AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY

The Auxiliary , organized in 1919 to assist The American Legion, is much more than the name implies. The organization has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to the American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary's interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.

Patriotism is a personal commitment for American Legion Auxiliary members. We place great importance on community involvement and responsible citizenship.

The Onalaska American Legion Post 336 received a Charter from the American Legion Department of Wisconsin that established Onalaska American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336 on May 22, 1926 with 37 members signing the original Charter. At the end of the year 2006 Unit 336 had two hundred seventy six (276) members.

The following list is representative of what one might expect to find within the mission of Unit 336, but is in no way all inclusive of the activities of Unit 336.

Programs promoting Americanism, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Children and Youth programs and functions, Community Service activities of many dimensions, Formal operation under a Constitution and By-Laws, Strong support for Nursing Education Programs, Junior American Legion Auxiliary functions, and many Leadership/Orientation training programs hosted by the Department of Wisconsin for local Units, active recruiting and membership programs necessary to sustain and maintain the integrity of the American Legion Auxiliary. One notable program of all Auxiliary Units is the role they play in support of veterans through the Poppy Program which is a widely recognized symbol of the sacrifice of the veterans of the American armed forces.

Some things that people forget or don't realize are that:
  • The Auxiliary and the Legion have been and will continue to be the focal point for many community and civic activities.
  • The Auxiliary on a national level raises more than $18 million every year and those funds are returned to the communities and veterans.
  • Many thousands of hours are volunteered by Auxiliary members in support of national and local efforts dedicated to safety and security in their communities.
  • Locally and nationally Auxiliary volunteers serve the veterans through their continued efforts at VA Centers.

Here locally, Onalaska American Legion Auxiliary Unit 336 is approximately 276 members strong and continues to actively recruit new members. Membership dues are $13 per year for a senior member and $3 for Junior members. Auxiliary members are wives, mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters of veterans. To inquire about eligibility for membership and the numerous benefits available or answers to other questions you might have, prospective members can contact the current:

  • President - Mary Grenier
  • 1st Vice President - Shirley Berberich
  • 2nd Vice President - Vacant
  • Treasurer - Sue Kelley
  • Secretary - Liz Weber
  • Chaplain - Wilma Dettinger
  • Sergeant at Arms - Colleen Kujak, Sue Kelley
  • Historian - Luella Chesebro
  • Sunshine Chairwoman - Liz Reekers
  • Persons may also obtain information by calling or visiting Onalaska American Legion Post 336 at 731 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, (608) 783-3300.
Meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of every month @ 7 PM at the Legion Club.
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