Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds monthly meeting

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 14 with 15 members attending, including six officers. President Pat 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 Paula Pattison gave the opening prayer. Secretary Carol Baker read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Treasurer Sue DeGolier gave the September financial report. Both were accepted as read.

Correspondence was read by the secretary, which included many thank-yous noted this month.

Committee reports were as follows:

Chaplain Pattison reported two funeral luncheons and one get well to an ill Unit member.

For Children and Youth, chairperson AnnaLisa VanCuren reported that the children’s Halloween party was a great success with nearly 40 children attending. Loads of ghosts, goblins, princesses, super heroes and more played games, did crafts and paraded around for prizes.

For Community Service and Cancer, Chairperson Hayward said the Juniors were collecting food for the Cassadaga Food Pantry to help out with the holidays.

Membership Chairperson Sally Lawson said the 2018 dues quota is about 49 percent, with more dues coming in almost daily.

For VA and Rehab, Sue Lehnen reported on volunteering at the Buffalo VA Art Festival. It was a wonderful experience: beautiful art and some very emotional conversations with the Veterans. First place went to a Buffalo VA Veteran!

On old business: the Vendor Showcase was held Saturday, Oct. 28 and went very well; with vendors inside and set up outside under tents. All of the vendors were busy most of the day. President Hayward thanked all of the Unit ladies that helped with the show and the bake sale.

Plans are ongoing for the annual rummage sale next May. Keep the Legion in mind when cleaning out closets and drawers. One person’s “trash” can be someone else’s treasure!

Sunday, Nov. 26 at noon the Post was decorated for the holidays and snacks were shared.

For new business: The children’s Christmas party is set for Sunday, Dec. 17 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Post. Games and crafts are planned and Santa and Mrs. Claus will be making a visit, too!

Members present also voted to donate money to the Chautauqua County Veteran van.

With no other business or discussions at hand, Chaplain Pattison gave the closing prayer and President Hayward closed the meeting at 8 p.m.

Unit 1280 has nice corn brooms for sale at $10 each. The Unit also continues to collect coupons for overseas families: “Pennies for Hospice;” can tabs and “Box Tops for Education.”