AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary Chooses Armed Services YMCA as National Project for 2013

Leslie R. Wunderle, Life Member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #2 in Anchorage, Alaska was elected to the office of National President at the AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary 66th National Convention in Daytona Beach, Florida on August 11, 2012.

Her family, the Department of Alaska and her local Post 2 are extremely proud that Leslie was the 1st Auxiliary member from Alaska to be elected to the National board.  She was first elected to the office of Chaplain in Greensboro, North Carolina and has consequently served as Scholarship Officer, 3rd Vice President, 2nd Vice President and 1st Vice President.

Leslie is a 21 year Member of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary after joining when she married her husband Emil in 1991.  Emil is a proud Veteran of the US Navy having served from 1961-1967.  Leslie is also very proud of the service of her grandfather (US Army-Ret.), father (USMC and Army National Guard) and stepfather (US Air Force-Ret.).

On the Local level, Leslie served as President for 3 terms, 1st Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Parliamentarian, Hospital, Sergeant At Arms and Liaison.  On the Department level she served as President, 1st Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Parliamentarian.  During Leslie’s second term as President, Alaska received the Department of Year at the National Convention in Reno, Nevada.

Leslie graduated from AJ Dimond High School in Anchorage and attended the University of Alaska – Fairbanks, then moved to warmer climates to attend Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  Upon returning to Alaska in 1981 she went to work in the Mortgage and Title industry. She has worked for her current employer, Residential Mortgage, for more than 20 years and is grateful they have allowed her to transfer to their Spokane, Washington office to make her travel during her year as National President more accessible.  This move also allowed Emil to retire and become Chief Cook, Laundry Dude and “Bag Boy”.

Leslie has chosen “Serving Those Who Served” as the theme for her year and her National President’s project is the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA).  ASYMCA was formed by a group of local YMCA members who voluntarily provided relief to the American Armed Services during the Civil War.  The first permanent Army YMCA was founded at Fort Monroe, Virginia in 1889.  The ASYMCA was officially established and recognized as part of the Department of Defense in 1984.  The ASYMCA motto is “Serving Those Who Serve America”.

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During her tenure as National President, Leslie looks forward to visiting AMVETS Auxiliary members throughout the United States and seeing firsthand how those members put into action her theme, “Serving Those Who Served”.