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American Legion Auxiliary national president to visit Park Rapids

Kathy Dugan

The Park Rapids American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) will host ALA national president Kathy Dungan on Tuesday, May 14.

Dungan is visiting seven Minnesota towns and two veterans homes between May 13-16 during a stopover in her year-long nationwide tour.

"The national president tours all of the states to bring her message and information about the American Legion Auxiliary," explained Park Rapids ALA member Lynn Spilman. "She'll have an entourage — department officials that will be coming with her."

A social begins at 6 p.m. at the Park Rapids American Legion, followed by a 6:30 p.m. dinner.

The event is open to the public. There is a fee for the meal. RSVP at 320-333-6522.

Spilman said "it's a feather in our cap" to be visited by Dungan. "I don't ever recall that we've had a national president here, and I've been active since the late 70s," she said.

Dungan, of Wesson, Miss., was elected president during the organization's 98th National Convention held last August in Minneapolis. Dungan will serve the world's largest women's patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term.

Dungan has held numerous leadership positions in ALA at the unit, district, department and national levels. Dungan, A 40-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, she is eligible for membership through the service of her father, Wittie Card, who served in the Army in World War II. Kathy and her husband, William, have one son and two grandchildren, all of whom are members of the American Legion family.

After more than 20 years of employment with the Mississippi Supreme Court, Dungan retired as judicial assistant for a Supreme Court judge.

The vision of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support the American Legion while becoming the premier service organization and foundation of every community providing support for our veterans, our military, and their families.