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AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary

How do we move on and continue to do what we need to do for our Veterans and those that are still serving? I will do more e-mail messages to our Auxiliary members with updates and news. If you you have not given me any changes to you email address, now is the time. Send me a message mjonlyu@outlook.com with updated information. As of right now there will me no meeting in April and the WAVP continues to be closed. They will be have a meal on Thursdays with curbside pick up. Last week’s meal was a success serving around 70. This is just one way we can continue to do what we do. I am also working on setting up a way that we can video conference our meetings. My daughter set up something like this for our family and was comforting to be able to facetime with my siblings, daughter, and many of my nieces and nephews.

One thing that we will have to do this month is our 6 month reports. If you have anything to report for volunteering, monetary donations, clothing and household donations, etc. please get that information to me. Email me the information mjonlyu@outlook.com or if you happen to come to Hy-Vee you can bring me the information. 

Another way to help support the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary is to give a monetary donation to the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. Normally our biggest fundraiser supporting the Department is held at the Spring SEC in April. Since we have not been able to get out there to sell raffle tickets and the meeting is cancelled, I am asking that if you would like to give support to mail a donation to me: Mary Steinbach                                                                                                                                               901 7th Ave. NW                                                                                                                                             Waverly, Iowa 50677

Lastly, April is a month that we start looking for Offices for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary. If you currently hold an office and are interested to keeping that position, let me know. If you would like to hold a different office, let me know, if you are not an officer and would like to set up into one of the offices, let me know. Currently many of us hold multiple positions and it would be great if we could get more people involved. not only as officers, but (when we can again) attending the meetings, bringing new ideas and programs to help our Veterans, our community, and our youth.

Thank you for your continued support. We are STRONG, we are Iowans pulling together to get things done and make things work. Stay strong, stay healthy, and stay home as much as possible.

 

 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

*Americanism chair, Amy shared the information she had compiled regarding holding the Americanism coloring and poster contest with the local elementary schools.
She is planning to talk to the management at the Dairy Queen when they open to see if they might be willing to sponsor the prizes for the younger children’s coloring contest.
We will keep you posted on this new project for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

*We are saddened by the loss of another Auxiliary member, Loretta Davidson. Please keep her family in your prayers as they go through this difficult time. Our Chaplain, Nancy is asking if you know of a member needing prayers and support, to contact her with the information. You can call or text to 319-573-3454. Scholarship forms are available for our local AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and also for the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. We will also be awarding a Scholarship in the name of Past local President Donna Fischer. Forms are distributed to the school or you can ask for a copy by contacting Nancy Edwards 319-573-3454  or myself.

*Our six month reporting period is coming up in April. Vicky Green is asking that you send any information regarding Community Service or Child Welfare volunteering, monetary or other donations to her e-mail g.green@mchsi.com  The list of ways to volunteer is too long, but here are a few examples: Community and church meals, Ronald McDonald house, Meals on Wheels, used clothing and household donations, Humane Society-Retrieving Freedom-Paws with a Cause, elderly visits-helping with transportation, recycling, knitting/quilting lap blankets, donating used eye glasses or hearing aids/batteries, collecting Hy-Vee receipts for the schools, sponsoring a child’s book club, any cash donations to organization (Cancer society, American Heart, St. Jude’s, etc.) The list goes on. The importance of reporting this for our Auxiliary is to give validations of a non-profit doing work for our communities and for our Veterans and their families. This accumulated list from AMVETS, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary, Sons of AMVETS, and AMVETS Riders is used when our National Officers testify before Congress to protect the benefits or change the way Government views  our Military and their families.

*Thanks to the ladies preparing and serving our meatloaf dinner in February. Many great comments on the meatloaf. “Make a change” project for February was the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City. Thank you for those who contributed. The March dinner will be our “famous” Beef and Noodles meal. Mark you calendars and plan to join us that night. We are always looking for ladies to help prepare or serve the food. If you can and/or are willing, please call or text Wanda @ 319-240-4950 to find out where help is needed. The same few ladies have been doing this and would welcome any help.

&A Department fundraiser raffle tickets were distributed at the Winter SEC meeting.
They are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00 and are available for purchase from Mary, Jean, or Amy. Proceed from the raffle will help fund the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary so we can continue to work for our Veterans, their families, and the Communities across Iowa.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

We were blessed to have new faces attend our meeting in January; Vicky Green and Lois DePeuw. Welcome and hoping to see you in the upcoming meetings!

Americanism chair, Amy shared the information she had compiled regarding
holding the Americanism coloring and poster contest with the local elementary schools.
She is planning to talk to the management at the Dairy Queen when they open to see if
they might be willing to sponsor the prizes for the younger children’s coloring contest.
We will keep you posted on this new project for the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

We still have a group of ladies traveling to the Iowa Veterans’ Home in Marshalltown. In December they were able to deliver about $600.00 worth of donations collected at the WAVP for the holidays. They worked in the craft room and helped take down Christmas decorations in the morning, and hosted BINGO in the afternoon. 

Chaplain, Nancy Edwards asks that you keep the following in your prayers: Marlys Minnaert, Charlotte Johnston, Joyce Schmidt,Tina Sturgess, Susan Bast , and Veronica McKenzie whose daughter is undergoing treatment, a son is recovering from surgery, and a close friend. This past few day we lost an Auxiliary member, Marianne Trerotola. Keep her family in your thoughts and prayers.  A sympathy card was sent to Department of Iowa AMVETS Commander, Kevin Reece, for the passing of his wife Brenda. Brenda was a Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Hospital Representative for the Iowa City VA. Mary, Amy, Jean, and Nancy attended the celebrations of life for Brenda.

Scholarship forms are available for our local AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary and also for the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary Scholarship. We will also be awarding a Scholarship in the name of Past local President Donna Fischer. Forms are distributed to the school or you can ask for a copy by contacting Nancy Edwards or myself.

Thanks to the ladies contributing dessert and worked at our Food night in January. 
“Make a change” project for this month was for the Donna Fischer’s memorial scholarship
fund.

The February food night will be held on Thursday, February 27. The menu will be meat
loaf, baked potatoes, glazed carrots, and a dessert (yet to be determined).

A Department fundraiser raffle tickets were distributed at the Winter SEC meeting.
They are $1.00 each or 6/$5.00 and are available for purchase from Mary, Jean, or Amy. Proceed from the raffle will help fund the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary so we can continue to work for our Veterans, their families, and the Communities across Iowa.

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

2020, New Year, new goals, same passion of working for our Veterans and their families. As I have been collecting dues for the year 2020 I have had numerous ladies comment on why? I can’t volunteer like I use to, I never go to the WAVP, go to the dinners, fish fry, steak nights, etc. Dues are not used for the privilege to attend these events, these events are open to the public. Dues are used to help fund our Auxiliary ladies traveling to the Iowa Veterans Home to volunteer entertaining Veterans there, make donations to various Department and National projects like: St. Jude’s Hospital for Children, PAWS with a Cause, John Tracy Clinics, Ronald McDonald House, Honor Flight, LSI Lutheran Services of Iowa (Bremwood), and so much more. We are able to offer scholarships to High School Students to further their education, buy school supplies and books for those in need, but most importantly protect the benefits and rights of those that are serving in the military and those that had made the commitment to serve. Our Auxiliary is there for our Veterans and their families. We work hard in our community, volunteering wherever and whenever we can. The old saying “Many hands make light work” could also hold true to  paying your dues each year. More members, more dues, more ways we can work together for our Veterans and their families.

A thank you goes out to all who have paid their dues. If you have not done so, please consider doing so soon. It’s not too late.

Dues this year are $25.00. You can pay dues by mailing them to me:

Mary Steinbach

901 7th Ave. NW

Waverly, Iowa. 50677

I am also asking that if you know of someone who would qualify as a member, invite them to join us. Donations are always welcomed for any of the projects we sponsor. You may also send them to the above address, ear-marked for the certain project.

Another big “Thank You” to all who donated items for the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. Jean, our hospital representative for IVH, and the ladies who travel to Marshalltown once a month to volunteer reported that the items were appreciated and needed. The ladies who volunteer there help in the craft room, write out birthday cards to be given for those with birthdays during the month, and then host a bingo party in the afternoon. If you would like to be a part of this day of volunteering, they go the first Friday of each month. Give Jean a call @ 319-269-3371

We waited together, now let’s work togethe

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79

The AMVETS ladies Auxiliary would like to invite you to their annual Holiday Hors D Oeuvres Party, December 19th starting at 5:30. This is open to all members, VFW American Legion, and Marine Corps. Bring a dish to share and join us in a night of fun and fellowship. Maybe Santa will show up early! So be good.

Christmas, the season of giving and rejoicing, make time for yourself and consider taking a few hours to spend time with someone in a care facility or one that lives alone. Your gift of time will bring joy and happiness and doesn’t cost a thing. Here’s wishing you all a wonder Christmas and a Blessed NEW YEAR. Cheers.

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

Dues this year are $25.00. You can pay dues by mailing them to me:

Mary Steinbach

901 7th Ave. NW

Waverly, Iowa 50677

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

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

Dues this year are $25.00. You can pay your dues the night of the membership dinner, or you can mail them to me:

Mary Steinbach

901 7th Ave. NW

Waverly, Iowa. 50677

All renewals should be paid before December 31th. I am also asking that if you know of someone who would qualify as a member, invite them to join.

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Auxiliary News

I have to make a retraction from last month’s newsletter. My eagle eye, Amy, caught that I had quoted the wrong amount for our annual dues. Dues this year are $25.00. You can pay your dues the night of the membership dinner, or you can mail them to me: Mary Steinbach 901 7th Ave. NW Waverly, Iowa. All renewals should be paid before December 31th. I am also asking that if you know of someone who would qualify as a member, invite them to join.

The Auxiliary had a very successful Food night in September, serving a meatloaf dinner. That night we also had a donation jar, collecting for the Honor Flight Program. A big thank you to all attending the dinner, donations to “Change to Make a Change” collecting almost $95.00, and the all the ladies helping to prepare and serve the food. We will be working on various projects throughout the upcoming year and appreciate your continued support. Our October meal will be our “Fabulous” Beef and noodles meal. Gather a group, leave the cooking the us and  enjoy the food.

The Auxiliary will be completing our 6 month report for any volunteering and charitable donations. If you have something you would like to claim, please get that information to me or one of the other officers. Just a few examples are: Hy-Vee register receipts for the schools, used materials donated to Trinkets and Togs or Goodwill, monetary donations to various national programs, meals made and delivered to elderly or shut-ins. Any thing you do benefiting Veterans, the community, our youth, hospitals and nursing homes may be reported. Through these reports we validate AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary as a non-profit organization. Nationally, Congress looks at the strength of AMVETS when making decisions about our Veterans and protecting the benefits they earned while serving.

We Waited together, Now Let’s Work Together

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

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Our membership dinner will be held in October. Please look for more information at a later date. It is still in the planning stages. In the mean-time, you can prepay you membership dues by sending $20 to membership chair,

Mary Steinbach

901 7th Ave. NW

Waverly, Iowa 50677.

Our goal is to add 20 new members. If you know of someone that would qualify as a member, invite them to come to this dinner to learn more about what we do as an organization.

 The Hy-Vee receipt program has started back up again. Save your receipts, bundle them together with a total of the receipts and get them to one of our officers. We will record the amounts and make sure they are turned over to the schools so that they can get much needed equipment and supplies. There are many programs that don’t take much time that all members can participate in. In upcoming newsletters I will Highlight a different program. If uncertain what can be reported, come to our meetings to learn more, or just get us the information and we will determine what and where it can be reported. Any volunteering or items collected validate us as a non-profit organization helping our Veterans and their families.

 

Mary Steinbach and Amy Slaba traveled to Central City of July 4. They participated in their parade and attended the dedication of their Veterans’ Memorial.

 

Dita Boroom, Sandy Dietz, Nancy Edwards, Veronica McKenzie, and Sally O’Hare

volunteered at the Iowa Veterans’ Home on Friday, July 5. They worked in the craft

room in the morning, and hosted BINGO in the afternoon. This is a monthly event, the first Friday of the month. If you would like to volunteer at the IVH for the day, contact Jean Lanske 319-269-3371.

 

Please keep our members that are sick or hospitalized in your prayers. If you know of a member that needs a little “pick me up”, contact our Chaplain Nancy Edwards 319-573-3454 so a card may be sent in the name of AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary.

Thanks to all the ladies who volunteered for our food nights in July and August. Both meals were a hit. With the profit of these meals throughout the year we are able to give back to many projects and fund our scholarship program. Thank you for your continued support.

 

The Heritage Days Parade was Saturday, July 20. Mary had the privilege of driving our Department President, Brenda Taylor. Later that day we also had 8 National Sons of AMVETS officers visit the WAVP. All were impressed with the building and the great hospitality of John Mohlis, our local Sons of AMVETS Commander.

 

I was thrilled to be able to attend this years National AMVETS Convention held in Louisville, KY. The highlight of the week was having President Trump as the guest speaker during our opening session. We all witness the signing of his referendum to forgive student loans to Veterans that are 100% disables.

We waited together, now let’s work together 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79

We started our July meeting with the draping of the charter, honoring Donna Fischer’s life as an Auxiliary member. Donna’s brother Jim, and sister in-law, Michelle, and good friend, Julie Anderson were in attendance. Donna will truly be missed from our Auxiliary.

There will be no Auxiliary meeting in August, due to AMVETS National Convention held in Louisville, KY. Mary will be attending the week-long event and will share the experience at the September meeting. September is the kick off for the membership drive. At the meeting we will discuss the membership dinner held in October. An invitation has been sent to our new Commander to attend the September meeting, introducing himself and talk about his goals for the 2019-2020 year. I encourage a large turnout at the meeting supporting him and our Auxiliary.

On July 20th we were honored to have Brenda Taylor from Central City, the Department of Iowa AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President, along with her PRO, Connie Silver, be part of the Heritage Day Parade. Mary Steinbach drove Wanda Benning’s convertible with Madam Taylor. Afterwards Mary and Amy took them to lunch downtown and did a little shopping. Then it was to the WAVP where once again we were honored to host 8 officers from National Sons of AMVETS and two Department of Iowa Sons of AMVETS officers. John Mohlis, local Sons Commander, gave them a tour of the WAVP. All were impressed with the building and the ability to bring 4 Veterans organizations together under one roof, working together for the benefit of Veterans and their families. It was a joy meeting with them before they had to depart to Evansdale for a steak supper.

Please keep the following members in your prayers: Shirley Wehrhen who was hospitalized and Marge Dietz. If you know of any members that are ill or just needing a “Thinking of you” encouragement card, Contact Chaplain Nancy Edwards 319-573-3454 with the information.

A BIG thank you for those helping with the July Food night of grilled hamburgers. We served almost 60 meals. A special thank you the the grill masters-Bob O’Hare and Carl Benning. The August food night will be held on Thursday, August 22. The menu will be grilled
pork loin sandwiches, potato salad, baked beans, white Texas sheet cake and Jello
poke cake. Through you continued support of the food night, the Auxiliary is able to fund local, State, and National projects including scholarships and the White Clover Fund.

The White Clover is the official flower of AMVETS.
The white clover is a perennial with trifoliate green leaves, stems that root at the nodes and white flowers. Occasionally, the plant produces a four-leaf aberration.
It is a four-leaf clover symbolizing the four states in which the
four branches of U.S. Armed Forces were drawn.
Four leaf clovers can be found around the world and traditionally represent good luck for those that find them.
The White Clover is symbolic of the universal struggle for freedom. It means “Remember Me.”

Donations are used to support and assist local veterans in the area in need, whether that means providing meals and transportation to a homeless veteran, funding an entertainment program for patients at the local VA medical center or helping the family of a local veteran support themselves.

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

 

AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary News

Summer has officially started and our Auxiliary is still hard at work throughout the community. Just recently we were able to help a local female veteran get back on her feet. Thank you to those helping at the June Food night and those contributing desserts. We will have another Food night on July 25th, serving burgers, baked beans, chips, and an ice cream treat. By supporting our Food Night Fundraisers we are capable of contributing to our Department and National projects and giving local scholarships. As AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary members, if you are not able to attend meetings or be active on any of the projects, as least come and support us on our Food Night Fundraiser. Meals are usually only $8.00, plus you get to spend time with other great Auxiliary Ladies!

We will be having a meeting on July 17th and not one in August. At the July meeting we will pay tribute to Past President, Donna Fischer. Meeting time is 6:00 at the WAVP. 

Department of Iowa President, Brenda Taylor, will be here for the Heritage Day Parade. Local Auxiliary members are asked to walk behind the convertible in showing support and recognizing AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary #79. If you are able to be part of the group, meet at the starting point, the sale barn parking lot, by 10 am on July 20th.

At the AMVETS Department Convention held in June, Waverly AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary was awarded numerous Certificates of Achievement including: Gavelier Award for most signing new members, Department Hospital Chairman’s award, Child Welfare Award, Iowa Department Award for signing most renewals, Past Department President’s award for 5 or more new members, Past Department President’s Award for bringing back former Auxiliary members! Although it is nice to be recognized for the work we do through the Auxiliary, it is more rewarding to know that as an organization we continue to support Veterans and their families.

Also at the Conventions I am proud to announce the donation that was made, from the Department of Iowa, to the Des Moines VA Therapy Gardens. This garden is being built to help Veterans with their physical Therapy, using natural terrains, sidewalks, uneven ground, and will also provide a quiet outdoor space for gathering thoughts and calming fears. Most physical therapy is only done indoors on flat floors. This gardens helps with getting back into a regular society and learn to move in the real world. If you would like to know more about how you can help, contact me Mary Steinbach Department of Iowa Hospital Chair 319-230-9318 or email me @ mjonlyu@outlook.com