Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds monthly meeting

The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary recently held their 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 observed a moment of silence for the country’s fallen soldiers.

Secretary Carol Baker read the minutes from the last meeting.

Treasurer Karen Field read the treasurer’s report.

Both reports were accepted.

Baker read recent correspondence.

Committee reports were given by chairpersons present :

Chaplain Pattison reported that the Unit recorded one recent death, Helen Mekus.

Children and youth chair-person Gayle Cieplinski reported the annual children’s Easter Party was a terrific success. Nearly 40 children attended with their parents and enjoyed games, crafts, and lots of goodies. The Easter Bunny took pictures with all the children, and as always was the big hit of the day. Squadron 1280 donated and cooked the hot dogs for the party. Cieplinski thanked everyone for the donations and assistance she and her committee received.

For Empire Girl State, Sally Lawson noted that the Girls State orientation is to be held at one place in the 8th district area rather than at one Unit in Chautauqua County because the numbers of girls attending is down and this is more cost effective. The date and place will be announced at the County Auxiliary meeting.

Junior Auxiliary chairperson Pat Hayward reported about the activities of the busy Junior Unit. The group held a food collection at the Post, and at the Cassadaga Shur-Fine the Cassadaga Food Pantry. Donations could also be made to the Sinclairville Superette. These went to the Sinclairville Food Pantry.

The girls made poppy entries for the annual contest that will be taken to the County Auxiliary meeting for judging.

The Juniors are currently making plans for a brunch on Sunday May 4 for their parents and the Senior Auxiliary.

The girls are also making a float to enter in the Memorial Day parade in Cassadaga.

The Junior Unit meets the 2nd Sunday of the month from 2 to 4 pm.

During meetings the group learns about the Auxiliary, the Legion, the flag and work on earning badges.

Membership chairperson Sally Lawson reported that the Unit has 221 paid for the year so far. Sally said she sent out some notices to unpaid members. She is still taking Unit 1280 dues for 2014 and asks members to pay.

During ‘Old Business’ it was noted that the Post 1280 celebration/dinner to honor the Legion Birthday went very well and 21 Auxiliary members attended.

New business included discussion on the May 8 County Auxiliary meeting that will be at our Post. The menu was discussed, along with table decorations.

There are plans in the works for a dessert meeting to honor our members for their years of belonging to the Unit; tabled until the May meeting.

Sally reminded everyone that the Unit would again be making pies to sell at the Son’s ‘Cruise Nights” held on the third Wednesday of the month throughout the summer. The group voted to donate this year’s proceeds to ‘Warriors Family Assistance’.

Unit 1280 is holding a “Patriotic Afghan and Pillow” raffle. Charyle Tyler made and donated the items. The drawing will be held Memorial Day and all proceeds will go to help Veterans.

Members present voted to donate to the Wounded Warriors in memory of Kathy Dascenzo; and to the Dennis Dorman benefit. The 8th District ‘Spring Conference’ was also mentioned.

Cieplinski asked the Unit to form a nominating committee for the group’s 2014-2015 officers. Anyone interested in holding an office in our Unit should contact her.

The chaplain gave a closing prayer, and Cieplinski adjourned the meeting.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for overseas families; “Labels for Education;” “Pennies for Hospice;” can tabs and cancelled postage stamps.

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