John T. Murray Post Auxiliary 1017 plans busy month

Submitted Photo John T. Murray Post 1017 Auxiliary President Pat Rabb with the first recipient of the “circle of excellence” award given at the June convention.

The Auxiliary of the John T. Murray Post recently met with President Pat Rabb presiding and included the introduction of Margaret Sheldon, past 6th District President and inspecting officer.

Robin Richmond read the minutes and Pat Kibbe read the treasurer’s report. All will be filed, subject to audit.

Upcoming events were discussed and finalized. On Oct. 7 at the Forestville High School, the Auxiliary will have two tables. Included will be a bake sale. Proceeds will go toward the Department president’s special project: bikes for the national home. Members are asked to bring baked items to the school by 9:30 or the Post on Friday by 5 p.m. No refrigerated items can be accepted.

If unable to bake, it is possible to do a bake-less bake sale and send a check to Pat Kibbe, 749 Park Ave., Dunkirk, ear-marked “bake sale.”

The Auxiliary will also sell handmade scarves, hats and mittens, with proceeds going to purchase items for the homeless veterans. A poppy and membership drive will also be held. Members will also collect items to give to the Blue Star Mothers of Jamestown to send to the troops.

Items being collected are: small fleece blankets, personal care items, snacks (no chocolate), tea bags, individual cereal including hot instant soup, flavored water packets, bug spray, crackers and, flip-flops to name a few items.

On Oct. 13, a meat raffle will be held at the VFW Post 111-113 Deer St., Dunkirk from 7 to 9 p.m. Sandwiches and munchies will be provided. Steaks, pork loins, chops and turkeys will be raffled. Members are asked to donate a second pull item – wine, case of pop, basket of apples or grapes. Contact Pat at 341-1328 if donating by Oct 10. The event is open to the public.

On Oct. 14, the regular meeting will be held with 6th District President Ruth Huber attending. Members are asked to bring a dessert to the meeting at 1 p.m. Members are encouraged to attend.

The Children’s Christmas party was discussed. Chairmen for the party are Brenda Drummond and Judi Perry. The date is to be announced. The party will be opened to the Post and Auxiliary, then opened to social members. There is a limit of 30 children. A parent must attend and the child must be present. A charge of $2 per person is payable when signing up. Sign-ups will start in November. Included is a gift from Santa and breakfast pizza, cookies and juice.

Auxiliary members are reminded to pay their dues. Letters were sent out for a life membership special. Remember it must be paid by Oct. 30 to take advantage of the special.

At the June convention, the Auxiliary received the following awards in its group: first place president’s special project, the homeless, youth and scholarship: a citation and $25; second place veterans and family support: citation and $10; a citation for being 110 percent in membership and a citation in legislation.

Rabb also received president of the year in her group for the second year. A new award “circle of excellence” goes to the Auxiliary who promotes membership and all the programs through the media, among other things. John T. Murray Post 1017 Auxiliary was the first in New York state to receive this.

Members are reminded to email, call,or mail things to the president they have done so that it can be reported.

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