Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds August picnic and first meeting of the year

Submitted Photo Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary officers for 2017-2018 are pictured. From left are: Historian Ranee Kaus; Chaplain Paula Pattison; Sgt-at-Arms Lynn Moeller; President Pat Hayward; Treasurer Sue DeGolier; 2nd Vice President Lauren Sharp; Secretary Carol Baker; missing from photo is 1st Vice President Anna Lisa VanCuren.

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its annual “dish-to-pass” picnic Tuesday, Aug. 14 at the Post, with 15 members attending. Members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary preamble, and a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers. Chaplain Paula Pattison gave the opening prayer.

President Pat Hayward held an informal meeting to catch up on few things. She handed out calendars so the members would be informed of upcoming events. Secretary Carol Baker read the correspondence, which included notes from family members thanking the Auxiliary for providing funeral luncheons for their departed family members.

An announcement was made reminding the ladies of the bake sales that are planned at the Sons of the Legion’s Cruise Nights in August and September.

President Hayward reported that she had five young ladies attending the 8th District Junior camp, held in late July, at Camp Gross. It was a fun- filled weekend and all present had fun.

Ladies present voted to donate money to the Veterans National Art Show to be held in Buffalo on Oct. 29. The meeting was then adjourned, and all enjoyed the pot-luck dinner and conversation that followed. The Chaplain gave a closing prayer.

On Tuesday, Sept. 12, Unit 1280 held its first meeting of the year with 13 members attending, including seven officers. President Hayward opened the meeting in regular fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary Preamble, and a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers. Chaplain Pattison gave the opening prayer. Secretary Baker read the minutes of the June and August meetings and Treasurer Sue DeGolier gave her financial report. Both were accepted. Bills were presented to the treasurer for costs accumulated over the summer. Correspondence was again read by Secretary Baker, which included homemade thank you cards from the girls that attended the Junior Camp.

Committee reports were as follows:

Chaplain Pattison reported that she has sent out numerous get-well and sympathy cards over the summer.

For Children and Youth, the date selected for the children’s Halloween party is Sunday, Oct. 29 from 1 to 3 p.m.

For Community and Cancer, the ladies voted to donate money to the benefit for the Troy Little’s children fund.

Constitution and By-Laws were tabled until October.

Education Committee Chairperson Sally Lawson reported that through generous Unit and community donations, Unit 1280 was able to give over $750 worth of school supplies to the Cassadaga Valley schools. She also noted that members continue to collect “Box Tops for Education” that help local schools purchase needed items for the students.

The Juniors held a can and bottle drive over the summer and were able to donate money to the Warriors Family Assistance and to the Military Children programs.

Membership Chairperson Lawson said that she has had a good amount of 2018 dues come in and they have been sent to the Department.

For Past Presidents Parley Chairperson Sue Lehnen reported she has received some of the Past Presidents dues.

The Poppy chairperson, Baker, got approval from the members to order poppies for the 2018 Poppy Days.

The VA and Rehab Chairperson Bonnie Vari is collecting new or gently-used ladies purses and personal items to fill them for female veterans, to be distributed to the area VA Hospitals.

For old business: It was noted that Unit 1280 has many dishes and pans leftover at the Post; they belong to members that donated food for the funeral luncheons that are held for veterans and family members. Any members missing a dish or pan at home is encouraged to come check the supply for any lost items.

For new business: On Saturday, Oct. 7, Unit 1280 will be holding its annual “Make a Difference Day” food collection to benefit the Cassadaga Food Pantry. This year the Unit will have collection boxes at the Cassadaga Legion and at Cassadaga Shur-Fine. Informational flyers will be passed out through the local communities.

Unit 1280’s next meeting will be Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at the Post. With no other business at hand, Chaplain Pattison gave the closing prayer and President Hayward closed the meeting at 8:15 p.m.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for overseas families; “Pennies for Hospice”; “can tabs; and just “Box Tops for Education.”