CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary met Tuesday June 10 for its regular monthly meeting as well as installation of officers, 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 had a moment of silence for the country's fallen soldiers. Correspondence was read by Secretary Carol.
A dinner of pizza and homemade desserts was on the menu for the evening.
Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary recently installed its 2014-2015 officers. The officers are pictured left to right. Back row: Carol Baker, secretary; Paula Pattison, chaplain; Sally Lawson, 1st vice-president; Sue DeGolier, treasurer; Ranee Kaus, historian; Peggy Guichard, sergeant.-at-arms; and Dianne Minekime, 2nd vice-president. Seated: Maureen Mikula, incoming president; and Gayle Cieplinski, past president.
The installation was performed by past county president and Unit 1280 member, Charyle Tyler. Officer oaths were taken by each officer. Charyle presented Cieplinski with a past president pin, and a gift of a beautiful hand-crocheted afghan. The members thanked her for a great year. The gavel was then passed to incoming president, Maureen Mikula.
Concerning poppy sales, chairperson Carol Baker reported that the Cassadaga and Sinclairville "Poppy Days" were the best ever with over $1800 raised to help veterans and their projects.
Junior Auxiliary chairperson Pat Hayward reported that the Junior Unit has been very busy. They have a can/bottle collection set until July 12. All monies collected will go to the "Warriors Family Assistance Program." The drop-off day will be July 12 at the Post from noon until 4 p.m. The juniors are also holding a "Pampered Chef ghost party." Orders will be taken through June 25.
Anyone who wishes to order can call Karen at 499-9887. Jr. Girls Camp will take place at Camp Gross on July 25 through July 27.
During old business, a Son's "Cruise Night" was scheduled for June 18. The Unit sold baked goods again this year, with all proceeds to benefit the "Warriors Family Assistance Program." The Unit also raffled off a $50 gas card. Ladies present signed up to make some baked goods to sell.
During the new business portion of the meeting, Unit members signed up for Auxiliary committees. The Department Convention in Albany will be in July; anyone is welcome to attend. Discussion about the picnic was tabled until the July meeting. The members present also discussed holding a tea as a fundraiser. More discussion will follow in July as well.
On Friday, June 13 the Post hosted a reception to honor WWII Veteran, Ray Lelonek of Stockton. Auxiliary members were encouraged to attend to show their support.
With no further business at hand, Chaplain Paula gave a prayer, and president Mikula adjourned the meeting.
Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for military families overseas; 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.