YORK – Bolton Post #19 American Legion Auxiliary met April 1 at 7 p.m. at the V.F.W. Post Home, with President Marcia Witmer presiding. Seven members were present.

President Marcia opened the meeting with Chaplin Joann Kuester giving the opening prayer, after which we stood in silence in memory of our deceased. Members recited the Pledge of Allegiance to our American flag, followed by singing one verse of the Star Spangled Banner. The Preamble was then recited by the seven members in attendance.

Due to weather, no meetings were held in February and March so Secretary Connie Hubbard read the minutes of the January meeting which were approved as read and placed on file. The Treasurers report was given and approved to be placed on file.

Correspondence letters were read by President Marcia and included one from the Chamber thanking us for our support to the community; from the York County 4-H program and the York County Extension Office about the Quilt of Valor program. After discussion, Linda Duell made a motion, seconded by Claudia Braden, to contribute to each of the programs. Members voted to accept the motion.

Committee Reports: Under Community Service, members contributed 14 purses with various items given to ladies at the City Mission.

Joann Kuester helped with the Blood Mobile and several members donated blood. Joann as a Gold Star Mother will be serving soup at the Soup Kitchen in Lincoln.

Membership: We have 106 paid members and one new member.

Unit Activities: Two members served the birthday cake to the Legion men at their meeting to celebrate the 100th Birthday of the Legion.

Our members served the meal for the York County Meeting held in March.

Americanism: Linda Duell read an article on the Army Reserves birthday and a few April Fool’s Day facts.

Children and Youth: Members voted to donate to the York County 4-H program and Boy Scout Troop 173 for camp activities to recognize April as Children and Youth Month.

Girls State: The Auxiliary is sponsoring five girls to Girls State: Alyssa Gilliland, Natalia Dick and Emma Ziemba from York High School and Odessa Ohrt and Timberly Carr from Heartland Community School in Henderson.

Old Business: Ten centerpieces will be made in May for the Grand Island Medical Center.

New Business: A reminder of the Legion Steak Fry on April 17 and Auxiliary members are guests.

Connie Hubbard reported that the American Veterans Traveling Wall will be in Grand Island on May 23 – 27. Claudia Braden made a motion which was seconded by Linda Duell, to donate money to support the cause. The motion carried.

May Baskets will be made on April 30 at Wagner Decorating Store and delivered to our Veterans in assisted living homes. Volunteers are needed to help.

President Marcia read a poem from our District President Vicki Osenbaugh, “Now Is The Time” by Linda Thomas. Marcia handed out a course on our history.

Poppy Day will be May 23 and volunteers are needed. Call Claudia Braden at 402.363.3083.

Musician Lucile Reichlinger played the hymn of the month “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and members then sang the first verse of “America”.

Chaplain Joann gave the closing prayer.

Our next meeting will be on Monday, May 6 at The Kitchen for our “Gold Star” dinner at 6 p.m. Make your reservations with Marcia at 402.366.1918.

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