Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary will celebrate its 100th year with the kickoff in November.

The year's theme, "100 Years -- Anchored in Service, Setting a Course for the Future!" honors the dedicated women who founded the organization as their men went off to war, but sets the course for the ALA's future. Most notably is the change in eligibility, paring down the last century's seven eligibility periods from seven to two: April 6, 1917, to Nov. 11, 1918, and Dec. 7, 1941, and continuing. Spouses of veterans are not eligible as well.

Members of American Legion Auxiliary Pitterle-Beaudoin Unit 189 will meet Thursday at the American Legion Post, 206 S. First St., Watertown. The crafters start at 5 p.m. with the call to order at 6 p.m., followed by the executive board meeting.

September is the ALA's Music Month, with co-chairwomen Sally Schliewe and Judy Zillmer providing a brief program. Music is the universal language, prompting a wide range of emotion, with or without words, from stirring patriotic strains to the solemn sounding of taps.

The Badger Girls have been invited to share their experiences from their week at Badger Girls State at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh. The June session noted the program's 75th year.

Delegates will be chosen for the Jefferson County Council meeting, hosted by Unit 189, on Wednesday, Oct. 16. The county consists of eight units, Fort Atkinson, Jefferson, Johnson Creek, Lake Mills, Palmyra, Sullivan, Waterloo and Watertown.

Luminaries will be offered for Veterans Day, in honor/in memory of veterans and in honor of those currently serving. The luminaries will be lit on Sunday, Nov. 10, and remain lit overnight into Veterans Day. Forms will be available soon.

Dues will be accepted at Thursday's meeting or may be paid online at www.alaforveterans.org, or by calling the national line at 317-569-4536, Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information on the American Legion Auxiliary, check the Wisconsin and/or national websites at www.amlegionauxwi.org and www.alaforveterans.org, or contact Mary Petrie at 261-8161.

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