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Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 discusses spring plans

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 held its regular monthly meeting at the legion post recently with 14 senior members attending and all officers were present.

President Lauren Sharp opened the meeting in regular fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Preamble, a moment of silence for fallen soldiers and prayer from Chaplain Paula Pattison. Secretary Carol Baker read the previous meeting minutes; they were accepted as read. Treasurer Sue DeGolier gave report that will be sent to the audit committee.

Reports by the Committee chairs were as follows:

Pat Hayward reported on Americanism, one member reported to her that they had worked on the Post community Flag Program.

Chaplain Paula Pattison reported that Unit 1280 recently lost one member, Kim Cerrie. Pattison sent out five cards that include sympathy, well wishes, and one 100th birthday card to a community member.

For Children and Youth, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, it was voted to not have a children’s Easter party this year.

It was noted for Education, the post had two high school senior girls, Abbey DuBois and Sarah Meder, turn in applications for scholarships. Their names were turned into county for the respective scholarships they applied for.

Empire Girl State will be a virtual event this year. Auxiliary members are waiting to hear from the high school juniors that are interested.

Historian Ranee Kaus is keeping track of the unit’s activities and documenting them with pictures and articles for the history book.

For Juniors, Pat Hayward reported the Juniors sent valentines to the VA Hospitals and are currently working on Easter projects for veterans.

Unit 1280’s membership now stands at 92%. Dues for 2021 are $25 and can be paid by bringing them to the post or mailing them to Cassadaga Auxiliary Unit 1280, PO Box 497, Cassadaga, NY 14718.

For National Security, Pat Hayward reported one unit member donated blood; and she, Paula Pattison and Lynn Moeller continue to cut and categorize “Troopons” that benefit military families. Hayward thanked Unit 1280, and also the Unit 62 ladies for their coupon donations for the troops.

Poppy chairperson Carol Baker is preparing for 2021 Poppy Days and there was discussion on how the post will distribute the poppies this year.

Public Relations chairperson Ranee Kaus continues to submit our articles to the newspapers and makes posters for upcoming Unit 1280 and Post events. The Unit 1280 Facebook page is going well.

For Veterans Affairs and Rehab, Unit 1280 members continue to collect items for future distribution to the local VA hospitals when the COVID restrictions are lifted.

Correspondence was read by the Sharp.

Committee chairs all reported sending in their County reports

Baker reminded members about wearing purple on April 15 to honor the children of the military. She has purple ribbons available for members to wear.

Members discussed the annual rummage sale set for Saturday, May 15. COVID restrictions remain to be determined. Those doing spring cleaning are asked to keep the sale in mind for items that could be donated. Donations will be accepted starting May 9.

Lynn Moeller brought in some poppies that she has been making. The unit will use these in the future for veteran projects.

The next meeting will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m., in the veteran’s hall.

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