Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Greetings Auxiliary Sisters and Brothers,
Wow! November just flew by. It seems like we just celebrated Halloween and now Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is coming quickly.
Halloween was a busy day for the Post and Auxiliary. Not only was it the last day of business for the Club, but it was also the annual Halloween on Marie Ave. event. The Post was a buzz and packed with people all day and evening. There was free food all day. We served every kind of food that was on hand, both fresh and frozen. The Post, Auxiliary and Club all donated what we had. The Post and Auxiliary sponsor the hot dog and hot chocolate give away for the Halloween event. We started handing out hot dogs at 5:00 p.m. The 400 hot dogs were all gone by 5:40 p.m. The hot chocolate lasted until 5:55 p.m. We worked fast and furiously. There were 5 of us - Commander Mike, President Barb, Rochelle M., Susan S. and Ray H. The Parks and Rec. Dept. kept us supplied with food to hand out. Thanks - everyone. It was a success.
On November 1st I took the remaining packaged food items to Neighbors for the food shelf. It was a total of 258 lbs.
Our move is complete. After many hours of preparation, we officially moved on November 6th. It was a busy and long day. We had helpers located at 1401 Thompson, 150 Eva and at the Post. Thanks, everyone.
On November 11th we held our Veterans Day celebration at the Moose Lodge. We had just over 100 attendees. Along with the Dakota County Historical Society, we celebrated all Veterans and also the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice that ended WW1. We held our annual toast at 11:00 a.m. everyone received a souvenir glass. We served Subway sandwiches and cake. At the end of the event there were Subway party trays left. I took 5 trays to the So. St. Paul Fire Dept. and 5 trays to the W. St. Paul Fire Dept.
Weíve held our first meetings at our new location. I have to admit - it is different. We are such creatures of habit. But, we are still an organization and we will continue to be active. We will adjust to the changes.
On November 15th we sponsored bingo at the Hastings Veterans Home. We gave out $74.25 in prize money. There were 35 Veterans participating in bingo and a few extras for ice cream and cookies. We will do it again on December 20th.
We didnít do Cracker Barrel at the Minneapolis Veterans Home in October, due to it falling on Halloween. We are scheduled to do it on November 28th.
The Post and Auxiliary has 5 Veterans at the Hastings Veterans Home whom we have adopted. We will be Christmas shopping for them on December 3rd.
The annual Kidís Christmas party will be held on December 2nd at the Moose Lodge. We are hoping for a big turnout and good weather. A lot of fun and food have been planned.
We are still collecting cancelled stamps for our Hospital program. You can drop them off at either 1401 or 1413 Thompson Ave. We are thankful for your help.
Our next Auxiliary meeting will be on December 11th at 6:30 p.m. Commander Mike and Quartermaster Larry came to our November meeting to answer any questions and update everyone on the move and the sale. First hand information is the correct way to go.
Our December Cracker Barrel is scheduled for December 26th. I will check to find out if they want us to come. I know they always have a lot of treats and parties for the Holidays. But, for now we are planning to go.
Are you a member in good standing who has been diagnosed with cancer? The Auxiliary has cancer grants available. Contact Barb Kleckner at 651-450-9291.
The Auxiliary is available to perform a Funeral Ritual for any deceased member. We would be honored to do so. Contact Barb Meyer at 651-457-9156.
I want to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. I hope you have a joyous and safe holiday season.
In closing, I congratulate those celebrating a birthday or anniversary. I wish for a speedy recovery if you are injured or ill. I offer my deepest sympathy if you have lost a loved one.