Michael Maruszak

7423 Terrace Drive
Justice, Il 60458

C: 708-935-6610 (preferred)

P: 708-458-6873

E: Michael-J-Maruszak@msn.com


Participation in this program is a mandatory part of the X-sheet reporting. There are awards and citations fort hose who promote it and embrace its need.


“Making Life Bearable for our Veterans”

I am Honored to be your 2nd Mentoring for Leadership Program Chairmen. It is my responsibility to Mentor the Auxiliary Membership and create Leaders. I look forward to working with each of you and your Auxiliaries.

Leadership is something we all can achieve. Being a good leader is something you strive to be. To become that good leader someone takes the time to show and teach you. That is what the Mentoring for Leadership Program is about. The purpose of the Program is to take the skills and knowledge that our membership has and share it Our National Officers, Department Officers, District, County Councils and Auxiliaries are important to this Program. In our own unique way, we are a mentor and leader. It is how we share this knowledge with others that makes you a mentor. We all have that ‘go to’ someone we look to when we are not sure how to convey or complete something. Here is quick overview of my personal experience how I learned the Auxiliary. It started before I became a member of this organization. I was fortunate to have grown up in a VFW & Auxiliary family who held different Office and Chairmanships on the National, Department and VFW and Auxiliary level.  It was here I  heard and saw my mother, father and sister talk about what the VFW & Auxiliary was all about. The word that was always part of their conversations was is the organizations Leadership. This was my Mentoring; in my wildest dreams did I ever think that one day I would be able to share this with others. When become a member I knew l needed to learn more. I surrounded myself not only in my own Auxiliary, but in my District, attending Department conventions, as well as National convention. I made friends who wanted to learn and mentored me. You are wondering how I become a Mentor for Leadership, I present you the 2020-2021 Mentoring for Leadership qualities.


A mentor is someone who has experience and willingly trains and advises others. Mentors become the confidants of those who they mentor. Mentors also base their decisions and actions on their values and passion. They have learned how to balance their lives be it at home, work, or their responsibilities to this organization. You can be both a leader and a mentor.

Before you become someone’s Mentor you need to know something about yourself as well:

Are you willing to work at it?

What type of mentor are you?

Will you be respectful, show kindness, and be honest to everyone?

Have you found your purpose in the Auxiliary?

This Program was created with you our cherished members in mind. We want you and every member to be involved, motivated, and become leaders. How often at your District or Auxiliary meeting are your members showing up and sit in the back of the room.  Perhaps they were not asked if they would like to be a chairman or run for an office. It is our responsibility to Mentor our members. If we see a member who is having difficulty, step up and help them.  If we see someone always hold the same Office, ask them to teach you that office.  When elections are held, they can now feel confident to stand-up and be nominated because they have been mentored by you.

I wish I had the right words or an acronym for these fine individuals who Mentor. I must take a small part of my National Mentoring of Leadership Ambassador, Erin Mezek  who sums it up using two acronyms, the first R.O.C.K. These are the qualities that I too believe is what a Mentor is:




Consistent Communicator


Through the Mentoring program you will be encouraged to embrace and promote the 2nd acronym that is the CARE concept.

Catch the member when they first join

Ask them to participate

Remember what it felt like to be new

Engage them in a program that fits them

I wish every member could remember these two special words and what they mean.

Mentoring Inside and Mentoring Outside of Auxiliary Business

When we look at or think about mentoring, we do not always look at the different types. We tend to group it all together. Mentoring for Leadership in our organization is broken down into two separate categories, inside and outside our Auxiliary business meetings. A few examples are listed below:

  • Inside Auxiliary Business Meetings
  • This is a group-based activity.
  • g.: personality assessments or Bylaw scavenger hunt
  • You use the tools from the Auxiliary Programs & Publicity Resources web page:


  • Bylaws education
  • Outside Auxiliary Business Meetings
  • Individual/one-on-one
  • Guidance, education, and goal setting
  • Department Line Officers’ meetings

Mentoring Training

The purpose of mentoring training is to:

  • Help those who need a little push to create mentoring teams in their Auxiliaries and Districts.
  • Help those who need a starting point to mentor.
  • Give encouragement to those who have wanted to mentor but are not sure how to begin.

Think of mentoring training as guidance in a group setting. Build a team of mentors in your Department and host train-the-trainer sessions on Department and District levels. These sessions are to be open to all Auxiliary members at all levels of the organization. Suggestions for session topics include:

  • How to ensure a membership application is complete
  • Bylaws and Ritual review
  • How to present information from Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundation
  • Show videos from the Online Auxiliary Academy
  • org/online-auxiliary-academy
  • Mentor roles and activities for a successful Mentoring program

This is what Mentoring for Leadership is all about, coming together to build on the foundation for the continued success of an organization. We can continue to build upon our strong foundation by mentoring, teaching, and sharing knowledge of Auxiliary traditions with all members. This organization had – and has – many great leaders and mentors. By Honoring our Mission to Serve Veterans and helping our Brothers and Sisters be more familiar with our traditions, we enable the VFW Auxiliary to become a stronger organization that will last for generations to come.


If you were to look-up on google what leadership is this is what you might see – Leadership is the art of motivating a group of people to act toward achieving a common goal. … They are the person in the group that possesses the combination of personality and leadership skills to make others want to follow their direction. Being ‘Honest’ is want makes a true leader. They have gathered the knowledge about this Organization and use it to inspire our membership. A good Leader will also be talking about the Programs the Auxiliary is associated with. A Mentor will utilize the “Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundation” the key to creating the successful leader.

Mentoring for Leadership resource material may be found at


2020-2021 National Program Book (available July 1, 2020)

Mentoring at the VFW Auxiliary: Relationship Building for the Future

Building on the VFW Auxiliary Foundations

Please note that Mentoring for Leadership and Chief of Staff Extension Programs utilize many of the same resources. Sharing information create conversations and raises interest to the mentee and develop future leadership.

Listed within the Chief of Staff & Extension Resources:

  • VFW Auxiliary Acronyms and Common Terminology
  • Healthy Auxiliary Tool Kit
  • Auxiliary Meeting Checklist
  • Healthy Communication Phone/Text Tree
  • RU Healthy Checklist — Auxiliary-To-Dos and Deadlines
  • VFW Auxiliary Meeting Challenges & Solutions
  • VFW Auxiliary Member Questionnaire (updated)

Utilize the various Membership Recruitment and Retention Tools:

  • Membership Engagement Packet
  • Membership Moments
  • VFW Auxiliary Facts Leaflet
  • Member Benefits One-Sheeter
  • Cultivate Engagement by Asking “How would you like to contribute?”
  • Matching Member Talents to Leadership Success
  • Engaging Existing Members
  • Know your National Bylaws
  • Understanding Auxiliary Traditions
  • VFW Auxiliary National Programs Overview

Additional beneficial resources for the mentor, mentee and leader may be found at the Online Auxiliary Academy.

  • MALTA (Membership Auxiliary Leadership Technology Access)
  • Administrative & Instructional
  • Social Media (Facebook)
  • Membership & Leadership

Mentoring for Leadership will not only shape future leaders, it will also make our current leaders better. It will also assure the continued success of the VFW Auxiliary that will live on forever.

Goals + Mentoring + Leadership =

Healthy Auxiliary

Mentoring for Leadership Program Awards


  1. Citation to the Outstanding New Mentor in each of the 10 Program Divisions. Nomination form (required) available at vfwauxiliary.org/resources. Nomination forms are due to the Department Mentoring for Leadership Chairman by March 31, 2021.

The Department Mentoring for Leadership Chairman must sign and send a copy of the completed Department winning nomination form to the National Mentoring for Leadership Ambassador by April 30, 2021 for judging.


  1. Most outstanding use of a Mentoring for Leadership activity during an Auxiliary meeting.
  • Citation to every Auxiliary that includes a Mentoring for Leadership activity during an Auxiliary meeting. Criteria and entry form (required) available at vfwauxiliary.org/resources. Auxiliaries must send the entry form to their Department Mentoring for Leadership Chairman by March 31, 2021.

The Department Mentoring for Leadership Chairman must send a copy of all submitted entry forms to National Headquarters by April 30, 2021.

Citations will be mailed directly to participating Auxiliaries from National Headquarters.

Citation and $25 to one Auxiliary in each of the four Conferences with the most outstanding Mentoring for Leadership activity during an Auxiliary meeting.

Auxiliary entries are due to The Department Mentoring for Leadership Chairman  by March 31, 2021. One entry from each Mentoring for Leadership Chairmen is due to the to the National Mentoring for Leadership Ambassador by April 30, 2021 for judging. Winning entry will be announced at the 2021 National Convention in Baltimore, MD. Criteria and entry form (required) available at www.vfwauxiliary.org/resources


We have provided a place here for you to download all of the information that we distribute to you through our Program Book and Bi-Monthly Chairmen’s Bulletins.  You will need Adobe Reader, it is a Free program and can be downloaded here  Get Adobe


2020-2021 Department Mentoring for Leadership Program

2020-2021 Department Mentoring for Leadership Report (Click here for Online Report)

2020-2021 National Mentoring for Leadership

2020-2021 National Mentoring for Leadership Ambassador

VFW Auxiliary Mentoring Guide: Relationship Building for the Future

VFW Auxiliary Acronyms and Common Terminology

Welcome to the VFW Auxiliary Card Front Option 1 (Printable Template)

Welcome to the VFW Auxiliary Card Front Option 2 (Printable Template)

Welcome to the VFW Auxiliary Card Back (Printable Template)


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