In an active 100-year history, May 14 will be big day for the Morris American Legion Auxiliary.

Kathy Dungan, the National American Legion Auxiliary President, will be speaking in Morris. A social time with Dungan starts at 11 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

"This is a big deal for the little town of Morris," said Pat Kieffer of the Legion Auxliary.

Dungan's tour includes several stops in Minnesota but Morris is the only stop in the region, Kieffer said.

"This organization has (more than 8,000 units) and she's chosen to come here," Kieffer said.

Dungan was elected national president of the American Legion Auxiliary in August. She is from Wesson, Mississippi. Her biograph on the American Legion Auxiliary website said Dungan is a 40-year member of the Auxliary and has had numerous leadership positions in her local unit, district, department and at the national level.

Dungan's appearance in Morris is a chance to learn more about her and to hear more about the national organization and other units she has visited, Kieffer said.

Kieffer said it's also a chance for Dungan to learn more about the Morris unit, Kieffer said.

"We're a busy unit," Kieffer said.

Kieffer recited just a few of the unit's projects include the sewing group which makes items for veterans, poppy sales, a scholarship, serving at the bloodmobile and others.

All the effort goes toward helping veterans, Kieffer said.

Dungan's visit is also about more than Morris, Kieffer said. Members of other Auxiliary and Legion units as well as VFW Auxiliary and VFW units are welcome to attend the event, Kieffer said.

"We'd like a big crowd," Kieffer said.

Attendees must register in advance by $10 per person made payable to: American Legion Auxiliary. Mail to: American Legion Auxiliary, P.O. Box 125, Morris, MN 56267, by Monday, May 6.