Laurie Sparwasser, Chairman

My name is Laurie Sparwasser.  I am excited to work with our Department President on her “Peace for All Veterans” year.  This program is directed at our youth and provides scholarship money to continue their education.  There are 4 parts to this program – the Continuing Education and Young American Creative Patriotic Art Contest, Voice of Democracy, directed at high school students and the Patriot’s Pen contest directed at the junior high school age group.

The CONTINUING EDUCATION scholarship is due to National by February 15, 2019.  This scholarship is only for AUXILIARY MEMBERS AND THEIR IMMEDIATE FAMILY.  Please DO NOT put this information in the schools.  This is best advertised in your auxiliary newsletters along with a copy of the application with all the details. The application is below.  Since an essay needs to be included, please give to those eligible by the end of 2018 so they have time to complete.

The YOUNG AMERICAN CREATIVE PATRIOTIC ART CONTEST is for all high school students and is due to the auxiliary by March 31, 2019.  All auxiliaries can submit their first-place entry to me. There is no District judging for this contest.  I hopefully can receive an entry from every auxiliary.  If there are auxiliaries with no high school in their area, maybe another auxiliary can share an extra one.  All information is listed below for you to print and get to the schools.

VOICE OF DEMOCRACY AND PATRIOT’S PEN contests are due to the auxiliaries/posts by October 31, 2018.  This information needs to get out to the schools, newspapers, churches, radio (if applicable in your area) and any other means you have to get the word out, such as Facebook, as soon as possible.  This is a VFW program, but I know most auxiliaries take charge and get the work done for these programs.  Make copies of the applications and hand them out to students and parents in these age groups. Copies of applications are below for your easy access to print.

Please call me at 618-593-4376 or email me at for any questions you may have.


The 2018-19 Voice of Democracy theme is:
“Why My Vote Matters”

The 2018 – 19 Patriots Pen theme
Why I Honor the American Flag


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