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Support Your Local Auxiliary
By Mary Caruso
NAPS Auxiliary MINK Area Vice President
In 1990, I attended my first NAPS National Convention in Louisville KY. The Auxiliary meeting room was fairly large; every seat was full, with additional chairs added in the back of the meeting room. Auxiliary business was conducted, committees were full and elections held with full slates.
Now we are seeing more empty seats and committees seeking members and individuals to run for office. Since that convention 32 years ago, we have seen our membership numbers drop. Auxiliary branches have closed due to low or no members or lack of support from local NAPS chapters.
The Auxiliary is here to support NAPS. In the past, the Auxiliary would send letters to Capitol Hill to support NAPS issues. Now we help by conducting SPAC and 50/50 raffles. We also help with registration at local conventions, as well as area training symposiums. These efforts enable NAPS members to concentrate on NAPS business at conventions and training events.
The Auxiliary once was viewed as a “women’s” organization, but that is far from true. We always have had men as Auxiliary members. This is a blessing and we look forward to many more joining with our women and men to help the Auxiliary grow.
Local NAPS auxiliary branches need more members to help support NAPS. If NAPS members would encourage their spouse, significant other or family member to join, they would be helping their organization. Membership is only $2 a year for members-at-large.