The VFW Ladies Auxiliary meeting for May 12, was opened by Sharon Reed with 13 members found in good standing. Two Guests, Department President Jody Sullivan and Bea Hatfield and one new member, Margaret Miller joined the meeting. The Charter was draped in memory of Nola Ruth Embry. Margaret Carter, Chaplain, read the opening prayer. The acting Secretary, Linda Ashcraft, called order of officers. Two trustees, Hazel Swarts and Yield Long were absent. There were no petitions for membership. The minutes from the April meeting were not available and will be read at the June meeting.
Linda read the treasurer's report and it will be filed subject to audit. No bills were presented for payment.
Official and Other Communications were read by Linda Ashcraft:
Thank you note for support and hard work received from 2nd District President, Carol Hermreck.
A congratulations and certificate for 75 years of outstanding service to veterans, their families, and the community, received from the National President, Virginia Carman.
A thank you note from the Department President Jody Sullivan, for hard work and support for the past year.
Endorsement letters for Department positions being filled.
Information was shared concerning dates and times of the Department and National Convention.
Cancer: Sharon reported that luminaries will be sold soon at Woods in the parking lot.
Coupon books are also available for $3 for relay for life.
Membership: Linda received a letter from National that showed our membership at 97.52 percent.
National Home: Dorthy Fetters reported that 269 Campbell soup labels were sent to the children's home.
Publicity: Linda shared the ad that was put in the paper for the Turkey Dinner.
One Chairmanship, National Home, was overlooked at the April meeting. Dorthy Fetters said she would be available to continue this chair.
The flag fundraiser was a great success, thanks to all who worked on the event.
The Turkey Noodle Dinner was also a success. Thanks to all the ladies who helped prepare, serve and donate to the meal. Many thanks to all who came and enjoyed the dinner.
On May 22, Donna will be going to Joplin and will take the pop tabs and anything else needing to go to the Ronald McDonald House.
A motion was made to purchase a new microwave for the kitchen. Linda will purchase it following the meeting.
Clint Walker, Commander of the Post, visited to take pictures of all the ladies present for a special appreciation, for their assistance with the post, to be put in the newspaper.
VFW President, Sharon Reed, shared the sad news concerning our beloved sister and secretary, Maurita Russell's untimely death on Saturday, May 10. She will be missed by all those who knew her. Earlier Saturday morning Maurita visited by the post to deliver a pie for the dinner. She mentioned to Sharon that the refrigerator's seals were badly damaged and the VFW should look into getting a new refrigerator.
Linda suggested a fundraiser to obtain the money needed for the refrigerator. She has a new hand-made cedar chest to have chances to win the chest sold and the VFW will be offering chances for $1 each or 6 for $5. The motion passed and pictures of the chest will be given to all members wishing to help with this event. The ladies will be selling tickets until the drawing at the August meeting. In memory of Maurita, a plaque will be attached to the refrigerator. The chest will also be on display at the Bourbon County Fair.
Margaret Carter showed a model of a doll that could be made for children displaying a picture of their parent serving overseas.
The next meeting will be June 9, and will include the installation of the 2008-2009 officers. Prior to the meeting, at 6 p.m., a special dinner will be held to honor two of the area Gold Star Mother's with a special guest coming to visit with them. The meat will be provided. Those wishing to attend are asked to bring a carry-in dish.
Vicki is going in the Hospital on Wednesday after the meeting for surgery. A card is being sent around to sign. There is also a card for Maurita's family. Sharon will contact the Ronald McDonald House to inform them about Maurita's funeral, Wednesday at 10 a.m. She did tremendous work with them through the years and the VFW commends her for that.
The Parade for Good 0le' Days will be on June 6.
No Trustee report this month.
Suggestions for the good of the order:
Elois suggested that the group use the microphone at future meetings, making it easier for all to hear the business of the auxiliary.
The meeting was closed with prayer. The next meeting will be June 9, at 7 p.m. All are encouraged to attend and meet the new officers for 2008-2009.
There was no love gift.