AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY 

UNIT #53

August 7,2019

Nine members stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.  President Carmen Larson then called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m..  Those members present were Carmen Larson, Jeanette Cornell, Charlie Becker, Loretta Palensky, Janet Ewoldt, Karen Schrader, Barb Brettmann, Liz Cline and Sandra Towne.

Treasures report was given by Charlie.   A bill was presented by Loretta for items to the ice cream social held on the 4th of July.

A good returns was reported on proceeds  from the Ice Cream Social.

Membership chairman Barb said there were a number of members who have not paid dues yet.  Barb has called these members too reminded them their dues are past due.

OLD BUSINESS:  The following are recipients for 2019 Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship, They are Nicolle Nellson and Cherokee Reinhart.  They each received $2000.00.  Congratulations girls!

NEW BUSINESS:  Harvest of Harmony Parade will be October 5, 2019.  Theme this year is Building Dreams,Friendship and 

Memories.  Entry fee is $50.00.  Motion was made by Sandi T. to enter the parade and all were in favor.

District 6 Picnic will be August 18 in Kearney at Veteran Home.  Everyone is welcome to attend.

Nebraska State Fair is having parade on Veterans Day which is September 2, 2019.  We were asked to be in the parade. We will carry banners that we have used in the Harvest of Harmony Parade.

December 14,2019 is Wreaths across America.  These wreaths are $15.00 each  and will be placed on the Veterans graves. Charlie made a motion to give $90.00 to purchase wreaths.  Janet seconded the motion.

Being there was no further business meeting was adjourned.  Next meeting September 4, 2019 at 6:00 p.m..

Submitted by Sandra Towne

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53

July 3, 1920

Six members recited the pledge of allegiance.  Those members present were Carmen, Charlie, Loretta, Liz, Barb and Jeanette.  

Carmen called the meeting to order. Carmen read the minutes from the last 

meeting.  Charlie gave the treasure report and Barb reported on membership. 

 Final plans were gone over for the ice cream social on the 4th of July at the Vets Club.

Girl State Tea will be held on August 7th at 7:00 pm.  Carmen, Jeannie, Barb will bring desserts.

Charlie made a motion to adjourn and Loretta 2nd the motion.  Carmen called the meeting adjourned .

Next meeting will be August 7,2019 starting at 6:00 pm.

Submitted by Sandi Towne

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53

Special Meeting

American Legion Auxiliary

June 19, 2019

Special Meeting was called to order by President Carmen Larson.  Pledge if Allegiance was recited by these members Barb, Charlie,Liz, Carmen & Sandi.

The special meeting was called due to the up coming Ice Cream Social for the  4th of July.

Price of ice cream will be 1 dip - $2.00, 2 dips - $3.00, 3 dips - $4.00.  Flavors will be vanilla and neapolitan.  Toppings of chocolate and strawberry.  Bottled water will be $1.00.

Set up time will be at 12:00 on the 4th of July and start serving at 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Item needed: 2 black tubs from Legion to keep bottled water in.

                      Liz will bring a canopy.

                       1 table from Legion

                        2 or 3 #8 ice cream scopes from kitchen

                        3 coolers to keep ice cream in while serving

                        rags and buckets to use for clean up

We do have extra Auxiliary T-Shirts available to buy.  Please check the glass cabinet in the lounge.

Meeting adjourn.   Submitted by Sandi Towne

American Legion Auxiliary, November 7, 2018

On November 7, 2018, American Legion Auxiliary meeting was held.  Eleven women stood for the Pledge of Allegiance and a total of 13 attended the meeting.

Minutes of the last meeting was stated and the treasurer read her report.

Old Business:  Gift certificates for $40.00 to Glenn Palensky and Don Schritt were discussed and a motion made by Sandy Stewart and seconded by Janet Ewoldt.

New Business:  The ladies were baking banana bread on November 7th for the Veterans Day Breakfast.  Decorating Memorial Hall and cutting the banana bread would be done on Friday at 2:00 p.m.  Serving would be Sunday from 6:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The POW table would be set up in the Hall.  Clean up of the hall would be at 10:30 to prepare the room for bingo.  Trenna Edwards will be singing the National Anthem at 8:00.  Next meeting is December 5th.  We will have a pot luck supper after 6:00.  We will pass the pot for Xmas Cheer.  Heritage House going to be giving pins for Veterans on Friday, November 9th.  Gift shop at the hospital is December 11th at 10:00 a.m. and Gifts for Yanks is December 4th at 2:00 for anyone who would like to help. 

Motion to close was made by Janet Ewoldt and motion seconded.  The meeting was adjourned.

        American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53;

        On May 2, 2018, eleven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes of the March meeting.  The treasurer’s report and the membership secretary.  All reports were read and approved by those present.

        Old Business:  Charlie Becker gave a report on the Easter Egg Hunt.  Liz Cline reported on Girl State orientation that was held at Centura High School.  Six of the eight girls going to Cornhusker Girls State were in attendance.  Charlie Becker reported she went out to Central Community College and talked to their financial advisors about the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship.  This is available to daughters, sons, and granddaughters who have a member in the VFW and VFW Auxiliary, Legion and Legion Auxiliary and the Sons of the Legion and are members of the club. Applicants must have plans to be a nurse.  The deadline is June 15th, 2018. We also vote to donate $300.00 to the Relay for Life committee.  Liz Cline made a motion to give $300.00 to Relay for Life and it was second by Jeannie Cornell, it was approved.

        New Business:  Liz Cline volunteered to take salads to the picnic put on by District #6, held at the Grand Island Veterans Medical Center on Sunday June 3, 2018.  All and any member can attend and help.  Sandy Towne read a couple of articles from the ALA National Magazine pocket prayers for active service members and an article on how to keep our finances safe.  Election of Officers was then held.  They were voted on by the members present and will be as follows.  Membership Secretary, Barb Brettman; Treasurer, Charlie Becker; Recording Secretary, Sandy Stewart; Vice President, Amber O’Reilly; President, Carmen Larson.  Congratulations to New and Old Officers for 2018-2019.

        Amber O’Reilly made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Trina Emken.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  The next meeting will be June 6th at the Veterans Club at 6:00 p.m.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

         Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag on April 4th, 2018.  President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.  She asked for the reading of the March minutes and a treasurer’s report.  Both were read and approved by members present.

         Old Business:   We had a very successful Easter Egg Hunt on the 31rst of March.  The day was cold and windy, so we had the hunt inside the building.  This prevented eggs ending up in South Dakota and having some very cold children.  We had a count of 48 hunters along with parents and grandparents.  We would like to thank all for their help and donations for again making this successful.  Girl State Orientation will be held on Sunday, April 8th at 1:00 p.m. at Centura High School north of Cairo, NE.  We should be having election of officers at the May meeting so please be in attendance on May 2nd.

         New Business:  Liz Cline checked in with the state of how to order poppy kits that were mentioned in the newsletter.  We might check this out later in the year.  Charlie Becker mentioned the Tom Wilcox Scholarship applications can be picked up.  This is for any members of the club’s child or grandchild that will be attending school in nursing.  Please get in touch with Charlie Becker. 

         It was made into motion by Loretta Palensky to adjourn the meeting and a second by Trina Emken and Judy Dunbar.  The meeting was adjourned by the president at 6:50 p.m.  The next meeting will be held at the club on May 2nd at 6:00 p.m. This is an invitation for all members of the Unit #53 to attend.

Submitted, By Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary 

   

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

 

         On March 7, 2018, five members stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

         Recording Secretary, called the meeting to order, at 6:10 p.m.   The minutes of the meeting were read.  Then Loretta Palensky read the Treasurer’s report.  Sandy Towne said members took names to call on outstanding dues not being paid.  She still has to hear from one member who took names.                                                                Old Business: Girl State 2018, the interviews were held at the Veterans club on February 18th with nine girls being present from all four high schools.  We had six ladies present to do the interviews from four different organizations.  We had eight sponsors this year so eight young ladies were chosen, and one alternate.  It was hard because they were all very outstanding young women representing their high schools.  On March 7th we received confirmation that all eight young ladies were accepted to attend Cornhusker Girl State 2018.  They are Shannon Woodward, Grand Island Senior High School.  Abigail Straehr, will be representing Heartland Lutheran High School. And representing Central Catholic High School will be Taylor Mues, Maggie Keslar, McKenna Reilly.  And Northwest High School will be Ashlyn Sutherland, Alexia Schulte and Katelyn Douglas.  The Easter Egg Hunt will be held on March 31, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at the United Veterans Club.  This is open to all members and their families.  The horn will sound at 2:00 p.m. so be prepared, please bring an Easter Basket for your child.

         New Business:  They are having the District #6 meeting in Kearney, NE, on Sunday March 11th. March 25th Amber O’Reilly would like someone to run the concession in the Bingo stand.  The call committee is still a work in process for the elections to be held in April or May.  The election results should be turned in by June.

         Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and Sandy Stewart second the motion.  It was adjourned by the Recording Secretary at 6:35 p.m.  Next meeting will be held on April 4th at 6:00 p.m.  Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth Cline

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

            February 7, 2018, eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order, at 6:00 p.m.

            She asked for the Treasurer’s report, Charlie Becker, treasurer turned in a bill for the plaque to be put on the POW/MIA table on display in the club.  Loretta Palensky made a motion to reimburse and Amber O’Reilly second the motion.  The recording secretary read the minutes to the last meeting.  Sandy Towne gave a report and handed out names for members to help in calling outstanding dues that have not been paid for 2018.  These were due by December of 2017.

            Old Business:           The Sons of the American Legion will have their annual Nut Fry on February 17, 2018.  The auxiliary will help with the raffle, head count and taking the money, and any other tasks that need to be done to help.  We should be at the club by 4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Elizabeth Cline then gave a report on Girl State 2018.  The interviews are set for the 18th of February starting around 2:00 p.m.  At this time we have a count of 11-12 young ladies interested in attending.  Then the Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the club on March 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m.  Janet Ewoldt volunteered to purchase the bag of candies for the Easter Bunny to hand out to the children.  We are asking again for donations of gently used stuffed toys.  You can leave at the club or get in touch with Janet Ewoldt or any Auxiliary member.   We will show up around 12:30 – 1:00 p.m. to start setting up for the hunt.  Charlie Becker made a motion to give a gift certificate to the East Bunny and it was second by Loretta Palensky. 

            New Business:  Starting in March, Jeannie Cornell will be calling members to hold an office in the Auxiliary.  If you are interested please let Jeannie know.

            Charlie Becker made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Amber O’Reilly.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting at around 7:00 p.m.  Next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club at 6:00 p.m. on March 7, 2018. 

            Submitted by Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53 - Grand Island, NE

 Eight members stood to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag on January 3, 2018.  President, Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order around 6:05 p.m.

         The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved by those in attendance.  Sandy Towne, membership secretary is still collecting the 2018 dues for the Auxiliary.

         Old Business:   Janet will call and ask some more questions on the joint Easter Egg Hunt.  She will get back to us at the February meeting.  It was made into motion by Sandy Towne and a second by Carmen Larson to cancel our volunteering with Bingo at the club.  She will write a letter and send to the Bingo Board.

         New Business: February 17th is the Mountain Oyster Feed being sponsored by the Sons of the American Legion.  It will start around five but members should show up around 4:30 p.m. to decide where they would like to help.  More details will be worked out at the February meeting.

         Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was made into a second by Jeannie Cornell.  The president adjourned the meeting at 7:00 p.m.  The next meeting will be held on February 7, 2018.

         Submitted by Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

          On December 6, 2017, 10 members and three guests stood for Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order around 6:06 p.m.  She called for the reading of the minutes from November and the treasurer’s report. These were approved by members present.  Sandy Towne said she is getting dues and turned money into the treasurer.  She also announced we have two new members. They are Sheila Agaftine, and Linda Addison.

New Business:  We had a guest, Billie Herron, asking us if we would like to combine our talents for the Easter Egg Hunt at the club.  She was reporting for Lori Skala from the Readiness Family Group. This is organizations from the Veterans Club, and the community. We will discuss and get back to this group and let them know in a month.  Liz Cline sent an e-mail to Lori Reimer, district 6 president, of all the activities we did in the last year for her report.

Old Business:  We donated six dozen cookies to the Grand Island Veterans Home for Gift for Yanks, which is held at Christmas time.  Charlie Becker thanked the group for all that helped with the Veterans Breakfast.  We also had a discussion on Bingo and will set up a time to talk to members.  Charlie Becker made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Carmen Larson.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting, at around 6:45 p.m.  We later had a holiday meal with the Sons of the Legion members.  It was enjoyed by all and you missed out from some yummy food.  Next meeting will be held January 3, 2018 at 6 p.m.

          Respectfully submitted Elizabeth E. Cline, recording secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

            On November 1, 2017, six members stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Vice President, Carmen Larson, called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m.

            She asked for the reading of the October minutes, a motion to approve by Sandy Towne and a second by Barb Brettman.  The treasurer gave her report.  Outstanding bills from the Harvest of Harmony Parade were presented.  Loretta Palensky made a motion to pay and it was second by Barb Brettman.  Membership secretary reported that she is getting money for 2018 dues.

            Carmen asked for any Old Business, she passed around the Bingo calendar for members to sign up for.  She announced there would only be three Bingo Sundays in December, because of the holidays.

            New Business is the Veterans Day Breakfast being presented by the Veterans Club and their organizations, on November 11th.  Our group will again be doing banana bread and decorating the club.  We will bake bread on Wednesday, and Thursday afternoon starting at 2:00 p.m.  Then will be at the club on Friday around 4:30 p.m. to decorate and cut the banana bread.  Members can help whenever possible.  Hours for the breakfast will be from 5:00-10:30 a.m. on November 11th.  We ask if you are able to show up at 4:30 a.m. to help with serving.  Cost for non veterans will be $6.00.  The following donations for December were brought up that was donated to a year ago.  We will give Christmas Cheer $100.00 and Wreath across America $200.00.  It was made into motion by Liz Cline and a second by Sandy Towne.  We also voted to have a plaque made for the MIA table display at the Veterans Club.  This was made into motion by Liz Cline and a second by Carmen Larson.  Our next meeting will be held on December 6th and it was decided to have a small luncheon afterwards, to celebrate the holidays.

            It was made into motion to adjourn the meeting by Charlie Becker and a second by Loretta Palensky.  Vice President, Carmen Larson adjourned the meeting, around 6:30 p.m.  Next meeting will be December 6th at 6:00 p.m.  Note we will have a holiday luncheon after the meeting, bring a holiday item or whatever makes you happy.

            Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

            Eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag at the beginning of their September 6, 2017 meeting.  President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order.  Minutes of the last meeting read by Carmen Larson acting secretary.  The minutes were approved by a motion made by Loretta Palensky, and a second by Barb Brettman.  Charlie Becker gave the treasurer’s report and bills were turned in for the MIA table.  This is a very nice and welcome addition to the club.  There was no new memberships turned in and the 2018 dues are payable now.

            New Business:  A thank you was read from Natalie Gibbs, a Girl State delegate from Grand Island Senior High School. The hand soaps, tooth paste and toiletries that were donated to the Auxiliary,  was given to a group going down to Houston, Texas from hurricane Harvey.  Items were sent along with donations from, many people and businesses including medical supplies from Aurora Medical, Family Practice and Aurora Co-Op filled up the vehicles with fuel.  Items collected were given to two churches in the devastated area and it was shown on Channel eight news.   This was started by Loretta and Glenn Palensky’s grandson, and member Lori Nellson’s son.  Dylan Hostetler and two other young men, Lorn Barras and Jake Peters who ended up taking down three pick-up trucks and trailers loaded with items. It started out to be one pick-up truck but more vechicles were needed with everything that was donated. We should be proud of these young men.  Several members were in attendance at the State Fair on Veterans Day and took advantage of the free gate pass.  Barb Brettman worked the whole day in the ice cream area.

            Old Business:  The float for the Harvest of Harmony Parade will be getting together at our next meeting on the 4th of October. This will be held at Glenn and Loretta Palensky’s home, at 811 Redwood.  We will start at around 5 p.m. but feel free to come late if you are working.  Pizza will be served for all members.  The theme will be the 150 years of Nebraska, along with it being 80 years for Girl State.  If you have extra scissors please bring.  Veterans Day will be on Saturday, November 11, 2017.  More plans will be made at our next meetings, in October and November.

            A motion was made to adjourn the meeting, by Charlie Becker and a second by Loretta Palensky.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  The next meeting will be October 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at 811 Redwood, Grand Island, NE.  The meeting was adjourned around 6:32 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Elizabeth Cline along with note taker Carmen Larson

 

           

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, August 2017 Minutes:

          On August 2, 2017 the American Legion Auxiliary, stood up to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. with nine members and one guest present.

           Reading of the minutes for the last meeting were read. Sandy Towne made a motion and it was second by Judy Dunbar to approve the minutes of the July meeting.  Charlie Becker, treasurer then gave a report on our funds.  Sandy Towne, membership secretary will send a report to the state office to have names deleted from our roll from 2015 and 2016. We have tried several times to get these dues paid. These names will be taken off of our roll call.  We will not be obligated to pay our share of their dues.

          New Business:  Janet read a letter about a membership workshop to be held in Gretna, NE on September 30, 2017.  This is with the Homecoming event for new the State President, Kathy Mazur.  She then read and noted that Veterans Day will be September 4, 2017 at the State Fair.  The auxiliary will be able to get in for free if you show your membership card. This is along with veterans and their organizations also. Judy Dunbar announced she would be moving and would be giving up her office as Vice President.  She nominated Carmen Larson, Sandy Towne nominated Jeannie Cornell and Charlie Becker nominated Loretta Palensky.  The nomination was won by Carmen Larson as our new Vice President.  We all wished Judy good luck and told her to visit any time.

          Old Business:            We will be doing the Harvest of Harmony Parade with a float again this year.  The theme will be 150 years of Nebraska.  Harvest of Harmony Parade will be held October 7th.  Bingo sheets were passed around for the rest of August to be filled out.  A thank you from Katelyn Hill was read and shared. She was one of our Girl State delegates for 2017.

          Sandy Towne made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was second motion by Loretta Palensky.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting, at 7:40 p.m.   Next meeting Sept. 6th @ 6:00 pm.

          We had an informal tea before our meeting with the Girl State Delegates, their guest and sponsors.  We had Shayla Steenson and her mother Kara from, Central Catholic, Katelyn Hill from Grand Island Senior High, Liz Gerberding from Caring Women of WC, and Connie Osterman from Altrusa.  We always learn something new from these young ladies each year and they seem to really enjoy their experience.

          Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Cline

Eight members and one guest, of the American Legion Auxiliary, stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  It was followed by President Janet Ewoldt calling the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m.  She then requested the reading of the June minutes and June treasurer’s report.  These were both read and approved.  Sandy Towne, membership secretary reported she had the 2018 membership cards available and dues could be paid anytime.

         Thank you cards were read from Relay for Life, group United Vets 4 a Cure, the Cancer Society and from the Hall County Hero Flight for the Auxiliary’s donations.

         New Business was we will be hosting a tea for the Girl State girls, and their families, to be held on August 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  We will also invite the organizations that helped with sponsoring a young lady.  This will be held at the Veterans Club.  Charlie Becker brought up if we wanted to participate in the Harvest of Harmony parade, and after a group discussion, we decided to again make a float.  We are going to see if we can get alumni girl state representatives to participate this year.

         Old Business, Carmen Larson passed out the Bingo schedules for July and August for members to sign up.

         A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Loretta Palensky, and it was second by Charlie Becker.  The meeting was adjourned by the President around 6:40 p.m.

         Next meeting will be at on August 2, 2017 being held after our Girl State Tea.  Please come and listen to the girls talk about their experiences at Girl State 2017.

         Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

         American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

 

         On June 7th, ten members stood up to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, and one guest.

         President Janet Ewoldt, then called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.  She asked for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, the treasurer’s report.  They were read and approved by those in attendance.  Sandy Towne had another membership dues turned into her.

         Old Business:  President Ewoldt thanked Loretta Palensky, on the MIA table that is set up in the Veterans Club bar area.  She is still working on it but looks really nice.  She also welcomed Vice President, Judy Dunbar back.  Judy had been out for heart surgery and rehab.  She also announced that Amber O’Reilly would be gone on August 6th.  She would not be able to work bingo at the club.  Charlie and Janet will run the concession, but if anyone is interested to learn, please come that day and shadow.  Liz Cline reported all the Girl State girls were in attendance at Girl State 2017 and it was reported in the Grand Island Independent.

         New Business:  Sandy Towne requested that the Auxiliary donate $300.00 to the Hall County Hero Flight.  This was made into motion by Sandy and a second by Loretta Palensky.  The motion was carried by those in attendance.  We were reminded that Flag Day is the 14th of June.  Janet is going to find out if there is a way to let the groups know the times that the flags are taken down.

         Carmen Larson made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  This was second by Loretta Palensky.  The president then adjourned the meeting at 6:27 p.m.  Next meeting will be July 5th, 2017.  Please note, the times that we had for our meeting, could you spare 30 minutes.  Then please join us late or early.  We are a very relaxed group and would enjoy welcoming you.

         Respectfully Submitted

         Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Cline

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

On April 5th, 2017 at around 6:00 p.m. seven members and one guest stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  President Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order.

          Minutes of the March meeting were read and approved.  The treasurer gave her report and it was approved.  Our membership stands at 87.12% of members who have paid their 2017 membership dues.

          New business was then read. Janet read a letter from the district president, for the following events.  On June 4th, district six will host a picnic held at the Grand Island Medical Center.  She read what units would furnish for this event.  One June 13th there will be a Hawaiian Luau at the Veterans Home in Grand Island starting at 2:00 p.m.  Members are more than welcome to help and attend.

          Old Business, Loretta Palensky is getting the material for the POW table being set up at the Veterans Club.  We had three members attend the district sixth meeting in Aurora, NE. on April 2nd.  Our Easter Egg Hunt being held at the club, on April 8th at 2:00 p.m. is ready for fun.  Members who wish to help should be there around 12:30 p.m. to help set up and help the Easter Bunny hide his eggs.  Carmen Larsen made a motion to send a check to the Veterans Home for $30.00 to go into their bingo fund.  It was second by Amber O’ Reilly.

          The meeting was made into motion to adjourn by Loretta Palensky and a second by Carmen Larsen.  The president adjourned the meeting at around 6:44 p.m.  Next meeting will be held at the Club on May 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  We encourage all paid up members to attend.  The meetings do not last long and we need all your ideas. 

          Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth E. Cline recording secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

 Eight members and one guest stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  President, Janet Ewoldt, called the meeting to order at approximately 6:04 p.m.  She asked for the reading of the minutes from the February meeting and the treasurer’s report.

 She asked for New Business:  The president read a letter from the district president Vicky Cyborn, about the upcoming District convention being held in Aurora, NE at the Bremer Community Center.  Registration will be from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.  She also told about Girl and Boy state orientation being held in Cairo, NE at Centura High School, 201 NE Hwy 11 on April 2, 2017 starting at 1:00 p.m.  She read a thank you for our donation to the Grand Island Medical Center for their coffee fund.

Old Business:  We received donations from the American Legion, VFW and the Sons of the Legion for the Easter Egg Hunt being held at the Veterans Club on April 8th at 2:00 p.m.  The treasurer has ordered the eggs and candy for it and reserved the Easter Bunny costume.  We will have more plans at next meeting but we will show up at the club around 1:00 p.m. to decorate and set up.  Carmen Larson passed the March and April calendar’s out for Bingo.  Liz Cline reported on Girl State 2017.  We have three girls that have been accepted.  They are as follows, Shayla Steenson, Grand Island Central Catholic, Katelyn Hill and Natalie Gibbs from Grand Island Senior High School.  All three girls were very intelligent, and completely impressed the interviewers.  We had women help the interviewing from Kiwanis, Altrusa, and Caring Women of Nebraska Women’s Club and of course our Auxiliary.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Judy Dunbar.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  The next meeting will be held on April 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

Submitted by Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

          On February 1, 2017, seven members stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m.  She asked for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting and treasurer’s report.

          She read a newsletter that recognized our unit for helping at the registration desk at the Mid-Winter Conference, held in Grand Island, in January. Charlotte Becker, showed the members, Auxiliary pins that were being sold at the conference.  We will order and have enough on hand for each member that would like to have one. This was made into motion that the Auxiliary pay for and reimburse Charlotte by Judy Dunbar and a second by Carmen Larson. She also read about the February 12th Valentine’s Day being held at the Grand Island Medical Center.  She also read about the district 6 meeting held in Aurora, NE on March 5th at the Bremer Community Center.  Registration will begin at 8:30 and go until 9:30 A.M.  And Girl and Boy State orientation and Girl and Boy law cadet interviews on April 2, 2017 at Centura High School.

          Old Business: The Sons of the Legion will be holding their Nut Fry on February 11th, 2017 at the United Veterans Club.  Auxiliary members that are helping should be at the club around 4:00 p.m.  This is a major fund raiser for the Sons of the Legion.  It helps support scholarships for local youth. We are also invited to attend a thank you supper from the Bingo Committee being held at the club on February 10, 2017.  Members have until the 7th of February to RSVP. Liz Cline reported that all packets were delivered to all four schools for Girl State candidates.  She has also gotten in touch with all the sponsors.  The interviews will be held on the 12th of February starting around 2:00 p.m. in the United Room of the Veterans Club.  More plans were made by those in attendance about the Easter Egg Hunt being held at the club for members and their families on April 8th, 2017.  We are asking for anyone who has gently used stuffed animals to be donated to the Easter Egg Hunt.  All those who attend seem to enjoy.

          New Business:  Janet Ewoldt purchased a patriotic wreath that we will be displayed on our wall.  It was made into motion by Liz Cline and a second by Judy Dunbar that we reimburse her for this purchase.

          Judy Dunbar made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Carmen Larson.  The president called the meeting adjourned.  Next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club on March 1, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.  Even if you are running behind please free to join in on the meeting.

          Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary  

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

          On January 3, 2017, ten members of the Auxiliary stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. 

          At 6:00 p.m., president, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of last month’s minutes and the treasure’s report.  All were read and approved by those present.  She then asked for the membership secretary’s report.  Sandi Towne reported we had two new members. They are Trenna Edwards and a transferred member, Patricia Wagner.  She is still waiting on some members to pay their dues, for 2017.

          The president then asked for New Business:  We were asked by Department secretary/treasurer to be in charge of registration for the Mid-Winter Conference being held in Grand Island, NE the weekend of January 13th-15th at the Hotel Grand.  We will have three members work on Friday from 9-3:30 p.m. and three members work Saturday 8-2.  We should wear our auxiliary shirts and pins.  Janet Ewoldt will do the greeting at 8:10 Saturday morning.  Liz Cline reported on Girl State for 2017.  She will have all packets delivered to each school by Thursday the 5th of January.  She has made up a flyer, either the counselors can hang up or have them scan and put in their e-mail messages.  Hopefully we will have more candidates to apply for Girl State.  She will pick up on February 8th and interviews will be at the club on February 12th.  She will also write and inform all sponsors this information.  Carmen Larson passed out the Bingo schedules for January and February 2017 for members to sign for their day to help.  We also set a date for our Easter Egg Hunt to be held at the club on April 8th, 2017.

          Old Business:  We will put together material for the POW table to be displayed in the Veterans Club, if the board of the Club allows.  This was put into motion by Charlie Becker and second by Liz Cline.  Loretta Palensky will write the board to get their approval.  The Sons of the Legion will be having their Nut Fry on February 11th, 2017.  We will again help with collecting money, selling raffle tickets, counting and checking Id’s.  We should be at the club by 4:30 to get our areas set up.  The request to adjourn the meeting was made into motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Charlie Becker.  President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting adjourned.  Next meeting will be held on February 1, 2017, starting around 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

         On December 7th, 2016, nine members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Approximately at 6:00 p.m. President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order.

         She then asked for the reading of November’s minutes, plus the treasurer’s report.  We have six members that we will check to see if they still want to be members of the auxiliary from 2015.  This is an improvement over the last few years.

         The president read a thank you from the director of the Veterans Home, Alex Willford, for our recent donation,

         New Business:  She read a letter from the district president about events coming up at the home and the VA medical center in Grand Island, for December.  They are also planning on the Mid-Winter Conference being held in January, at the Hotel Grand, on the 13th-15th, in Grand Island, NE.  They also let us know the dates for Girl State which will be June 4th- 10th of 2017.  Liz Cline made a report for the district president for the highlights of our unit from 2016.

         Old Business:   We will again donate $200.00 for Christmas Cheer.  This was made into motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Judy Dunbar.  The banana bread that was not served at the Veterans Day Breakfast was donated to the Grand Island Veteran’s Home to be used at their bingo.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting, Trina Emken second the motion.  President Janet Ewoldt, adjourned the meeting.  We then enjoyed our small gift exchange and pot luck supper with the Sons of the American Legion and guests.  The next meeting will be on January 4th, 2017, at six p.m. We would to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

         Respectfully submitted

         Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

      American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          On November 2, 2016, the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53 held their meeting at the Veterans Club.  Six members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar, called the meeting to order around six p.m.

          She asked for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, treasure’s report, and the membership secretary report.  All were read and approved by members present.

          Old Business:          The Veterans Day Breakfast being held at the club on November 11, 2016.  Members will meet on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. to bake banana bread for the breakfast.  Then meet at 3:00-4:00 to cut bread and get table items ready for the breakfast.  They will be having bingo Thursday evening so we will not be able to decorate until Friday.  So we will meet at 4:30 a.m. to finish up.  We were notified that a Veterans Day Parade will be held in Grand Island with the area schools on Tuesday the 8th of November.  Charlie Becker took six dozen cookies up to the Veterans Home for their Dollar Days event, on November first.

          New Business:      It was brought to the attention of the Auxiliary, about donating to the Wreaths Across America program.  They will put Christmas Wreaths on veteran’s graves at Christmas time in the Grand Island, area plus across America.  This group started out of Maine, Worcester Wreath CO. Grand Island Express will transport and there will be a Remembrance Ceremony on Saturday, December 17th to lay the wreaths at the Veterans Cemetery.  A motion was made by Charlie Becker to donate $200.00 to this cause and it was second by Barb Brettman.  It was voted and passed by those present.  We will also be participating in at our next meeting, December 7th, joining a pot luck dinner with the Sons of the American Legion.  Bring your favorite hot or cold dish and enjoy the friendship.  The auxiliary will have $5.00 gift exchange before the meal. Sympathy cards were mailed to the families of Jim Sidel and Ron Hitch, from the Auxiliary.

          It was made into motion by Sandi Towne to adjourn the meeting and second by Charlie Becker.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar adjourned the meeting.  Next meeting will be our Christmas exchange party, starting after the meeting.  Meeting starts at 6:00 p.m. on December 7th.  Please bring your favorite dish and gift for the exchange. Special thanks to Carmen Larsen for taking notes for the absent recording secretary.

          Submitted by Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary  

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

          On October 5th, 2016, nine members and one guest stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  President Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.  She welcomed a transferring member to our group, her name is Lynn Gipe.  The unit then presented Glenn Palensky with a thank you for helping with and driving our Harvest of Harmony Float in the parade.

          Minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved by those present.  It was made into motion for Loretta Palensky and second by Carmen Larson to pay all outstanding bills.  She then asked for the membership secretary’s report.  We are receiving money for 2017 dues and according to the state we should have an objective of 158 members.

          New Business:  Liz Cline passed out copies of the schedules of activities being held at the Grand Island Medical Center and the Veterans Home for the holidays.  We had a letter from the state concerning that they are in a need of more donations for four of the activities. Each unit has a portion of their dues going to these projects but there has been a greater need.  It was made into motion by Liz Cline to give each $100.00 and it was second by Sandi Towne.  This was voted on by those in attendance and carried.  They are Gifts for Yanks, Dollar Days, Gift shop and the General Activity fund.  Charlie Becker then updated the group on the Veterans Day Breakfast being held on Friday, November the 11th.  We will make the banana bread on November 9th at 2:00 p.m. at the club.  We will plan on either Thursday late or early Friday to decorate the hall.  We will have another meeting in November to finalize the plans.

          Old Business:  we are still collecting pill bottles of money for the 3-three wheel bikes to be used by veterans at the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home.  We will collect them and send it in at the next meeting.  This is a project from the State Dept. Secretary.  Janet then read a letter asking her to talk at the Mid-Winter Conference being held in Grand Island, in January.

          The motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Loretta Palensky and a second by Carmen Larson.  The president then adjourned the meeting.  Next meeting will be on November 2, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          President Janet Ewoldt asked that all nine members in attendance to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  She then called the meeting to order, at 6:07 p.m. on September 7, 2016.  Minutes of the last meeting were read, and the treasurer’s report was read, both were approved.  She then asked for a report on the Membership Secretary, dues are due now for 2017 and can be paid to Sandi Towne for $25.00.

          New Business:  we were asked if we would like to be in charge of collecting toiletries to be used by either those serving in the military now, or the Veterans Home, the Veterans Medical Center, etc.  We decided this was something we would like to further pursue.  We were then asked by the Department Secretary to collect our change in old pill bottles and turn in for the purchase of three wheel bicycles for the Veterans in the Eastern Nebraska Veterans Home.  Our group has elected to participate in this cause also.  It was also decided to send $25.00 for our contribution to the January 23rd Coffee Hour held at the Medical Center at 10:00 a.m.  We will try to attend when the dates get closer.   The president read the schedules for November through December for Dollar Days, Gift Shops and Gifts for Yanks.  The secretary will copy and hand out to each member at the October meeting.

          Old Business:          Carmen Larson passed the bingo schedules around for October and November.  Charlie Becker, announced that four young women received $2000.00 each from the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship.  They are as follows, Holly Petzoldt, daughter of Steve and Sandy Petzoldt and granddaughter of Myrna Petzoldt.  Nicolle Nellson, daughter of Lori and Brett Nellson and granddaughter of Loretta and Glenn Palensky, Loretta and Myrna are both members of ALA and Glenn is a member of Sons of American Legion.  The other two are Amy Lewis and McKayla Obermiller both members of Veteran of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.  Congratulations to all four.  We tossed around ideas for the Harvest of Harmony Float.  The parade is Saturday, October first. Our first meeting will be held Sept. 14th at the Veterans Club.  Members are asked to bring things from home to help decorate the float.  We will need tissue paper, chicken wire, glue, and etc.   The next date to meet will be Tuesday, Sept. 27 at the Palensky’s.  Both meetings will start approximately at 6:00 p.m.  The theme again is Our Diamond Jubilee, Lustrous Past and Bright Future.

          President Ewoldt then asked for someone to make a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn and it was second by Carmen Larson.  The meeting was adjourned.  The next meeting will be held October 5, 2016. Time will be 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

         On August third, 2016, nine members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

         Vice President, Judy Dunbar, called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m.  She then asked for the reading of the last minutes for July, and the treasurer’s report.  Outstanding bills were turned into the Treasurer.  Sandi Towne made a motion to pay the bills and it was second by Carmen Larson.  Sandi Towne made a motion to send Tami Jansen a check for $40.00 for the Scout’s Legacy Service Dog organization.  It was second by Carmen Larson and carried with a unanimous vote.

         Old Business:  Ideas for the Harvest of Harmony Parade.  The theme this year is Our Diamond Jubilee, Past and a Bright Future. More ideas will be made at our September meeting.

         New Business:  Judy read a letter from the state department for activities coming up.  They are as follows, December 13, Gifts for Yanks at the VA Medical Center at 10:00 a.m. and at the Veterans Home at 2:00 p.m.  January 13-15, 2017, Mid-Year conference to be held in Grand Island, NE.  Liz Cline mentioned she had an e-mail from the District #6 President, Vicky Cyboron, the Veterans Home Picnic will be August 21.  She needs volunteers to be at the home by 3:00 p.m. to help peel eggs.

         Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and a  second by Charlie Becker.  The Vice President adjourned the meeting at 6:30 p.m.

         We then had our Girl State Tea.  We had ten members from auxiliary in attendance, four ladies from Altrusa.  Then three of the girls, Hannah Kier, Cherokee Reinhart and Maricela Paramo, came with their mothers, grandmother and sister.  They all three gave a wonderful talk about their week at Girl State 2016, held in Lincoln, NE.  We thank all three young ladies and their parents for showing up and talking to our group.

         Respectfully submitted,

         Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

                              American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          On July 6, 2016 at 6:05 p.m., Vice President Judy Dunbar had all members stand to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  She then called the meeting to order with seven members in attendance.

          The Vice President called for the reading of the last meeting, and the treasurer’s report.  These were read and approved by those present.  All outstanding bills were paid, by a motion from Judy Dunbar and a second by Liz Cline.  Sandi Towne, membership secretary, said the 2016-17 dues are due now.  They are $25.00, please see Sandi.

          Old Business:         A thank you note was read from the Relay for Life, United Vets 4 a Cure group for our donation.  It was decided to have a tea after our next meeting on August 3, 2016 at seven p.m. for the girls and their parents who participated in Girls State 2016 at Lincoln, NE in June.  All members are invited to attend, to hear these young ladies speak of their experience.   Carmen Larsen passed the bingo schedule around for members to sign up for August and September.

          New Business:        Sandi Towne came across a report for Veterans Project Report for 2014-2015.  We have not seen the new one for 2016-2017.  This was tabled until we find out what and when this has to be turned into the state office.  Charlie Becker brought up if we would be participating in the Harvest of Harmony Parade, which will be October 1, 2016.  Sandi Towne made into motion for our group to participate again and it was second by Loretta Palensky.  The cost for each entry is $40.00.  All ideas would be appreciated.

          A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Sandi Towne and a second by Charlie Becker.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar then called the meeting adjourned.  The next meeting will be August 3, 2016 starting at 6:00 p.m.  There will be a tea following with Girl State Delegates and their parents around 7:00 p.m.

          We had a guest speaker, Tami Jansen and her service dog Miles.  She was a veteran of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, and she was explaining her service dog to our group.  This group trains dogs for any Veteran for ½ the cost.  The group is the Scout’s Legacy Service Dogs.  We all learned so much and appreciated her time explain all that goes into training a service dog to help a veteran out, regardless if it is PTSD or a disability.

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          On June 1, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. President Janet Ewoldt and all seven members stood for the Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.  She then called the Wednesday night meeting to order.

          She asked for the reading of last month’s minutes and the treasurer’s report.  Both were read an approved, by those present.  Sandy Towne, membership secretary, announced we had one new member join, her name is Becky Padroza.

          President Ewoldt, then asked for New Business:  There will be a picnic at the Veterans Hospital on June 5th around 4-4:30 p.m.  This will be hosted by District #6, and our group was asked to provide a dessert.  Jeannie Cornell will deliver and help with the picnic.  She then read a letter informing us of the American Legion and Auxiliary convention being held June 24-26, 2016 in Kearney, NE at the Ramada Inn.  She handed out a reservation sheet for those wishing to attend.  We were also invited to attend a Hawaiian Luau at the Veterans Home on June 9th, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.  She also read a letter, inviting us to watch  Tractors’ Across America. They will start June 3 in Nebraska and will be in Grand Island, at the Veterans Club on June 6th around noon.  They will also be at the Grand Island Veterans Home.  They are sponsoring Operation Comfort Warriors, with a showing of vintage tractors.

          Old Business:   Girl state reminders in the form of e-mails and texts were sent to all four young ladies representing Grand Island for the week of June 5-11, 2016.  Graduation cards were signed for the 2015 Girl State delegates.

          Note:  President Janet Ewoldt, requested an invitation to any person or organization that would enjoy speaking, and sharing their story, we would like you to attend one of our meetings.                                                                            The meeting was made into a motion to adjourn by Sandy Towne and a second by Judy Dunbar.  The meeting was adjourned by President Ewoldt.  Next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club on July 6, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

          Respectfully submitted Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Then Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the May 4, 2016, meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes from the previous meeting, these were read and approved.  She asked for the treasurer’s report and that was read and approved by all present.

          Old Business:        Members discussed ideas to have more girls apply for Girl State from the area schools.  Liz Cline said next year girls would have to have proof of citizenship sent in with each application. She also reported two of the delegates going this year went to orientation at St. Paul on April 10th.  The other two girls were informed by e-mail on notes that Liz Cline had taken.  Carmen Larsen passed the next three months bingo schedules around for members to sign up.

          New Business:      Charlie Becker brought up the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship needs to be turned in before June 15, 2016.  Those that qualify should have parents that are members of the Veterans Club, or Sons of the American Legion, DAV, and the American Legion and Auxiliary.  Last year three young ladies applied and each received a scholarship of $1000.00. You can reach Charlie Becker at her home phone, 308-383-8767.  They will be having a picnic at the GI Medical Center on June 5th, 2016.  Our group has been asked to donate a dessert.  Liz Cline will try and get it up to the picnic.  Relay for Life requested that we donate to this years’ walk.  We will again donate $300.00.  This was made into a motion by Liz Cline and a second by Janet Ewoldt.  It passed by those present.  We also received donation from the Sons of the American Legion for next years’ Easter Egg Hunt.  We then had Election of Officers for the 2017 year.  They are as follows, President, Janet Ewoldt, Vice President, Judy Dunbar, Treasurer, Charlie Becker, Recording Secretary, Liz Cline, and Membership Secretary Sandy Towne.  We would love having all paid up members and new members to participate in meetings and events.  New ideas will be gladly appreciated.  Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Carmen Larsen.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar adjourned the meeting.  Next meeting will be June 1, 2016.

          Respectfully submitted by Elizabeth E. Cline

American Legion Auxiliary-Unit #53

          Five members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag on April 6, 2016.

          President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes, treasurers and the membership secretary reports.  All three were read and approved by the President and those present.

          Old Business:  Charlie Becker gave a report on the Easter Egg Hunt held at the club.  We had a good turn out even though the weather was brisk.  The smaller children, hunted inside the club while the older children went outside.  All and all everyone had a good time and we appreciated the extra help.  Liz Cline reported she will be taking a girl to St. Paul on April 10th for Girl State orientation.  All of the others have been notified.  We also got the April Bingo schedule filled out.

          New Business:  Janet read from a letter about the Veterans Home Volunteer appreciation day being held at the home on April 23.  This will be a 60’s and 70’s theme event with social time from 1-1:30, concession 1:30-3:30.  You can dress up in your 60’s or 70’s outfit if you would like.  They will have live entertainment from 2-4 with the Revival Band performing.  She also announced the state convention will be held in Kearney, NE at the Ramada Inn, June 24-26.  Also as a ways and means members can sign up subscriptions for Nebraska Life magazine as a way to make money for their unit.  Sandy Towne made into motion that we have a nominating committee for next year’s officers.  They will contact various members to see if they would be willing to hold an office.  This was second by Liz Cline.  President Janet Ewoldt made a motion to vote on it and it passed by those being present.  Sandy Towne and Jennie Cornell will be on the nominating committee.  Be prepared to vote for next year’s officers at the May 4th meeting.

          Charlie Becker made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  It was second by Sandy Towne.  President, Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

          Respectfully Submitted

          Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          Four members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

          President Janet Ewoldt, then called the March 2nd meeting to order.  The minutes of the last meeting was read by Carmen Larson, for the absent secretary, Elizabeth Cline.  Charlotte Becker gave the treasurer’s report.  Then a report was read for Sandi Towne, membership secretary.  There are 24 members that have not paid their dues for this last year.  All reports were approved by the President and the members that were present.

                   Old Business:    We made final plans for the Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on March 19th for members of the club and their families.  Members that can help set up should be at the club around 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  It will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.  The horn will sound for all children to hunt for eggs.  We are still looking for donations of refurbished stuffed animals to be used for the Easter Egg Hunt.

                   New Business:  District 6 meeting will be held in Boelus, NE on March 6, 2016.  Registration will be $3.00.  Orientation for Girl State will be held in St. Paul, NE on April 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  Carmen Larsen passed around the bingo schedule for April.

                   Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was second by Charlotte Becker.  The President then called the meeting adjourned.  Our next meeting will be April 6th, 2016.

                   Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Cline with the help of Carmen Larson.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          Four members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

          President Janet Ewoldt, then called the March 2nd meeting to order.  The minutes of the last meeting was read by Carmen Larson, for the absent secretary, Elizabeth Cline.  Charlotte Becker gave the treasurer’s report.  Then a report was read for Sandi Towne, membership secretary.  There are 24 members that have not paid their dues for this last year.  All reports were approved by the President and the members that were present.

                   Old Business:    We made final plans for the Easter Egg Hunt that will be held on March 19th for members of the club and their families.  Members that can help set up should be at the club around 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  It will start at 2:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.  The horn will sound for all children to hunt for eggs.  We are still looking for donations of refurbished stuffed animals to be used for the Easter Egg Hunt.

                   New Business:  District 6 meeting will be held in Boelus, NE on March 6, 2016.  Registration will be $3.00.  Orientation for Girl State will be held in St. Paul, NE on April 10, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.  Carmen Larsen passed around the bingo schedule for April.

                   Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was second by Charlotte Becker.  The President then called the meeting adjourned.  Our next meeting will be April 6th, 2016.

                   Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Cline with the help of Carmen Larson.

 American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          The February third meeting was canceled due to the blizzard of 2016.  We did not reschedule because we did not have real pressing issues.  The Auxiliary will still plan on helping the Sons of the American Legion with their annual Nut Fry Supper that is held on the sixth of February.  We will again count, take money, and sell raffle tickets for the Sons.  We will be conducting Girl State interviews on the 21 of February, held at the Veteran Club in the United Room around 2:00 p.m.  All members that can should be able to help with that process also.  Liz Cline purchased Valentines and the group signed and she and anyone else who would like to help will take to the Veterans Hospital to be passed out to the Veterans in the hospital on February 7th at 1:30 p.m. We still volunteer our time with Bingo on Sundays.

          Our next meeting will be the on March 2, 2016.  We will finalize Girl State and plan for the Easter Egg Hunt for members of the club and their families.  This will be on March 19th at 2:00 p.m.

          Respectfully submitted

          Elizabeth Cline

          Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          On January 5, 2016, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53 met at 6:00 p.m. at the United Veterans Club. All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

          President Janet Ewoldt, called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes and the treasurer’s reports.  All were approved by all six members present.

          Old Business:  Our unit donated $200.00 to the Christmas Cheer fund in December. Liz reported she had written letters to all Girl State sponsors informing them of the increase in sending a girl to Lincoln.  This went out on December 3rd, 2015.  At the time of the meeting only one organization had gotten in touch with her. They were still interested in sponsoring a girl. Girl State 2016 will be June 5th through the 11th. Carmen Larson passed around the Bingo schedule for February and March.  We are again being asked to help the Sons of the Legion, in their annual Mountain Oyster Feed being held on February 6th. More information will be brought up next month.  We will again be holding our Easter Egg Hunt, for members of the club. The tentative date was decided on March 19th at 2:00 p.m. This is tentative until we see if it is available.  We will again take donations for used stuff animals, and these can be given to any member.

          New Business:      Janet read a letter from the district #6 President, Vicky Cyboron. She was letting us know about the Mid-Year Conference being held in Nebraska City, NE, at the Lied Lodge. The dates are January 15-17, 2016. She informed us that all District #6 Girl State delegates will have orientation on April 10th at 1:00 p.m. at Saint Paul, NE in their high school.  It was brought up to donate to the Vietnam Hero Flight, and it was made into motion by Charlie Becker and a second by Loretta Palensky to donate $200.00.  It was again approved by those present.

          It was made into motion by Carmen Larson and a second by Judy Dunbar to adjourn the meeting.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  Next meeting will be held on February 3, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to attend even if you are late.

          Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

            On December 2, 2015, eight members and one guest stood up and said the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order.

            The president asked for the reading of the minutes from November, the treasurer’s report and the membership secretary’s membership count.  All were read and approved by those present.

            Old Business:  Carmen Larsen, passed the bingo schedule around, again as one date was still open for January.  It was filled for the next two months.  President Janet Ewoldt, received a letter from the Girl State Chairman and they will be raising the price of delegates fees for the 2016 year.  They are raising fees from $300.00 to $375.00.  The increase is because of the 13% annual fees going up from the University.  They were told 90% of the expenses were for use of the university facilities.  Boy State and Girl State are working together to find a more reasonable place but as of this time have not found one.  Liz Cline will be writing letters to all sponsors to inform them of this increase in the fees.  Charlie Becker reminded members that Easter this year will be the 27th of March.  We should be thinking about it by our next meeting, as it will be here before we know it.

            New Business:  President Janet Ewoldt, shared with members that there is a sign- up sheet for bell ringers from the club.  This would be a charity deed for the Salvation Army.  The date is the 19th of December from 10-4 at Shopko. Please check it out and sign a time that you would be able to help.

            Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Judy Dunbar.  The president then adjourned the meeting.

            After the meeting we had a Christmas gift exchange among the members.  This was followed by a pot luck supper with the Sons of the Legion.  We wish to express a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for all members and their families.  Our next meeting will be the sixth of January 2016. Start your New Year right and come join in on a meeting.  We welcome all members and we do not frown on tardiness.

            Respectfully Submitted

            Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

            All members of the ALA Unit #53 stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the meeting to order for the November 4th meeting.  Five members and one guest were in attendance.

            The Vice President then asked for the reading of the minutes and the treasurer’s report.  These were read and approved by those present. 

            Old Business:           We made final plans for the Veterans Day Breakfast being served at the club by the Sons of The Legion on November 11th.  We will make banana bread on Sunday the eighth of November starting at 2:00 p.m.  Charlie Becker handed out baking schedules.  We will cut the banana bread on Tuesday the 10th of November at around 5:30 p.m. and afterwards decorate the tables and have them ready.  We need to be at the club before 5:00 a.m. the day of the breakfast.  But will take any and all help.  Carmen Larson handed out the December and January bingo schedules, so we could sign up.

            New Business:          On November 3, 2015, Sandi Towne delivered eight dozen cookies at the Veterans Home to be used on their Dollar Days.  We also discussed having our gift exchange for Christmas at our next meeting on December 2nd.  We will have a short meeting then exchange gifts.   We decided to have a $10.00 limit. Afterwards we will again join the Sons of the Legion for a pot luck meal.  Each member is asked to bring a pot luck dish of their choice.  It was made into motion by Carmen Larson and a second by Loretta Palensky to adjourn the meeting.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar adjourned the meeting.  We hope to see you in December to participate in holiday fun.

            Next meeting will be held on December 2, 2015.

            Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

        Six members were present for the October 7, 2015 meeting.  All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the meeting to order.  She then asked for the reading of the minutes and the treasurer’s report.  Outstand bills were turned in and a motion was made to pay these bills by Judy Dunbar and a second by Carmen Larson.

        Old Business:  Carmen Larson passed the November Bingo schedule around as there were two dates still open.  Liz Cline passed thank yous’ around for members to sign, for the help on our Harvest of Harmony Float.  We then discussed and made tentative plans for the Veterans Day Breakfast that will be held on November 11, 2015, at the Veterans Club.  We will again bake the bread on Sunday, November 8th, 2015, cut the bread the day before and decorate tables.  More plans and schedules will be available at our next meeting. All help will greatly be appreciated.

        New Business:  Membership secretary, Sandi Towne reported that, 45 members have paid their dues for 2016.  She will get those sent in.

        As there was no other business it was made into motion to adjourn the meeting, by Sandi Towne and it was second by Charlie Becker.  The meeting was then adjourned by Vice President, Judy Dunbar. Our next meeting will be held on November 4, 2015.

        Respectfully submitted; Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary.

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

            Six members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to start out the September 2, 2015 meeting.  President Janet Ewoldt, called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report.  They were read and approved by all that was present.

            Old Business:  Mindy Ward will e-mail a schedule for the Junk Jaunt to Janet for the Veteran’s Club sale.  This will be held on September 25th-26th.  The schedule is for help to mark items and to work during the sale. Members should check their e-mails being sent out from Janet. She would like items to be sold into the club by September 16, 2015.  Proceeds will go for repairs at the club.  The packages being sent to active troops from Grand Island and Lincoln, by the Central Community Task Force, will be put together on Veterans Day the State Fair.  This is on September 7, 2015.  They had more than enough items to fill all 150 boxes being sent.  We were happy to hear about all the response in supporting their efforts.  Charlie Becker, handed a thank you for all members to read from McKayla Obermiller for her scholarship fund from the Tom Wilcox Scholarship.  There is also a state nursing scholarship available from Lincoln, NE.  This can also be for a technical school applicant.  Please see Charlie Becker or any member in regards to information.

            New Business:  We will again participate in the Harvest of Harmony parade on October 3, 2015.  We will meet at the home of Glenn and Loretta Palensky to see what all needs to be done on September 15, 2015.  Liz Cline will contact all girl State delegates to see if any have time to help.  We will meet around 6-6:30 p.m.  The president, read a letter from Vicky Cyborn, District 6 president.  She was giving us a schedule for the coffee hours being held at the Grand Island, VA Medical Center around 1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays.  She also read about a Veterans Home Volunteer Appreciation at 1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. on September 27, 2015.  We also discussed the Veterans Day Breakfast which is held at the club on November 11, 2015.  We will again bake banana bread for the breakfast on November 8th.  Charlie Becker will work out a schedule for members.  More information will be available at the next meeting. Carmen Larson passed calendars for October-November Bingo Schedules.

            Our Next meeting will be held on October 7th.  Liz Cline made a motion to adjourn the meeting and a second was made by Carmen Larson.  President, Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  We would love seeing all of you at our meeting, come late if the times doesn’t work.

            Respectfully submitted; Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, to start out their August 5, 2015 meeting.  President, Janet Ewoldt, then called the meeting to order.

          The recording secretary, read the minutes to the last meeting.  The treasurer, Charlie Becker gave her report.  Sandi Towne, membership secretary reported that dues for 2016 should be coming in.

          President Janet Ewoldt, then asked for Old Business:  Charlie Becker read a thank you from Kylie Rocca a recipient of the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship.  Girl State spokes person, Liz Cline, passed around thank you’s she had received from Girl State delegates.  We discussed on having another float for the Harvest of Harmony Parade being held on October 3, 2015.  The theme for this year is Super Hero Adventures, What’s Your Super Power?!  We will ask Girl State delegates if they would want to participate and decide in September.  We will donate to the Central Community Task Force, for military support packages.  It was made into motion by Sandi Towne that the auxiliary donate $300.00 and it was second by Carmen Larsen.  President Janet then asked for a vote and it was carried by those present.  This will be a community and state effort for two National Guard troops from Grand Island and Lincoln, serving in the East. It will be put together at the State Fair.

          New Business:  Janet Ewoldt brought up that Mindy Ward from the Veterans Club, would like volunteers to help during Junk Jaunt, to either price items or help during the Veterans Club Garage Sale.  We asked if there would be a schedule and this will be planned more in September.  The proceeds goes to repairs in the club, donations will be accepted.  Tami Jansen will be our guest speaker at the September 2nd meeting.  Hope members will be there to hear her story.  She is a disable veteran from the wars going on in the East. 

          Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Charlie Becker.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

          We held a tea for the 2015 Girl State delegates.  We had four girls, present.  They were as follows, Taylor Kool and her father, Heather Pohlmeier and her parents, Alexandra Carlini, and Sarah Salman.  We also had two members from Altrusa present Alice Bartlett and Bev Redwine.  We also had nine members present.  The girls all told about their experiences and we were glad to hear they all had ran for an office.  Not all won but enjoyed the chance and experience to see what politics was about.  Thank you to the young ladies for the excellent talk.

          Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary

                                 American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53, Grand Island, NE

          Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag on July 8, 2015 before the start of the meeting.  President, Janet Ewoldt, then called the meeting to order.  She asked for the reading of the minutes of the last meeting, treasurer and the membership secretary’s reports.  Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay all outstanding bills and a second by Sandi Towne.  Charlie Becker turned in the membership packet to Sandi Towne that was picked up by members going to the Legion and Auxiliary convention in Kearney, NE.

          Old Business:  Thank you from the Cancer Society and the Relay for Life Group, United Vets for a Cure, for the donation.  Also a thank you from Girl State delegate, Kelby Vieth.  It was decided by those present, that we would invite all Girl State delegates and their parents, plus all sponsors for an informal tea to be held on August 5th, 2015 at seven p.m.  We can hear how the week of Girl State went for each delegate.  Carmen Larsen passed Bingo schedules around for August and September.

          New Business:  A letter was read by President Janet Ewoldt from the retiring District Six President, Barb Meyers.  Carmen Larsen brought up that a group would be collecting items for two active military groups from Grand Island and Lincoln, Nebraska, serving overseas.  They are working with gathering items for care packages to be sent to the active service people and they would be put together at the State Fair.  There will be donation barrels at all Pump and Pantry’s plus the City Library.  Carmen will keep us informed and will send a list of items to each member through e-mails.  Charlie Becker was asked to write a letter from our group, to help keep the land west of the Veterans Club, for the club.  She also reported on the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship to be used for nursing education.  The VFW auxiliary and American Legion Auxiliary decide on who will receive them. This year, they are as follows, McKayla Obermiller, Kylie Rocca, and McKenzie Hays, each will receive $1000.00.  Congratulations to these scholarship winners.  A young lady veteran will be our guest speaker on September 2, 2015.  Her name is Tami Jansen and she will be talking about her experience overseas.

          Sandi Towne made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Carmen Larsen.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

          Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

        President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order and asked all members present to stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

        The minutes of the last meeting, treasurer’s and membership secretary gave their reports. Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay all outstanding bills, and Carmen Larson second the motion.

        Old Business: Thank you cards were read from Loretta Palensky and Heather Pohlmeier.  Liz Cline stated that Girls State, was going on this week.  She was hoping all girls gained from the experience.

        New Business:  Our group was asked to donate a salad for the picnic for Veterans being held at the GIVA Med Center on Sunday, June 7th.  Liz Cline volunteered to purchase potato salad and take to it in, by four that afternoon.  It was requested that we change our July meeting from the first until, July 8th.  All present voted to change the date of the meeting.  It was requested that we donate to Relay for Life from our organization. Sandi Towne made a motion we would donate $300.00 and it was second by Carmen Larsen.    Janet then requested that we vote for new officers for the 2015-2016.  There were three members voted on for the position of president. Janet Ewoldt would still be president. It was voted on by those present to retain the other offices.  The 2015-2016 officers are as follows, President, Janet Ewoldt, Vice President, Judy Dunbar, Recording Secretary, Liz Cline, Membership Secretary, Sandi Towne, and Treasurer, Charlotte Becker.  Other offices, Poppy Chairman, Sandi Towne, Girl State, Liz Cline, Bingo Scheduler, Carmen Larsen, and Chaplin, Judy Dunbar.

        Judy Dunbar made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Loretta Palensky.  The president, Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.  Just a reminder the next meeting in July will not be held the first, but instead has been changed until the 8th.  Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

        The May 6th, 2015 meeting, of the American Legion Auxiliary, was canceled due to bad weather.  It was decided to wait until June 3, 2015 to have our next meeting.  Election of officers will be held at this time.  So please come and show your support for the next year’s new officers.  We would like to remind members that we should be at the club on the 25th of May around five p.m. to help fold the flags that will be put up for Memorial Day.  This really helps out everyone involved.  Anyone else, who would like to volunteer are more than welcome to help.     

          American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

          On April 1, 2015 Vice President, Judy Dunbar, had all members stand to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  She then called the meeting to order.

          She asked for the reading of the last minutes, treasurer’s report and the recording secretary’s report.  Sandi Towne, membership secretary,  reported we still have 49 members that are on our roster for membership and have not turned in their dues for 2015.  It was suggested we would get together on April 13, 2015.  Members, who are able, need to show up and call on these members at the Veterans Club at 3:00 p.m.

          Old Business:

          Girl State for 2015 orientation will be held in St. Paul, NE on April 12th at 1:00 p.m. in the high school.  Please use the east side of the high school to enter.  Liz Cline passed around the bingo schedule for May.  The Easter Egg Hunt will be held at the club on the 4th of April at 2:00 p.m.  Hunting for eggs, the Easter Bunny will be in attendance, decorating cup-cakes and youngsters picking out stuffed animals will be on the agenda.  It was made into a motion by Liz Cline and second by Judy Dunbar, that the auxiliary purchase two large bags of candy for the Easter Bunny to hand out to the children.  This was agreed by all members present.  Sandi Towne volunteered to purchase the candy.  All members should show up around 12:30-1:00 p.m. to help set up and decorate the room and hide the eggs.

          New Business:

          The American Legion and Auxiliary, state convention will be held in Kearney, NE at the Holiday Inn.  The 26th through the 28th of June.  They are asking for representatives to send in their reservations.  We also received a copy of the original Charter for Auxiliary Unit #53.  Our unit was created November 10-12, 1919.  Charlie Becker had a copy made and put in a frame.  Those who are interested may see it on our wall at the Veterans Club.

          Vice President Judy Dunbar, then asked for a motion to adjourn the meeting.  This was made into motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Charlie Becker.

          The next meeting will be held on May 6th, 2015.  We are asking for a record attendance as the election of officers will be the main agenda for the evening.

          Respectfully Submitted,

          Elizabeth E. Cline

          Recording Secretary for Unit #53

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          President Janet Ewoldt asked all members to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  She then called the March 4th, 2015 meeting to order.

          The recording secretary read the minutes to the last meeting.  The treasurer gave her report.  All were approved by those present.

          She then asked for old business, and the first was a donation to the sign for the Veterans Club.  It was made into motion by Carmen Larson and second by Loretta Palensky to donate to the new electronic sign.  The next business was the Easter Egg Hunt that will be held at the Veterans Club on April 4, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.   This is for members of the Veterans Club kids and grand kids.  All members should show up around 12:30-1:00 p.m. to help set it up.  We will need extra sacks for children who forget their own.  Also anyone who would like to donate gently used stuffed animals, see an auxiliary member and we will come and pick up.  Girl State interviews were held on March 1, 2015.  Six sponsors showed up to help interview applicants for the new Girl State, being held May 31-June 6, 2015.  We will get them mailed into the state this week before the March 15th deadline. 

          Carmen Larson made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Charlie Becker.  The meeting was adjourned by President, Janet Ewoldt.  Next meeting will be held, April 1, 2015, please come and help make final plans for the Easter Egg Hunt.

          Respectfully Submitted

          Elizabeth E. Cline,

          Recording Secretary for ALA Unit #53

                             American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

          On February 4, 2015 the American Legion Auxiliary, held their meeting at the United Veterans Club at 6:00 p.m.  Six members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President, Janet Ewoldt then called the meeting to order.

          The recording secretary, treasurer and the membership secretary gave their reports.  Treasurer, Charlie Becker reported the group had received a donation from the family of Derald (Pinky) Stalnaker in his memory.  We will decided on a special way to honor him in a memorial.  Sandi Towne, membership, reported she had received a letter from the state office in regards of delinquent memberships.  As of this year, if a member has not paid their dues by the thirty first of January, their membership would be delinquent, and would not be entitled to any benefits by being a member and they would have to start over on their years of being a member. Dues are due, according to the state, every July.  This July will be due for 2016.

         

          Old Business:  Loretta Palensky, chairman of the Easter Egg Hunt committee, confirmed that the hunt will be held on April 4th at 2:00 p.m.  She has asked for volunteers from the Sons of Legion, to help monitor around the Veterans Club park because of the construction.  We are also asking for donations of gently used stuffed animals, to be used for the hunt.  Please see a member of the Auxiliary for your animal donation.  Girl State packets were delivered to all four counselors at the high schools.  Liz Cline will pick up entries by the 20th of February.  We will again have eight possible nine sponsors for Girl State.  Interviews will be held at the Veterans Club in the United Room on March 1, starting around 2:00 p.m.  Bingo schedules were passed around for March and April.

          New Business:  We will again be helping the Sons of the Legion with their annual Nut Fry, being held at the club on February 7th, 2015.  We will need volunteers for counting, money, and selling raffle tickets for the Sons.  Members should be there before five p.m.

          Charlie Becker made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Sandi Towne.  President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to adjournment.  Our next meeting will be held March 4, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.

Respectfully Submitted,

Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 53

Auxiliary Unit #53, met on November 5th at the United Veterans Club. Nine members and one guest, stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the meeting to order, she then asked for the reading of the minutes, treasurer’s report and the membership secretary report. It was made into motion by Carmen Larsen and it was second by Liz Cline to pay all outstanding bills.

Old Business: Bingo schedules were passed out for the months of November and December. Charlie Becker passed around two thank you cards that the auxiliary had received, from Marcia and Mike Ferguson and Dwight and Janet Donahey families.

New Business: Plans were made for the Veterans Day Breakfast being served on November 11, 2014. We will get together on Sunday, November 9th around 1:30 p.m. to start making banana bread at the club. Then on Monday, November 10th at 5:00 p.m. we will meet to decorate tables for the breakfast and cut the banana bread. Members should bring their electric knives. We will need members to show up between 4:30-4:45 A.M. on Tuesday to help serve, count, take money and anything else to help serve the many veterans that come into the breakfast. Veterans eat free, guests $6.00 and children under the age of 4 will eat free. Charlie Becker then announced that through the state auxiliary, scholarships are available for nursing and vocational tech students. A family member must be from the military and scholarships need to be sent to the state before the first of March, 2015. Janet Ewoldt made each member a copy of a calendar she received from the state office. We will also have our Christmas party and gift ex-change at the next meeting, held on December third. Each member is requested to bring a present for no more than $5.00 and an appetizer of their choice. This can be something homemade or a gag.

Vice President Judy Dunbar, requested to adjourn the meeting. It was made into motion by Sandi Towne and second by Trina Emken. The meeting was adjourned. The next meeting will be December 3rd and remember it is our gift exchange. Please come and enjoy the fun.

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary ALA Unit #53.

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

The American Legion Auxiliary, met on October first, at the home of Glenn and Loretta Palensky. Glenn Palensky held the flag of the United States of America, while seven members and three guests, said the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Our guests were, Glenn Palensky, Meile Rosenlund, and Trevor Larson.

Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order, the secretary, treasurer and the membership secretary gave their reports. Loretta Plalensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and this was second by Barb Brettman. President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

All members stayed and we made our float for the Harvest of Harmony Parade to be held on October 4th. The theme will be, Fun Pages to Parade, Making Characters Come Alive. Our character will be Uncle Sam. We will have three girls from the 2014 Girls State delegates riding on the float. Other members will either ride or walk by the float handing out candy.

Our next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club on November 5, 2014. Please come and join in the fun.

Respectfully submitted

Elizabeth Cline

Recording Secretary

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53

President Janet Ewoldt called the September 3, 2014 meeting to order. Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The secretary and treasurer read their reports. Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay the bills for the World War II plants for the planters. This was approved by those present.

Old Business: A thank you from Alex Willford for the donation for the Veterans Home Activity Fund was read. Gift for yanks schedules were read. Dollar Day Distribution will be on November 4 at 10:00 and at the Veterans Home at 2:00. December 2, 2014, the gift shop will open at 10:00 AM at the VA Medical Center. On December 9, 2014, at 10:00 at the VA Medical Center and 2:00 at the Veterans Home in Grand Island, will be the Gift for Yanks along with their cookie exchange. We also had more planning on the Harvest of Harmony parade with our float. We will meet on October 1, at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Glenn and Loretta Palensky, 811 Redwood Rd to start putting the float together. This will also be our October meeting. We need red, white, or blue buckets for candy to be distributed with our float. We will be using an Uncle Sam theme along with patriotic decorations. Vern Hill also showed us the picture of the new sign that will be put up at the club. They are asking for donations in help paying for this sign. It will be controlled inside and all done on the computer and you will be able to read both sides.

New Business: Charlie bought some frames to go up on our wall at the club. We also discussed making banana bread for the Veterans Day Breakfast on November 9th starting around 2:00 p.m. We will have another meeting to finalize the plans.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting it was second by Jeanette Cornell. Meeting was adjourned by President Janet Ewoldt. Next meeting will be held on October 1, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. at the home of Loretta and Glenn Palensky.

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

On August 6th, President Janet Ewoldt, called the meeting to order. Eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. Minutes of the last meeting, treasurer’s and membership secretary read their reports. We have two new members, one who was present at the meeting, Barb Brettman, and we welcomed her to the meeting.

Old Business: There were five young ladies who received scholarship money for the, Tom Wilcox Scholarship, each will receive $500.00. They are as follows, Lindsay Grudzinski, McKayla Obermiller, Kylie Rocca, Makenzie Hayse, and Cheyenne Reinhart. Congratulations to all five in becoming future nurses. It was made into motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Carmen Larsen, that our group would participate in the Harvest of Harmony Parade and if the Girls State, girls would be interested. The parade will be held on October 4th. The Theme is fun pages to parade, making characters come alive. The girls said they could help, and give us new ideas, and maybe some could ride on our float. The first meeting will be held August 20th at 6:00 p.m. Lori Skala said they would need help with the last Korean War Veterans supper being held on Wednesday August 13th, hours would be 4-7 p.m.

New Business: Vern Hill approached Janet about the frontage in front of the Veterans Club. It would be taken out when they do the Capital Avenue construction. He has asked if our group would like to contribute to a new digital sign for the club. This could be changed from inside the club as new events come up. Both sides of the sign would shine. We tabled it for now until we find out more information. Janet also handed out brochures to some of the officers from the Department President of American Legion Auxiliary. We were also were asked by the Sons of Legion, if they would put plant containers around the WWII bench in the Veterans Park, would the auxiliary purchase the flowers and plants. It was made into motion by Elizabeth Cline in favor of this idea with a second by Barb Brettman. This was carried by those present.

It was made into motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Charlie Becker to adjourn the meeting. President, Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting. We enjoyed hearing from three of the Girl State, girls about their experience in Lincoln. Those in attendance were Megan Canfield, Meile Rosenlund, and Rebecca Riley. Our next meeting will be held on September 3, 2014.

Respectfully submitted: Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary ALA #53

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

President Janet Ewoldt, called the July 2, 2014 meeting to order. All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. She then asked for the reading of the last minutes of the meeting and the treasurer’s report. All were read and approved.

Old Business: Thank yous were read from Relay for Life and from a 2013 Girl State, Angelica Carlini. The Relay for Life congratulated the Vets 4 a Cure as being a member of the society. We will also hold a Girl State Tea after our August 6th meeting at 7:00 p.m. We will invite all 2014 Girl State girls and their families plus the sponsors. The Bingo schedules were passed around and members signed up. We also reminded members to be at the club on July 4th to fold the almost 400 flags. Anyone is encouraged to help. We also were asked to help with the Korean War Veteran Coney Dogs on July 9th and we should be there before 4:00 p.m.

New Business: District #6 President wrote to our group and we stand in 5th place with a 91% in membership. Dues are due starting in July and we remind members they will increase to $25.00 this year. On August 17th, District #6 will host a hamburger and melon feed at the Veterans Home starting at 3:00 p.m. and they are asking for help in preparing the food.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Charlie Becker second the motion. Janet called the meeting to be adjourned. Next meeting will be held August 6, 2014 with the Girl State Tea to follow. All members are encouraged to attend, to hear the girls talk about their experiences. We also ask all members even if you can’t be at one our meetings by six p.m. come in at any time. We are very relaxed.

Respectfully Submitted

Recording Secretary

Elizabeth E. Cline

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53

On June 4, 2014 six members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. President Janet Ewoldt, called the meeting to order. She had the secretary read the minutes of the last meeting, the membership secretary gave her report and the treasurer, gave the treasurers report. All were approved by those in attendance.

She then called for any old business. Liz Cline read a thank you from Carolyn Bergdolt, a girl state candidate from 2013. She also said, she talked to all eight girls before they left to attend Girl State in Lincoln, NE on the first of June. We talked about the bingo schedule, asking for two members to help on the eight of June. Three members volunteered to attend the state convention in Kearney on June 28th, which is Saturday. We can have nine delegates and nine alternates attend.

New business was Lori Skala, asking for volunteers from our group to help with the Korean War Veterans hamburger nights. There will be six left, two in June, two in July and two in August. She would love help from anyone and everyone from our group. Sandy, and Judy volunteered to help the first Wednesday and Liz would also join them the last Wednesday of June. Janet turned in another scholarship candidate for the Tom Wilcox nursing scholarship.

We would like to remind members that we have, two more days of flag folding for the 14th of June and the 4th of July. Unless otherwise noted it will be at 5:00 in the evening unless it rains. They did start at 4 on Memorial Day, and we were able to get a hold of members. Please, we need as many people as possible to help fold nearly 400 flags.

Sandi Towne made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Judy Dunbar, second the motion. President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

Next meeting will be held on July 2, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club, all members are encouraged to attend.

Respectfully submitted

Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 53

The American Legion Auxiliary held their meeting on May 7, 2014. Seven members and two guests stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order, the recording secretary, treasurer’s report and membership secretary all gave their reports. All outstanding bills were handed into the treasurer. All memberships were turned in by the membership secretary. All were approved.

Old Business: Carmen Larson talked to Nancy Klimek from the Grand Island Veterans Home. She reported they would like sweat pants and flannel bottoms for veterans. She said these would work better at the home in Grand Island. At this time there is no need for them. But they would like snacks for their birthday parties each month, but cannot be homemade. It was made into a motion by Charlie Becker to donate $ 50.00. Sandi Towne and Loretta Palensky second the motion. We will try to do this quarterly. Janet brought up the Easter Egg Hunt, it was huge success, and we had a firsthand report, that they enjoyed it very much. We will try to make this happen each year. Liz Cline reported on Girl State. She had sent letters out to all eight girls, as a reminder, to get their information into to Lincoln. The 2015, election of officers was put on hold at this time. Janet reminded us, that State Convention will be held on June 26-29th, in Kearney, NE. We are eligible to send 9 delegates and 9 alternates.

New Business: Carmen Larson made a motion and Judy Dunbar second the motion that the auxiliary donate to Relay for Life. It was suggested by Sandi Towne to donate the amount of $300.00 and Liz Cline second the motion, this was carried by all those present. Janet asked for a volunteer to help with the Memorial Day ceremony at the Veterans Club. Carmen Larson volunteered to present the wreath during the ceremony. She was also going to ask volunteers from the Boy Scouts to help fold flags that evening. We need to fold flags for Memorial Day, May 26th, and June 14th, Flag Day and the Fourth of July. All members and other volunteers are always welcome to help fold almost 400 flags. Time would be around five that evening unless it rains it could be earlier.

Sandi Towne made a motion to adjourn the meeting, and it was second by Charlie Becker. President, Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting. Next meeting will be held, Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the Veterans Club.

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline

American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53

President Janet Ewoldt called the April 2nd meeting to order. Eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

The secretary, treasurer and membership secretary gave their reports. All was approved by those in attendance. District President Barbara Meyer, noted that our group was at 77.89% membership milestone and were in second place in the district with a rating of #2.

New Business: District president asked members to save old jeans for residents in the Veterans Home. We will check with Nancy Klimeck, on sizes for the one in Grand Island. We will also check to see what other items they are in need. The state convention will be held in Kearney, NE June 26-29, 2014. Janet will find out from the state office when we do a first round of call, for the election on next year’s officers. Old Business: Charlie asked for volunteer hours. Sally checked on the cost of t-shirts from T-Shirt engineers, so if you need a new shirt get in touch with Liz Cline or Charlie Becker. Bingo sheets for May and June were handed out to members present. Members need to be at the club by 12:15 p.m. on April 12 for the Easter Egg Hunt. We will need volunteers to help with each age group. Bring plastic bags or baskets for the hunt. Any member that is good with a camera please bring to take pictures. An information meeting for Girl State will be held on April 13, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in St. Paul, NE.

A motion was made by Sandi Towne to adjourn the meeting and a second motion made by Charlie Becker, President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

There was an informal tea held for members present and guests for the presentation, honoring Elizabeth Cline for 50 years of membership to Auxiliary. Two other members were noted but not in attendance.

Respectfully submitted

Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the March 5th meeting to order. Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.

The recording secretary read the minutes of the last meeting with one correction, the time of the Easter Egg Hunt will be at 1:00 p.m. on the 12th of April at the Veterans Club. The treasurer gave her report all outstanding bills were turned in. The above reports were approved by those present.

Old Business: Loretta Palensky thanked Elizabeth Cline for all the hard work for setting up interviews with Girl State. We had twelve girls from all four schools apply. We had eight girls names submitted to the state for Girl State to be held the first week of June. Orientation for Girls State candidates will be April 13th at 1:00 p.m. in Saint Paul, NE. Other old business was the Easter Egg Hunt the Auxiliary is holding for all club members and their families. This will be held on April 12th at 1:00 p.m. Charlie had made flyers that will be put up in the club. She has also ordered more Easter eggs. Sandy volunteered to purchase the punch and Carmen volunteered to get the cups, napkins and plates, and Liz the candy. Sally volunteered to see if she could get some publicity for the Easter Egg Hunt. We will also have to check and see if signs we used need repaired. Age group goes at follows, babies-2, 3-4, 5-7 and 8-10. We also will be ordering new t-shirts for new members, if anyone wishes to order a new one, please contact Liz Cline with your size.

New Business: The district meeting for Auxiliary will be held on March 9th, 2014. It will be held in Gibbon, NE and will start around 9:30-10:00 a.m. at their Veterans Club. This will be a joint session with the Legion also.

A motion by Sandy Towne and a second by Loretta Palensky, to adjourn the meeting and Vice President Judy adjourned. The next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club on April 2nd, 2014.

Submitted by Elizabeth E. Cline, recording secretary

President, Janet Ewoldt called the February 5th, meeting to order. All eight members in attendance recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

We then had Jesse Berrelez and Kris Schroeder both third place winners sponsored by our group, in the Karaoke Challenge for 2013 and 2014, thanking our group. Kris returned her winnings, of $100.00 back to the auxiliary. We are all proud of both of these women.

The recording secretary, treasurer and the membership secretary read their reports. All were approved by those present. Sandy brought up that the state and national are raising their portions of the membership dues. All members discussed raising the dues for 2015 up to $25.00 This was made into a motion by Loretta Palensky and a second by Kris Schroeder to raise the dues, motion was passed by all.

We will again help the Sons of the Legion with their Nut Fry on Saturday, February 8, 2014. We will be in charge of the count, collecting money and selling raffle tickets, we should be at the club by 4:30 p.m.

Liz Cline reported all schools received their Girl State packets for 2014. She will pick up applications after the 17th of February and will hold interviews on Sunday the 23 of February, in the United Room at the Veterans Club. Sandy Towne and Loretta Palensky volunteered to help and Charlie Becker said she would also help.

New Business: Janet brought up that we again hold an Easter Egg Hunt for members of the Veterans Club and their families. We will have this event on April 12th, with a start of 2:00 p.m. in the afternoon. The Easter Bunny has again agreed to come and help us out. More details would be worked out at the next meeting.

Sandy Towne made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Kris Schroeder, the meeting was adjourned by the president. The next meeting will be held March 5th, 2014 at 6:00 p.m.

Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary for Unit #53.

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, UNIT #53

President Janet Ewoldt called the January 8th meeting to order. All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. We had seven members and one new member, Deb Jensen attending the meeting, along with one guest.

Recording secretary, treasurer and membership secretary all gave their reports. All were approved by the members present. Sandi reported that we have four members who have qualified for their 50 year membership certificate. We will order pins, plus we have about four more who will qualify next year.

Judy Dunbar, thanked the members who took down the Christmas trees at the club.

Old Business: Janet Edwoldt noted we needed to change the amount given to the Karaoke Challenge from $100.00 to a $200.00 donation. We would have our name added to the banner being made. We will again have the concession for this two day event. We will need to be at the club at least before five on Friday the 17th of January and Saturday the 18th. We need volunteers to help serve at the concession stand.

New Business: The Sons of the Legion will again need our help for their Nut Fry in February. We would help take money, count, and sell raffle tickets for them. We would again need to be at the Veterans Club around 4:30 p.m. on the 8th of February.

Charlie Becker passed around a thank you given to the group for our donation to the Korean War Hero Flight.

We also found out the Tom Wilcox nursing scholarship applications need to be turned in before the 15th of June. Charlie will find out the new applications and have them at our next meeting.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Carmen Larsen.

The president then adjourned the meeting. Our next meeting will be Wednesday, the 5th of February at 6:00 p.m.

Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

Our meeting was called to order on December 4, 2013, by President Janet Ewoldt. Eight members and one guest stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. The secretary and treasurer read their reports. They were approved by members present.

New Business: Janet announced that the board members approved the auxiliary to have one wall in the United Room at the club. This will be used by our auxiliary for our achievements. We were very pleased with this announcement. The president read a letter from the District President, but was not received in time for our unit to take part in their meeting held in ST Paul, NE. It was brought up to donate $100.00 to the Karaoke Challenge to be held in January. This was made into a motion by Judy Dunbar and a second by Loretta Palensky. This motion was carried by those present. Janet thanked the members that decorated the Christmas trees at the club. They looked really pretty this year and they did a great job. We also welcomed a new member that transferred her membership from Springview, NE, Unit #98. Her name is Carmen Larson. Betty Fothergill, read a Christmas poem about, The Night Before Christmas, which was enjoyed by all.

Old Business: The bingo schedule for January and February was passed around so members could sign up.

A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Marge Kemerling, and a second by Judy Dunbar. President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will not be held until the 8th of January due to the first being New Years Day.

All members enjoyed the gift exchanged and pizza supper that we had for Christmas. Please renew your membership and join in the fun by attending a meeting. We have our meetings the first Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the Veterans Club.

Respectfully submitted by Recording Secretary, Liz Cline

American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 53
          On November 6, 2013, the ALA Unit #53, meeting was called to order by President, Janet Ewoldt. We all stood to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. Two guests were present, Glenn Palensky and Suanne Davis. Glenn Palensky, board member of the club, was present to ask the auxiliary for a donation. The club had to purchase a new freezer as the one in use had to retire. He also asked the members to help with the Karaoke Challenge to be held January 17 and 18, 2014, with concession food. After he left, it was made into motion by Liz Cline to donate $750.00 and second by Betty Fothergill. Janet asked all members to vote and it was carried by those present.
          The minutes of the last meeting, and the treasurer’s report were read. Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay the bills accumulated by the Harvest of Harmony parade, and Jeanette Cornell seconds the motion. 
          New Business was the Veterans Day Breakfast which will be held on November 11, 2013 at the club. Members had made the banana bread on Sunday the third. We will cut the bread on Sunday the 10th at 1:00 p.m. We will also help cut the potatoes and decorate the main hall after the room has been cleaned from Bingo. Volunteers can start showing up around 4:30 a.m. on Monday the 11th to help serve and take the money. Hours will be 5-9:30 a.m. with a cost of $ 6.00 for adults and $3.00 for ages 10-4 and under 3 free. Of course all Veterans will eat free. Loretta made a motion that the Auxiliary donate a $100.00 to Christmas Cheer as we have done so in the past. Judy Dunbar then seconds the motion. All members present approved. We also talked about donating to the Korean War Hero Flight at a later date. Loretta made a motion and this in turn was second by Charlie Becker that we would donate $200.00. This was voted and approved by all present. We will need volunteers to help with the Korean War Veteran Dinner that will be held at the club on November 13th. Members should try and be there before five to help serve. It was brought up that the auxiliary had paid the officers membership in the past. Betty made a motion to pay their dues and Jeanette second the motion and this was   passed by all present. The next two months Bingo schedule was handed out for member to sign up. On December 3, they will have a Gift Shop for the Veterans at the Hospital and need volunteers to show up around ten a.m. Then on December 10th the Veterans Home will have their party and we will again donate cookies and Liz Cline will take and help with their party. Any other members are also invited to help around 1:30 p.m. It was brought up that at our next meeting, we will have our Christmas party and gift exchange. All members are welcome and bring a gift for around $5.00 and pizza again be on the menu.
          Judy Dunbar made into motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Loretta Palensky, the president adjourned the meeting. Please come and join in any of our meetings. Respectfully submitted; Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary
 
American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53
The Auxiliary met at the home of Loretta Palensky, on October 2, 2013. Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the meeting to order. Four members and one guest stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
        Reading of the minutes, treasurers and membership reports were postponed until the November meeting. Old business, was the members working on the Harvest of Harmony float. It will be ready by October 5th, 2013. Loretta, Charlie, Judy and Liz with the help of one girl state member, Olivia Llamas from Central Catholic High School. If all four girls show up, we will have one person from each high school. They are as follows, Juana Paramo, Senior High School, Angelica Carlini, Grand Island Northwest High School, Carolyn Bergdolt, Heartland High School, and Olivia. We completed our first float and all are looking forward to a successful parade.
        The members of the Auxiliary Unit #53, wish to extend our deepest sympathy to the President of the Auxiliary on the loss of her husband, Ed Ewoldt.
        Vice President Judy Dunbar called the meeting to a close.
        Respectfully submitted
        Elizabeth Cline
        Recording Secretary
  
                                AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53
                President, Janet Ewoldt, called the February 3, 2013 meeting to order. All eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. We had one new member in attendance, Betty Fothergill, we welcome her and any others that wish to join in on the fun.
                An addition to the last minutes was the auxiliary also sponsored, Marcia Ferguson, in the Karaoke Challenge.
                The minutes of the last meeting, the treasurer’s report and the member ship secretary report, were all read and approved. Charlie Becker submitted a bill for the liners on the cookers that were used at the Karaoke Challenge. Judy Dunbar made a motion to reimburse Charlie, and it was second by Loretta Palensky.
                The president read the February newsletter from the District 6 president, Mary Ann Boeltz. She is urging all units in our district to turn in their memberships because we are in tenth place. She also reported on the mid-winter conference, some of our members might attend in March. She also reported on the April 14th orientation for Girl State will be held at the St. Paul High School at 1:00 p.m.
Old Business:    The Sons of the Legion Oyster Feed will be held on February 23, 2013. We will help with taking the money and selling raffle tickets. Members should be there around 4:30 p.m. We also discussed the Easter Egg Hunt we will have for members of the club and their families. This will be held on March 30, 2013. We have an Easter Bunny lined up. Weather permitting it will be held outside in the Veterans Park; otherwise it will be held inside the club. We will serve cupcakes and punch for the little ones. Age groups are as follows: 0-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; and 9-10. The time will be 2-4 p.m. Liz Cline passed around the Bingo schedules for March and April. She also reported that Sandy Towne, delivered all packets to each school for Girl State Candidates. We will pick up February 23, and have interviews at the club on March 3, 2013. Sandy Towne and Charlie Becker volunteered to help with the interviews.
New Business: The team from the club, called United Vets 4 a Cure, Relay for Life will be having new meetings. You are more than welcome to join. Our group decided to donate $300.00 to this cause. It was made into motion by Charlie Becker and second by Jeannie Cornell. It was approved by those present.
                Charlie Becker made a motion and Loretta Palensky second the motion to have the meeting adjourned. The president adjourned the meeting. Next meeting will be March 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Please feel free to drop in and share your thoughts, even if you are running late. We would love to have you.
                Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, recording secretary ALA Unit # 53
 
     
                American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53         
Eight members were present for the January 7th meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary. President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order, and all members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. The recording secretary, the treasurer and the membership secretary read their reports and were approved by those present. Sandy Towne, membership secretary did announce we had five new members.
Old Business:   Elizabeth Cline will contact the other sponsors for Girl State for the 2013 Girl State Convention. She will ask if they would want to sponsor a girl as a group or two groups for each girl. The state in Lincoln has raised their fees to $300.00, for each girl. Girl State is scheduled to be held June 2-8, 2013. We will again be having the concession for the Karaoke Challenge on January 18-19 at the club. We will be serving sloppy joes, hot dogs, nachos and chips. Each member signed up to either work Friday or Saturday nights. 
New Business: Janet announced that the Sons of the Legion’s Mountain Oyster Feed will be held February 23. More details will be discussed at February’s meeting. Janet also brought up she would like to see the Auxiliary have the Easter Egg Hunt again for Members of the Club and their families.   After a discussion, it was made into motion, by Liz Cline and second by Loretta Paleusky, to plan this for the Saturday before Easter which will be March 30, 2013.   Treasurer, Charlie Becker, will order some of Easter Egg Hunt prizes, so we could decide if this would be enough. Janet also suggested that maybe people could donate, used stuffed animals that were in good condition, for the hunt.    It was also brought up to sponsor Loretta Palensky’s granddaughter, in the Karaoke Challenge, Jessica Berrelez, cost of $25.00. It was made into a motion and agreed by those present. Janet brought up that the bingo hall and the dining room and a couple of chairs in the bar need replacing. The legion is asking to use the money from the meat raffle to replace some of these chairs. It was made into motion and agreed upon by those present to donate $200.00 to the Legion to help replace some of the chairs.
It was made into motion by Judy Dunbar and second by Loretta Palensky to adjourn the meeting. Next meeting will be on February 4, 2013. We would like to make a note to all members, even though our meetings start at six p.m. Please feel you will always be welcome to join in on the meeting at any time.
Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary of Auxiliary Unit #53
                AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY, UNIT # 53
          On December 3, 2012, nine members were present when President Janet Ewoldt called the Auxiliary meeting to order. All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance.
          The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting, the Treasurer read her report and the membership secretary turned in dues she had collected. All reports were approved by the members.
          Old Business: They had 675 people that attended and ate the breakfast at the Vets Club for Veterans Day. We were pleased with the turn out and wish to thank all who participated in making it another successful morning. We heard lots of compliments from those who attended. Liz Cline will be picking up cookies and helping with the Gift for Yanks on Tuesday, December 4th, at the Veterans Home.
          New Business: We would like any information of a member’s family member who is currently serving overseas. We would like to send a care package to anyone who is serving. It was voted unanimously by the auxiliary to donate $100.00 to the Christmas Cheer program. We also voted unanimously to help with the Karaoke Challenge being held at the club on January 18-19, 2013. We would again help with the concession stand.
          It was made into motion to adjourn the meeting by Sandy Towne, and second by Judy Dunbar. The president then adjourned the meeting. The members stayed to have a small party and gift exchange for the Christmas season. 
          Next meeting will be held at the Veterans Club, January 7, 2013.
          Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline, Secretary ALA # 53.
AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY #53
          Eight members were present for the November 5, 2012 meeting. President Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order. All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.
          Minutes to the last meeting, the treasurer’s report and the membership secretary all gave their reports. 
          Old Business: President, Janet Ewoldt passed out ABC manuals to the officers. She also brought up we would help with Thursday night bingo if our help was needed. Liz Cline will be in charge to line up help when notified by Don Kemerling, president of the American Legion. We will still do Sundays and may double up for the help. Veterans Day Breakfast, being held at the club on November 11, 2012. The report was given by, Charlie Becker, brought up that we would cut banana bread on November 10th, 2012, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. All help will be appreciated and electric knives work wonderful. We will have to come in early on Sunday to decorate the tables as the hall is rented out for Saturday. We should be at the club around 3:30-4:00 a.m. We will need two volunteers to take money and one volunteer to watch the north door. District 6th is in 10th place for membership so turn in your dues if you have not done so all ready.
          New Business: On December 4th our unit will help with the Gift for Yanks at the Veterans Home. Roger and Liz Cline have volunteered but anyone else can help out also. Sandy Towne read the poem Flanders Field for poppy days. It was decided to have a small gift exchange for the next meeting. Bring a grab bag gift around $5.00. This will be at our December 3rd meeting. Liz Cline made the motion to do the gift exchange and it was second by Judy Dunbar. The meeting was then made into a motion to adjourn by Loretta Palensky and second by Reva O’Brien. The meeting was adjourned by President Janet Ewoldt.
                                                                   Respectfully submitted
                                                                   Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary
                AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53
     President Janet Ewoldt called the October 1, 2012 meeting to order with seven members present. All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag. Minutes to the last meeting, the treasurer’s report and membership report were read and approved by members present.
     Old Business: It was brought up the auxiliary would again pay for all officer’s dues for the 2013 year. This was made into a motion by Charlie Becker and second by Loretta Palensky. Liz Cline passed around the bingo calendar for members to sign up.
     New Business: Mary Ann Boeltz, District #6 President, will be at a Fall Round up for membership tour in Doniphan, NE on October 22nd. Time will be from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Sandy Towne and Liz Cline will try to attend. Janet passed around a copy of the new ABC book of current by laws and protocol for auxiliary. She also passed around a calendar of events coming up at the Veteran’s Hospital and Home for the holidays. Charlie Becker gave a report on the upcoming Veteran’s Day Breakfast, to be held at the club on November 11th from 5 to 10:30 A.M.  The auxiliary would again make banana bread on November 4th at 2:00 p.m. Then we would cut the bread and get it ready on Saturday, November 10th at 10:00 a.m. We will need electric knives if anyone has extras. We will also decorate afterwards for the morning breakfast. We will need help with taking the money, counting and cleaning up. This will be advertised on 3 TV stations and the newspaper. 
     A motion was made to adjourn the meeting by Sandy Towne, and a second by Charlie Becker. President, Janet Ewoldt then adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held on Monday November 5, 2012 at the Veterans Club.
     Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline Recording Secretary
              
  American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53
          On September 10, 2012, the meeting was called to order by President Janet Ewoldt, with 7 members present. All stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Minutes to the last meeting, treasurer’s report and membership secretary all read their reports and approved by those in attendance. Sandy Towne said dues would stay the same of $22.00 for 2012-2013.
          Old Business: We have ordered poppies for this year but need to order next year’s poppies by November 1, 2012. It was made into motion by Liz Cline that as a group, we would help on Sundays with Bingo, but as there is enough help for Thursday, to just be on call if our help was needed. It was second by Jeanette Cornell, and President Janet Ewoldt will talk to the Bingo directors.
          New Business: Janet read an invitation from the State President for a workshop school, on leadership, to be held in Red Cloud, NE on October 6th, from 1-5. There would be a homecoming banquet that evening at the Opera House in Red Cloud. A reception at 5:30 p.m., and supper at 6:30 p.m. to honor new president, Cheryl Vap. Thank you notes were read from the following, Kylie Rocca, on receiving the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship, and from the Karaoke Challenge Committee. Sandy Towne asked that we change the date of our meetings from the first Wednesday, to the first Monday of the month. Due to it being a conflict with church and choir practices. This was made into a motion by Sandy and a second from Judy Dunbar, and approved by members present. 
          Our next meeting will be the first of October, Monday night. Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Judy Dunbar.
          After the meeting we had an informal tea with three of the girls and their parents that attended the 2012 Girl State Convention in Lincoln, NE. The Altrusa Club and Women’s Club and the counselor from Senior High were in attendance. One special guest and her husband showed up to hear their presentations. Mary Ann Boldt the District 6 President came to here the girls talk and to help ask and answer questions. We were really impressed with all the information the girls had experienced at Girls State. Thanks to Holly Green, Abbey Fogelson, and Kaitlyn Keeling with their presentations.
                    Elizabeth Cline, Recording Secretary ALA Unit 53
                American Legion Auxiliary Unit # 53
                Eight members were present for the August 1, 2012 meeting. President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order and all members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Elizabeth Cline read the minutes to the last meeting, Charlie Becker gave the treasurer’s report. And Sandi Towne, membership secretary, asked if any active member could remember six members who had not paid their dues. As of July 10th we had a 98.5% standing of membership dues being paid. She also announced that National dues would be going up $4.00 more for 2013. At this time it was decided to keep our dues at the same price, due to the economy. Loretta Palensky made a motion to approve the reports and it was second by Reva O’Brien.
                Old Business: The bingo schedule was passed around. We are having members not volunteering for Thursday nights. It is easier for our members to be at the club on Sundays. We will ask to see if we can’t be dismissed for Thursday nights. There always seems to be enough help for that evening. Elizabeth Cline read a Thank you from Girl State representatives, Holly Green and Abbey Fogelson. And Sandy Towne passed another Thank you that was in the Grand Island Independent from Kaitlyn Keating.
                New Business: We discussed and approved to have a tea and invite the girl state candidates, and their parents, to come and speak about their experience at the June 2012, Girl State Convention. We will invite the other sponsors that helped co-sponsor the girls also. It was decided that cupcakes, ice cream, tea and coffee would be served. The date will be September 10, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. Any member active or non active will be encouraged to come and hear the girls give a short talk about their experience. It was also brought up that we would like to have a Poppy Sale to be at the Veterans Day Breakfast. We will find out how much they are and how many to order before November. Charlie Becker read a thank you from the American Cancer Society for the $300.00 donation the group gave for Relay for Life. She also read from the State Convention in Kearney, that there would be a Chuck wagon Supper and Western show October 12th in Grand Island, NE. So be watching for more information on this activity.
                Reva O’Brien made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Marge Kemerling. President Janet Ewoldt, then adjourned the meeting. Next meeting will be held at 6:00 p.m. on September 10th.
 
Respectfully submitted
Elizabeth E. Cline, recording secretary
 

President, Janet Ewoldt called the June 6th meeting to order with nine members being present.  All members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  Minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved.  Membership secretary, Sandy Towne, reported that 36 members have not paid their dues for the last year.

Old Business:  The convention of the Auxiliary will be held in Kearney, NE, starting June 29th through July first.  Charlie, Sandy and Liz are going to try to attend this year.  Janet read a letter from the state president of the Auxiliary.  They would like each unit to donate a door prize gift for the convention, of a cost of $6.00.  Reva O’Brien, made a motion to have the Unit donate a $10.00 gift card and mail it to the president.  Charlie asked each member to keep track of the hours of service they put in for each month.  We will then be prepared for the number of service hours for the year.  Charlie showed us the thank you and sympathy cards that the unit had purchased.  She will have them on hand if any member needs them.  She also shared them with each officer.  The Karaoke Challenge was the next order of business.  This will be held at the club June 8th-9th.  It will start at 6:00 p.m. and members helping that night should show up around 5:30 p.m.  The sloppy joe mix will be made on Thursday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m. if any member could help she would appreciate it.  Dale Fillinger asked our organization to donate $100.00 for the Karaoke Challenge, we assumed for prizes.  It was made into a motion by Charlie Becker and Reva O’Brien, second the motion.

New Business:  A request was brought to the attention to Janet that the auxiliary be in charge of the daily drawing at the club.  This is a 25 cent chance that is drawn each day.  Loretta Palensky made a motion and it was second by Reva O’Brien for our Unit not to take part in this project.  Sandy Towne purchased new decorations for the Veterans Day Breakfast for November.  She found them on sale and received more discount for it being for the Veterans.  Loretta Palensky made a motion to skip the fourth of July meeting as it will be a holiday.  The motion was second by Sandy Towne.  Our next regular meeting will be held on August 1, 2012.  All members are still needed to fold flags on June 14th and the fourth of July.  We had a nice number for Memorial Day and it took only about 45 minutes.  So thank you for all the help.

Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Charlie Becker.  President Janet Ewoldt adjourned the meeting.

Respectfully Submitted, Secretary Elizabeth Cline Unit #53                                                                               

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53 - May meeting

 

Ten members were present to say the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.  President Trina Emken called the meeting to order.  We had election of the office of President.  Janet Ewoldt will serve as president to the auxiliary for the next year.  Officers will be as follows, President, Janet Ewoldt, Vice President, Judy Dunbar, Treasurer, Charlie Becker, Recording Secretary, Elizabeth Cline, and Membership Secretary, Sandy Towne. 

Trina Emken had to excuse herself from meeting, Vice President, Judy Dunbar chaired over the rest of the May 2nd meeting.  Minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved. 

Old Business, was the hours of service, were sent to the state that our unit had done for the last year.  She turned in a total of 3661 hours that our unit had volunteered.  We all should be congratulated for the hours giving back to the community and the club.  Elizabeth Cline past around the Bingo schedules which we are in need of more help on Thursday as Loretta will be having surgery.  Charlie collected money for T-shirts that members had ordered.  We were also reminded of flag folding on Memorial Day, May 28th, Flag Day, June 14th, and July 4th.  We should meet at the Veterans Club around five, unless of rainy weather.  Otherwise it could be earlier.

New Business, Pat Foster brought up that we give to the Relay of Life, as the United Vets 4 a Cure, will help with donations and a table.  Many of the Auxiliary members are in this group.   This would be  the second year, we have helped with this project.  It was made into a motion by Elizabeth Cline and second by Pat Foster for the Auxiliary to donate money for this cause.  Charlie brought up the club will once again have a Karaoke Challenge contest on June 8th and 9th.  She suggested the auxiliary serve Yum- Yum Burgers, hot dogs, nachos and etc, as a money maker for the group.  Loretta Palensky,   made a motion that we should participate and Charlie Becker made a second motion.  We also voted on ordering patriotic sympathy and thank you cards for our group to have on hand.  This was also made into a motion by Judy Dunbar, and Janet Ewoldt,  second the motion to purchase the cards. 

At this time it was made into a motion by Janet Ewoldt and second by Pat Foster to adjourn the meeting.  Vice President,  Judy Dunbar, then adjourned the meeting. Our next meeting will be held on June 6th at 6 p.m. at the Veterans Club. 

                                                                                                Respectfully submitted

                                                                                                Elizabeth Cline, secretary for ALA #53

 

American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53

                Six members were present when we held our April 4, 2012 meeting at the Veterans Club.  Treasurer, Charlie Becker asked all members to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag.  She then called the meeting to order with minutes to the last meeting being read along with the  treasurers report.  Janet Ewoldt made a motion to pay all outstanding bills and was second by Loretta Palensky.

                Old Business:  Our shamrock blanket that was raffled for, was won by Darla Burnett.  It was brought up by Charlie that there is another nursing local scholarship available in the name of Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship.  It will be available for applications until the 15th of June.  Anyone needing a form can see Charlie Becker.  The district meeting in Gibbon was held last month and attended by Marge Kemerling, and she thought it was very interesting.  We received an award for having 85% of our membership turned in.  Charlie brought up a reminder that we will need to help with folding of the flags on the upcoming holidays at the club.  They are Memorial Day, May 28th, Flag Day, June 14th, and July 4th.  Membership chairman reported she still had 42 members who she had not received payment.  She received free postcards from the state office and mailed out to members and received three back for payment of dues.  We are asking for members to figure up hours they have volunteered for the year to be turned into the next meeting, starting from March 2012.   There was a second call for officers for next year.   Sandy Towne has put her name in for candidate for president of the auxiliary.  We would like all members to be in attendance for the election of officers.

                New Business, was the state convention, it will be held in Kearney, NE from June 28th to the first of July.  Several members are interested in attending.  Sandy asked if the group could send a donation to the Child Welfare Foundation.  This will help military families who are serving for their children under the age of 18. There is a report about this foundation in the paper from the state office.  We voted by those present to send a donation to this worthy cause.  Also we will be checking on information to sell poppy’s for poppy day in November, on Veterans Day.

                As there was no other business, Janet Ewoldt made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Marge Kemerling.  Meeting was adjourned by the treasurer, Charlie Becker.  Our next  meeting, will be held on May 2, 2012 at six p.m.,  at the Veterans Club.

                                                                                Respectfully submitted by secretary

                                                                                Elizabeth E. Cline

 

 

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY UNIT #53
          President Janet Ewoldt called the August 7th meeting to order with all members standing to say the Pledge of Allegiance. She asked for the minutes of the last minutes of the meeting, treasurer’s report and the membership secretary, to be read. All were approved by those present.
          The following Thank You notes were read, one from the American Cancer Society for Relay for Life, for the amount of money given by our chapter, the other from our Girl State candidate, Rachel Phinney.
          Old Business: The bingo schedule was passed around for the months of September and October. Also we needed two more volunteers for Sunday, August 25th. Charlie Becker and Sharon Linden, helped chose two scholarship winners this year, for the Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship. They are, Makenzie Hayes, granddaughter of Dick Schweiger, and Kylie Rocca, granddaughter of Russ and Jan Anderson. We wish to congratulate both girls. A motion was made to participate in the Harvest of Harmony parade with a float, by our group. The theme for this year’s parade is Nebraska Youth our Shining Stars. This will be held on October 5th. We will ask Girl and Boy state candidates to ride or walk on the float.
          New Business: Janet asked our group to bring baked goods to the club on August 10th for a bake sale. The proceeds will go to the waitress, Pam Cooper and employee of the club. She has had two strokes, and needs some help. The bake sale will be on August 11th during the breakfast and possible Bingo for that day.
          As there was no other business, Judy Dunbar made a motion to adjourn the meeting and Loretta Palensky second the motion. Meeting was adjourned by the president. Our next meeting will be held on September 4th at the club at 6:00 p.m.
          We had an informal tea after the meeting with four Girl State candidates attending along with parents. We had representatives from the Elks Does and Altrusa Club. The American Legion Auxiliary District #6, Vice President Jo Cook was also a guest. We enjoyed the girls speaking and listening to a wonderful experience that each had at Girl State.
American Legion Auxiliary, Unit # 53
            On June 5, 2013, eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance, at the Veterans Club in Grand Island, NE. The meeting was called to order by President, Janet Ewoldt. The minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer’s report were read and approved.
            New Business, Janet read a news letter from retiring president, Mary Ann Boldt. Barbara Meyer will be the new president. We found out we only need four more members to be at 100% for 2013. We have 186 members that have paid their dues for 2013. Sandy has done an excellent job in getting this information turned in to the state office. She reminded all groups to remember the State Convention being held in Kearney, NE at the Ramada Inn, June 27-30. Six of our members may go and represent Grand Island. She reminded us also of the Luau being held at the Veterans Home on June 11th at 2:00 p.m. Members helping should arrive around 1:30 p.m. We decided to continue having a tea for as many girls and their parents and the other sponsors from Girl State. We have set a date for August 7th at 7:00 p.m.
            Old Business: Janet thanked the group for all that baked items for the benefit that was held for her and husband Ed. She and Ed were very appreciative of all the support from the club, family, and friends that was given to them at their benefit on June 1. A special reminder, on June 14th and July 4th, we will need as many members that are able to show up at the club and help fold flags. The time is 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted from another member. Charlie had two applicants turn in for the Tom Wilcox Scholarship. They will be deciding on the recipient in the next few weeks. Our next meeting will be held on July 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Charlie Becker and it was second by Betty Fothergill. 
                        Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary
     
American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53
                Vice President, Judy Dunbar called the May 6th meeting to order at the United Veterans Club. Seven members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. We also welcomed another new member Anita Ellingson to our meeting.
                Recording secretary and the treasurer both read their reports. They were read and approved by those present. Elizabeth Cline shared the report she sent to our district president, Mary Ann Boldt, on our highlights for the past year.
                Old Business: Elizabeth Cline and Judy Dunbar both went to the Girl State Orientation on April 14th at St Paul, NE. We think seven of the eight girls were in attendance. We also thought it was very informative for all Girl State representatives that were in attendance. We will need more members help with Bingo, for the following days in June, the 20th and 23rd. Please sign up on the board in the Bingo Office, if you are able to help out.
                New Business: Loretta Palensky, has asked the Auxiliary, to help support a benefit, that is being held for Ed and Janet Ewoldt. We were asked to bake homemade goodies to be sold at this event being held at the club on June 1, 2013 starting at 4:00 p.m. Judy Dunbar made into a motion that we would help and Elizabeth Cline second the motion. So all members please help out Ed and Janet and bake a home baked item and bring up to the Veterans Club on June 1. We were also reminded to help fold flags on the following days. Memorial Day, May 27th starting at 5:00 p.m. and Flag Day, June 14th at 5:00 p.m. It was decided at this time to keep all existing officers for the next year.
                A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Loretta Palensky and a second by Marge Kemerling. Judy Dunbar, Vice President called the meeting adjourned. Please make a note for the next meeting. It will be held on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. All members are encouraged to come and help plan events for next year.
                Respectfully Submitted, Elizabeth E. Cline, Recording Secretary
 
 
        American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53
          On April 1, 2013, President Janet Ewoldt had all eight members stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. She then called the meeting to order. Membership secretary, Sandy Towne, reported if you do not have your dues paid by the week of April 1, 2013, the state will not print a membership card for 2014. Sandy and Charlie Becker called all members that were outstanding; to see if any wished to remain as a member. Charlie Becker then gave the treasurer’s report. All bills for the Easter Egg Hunt and Girl State were handed in. Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay these bills and it was second by Sandy Towne. Minutes of the last meeting were read. They were also approved.
          Old Business: The Easter Egg Hunt was a success. We counted around fifty children. Ideas were tossed around for improvements next year. We feel that we will again have another, and we decided Saturday, April, 20th. Janet wished to thank everyone for helping to make it successful. We had good reviews from the parents and grandparents that attended. A thank you was passed around from the Mid-Nebraska Karaoke Challenge. Liz Cline reported that all delegates we submitted were accepted by Girl State office in Lincoln. She wrote thank you’s to the sponsors and counselors from each school. She is also planning to attend the Girl State orientation being held April 14th in ST Paul, NE.
          New Business: Charlie has the applications for Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship. Even if you applied once before please apply again. Please get in touch with Charlie Becker. A letter was read from Mary Ann Boeltz, there will be an appreciation party being held April 20th for all volunteers, at the Veterans Home. It will start at 11:30 and go until 2:30 p.m. She reminded everyone about Memorial Day being May 27th.   Loretta Palensky, suggested since the Easter Egg Hunt was successful we might try for a Halloween Party for the younger ones also. We will see what day would work out best. Loretta also brought up to change the meetings back to Wednesday nights. Judy Dunbar made a motion in favor of this and Loretta Palensky second the motion. We would not start until June 5th, so it can be published in the news letter a month ahead of time.
          Judy Dunbar made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Sandy Towne. President Ewoldt adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held Monday, May 6, 2013. Please come and enjoy the meeting, and help make plans for the coming year. Liz Cline, Recording Secretary
          American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #53
          On April 1, 2013, President Janet Ewoldt had all eight members stand and say the Pledge of Allegiance. She then called the meeting to order. Membership secretary, Sandy Towne, reported if you do not have your dues paid by the week of April 1, 2013, the state will not print a membership card for 2014. Sandy and Charlie Becker called all members that were outstanding; to see if any wished to remain as a member. Charlie Becker then gave the treasurer’s report. All bills for the Easter Egg Hunt and Girl State were handed in. Judy Dunbar made a motion to pay these bills and it was second by Sandy Towne. Minutes of the last meeting were read. They were also approved.
          Old Business: The Easter Egg Hunt was a success. We counted around fifty children. Ideas were tossed around for improvements next year. We feel that we will again have another, and we decided Saturday, April, 20th. Janet wished to thank everyone for helping to make it successful. We had good reviews from the parents and grandparents that attended. A thank you was passed around from the Mid-Nebraska Karaoke Challenge. Liz Cline reported that all delegates we submitted were accepted by Girl State office in Lincoln. She wrote thank you’s to the sponsors and counselors from each school. She is also planning to attend the Girl State orientation being held April 14th in ST Paul, NE.
          New Business: Charlie has the applications for Tom Wilcox Nursing Scholarship. Even if you applied once before please apply again. Please get in touch with Charlie Becker. A letter was read from Mary Ann Boeltz, there will be an appreciation party being held April 20th for all volunteers, at the Veterans Home. It will start at 11:30 and go until 2:30 p.m. She reminded everyone about Memorial Day being May 27th.   Loretta Palensky, suggested since the Easter Egg Hunt was successful we might try for a Halloween Party for the younger ones also. We will see what day would work out best. Loretta also brought up to change the meetings back to Wednesday nights. Judy Dunbar made a motion in favor of this and Loretta Palensky second the motion. We would not start until June 5th, so it can be published in the news letter a month ahead of time.
          Judy Dunbar made a motion to adjourn the meeting and it was second by Sandy Towne. President Ewoldt adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held Monday, May 6, 2013. Please come and enjoy the meeting, and help make plans for the coming year. Liz Cline, Recording Secretary
        
   American Legion Auxiliary Unit #53
    
     President, Janet Ewoldt called the meeting to order at our March 4, 2013 meeting. All eight members stood for the Pledge of Allegiance. We had one new member present, Wanda Lange. Our group would like to welcome her and any other old and new members to our meetings.
     Janet asked for the treasurer’s report, the minutes of the last meeting and membership secretary. All reports were read and approved by those present. Janet Ewoldt read from a letter that our district went from 11th place to 6th this last month. This was a good job by all units working hard. The state convention will be June 27-30th in Columbus, NE, at the New World Inn. Girl State orientation will be in St Paul, NE at the high school on April 14th, 1:00 p.m. All people attending make sure to use the east door. April is Children Youth month.
     There was no New Business to report
     Old Business: We held interviews on March 3rd at the Veterans Club. We had 15 of the 17 girls attend and five groups were in attendance. Two girls were on tape as they were out of town. We felt it was very successful and thank you to those that helped, Charlie Becker, Sandy Towne, Janet Ewoldt, Paige Gibreal and Liz Cline. A thank you was shared from the Sons of the Legion for the Auxiliary’s help with the Oyster Feed. A thank you was read from Jessica Berrelee for the Karaoke Challenge; she placed third and was sponsored by the Auxiliary. The Easter Egg hunt final plans were made. All members to help should be at the club by 1:00 p.m. on Saturday March 30, 2013. A ticket will be placed inside some of the eggs for a special prize. Loretta Palensky and Janet Ewoldt will purchase cups, plates and punch. Please bring extra bags in case some do not have baskets.
     Loretta Palensky made a motion to adjourn the meeting and this was second by Marge Kemerling. The president adjourned the meeting and reminded everyone the next one would be April 1, 2013.   
              Respectfully submitted, Elizabeth Cline ALA
              Unit #53 Recording Secretary
March 30, 2013 Easter Egg Hunt for Veterans Club members and their families.  
  
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