Roland Legion Auxiliary past year highlights

Staff Writer
Story City Herald

As the Roland Unit 307 of the American Legion Auxiliary began a new year, here are the highlights from the past year:

In August 2013, members met at Timberland Village in Story City for the monthly meeting. This allows several residents of Timberland to be involved in the meeting. The program for the upcoming year was passed around. September 2013 provided an opportunity to honor our Gold Star sisters, Sherry Tjernagel and Carol Staggs with a tea. October 2013 was our new member dinner, prepared by the junior members. We also had the Halloween Party in the Legion Hall for the Roland children. In November, we held a new member induction, with the new members receiving their Auxiliary pins.

December was our annual combined Christmas Dinner with the Legion members. The program was given by Zach Twedt, Roland-Story middle school student, who went on the Story County Freedom Flight in October. He shared his experiences, along with a wonderful slideshow of pictures taken that day. It was an eventful day, as that was during the government shutdown, but nothing was going to prevent our veterans from seeing their war memorials in Washington, DC.

The 2014 new year brought on the cold temperatures, but that didn’t sway the members from meeting every month. Our annual Good Friday Fish Fry occurred in April, which is our biggest fund raiser of the year. All monies raised go to provide assistance to our veterans and their families. We also hosted the community Easter Egg Hunt at the park for Roland children as one of our community projects.

In May our unit celebrates Poppy Month. Members go around town distributing poppies to remind everyone of the sacrifices veterans have made to keep us safe. We do not sell the poppies, but donations are always appreciated! Our junior members went around several times to distribute poppies, and that shows how dedicated they are to preserving the service we provide to the veterans. The Auxiliary also marched in the annual Memorial Day Parade, stopping at the bridge to toss a wreath into the creek to remember those service members lost at sea.

The Roland unit sponsored one Junior each to attend Girl’s State and Junior Camp in June. Also in June was the election of officers, and in July the installation of those officers were held. The Installing Officer was incoming Department President Diana Shadduck. Also in attendance was the Story County President Mary Jo McLaughlin. The new officers are President Heather Thiel, Vice President Linda Henderson, Treasurer Marla Chance, Secretary Kim Auld, Chaplain Diane Webb, Historian Bert Stille, Sergeant-at-Arms Cindy Carpenter and Assistant Sergeant-at-Arms Lisa Gull. President Heather has some great ideas for the new year. We’ll keep you posted on our activities throughout the year.

—submitted by Linda Henderson, Past Unit President, Roland Unit 307, American Legion Auxiliary