Ladies Auxiliary Newsletter

June AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

The beginning of June is the beginning of a New Auxiliary Year and the election of new officers. I am proud to present our new Officers for 2018-2019!

It has been my pleasure to serve as the local AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President for the past few years and will continue to work for the Auxiliary as their membership chair. Please welcome Donna Fischer as the new President and continue to support the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, our food night fundraisers, work we do within the community, hospitals, and supporting our Veterans.

We will be presenting scholarships during our June meeting. At the W-SR awards breakfast, 3 of our Auxiliary members were present for award a local Senior with one of the scholarships. Emily Archibald was the recipient. Present were Nancy Edwards-scholarship chair, Donna Fischer-2nd-3rd Vice, and Mary Steinbach-Auxiliary President. Congratulations Emily.

I want to thank all the Auxiliary ladies who gave their time or donated goods for our monthly food night fundraisers. With all that you do, we are able to give our scholarships, donate for our various project, and support our community and our Veterans. THANK YOU!

Another big Thank You goes to those participating in the Memorial Day parade and Services. Aside from the heat, it was a great day to remember those that had paid the ultimate price for peace.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

April was a busy month for many Auxiliary members. A group of ladies attended the Honor Flight Variety Show in Waterloo on April 14th. The dinner show was filled with wonderful entertainment, a good meal, raffles, silent auction, and more. Money raised from the night is used to send more Veterans to Washington DC to tour and see the various war memorials.

April is our service report month, and I am very pleased with what was turned in to report. I know more auxiliary members do tons of volunteering. In the upcoming months, I will report on the various items that can be reported. Please take note, record what you do, and turn those items into me or one of the Auxiliary officers.

April 21 and 22 was our quarterly AMVETS meeting in Richmond, IA. Saturday was the recognition dinner for Department of Iowa Commander, Kevin Reece with meetings on Sunday. It was a very productive weekend, rapping up another year, and looking forward to State Convention in June.

One of our own, Donna Fischer traveled to DC as part of the Sons of AMVETS on the Hill. Donna and several other Department auxiliary members joined the Sons of AMVETS when they spoke on Capitol Hill. She shared their legislative priorities: suicide prevention, traumatic brain injury, toxic wounds, and veteran treatment courts.

May is election month! Please consider becoming an officer, or simply attending more of the Auxiliary meetings.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

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

Forms for the Auxiliary scholarships have been taken to the High School for our local, Department, and National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. If you have anyone needing a form you can get them also by contacting me.

In April we will be completing our 6 month’s service reports. Anyone collecting Hy-Vee receipts, box tops for education,  donations to Trinkets and Togs or Goodwill, Hospital or care facility Volunteer hours, blood donations or other items to be reported for Child Welfare, Community Service, Hospitals, or Americanism-please get those items to one of our officers or myself by  April 7th so we can add them to our reports. Our reports are sent into our Department of Iowa and also are reported to National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and are used to show what our Auxiliary members are doing for their communities, our Veterans, and their families. It is important to show our Government officials work being done through AMVETS protecting the rights and privileges of  our Veterans.

Last month we had the honor of hosting National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President, Marvel Ruppel. She attended the Fish Fry on March 16th and enjoyed meeting and talking to our auxiliary members. She was also impressed when given a tour of our building. We wish Madam President a successful year.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79

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

Forms for the Auxiliary scholarships have been taken to the High School for our local, Department, and National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. If you have anyone needing a form you can get them also by contacting me.

In the message below, National President Marvell Ruppel will be touring the WAVP on March 16th and attend the fish fry. This is a great way to show off what we have done at the WAVP and the work that AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79 in Waverly is doing. Please stop in, introduce yourself, and meet our National President. It was an honor to meet National Commander Polk in January and I am thrilled that our National President Ruppel will be touring Waverly, Cedar Falls, Evansdale, and IVH in Marshalltown.

There are a few ladies that have not renewed their membership for 2018. Remember that your $20.00 due does more than support our local community and our Veterans, it also gives us a bigger voice in Washington to assure that our Veterans receive all the benefits they deserve for protecting our country and defending our rights. Please reconsider renewing your membership.

National President Marvell Ruppel will be coming to Iowa.

You are invited to attend any activity.  She would like to meet as many Auxiliary members as she can.  Please let President Mary know you are coming so we can anticipate the numbers.  Mary’s phone number is 319/230-9318 

March 16 mid afternoon –  Arrive by car from Wisconsin and check into Clarion Hotel in Cedar Falls

March 16 evening 5:30   Fish Fry dinner at the WAVP (Waverly Area Veterans Post)

March 17 morning 9:30 –  Travel to the IVH

March 17 11-00-1:45 –  Attend the Foreign Food Fair at IVH and meeting following

March 17 around 3:00 –  May stop at the Evansdale AMVETS Post for drink and tour

March 17 6:00 –  Attend corn beef and cabbage dinner at the Cedar Falls AMVET Post

March 18 –  Breakfast to be determined

March 18 after breakfast-  Madame President will travel home 

Madam President Marvell Ruppel is from Cedarburg Wisconsin.  Her project this year is replacing the lamp post at the Freedom’s Foundation. Marvell believes in the values of equality, freedom and working together to build a better future for our children.  Her theme for the year is “Never Forget.”

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

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

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

First, I would like to thank everyone attending the recognition dinner on January 20th. It truly was wonderful to have such great support from Waverly AMVETS #79. It was at this dinner that AMVETS National Commander Marion Polk announce the ad that was to be placed in the Super Bowl Program and how the NFL rejected our ad, stating it was too political. Since then, there has been a lot of media coverage about this. AMVETS stood firm on the wording in this ad “Please Stand”. It is only a request that everyone properly respect the flag.

February is Scholarship Month. Forms have been taken to the High School for our local, Department, and National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. If you have anyone needing a form you can get them also by contacting me. If the past we have awarded our local scholarship to someone outside the W-SR area.

Reminder that the Ladies travel to Marshalltown to the IVH on February 2nd. If you would like to join them, contact Jean Lanske.

AMVETS meeting on February 14th and the Auxiliary meets February 21th both at 7:00.

The Sons will be meeting February 12th @ 7:00 and are looking to find more Sons to become active. Bring ideas to share for projects, volunteering, and helping the Sons of AMVETS grow in membership.

Please continue to support the Auxiliary on their food nights and AMVETS on their Steak nights. These two activities raise money to be used for scholarships, community projects, and supporting Veteran’s needs and their families.

To find out more about what you can do to help, plan to attend the monthly meetings.

We Waited Together, Now Let’s Work Together

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