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Larson leads VFW Ladies Auxiliary delegation to national convention

Posted: September 16, 2011 9:27 a.m.
Updated: September 16, 2011 9:25 a.m.
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Marianne Larson

Marianne Larson of Elgin, South Carolina department president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the  Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), led the state delegation to the 98th national convention held Aug. 27-Sept. 1 in San Antonio, Texas.

South Carolina's President, Marianne Larson of Elgin, a member of Robert R. Larson #11079, led the state delegation of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the U.S. at the 98th National Convention held August 27-September 1 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.

As leading representative of the state, she voiced the delegates’ votes during the election of national officers  and played a key role in deciding the direction of the national organization for 2011-2012.

A highlight of the convention was the announcement of the outstanding department presidents in the 11 membership groups at the national president’s luncheon. Awards and resolutions to the national bylaws were also announced and reviewed.

Other highlights included the opportunity for members to view the eight winning Young American Creative Patriotic Art entries and the Buddy Poppy displays in addition to attending several joint events with the VFW, such as the joint opening session and the patriotic rally.

During the convention, the national president commended the 3,000 attendees for their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. Members have spent millions of dollars and volunteer hours helping the heroes of our country.

The national president also thanked members for volunteering 1.2 million hours in the nation’s hospitals, raising $2.4 million for the organization’s Cancer Aid and Research Fund, and donating $292,501 to VFW National Military Services, which includes Operation UplinkTM to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.

To learn more about the 520,000-member organization, visit www.ladiesauxvfw.org.

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