Our annual Christmas meeting with the candlelight service with the Juniors was held on Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30pm. A large group of enthusiastic Juniors were busy practicing their parts as mothers were preparing the hamburger, hotdog meal for all of us. Chaplain Joyce Swangel offered prayer and the kids were joyfully ready for food. Pictures were taken with them around the gifts they had brought for the Kyle Krull family. After which they lined up on the Centennial room stage to entertain the Legion and Auxiliary, closing with Silent night under lighted candles and their favorite, ‘We wish you a Merry Christmas’. The Auxiliary then moved to the Legion room for their informal meeting. Five officers answered roll call. Correspondence was read with a thank you from Dist Cmdr Richards, and a merit award recipient. We acknowledged monetary gifts from Lorraine Gethmann, Suzanne Shah and the Wolf Creek Whirlwinds. The Legion and Auxiliary helped Bill and Doris Tessau as they celebrated their 70th anniversary with ‘Belgian waffles’. Jeanne explained our military family project of the Kyle Krull family of Garwin. He is stationed in Korea and has a young son. The Juniors have purchased gifts and the Auxiliary has taken his wife and son out for an anniversary lunch and to celebrate the youngsters birthday. We have also packed a gift box that was sent to Kyle in Korea. Arrangements are being made to bring him home for a visit in the spring. The $500 award we received from National a couple years ago is being used for this project with $300 toward the plane flight cost. Jeanne thanked Group #3 for serving the 40&8 supper on November 28. We had 14 guests who paid $8 per meal filling up on stuffed pork loin, mashed potatoes/gravy green beans, salad and pumpkin dessert. We made over 300 popcorn balls for the Santa sacks while Karen Pieper filled 60 sacks with loose caramel corn. Joyce Bern and Marilyn Carstensen donated 2 doz cookies each for the IVH Open House. Those helping with the Gift Wrap on December 3.4 and 5 were Dick and Jolene Denbow, Marilyn Carstensen, Cathy Barnes, Bob Knaack and Dave Martens. The Auxliary served the Senior Citizens on Friday December 14 among the beautiful trees in the City Center. Over 60 guests were served with Sue Koster playing Christmas music and Rev Barb Muhs giving a history of Christmas. Our Girls State representative for 2013 will be Ellie Stoakes, daughter of Jim and Jodi Stoakes and Sherri Stoakes. The G-L Ambulance crew, and the volunteers from the Gladbrook and Lincoln fire departments are invited to an appreciation soup supper on Monday, January 14 at 6:30 p.m. We appreciate their time and endless hours of training to make all of us feel safer in our community. We will also have an initiation and welcome ceremony for our newest members. They are Jody Boldt and Jaime Schmidt plus 4 Juniors to reach our membership goal of 258 this year. Sewing days have been set by Veterans Affairs chairman, Pat Oettchen for Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. Jan 17 and 18. We’ll have materials so bring your machine, scissors and spend a fun day with us. Gladbrook will be hosting the Third District Spring Conference on Saturday, March 23. Bob Knaack will chair the soup detail, the Auxiliary will meet at PUCC with the Legion in the Legion room. Noon lunch of soup and sandwich will be served in the Centennial room. Saturday, December 8 found over 115 community children entering the doors of the Memorial Bldg to go ‘shopping’ for parents, siblings and grand parents. Up to 10 treasures were wrapped and happily carried out to be placed under their Christmas trees. This is a Children and Youth project. The Lions also reported a good soup dinner attendance and the 4-H cookie walk and Farmers Markets tables ended up empty. A busy, but very rewarding day. Max Morrison was badly burned in a plane crash outside of Clutier on November 28. He is serving now as a District Vice-Commander and was a Tama County Commander several times and is a patient at the Iowa City Burn Unit. A donation has made to the Farmers Bank in Traer. Numbers were drawn and members present chose a gift to take home. This year the favorite was an IVH rug that looked suspiciously like the denim we sewed this fall??? With smiles on our faces, mild temperatures and no snow, we left to finish up this busy Christmas season.
The Gladbrook Jr. Auxiliary was happy to perform the Candlelight Christmas Program for the Post & Unit on Wed., Dec. 12th. The Juniors spelled out Merry Christmas telling a Christmas symbol with each of the letters. The Juniors also sang “We Wish You A Merry Christmas”. Everyone held a lighted candle and sang with the Juniors “Jingle Bells”, “Rudolph The Red Rose Reindeer”, and Silent Night”. The Juniors will be having their own Christmas Party on Dec. 21st. After school the Juniors will be attending a show at the Gladbrook Theater and enjoy a gift exchange. The Juniors would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. A special thank you to Cynthia Eggers and Jackie Sherman for planning the Christmas Program.