Brenda Bryant of Hawk Point, a member of Humphrey-Schwerdt Auxiliary #2180, participated in the 104th National Convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary held July 22-26 in New Orleans, La.
The convention marked the beginning of her 2017-2018 term as national chairman for the 10 states in the Big Ten Conference in the membership and leadership program.
A highlight of the convention was the first annual Circle of Excellence Ceremony where 35 department (state) presidents were honored for their leadership during the 2016-2017 year.
Other highlights included the opportunity for members to view all 48 entries of the Young American Creative Patriotic Art entries and the “Buddy”® Poppy displays, in addition to attending several joint events with the VFW, such as the joint opening session and the patriotic celebration.
During the convention, National President Colette Bishop commended the 2,000 attendees for all their hard work in honoring veterans and supporting deployed military personnel and their families.
The national president also thanked members for volunteering nearly one million hours in the nation’s hospitals, and donating $300,000 to VFW veterans and military support programs, which includes Operation UplinkTM to provide long-distance calling opportunities to deployed soldiers and hospitalized veterans.
The election and installation of new National President Dee Guillory, a life member of Wilkins-Edwards Auxiliary #176 in Newport News, Va., and the other 2017-2018 national officers concluded the convention.