American Legion Auxiliary membership dues of $25 are also payable. Contact Donna Lewis at 906-863-1679 for any questions.
April 10, 2018
The Menominee American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit 146 held its regular meeting on April 10 at the Legion Post, First Street, preceded by a pizza party.
Julie Erickson, president, extended a welcome to members, and new members; Loretta Doling, Mary Anne Thanos, and Lynn McKesson. Shelly Kanyuh, chaplain, offered the opening prayer; Julie Erickson noted the flag colors were in place, and a moment of silence for POW-MIA veterans was observed. The ALA members recited the Pledge of Allegiance, and sang the “Star Spangled Banner”. Julie Hendrick, secretary, presented the March 13 regular meeting minutes; Cindy Smith, treasurer, gave the financial report, and reports were placed on file for audit.
OMMITTEE REPORTS: Judy Pier, Children & Youth chairman, reported the month of April as Children and Youth month; April 15 - “Children’s Day”. The American Legion designated it in 1938; the color purple is to be worn to show support.
The following children participated in a military “Child’s Table Setting” ceremony to the ALA membership: Maylyn Raygo Nicklaus, Ava and Mylie Slawinski, and Michael Hensley. The ceremony is similar to the POW-MIA, but to honor the sacrifice, and contributions of our military children. The children presented various items to symbolize how a child may flourish, and acclimate themselves to different cultures, locations, and schools. A program for youth completed the table setting ceremony; Judy Pier extended a thank you to the following committee members: Judy Anderson, Barbara Kanyuh, Val Hallam, Jane Raygo, and Joann Torreano.
Barbara Kanyuh, Americanism chairman, reported on students who participated in the 2017 National ALA Essay contest from Saint John Paul II Catholic Academy; certificates will be awarded readily due to name corrections.
Marjorie Albert, Cheer chairman, mailed cards to Bonnie and Steve Fifarek.
Sherry Nutter, Education chairman, encouraged members to collect Campbell soup labels, Box Tops, Coke soda products with twist off caps, and carton codes for “Give 10 to Education”. The drop-off sites are located in Menominee as follows: Menominee American Legion Post 146, Jack’s Fresh Market, Senior Center, Spies Public Library, Serving Spoon, Stephenson National Bank, and Country School Day Care. Sherry Nutter also reported fall school supplies will be collected during summer months for children in need, and may be dropped off at the Legion Post.
Also, ALA Unit 146 will award a $1,000 Scholarship to a graduating senior from Menominee High School at the Senior Awards ceremony on May 22 at 7 p.m.
Julie Hendrick, and Barbara Kanyuh, Girls State chairpersons, reported receiving a monetary donation from the 20-Year Club for the program. The following girls have been named delegates to attend the 78th Session of Girls State on June 17-23, 2018 at Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan: Carley Kenney, Annie Bauer, Kaitlyn Black, Jennifer Jones, Anna Magrane, and Alexis Kaempf.
Donna Lewis, Membership chairman, reported Unit 146 has 288 members; Julie Hendrick read thank you correspondence from Barb Palzewicz Foundation.
OLD BUSINESS: Jane Raygo, Poppy chairman, reported May 17-19 as Poppy Days in City of Menominee; volunteers needed for one hour shifts. Discussion followed on veteran services. In addition, flowers are needed for Potter’s Field, Riverside Cemetery, Menominee; Contact: Jane Raygo @ 906-863-3086. Jeannette Krause, Bar chairman, reported Mardi Gras is to be celebrated March 2, 2019; volunteers needed. Julie Erickson reported the American Legion Baseball Tournament is August 1-5, 2018, Spies Field, Menominee; membership approved to share expenses with Post family for the State Tournament Booklet ad.
NEW BUSINESS: May 5: UPAA Spring meeting will be held in Iron Mountain, Michigan; Lunch - 12 p.m., Meeting - 1 p.m. The following delegates will attend: Cindy Smith, Connie Kewley, Margaret Hudon, and Julie Erickson, delegate-at-large.
ALA membership approved the following budgeted items: DAV Transportation, Family Recreation Day, Menominee American Legion Baseball, U. P. Honor Flight, Oscar G. Johnson Medical Center, and D. J. Jacobetti Veterans’ Home.
Upcoming events include: April 18: Menominee American Legion Baseball Spaghetti Dinner at Post; 4-7 p.m., Cost: $8; kids under 5 eat free; April 21:
Spring Fling at Post; 4:30 p.m., Cost: $12; includes dinner, music and raffle. Desserts needed by ALA membership; April 25: Potluck dinner at Post – 6 p.m.; May 5: UPAA Spring Meeting, Iron Mountain; Lunch – 12 p.m., Meeting – 1 p.m.; May 8: ALA meeting at Post – 6:30 p.m.; includes Election of Officers; June 20-24, 2018: Department Michigan Convention, Kalamazoo.
Shelly Kanyuh, chaplain, concluded the meeting with a Prayer for Peace.