Department President
Mary Hendrickson


Theme:  “Remember, Honor, Serve ”

Symbol: Poppy

Project: Collect funds to purchase two used golf carts for Veterans on the Lake, and big scren for the Silver Bay Veterans Home patio. Any excess funds will go toward the PTSD programs in Minnesota.

     Mary Hendrickson is an honorary life member of West Duluth 71.  She is eligible for membership through the service of her father, Clarence Gilbertson, a W.W. II Army Staff Sergeant and her husband, Carl Hendrickson, a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War Era.  Although not eligible through his service, she is justly proud of her Great Uncle John Paulson, an Army Private who was a battle casualty in W. W. I.

     A Wisconsin native, Mary’s parents were very active in the American Legion Family at Post 98 in Cumberland, Wisconsin.  Mary was part of a loosely organized group of Juniors leading to Senior Membership.  Upon her marriage to Carl, Mary transferred her membership to West Duluth 71 where she quickly became an active Unit and 8th District member.  She has held 7 Department committee chairmanships and on the National level has served as NW Division Legislation Chairman and as a committee member on both the Public Relations and History Committees.

     On a personal level, Mary earned degrees from UW-Eau Claire and

UW-Madison and completed a 33 year career as an educator and school librarian in her home state.  In her free time, Mary loves to travel, go to auctions and estate sales, watch spectator sports (especially pro football), collect agates and watch her husband bowl.

Mary is very honored to be serving as the Department President for the 2019-2020 Auxiliary year.  She is looking forward to visiting units and keeping our programs at their current high level of excellence.

Department Executive Secretary
Sandie Deutsch

Sandie started as the Department Secretary in October 2011.  Sandie has 25+ years background in office management.  Sandie belongs to the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 79 in Montgomery and is currently the treasurer of the Unit.  She became a member under her father Joe Speikers Jr, a World War II Navy Veteran.  She is married to Shorty Deutsch and has three children, Nikki (Butch) Kubes of Montgomery, Melissa (Jeff) Nelson of Streetman, Texas and Brad (Shannon) Deutsch of Arlington, Texas.  The light of her life is her five grandchildren, John and Claire Kubes,Frankie and Cade Nelson and Elizabeth Deutsch.

Jan Lauby

Jan has been a member of the Apple Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1776 for 25 years. She is eligible through her Dad, John Murray, who served in the United States Navy during WWII. She started working at Department in January 2014.

Administrative Assistant
Jocelyn Yasis

Admin Assistant