Dianne Swenson opened the meeting on May 16 at 6:30 p.m. with 12 members present. Betty Martin and Glenda Mathre presented our colors. Our POW/MIA sash was draped on a chair in memory of those soldiers. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

President Dianne Swenson gave a prayer and Emma Schnurstein sang “God Bless America.” The Preamble to the Constitution of The American Legion Auxiliary was recited.

Officer’s Reports:

President’s Report: Dianne Swenson shared a poem in memory of our veterans. Emma Schnurstein, Junior Auxiliary president, shared an essay that she wrote based on research that she did at school for her sixth-grade literacy class. The topic that she chose to write about included what a veteran is, how many are homeless and the fact that veterans need more help.

Secretary’s Report: A roll call was given. The minutes from the March 28, 2017, meeting were read by Angie Schnurstein. Virginia Swenson made a motion to approve the minutes and it was seconded by Bev Christensen.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer, Virginia Swenson, shared our current balance. Glenda Mathre made a motion and Mildred Olson seconded the motion to approve the treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:

Americanism: Dianne Swenson and Chuck and Ruby Matheason attended the Roland-Story Middle School to hear the reciting of the Gettysburg Address for a contest. The two winning recipients are Steven Berends and Josie Hove. Berends will be reciting the Gettysburg Address at the Story City cemetery, and Hove will be reciting at the Roland cemetery. Becky Watson will be putting flags out on our Auxiliary member graves the Wednesday before Memorial Day.

Membership: We received a note and certificate from the 6th District President about our unit making its goal for membership. A membership update was shared by Virginia Swenson. Our unit’s membership goal is 44 and we currently have 47 paid members.

Junior report: Emma Schnurstein read the Junior report from the 6th District Chronicle about upcoming events for juniors. She will be attending the State of Iowa Junior Auxiliary camp in Newton from June 4-9.

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 June 18-23. Angie Schnurstein passed around a copy of her press release that will be printed in the Story City Herald soon. We will have her share about her Girls State experience at one of our summer or fall meetings. Schnurstein passed around her address while she will be at Girls State, so we can send her a card or write her a note.

Community Service: Thank you to those that have helped serve at the Senior Citizen luncheons during the month of May. Everyone appreciates us serving at these lunches and for the decorations too. Thank you to the following people who have helped serve so far, which include: Dianne Swenson, Sue Frette, Shirley Frette, Lorene Anderson, Ruby Olson, Bev Christensen, Glenda Mathre, Trish Swanson, and Ron and Ann Lovig.

Poppy: On Saturday, May 6, we distributed poppies at Harlan’s from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. and Casey’s 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Thank you to everyone that helped that day handing out poppies and taking donations. We also have poppies and cans at the Royal Café, Romsey Art and Gifts, Dinners by Dawn, Randall Bank, Nucara Pharmacy, the Co-op and the Legion Bar. Mildred Olson has also been taking a donation can and poppies each Wednesday to the Senior Center.

Veteran’s Affairs and Rehab: Dianne Swenson delivered a lap robe to Roy Veach at his home. He was very thankful and loved the red, white and blue one, since he is a Korean Veteran. We discussed handing them out to veterans at Bethany Manor and Cedar Place, along with other veterans in our community. Dianne Swenson said that she would make a list of who they have been donated to already, so we have a record to keep track.

Communications: A thank you note was received from Arlene Jacobson for the lap quilt that we gave to her. Virginia Swenson wrote two thank you notes to people that have made monetary donations to our unit. Thank you notes were also sent to Gerdena Stremick and Carol Jewell for their work in making lap robes and donating them to our unit for us to give to veterans.

Unfinished Business included: Virginia Swenson made a motion and Emma Schnurstein seconded the motion to buy items for the Marshalltown Veteran’s Home. Items will be purchased by our June meeting. Anyone else that wants to bring items in to be donated would be appreciated.

New Business included: If you know of anyone that is actively serving in the military from the Story City unit, please email Angie Schnurstein at aschnurstein@hotmail.com with their full name and address. We would like to honor them with letters in the mail and/or care packages. Dianne Swenson, shared that her brother-in-law’s uncle, Byron Henry Nelson, was a gunner pilot during WWII. They recently found his remains in Italy. Dianne Swenson and Virginia Swenson, Tammy and Stan Hyer, along with members of the Nevada unit, and anyone else that is interested will be putting together a quilt top that will be made into the Quilt of Valor to present to the daughter of the man whose remains were found. We voted to move our next meeting will be June 20 and we will not be meeting in July this summer. Our slate of officers was finalized that we will be installing new officers on June 20.

Announcements: On Memorial Day, bring salads and desserts to the Legion by 11 a.m. The Legion is going to have a float in the Scandinavian Days parade again this year and any auxiliary members are welcome to ride on the float too.

Dianne Swenson shared a prayer of peace.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, June 20, at 6:30 p.m. This will be a June meeting that we are adding and we will skip July’s meeting.