Dianne Swenson opened the Aug. 15 meeting at 6:32 p.m. with 11 members and 2 guests present. Virginia Swenson and Angie Schnurstein presented our colors. Our POW/MIA sash was draped on a chair in memory of those soldiers. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Chaplain Glenda Mathre gave a prayer and Emma Schnurstein played the “Star Spangled Banner” on her oboe.

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

Our Girls State Representative, Anika DeWald, shared a speech with us about her time at Girls State. She wrote a lot of speeches during her week, while campaigning and received a position at the state level for the Girls State Governor. She enjoyed her week and thanked our unit for sending her.

Officer’s Reports:

Secretary’s Report: A roll call was given. The minutes from the June 20 meeting were read by Angie Schnurstein. Virginia Swenson made a motion to approve the minutes and it was seconded by Carrie Tresemer.

Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer, Virginia Swenson, shared that our current balance is $4,232.44. Susan Braland made a motion and Betty Martin seconded the motion to approve the treasurer’s report.

Committee Reports:

Membership: With our new fiscal year beginning, our current membership is 3 members so far. Our membership goal for this fiscal year is 47 members, which is three more members than last year.

Junior report: Emma Schnurstein shared that she was working on the Junior Auxiliary Patch program. There are 10 different categories for patches. The patches would be presented to her at the State of Iowa Junior conference, which is held on the last day of the Junior camp in Newton. Emma mentioned that with her grandmother, Virginia Swenson, went to the First National Bank in Ankeny and donated some quilts and afghans to the Linus Foundation. These will be given to children in need. They also attended the Iowa State Fair and made four quilts at the State Fair Sew-in. These quilts are given to seven different organizations. They also ironed and pinned fabric for other quilts.

Unfinished Business included: Dianne Swenson delivered the items that we donated to the Iowa Veteran’s Home in Marshalltown. The quilt of valor has been quilted and Dianne Swenson will be getting it to the family of the deceased WWII Veteran that it is honoring. Lynette Heetland owner of Hugs and Stitches in Waukee, donated the quilting batting and did the quilting.

New Business included: No new business.

Announcements: The 6th District leadership conference is in Waukee on Sept. 9.

Chaplain Glenda Mathre shared a prayer of peace with us.

Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 6 p.m. It will be our salad supper, so please bring something to share. Our hostesses will be Ruby Matheason and Velda Frette.