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AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

We had another GREAT turn out for our Thursday night food, serving around 130 utilizing the drive up and sit down. Next month, April’s menu will be chicken breasts, baked potatoes, layered lettuce salad, and a dessert. Thank you to the ladies for preparing the meal and those there that night to serve it and clean up. We are always looking for others to help, preparing and serving, so if you would like to be added to the list to call for help, please contact Wanda Benning 319-240-4950.

This month we will also be doing the 6 month reports that will be sent in to the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. If you have done any volunteering, made monetary donations, donated used items, etc. please get that information to me or one of the officers. You can e-mail me any information to be recorded.

Child Welfare

Child Welfare projects benefit only children up to age 18 and are as unlimited as your imagination. We assist children with many needs such as clothing, school supplies, and medical supplies: sponsor projects in orphanages, children’s homes and Scouts.

Community Service

Any program that benefits adults and children in the community is considered Community Service. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is an essential part of the community by contributing to the welfare of all citizens. Our service work in the community is a testimony to our compassion for our neighbor.


The Hospital Program of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is diversified in so far as it is carried on in all types of hospitals providing health care to the physically and mentally ill; this includes nursing homes and medically staffed convalescent home, but unified in its objective to bring cheer and diversion to the hospitalized Veteran, their dependents and the community it serves. The bulk of our voluntary service is given in VA Medical Centers across the country where there is something for all to do.


A positive Americanism program is basic to the objectives of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary: the intent is lost unless all members actively participate as purposeful citizens. Let the community you serve know that members of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary are responsible citizens by sponsoring and participating in projects that will strengthen the: Democratic Way of Life”. We promote Americanism through programs such as our Poster and Essay Contest, sending children to Freedoms Foundation, Valley Forge, PA and annual fall conference for Auxiliary members in Valley Forge. For more information visit Freedoms Foundation at


REPORTING Reporting is Important Because:

Reporting is Important Because:
• Reporting validates our organization’s charter. It is documented proof that AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary actually fulfills its Aims and Purposes and helps qualify our organization to keep its federal tax exemption.
• Reporting provides the opportunity for the members of Local Auxiliaries to pause and review, with pride, the tremendous job they are doing. It gives them the opportunity to see all the projects they have done for the year come together in one picture and to realize that they have made a difference in their communities.
• Reporting shows that Auxiliaries standing side by side across the nation do accomplish great things.
• Reporting means belonging to an organization that CARES…an organization that SHARES…an organization that is concerned about those who need help.
• Reporting means belonging to AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and being proud of it!!!

Our Meeting time has changed. Starting in April we will meet at 7:00 at the WAVP. Please make sure to change this and plan to attend all upcoming meeting. 

Mary Steinbach AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79 President 319-230-9318


AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach
Local Post #79 President and
Past Department President

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary continue to serve the Thursday meals, with the March menu: Our famous Beef and Noodles, Watergate salad, roll, and a cookie at great price of just $9.00. Dinners are available for curbside pick up or dine in. Thank you for your past support to our meals and we look forward to nicer weather, more of our community getting out and enjoying our meals. We are able to do so much for the community, offering scholarships, and making donations to various hospitals and organizations.

If you know of someone who would like to apply for any of the local, Department of Iowa, or National scholarships, forms may be found under the Scholarship link on the top of page on the website. Qualifications include a connection to an AMVET, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, or Sons of AMVETS member. A copy of their current membership card is required. Forms should be thoroughly completed, and forms may be mailed to AMVETs post 79  Waverly Iowa PO Box 93 Waverly, Iowa. Forms may also be given to any one of the officers of the various groups. If applying for a Department of Iowa or National scholarship, those forms must also go through our local organization. All applications should be submitted by April 15, 2021to give us time for review before awarding the scholarships in May. If you have any questions about the scholarships, please contact me: Mary Steinbach 319-230-9318 or

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79

We have reported having five new members, 84 renewal members, 1 member who rejoined, 21 life members, and one honorary member for a total of 111. Our quota for 2021 is 121. The membership drive officially ended on December 31, 2021, but we can
continue to recruit new members for this year through the end of May. 
Americanism chair, Amy Slaba, reported that there were a total of 34 entries for the
coloring contest this year. A committee consisting of Mary, Sandy Dietz, Sandy Miller,
and Amy met to judge the entries and to hang them in the post. We gave out a total of
$113.00 in prizes which broke down to 28 $1.00 prizes for the coloring contest entries,
three $20.00 first place prizes for the poster contest, two $10.00 second place prizes for
the poster contest and one $5.00 third place prize for the poster contest. In December
we reached out to Bartles and we put together a gift bag for all 16 veterans that
lived there . Mary and Amy went shopping a purchased the goodies to put in the bag.
HyVee donated paper bags which Sandy Miller decorated. Mary, Sandy Miller, Wanda,
and Amy met and put the bags together. Wanda delivered them to Bartles to be
distributed to the residents.

Chaplain, Nancy Edwards has moved to the Cedar Rapids area, so we will be looking
for a new chaplain. 
The January SEC meeting was postponed to March 21, 2020, due to COVID
restrictions. It will be held in Cedar Falls.

The January food night will be held on Thursday, January 28. The menu will be chicken
and noodles, glazed carrots, and brownies. Thank you all the ladies helping to prepare, serve the meal and clean up. We are always looking for individuals to help for the meals. 2-3 hours the night of the meal, and you get to see many members and a warm feeling of doing something for the community. Call me if you would like to get involved.

In February the menu will be meat loaf, baked potatoes, green beans and a dessert. The March menu will be beef and noodles, layered lettuce salad, and dessert.

We received ten, $10.00 WAVP gift certificates from the Sons of AMVETS again this
year. These are usually given as door prizes at our membership dinner, but since that
was not held this year it was decided that they would be given to the individuals who
help out with our monthly food nights.

The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021, at 6:00

Please stay safe, stay strong, and stay healthy

Mary Steinbach, President AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary 319-230-9318

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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 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”.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Our membership drive is almost complete for the year. We just have a few more ladies to renew and have gotten a few new members. We are always looking for new members, so if you know of someone that would qualify as an Auxiliary member, invite them to come to our next meeting in January to learn more what we do as an organization.

We had taken a little time off, not having meetings in November and December, and also not preparing our normal Thursday night meals, but will be refreshed and ready to go again in January. We still have projects we are working on, including gift bundles for Veterans at Bartels and possibly ones for kids in need at LSI.

Many of our members have experience health issues these past few months, and we pray for them, pray for the health of all, and ask God to give us strength, health, and happiness in the coming year.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Mary Steinbach-AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President.



AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79 News

Vote!!!! This is the biggest and most important thing you can do to secure the rights and benefits for our members, Veterans and their families.

Thank you to those members who have renewed for 2020-2021. We have gotten a few new members and wish to welcome them to the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary family. We are always looking to add family, so if you have someone who qualifies (Mother, wife, widow, sister, daughter,step-daughter,granddaughter, grandmother, female veteran – of an AMVETS member or a deceased Veteran) invite them to join. Dues are currently $25.00 per year.

Sally O’Hare volunteered to take on the role of 2nd and 3rd Vice incharge of Childwelfare and Community Service, and was accepted after a vote. Thank you Sally!

Americanism chair, Amy Slaba, has received many entries for the coloring contest that was distributed to the schools. Entries will be displayed at the WAVP during the week of Veterans Day. Each entry receives $1.00 from the Auxiliary as a prize.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have been unable to volunteer at the Iowa Veterans’ Home and it seems unlikely that will change yet this year. We miss volunteering, spending time with the residents of IVH and the monthly Bingo. There will be a collection box at the WAVP for any donated items we can collect and deliver to IVH. Just some of the items needed are:

New Clothing
Clothing items must have tags or be sealed in original packaging.
Clothing sizes M-4X in plain colors and shoes size 7 through 13 are requested.
 Sweatpants, Sweatshirts,  T-shirts, Underwear, Socks (black or white)  Shower shoes, Stocking hats*  Gloves *
*indicates a seasonal item

Hygiene Items
Hygiene items should be new/unused, unexpired/fresh, alcohol free, individually packaged and factory sealed, and trial or travel size (3 oz. or less).
Body lotion, Body wash, Denture cleaner, Denture adhesive, Deodorant, Disposable razors, Hairbrushes, Hair combs, Mouthwash (alcohol free), Nail clippers (finger/toe), Shampoo, Shaving cream

Thank you to the ladies preparing the serving our Food night fundraiser meals. We will be taking a break in November and December due to the Holidays.
There will be no meeting in November or December. My mistake for not getting this information to the WAVP before their calendar was posted. The AMVETS calendar is correct.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, at 6:00. Consider joining us at the meeting to learn more about what we do, and what we can do for our community and our Veterans and their families.

Wishing all a Blessed Thankgiving filled with family and great food.

Mary Steinbach-AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President 319-230-9318

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

A Huge shout out to the ladies (and Bob and Carl) for preparing and serving the meal in September. Food nights have been a great hit again, and with the added bonus of the drive up, we are able to serve more people. October food night will consist of: Slice pork loin, baked potato, glazed carrots, and a dessert. We will be taking a little break in November and December, due to Thanksgiving and Christmas, but encourage you to support the other organization on their food nights, the fish fry, breakfast, and Steak nights.

If you missed it last month about our membership drive, we will not be have a dinner in October, as we have done in the past. Instead, with your paid membership, you will be receiving your membership card and also a certificate for a free meal during one of the upcoming AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary food night. The certificate will be good only on the night our ladies are serving and will be good through September 2021. As a group we felt this was a way to keep the members safe and comfortable and still encourage them to continue to support AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary by paying the dues of $25.00 per year. If you have not done so, please send a check to:

Mary Steinbach 901 7th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa 50677 or use AMVETS PO Box 93 Waverly, Iowa 50677.

I am also trying to update addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses. If any of this has changed lately, please contact me 319-230-9318 or send an email to

We will be having a meeting in October on the 21 @ 6 pm. If you have never been to a meeting, are new to the organization, or it’s been awhile, we would love to have you attend. We are always looking for new ideas to support the Veteran and their family, volunteer through the community, and hospitals, and give encouragement to our future leaders by supporting our youth.

If you do volunteer, let us know! As an organization we record this, report this to the National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary to validate us as a Veterans Service Organization. By reporting, this gives the organization strength in numbers when they address congress concerning Veteran issues and benefits. I volunteer, What’s your super power.

  • Mary Steinbach 
  • AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President
  • 319-230-9318

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Mary Steinbach
Local Post #79 President and
Past Department President

Thank you to the ladies preparing and serving our monthly Food Night fundraiser meals. They have been very sucessful, serving both as a sit down meal and for curbside pick-up. We also thank staff members of the WAVP for helping with taking the phone calls and assiting with the curbside meals. Moving forward, we will continue with both the sit down and the curbside pick-up. By calling ahead the day before, it helps with the preparations, cutting down on having leftovers and also to make sure enough food is made.

September is the beginning of our membership drive. Your membership to the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is important and appreciated, helping us to continue the support to our Service Members, our Community, our Hospitals, and the Youth of our community. 

You can now renew your AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary membership for the year 2021. If you have not been a member for a while, would you please think about rejoining? If you know of someone who qualifies please get them an application and have them get it to me. Many of the VSOs are aging and the younger Vets and their families are not becoming involved. Just think about where we would be if the VSOs weren’t lobbying in Congress to protect the benefits of those who gave the ultimate sacrifice to our Country. Think about the younger Vets not having Military Rites because there are no longer VSOs available to perform the service. Think about the VSOs and the work they do within the community, schools, and hospitals.

Think about renewing your membership.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #79 dues are just $25.00 per year. WAVP has many events to enjoy. If you have not checked it out, please do so.

If you are interested in joining or rejoining you may send your $25.00 due to:

  • Mary Steinbach
  • 901 7th Ave. NW
  • Waverly, Iowa 50677
  • Mary Steinbach, 1st Vice President, membership chair
  • AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Post #79

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Scholarship winner, Rachel Jebe and her family attended the July meeting where she was
presented with her $500.00 award. Rachel will be attending the University of Iowa in
the fall where she will be majoring in actuarial science and minoring in accounting. Her
AMVETS connecting  is her grandfather, James Jebe.  The other Scholarship winner, Gentry Eick was unable to attend the meeting. 

Membership Chair Mary Steinbach had nothing new to report, but encouraged everyone promote the Auxiliary and recruit new members.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, we have been unable to volunteer at the Iowa Veterans’
Home. The IVH regularly posts a want/need list on their Facebook page. It was
suggested that you could purchase these items from the Marshalltown HyVee online
and have them delivered to the Veterans’ Home if you’d like to donate. Mary is going to
look into whether or not Walmart provides a similar delivery service. Please view “Latest News” to see a message from Betsy Randall from Volunteer Services at Iowa Veterans Home concerning their updates and a list of items needed at the home.

Chaplain, Nancy Edwards reported that sympathy cards were sent to the Eavon Woodin
for the loss of her son, Curt and Sandy Lahr for the loss of her father, Kenny Miller.
Donations were made to the Department scholarship fund their memories. A get well
soon card was sent to Jean Lanske who fell and hurt her back.

Thank you to the members volunteering for the Food Night in July, preparing and serving the food.  The menu was barbecue beef sandwiches, homemade chips, pasta salad, and brownies. The meal was available both for carryout and dine in.
The menu for the August 27, food night will be meatloaf, baked potatoes, cucumber salad,
and dessert.  We will be raising the cost of the meals to $9.00. With the rising cost of meat and other food items, we feel this necessary. This is still a wonderful value for a “Home Cooked” meal, and a wonderful night to spend with your friends a the WAVP. The menu for the September 24, food night will be grilled hamburgers,
potato salad, cucumber salad, and a dessert.

There will be no meeting in August.


AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

The Waverly Ladies’ AMVETS Auxiliary met for the first time since April on Wednesday, June 17, 2020.
Roll call was answered by six officers with a total of eight members present.

Americanism chair, Amy, reported that due to school being canceled for the
remainder of the year the coloring contest that the Auxiliary is sponsoring will be held in the fall instead. 

Chaplain, Nancy Edwards reported that sympathy cards were sent to the family of Pat
Howell, Vicky Green for the loss of her husband George, the family of Shirley Wehrhen,
the family of Betty Porter, and the family of Helen Burman.  The charter was draped in honor these deceased auxiliary members. Donations were made to the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary scholarship fund in their memory.

The Auxiliary will present $500.00 scholarships to Jentry Eick, whose AMVET is her grandfather Bill Henning, and Rachel Jebe, whose AMVET is her grandfather James Jebe. They will be invited to the July meeting at which time they will receive their awards.

The Auxiliary food night resumed in June. The continues with a drive up meal and also served the meal inside. The menu was pulled pork, peas, and Jello salad. Anyone wanting a meal will need to call and make a reservation by 5:00 on Wednesday. A big Thank You  to the ladies preparing and serving the food and to the with clean up crew, and the WAVP staff with help in taking reservations and serving the drive up orders. 

Because of the communities continues support of the Thursday night food nights, our Auxiliary has been able to offer scholarships and make donations to Department of Iowa and National AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary projects. The following donations were made:
• National Scholarship Fund
• Department Scholarship Fund
• John Tracy Clinic
• Paws for a Cause
• Ronald McDonald House of Iowa City
• Lutheran Services in Iowa Bremwood Campus
• Cedar Valley Honor Flight
Some of our past food nights we have had a collection jar and through the generosity of those who gave, was able to make a larger donation to the following: The Ronald McDonald House, Bremwood, and the Cedar Valley Honor Flight.
Unlike previous years, we will have a meeting in July. This will be held on Wednesday,
July 15th @ 6:00. There will be no meeting in August.

In closing, we pray that you stay safe and healthy.

Mary Steinbach-President 319-230-9318