American Legion hosts April meeting

The ALA April 13 meeting was opened by Deb Miller, president, at the American Legion Post 46 in the lower level. Opening Prayer was given by Dorothy Hellberg, chaplain. Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the Constitution were recited.

Thirteen members answered roll call.Jessica Bolen was introduced as a new member. Two April birthdays were recognized. Sick call was announced and member Dorothy Stone has passed away.

Pat McLain, vice president, read the minutes of the March meeting in absence of the secretary. One correction was made. The American Legion birthday was cited as 101 and should be 102 years. A motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes with the correction.

Amy McCready, treasurer, gave the treasurer report. A motion made by Marcella Stewart to accept the report and seconded by Linda Fuller.

Membership Chair Meg Sponseller gave the Membership report and revealed 100 percent of the goal was met. The group gained 23 new members this year. A New Membership Brunch is planned for May 22 honoring the new members, 50-year members and past presidents. Meg Sponseller is the chair of the committee and committee members are Barb Vovos, Linda Fuller, Deb Miller and Hellberg. The committee will plan the meal and mail invitations.

A memorial check was received from the family of Danny Winter. Sponseller made a motion, seconded by Barb Blake that the money be deposited in the Hospice House Cookie account.

Junior Auxiliary members held a meeting on Sunday at Pat McLain’s home at 1701 Fremont St.

May Day baskets will be made and delivered to the Hospice House on May 1. The committee will be chaired by Tanya Warnell. Members of the committee are Sponseller, Kellie Allen and Vovos.

Stamps for the Wounded project will be continued, and cancelled postage stamps with a º-inch border or more may be dropped off at the Legion Post 46.

Jeffery, Veteran in Need, will be given new curtains as was decided in the March meeting. This is to be completed by the May meeting.

The appointed Nominating Committee consisting of Blake, Fuller and Vovos stated they have the roster completed and will present it at the May meeting.

A lunch stand at the Farmer’s Market and Craft Shows was discussed. One can possibly be done on July 31. The decision was tabled until the May meeting.

Discussion of the upcoming Holiday Stroll on Nov. 20 was held and more will be decided after information is received when it s closer to the date.

The ALA District meeting was on Saturday in Shellsburg.

On Memorial Day there will be several veterans receiving quilts from the Quilts of Valor. The American Legion Auxiliary will furnish cookies and punch.

Poppies will be distributed this year from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on May 14 at two locations. HyVee and Walmart as Fareway is under construction. Masks will be worn by those who are distributing.

A fundraiser by Dave’s Coffee Cakes is planned for from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., May 8. This event will take place at Theisens. If anyone wishes to help with this, be sure and contact Deb Miller.

Allen is in the process of setting up a Google calendar for the unit that will display upcoming events and meetings. Email addresses are being updated and then the site will be made available to all the members.

Discussion was held concerning a craft show in the fall. Pat McLain reported the National Guard Armory can be rented for $85 a day and any weekend when there is not a drill scheduled can be used.

A donor has offered to help provide cupboards in the Auxiliary kitchen at the American Legion Post 46 lower level. More on this at the May meeting.

Closing prayer by Chaplain Hellberg.

Miller closed the meeting.


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