Joan L Sirek was elected National President of AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary in August 2021 at the Sheraton Four Seasons Convention Center in Greensboro, NC. In 2004 Joan joined AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Stevens Point #1051 and became a life member in 2005. On the Local level she held positions of Americanism Officer, Hospital Chairman, 2nd and 3rd Vice President and President.
On the Department level, she has served as NEC woman for two terms, Ways and Means Chairman, Convention Board Committee Member for three years and Department President. For the last 10 years she has served as White Clover Liaison.
On the National level, Joan has served on numerous committees, attended Auxiliary National Leadership Seminars and National Conventions. She has held the positions of National Chaplain, National Americanism Officer, National 3rd Vice President, National 2nd Vice President and National 1st Vice President.
While National Americanism Officer, Joan became an ardent advocate for Freedoms Foundation after witnessing firsthand the excellent education program put on during the AMVETS Spirit of America Youth Conference. Her project for her year is to replace the windows in MacArthur Hall, located on the Freedoms Foundation campus in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.
Joan’s theme is “Honor Our Heroes.” She chose this theme in honor of our current serving military personnel, Veterans, and all the front-line people including, Doctors, Nurses, Teachers, First Responders, and other essential workers who put their lives at risk during this pandemic.
Joan is engaged to Duane J. Miskulin, who served in the U.S. Airforce. Duane was AMVETS National Commander in 2009-2010. Joan has two children, Jennifer (Patrick) Ostrowski and Jeremy (Kelly) Ostrowski. She has three grandchildren, Cheyenne (Cal Stoflet), Emily (Ian Valliere) and Jeren, and one great-granddaughter, Elianna. Duane has one son, Steve, who served in the Army. His daughter Elizabeth passed away four years ago. Joan comes from a military family; she has three brothers that served in the Army.
Joan worked as a Respiratory therapist Technician from 1975-1986. Most of her career however has been in the food business. Along with her husband, Joan owned and operated The House of Prime, a supper club. Her children would help on weekends busing tables and washing dishes. A few years later Joan and her husband bought the Arby’s Franchise which she owned and operated in Stevens Point until 2000 when she sold it to her son and daughter who expanded the business to 13 Arby restaurants! Joan still enjoys working at Arby’s from time to time when needed even though she is retired.
When she is not busy volunteering for AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Joan enjoys going up north where she and Duane spend time with family on the pontoon boat, fishing, and ATV wheeling.
While National President, Joan will be traveling across the United States visiting Auxiliaries and promoting Freedoms Foundation and the other National programs AMVETS Auxiliary supports. For further information please contact AMVETS National Ladies Auxiliary, 4647 Forbes Boulevard, Lanham, Maryland 20706 (301) 459-6255.