Gallagher - Hansen
V.F.W. Post 295
111 South Concord Exchange
South St. Paul, MN 55075
Greetings Auxiliary Sisters and Brothers,
Happy New Year!
The holidays are over. I hope yours were good. Iím sure some of you would have preferred a white Christmas, but I was happy to not have to deal with bad weather. We will have plenty of snow before this winter is over.
The annual Kidís Christmas party was held on Sunday, December 2. The turnout was not good at all. Granted, we had 3Ē of snow the day before. But, the roads were cleared and the parking lot at the Moose Lodge was plowed. The November ECHO had the time and location. Plus, there was a lot of word of mouth. We had Santa, clowns doing face painting and balloons, caricature artists, fish pond, photos with Santa, food, pop and door prizes. Only 10 kids registered and 7 came to the fish pond. A few people did a lot of work to put on this event. Where were you? Are people not interested? Does anyone want these events to continue? Do you have kids, grandkids or great-grandkids that you could have brought? Those who showed up had a great time.
December 3 was our Christmas shopping day for our 5 adopted Veterans at the Hastings Veterans Home. Thank you to Lorraine and Donna who volunteered to shop with me. We then took our gifts to our current meeting location and wrapped everything. I took the gifts to Hastings for their December 21st party.
December 20th we sponsored bingo at the Hastings Veterans Home. We gave out $85.00 in prize money. There were 32 participants for bingo and a few extras for ice cream and cookies. Our next bingo will be on January 17th.
We were scheduled to do Cracker Barrel at the Minneapolis Veterans Home on November 28th. Unfortunately, we had to cancel due to a snow storm and slippery roads. Our next Cracker Barrel, weather permitting, will be January 30th.
The District 2 meeting will be held on January 5th at Wells. The joint VFW and VFWA meeting will start at 12:20 p.m. The Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen District winners will be announced with the 1st place winners of each program presenting their winning entries. The Post and Auxiliary meetings will follow around 1:00 p.m.
Our next Auxiliary meeting will be on January 8th at 6:30 p.m. We use a conference room at 1413 Thompson, Suite 1. Mid-Winter Conference will be held at the Marriott City Center, Minneapolis on January 18 - 20.
Thank you to those who have saved their cancelled stamps for us. We are still collecting them for our Hospital program. Drop them off at either 1401 or 1413 Thompson Ave.
We are about to begin a new year. Things will be different. It seems strange not to be getting ready for fish fries. But, we will continue with our other activities.
The Auxiliary has cancer grants available for any member in good standing who has been diagnosed with cancer. Contact Barb Kleckner at 651-450-9291 for more information.
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.
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.