American Legion National President to visit Montgomery


Peggy Thomas, national American Legion Auxiliary president, will visit eight Minnesota American Legion Posts and Auxiliary Units throughout Minnesota.
Thomas chose one community out of the Third District to visit, and Montgomery is it. She will be here on Monday, March 4. The event is open to anyone. You do not need to be a member of the Legion or Auxiliary to attend.  
A social hour begins at 5 p.m. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. For reservations, call the American Legion at 507-364-7779 by Friday, March 1.
Thomas was elected to her position at the organization’s 92nd National Convention in Indianapolis on August 24 to 30, 2012. She joined the American Legion Auxiliary through her late husband, John C. Thomas, a U.S. Army veteran. She is the first national president from Virginia since Anna Gear in 1983-1984.
Thomas, a 31-year member of the Auxiliary, has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district and department levels. At the national level, she just completed her term as vice president and has served as chairman of the following committees: Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation, Children and Youth, Leadership, National Security, Constitution and Bylaws, Poppy, Legislative, and Membership. 
She has served her Virginia department as president, secretary and chairman of a variety of committees including the Advisory Committee for 10 years. Thomas served as Unit President twice, once for Auxiliary Unit 144 and again for Unit 137. She has held all chairmanships in both units.
A retired vice president of a petroleum distributorship with three divisions, Thomas continues the American Legion Auxiliary motto of Service Not Self by volunteering as the Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service deputy at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VAMC in Richmond, Va. 
Thomas has one married daughter, Dr. Lisa Chaplain, and is currently a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior, National Association of Parliamentarians, and the Bellwood Defense Supply Womens' Club and past president of M. Stanley Ryan Unit of Parliamentarians.
Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization. With a membership of nearly 800,000 local American Legion Auxiliary units have a strong presence in more than 9,000 communities nationwide.