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Gladbrook Auxiliary News

September 14, 2012
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Jeanne Paustian, president of the Gladbrook Unit of the American Legion held her School of Instruction on Monday evening, September 10, 5:45 p.m. for her officers and committee chairman for the coming Auxiliary year. The national organization stresses Units helping military personal and their families and Gladbrook works with the children in our community. Those present were: Karen Pieper, Community Service; Sue Koster, Education and Music; Kay Lowry, Legislation; Jolene Denbow, Public Relations; and Louise Ulch, Sgt at Arms. Becky Fish is the new Children and Youth chairman and will be in charge of the December Kids Shopping day. She asks for donations of gift bags for easier wrapping, items for men, children and general as puzzles. No clothing or shoes please. Donations may be left on the tables at the Ambulance Bldg. Sue has the new G-R middle school principal invited to speak at our October 8th meeting at 2pm at Westbrook. She will also recognize the teachers for Education week, November 11-17 as a thank you for their work. We appreciate their cooperation as the Auxiliary offers programs to the students in our middle school. Karen announced plans for a dinner again for residents of Independent Living and Eastbrook as a Community Service project. She is also working on a ‘Make and Take’ Fair geared for 1-3 graders sometime in the spring. Pat Oettchen, VA&R chairman will be having the fall sewing session on September 27 9am with a potluck dinner. We already have lots of materials to sew, so bring your machine and scissors and join in this fun project. Group #2 will be helping the Maintenance Committee serve the Ham Ball dinner on Sunday, September 30. They will be asked to bring salads (3pkgs jello in a 9x13 pan) to serve. This is a Memorial Bldg project to help pay for insurance and upkeep expenses. Jeanne announced the Juniors will be starting their new year with a family potluck on Sunday evening, September 23rd. Awards for Junior meeting and activity attendance will be drawn. District President, Kathy Vavrock, has chosen donations of coloring books for children of our military as her projects and asks that you still save those pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House Before the regular meeting, members were treated to a chili supper by Amanda Gehring and Pam Wedmore. President Jeanne opened the meeting in form with the flags advanced by Louise Ulch and Marilyn Carstensen. The Pow/Mia banner was placed by Joyce Bern. A Memorial Service was held and the Auxiliary Charter draped for Phyllis Willer, a past president in 1973 and a 58 year member of our Unit and for Ruth Parsons, a loyal 19 year member. Condolences were extended to the families of Doc Schaeferle and Rodney Simpson, members of our Post. The minutes were read and approved. A thank you was read from Sierra Osborn for the Merit Award she received. Jeanne announced that the Carnival food stand was a success and thanked all those who volunteered, baked pies or just came and ate. She also surprised us by announcing that as being chosen one of the five best Units in the nation for 2010-11 for the national presidents award for excellence, the Unit has received a check for $500 to be used for Auxiliary programs. We plan to adopt a military family to help this holiday season. Our Americanism program has already started with first day of school flag-raising by the Juniors, the Post color guard and presenting the school with new American, Iowa and POW/MIA flags on Wednesday, August 15. We are also reminded to VOTE in the coming elections in November and in the PPEL school vote tomorrow (Sept 11), also to fly our flags in honor of Patriot’s Day, the 11th anniversary of the bombing of the Twin Towers. Senior Citizens dinners will start with good food served by the Chapel Church on Friday, Sept 14. Call your reservations in to Pat Oettchen. In October come to the Memorial Bldg on the 12th for an Auxiliary meal and on November 9 by Westbrook Acres with the place to be announced. The Auxiliary will again serve the December dinner around the Festival of Trees in the City Center on the 14th. Jeanne gave out the certificates and gifts for the awards given out at the State Convention to the respective committee chairman. Jodi Betts, Poppy chairman, first and President’s award; Children and Youth, Joan King received special recognition; Lisa Reinhard received first for her Americanism report; Sue Koster, music chairman received first and the presidents award for her report as well as receiving recognition for her Education activities. Jeanne received first for her National Security project, Kay Lowry, Legislative Chairman first and the president’s award for her report on Gold Star Wives. Karen received special recognition for her many Community Service projects. Pat Oettchen , VA & R chairman, sent in the names of Irwin Oettchen and Dick Denbow and they received certificates for hours cutting jeans and helping with sewing days. Jolene received second place and a plaque in the Iowa Press Assn multiple page newsletter contest. Karen gave an interesting report on our Historian’s year, May 2011-April 2012, as the wonderful scrapbook she had prepared was passed to share. It includes pictures, correspondence and various newspaper articles of all our many activities. Volunteers were asked to help serve the Tama County meeting to be here in Gladbrook on Tuesday, September 25 starting with a 6:30pm lunch supper. Dennis Richards, District Commander will be our guest. Salad volunteers for the Ham Ball Maintenance dinner on Sunday, Sept 30 were Marilyn Carstensen and Mary Jane Schaeferle. With no further business, the meeting was adjourned with the retiring of the flags. Remember Auxiliary dues are being collected by Jolene and Jeanne. Senior dues are $20 and Juniors still $3. Renewals from National should be out this month, and please help us out by returning them ASAP. September is music month and with Sue Koster at the piano led us in the singing of our Department President’s songs; ‘You’re a Grand Old Flag’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and a rousing rendition “God Bless the USA”.


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