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Patricia Lugo 2017-18
Second Vice President (Veteran Affairs & Rehab)
Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Lugo is an 18 year member of Phoenix's Tony F. Soza-Ray Martinez Unit 41. Her Auxiliary eligibility is through her husband, Manuel, a Vietnam combat Marine and her father, a WWII Army veteran (deceased). From a family of 12, she graduated from Carl Hayden High School and attended Phoenix college. She has held numerous leadership positions at all levels of the organization including winning the Silver Brigade membership award in 2016 and Unit Member of the Year award in 2007. She is a volunteer with Piestewa Fallen Heroes, Veterans Medical Leadership Council and the Marine Corps League where she currently serves as Chaplain. Lugo is a dedicated leader who believes in "working from the heart".
In the spirit of Service, Not Self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
That mission is carried out through local members, volunteers and businesses.
Our mission is simple: improve the lives of veterans, military, their families and our communities.
Yolanda Bonilla 2017-18
Bonilla has been an ALA member since 1998. In addition to holding many leadership positions, she was named Arizona Auxiliary member of the year in 2004, most active member and most active Past President twice. She holds a leadership training card and mentors new and active members. She has been married 49 years to Vietnam Army veteran Domingo Bonilla. Together they have 3 children and 4 grandchildren--all members of the American Legion Family. She holds a Business degree from Arizona State University. President Bonilla has selected ALA Girls State as her Special Project for the 2017-18 fiscal year. She has set a goal of $50,000 to ensure the program continues at its current level of program delegates. Her theme "High Heels and Spurs in Service to our Veterans" is a continual reminder of our mission.
Arrowhead Chick Fil A and Peoria’s Unit 62 present Department President Cushing a $4,000 check for Soldier’s Best Friend
Cindy Queen 2017-18
Vice President (Membership)
Queen is a member of Arizona’s largest Auxiliary unit--Apache Junction, Unit 27 with 21 years of service. Cindy joined the Auxiliary under the eligibility of her father, a WWII Army Veteran (deceased) and is also eligible under her husband of 24 years, Ken, an Air Force Vietnam Veteran. Originally a member in Bowie, Maryland, Queen has held numerous leadership positions at the Unit, District and Department level. After 30 years of being a legal secretary/paralegal in the corporate division of law firms and private sector, both in Maryland and Arizona, Cindy is now retired. She is a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church. She is also a member of the “Red Hat Society". Her mantra: "Yes we "can can", yes we can" meet our membership goals!
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