|Jerry City woman volunteers in Washington with National American Legion Auxiliary|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Thursday, 25 July 2013 09:05|
Gwenda Schroeder-Zulch of Jerry City is one of 30 American Legion Auxiliary volunteers who has the honor of joining 98 young women attending the 67th American Legion Auxiliary Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., this week.
Two outstanding citizens, known as "senators," are selected at the 49 Girls State sessions held across the country to represent their state at ALA Girls Nation. This leadership conference is designed to provide practical insight into the workings of government, to instill a sense of pride and loyalty in America and to create friendships and memories that last a lifetime.
Zulch was chosen to be a part of this year's ALA Girls Nation staff because of her exemplary service to her community and the American Legion Auxiliary. "I am so honored to be a part of ALA Girls Nation," said Zulch. "To see these bright, young women actively learning about our political process makes me proud to be an ALA member and gives me great hope for the future of our country."
Key components of the ALA Girls Nation program include mock senate sessions with caucusing and bill debates and campaigns to elect party officials, an ALA Girls Nation president and a vice president.
In addition to their legislative forums, the senators hear distinguished guest speakers and visit the White House with the opportunity to meet President Obama, tour other memorials in the Washington, D.C. area, and lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. Toward the end of the week, they visit Capitol Hill to meet with their respective senators and representatives.
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