National President Visits Mississippi       
Rita Navarrete
National President
Department of Mississippi
American Legion Auxiliary
CONTACT: Carolyn Tardy, Dept. PR Chairman, 662.223.0066


VICKSBURG, Miss. – Mississippi’s American Legion Auxiliary members will host National
President Rita Navarreté Jan. 22 – 24, 2010, during a stopover in her year-long nationwide
tour.  She will call on grassroots members of the Auxiliary as, this year, we “Celebrate 90
Years of Service Not Self.”

Navarreté, a lifetime member of Oter-Garcia-Navarreté Unit 72 in New Mexico, will have the
opportunity to learn about veterans support efforts in Mississippi, including volunteer efforts
in support of military families, the VA hospitals and veterans nursing homes.

“Our organization was founded on service to others,” said Angela Kilcrease, president of the
Department of Mississippi.  “It is our mission to support our veterans as we all have
veterans in our families who served our country.  These meetings give us an opportunity to
share ideas and information to do our jobs better in the local communities.”

Kilcrease, who resides in Tylertown, said Mississippi members of the Auxiliary contribute
thousands of dollars and volunteer hours to projects in support of veterans and
children/youth through programs like Girls State, the poppy program, Americanism and
national security issues.

During her visit, the leader of America’s largest women's patriotic service organization will
meet members and hear of volunteer activities in the state first-hand.  She also will visit with
the young members of the organization, known as Juniors, and address the Legionnaires
who will also be holding their mid-year conference in concurrence.

Navarreté wants to inspire the Auxiliary’s nearly 900,000 members to renew, reconnect and
energize their commitment to the mission of serving veterans, their families, and their
communities. The theme of her presidential year is “Reconnect and Energize.”

The American Legion Auxiliary is affiliated with The American Legion and supports national
and local programs serving veterans, their families, and their communities. For eligibility
criteria and a membership application, visit

We encourage current members to renew dues for 2009-2010, and seek new eligible
members, including spouses, mothers, sisters, daughters and granddaughters of eligible
veterans who are members of The American Legion.  For more information about the
American Legion Auxiliary in Mississippi, call the department at 601.353.3681 or visit online
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Navarreté Bio

Delegates to the 89th National Convention of the American Legion Auxiliary elected Rita
Navarreté as national president during the close of the organization’s convention in
Louisville, Ky. Navarreté is a lifetime member of Otero-Garcia-Navarreté Unit 72 in New
Mexico. She is eligible for membership in the Auxiliary through her husband, Tony, a U.S.
Army veteran of the Vietnam era.

Navarreté is a regular volunteer at the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center in
Albuquerque. She has served in a variety of American Legion Auxiliary leadership roles at
the local, state and national levels, including national chairman of the Veterans Affairs &
Rehabilitation, Children & Youth, Community Service, and Membership committees.
Navarreté also served as the national vice president representing western states in 1999-

Navarreté retired in 2003 as administrative officer under the Department of Agriculture, Rural
Development Agency, completing 37 years as a federal public servant. She and her
husband Tony have been married for more than 40 years and have two sons, six grandsons
and one granddaughter—all members of The American Legion Family.

Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary is the world’s largest patriotic women’s
service organization. With a membership of nearly 900,000, local ALA units have a strong
presence in more than 9,500 communities nationwide. The Auxiliary’s mission to serve
veterans, their families and their communities is carried out through its hundreds of
outreach programs delivered by its members, volunteers and national headquarters.

National President's theme: "Reconnect & Energize!"