The 99th National President of the ALA

Kathy Dungan, of Wesson, Miss., was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) during the organization’s 98th National Convention in Minneapolis. Dungan will serve the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization as national president for a one-year term.

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Dungan has held numerous leadership positions in the organization at the unit, district, department, and national levels. At the national level, she chaired 10 committees and served special appointments, including work on the ALA’s 5-Year Centennial Strategic Plan, Future Focus Committee, 100th Anniversary Committee, and Succession Planning Committee. Dungan also served as ALA Mississippi Girls State director for three years.

“Members of the American Legion Auxiliary, thank you for putting your trust in me to lead this great organization as national president … What an honor, I am humbled and truly blessed,” said Dungan in a speech at the Installation of Officers during the ALA’s National Convention.

After more than 20 years of employment with the Mississippi Supreme Court, she retired as judicial assistant for a Supreme Court judge. She is actively involved in her community in many ways, including as a member of Little Bahala Baptist Church where she volunteered as church treasurer for more than a decade, Youth Sunday School teacher, and as a member of the widows’ ministry committee and planning committee. Kathy’s love for God and Country is the guiding reason for her dedication to make a difference in the lives of veterans, and she steadfastly believes in the ALA’s mission of Service Not Self.

Dungan, a 40-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary, is eligible for membership through the service of her father, Wittie Card, who served in the Army in WWII. Kathy and her husband, William, have one son and two grandchildren, all of whom are members of The American Legion Family. She is a member of ALA Drane-Prine Unit 79 in Wesson.

About the ALA: Founded in 1919, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) helps to advance the mission of The American Legion. With nearly three-quarters of a million members, the ALA is the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization and one of the nation’s most prominent supporters of veterans, military, and their families. ALA members volunteer millions of hours annually, with a value averaging $1.1 billion each year. From helping to draft the GI Bill in 1944 to advocating for veterans on Capitol Hill, The American Legion Family has been instrumental in advancing legislation that improves the quality of life for our nation’s veterans. To learn more and get involved, visit

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