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Iowa resident elected National Vice President of American Legion Auxiliary

September 13, 2018
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INDIANAPOLIS — Nicole Clapp, of Gladbrook, Iowa, was elected National Vice President of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 98th National Convention held Aug. 24-30 in Minneapolis. Clapp will serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national vice president for a one-year term. Clapp has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, department, and national levels. At the national level, she served as 1987-1988 ALA Honorary National Junior President and chaired many committees and served special appointments, including national Finance, Children and Youth and Veteran’s Affairs and Rehabilitation chairman, Future Focus Committee member, and ALA Centennial Strategic Plan committee member. “Madam National President Kathy, officers, [ALA] members, and guests, I want to thank each of you for entrusting me to serve as your national American Legion Auxiliary vice president. I am very humbled to have this opportunity to give back to the wonderful organization in which I was raised since I was just 4-years-old. I am so excited to be serving alongside National President Kathy and look forward to assisting her throughout the upcoming year,” said Clapp in a speech at the Installation of Officers during the ALA’s National Convention. Clapp graduated with honors and distinction from The University of Iowa, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in nursing followed by a master’s degree in nursing administration. She then relocated to Wisconsin for a 22-year career at Grant Regional Health Center. She is board-certified in healthcare management and an American College of Healthcare Executives Fellow. Clapp was named the Wisconsin chapter’s Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in 2004. She was also recognized as a one of Becker’s Hospital Review’s 50 Rural Hospital CEOs to Know in the United States. A 44-year Paid Up For Life member of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 127 Gladbrook, IA, Clapp is eligible for membership through the service of her grandfather, Roger Schroeder, who served in the Navy during World War II. Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) helps to advance the mission of The American Legion. With nearly three-quarters of a million members, the ALA is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization and one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, military, and their families. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1.1 billion each year. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, The American Legion Family has been instrumental in advancing legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. To learn more and get involved, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.

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