Welcome to 2021
Auxiliary members had taken a break from meetings and Thursday meal nights for the months of November and December, but WE’RE BACK!
Although we didn’t meet, we didn’t stop from doing what we do best-Giving to others through volunteering! Many of our members helped the WAVP staff prepare and serve meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas, continue helping at the fish fry, decorating and undecorating the WAVP for Christmas, plus any task that may come up and are asked to help.
I have talked to members of other Auxiliaries from across the State of Iowa and they are struggling. Struggling with renewing members, recruiting new members, and become of limited activities through their posts, struggling with donations and money available to fund the various projects they support each year. I have never been prouder of our members for stepping up, proud to say that we have almost 100% membership renewals, and 5 new members. Kim Fox, Michelle Franzen, Janet Maxfield, Barb Bridges, and Ann Killion. Please, if you see them, give them a heartfelt welcome.
I am also proud that through our Food night events we were able to make a donation a donation to the Bremer Co. VA for gift bags delivered to Veterans in Care facilities across Bremer Co. Locally, our Americanism officer, Amy, orchestrated contacting Bartels, and with the help of a few other members, shopped and put together gift bags for 16 Veterans at Bartels. Students from the Waverly day care where Amy works, provided Christmas cards included in the bags. Sandy Miller decorated the outside of the bags. Pictured below are Auxiliary members: Wanda Benning, Sandy Miller, and Mary Steinbach (Amy providing the picture.) We learned later that Auxiliary member, Jean Lanske, helped deliver the gift bags.
Again, so very proud of our members, the “work” they do, and their dedications to the AMVETS organization, supporting Veterans and their families. Let us all pray that 2021 gets started on the right foot and “back to normal”.