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American Legion Auxiliary

Jul 27, 2017

American Legion Auxiliary

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 47 met recently at the VFW Hall, and John Miller with RSVP was a guest. President Linda Hendricks opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, a prayer, and the Auxiliary Preamble.

John Miller, Jefferson County coordinator for Retired and Senior Volunteers Program, explained the goal of the organization is to engage older individuals in volunteer efforts, using their experience and expertise to help nonprofit organizations in the community. At the same time, he learns of nonprofit organizations that need the help of volunteers. He currently has around 30 volunteers helping about 17 agencies and organizations. He distributed a RSVP brochure and a list of agencies that regularly need volunteers. Miller noted that a free supplementary insurance is provided for individuals while performing RSVP volunteer efforts.

Miller also noted a documentary about Fairfield by Dick DeAngelis will be shown Aug. 26-27, and that Fairfield Senior Citizen Center has thai chi at 11 a.m. on Thursdays; further information on that could be acquired by contacting the center.

Darlene Vorhies reported receipts for Poppy Days was over $2,500, a portion of which is shared with Department for Veterans Needs. A thank you was read from 2016 Girls Stater Anuja Pharasi; Pharasi served as a counselor at Girls State in 2017, along with two previous Fairfield Girls State representatives.

Shirley Kitch, treasurer, indicated a check is sent bimonthly to Department for Needs of Veterans at the VA Hospital in Iowa City; a thank you was read from Mary Littrell, State Auxiliary representative at the VA Hospital in Iowa City. A check was sent in memory of Alice Kessel; a thank you was read from the Kessel family.

A donation of $496.10 was received from First National Bank June Jeans Friday project to assist with funds to bring The Wall That Heals to Fairfield. Items donated for The Wall project were sold by silent auction by The Arc during the Greater Jefferson County Fair, which brought in $300; Sharon Coffin made bids sheets for the auxiliary. Since the recent meeting, a donation was received from The Cambridge Foundation to help fund hosting The Wall That Heals.

During the May auxiliary meeting, Lyle Maudlin and Ernie Riepe spoke about support of the Freedom Rock of Jefferson County, noting a rock has been found and a location on the Jefferson County Courthouse grounds has been approved. Maudlin and Riepe expect $7,000 to $8,000 will be needed, which would include the expected cost of $6,000 to paint the rock.

The auxiliary will meet next on Sept. 20 at the VFW Hall. For information about this meeting or the auxiliary, can contact President Linda Hendricks at 472-6188.


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