Statement from the American Legion Auxiliary California Girls State regarding the coronavirus situation:

“It is with a very heavy heart I send this message from our ALA CAGS Director regarding the cancellation of the 2020 ALA CAGS session:  


During these past few months, the ALA CAGS leadership has been following information from the CDC, Office of Public Health, Department of Education, and the Governor’s Office regarding the health and safety of California during this emergency.  We have conversed with National ALA Girls State staff and other ALA Departments to make an informed decision that protects the delegates and staff, while also maintaining the integrity of the ALA CA Girls State program.  


At the direction of the Department President, American Legion Auxiliary Department of California has determined that it is in the best interest of all that we cancel the 2020 ALA California Girls State Session. 


Under these extraordinary circumstances, the ALA California Girls State Chairperson, Director, and Chief Counselor are preparing a highly modified process that will allow all chosen delegates to participate in an ALA CA Girls State service project, virtual meet and greet and an introduction to the ALA on June 22. As ALA CA Girls State Director, I will be sending emails to all registered delegates to let them know what we have planned. The ALA CA Girls State Chief Counselor will work with the volunteers to design activities for our delegates to earn their ALA CA Girls State Pin, Certificate of Participation, and eligibility for the California Girls State Alumnae Foundation. 


ALL fees will be returned to the Units via mail. Please do not contact the Department Office to find out when your check will be coming, as the office is closed due to the Safe at Home order. Please be patient as they process returns of funds. Please also inform your donors. 


This has not been a decision made lightly. We all believe that this is for the health and well-being of everyone. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone. Information regarding next steps for the delegates, families, and volunteers will be distributed by May 1 through email and our website. 


Stay safe at home and enjoy your loved ones. 

Tammy Sollazzo 

Dept. of California 

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State Director 


The above statement will be updated to reflect future changes.

Last updated March 9, 2020


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