The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary held its regular monthly meeting and installation banquet recently. President Sue Penhollow presided. The meeting was opened with a prayer from Chaplain Paula Pattison, the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary preamble, a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers, and roll call of officers. Secretary Carol Baker read the minutes of the last meeting. In the absence of Treasurer Karen Field, the treasurer's report was tabled until our next meeting. Correspondence was read by Secretary Carol Baker.
The installation dinner was held at the Cassadaga Post Veterans' Hall. Dinner was prepared by in-house cook Sherry Boorady and served by the post legionnaires and members of Squadron 1280. Everyone enjoyed their meal, and had a great time!
Committee reports were given. Sally Lawson reported on membership. The Unit is at 92 percent for the year. Junior Auxiliary chairperson Charyle Tyler noted that the Junior Auxiliary camp will be held at Camp Gross. She will take care of the paperwork to send our three girls to the camp. Charyle and Maureen will provide their Friday dinner. Poppy chairperson, Carol Baker, reported that Unit 1280 and our volunteer poppy people collected over $1,550 during our Poppy Days in May. Money will go directly to benefit local Veterans.
Under old business, Maureen Mikula reported the unit did great at the Sons' cruise night June 19. The group sold homemade pies and other desserts to benefit homeless veterans and raffled a 'gas card'. Another "Cruise Night" was held July 17.
Under new business. Unit 1280's next meeting will be the auxiliary's annual dish-to-pass picnic on Wednesday August 14 at 6 p.m. at our post picnic grounds. Calls will be made to remind all of our members. Children and youth chairperson, Gayle Cieplinski, reported about the upcoming picnic to be held in August. She and her committee are planning for a clown, crafts, games, and a magician for the children. More information will follow at the next meeting. Unit members will make desserts for this event.
Past County President Charyle Tyler presided at the installation of the 2013-2014 officers. Sgt-at-Arms Shirley Coon escorted the officers-elect to the front of the room and with the legionnaires and sons attending, the ladies took their oaths of office. President Sue Penhollow passed the gavel to incoming President Gayle Cieplinski, and Charyle pinned Sue with her Past President's pin. Sue gave a tearful thank you for her year as president; she was then presented with a gift.
Installed as officers of Unit 1280 were: President Gayle Cieplinski; 1st Vice Sally Lawson; 2nd Vice Patty Hayward; Secretary Carol Baker; Treasurer Karen Field; Chaplain Paula Pattison; Sgt-at-Arms Shirley Coon; and Historian Ranee Kaus.
Pat Hayward commented that the unit, legion, and sons work together well and accomplish a lot of good. The Chaplain gave a closing prayer, and Past-President Sue adjourned the meeting
Post 1280 is still taking in $20 for the 2013 Post 1280 Flag Program that flies American flags throughout our community from Memorial Day through Veterans Day. A plaque is made to show in whose honor the flag is flying and who donated it. This is a yearly renewable program. Anyone interested should contact Bruce Kaus at the post.
Unit 1280 member Gayle Cieplinski has been sending out post notices by email. Post 1280 members who would like to receive notices of upcoming events by email may send an email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the post and drop it off. Those who haven't received emails in spite of turning one in, check with the post for a possible correction Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for our overseas families; Labels for Education; Pennies for Hospice; can tabs and canceled postage stamps. Unit 1280 also sells nice corn brooms for $8.00; anyone interested may call the Post @ 595-3145.