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Diane Burkhalter, Department Chairman

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 Flag Day, Americanism in schools, Veterans in Community Schools, study of the U.S. Constitution, observing patriotic holidays, ALA Badger Girls State, scouting, the Americanism Essay Contest, 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 District Chairmen:

District 1 - JoAnn DeWart                       District 7 - Diane Weggen

District 2 - Mary Petrie                            District 8 - Vacant

District 3 - Carol & Bill Ridgely              District 9 - Lisa Wolfinger

District 4 - Donna Jensen                        District 10 - Teresa Steinke

District 5 - Vacant                                     District 11 - Vacant

District 6 - Linda Lefky                           District 12 - Vacant


2022-2023 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:

Unit Award: Dorothy Pearl Most Outstanding Unit Americanism Program (per division)

  • All unit entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1. 

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted. Unit members should follow instructions from their department.  National Awards Form Link:

Department Award: Best Department Americanism Program (per division)

  • All department entries must be submitted by the department chairman via electronic form by 5 p.m. EST on June 1.

Note: You will receive a confirmation when your award is submitted.

National Awards Form Link:

Americanism Essay Contest

Submissions are due to the division chairmen no later than April 15. The current essay question and other important information may be found on the Americanism Essay Cover sheet located at Please refer to your local unit and department guidelines for their submission dates for this contest.

Please note – when applicable, unit and department deadlines differ.

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Fine Print:

Award submissions become property of the American Legion Auxiliary National Headquarters. 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 given on this sheet, so please be sure to complete the electronic form 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. Department presidents may wish to recognize award recipients by presenting them with the award at a department function.

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