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Gladbrook Legion Auxiliary

February 17, 2012
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At 6:30 p.m., Gladbrook Legion and Auxiliary members met for a salad and soup supper and their February 13, 2012, meeting. President Jeanne introduced Lisa Reinhard for her Americanism report. She starts in May as she visits the kindergarten class and explains the symbols of patriotism with the help of an eagle puppet and a video on Eddie the Eagle. The Reinbeck 4th graders are included in her visits as she shows a video on “Our American Veterans’ as they explain some of their experiences and especially one who has received the Medal of Honor as one of our own from Marshalltown. The 5th grade class back in Gladbrook welcome her as she shows the video ‘For Which It Stands’ on our flag, explaining proper flag etiquette and giving a flag folding demonstration. The teachers in middle school also select a student who best represents the pillars of character and citizenship and Lisa then presents them with the Auxiliary Citizenship Award as their name is engraved on a school plaque. She enjoys following them to graduation and sees how these same students continue to demonstrate these character building qualities. Lisa also gives programs at Westbrook on Flag Day, Veterans Day and Labor Day…always with cupcakes for their lunch. She also helps with the first day of School opening and flag raising. The Gladbrook Librarian has also asked her to give a program for them on President’s Day this year. Thank you Lisa for your excellent work! Kay Lowry, our new Legislative Chairman, gave an interesting report on the bills presented to our legislatures this past year as they prepared the 2012 fiscal budget. Increases for appropriations for veteran’s benefits were supported by the Legion. The Flag Amendment was again presented in the House and Senate and the Legion again urges the passage of this amendment to protect our flag from desecration. Unemployment is at a high level for our returning military and the Hire Heroes Act was recently signed to urge employment of our returning veterans. Special credits will be awarded for hiring those who are disabled. Kay is involved in a “Gold Star Wives’ organization of spouses, widows and widowers, of military who were lost while serving or died from service connected injury or disease. Benefits are available for college, medical help and living expenses through the Veterans Administration. These benefits were to be terminated in 1990 if the spouse had remarried, but with the lobbying efforts of the organization, they were retained. This is an example of the power the Legion and Auxiliary has with member numbers as they continue to support the needs of our military to the members of Congress. Dick Denbow will be one of those attending the Awareness Assembly in Washington DC from February 25-29 to visit with our Iowa Senate and House members. The groups then reconvened at their separate business meetings. Prayer was offered by Chaplain Joyce. Roll Call was answered by four officers and the minutes were approved as read. Correspondence was read with a note from the Oettchens that over 140# or carpet rags were sewn in January with a total of 341# taken to the IVH to date. A valentine was received from Rose Bruene as she reported on her family’s activities and wished us well. The library sent a thank you for the memorial book purchased for Pauline Halverson, ‘A Man in Uniform’. Thank yous were read from the families of Gerald Raum, Roger Eggers and Loren Mehaffey for the memorial lunch’s we served. Dalton Behounek also thanked the Auxiliary for the Merit Award he received toward his college education at Hawkeye. Jeanne and Jolene attended Mid-Winter Conference this past weekend, along with Nikki Clapp at the Airport Holiday Inn in Des Moines. Nikki serves as chairman of the National Finance Committee and Jolene helped as the Asst Conference Chairman. They reported on the ‘Pod’ form of reports and the programs fair on Saturday morning. Information was picked up for our various chairman. Iowa is currently #1 in membership for the nation and Central Division, and Third District is currently #1 in the state.. Gladbrook does not have a candidate for Girls State this year, but are planning on more Merit Awards. A short discussion on plans to install a dishwasher in the Memorial Bldg kitchen, to invite the Department Commander and President to ride in our Corn Carnival parade and to check on cost etc of a power point set-up. Our next meeting will be our Veterans Day potluck on Monday, March 12 at 6:30pm with a power point video on Girls State and Claire Reinhard as our program. The meeting was adjourned with prayer.



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