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91st La Marche Nationale

Posted: Wednesday, Sep 19th, 2012

Left, Le Chapeau National Maria Crothers of Michigan, is shown placing the wings of the office of Le Demi Chapeau Nationale Lila Speckels of Chamberlain. PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Lila Speckels of Chamberlain, Jacquelyn Owens of Iroquois, Phyllis Fuller of Ramona, Roberta Olsen of Mount Vernon, Irene Wilson of Mitchell and Doris Ann Werlinger of Rapid City were among the nearly 3,000 delegates from across the country attending the 91st annual La Marche Nationale of La Boutique Nationale Des Huit Chapeaux et Quarante Femmes Aug. 30 through Sept. 1 at Indianapolis.

South Dakota was recognized for 100 percent reporting and for donations to nursing scholarships during the Northwestern Division caucus. Speckels was elected and installed to the high office of Le Demi Chapeau Nationale and Irene Sears will be the National Pouvoir member for South Dakota for the next year.

During Le Chapeau Nationale Sharon Alley’s administration, the La Boutique Nationale awarded $50,000 to 10 nurse scholarship recipients, $19,000 to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, and $30,000 to National Jewish Health. The local salons also pursued projects that raised $40,000 to aid 14,025 children with respiratory diseases. Partners also donated $34,500 for the research of cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis, asthma and other respiratory diseases in children. Since 1957 the Eight et 40 has awarded more than $2 million in educational assistance to nurses who further their education in pediatric respiratory care.

Maria Crothers of Departemental de Michigan was elected Le Chapeau Nationale of the organization for the upcoming year. Her theme, “Strike It Rich For Our Special Children,” will be used throughout the year promoting national programs for children and communities.

For the complete article see the 09-18-2012 issue.

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