October 18, 2012
The Gladbrook Unit of the American Legion Auxiliary held their October meeting in the Activity Room of Westbrook Acres on Monday, October 8 at 1:30pm. As many of our members reside there, it gave them an opportunity to attend along with members of other Units and special guests. President Jeanne was called out on an ambulance call, so the meeting was called to order by Secretary Jolene with all reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. Education chairman, Sue Koster, introduced Brian Williams, the new G-R Middle School principle. He and his family reside in Lincoln and came from the Lansing area. He is also the K-12 curriculum coordinator and is excited with the new technology programs available here at G-R. We enjoyed the informal question and answer session comparing today’s school days to those from ‘country school’. We gave a monetary donation to a school library project as we thanked Mr. Williams for spending time with us. For education week, Sue is checking on needs in K-2 for a special project this year. She will also be recognizing our teachers and other workers here in the Gladbrook Middle School. Jolene gave the highlights from the September Secretary’s report and the Third District Fall Conference last Saturday (October 6) at IVH in Marshalltown. Kendra Vavrock, Third District Junior President attended with her to give a report on her projects. Jolene also gave a run-down on the summer Corn Carnival stand and proceeds. We are pleased to receive $500 for being recognized as one of the 5 best Units in the country last year. There was no treasurer’s report. Pat Oettchen, VA&R chairman was unable to attend the Unit’s fall sewing days on Thursday,September 27, but an ambitious group sewed, trimmed and rolled 13 large balls of denim material for the rug looms at IVH. We always welcome Norbert and Evelyn Caloud of Clutier and thank them for their help. All enjoyed a potluck dinner. It was reported that the craft room at the IVH is only open for 1 hour per week and they now have only one resident making the popular rugs. The Auxiliary will be serving the dinner for Senior Citizens on Friday, October 12 at the Memorial Bldg. Please make your reservations to Jeanne at 473-2802. The Auxiliary and the Juniors are participating in the Operation Christmas Child project. The shoe boxes may be picked up at Gifts of Grace or the Methodist Church. Items may chosen for 3 age groups to fill the boxes with ideas or school items to picture books, small toys, hygiene items and clothing as socks, t-shirts etc. Include extra batteries for those items needing them. Please no war-related items. Personal notes may be added to the child by adding your name and address. Put a rubber band around each closed box and a donation of $7 for mailing postage would be appreciated. These boxes will be given out to needy children all over the world. Sue Koster gave a report on the adopted military family of the Auxiliary as a Community Service project. It is the Kyle Krull family now living in Garwin while Kyle is deployed to Korea. Their son recently celebrated his first birthday so a small party is planned along with a celebration of the couple’s anniversary. She noted plans are to raise enough money so Kyle may be flown home for Christmas at a cost of $1400. The Auxiliary will be giving a donation and all other donations are most welcome. Contact Karen Pieper or Sue Koster. The Juniors started their year with a family potluck in September and will meet again on Saturday, October 13 at Westbrook at 9:30am The Gladbrook Unit’s Group #3 will be serving the 40&8 on Wednesday November 28 (not the 14th as in book). Chairman are Tammi Pierce and Tammi White. We have been asked to serve the Bill and Doris Tessau 70th anniversary waffle dinner on Saturday, November 24th. We will be asking for volunteers to help set-up, and serve for the 10-2 occasion. Please call Jeanne if you are able to help. Kids Shopping Day will again be held on Saturday, December 8 along with the Lion’s Soup Day. Good useable donations may be left in the Ambulance Building especially for men, older boys and girls. No clothes or shoes. Gift bags are welcome and all volunteers call, Jeanne at 473-2802. Our next meeting is the Veterans Day potluck on Monday, November 12 at 6;30pm. Meat and drinks are furnished, bring your table service. Special Legion officers have been invited and Judy Robb of Traer has been asked to give her program on ‘Old Glory Trilogy’. Plan to attend as we recognize all our Veterans for their service. The meeting was adjourned with all singing ‘God Bless America’ and a reminder to vote on November 6.
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