American Legion Auxiliary

Department of Indiana 

I joined the American Legion Auxiliary Francis Neidlinger Unit #79 in Zionsville Indiana in 1971.

I was eligible in the American Legion Auxiliary through the service of my brother, Steven L. Wakeland.  Steve is retired from the U.S. Marine Corp with 23 years of service.  My Husband, Jeff Morris, also served in the U.S. Airforce during the Vietnam Era.  Jeff is an active member today in the American Legion.   I am very proud of them for their service and for my eligibility. 

I am retired from U.S. Customs Service where I worked for 25 years.  I worked at the U.S. Customs Finance Center as a Program Management Specialist.   I belong to the Zionsville Christian Church in Zionsville Indiana. 

I proudly held several chairmanships in the unit - Jr. Auxiliary, Leadership, Hoosier Girls State, Community Service, Poppy, and more.  I was elected Unit President and held it for 3 years.

I became very involved in the 6th District and held most of the chairmanships.  I held the office of Secretary for 2 years, Historian, 1st Vice Membership Chairman and went on to be elected 6th District President.  I won the Louise Loyd revolving plaque for the best unit history during my year as historian.  The year I was Membership Chairman and President we reached 100 % goal.  The year I served as District President we were the first to reach the 100% goal.  I had the honor that year to be Department Page at the National Convention.  I also had the honor of escorting our Central Vice President, Karen Lowe, to the stage.

On the department level, I held several chairmanships, Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Merit, Resolutions, Community Service, Public Relations, Poppy, VA&R, and Department Membership Chairman.  During a couple years a chairman and very good friend became ill, so I helped her with Field Service and Creative Arts.

I have had the honor of being Sergeant -At-Arms, Historian, Chaplain, Vice President, and President Elect.  I have been so honored to have the opportunity to be American Legion Auxiliary Department President of Indiana.

I have attended most of the Mission trainings and workshops that National has given.  I have attended the Creative Arts Festival for our veterans.   I have been fortunate to be on the American Legion Auxiliary Hoosier Girls Staff for several years.  I have enjoyed working in the store, serving one year as Assistant Director and presently serving in the newspaper office.  It has been a great joy for me to be involved with our youth.  I enjoy attending the Junior Auxiliary meetings and being involved in their projects.

I have attended the Hospital gift wraps and their VA bingo parties for many years.  It’s a joy to see our veterans in the hospitals come and pick out Christmas gifts for their family members.  I have attend most of the American Legion Conferences and Conventions.

I enjoy being very active with the American Legion and the Legion Family. 

"Reflecting Our Past, To Better Serve Our Veterans"

Department President Judy Morris 2017 - 2018