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American Legion Auxiliary discusses many issues

The American Legion Auxiliary May 11 meeting was opened by President Deb Miller at the American Legion Post 46 in the lower level. The opening prayer was given by Chaplain Dorothy Hellberg. Following the prayer, Dorothy Hellberg led the group in a Memorial to the 10 unit members who passed away in the last year.

The Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary was led by Miller.

New member Laurel was welcomed by the membership. Laurel is a retired veteran who served 22 years in the Air Force.

It was reported ALA member Donna Harris passed away. A sympathy card was sent to the family.

Printed minutes of the April meeting were distributed and a motion to accept minutes was made by Hellberg and seconded by Linda Fuller. The motion passed.

The Treasurer Report was given by Amy McCready. A motion to accept the report was made by Meg Sponseller and seconded by Dee Norton and it passed.

A Membership report by given by Meg Sponseller, with one new member reported. The New Member Brunch has been postponed until a later time.

The Junior’s Report was given by Pat McLain. The meeting for April was canceled due to lack of attendees. The Juniors are still collecting cans and bottles to raise money for Junior Camp this summer. They are also collecting pop tabs to be turned into the Junior District President in Gladbrook for the Ronald McDonald House.

No other committee reports were given.

In old business, coupons are still being collected to be sent overseas for military families to use. Stamps for the Wounded Program is continuing. The Veteran in Need Project was completed which included installation of nine blinds and valances.

The Nominating Committee reported the following nominations for offices as follows; President — Deb Miller; 1st Vice President — LaTonya Warnell; 2nd Vice President — Barb Blake; Secretary — Patricia McLain; Treasurer — Amy McCready; Chaplain — Dorothy Hellberg; Historian — Arlene Kremer; Sgt of Arms — Linda Fuller, Kellie Allen and Marcella Stewart. Nominations from the floor will be accepted at the June meeting before the election.

A discussion about participation in the Holiday Stroll on Nov. 20 was tabled.

Member Nicole Johnson was elected as 3rd District Historian at the ALA 3rd District Meeting.

Memorial Day Events included the Quilts of Valor presentation on May 31. Nine veterans, many from the American Legion Post 46, were awarded quilts.

A Google Calendar is being developed and mastered by Allen. This will be greatly beneficial to the members of the Auxiliary to be aware of and keep track of events.

In new business, May is “Military Appreciation Month.” Green light bulbs are available at the Post to help celebrate. The ALA is working on a Kitchen Update project in the lower level of the Post. The cost is estimated to be $500. Al Hoop has donated $250 for this project. A further estimate of cost will be provided at the June meeting and decisions made then.

The flower bed, bench and flagpole which is the responsibility of the ALA was discussed. The flagpole has been replaced by the American Legion. A motion made by Hellberg and seconded by Warnell to allow up to $50 for the purchase of flowers for the bed. The motion passed. The bench issue will be decided in June when estimates have been gathered. A printer was donated to the ALA by Hellberg. Child Abuse Prevention Services has provided a wish list of supplies they would like to be able to give to their organization for babies and small children. The list is available for anyone who wants by calling the President Miller.

Several fundraisers were discussed. ISU Football Fund Raiser, A Culvers Tip Night with date of June 7 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. is to be verified. A possible Reusuable Red Bag and Round Up Program are being checked into by Allen.

The closing prayer was given by Hellberg and the meeting was adjourned by Miller at 7:30 pm.

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