Department 1st Vice President
Biography of the Dept. 1st Vice President
Pat joined the American Legion Auxiliary in 1998 through the service of her husband Richard. She also is eligible through her father, brother and her son who retired from the USMC after 20 years in 2010.
As a member of the Melvin Roads Unit #1231, Pat went full speed ahead chairing committees as well as serving in the various offices of the Unit. At this time, she became a delegate to the Rensselaer County Committee and again demonstrated a willingness and desire to learn more by serving as an officer.
In 2011-2012 administrative year, Pat served as the 3rd District President and was appointed the Americanism Chairman. She attended the Empire Girl State session teaching the citizens the importance of Americanism. Pat was awarded the National Award for the best all-around Americanism program in the Eastern Division.
Pat also served as the Holiday Gift Chairman at the VA Stratton Hospital for 2 years, and attended the 1st class of the American Legion College held in Cobleskill.
For the 2013-2014 administration, Pat was appointed as the Junior Activities Chairman guiding the Juniors in conducting all of their programs as well as a very successful Mid-Winter Meeting.
In addition to the American Legion Auxiliary, Pat has been a member of Salon #121 of the 8 & 40 in Albany; a 20 year member of Miller Hose Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary until its closing as well as the Hudson Mohawk Volunteer Firefighters Association which encompasses a 13 county radius.
After a 38 year career, Pat retired from the NYS Office of General Services. She has been married to her husband Richard since 1969, raised 3 children, Shawn, Scott and Kelly and now enjoys her 9 grandchildren.
Department 2nd Vice President
Biography of the Dept. 2nd Vice President
Marie is eligible through the service of her husband Ned who served in the Navy during the Vietnam era. He is a Legionnaire, and her daughter is an Auxiliary member.
Department 3rd Vice President
Biography of the Dept. 3rd Vice President
Linda is a 20-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, having joined to honor the WWII Army service of her father Adrian Klaeysen and the Vietnam Era Marine Corps service of her brother Gary Klaeysen. She has chaired many committees at the Unit level, where she has served as Secretary, Vice President, and President. She is a certified Field Service/Home Service volunteer, as well as a volunteer at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center.
She was elected President of the Wayne County Committee in 2006-2007 and served two consecutive terms. She has chaired several committees at the County level, including Leadership, National Security, and Past Presidents Parley. As Membership Chairman, she led the County to 100% of its membership goal for two years. She is currently serving as County Treasurer.
Following a most successful term as Seventh District Vice President in 2012-2013, Linda was elected to the office of Seventh District President in 2013-2014. During that year, she also served the Department as National Security Chairman.
In 2005-2006, Linda was a member of the Ad Hoc Committee to consider an American Legion Auxiliary College for the Department of New York. She acted as Personal Page for Department President Joan Caccamo at the 2007 Department Convention. Linda was Empire Girls State Vice Chairman in 2007-2008 and Chairman in 2008-2009. In 2009-2010, she served as Department Community Service Chairman. As Field Service Chairman and Chairman of the Department President’s Project in 2010-2011, she coordinated a Field Service Orientation program at the MidWinter Conference, enrolling over 100 members as new Field Service Workers, and worked to raise over $75,000 for homeless veterans. She was an instructor at the 2011 session of the American Legion Auxiliary College of New York and Dean of the College in 2011-2012 and again in 2014-2015. Linda’s leadership has been recognized by the National Organization as well; she received the Unit Leadership Training Recognition Certificate in 2011.
Linda retired from Kodak/ITT with over 30 years of Human Resources experience. Almost immediately, she was recruited to assist in establishing a non-medical/homemaker service business, which she now manages. Active in her community, she has worked on and chaired the Palmyra Canaltown Days Committee. She served on the Palmyra-Macedon School Board, with one term as Vice President.