Auxiliary News – March 2017

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

Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or

In February the Auxiliary had a wonderful meeting and I am excited about all the upcoming events that were discussed. I am also thrilled to see the number of auxiliary members attending the meeting, returning members, and our newest member, Peggy Wilhelms. Welcome!

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 and they are always looking for cash donations, but here is a modified list of items that can be collected:

Gift cards to Casey’s, QuikTrip, Starbucks, Hy-Vee, Target, or Walgreens

Food Pantry: Keurig Coffee K-cups, Breakfast or Granola Bars, single serve cereal boxes or chips, fruit cups, ready to eat microwave Mac N Cheese.

Household items: trash bags, Clorox wipes, or stainless steel polish, crock pot liners, paper (not Styrofoam) bowls and plates, Ziploc baggies or food containers

Family and personal items: cross word puzzles, word search and other activities books, crayons and coloring books, baby wipes, full size only (shaving cream, deodorant, bar soap, lip balm, toothpaste and toothbrushes, shampoo and conditioner, laundry detergent (HE only, please) Tide washing machine cleaner, liquid fabric softener.

Thank you in advance for all donations!

 Another exciting event is 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, 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. Wouldn’t it be great to have a large attendance at this SEC meeting, April 24, to show how the Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary “Rocks”. 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. Also, coinciding with April’s SEC meeting, the Department of Iowa has a fundraiser selling raffle tickets. This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and proceeds are essential to the continued successes of our Department. Tickets are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. I do not have a complete list of items that will be part of the raffle, but one item is a $50.00 gift card for Hy-Vee donated from Post #79 Auxiliary, so if asked if you would like to purchase a raffle ticket, show your support for the AMVETS Department of Iowa Ladies Auxiliary and the work we do supporting our Veterans and their families. Oh, you need not be present to win! I will make sure that if winning tickets are from Waverly, the prizes will be delivered.

Coming up in April, our Auxiliary will be completing 6 months and year end service reports. 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: Here is 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!

Super Bowl Chili Cook Off winners 

1st place Kathiee Pitt
2nd place Patti Fredericksen