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Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies President-Donna Fischer 2004, 2007-2008 and Current Local #79 Waverly President




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,”


Auxiliary News – November 2014

Mary Steinbach- AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President 2014-2015

Mary Steinbach- AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President 2014-2015

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@mchsi.com

Marge Dietz, Dorene Miller, Marilyn Meissen,Virginia Bock, Judy Behne, June Hicks, Veronica McKenzie, Wilma Ingersoll

A HUGE Thank You to Jean for her work on this year’s membership dinner. We had a great turn out for good food and fellowship. Service Awards were given out and a fun “Let’s Make a Deal” prize give-away were the highlights of the evening. We had 2 special guests, State President Nancy Carrier, and State 1st Vice President, Carol Finger. For those that have renewed their 2014-2015 membership – THANK YOU! If you have not, you can send your $20.00 dues to Jean Lanske 416 4th St. SW Waverly, Iowa 50677. Please have your dues paid by December 31st. Your membership is important to our Auxiliary. As an Auxiliary member, we are helping, caring and sharing for our community and for those who are serving and have served our country. Please renew today.

Carol Finger, State 1st Vice-Mary Steinbach, local president-Jean Lanske, local 1st Vice-Nancy Carrier, State Auxiliary President

Carol Finger, State 1st Vice-Mary Steinbach, local president-Jean Lanske, local 1st Vice-Nancy Carrier, State Auxiliary President

I would also like to thank the ladies who helped at our October food night. We continue our monthly food night to help raise funds for our various projects. In the past we have been able to give 2 scholarships to deserving High School students. We have also donated to AMVETS Auxiliary projects like: Saint Jude’s Hospital, John Tracy Clinics, PAWS with a Cause, Freedom Foundation, and the White Clover Fund. If you would like more information on these organizations you can go their websites. Better yet, plan to attend our monthly meeting and get involved.

Please keep Auxiliary members Marj Reinhardt and Lavon Juhl in your thoughts and prayers. Both are convalescing at Bartels.

“We waited together.. Now let’s work together”