CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 met recently at the Cassadaga Country Club for the installation of the new unit officers. President Sally Lawson opened the meeting, and a prayer was given by Chaplain Paula Pattison.
Dinner was then enjoyed by all, and the meeting continued. Correspondence was read by Lawson.
Reports were given by the Coupons, Girl State, Junior Girls, Membership, and VA and R chairpersons, respectively.
Newly-installed Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 2012-2013 officers, from left: Secretary Carol Baker, Treasurer Karen Field, Second Vice President Gayle Cieplinski, President Sue Penhollow, First Vice President Sally Lawson, Historian Ranee Kaus and Chaplain Paula Pattison; missing from photo: Sergeant-at-Arms Shirley Coon.
It was noted that the auxiliary "pies for sale" to benefit the Valley Historical Society and the "gasoline card raffles" being held at the Post 1280 "Cruise Nights" are going very well.
Lawson thanked the Unit 1280 members who made cupcakes and those that helped out at the benefit for the Post's SAL Commander Roger Torrey on June 10.
It was noted that unit member Charyle Tyler was installed as the 2012-2013 Chautauqua County Legion Auxiliary president at a dinner and meeting that was hosted by Unit 1280.
Unit members present voted to donate money to the Veteran's Affairs and Rehabilitation "coffee cart" and the National Veterans Golden Age Games.
Past county President Carol Baker then performed the installation of officers for 2012-2013. The new officers are as follows: President Sue Penhollow, First Vice President Sally Lawson, Second Vice President Gayle Cieplinski, Secretary Carol Baker, Treasurer Karen Field, Chaplain Paula Pattison, Sergeant-at-Arms Shirley Coon and Historian Ranee Kaus.
The gavel was presented to the incoming president, and the outgoing president was pinned.
Penhollow then appointed her executive committee.
With no further business at hand, Pattison gave a prayer for a safe trip home for all and Penhollow closed the meeting.
On Aug. 8, Unit 1280 held its annual "dish-to-pass" picnic at the post's picnic grounds.
Penhollow opened the gathering, and a prayer was given by Pattison.
Everyone enjoyed a great meal with a variety of items available. After dinner the informal meeting began.
Penhollow first welcomed Post 1280 Commander Claude Chamberlin and then congratulated Unit 1280 member Tyler on her becoming the 2012-2013 Chautauqua County president. Also recognized were past county presidents Sue Lehnen and Baker.
Commander Claude spoke. He is looking forward to working together for the next year.
Children and Youth Chairperson Gayle Cieplinski spoke to the group about her picnic plans for the children. She and her helpers have lots of games planned as well as a bounce house, a clown and crafts.
Aug. 15 was the last "Cruise-Nite" for this year.
Kay Connelly and Maureen Mikula were thanked for running the "gas card raffles" at each Cruise-Nite through the summer.
Tyler reported that Unit 1280 paid to send three girls to the 8th District Camp for three days in July held at Camp Gross. Sarah Meder, Kaelyn Howard and Aystyn Barrett attended and had a great time. Meder wrote a thank you note to Unit 1280 for sending her.
Tyler also reported that the Fall Conference will be held at the Matthew Glab Post 1477, Lackawanna, Monday, Sept. 10; this will also include a membership rally. Tyler also asked if members could save any canceled postage stamps that can be turned into the county.
Lawson spoke and thanked everyone that helped her in the past year. She said it was a great year, and throughout it, many members stepped up over and over again to help where and when a need arose.
As membership chairperson, Lawson announced that the 2013 membership cards are in. She then explained that for many years Unit 1280 pays the membership of any Unit 1280 member that has been a member for 40 years or more. Lawson then presented MaryJane Holcomb with her 2013 membership card as a 43-year unit member. Holcomb received a round of applause.
Lawson read correspondence that included thank you notes from members and a letter from Juanita Sprague that thanked the Legion and Auxiliary for all their hard work and dedication.
Sprague, 91 years young and a 51-year member of Unit 1280, lives in Heritage Village. Lawson also noted that the longest standing member of Unit 1280 is Bertha Fredrickson, a 59- year member.
As education chairperson, Lawson spoke on having a school supply/backpack donation drive to benefit the CVCS school children. Anyone that wants to help out can have their donation at the Post by Aug. 24, and she will deliver them to the school superintendent who will distribute them to the neediest.
Pattison spoke for Squadron 1280 about their 25th Charter Anniversary dinner to be held at the post Saturday, Oct. 6. More information will be available soon.
It was announced that the post 1280 is now taking $20 for the 2013 Post 1280 Flag Program that flies American flags throughout the community from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. A plaque is made to show in whose honor the flag is flying for and who donated it. Anyone interested should contact Bruce Kaus at the post.
Kaus presented Lawson with her 2011-2012 year book.
Penhollow announced that the next meeting will be Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. at the post.
As a reminder, Unit 1280 member Cieplinski has been sending out post notices by email. If Post 1280 members would like to receive notice of upcoming events by email, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by and give your email address.
Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for overseas families, Labels for Education and Pennies for Hospice. They also sell corn brooms for $8. Anyone interested may call the post at 595-3145.