March 28 meeting

Dianne Swenson opened the meeting at 6:32 p.m. with 12 members and one guest present. Our POW/MIA sash was draped on a chair in memory of those soldiers. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Chaplain, Sue Frette, gave a prayer and Emma Schnurstein sang “My Country ‘Tis of Thee.”

The Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion Auxiliary was recited.

Officer’s Reports:

President’s Report: Dianne Swenson welcomed us back to our first Auxiliary meeting for 2017. Emma Schnurstein, our Junior Auxiliary President, shared her experience about attending the 6th District Junior Auxiliary conference on Saturday, March 25, in Ankeny. She gave a speech to run for Chaplain of 6th District and was elected to that position. She also gave a report at the conference of all of the activities that she has done in the 2016 year. Emma presented President Dianne Swenson a 2016-2017 Department of Iowa President pin.

Secretary’s Report: A roll call was given. The minutes from the Nov. 15, 2016, meeting were read by Angie Schnurstein. Emma Schnurstein made a motion to approve the minutes and it was seconded by Virginia Swenson.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer, Virginia Swenson, shared our current balance. Bev Christenson made a motion and Jackie Stockdale seconded the motion to approve the treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:

Membership: A membership update was shared by Virginia Swenson. Our unit’s membership goal is 44 and we currently have 47 paid members.

Scholarship: We did not have anyone apply for our scholarship this year.

Junior report: Bev Christenson made a motion to approve and Trish Swanson seconded the motion to approved to pay the $125 registration fee for Emma to attend Junior Auxiliary Camp from June 4-June 9. Emma raised $102 dollars at the February Bake Sale, of the $125 dollars that she needed to pay for her camp registration.

Funeral: No report.

Girls’ State: Our Girls State representative will be Anika DeWald. She is the daughter of Jacinta McCarty and Rick DeWald. She will be attending Girls State in Des Moines at Drake University on June 18-23. Her online application has been completed and submitted. She is very honored and excited to go, as her older sister, Eden, attended Girls State through our Auxiliary unit a few years ago. Angie Schnurstein passed around a copy of her press release that will be submitted to the Story City Herald in May. We will have her share about her Girls State experience at one of our summer or fall meetings.

Veteran’s Affairs and Rehab- Dianne Swenson brought notes that we will make to attach to the throws that we donate to different Veteran’s in our community.

Communications: A thank you note was received from the Roland-Story Elementary School for our donation to their Reading is Fundamental program. We also received a Christmas card from Heather, the Story County President. We received a thank you note from the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown for the handmade quilts/lap robes that were made and donated to their residents.

Unfinished Business included: None

New Business included: Dianne Swenson shared a list of donated items that could be made to the Iowa Veterans Home. We will have a collection box at the April meeting for this. The Legion is in need of new chairs upstairs. Angela Schnurstein mentioned an article that was in last week’s Story City Herald about non-profit organizations applying for monies that are available. Dianne Swenson mentioned our supporting the Legion to help with the cost of purchasing different chairs and possibly having some fundraisers for this.

Announcements: Jessica Lowe is the new bar manager. Poppies have been ordered and they have arrived. We will be assembling sprays on Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. We will distribute poppies again in town on Saturday, May 6. At the March Kumla feed $210.75 was raised from the bake sale. Thank you to all who baked and donated goods and to Glenda Mathre and Bev Christenson for working the bake sale. President Dianne Swenson shared a form that she would like us to fill out for any volunteering we do.

The Chaplain, Sue Frette, shared a prayer of peace with us.

Thank you to our hostesses Sue Frette and Shirley Frette.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 18, at 6 p.m. We will be making poppy sprays that night. Please bring a friend or two to help with this event.