American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members joined together during the 97th Annual State Convention to elect new Department of Arkansas officers for the ensuing year on June 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

t new Department of Arkansas officers for the ensuing year on June 23, 2018 in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Patricia Murray, a resident of Bryant, AR, was elected the 2018-19 Department of Arkansas President. Murray, a 30-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, is a graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello with a degree in Business Administration. As an ALA member, Murray has held numerous positions on both state and local levels, including Southwest Area Vice President, Chaplain, Historian, Parliamentarian, Constitution and Bylaws Chairman, Americanism Chairman, Community Service Chairman, Auxiliary Emergency Fund Chairman, Deputy VAVS Representative, State Convention Tellers

Committee member, Gift Shop Committee member, VA&R Committee member, and 9th District President. She served as Second Vice President, Public Relations Chairman, Girls State Chairman, and Constitution and Bylaws Chairman of her Unit, the Windom-Ford Unit #343.

Other officers elected include:

NE Division Vice President: Melissa Mangini

NW Division Vice President: Amanda Wade

SE Division Vice President: Catherine Fortney

SW Division Vice President: Janice Rogers

Chaplain: Judy Sellers
Historian: Wanda Honeycutt

Sergeant at Arms: Peggy Duncan

Honorary Junior President: Faith Martin

American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military, and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value averaging $2 billion each year. As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, ALA volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism. To learn more about the ALA’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit