WEST CARTHAGE — Village resident Jane A. Reape is embarking on a journey taking her to the national presidency of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary of the United States.
Mrs. Reape, a life member and president of Dionne-Rumble Auxiliary 7227, was elected national guard of the organization at the 104th National Convention held July 22 to 26 at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
This is the first of five offices leading to the presidency of the national organization, which she is expected to hold from 2022 to 2023.
“It’s pretty exciting,” Mrs. Reape said. “I’m looking forward to serving veterans and their families on a new level. It’s a very humbling experience to have members from all over the country show support by voting for me.”
She said her new duties will involve representing the national organization at conventions and conferences throughout the country.
Upon returning from the convention, Mrs. Reape was given a hero’s welcome at her home post.
“I was very surprised and touched by the local support,” she said. “It’s very heartwarming to have the support of my local VFW auxiliary as well as the state VFW and auxiliary.”
Having been elected president of the local VFW Auxiliary last month, Mrs. Reape said she would be relying on her officers more as she fulfills her national duties.
“I have good line officers,” she said. “I have every confidence they will take over when I’m not here.”
VFW Post 7227 commander Kirt D. Olson expressed congratulations to Mrs. Reape.
“She has a long road to endure,” Mr. Olson said. “With everything that will be thrown at her, we are looking forward to helping in any way we can as she goes through the chairs to national presidency.”
Mrs. Reape has been a member of the auxiliary since 1988. Although she joined at the urging of her husband, the late James L. Reape, who was then commander, she continued with the organization because she saw the importance of the work it does for veterans.
During her time in the auxiliary, Mrs. Reape has been president several times. In addition, she was the county counsel president and state auxiliary president. She has held numerous state chairs including Buddy Poppy, cancer aid and research, ways and means, Voice of Democracy and Patriotic Pen, Americanism, Fort Drum liaison for military assistance and membership.