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Department President
Char Kiesling - 2018-2019







Char Kiesling was elected as Wisconsin’s American Legion Auxiliary President at the 98th Department Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, on July 15, 2018. 

Char has been an American Legion Auxiliary member for 40 years and all these years with Unit 33, Neenah.  Serving in all offices of the unit including President for 9 years and again this year.  She honors her Dad, Charles Lenz, Jr. with her membership and also her husband, Kent, discharged as a Major, Field Training Detachment Commander, Air Force.  Most of her immediate family are members of the ALA Family, with a son-in-law, and daughter-in-law Veterans, and a granddaughter, a Cadet in ROTC at UW-Stevens Point and member of the National Guard.  Char is the oldest of 7, all ALA Family.

Char has 3 children, Kathleen, and twins Mary Kay and David.  She has 10 grandchildren, 9 girls and 1 boy, ranging in age from 29 years to 14 months!!  Char also has 4 great-grandchildren, 3 girls and 1 boy.  She is an involved Grandmother, so will be VERY busy this year keeping up with BOTH of her families!   She has been married to her husband, Kent, for 52 years.  It has been a very good life but different than what they planned.  Kent, a mechanical design engineer for Kimberly Clark, contracted viral encephalitis when he was 47 and miraculously survived but did lose his long and short-term memory.  It was devastating to his family, but Kent had a very strong faith and was aware that his life was saved for a purpose...Char’s rock!

Char and Kent have been faithful members of Mt. Olive Evangelical Lutheran Church, Appleton for over 40 years, attend Bible classes, and Char is a member of Lutheran Women’s Missionary Society.

Char practiced her RN profession for 47 years, 27 years in home care which she loved for the one on one care.  This enabled her to work with families in keeping their loved ones in their home as long as safe to do so.   She fulfills her need as a care-giver, not only to Kent, but enjoys being the head nurse for the past 7 years at American Legion Auxiliary Badger Girls State and a week at Girls Nation this past summer.

Char believes deeply in the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary and this Presidency is a tribute to her Dad, Charles Lenz, Jr. who was a past Dept. Vice-Commander, a Grand Chef De Gare of WI, and her first mentor.  By “Kindling the Flame” of service for our Veterans, Military, and their Families, the American Legion Family will accomplish their mission, FOR GOD AND COUNTRY.  










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