“UNTIL ALL ARE WELCOMED HOME”
Welcome Sisters, Comrades, and guest to the Department of Washington Webpage.
Let me start off by saying Congratulations to Jr. Past President Mary Ann on reaching 100% in Membership for 2014-2015.
I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Erin Mezek, I like to say I was born into this great organization. My parents belong to Rainier Post & Auxiliary and at the age of 6 I joined our local Jr. Girls Unit where I stayed an active member for 11yrs and on my 16th Birthday I became an Auxiliary member and I just celebrated my 22nd year. So in a nut shell I have 33yrs of membership but 38yrs of life in this organization learning to become the next leader of this great Department.
I have a few small goals for this year: 1) Reminding our current member & educating our newer members of our mission “Serving Veterans and their Families “, 2) Bringing “family” back to our organization (family picnics, children’s parties, sponsored youth teams or groups) The generation of veterans today are very family orientated and wants to belong where the whole family can be involved.
This year’s pin recently known as the Cancer Pin is being called the “President’s pin.” When you see this pin it represents 3 things: Tree (my roots that my father gave me for life & in this great organization, Vietnam Combat Patch (to honor my father & his fellow medics), and a yellow ribbon tied around the tree (my theme). At the time of the design of this pin the designer was an active duty navy medic. What an honor for the current medic to honor a medic of the past then through art.
My Theme this is “UNTIL ALL ARE WELCOMED HOME.” I choose this theme because we have veterans who are still MIA from conflicts past, veterans who did not get the welcome home they deserved, and those veterans who will need to be welcomed home in the future.
Proceeds from my pin and Project will be divided between “National Veterans Service” & “Veterans & Military Support Program.”
I’m looking forward to having a great year working for our mission.
Thank you for your continued support,
Erin Mezek, Dep. President
Department of Washington Ladies Auxiliary