Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds meeting

The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary met for its regular monthly meeting, with President Gayle Cieplinski presiding. Chaplain Paula Pattison opened the meeting with a prayer.

The members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary Preamble and had a moment of silence for the nation’s fallen soldiers. Secretary Carol Baker read the minutes from the September and October meetings; Treasurer Karen Field read the treasurer’s report; Secretary Carol Baker read the correspondence.

Guest speaker Linda Bartholomew from the “Blue Star Mothers” of the Lake Erie Chapter 4 spoke about the holiday packages the organization will be sending out to our troops. She listed the needed items and suggested that people include signed Christmas cards with holiday wishes and thanking them for their service. Bartholomew said the reports from the field are that conditions are deplorable, and every gift box sent is like a hug from home.

The following committees reported:

Chaplain Pattison reported sending out a get-well card and holding a memorial service for a veteran. On Veterans Day, senior Veterans in local homes were visited. Ill members have also been visited.

Children and Youth chairperson Cieplinski reported the children’s Halloween party was a huge success. Over 30 children came dressed as ghosts, zombies, princesses and other characters. The children had games to play, crafts to do, snacks to eat, and just plain fun.

The Girls Empire State notices will be sent out soon to the local high school juniors. The Unit hopes to have its selection finalized in December.

Junior Auxiliary chairperson Pat Hayward reported the recent Junior Initiation and Installation ceremony was a wonderful event. Past County President and Unit 1280 member Sue Lehnen did the installing. Refresh-ments were served after the meeting.

Sally Lawson reported concerning membership, with the Unit being at about 60 percent. The 2014 membership cards are ready. Unit members are encouraged to pay their dues early, and can mail their $20 dues to Lawson, or pay them at the Post.

During old business, Karen Field reported that the organizations vendors showcase was a busy day with people visiting and making purchases from the vendors. Plans are in the works for next year’s event.

The recent “Make a Difference Day” food collection done in cooperation with the scouts to benefit the Cassadaga Food Pantry was a great success. More than 900 pounds. of food and more than $200 was collected.

There were a few items of new business.

Unit 1280 will attend the upcoming County Auxiliary meeting at Unit 1286, Lakewood.

The annual “Deck the Halls” party is set for Sunday, Dec. 1; at 2 p.m. Those attending should bring a snack to share and help get the Post ready for the holidays.

Salvation Army bell ringing is set for Dec. 13 and 14 at Cassadaga Shur-Fine. A sign-up sheet is at the Post. The Post 1280 joint ‘Early-Bird’ dinner is set for Saturday, Dec. 14. Dues can be paid at the door that day to be eligible to join us for dinner. Post 1280 members can check at the Post for details.

There will be no meetings in December or January. The next Unit 1280 meeting will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

Members present voted to donate money to the Blue Star Mothers, and to a local family with medical expenses.

With no further business at hand, Pattison gave a closing prayer, and Cieplinski adjourned the meeting.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for military families overseas: “Labels for Education,” “Pennies for Hospice,” can tabs and canceled postage stamps.

Unit 1280 also sells nice corn brooms for $8; anyone interested may call the Post at 595-3145.