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President Dee Ann Graham

 February 2022


Lots of information on the national level to share with you —
Have you taken the National Headquarters survey yet? All members with an email address in the ALAMIS member database should have received an email from inviting participation in the survey. It’s easy and should take only 15 – 20 minutes to complete. The member survey will provide feedback on how members serve and support the ALA’s mission. Dominant trends and collective data will be shared with departments and units to help improve the organization.
Information about the American Legion Auxiliary National President’s Award for Excellent 2021-2022 can be found at Don’t miss this opportunity to highlight the amazing working on our Mission Outreach Programs.
National President, Kathy Daudistel will be visiting California March 15-17, 2022. Details on her visit are available on our department website Please join us at one or more of her scheduled events.

“Catch the Wave! “
Dee Ann Graham, President

September 2021

Districts: Be sure to complete your MCPC access forms which will enable you to have access to your Unit’s donations and membership.

Units: Please make sure you are using this year’s forms from our website. Last year’s forms will be not be accepted.

Auxiliary Members: Share your Unit’s stories! Email them to Department Historian Jean Cooley-Demueles, Department Public Relations Patty Galatiota and Department Editor Nancy Heinisch. Post your Unit’s activities on the Unit, District, and National Facebook pages as well.

Details for National Commander of the Sons of the American Legion Michael Fox’s special project can be found at This is a wonderful opportunity for your Unit, the Legion Family, and your community to become involved.

As we continue with the uncertainties of the pandemic, vaccinations, and travel, let’s remain vigilant.

“Imagine, dream, and believe in yourself.
With determination and belief,
you will be surprised at what you accomplish.”
Byron Pulsifer

Dee Ann Graham – Biography

Joined the American Legion Auxiliary 2009. Eligibility thru her husband, David Graham, US Army Vietnam era. Very proud of her family’s service, brother, Larry Jones, US Army Korea and son-in-law John Kennedy, US Marines – Desert Storm.

Dee Ann has held various chairmanship and offices, serving twice as President in her Unit and at District level. This year, Dee Ann has served as President for her Unit and District. She has completed the National Leadership course as well as being a PUFL.

She has served as Department Chairman for National Security, Community Service, Children & Youth, Chai Veterans Affairs and Rehabilitation. Currently serving as Vice President and Department Poppy Chairman

Dee Ann volunteers at Bakersfield Post 26 Legion office doing general office work and bookkeeping. Dee Ann worked 25 years in Southern California aerospace industry. She started her career as a Junior draftsman and retired as an Engineer Service Supervisor for a government contractor who designed and manufactured portable and stationary test stands for the FA 18 and FA 16’s. Attained an AS in Vocational Science from College of the Canyons, Valencia.

Dee Ann has two children and twin grandsons.

Bakersfield Unit 26 and District 15 proudly endorses Dee Ann Graham for President.

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