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Diane Burkhalter, Department Chairman

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The purpose of the Americanism program is to inspire, recognize, and perpetuate responsible citizenship through education and acts of patriotism, as well as raise awareness and increase appreciation of the price paid for our fundamental freedoms. The program includes increasing flag etiquette awareness in communities, awareness and participation in youth activities that promote proper respect for our flag and loyalty to our country, and promoting Auxiliary participation in The American Legion Americanism programs.

Units should be active in promoting ALA Badger Girls State, the Americanism Essay Contest, Flag Day, Americanism in schools, Veterans in Community Schools, study of the U.S. Constitution, observations of patriotic holidays, scouting, and history of the Pledge of Allegiance. Units are urged to participate and assist with The American Legion programs such as American Legion Baseball, American Legion Softball, Badger Boys State, the Oratorical Contest, Wisconsin American Legion Law Enforcement Career Academy, and Junior Shooting Sports.

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2023-2024 District Chairmen:

District 1 - JoAnn DeWart                       District 7 - Diane Weggen

District 2 - Mary Petrie                            District 8 - Vacant

District 3 - Carol & Bill Ridgely              District 9 - TBD

District 4 - Donna Jensen                        District 10 - Teresa Steinke

District 5 - Vacant                                     District 11 - TBD

District 6 - Linda Lefky                           District 12 - Vacant

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2023-2024 National Americanism Program Awards Deadlines and Submission Requirements

Thank you for taking the time to share a favorite story about the positive impact you or someone you know has had on our mission! Your story may inspire another member into service. It also helps us tell the world who we are, what we do, and why we matter.

Here are the national awards for this committee:

Americanism Essay Contest

  • All unit entries must be submitted to the department chairman by March 15th. The current essay question and other important information may be found in the Americanism Program Engagement Plan.


Unit Award: Dorothy Pearl Most Outstanding Unit Americanism Program for Central Division

  • All unit entries must be submitted to the department chairman by April 1st using the entry form in the Americanism Program Engagement Plan.

Authorization to Release Personal Information:

Award submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary. Through submission of reports and award entries, the submitter grants non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the materials submitted and agrees to have their names and submission published for ALA use or commercial use without additional compensation or permission.

Please fill out the information as completely and accurately as possible. Award certificates will be completed using the information provided on the entry form, so please be sure to complete it in its entirety.  Please refer to the webpage for the specific criteria such as photographs, narrative length, submission deadline, and point of contact. All awards will be mailed to the department office after ALA National Convention.

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