Merrimack woman appointed to national chairmanship

Linda Theroux, of Merrimack, a member of Mer­rimack Auxiliary 8641, participated in the 102nd Na­tional Convention of the Ladies Auxil­iary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States held July 18-22 at the David L. Law­rence Convention Center in Pittsburgh.

The convention marked the beginning of her 2015- 16 term as national chair­man for the 12 states in the Eastern Conference on the Legislative Program.

A highlight of the con­vention was the announce­ment of the outstanding department presidents in the 11 membership groups at the National President’s Dinner.

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 Celebration on Tues­day evening.

National President Ann Panteleakos commended the 2,000 attendees for their work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families. Members have spent millions of dollars and volunteer hours helping ser­vicemen and women.

Panteleakos also thanked members for volunteering nearly 1 million hours in hos­pitals, raising $1.6 million for the organization’s Cancer Aid & Research Fund and donating $300,000 to VFW National Military Services, which includes Operation Uplink to provide long-dis­tance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.

Panteleakos has also given funds to three major cancer research centers, including MD Anderson Cancer Cen­ter, as well as to the Hos­pitalized Veterans Writing Project, Camp Trotter and many other causes.

The election and installa­tion of new National Presi­dent Francisca Guilford, a life member of Gen. John R. Noyes Auxiliary 9978 in Anchorage, Alaska, and the other 2015-16 national offi­cers on Wednesday, July 22, concluded the convention.

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