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Gladbrook Auxiliary News

September 23, 2011
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The flags at the Memorial Park were lowered to half staff as the Gladbrook Community remembered the events of 9/11 ten years ago this past weekend. We are challenged to grow from the events of the past and to continue in the spirit of peace and goodwill as we face the future of our communities, country and world. This Monday evening at 5:30pm, Jeanne welcomed her officers and committee chairman to a new year of Auxiliary work with her School of Instruction. The Unit Plan of Action was available for all members, as she encouraged each to read the information for their particular program. Those present were: Margaret Griffin, Louise Ulch, Sue Koster, Kay Lowry, Karen Pieper, Joyce Swangel, Priscella Crumley, Jolene Denbow and President Jeanne. Each chairman was asked if they had particular plans for the new year. Joan King, Children & Youth chairman will be working on a project with the middle school. Sue Koster, Education, held a Meet the Candidates night on Wednesday, Sept 7 at the Memorial Bldg under the leadership of Americanism Chairman, Lisa Reinhard. We were encouraged to VOTE for four from the six running to fill the open seats on the G-R School Board. The polls are open from noon to 8pm. She also has asked the new high school principal, Mr Leeman, to speak to the Auxiliary at the October meeting at Westbrook. Karen reported the very successful Senior Citizens dinner project has already started with a dinner on Sept 9 at Independent Living with proceeds to Sports Boosters at G-R. The second Friday of October will find the group at the Memorial Bldg served by the Auxiliary, November by the members of Chapel Church and December by the Auxiliary amid the Festival of Trees in the City Center. Come by just calling your reservations to Pat Oettchen. Other projects are still in the planning stages. Group #6 with Sue Koster as chairman, will be helping the maintenance committee with the annual Ham Ball dinner on Sunday, September 25. She will be calling for salad donations and workers. This project helps the Legion/Auxiliary with insurance, utilities and even the floors need wax, costs and we appreciate your support. We are all reminded that membership is everyone’s job, asking everyone to ask if members have renewed and sent in their memberships. Our goal is 257 as we welcome June Klinefelter and Alaney Sienknecht to our 2012 roster. A tasty taco lunch was served by Jeanne, Karen and Jolene. At 7:00pm, Jeanne called the regular September meeting of the Auxiliary to order with prayer and the Pledge to our flag. Roll call was answered by 12 members on what they ‘hated about fall’. The secretary gave the report on the August membership brunch and Treasurer Priscella gave the finance report. Our half of the proceeds for the carnival food stand was $2404 with donations totaling about $1000. The final Corn Carnival dates have been set for June 28-July 1, 2012. Old business: Jolene reported on the County IVH picnic on August 6. Jeanne, Louise, Margaret and Jolene helped serve the 62 residents plus volunteers. We had many compliments on the fresh fruit, tomatoes and those deviled eggs. Sue reported on the Meet the Candidates evening and said the high school principal is planning to talk for Education month at our next meeting on October 10 at 2pm at Westbrook Acres. The first day of school was welcomed with the Legion/Auxiliary helping with the 70th annual flag raising event. Lisa Reinhard welcomed the students with Rev Donor giving the message. The Legion color guard presented arms as a new American, Iowa and POW flag was given to the school. New business: At the national Convention in Minneapolis, August 29-31, National dues were raised by $4 per senior member (Junior dues will remain the same at $1.25 to National) Thus, what we send to State will raise to $14 per senior member, $9 of which is sent on to the National organization. Currently our dues are $15 and so the national raise is asking that we increase our local dues to cover these expenses. A motion was made by Karen Pieper, seconded by Margaret Griffin to raise our local dues to $20, starting with the 2013 dues with renewals to be sent out on September 15, 2012. National has been subsidizing expenses from savings the last few years, but the economy has also hit them. Revenue of $217,000 was raised for the national organization from member participation in the direct mailing program where members have the opportunity to purchase labels, tote bags, and other Auxiliary sponsored items. Senior Citizens will be served by the Auxiliary on October 14 at 11:30 in the Memorial Bldg. Call Pat for reservations. Group #6 will be helping with the Ham Ball dinner on September 25 with chairman Sue Koster calling for salads and volunteers. The Juniors will be starting their new year with a family potluck on Sunday, Sept 18. They will be making favors for the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. The Gladbrook Theatre will need to upgrade their screen and projector to handle the new digital movies within the next 2-3 years. A fund-raising campaign is underway to raise the $80,000 necessary to change to this new form of showing us movies. A motion was made by Joyce Swangel, seconded by Margaret Griffith to donate $250 to this project. We were reminded that this week ends movie is a ‘good one’ entitled ‘Help’ and are asked to support our theatre in Gladbrook. Jolene gave a report on the National Convention in Minneapolis, Aug 26-31 with Iowa well recognized with national awards. Gladbrook was honored with a picture and two articles in the program book for their work on the SKYPE internet project and for school articles collected for the Khost City Afghanistan girl’s school. The Americanism chairman shared a slide of Gladbrook’s school flagraising. A slide video at the Convention also recognized Gladbrook for their ‘new baby proclamation certificate’ and membership they give as a Junior membership project, earning them a national award. The Nat’l Americanism chairman read a thank you note from 2005 recipient of a National Scholarship, Chelsea Reinhard. Our entry in the National Presidents Unit of Excellence contest also made us one of the top five winners as Ehrig-McTurk Unit #127 was recognized by President Carlene Ashworth of Texas. We are very proud of the work of our chairman and members as they give of their time to make our Unit one of the five BEST in the nation. We particularly recognized the programs of Education, Community Service, Children and Youth, Junior Activities and VA&R, but it takes everyone to make any project a success. We thank you! We received a beautiful trophy, which will be officially presented to us at the Third District Conference to be held at the Marshalltown IVH Whitehill Chapel on Saturday, October 15. Historian, Karen Pieper gave an interesting rendition of the many activities our members have done this past year. We are indeed a very active Unit as we go above and beyond for our community, county, district and state and now, national! She showed off her beautiful historian’s book and we appreciate her good work. The meeting was adjourned with prayer.


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