Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary holds annual picnic

The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its annual picnic Tuesday, Aug. 12. For convenience and due to inclement weather, the picnic was held at the Post in the Veterans Hall, with loads of yummy dish-to-pass foods and great conversations with friends. Chaplain Paula Pattison opened the dinner with a prayer. Post 1280 Commander Al Bergey was the guest; he brought a great dessert and helped with the cleanup afterward.

After dinner, President Maureen Mikula held an informal meeting. Correspondence was read by Secretary Carol Baker.

The ladies were reminded about the upcoming Sons of the American Legion ‘Cruise-In’, being held in conjunction with the village Labor Day activities, Saturday, Aug. 30, The Sons’ annual “Clam/Corn/Sausage” stand will also be part of the day’s activities. Unit 1280 will hold a bake sale and gas card giveaway as well. Ladies present signed up to bring in pies and desserts to sell to benefit the Warriors Family Assistance Program.

Mikula announced that the Legion National Commander will visit the club Thursday, Oct. 23, for his testimonial dinner for the 8th District. At the September meeting, more information about the Auxiliary’s part in the event will be discussed.

Membership chairperson Sally Lawson handed out certificates to Unit members with 25 or more years of service to the Auxiliary. Bertha Fredrickson is the organization’s longest-serving member with 60 years.

Sally Lawson reminded the ladies that Unit 1280 is again holding its back-pack program to benefit the local children and schools by donating school supplies for the upcoming school year. Unit 1280 members can bring donated items to the Post or call for pick-up at 595-3145.

Sunday, Oct. 5 from 1 to 3 p.m. is the date and time set for an afternoon tea. The Legion Auxiliary is working with the Cassadaga Fire Dept. Auxiliary. The event will benefit the Cassadaga Cemetery fund. There was a “demo” table set up for ideas; each table at the tea will have its own theme, and each centerpiece will be given away that day.

Junior Auxiliary Chairperson Pat Hayward reported the can and bottle collection is going so well that the final collection date has been extended to Saturday, Sept. 13. Anyone wanting to donate cans and bottles can call the Post. Upcoming events for the juniors include a field trip to the Dunkirk Lighthouse on Aug. 23, and a bake sale at the Cassadaga Shur-Fine, Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. All proceeds from this project goes to help fund Veterans projects and causes. Pat Hayward presented Ranee Kaus with a certificate of thanks from the junior Unit for her help with them throughout the year.

Mikula reported that Unit 1280 marched in the Mayville 4th of July parade and came in second place.

Unit members were reminded that the Auxiliary Fall Conference will be held at Fredonia Post 59 on Wednesday, Sept 3. Members are encouraged to attend.

Unit 1280 Historian Ranee Kaus presented Past-President Gayle Cieplinski with her “year-book” and thanks for a great year!

The ladies present voted to donate money to the Sinclairville 76er’s.

With no further business at hand, Chaplain Pattison gave a prayer for a safe journey home for all.

Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for its overseas families; Labels for Education; Pennies for Hospice; can tabs and cancelled postage stamps. Unit 1280 also sells nice corn brooms for $8; anyone interested may call the Post at 595-3145.