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CLUBS & ORGANIZATIONS: American Legion Auxiliary

American Legion Auxiliary

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 47 met recently at the VFW Hall, postponed from the previous week, with review of The Wall That Heals topping the agenda.

Guests present were Charles Ruby and Floyd West.

The visit of The Wall That Heals at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds, hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary, was deemed a success. Julianna Baylock, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund site manager, estimated a total of 4,600 people visited The Wall while it was in Fairfield, and both opening and closing ceremonies were well attended. The Wall departed for Ava, Missouri, on Sept. 17. Darlene Vorhies shared pictures taken at the site during The Wall’s visit. A letter was read from Diane Reiff thanking the auxiliary for hosting The Wall That Heals. The Planning Committee for The Wall involved Mary Andersen, Joyce Countryman, Roger Frakes, Ginny Hughes, Linda Hendricks, Shirley Kitch, John Miller with RSVP, Charles Ruby, Darlene Vorhies and Floyd West, with much assistance from Steve Fritchen and Orville Brown from the Jefferson County Fair Board, as well as local law enforcement.

Treasurer Shirley Kitch reported a $30 donation from Violet Brown; also $50 has been sent again for veterans needs at the VA Hospital. Approved by the group was $100 to go to Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, and $15 to Wounded Warrior Project in memory of auxiliary member Inez Hisel. Also approved was to order 1,000 poppies, made by a veteran, for distribution during May 2019 Poppy Days.

It was noted that 2019 will be the 100th anniversary of American Legion Auxiliary; discussion will take place at the next auxiliary meeting on Nov. 21 as to local and state auxiliary plans to celebrate the special milestone.

For more information about this meeting or the auxiliary, contact Linda Hendricks, president, at 472-6188.