiliary as it works to serve veterans, their families and promote patriotism nationwide.