In Honor of Colette Kove, Newly Elected Supreme President of the Women's Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie
Representative David E. Bonior
Mr. Speaker, today I rise to recognize the accomplishments of one of my district's favorite daughters. Colette Kove is a graduate of Utica High School, wife of William Kove, mother of five, grandmother of thirteen, and great-grandmother of six. On Saturday, 30 September, her friends and family gathered to honor her dedication to our veterans — especially her leadership in the Women's Auxiliary of the VFW and the Military Order of the Cootie (MOCA).
Colette first joined the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW in 1960, but left to spend the next eighteen years traveling with her children in the Drum and Bugle Corps. She returned in 1980 to the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post #1146 in St. Clair Shores. She took the group by storm serving as Auxiliary President, County Council President, Fifth District President, and has served as Secretary of the Auxiliary for the past eighteen years.
In 1981, she joined the Women's Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie #35. Since then, she has held the position of President ten times and has served in all offices in the Grand of Michigan (state) MOCA. In 1995, at the MOCA National Convention in Arizona, Colette was elected Supreme Guard, and has served all offices leading to President. Just this past August, she was elected to that highest position and today serves as the Supreme President of the MOCA for the entire United States.
I am honored to be asked to participate in this program. Supreme President Kove has worked hard all her life for the benefit of others. As a small business owner, volunteer at the John Dingel VA Medical Center in Detroit, and nursing home visitor, she has always been there to service the needs of others. Her rise through the ranks of both the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW and the MOCA shows her remarkable sense of dedication and the great amount of respect others have for her.
Please join me in congratulating Colette Kove on her election as Supreme President of the Women's Auxiliary to the Military Order of the Cootie.
[Taken from the Congressional Record, 2 October 2000, page E1643.]