On June 2, 2018, Pat Jarvis was elected as the 99th Department President of the American Legion Auxiliary for the 2018-2019 year. Previously, she served as Senior Vice President and Junior Vice President.
Pat is multiply eligible for membership and office in the American Legion Auxiliary. Her father served in the United States Navy and United States Army for thirty years during WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. Her husband Jim Jarvis is a veteran of thirty-two years in United States Navy, retiring after duty during the Vietnam and Gulf Wars, and service as Post 6 Commander and his current position as American Legion District 1 Commander. Pat herself is proud to have served in the United States Navy (WAVES) from 1973 through 1977, which keeps her forever mindful of the struggles of veterans and their families. She also is a Dual Member Legionnaire recently serving as Adjutant of Post Six. She embodies the mission of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.
Pat was born in Michigan while her father was in Korea and is the middle child of five. Pat and Jim are the proud parents of a daughter, Rena Jarvis. During her childhood, Rena served beside Pat and Jim as a “spouse assistant,” and is proud of the title “Navy Brat.”
In addition to her work at the Department level, Pat’s volunteerism includes serving as the Unit Treasurer, Chairperson of Membership, and VA&R. At her church, St. Paul’s Lutheran in Columbia, S.C., she is the Archives Chairman and Church Web Master along with many other duties. During Rena’s involvement, Pat actively volunteered with Girl and Boy Scout troops at every duty station and assisted with high school sporting events.
After military service Pat took an active part in mentoring, assisting and caring for family members during ship’s deployments. She served as Ombudsman and/or President for the family support groups of various submarines and ships on which her husband served. Once Rena started school, Pat returned to the work force throughout all their Navy assignments. As with most military spouses, she become a jill-of-all-trades.
Pat’s theme is “Hope for the Future”. We must mentor and build up young adults to carry on the Legacy of the American Legion into the future.
Pat has been a part of a military family her entire life and learned at a young age to look for and help the person in need. Service, not self is literally her way of life. Pat will always honor the sacrifices of those who have served.
Pat is honored to serve as the 99th President of the American Legion Auxiliary, Department of South Carolina.