National President’s Visit


10-13 AUGUST 2015


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Standard Journal News Article


The national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars is coming to this area.

Francisca Guilford, who was just elected to the position last month at the national convention in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, will be in the Rexburg area next Monday through Wednesday.

Guilford, who is from Anchorage, Alaska, will be visiting various locations in the area. She will arrive on Monday afternoon at the airport in Idaho Falls, and a local contingent is going to greet her upon arrival.

The following day, she will be making various visits, including an afternoon stop at the Legacy Flight Museum. She will tour the campus of BYU-Idaho later in the afternoon and then there will be an open house reception at the home of Bob and Carmelita Jones at 7 p.m.

Carmelita Jones was recently elected as the Idaho president of the Ladies Auxiliary and invited Guilford to come to Rexburg.

This is a wonderful opportunity for our Eastern Idaho Auxiliary members to visit with Francisca, said Carmelita Jones. It is also a rare occasion. She is visiting Rexburg as I have been elected the Department of Idaho President for this year. Our Auxiliary has 475,000 members representing all 50 states, the District of Columbia and several foreign-based auxiliaries, who volunteer millions of hours and donate millions of dollars to support veterans, military service personnel and their families. We are also a voice for veterans on Capitol Hill and are instrumental in assisting the VFW in lobbying for legislation that impacts veterans and their families.

On Wednesday, Guildford will visit Yellowstone Bear World, and there will be a Dutch treat luncheon at Applebee’s.

In the afternoon she will be visiting the Teton Flood Museum, followed by a banquet at the Manwaring Center on the BYU-Idaho campus.

If you would like more information about Guilford’s visit, you can contact Shirley Wood at 208-356-4718. For information about the open house, contact Bob or Carmelita Jones at 208-356-0255.

About Francisca Guilford

Guilford was elected National President of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States at its 102nd National Convention in Pittsburgh on July 22.

A life member of Gen. John R. Noyes Auxiliary #9978 in Anchorage since 1989, she joined on the eligibility of her late husband, who served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam.

Since joining, Guilford has served the organization in several capacities ” as auxiliary and department president, western states conference chairman for the Americanism and Buddy Poppy programs, national Americanism director/patriotic instructor and national district council member #16.

Guilford will lead the organization under the theme Our Veterans ” Now and Forever for the 2015-16 year. She will focus on strengthening membership and encouraging Auxiliaries to do all they can for veterans and their families.

She served in all positions in her department leading up to president, when she was named Runner-up President of the Year. She served four terms as chief -of-staff and held various chairmanships as well.

With a bachelor’s degree in education from Alaska Pacific University, Guilford has been employed by the Anchorage School District for 27 years.

She is a VAVS deputy representative and volunteers at the V.A. Domiciliary. She loves helping veterans pick out gifts for their families for the holidays. She also visits veterans at Providence Extended Care Facility in Anchorage.

She is a life member of the VFW National Home for Children, as well a member of Military Order of the Cooties Auxiliary (MOCA), Alaska Disabled Veterans Sports Program and American Legion Auxiliary.

Guilford has five daughters, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.