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Member of the Year

Hayes honored by Legion auxiliary

Posted: July 17, 2012 8:19 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 5:00 a.m.
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Teresia Hayes (right) holds her plaque of honor.

Great things are accomplished one task at a time by one American Legion Auxiliary member at a time: one offer of help to the wife of a deployed serviceman; one volunteer assisting with a community blood drive; one friendly invitation to another woman to join the Auxiliary. The efforts of our members add up to millions of hours and millions of dollars annually in service of the Auxiliary’s mission. Those members whose extraordinary dedication energizes their units -- and thereby the organization as a whole -- are honored with the Unit Member of the Year Award.

This year, Teresia Renee Hayes is recognized as South Carolina’s 2012 Unit Member of the Year. Her accomplishments were highlighted at the 92nd Annual South Carolina Department Convention in Greenville.

The Unit Member of the Year award recognizes women serving at the unit level who exemplify the values and ideals of the Auxiliary and whose accomplishments significantly impact the program work in their units. Selection of the annual award recipients was at the discretion of the department Past Presidents Parley chairman.

Hayes is president and Girls State chair of Sanders Stoney Unit 203. Her eligibility is through her father, John Lewis Seward, who served in the United States Marines during the Vietnam Era and is a Purple Heart Recipient.

Since becoming a member of Unit 203, Hayes has held a unit-level office. She has served as senior vice president, junior vice president, children and youth chairman, junior activities chairman, and is currently unit president and Palmetto Girls State chair. Also, Hayes has been a senior counselor at Palmetto Girls State for two years and has been asked to return again this year. Currently, she is the elected recording secretary at the South Carolina Department Convention.

Hayes has two daughters, Bre’Anna and Serenam, both of whom are all members of the Auxiliary. Bre’Anna was a delegate to 2009 Palmetto Girls State; Serena was 2009-2010 South Carolina Department past honorary junior president.

Hayes stated what she likes most about the Auxiliary is honoring her father’s service and helping the veterans of Post 203 and in the community.

In August, Hayes will be honored at the 92nd Annual National Convention at the Auxiliary’s National Headquarters’ hometown of Indianapolis, Ind. At the convention, Auxiliary members from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia, together with members of The American Legion and the Sons of the American Legion, will celebrate the year’s plentitude of successes, elect new national leaders, and vote on resolutions and the organization’s future. Also, members will unite with others through their shared passion of serving veterans, the military and their families.

(This information provided by the Auxiliary of American Legion Post No. 203.)

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