Dear Ladies of the Auxiliary,
I cannot believe how fast this summer has gone! The leaves are already starting to turn reminding us that the cold months will follow. I hope that everyone had a enjoyable summer. Our thoughts and prayers are with our members with families suffering from the Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and now Maria is right on their heels. The Auxiliary Emergency Fund is available to all of our members who have 3 years or more of continuous membership. Contact our Department or National office for more information. We also have some applications available at our Unit.
Thank you to everyone who donated their time and talents to our many projects. We couldn’t do what we do without all of your help! August the Post hosted the Riverboat Days which included the Auxiliary and their walking tacos and bake sale. Our quilters have put together another beautiful quilt that is being raffled off and the drawing will be after the Fish House parade Nov. 24th, 2017. The tickets are $1.00 each or a book for $10.00. Please let Chairman, Barb Jones know if you would like some books to sell. It would be wonderful if our members each bought a book. The proceeds go to fund the quilt fund to buy supplies. All quilts are donated to Veterans. September has been busy with class reunions, our first “Meet and Greet Coffee” on the 14th, and on the 20th a presentation from Ward Wallin representing the Silver Bay Veterans Home at Silver Bay MN. Unit 86 donated $500.00 to the recreation fund and also 2 lovely quilts.
I was happy with our "Meet and Greet" and enjoyed meeting some of our members that I had not met before. We had a short survey and I am going to share a couple of questions here:
If we were to change our meeting time, would you be more willing to attend a meeting in the morning or afternoon? We are developing a calling committee for our members living locally, would you be willing to be one of the callers?
If called upon, would you be willing to help with our bake sales, funeral lunches or other activities that might need help?
Other than the email newsletter would you want a printed newsletter from the Unit only or both Unit & Post?
If a mailed copy, would you be willing to send a stamped self addressed envelope for this purpose?
Please send me your responses by email at: email@example.com I look forward to hearing from you.
As we look into the fall and winter we still have many events at the Post and I encourage all of you to check out the Tuesday Night burger and Bingo, and the Friday afternoon meat –raffles. Fun is had by all! We hope you will have an opportunity to come in and support our American Legion Post home. We have many opportunities to volunteer your time. Please join us…..many hands working together make light the work! Don’t forget about our monthly meetings held at the Post on the second Thursday of each month. We would love to have you join us.
LOOKING AHEAD: Please check the calendar for more information.
Oct. 7th, 2017 the Veterans Membership Dinner is free to those who have paid their 2018 dues. The National has sent out the dues notices. If you have paid your 2018 dues, please disregard the notice from National. I am trying to mail out the cards as quickly as possible, but if you are planning on attending the dinner and have not received your card, I will have them at the Post. Please come early to avoid the lines. I will be there around 4:30.
Oct.26, 27 & 28 is the annual Department Fall Conference that will be held in Willmar MN. We are looking forward to hearing about the programs from our Department President Donna Ahrens and her Chairmen.
November 4, 2017 the Auxiliary is hosting a Craft and Vendor Fair and Bake sale at the Legion. This is a joint project with the VFW Auxiliary. We have 22 + vendors and no duplicates! We need baked goods for the sale! Please bring them in with you on Friday when you come in for the 1st Friday dinner! It would be appreciated if you "plate" your items. (Cookies, Bars, etc should have 3-4 items per plate). Thanks for co-operating, save us time and work!
November 11, is Veterans Day and the Legion is hosting this years event at 11:00 am with soup and sandwich lunch. The Legion also has a music jam that afternoon so come and enjoy the day with us! Thank You to all of our Veterans.
November is also American Education Week and we will look forward to honoring those who work with our children during the school year. Again help is needed to put together the goodie trays to be delivered to the schools and the bus garage. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!
Friday, December 8th, is the Children’s Christmas Party at the Post from 5-8 p.m. . The Auxiliary will be baking the cookies on Thursday, Dec.7th starting at 9a.m. The wrapping of the gifts will follow around 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to help us! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
To all of our “Snowbirds” have a safe and wonderful winter and come home safe to us in the spring!
We are keeping the information for the National Website in our newsletter, there is a lot of current information available to you as members. Check out the National website: www.alaforveterans , and Minnesota’s at www.mnala.org My email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. The web site for the Aitkin Lee Post 86 is: aitkinlegion86.org. Please share this information.
Membership: Sandi DeLoach
Please check your dues card. Have you moved? Please make sure that we have your current address and email address if it applies to you. Do you have a parent or relative that is a member of our Auxiliary Unit? Please check their cards to see if they are up to date. If their living circumstances have changed and they are now in a nursing home, or other address change, please let me know.
Taps: Angeline Bodeker, and Margaret “Muggs”Nelson