Empire Girls State:
Sisterhood, Compassion, & Leadership
Monday July 2, 2018
Every year, during the first week of July, people ask me why I volunteer my time to American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girl State. I can safely say that it’s not because of the air conditioning (or lack thereof) or even the super “comfy” dorm beds, it is because of what I got to experience as a citizen. It has been six years since I was a fresh faced citizen of American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girl State(EGS). I remember coming in to this program with a shallow knowledge of what the week would entail. I knew of the elections, and campaigning, even the focus on Americanism. Being born on Flag day, I was more than willing to participate. Little did I know, I would be making bonds that would last a lifetime, and that the women I would spend my very hot week at American Legion Auxiliary EGS with, would affect my future in more ways than one. Being surrounded by equally strong and empowered women, is intimidating but worth it! I learned so much about politics, America and surprisingly myself. The American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girl State is a hidden gem among leadership programs. The ALA provides young women with an amazing opportunity to not only learn about politics and America, but also about themselves.
So, returning to the question of why do I continue to return to American Legion Auxiliary EGS? I say, American Legion Auxiliary EGS is something that you have to experience to understand the level of sisterhood, and compassion that these women learn for each other and our country. I am proud to return to American Legion Auxiliary EGS every year as a staff member, and be a part of the continued growth of this program and all that it offers to young women!
American Legion Auxiliary Member
ALA Empire Girls State Senior Counselor
2012 Ross County Sheriff
2012 ALA EGS Lt. Governor