Ladies Auxiliary Newsletter

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Front row: President-Mary Steinbach 2-3rd Vice-Donna Fischer Hospital-Wanda Benning Historian-Jan Iverson Back Row: Secretary-Amy Slaba Chaplain-Nancy Edwards Stg. Of Arms-Marlene Fasse Treasurer-Sandy Miller Parliamentarian-Veronica McKenzie. Not Pictured 1st Vice Jean Lanske

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@outlook.com 

Thanks to all that attended the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres Party. It has been a wonderful year and am looking forward to 2018. Our auxiliary continues to support our veterans and their families, and work hard within our community. If you would like more information on joining the auxiliary, you may contact me or go to our website www.amvets79.us to learn more and fill out an application.

I am working on plaques containing the names and service dates of all past commanders, auxiliary presidents, and Sons of AMVETS commanders to be displayed on the AMVETS wall of the conference room. I wish to thank John Mohlis and Jarbi Laser for making the plaques and donating the time and materials. They should be finished soon, so make sure to stop and admire their wonderful work. Plans are also in the works to display past Department Commanders and Presidents from Waverly #79. Ralph Juhl and Ted Lanske have served as Department of Iowa Commanders. Lavon Juhl, Donna Fischer, and Mary Steinbach have served as Department of Iowa Presidents. Speaking as current Department of Iowa Auxiliary President, I am very proud that Waverly #79 has had such dedicated officers, not only to serve for our own post, but to serve on the Department level.

With changes at the WAVP, a current, full calendar is not available to be printed in this newsletter. This is the information I have for AMVETS:

01-10-2018 AMVETS Meeting 7:00

01-17-2018 AMVETS Auxiliary meeting 7:00

01-20-2018 Recognition Dinner for Department of Iowa President Mary Steinbach Social hour starting at 5:00 Dinner and program at 6:00

01-20-2018 Committee Meetings for AMVETS:

  12:30PM Finance Committee

  1:00PM Service Foundation

  1:30PM Membership

01-21-2018 STATE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

Hosted by Waverly Post 79 at the WAVP

Joint Opening 9:00AM and meetings until about 12:00

01-25-2018 AMVETS Auxiliary Food night: Beef and Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Glazed carrots, and Dessert $8.00

You may go to the WAVP website to few their calendar for more details.

On the back page is information regarding the Recognition dinner. National Commander, Marion Polk, will be at this dinner and also attend the SEC meetings on Sunday. 

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
Department of Iowa 2017-2018
President

The final push for our membership drive is on!

Please continue your membership by submitting your $20.00  dues to our membership chair:  

    Jean Lanske 

    416 4th ST. SW

    Waverly, Iowa 50677

Who We Are: AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is made up of dedicated women whose primary focus revolves around our relationship to an individual who has honorably served our country in military service. As Auxiliary volunteers, we are helping, caring and sharing for our community and for those who are serving and have served our country. We join together as an organization to promote, support, and assist our parent organization AMVETS in achieving this goal.

Thank you to those donating items for Iowa Veterans Home. Jean and a group of ladies traveled December 1st with the items.

On December 20th, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will be hosted a special Holiday Hors D’Oeuvres party. Bring a dish to share and join in for this pre-Christmas party starting at 5:30.

As we move into the holiday season, remember those currently serving and are away from home. If you know a family from the community in need, a child without a present under the tree, or someone with no family in which to spend the holiday, reach out, give a hand up, a warm hug, or whatever you can give to spread the Christmas spirit.

Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being. –Kevin Kruse

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2017-2018
President

Please continue your membership by submitting your $20.00  dues to our membership chair:  

    Jean Lanske 

    416 4th ST. SW

    Waverly, Iowa 50677

Who We Are: AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is made up of dedicated women whose primary focus revolves around our relationship to an individual who has honorably served our country in military service. As Auxiliary volunteers, we are helping, caring and sharing for our community and for those who are serving and have served our country. We join together as an organization to promote, support, and assist our parent organization AMVETS in achieving this goal.

   

We are now collecting items to donate to the IVH. A full list of items needed can be found on their website: www.ivh.iowa.gov. This is just a partial list: New clothing ( Primarily XL to 5X, Military ball caps, Tee shirts, sweat pants and shirts, white underwear, socks, long sleeved undershirts, men’s handkerchiefs), Full size personal are items (shampoo, deodorant, body wash, men’s non-aerosol aftershave/cologne)

 Full size snacks (candy bars, individually wrapped chips or cookies, microwave popcorn, cans of soda, cake mixes, frosting, or brownie mixes), Large print: playing cards, word search and puzzle books, adult coloring books.

They do not accept: used clothing or trial sized or used personal care items.

There will be a collection box at the WAVP until December 1st when the ladies travel to Marshalltown to volunteer.

I wish to thank all who attended the membership dinner on October 11th. It was a great night, bringing members together, renewing the friendships our Auxiliary family. “Thank you” to Eckers and Love N Lace for the donations of floral arrangements, the Sons of AMVETS for the donation of gift certificates, and all who contributed other door prizes. Congratulations to those receiving service certificates, especially Phyllis Bluhm for 40 Years as an Auxiliary member!

November is Child Welfare month. Continue to collect Hy-Vee receipts, Box Top for Education, Milk Moo la caps, and more to benefit our schools. The Ronald McDonald House and Charities is the project of our Department 3rd Vice, Donna Fischer. Volunteers are needed and monetary donations are always welcomed. More information on ways you can help can be found on their website: http://www.rmhc.org

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2017-2018
President

You can start renewing your membership by submitting your $20.00 to our membership chair:  

    Jean Lanske 

    416 4th ST. SW

    Waverly, Iowa 50677   

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be eligible for membership in AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary one must be:

  • Related to a member of AMVETS.
  • Related to a deceased veteran who could have been eligible for membership in AMVETS.
  • A female veteran.

Example include: Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter

All AMVETS members reading this: if you currently have someone who meets the requirements for our Auxiliary membership, please encourage them to join. If you need an application, contact Jean Lanske or myself.

We are now collecting items to donate to the IVH. A full list of items needed can be found on their website: www.ivh.iowa.gov. This is just a partial list: New clothing ( Primarily XL to 5X, Military ball caps, Tee shirts, sweat pants and shirts, white underwear, socks, long sleeved undershirts, men’s handkerchiefs), Full size personal are items (shampoo, deodorant, body wash, men’s non-aerosol aftershave/cologne)

 Full size snacks (candy bars, individually wrapped chips or cookies, microwave popcorn, cans of soda, cake mixes, frosting, or brownie mixes), Large print: playing cards, word search and puzzle books, adult coloring books.

They do not accept: used clothing or trial sized or used personal care items.

There will be a collection box at the WAVP until December 1st when the ladies travel to Marshalltown to volunteer. You may also bring items the night of the Membership Dinner

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News – September 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2017-2018
President

You can start renewing your membership by submitting your $20.00 to our membership chair:  

    Jean Lanske 

    416 4th ST. SW

    Waverly, Iowa 50677   

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be eligible for membership in AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary one must be:

  • Related to a member of AMVETS.
  • Related to a deceased veteran who could have been eligible for membership in AMVETS.
  • A female veteran.

Example include: Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter

All AMVETS members reading this: if you currently have someone who meets the requirements for our Auxiliary membership, please encourage them to join. If you need an application, contact Jean Lanske or myself.

September is Suicide awareness month. 22 Veterans or active-duty soldiers loses his or her life everyday to suicide. Know the 5 signs of mental health suffering: personality change, agitation, withdrawal, poor self-care, and hopelessness. The Veterans Crisis line can be reached by phone at 1-800-273-8255 or text – 838255. You can find more information on what you can do if you are with someone in need of help  by going to www.veteranscrisisline.net  Awareness, support, and understanding may be the way to cut the number from 22 to 0.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Auxiliary News – August, 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2016-2017 President

Welcome to August! Dog days of Summer and the start to another school year. Hoping all had a wonderful summer.

We now begin our membership drive for the upcoming year. You can start renewing your membership by submitting your $20.00 to our membership chair:  

Jean Lanske
416 4th ST. SW
 Waverly, Iowa 50677

   

CRITERIA FOR MEMBERSHIP

To be eligible for membership in AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary one must be:

 

  • Related to a member of AMVETS.
  • Related to a deceased veteran who could have been eligible for membership in AMVETS.
  • A female veteran.

Example include: Wife, Mother, Grandmother, Daughter, Sister, Granddaughter

All AMVETS members reading this: if you currently have someone who meets the requirements for our Auxiliary membership, please encourage them to join. If you need an application, contact Jean Lanske or myself.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

Auxiliary News – July 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2016-2017 President

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I wish to thank Neal Jarnagin and Bob Sable for speaking at our June Auxiliary meeting. Rally Point was the topic and included how it started, programs offered the help those in need get back on their feet and back to civilian life. They also talked of upcoming needs, including a new house and specialized needs for those staying in the house. This shelter is more of a transitional house and not just a homeless shelter. Thank you again, Neal and Bob for sharing information with those attending

June 9-11 was the AMVETS State  Convention held in Marshalltown. I was re-elected as Department President, Donna Fischer as 3rd Vice President, and Jean Lanske continues as Iowa Veterans Home Hospital Rep. Our own Auxiliary won numerous awards. I was most proud of accepting the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Department of Iowa Auxiliary of the Year 2016-2017 for our own Auxiliary #79! Our ladies to a wonderful job, volunteering throughout our community, at hospitals, nursing homes, and supporting our Veterans and their families. Way to go AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Waverly #79!!!

 

Receiving plaque For AMVETS Ladies Department of Iowa Auxiliary of the Year 2016-2017


Gail Bunz installing Department President Mary Steinbach along with Donna Fischer 3rd Vice President

Out going officers: Commander Mary Van Horn Sons Commander George Cummings Riders President Natalie Cummings Auxiliary President Mary Steinbach

 

 

Auxiliary News – June 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2017-2018 President and
State 2016-2017 President

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@outlook.com

We installed our new officers for the upcoming year. I look forward to working with all of them. A huge thank you goes to the officers that worked so hard this past year.  We have a developed a great auxiliary, working hard throughout our community and for veterans and their families. So proud that we were able to give 3 very deserving scholarships this year.

 

 

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

Neal Jarnagin will be a guest speaker at our June 21 meeting. He will speak on Rally Point, what they are and needs for the facility

Front row: President-Mary Steinbach 2-3rd Vice-Donna Fischer Hospital-Wanda Benning Historian-Jan Iverson

Back Row: Secretary-Amy Slaba Chaplain-Nancy Edwards Stg. Of Arms-Marlene Fasse Treasurer-Sandy Miller Parliamentarian-Veronica McKenzie.

Not Pictured 1st Vice Jean Lanske

President Mary with scholarship winners: Maria Kuiper,

Melanie Muller, Faith Abben. Nancy Edwards, Chaplain

 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News – May 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2016-2017 President and
State 2016-2017 President

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@outlook.com

*As I look back through my calendar for the month of April, saw how filled it was from the beginning to the end and most were AMVETS Auxiliary related. We had a very successful meeting with some of the officers, finishing our 6 month’s reports. I wish to thank all the ladies who turned items in to be reported. I will then use those reports along with the first 6 month’s reports to apply for awards to be given at our State Convention June 9-11 in Marshalltown. On April 23 we had our SEC meeting (State Executive Committee) in Des Moines and Waverly #79 was mentioned with an outstanding job done with increasing new membership and also for the “Bring Back” members. I am very proud of our Auxiliary and the work we do for Veterans and their families, work within our community, and the time we spend volunteering at hospitals and nursing homes. Let’s continue to grow now a bigger and stronger AMVETS Auxiliary.

*The highlight of the month was meeting our National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Evelyn McElvin from Orlando, Florida. She arrived in Des Moines Thursday April 20th.  Past National President- Kathy Berning from Cedar Falls, PDP and NEC Women-Nancy Carrier from Evansdale, PDP President and 3rd Vice Officer- Donna Fischer, and myself escorted Madam President on tours of the Iowa Veteran’s Cemetery in Van Meter, our State Capitol Building, The Ronald McDonald house in Des Moines where we delivered donated items, traveled to Marshalltown to the IVH where we attended a meeting and then helped at their Spring Carnival Day. Madam President assisted with a Nerf basketball booth sponsored by our VA Hostess, Jean Lanske, along with Sally O’Hare. Saturday night we attended the Recognition Dinner for State Commander, Mary Van Horn. Madam President spoke a little about herself, her travels, and about her National Project, John Tracy Clinics Preschool Program. As a fundraiser for her project we had a challenge for her. Since Iowa is very BIG on basketball, and since she had just helped with the basketball booth at IVH, Auxiliary members collected money from those attending and if she could make at least one basket out of 4, the money collected would go for her project. Well, the first was a miss, but she made 2 out of the remaining shots. We had collected $300. that night for John Tracy Clinics Preschool Program. Way to go Madam President Evelyn McElvin! Sunday Madam President attended our SEC meeting and then it was time for her to return home, to Orlando and prepare for her next visit to Missouri. She was very glad that the weather was nice, no snow, and was amazed at the flowering crabapple tree, tulips along some of the parkways, and how green and lush everything was here in Iowa.

* May brings us to the election of officers. This I will report more on next month, but most have agreed to another term. Along with the election of officers and their installation into office we will be presenting scholarships to high school seniors heading off to college next year. Because of your continued support to our monthly food nights we have enough profit to support our scholarship program, donate within the community, and make donations to State and National AMVETS Auxiliary projects. I cannot thank all of you enough for your dedication to AMVETS, AMVETS Auxiliary, and the Sons of AMVETS programs.

THANK YOU!

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

 

Auxiliary News – April 2017

Mary Steinbach
Local 2016-2017 President and
State 2016-2017 President

 

 

 

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or mjonlyu@outlook.com

     As mentioned in the last newsletter, we have a collection bin at the WAVP for donated items going to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Donna Fischer, Our Department of Iowa and our local 3rd Vice President, is collecting item from their wish list to be donated to them when we travel to Des Moines in April for our SEC meeting. The wish list is large so check out the bin at the WAVP for a list of items.

Thank you in advance for all donations!

Reminder that our National President, Evelyn McElvin, will be visiting the Des Moines area in April. The tentative agenda includes: touring the Van Meter Veteran’s Cemetery and the Capitol building, spaghetti dinner at Des Moines Post #2, Carnival Days at IVH in Marshalltown, attending the recognition dinner for Department of Iowa Commander, Mary Van Horn, and attending the Department of Iowa SEC meetings. If you are interested in meeting Madam McElvin, attending the recognition dinner for Mary Van Horn Saturday April 23, or attending the SEC meeting on Sunday, please contact me. I have reservation information for Mary’s dinner.

We will be completing our various reports on April 17. If you have information to be reported, get that information to one of our local officers or myself. You can e-mail you information to me: mjonlyu@outlook.com. Examples of items that can be reported: hours volunteering at hospital/nursing homes, hospice, funeral for veterans, items donated to Goodwin, Trinkets and togs, IVH, etc., money donated to Cancer society, Heart Association, etc. Hy-Vee receipts, Box tops for Education, and Blood donations. This is just a very short list. Just get us the information and we will determine if it can be reported. Waverly Auxiliary Post #79 has been recognized at State Convention many times for the work we do here and for our Veterans. As State and local President, I would be so proud to be able to bring home awards presented to Auxiliary Post #79!

This month we have nomination of officers for the year 2017-2018. Most current officers have agreed to continue for another year, but we are looking for a new treasurer. Edith Morrill has held that position for more that 12 years. She has done a wonderful job and we appreciate her years of serving as treasurer. Contact me with any interest in this position or any other office.

Iowa AMVETS Spring Golf Tournament The Iowa AMVETS Early Bird Golf Tournament will be held at CARD Inc. Golf Course in Clarksville Iowa on Saturday June 3, 2017. The 2 person best shot tournament will have a 10AM shotgun start. Scoring will be Flighted and there will be special hole prizes. Pre-registration is required and is limited to the first 27 teams that sign up. The registration fee is $80 per team. This fee includes green fee, cart, lunch and prize fee. Mail completed registration form (found on the website) and money to Evansdale AMVETS Post 31, 706 Colleen Ave, Evansdale Iowa 50707. For more information call 319-234-9688.

FOOD FIGHT Riders President Natalie Cummings has chosen helping homeless veterans and veterans in need for her project. Please bring a nonperishable food item to your next AMVETS or Auxiliary meeting, and the items will be brought to her at the SEC meeting in April.

Dates to mark on your calendar: 1) Because We Care Day – April 5th at VA Hospitals 2) Honor Flight Variety Show April 8th at the Electric Park Ballroom. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each. All proceeds from the event will help fund future Sullivan Hartogh Davis Cedar Valley Honor Flights.
 3)Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day .  The Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs will host a Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day on Friday, May 5th at the Vietnam Memorial on the Iowa State Capitol grounds beginning at 11AM. Following the event, a FREE luncheon will be held at AMVETS Post 2 in Des Moines. Vietnam Era Veterans who have not received the 50th anniversary commemorative pin are invited to attend at Post 2 for a special ceremony to receive your pin.