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2013 Jr. Vice Orientation attendees leave awed, excited and ready to get to work
Eaton Rapids, MI – The VFW National Home for Children wowed another group of VFW and Ladies Auxiliary leaders from across the nation during its 9th Annual Jr. Vice Orientation, May 16-18. Participants included VFW Jr. Vice Commander in Chief John Stroud and Ladies Auxiliary National Jr. Vice President Ann Panteleakos, as well as Jr. Vice Commanders and Presidents from across the United States and the Department of Europe.
“Junior Vice Orientation is one of our favorite events at the National Home," said VFW National Home for Children Executive Director Patrice Green. "It is a pleasure and a privilege to show off our beautiful campus and outstanding programs to such a fine group of VFW and Ladies Auxiliary leaders each year."
The group toured campus facilities and homes, met staff, residents and alumni and got a behind-the-scenes look at the National Home’s operations. While many were amazed at the scope of the National Home’s services, others said the visit further reaffirmed for them what an impact their contributions were making on the lives of struggling military and veteran families.
VFW Jr. Vice Commander in Chief John Stroud tasked the Jr. Vice Commanders and Presidents in attendance to take all that they had learned and experienced back to their Departments and encourage next year's class of Jr. Vices to attend this important orientation.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for every Jr. Vice Commander and President," he said. "There are so many great things going on here [at the National Home] every day of every year. If you miss it, you're going to regret it."
A highlight for many attendees was the opportunity to meet and hear from National Home residents and alumni, who shared the positive impact the National Home has had on their lives.
“What a wonderful time we've had," added National Jr. Vice President Ann Panteleakos. "If you haven't been here before, you need to come."
This year’s Junior Vice Orientation was held from May 16 – 18, and R. M. Corporation was a sponsor of the event.