Dept. of California
VFW of the United States of America Aux.
www.vfwauxca.org
2018/2019 Department President
Ellie Mello
Auxiliary 2111, District 1
(619) 993-3641
E Mail: Ellie@EllieMello.com
Theme:  "360° for Veterans and Their Families"
Ellie's Biography - Eleanor A Mello was born in Newport, Rhode Island to Arthur and Elizabeth Mello and is very proud of her Portuguese heritage. She had 1 sister and 2 brothers all of whom have gone to their heavenly home.  A trip to the Azores, a Portugal island, reinforced and gave rich understanding to artifacts, food and words she knew as a child.   In her formative years Ellie had a Roman Catholic education and graduated from St Catherine Academy in 1964. Today she is read more
Ellie's Special Project

President Ellie's special project this year will be in keeping with her "360° For Veterans & Their Families" motto.  She has chosen the VFW National Home's Safety & Security Fund. The VFW National Home has since 1925 provided a peaceful sanctuary from the insecurity read more

Motivational Fund - We have established an account in the restricted funds (MOTIVATIONAL FUNDS).  All donations made to this account are FROZEN.  They will remain FROZEN (cannot be used for any other program, debt, line item, etcRead more
DEPARTMENT SR. VICE PRESIDENT
MARY RYSER
Auxiliary 3699, District 3
(760) 289-8320
E Mail: vfw3699@live.com
As Sr. Vice President during the 2018/19 year I have been asked to concentrate on the VFW Store for Ways & Means.  Please take time to read my article as State Sr. Vice President and help purchase supplies from our VFW Store. 
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DEPARTMENT JR. VICE PRESIDENT
ROBYN KUZNIK
Auxiliary 8762, District 17
(916) 213-8171
As Jr. Vice President during the 2018/19 year, I have been asked to chair the Outstanding Auxiliary and District Presidents.  Please do not confuse this program with All State status or anything to do with the Circle of Excellence.  This is a merit based award having to do with leadership and mentoring skills.  Please take a few moments to review the criteria for this award.Click here
DEPT. SECRETARY/TREASURER 
PDP MARILYN PECK
Auxiliary 3173, District 2
(916) 509-8724
E Mail: mpeck@vfwauxca.org
As Secretary/Treausrer I would like you to review the following documents to help with your Auxiliary and District Meetings, and especially your duties as Trustees.
DEPT. CHAPLAIN
KATHY SMITH
Auxiliary 904, District 17
(916) 989-9398
E Mail: cKat4re@sbcglobal.net
As Dept. Chaplain one of my main duties is to assist in our annual Memorial Services at the 2019 Convention.  In order to include all members in the Memorial Book, I need you to become familiar with the Report of Deceased members.  Remember that one copy goes to Dept. Headquarters, one copy comes to me and you are to keep one copy for your Auxiliary files.  Also remember to "decease" a member through MALTA so that National is able to make those changes.  Please take a few moments to read by Chaplain article and become familiar with the Report of Deceased Members.  Thank you.


DEPT. CONDUCTRESS
MARY ANNE KREUTZ
Auxiliary 2805, District 7
(818) 425-9448
E Mail: mamakreutz@sbcglobal.net
As Dept. Conductress, I encourage all Conductresses at every level to please read my article as it appears in the Dept. Program Book.  I look forward to serving the Dept. of California during the 2018/19 year.
NATIONAL COUNCIL MEMBER AREA G
PDP SUE WELLS
Auxiliary 8327, District 13
(209) 852-9068
As National Council member, it is my duty to be the liaison between our National Organization and the Department of California.  California is lucky in that they have only one council person.  Many States (Departments) have to share with 2 or more states.  As Council Member I attend the National Convention, the National Council of Administration meetings and make a report back to you, the members.  Please look for my reports in this section in the near future.  I wish everyone a successful and productive 2018/19 year.

DEPARTMENT CHIEF OF STAFF
SHERI CARRINGTON
Auxiliary 2275, District 1
13300 Los Coches Rd. East #6, El Cajon, CA 92021
(619) 721-4902
E Mail: flamingogirl1950@att.net
Program Goals:
  • Maintain Current Auxiliaries
  • Establish New Auxiliaries
  • Mentoring
  • Family Freedom Festival
As Dept. Chief of Staff I encourage you to read my article as it appears in the Dept. Program Book.  This year the Family Freedom Festival is in the Chief of Staff Program (rather than Americanism).  I wish all a successful and fun year.
September Chief of Staff Bulletin