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Mercie Woolfolk, President
Mercie Woolfolk has been elected to the high office of State President at the 89th Annual Convention held in Springfield, June 15, 2013. She is a life member of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 7446 located in Addison, Illinois and the 19th District Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
Mercie joined Auxiliary 7446 in 1997 under the eligibility of her husband, Royal W Woolfolk, Sr., who was in the US Army serving in Viet Nam. Royal is a Past Commander of Post 7446. Mercie served two terms as Auxiliary President in 2005 and 2006. She has also held several chairmanships in her Auxiliary and is currently serving as the Secretary.
Mercie has been active in the 19th District for many years, serving as Chaplain in 2007 and Conductress in 2006. In 2008, she was elected to the office of 19th District President. Over the years, she has held several chairmanships, including Patriot’s Pen, Youth Activities, Cancer Pin, Americanism, and Trustee for three years.
In 2008-2009, she received her first Department appointment as Cancer Aid & Research Chairman. In 2009-2010 and 2010-2011, she was appointed as the Veterans and Family Support Chairman, Graves Registration Chairman, and Audit Committee Chairman. She was the 2010 National Runner-up as Veterans & Family Support Chairman. In 2011-2012, she was appointed as a Budget Committee member. She held all the Department Line Officer positions from Guard to Sr. Vice President and currently is serving as the Department President. These positions involved many opportunities to learn and interact with Auxiliary Members at various levels of the Department, Auxiliaries, and National Ladies Auxiliary.
Mercie is a graduate of Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting in May 1970. While working as a Controller, she went to night school and earned her Master of Business Administration degree in Finance from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, in May 1995.
After 38½ years in the work force, she recently retired from an International Fortune 500 Manufacturing Company, Omron, working domestically in the Schaumburg and St. Charles, Illinois, offices as the Controller. Earlier in her career, she worked as an internal auditor for Northern Illinois Gas Company, now known as NICOR in Aurora, Illinois, and was an onsite internal auditor during the construction of the Supplemental Natural Gas Refinery in Morris, Illinois. During her work tenure, she gained experience in internal auditing, controllership, banking and cash management, credit and Collection, budgets, inventory management, several state and federal audits, managerial accounting, general ledger management and financial statements, including acquisitions and divestitures.
She has one stepson and two grandchildren. Mercie is one of twelve children. She is particularly proud of her twin brothers who served in the US Army in Korea and Germany and another brother who served in the Air Force in France. Because her husband, Royal Woolfolk, has been active in Post 7446, he has been a big supporter of her active involvement in VFW Ladies Auxiliary.