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Jennie Molina 2018-19
2nd Vice President (Veteran Affairs and Rehab)
Patricia Lugo 2018-19
Vice President (Membership)
Born and raised in the Phoenix area, Lugo is an 19 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". Her theme encouraging membership growth is "This is how we do it". #thisishowwedoit
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.
Born and raised in Douglas for most of her life, Jennie has been a member of Fred Hilburn Unit 11 for 18 years. Her Auxiliary eligibility is through her brother a Navy veteran from the Korean Conflict and her brother an Army Vietnam veteran (deceased). She is very proud of her eligibility through the current service of her Army son, LTC Macedonio Molina. Jennie has held numerous leadership positions at the Unit, District and Department levels. After more than 36 years of working in Behavioral Health she decided to retire. This lasted 2 weeks and is now working part time. She has been an active member of her community and has been given many awards and recognition. For the first time in 18 years she will no longer be volunteering with Special Olympics. Jennie has a strong sense of commitment to our veterans, children and communities. Her favorite expression is “let the candle flame light another for a brighter world”
Arrowhead Chick-fil-A supports veterans for the 3rd consecutive year bringing their total donation to the American Legion Auxiliary to over $8,000
Cindy Queen 2018-19
Queen was unanimously elected during the Arizona Department Convention held at Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort and Conference Center held June 21-24, 2018. Her membership eligibility is through her father, a WWII Army Veteran (deceased). She is also eligible under her husband of 25 years, Ken, an Air Force Vietnam Veteran. Originally a member in Bowie, Maryland, Queen now resides in Mesa and is a member of Apache Unit 27 located in Apache Junction. Queen has held numerous leadership positions at the Unit, District and Department levels and has more than 22 years of service in the Auxiliary. After 30 years as a legal secretary/paralegal in the corporate division of law firms and private sector, both in Maryland and Arizona, Cindy retired in 2014.
“Believe Equality Exists Supporting Every Veteran” is the theme Queen has chosen for her term as President. As her special focus, Queen will raise funds and awareness to support “Visually Impaired Veterans.” She researched new technologies and therapies that exist, as well as those under development, and will bring these advancements to our Veterans.
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