The Torch has now passed to begin a New Year! It is a humbling honor and immense responsibility to be elected to the high office of Department President. I thank all that were at Convention and elected me.
I have appointed Program Chairman whom I think you will agree with me that they are knowledgeable and qualified members for their individual programs. I know they will do an excellent job in promoting and teaching us. There are opportunities and challenges facing us this next year. I believe in the hard work each of you do by letting your individual light shine.
I have chosen as my theme this year----the Lighthouse as the Lighthouse has always guided the way to our ships at sea with their light. I feel we each have a special light and each of our lights are important to this organization. Your light is very important and we will definitely use it!
I believe in this fantastic, rewarding organization and the work that we are given the privilege of doing. I believe working together we can achieve anything. Continue to believe in yourself and our mission of helping our Veterans.
I have chosen as my flower, the Rose. The song by Bette Midler is the reason I have chosen the Rose.
My special project are the VA Hospitals that we support. The funds will be divided at the end of the year among the various Hospitals. I chose this as I wanted something to benefit all Veterans.
There are many events and activities planned for the year and this will be an excellent place to share our activities. I believe in sharing so other Auxiliaries can benefit from what we are each doing.
I am looking forward to visiting with each of you this year!
Kathi Naff, Washington State President