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American Legion Auxiliary hosts speakers from Girls State and California Convention

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American Legion Auxiliary Unit 247 had Girls State Representatives, Emily Zheng from Arcadia High School, Arianna French from San Marino High School and Hattie Xu from Gabriellino High School speak on their experiences at their monthly meeting last Wednesday night at the American Legion Post 247. Sandy Houseknecht spoke about California Convention.
“I really enjoyed Girls State, I met a lot of people I thought I would never meet.” said Emily Zheng. Girls State was held at McKenna/Claremont College this year. It is a week long camp held once a year where girls live in “cities” within the dormitory.
Girls join others from around the state and “unite as a common voice.” said Hattie Xu.
ALA Girls State develops leadership skills, confidence and an action-based understanding of the government process. “I am really glad I went and I am thankful for the opportunity” Arianna French stated in her speech.
Sandy Houseknecht reported on California
Convention. It was the 95th annual Department of California Convention and was held in Santa Clara, Ca earlier this summer. The purpose was electing officers and receiving committee reports.”It was a simple and nice installation.” Sandy said. The 2013- 2014 Memorial Service was also held during the convention to honor those who have serviced. Sandy said it was requested to wear all white.
American Legion Auxiliary sponsored these representatives to attend Girls State and the CA convention. ALA is the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world, the Auxiliary’s membership is around 800,000. With 9,500 units in the United States, members are fiercely dedicated to serving, helping and meeting the needs of veterans, their families and their communities.
Your local chapter in Arcadia is located 615 E. Live Oak Ave., Arcadia CA 91006 (626) 445-4822.
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News of the San Gabriel Valley since 1966.
American Legion Auxiliary hosts speakers from Girls State and California Convention