Unit 1280 Auxiliary holds first 2021-22 meeting

CASSADAGA — The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary Unit 1280 held their first meeting of the 2021-2022 year at the Legion Post, Sept. 14 with nine senior members attending; four officers were present. Guidelines were followed according to protocol.

President Vicki Yonkers opened the meeting in regular fashion with the Pledge of Allegiance, the Preamble, a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers and extended silence to honor the 9/11 victims, and prayer from Chaplain Paula Pattison. Secretary Carol Baker read our previous meeting minutes, accepted as read. Treasurer Sue DeGolier was absent, no report.

As this was President Vicki’s first meeting, she had the Unit members introduce themselves, how long they have been in the Auxiliary Unit, and our committee positions.

Reports by the Committee chairs were as follows:

For Americanism, chairperson Pat Hayward reported that Unit 1280 Seniors attended parades for Labor Day, and the Sinclairville History Days, and the ceremony for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, at the Cassadaga Fire Department.

Chaplain Paula Pattison reported that she has recently sent out get well and sympathy cards as needed to Post 1280 families.

Community Service and Cancer President Vicki reported on a recent benefit for a local lady with cancer. It was a huge success for her and she thanked all members for their participation.

Unit 1280s Constitution and By-laws are up to date.

The Finance Committee is working on the 2021-2022 budget.

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

For the Juniors, Pat Hayward reported the Juniors continue to do projects to benefit our veterans and community.

For membership, chairperson Sally Lawson reported that Unit 1280’s 2022 membership cards are now available. Unit 1280’s dues are $25, and they can be paid by bringing them to the Post or mail them to: Cassadaga Auxiliary Unit 1280/ PO Box 497 / Cassadaga, 14718.

For National Security, it was noted that one member donated blood. Chairperson Lauren Sharp reported that she is still collecting coupons for “Troopons,” and the Blue Star Mothers will be collecting items for our troops, and they will be packing boxes Dec. 4. Pat Hayward announced that she, as the 2021 National Security chairperson for Unit 1280 and Chautauqua County Auxiliary, received two American Legion Auxiliary Department of New York awards. These awards are commemorating her and her committee for collecting, cutting out, and organizing the “Troopon” coupons worth $174,038.01 for Unit 1280, and a total of $203,964.56 for the Chautauqua County. These coupons are sent out and distributed to veteran families worldwide.

Poppy chairperson Carol Baker is preparing to purchase the 2022 Poppies.

Public Relations chairperson Ranee Kaus continues to submit articles to the newspapers, and makes posters for upcoming Unit 1280 events.

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.

New Business:

¯ The annual Vendor Showcase is set for Saturday Oct. 30. More discussion to follow at the October meeting.

¯ The Unit held discussion on Halloween for the children. Unit member Rondee Boyland will hand out goodies to the trick-or-treaters on Halloween.

Unit 1280 has nice corn brooms for sale at $12 each. Unit 1280 continues to collect stamps, “Pennies for Hospice;” and can tabs for Troop support and “Troopons” (coupons) which need to be ONLY manufacturer coupons — cut, and put into categories: unexpired or expired (not more than 2 months). The sub-categories are food items, non-food items, baby food/items, and pet items — all labeled and put in separate baggies.


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