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Gladbrook Auxiliary

September 12, 2019
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The Gladbrook Unit of The American Legion Auxiliary began its 2019-20 year with a Leadership Session for officers and Committee chairman on Monday evening September 9 at 5:45pm. Most conversation was around the excitement of the installation of Nicole Clapp from our Unit as National President of the organization this past week. President Jeanne Paustian called the meeting to order with the Pledge to our Flag and prayer by Chaplain Joyce Swangel. The 2019-20 Planner was proof-read and will be printed for each member. Education chairman Sue Koster asked for ideas for a program for our next meeting at Westbrook on Monday, Oct 14 at 1:30pm. Ideas were shared. Lisa Reinhard, Americanism is planning a Veterans Day program at Westbrook. Kay Lowry will give her Legislative Report in January and the Community Service Committee is busy planning Senior Citizens dinners for October 11 at the Memorial Bldg and December 5 in the City Center Festival of Trees (note chg of date). The Kids Shopping Day project for Saturday, Dec 14 has started as items are being collected at the Methodist Church or call Karen Pieper, Becky Fish or Jeanne. The Juniors are busying planning their year with a field trip added this year. They were recognized as the best Junior Unit in Iowa and recognition for their ‘scrapbook’. Our Auxiliary membership goal was raised by one from close of books for 2019. So we will be busy collecting renewals and looking for new members to reach the 2020 goal of 262. Renewals from National are to be in the mail by Sept 15, so we ask that you help us. The Legion Act was signed that opened the eligibility for all Veterans for the Legion and Veterans benefits since WWII, therefore their families are also eligible for the Auxiliary. The word ‘wife’ in the By-laws was changed to ‘spouse’ opening Auxiliary eligibility to the husbands of female military members. We welcome these changes. At the National Convention: Gladbrook received awards for an Outstanding Leadership Program Plaque and Outstanding Unit Poppy Program. Attention was shifted to plans for the upcoming ‘Homecoming in the Heartland’ for Nat’l President Nicole. Jeanne told of plans and activities and asked for volunteers for various jobs. We will be serving the Friday evening meal at Miller’s Farm and the fish fry dinner on Saturday noon at the Memorial Bldg. The Juniors will be helping ‘bus ‘tables. Reservations must be sent in by Sept 25 and can be picked up at PUCC. If you wish to volunteer or have fall decorations, call Jeanne or Jodi. Twenty members were present to enjoy a light supper served by the officers, Terri Luehring, Jackie and Jordan Sherman. Jordan than presented an interesting review of her week at Girls State in June, A list and addresses of all past Girls State representatives from Gladbrook has been sent in for the 75th anniversary celebration planned for 2020. The program was started in 1945 and Gladbrook sent its first representative, Dana Rowden, in 1947.


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