ONE OF A KIND
Waverly’s AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Donna Fischer remembered for service to veterans and our community
She advocated for them, supported them, and met with senators and legislators to ensure that veterans’ rights and benefits are honored.
Donna Fischer, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President for Waverly’s Post 79, will be greatly missed. “We were truly honored and privileged to have those last times with her,”
A 1966 graduate of Waverly-Shell Rock High School, she started working at Lutheran Mutual in November of 1966 and retired from CUNA Mutual in June of 2017.
As president of the organization, Donna was especially proud of the work the group’s 132 current members.
Donna joined the Waverly auxiliary in 1996, and became the local president from 2000 to 2012 and from 2017 to 2019.
At the Department level, she served as the AMVETS Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary Second Vice President. Prior to that, she had also served as Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President in 2004 and again from 2007-2008.
Donna held, for many years, the office of National Executive Committee woman, and in that role she would lobby various senators and congressmen to protect veterans’ rights and benefits.
Donna was exceptionally proud of the Ladies Auxiliary annual scholarship fundraiser, which sustains scholarships for excelling students. Donna was instrumental in developing the Monthly Food Night program which was and still is the biggest fundraiser for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.
Donna was at the helm of the Ladies Auxiliary during the historic flood of 2008, which destroyed the AMVETS building in Waverly. Eventually, after years of community fundraising and joining forces with the other veteran organizations, the AMVETS found its new home at the state-of-the-art Waverly Area Veterans Post.
“From the very beginning, when she became involved in 1996, she was passionate about veterans ”
“She was a big part of all of us and she will be greatly missed,”