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Nicole Clapp, Gladbrook, elected National American Legion Auxiliary President

September 8, 2019
Special to The News-Herald , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

Nicole Clapp, Gladbrook, was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization's 99th National Convention held Aug. 23-29 in Indianapolis. Clapp will serve the patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term.

Nicole's Homecoming in America's Heartland will be Oct. 3-6,with the host site at Meskwaki Bingo Casino Hotel on the Settlement at rural Tama.

A 44-year Paid Up For Life member of American Legion Auxiliary Gladbrook, Iowa Unit 127, Nicole is eligible for membership through the service of her grandfather, Roger Schroeder, who served in the Navy during World War II. Clapp joined the ALA as a Junior member at age 4. Clapp's journey in the ALA started because she wanted to hand out poppies in exchange for donations. The little red flower is what attracted Nicole to the ALA, but its mission is why she stayed. "As a Junior member, I enjoyed how I felt each time I went to visit veterans and saw the smiles on their faces. I still have that same feeling while serving our mission," Clapp said. "For the veterans, the visits offer a sense of appreciation in a basic gesture. To see a young person paying attention to them gives them a sense of hope. They see the future. They see that all of their efforts and sacrifices were not for naught. And they see that the individuals, be it Junior ALA members or others, have an understanding of their sacrifices."

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National American Legion Auxiliary President Nicole Clapp of Gladbrook.
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"I feel very humbled and honored to represent us in our 100th anniversary year, and to be the first honorary national Junior president to have life come full circle by becoming the national president," Clapp said.

The memorable week leading up to the national president installation began with Nicole riding on a motorcycle in The American Legion Legacy Run to raise scholarship funds; campaigning for office; washing windows during a community service project at a homeless veterans complex; delivering multiple speeches to The American Legion Family; along with meeting the Vice President and Second Lady of the United States, in addition to being a distinguished guest at two formal banquets.

Nicole has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district, 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 Committee chair, national Children & Youth Committee chair, national Veterans Affairs & Rehabilitation Committee chair, Future Focus Committee member, and ALA Centennial Strategic Plan Committee member. She also served as the national vice president in the 2018-2019 administrative year.



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