American Legion Auxiliary membership dues of $25 are also payable. Contact Donna Lewis at 906-863-1679 for any questions.
November 14, 2017
The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146 held its regular meeting on November 14 at the Legion Post, First Street. Shelly Kanyuh, chaplain, offered the opening prayer. Julie Erickson, president, noted the flag colors were in place, and a moment of silence for POW-MIA veterans was observed. The ALA members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the “Star Spangled Banner”. Julie Hendrick, secretary, presented the October 10 regular meeting minutes, and Cindy Smith, treasurer, gave the financial report. The reports were placed on file for audit.
Committee reports presented as follows: Marjorie Albert, Cheer chairman, reported cards mailed to Barbara Gratto, and families of Mona Beyer, and Pam Gunderson.
Judy Pier, Children and Youth chairman, reported shopping for a 16-year old female in need from the Christmas Angel Tree at Jack’s Fresh Market, Menominee.
Sherry Nutter, Education chairman, reported for “Give 10 to Education”. In addition to collecting Box Tops, and Campbell soup labels, Coke soda products with twist off caps including carton codes may be collected, and dropped off at the following drop-off locations in Menominee: American Legion Post 146, Jack’s Fresh Market, Senior Center, Spies Public Library, Serving Spoon and Stephenson National Bank. In addition, Nutter reported on the availability of various scholarships through the National American Legion Auxiliary for graduating seniors.
Donna Lewis, Membership chairman, reported 213 have registered for membership in the Unit with a primary goal of 263. The members were also informed of a membership increase of annual dues for 2019.
Donna Lewis, Veteran Affairs and Rehabilitation chairman, displayed Christmas gifts purchased for the Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center Gift Shop, Iron Mountain, Michigan. Members were encouraged to participate in the wrapping and distribution of gifts on December 1st in Iron Mountain.
Jeannette Krause, American Legion Post 146, Bar chairman, informed membership that a Bean Bag (corn) toss with league tournaments will begin soon at the Post. There will be more information forthcoming.
Connie Kewley, Public Relations chairman, reported 16 News Releases were submitted to inform community, and members of the Unit’s activities. The ALA Calling Committee also provides information to membership on a regular basis.
Julie Erickson, Music chairman, recognized Dona Schrank’s birthday, and membership shared a song for her.
Julie Erickson, president, reported that the 2018 Menominee Waterfront Festival days have been altered to Thursday through Saturday, and Sunday will be scheduled as a rain date. In addition, a chairman is needed for the Ice Cream, Nacho Booth.
Jane Raygo, “Wreaths Across America” chairman, reported 1,335 pasties were sold to support the program, and $735 received in donations from Anderson-Kell Funeral Home, Disabled American Veterans (DAV), and various monetary donors.
ALA Unit 146 approved the following budgeted items: Christmas Angel Tree, BAMC-Love Light tree (memory of ALA deceased members), DAR Boys/Girls Club, Emergency Rescue Squad, Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center (Gift Shop), Rainbow House, and Salvation Army
Upcoming events include: Dec. 2: Riverside Cemetery, Menominee; Veterans’ Memorial section; placement of Christmas wreaths (10 a.m.); Dec. 12: ALA Christmas Party Dinner at Post; social hour (5 p.m.); dinner (6 p.m.); membership reminded to bring non-perishable items for St. Vincent de Paul Pantry. Jan. 13: Midwinter Tour (Dinner @ Post 146 – 6 p.m.); Jan. 19-20: Midwinter Conference – Marquette, Mich.
Shelly Kanyuh, chaplain, concluded the meeting with a Prayer for Peace.