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Legion Auxiliary unit plans meeting Thursday

January 9, 2019

American Legion Auxiliary Pitterle-Beaudoin Unit 189 will meet Thursday at the post, 206 S. First St. Crafters are welcome to arrive at 5 p.m. to work on stars and valentines. The executive board will meet following the business meeting.

January celebrates both National Security and Legislative months. The National Security program has a broader span but includes all activities promoting law and order in communities. The guest speaker, Watertown Police Officer Stacy Schroeder, will address scams. The Legislative program provides information to members in supporting the legislative agenda of the American Legion with elected officials at all levels.

Unit chairwomen are Shirley Bast, National Security, and Sue Christian, Legislative.

Members are reminded to bring nonperishable food items for the Watertown Food Pantry. Cents-off coupons are also collected monthly for overseas military families, as are the small hotel soaps, shampoos and more for VA facilities. Troop boxes are sent year-round, so names of currently serving military personnel are welcome anytime.

The annual Valentine Brunch is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 10, at Lindberg’s by the River. Serving runs from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Plans will be finalized and a volunteer sign-up sheet will be available Thursday.

Information is being distributed to elementary schools for the annual Americanism Essay Contest. This year’s theme is “How Can We Address and Prevent Veteran Homelessness in Our Communities?” Unit 189 offers the contest to three grade levels: third/fourth, fifth/sixth and seventh/eighth. Three places in each age group are open to participants, with winners invited to the March meeting.

For more information on the American Legion Auxiliary, visit the Wisconsin website at www.amlegionauxwi.org or the national site at www.ALAforVeterans.org, or call Mary Petrie at 261-8161.