Our Mission

America Supporting Americans’ mission is to build a supportive link between the men and women of our armed forces and our community. We send packages and cards that show support for our troops and raise their morale “as high as the sky.”

About the ASA Greater Conejo Valley Chapter

The America Supporting Americans Greater Conejo Valley Chapter is made up of residents of our community who want to show their support for the troops stationed overseas who are defending our country. We are affiliated with the America Supporting Americans national organization which has chapters in more than 300 cities.

ASA began its work in 1967 when Sergeant Joe Artavia wrote his big sister from Vietnam asking her to do something to help raise the morale of his unit. Linda Patterson, as a young woman living in San Mateo, California, convinced her hometown to “adopt” her brother Joe’s unit in Vietnam. Believing that the individual soldiers charged with fighting an unpopular war desperately needed to feel the interest and concern of communities back home, San Mateo agreed to Linda’s request. As a result, the morale of Joe’s fellow soldiers was, in Joe’s own words, “raised as high as the clouds.”

Through adoptions by more than 300 cities across the United States, soldiers and civilians are discovering the unique and crucial link that exists between the men and women of our Armed Services and the American citizens they are charged to protect. In times of both war and peace, this strong connection has proved dynamically and richly rewarding to all involved. Units deployed abroad count on letters and care packages from adoptive cities to boost morale and help them feel connected to home.


Year in Service

The Greater Conejo Valley Chapter has operated in the region for more than 6 years.



More than 500 volunteers from the Conejo Valley have helped ASA support our troops.


Care Packages Delivered

More than 4000 care pages delivered to service men and women around the world.

Meet the ASA Team

Rick McHenry, Current President

Jim Sumner, Past President

Evie Greene, Marketing Vice President

Cal Steinberg, Treasurer

Nick Frankle, Communication

Jon Morse

Carol Lambert, Packaging Lead

Geri Conlan, Card Collection and Inventory Lead

Deborah Peters, Asst. to the President

Anita Briggs, Packing

Pricilla Desjardins, Packing and Card Sorting

David Yim, Events

Ted Schedorn, Events

Sue Fitzgerald, Fundraising

Sherry Klinger, Marketing

Lisa DiMolfetto, Events and Fundraising

Karen Borczon

Jessica Stull

Ray Panek – Events and Construction