Founded in 1919, The American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) has nearly one million members from all walks-of-life. The Auxiliary administers hundreds of volunteer programs, gives tens of thousands of hours to its communities and to veterans, and raises millions of dollars to support its own programs, as well as other worthwhile charities familiar to Americans. It is all accomplished with volunteers.
While originally organized to assist The American Legion, the Auxiliary has achieved its own unique identity while working side-by-side with the veterans who belong to The American Legion. Like the Legion, the Auxiliary’s interests have broadened to encompass the entire community.
The Melvin Cowart American Legion Auxiliary Unit 274 – Fort Myers Beach is doing great things in our community, state, and nation!!! Over the past few years we have participated in and sponsored many events. The members of Unit 274 enjoy what we do for our Veterans, Active Duty Military, their families, and our community.
COME CHECK US OUT!!!
President – Pam Wynne
Vice President – Rosemary Mosher
Secretary – Louise Golicic
Treasurer – Sally Poholik
Chaplain – Doris Flamini
Sergeant-at-Arms – Judy Pitts
Executive Committee: Helen Len, Pat Corbidge, Harriette Vanco
MEMBERSHIP – How to Join the American Legion Auxiliary
This is the largest women’s patriotic service organization in the world. Your membership is critical to ensure the ALA is here to continue serving future generations of veterans, military, and their families. Our annual dues are only $25.00. You have two ways to join the ALA – online or in person!
For further information or pay dues online go to www.alaforveterans.org and log-in to the “Members Section”. You will need to create your free log-in if you haven’t already done so, and it only takes a few seconds. Continue on the “Members Section” and click the “Pay Dues” button. You will then be prompted on how to pay your renewal dues online. It’s easy, secure, and only takes a couple of minutes. You can also pay at Post 274, or email the membership chair, Pam Wynne at email@example.com if you need additional assistance.
Our country needs the AL Auxiliary and only because of YOU can we continue our mission outreach to our military, veterans and their families. Thank you for your continued membership!
ALA Unit 274 meets the second Monday of every month (unless a change is determined) at the Melvin Cowart Post 274 in the Patriot Room at 6:30 pm.
Melvin Cowart Post 274 address is:
899 Buttonwood Drive
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org – Pam Wynne, Unit President
ALA Unit 274 have many activities planned for this year and are always looking for volunteers to give some time, energy, and talents to others, expecting nothing in return. Volunteers must have an open mind, be willing to embrace wisdom learned from others and this will let the experience of volunteering lead to personal inner growth. If this is something that you can help us out with please email the Unit President.
The Auxiliary “OPERATION HOME COOKING” is a one-of-a-kind cookbook and available for only $10.00. Our members have compiled over 300 of their tastiest, tried-and-true recipes into a single book that will be treasured for generations to come. Each recipe includes the contributor’s name, so it’s easy to find the recipes of friends and loved ones. For further information on how you can purchase one of these for your enjoyment contact Pam Wynne email: email@example.com or cell: 219-776-9197. These are also available every Saturday evening at the Queen of Hearts & 50/50 table.
Come join us every Saturday evening for the Queen of Hearts and 50/50 drawings.
Tickets are $5.00 each starting at 5pm with the drawing at 7pm. You must have
a current 2017 American Legion Family Membership Card to purchase a ticket!
Vietnam Wall Dedication Ceremony
We joined the American Legion Florida Family on November 5, 2016 for the Dedication Ceremony of the Vietnam Wall of Southwest
Florida in Punta Gorda. The ceremony started with a “Walk of Honor” from Lashley Marina to
the Wall site which we were each given a veterans name that appeared on the wall. When we arrived at the wall we recited the name of the veteran and where they were from. It was
certainly a solemn moment for all of us who attended. The program proceeded with the Rolling
Thunder motorcycle brigade, massing of the colors and the Warbirds flyover. The welcome was
given by General Carr with invocation, presenting the colors, pledge of
allegiance and national anthem to follow. There were remarks made by Representative Ken Roberson,
Vice Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners Christopher Constance and Mayor of Punta Gorda
Rachel Keesling. General Carr gave a brief history and purpose of the Vietnam Wall of Southwest Florida
and appreciation to the Donors and Volunteers. A moment of silence was held and then Guns N’Hoses
played God Bless America followed by the 21 Gun Salute by Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office and Taps.
There also was the UH-1 Helicopter Flyover again by the Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office. The program ended once again with Guns N’Hoses playing Amazing Grace.
Veterans Day Parade – November 12, 2016
Downtown Fort Myers
A few members of our ALA Unit 274 participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Downtown Fort Myersrepresenting the District 13th Auxiliary. We began at the American Legion Post 38 and traveled to the PinchersMarina. There was a small ceremony afterwards where the Commander of Post 38 said a few words and the Dunbar High School ROTC played the National Anthem. We passed out small flags and family AL applications along the parade route. Pictured is Tina Hanson, District 13 President, Pam Wynne & Judy Pitts
Surfers for Autism – November 5, 2016
Fort Myers Beach
A few members of our ALA Unit 274 assisted Chester Rogers, a Fort Myers Beach artist, during the Surfers for Autism Event held on the beach. He provided caricatures at no charge to all the children. This event is dedicated to the introduction of the sport of surfing to children with special needs. The surfers and their families are treated like “rock stars” and enjoy a day filled with a range of activities including stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, live music, face-painting, games and much more. This is a very special day where children with developmental delays interact with typical peers and wow families with their capabilities. If you would like to donate go to www.surfersfor autism.org the “Covered Wagon”. Pictured: Judy Pitts, Mary Ellen Lapierre and Doris Flamini
Fall Conference – November 18-19, 2016
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista
A few members of our ALA Unit 274 attended this state conference and learned many things. It began on Friday afternoon with a few breakout sessions. The following day began with the General Session where the Department was introduced and some special guests. Awards also were announced that were given at the National Conference in August. Two of the presenters that really stood out the most were Captain Makeda “Ty” Young who is an active-duty Army so spokesperson for “Final Salute, Inc.” program. This program is to give support to Female Homeless Veterans. If you want to have further information on this program go to www.finalsalute.org. This is also our Department President, Kelli Becraft’s special project for this year. Then we met a young man, Benjamin Mack-Jackson, whose passion is preserving the memories of the greatest generation called “WWII Veterans History Project”. He holds veteran interviews and collects and preserves WWII memorabilia. Check him out at www.ww2veteranshistoryproject.com. They also held the membership parade of all the different modes of transportation to “Navigate for Our Veterans”. We are part of District 13 and our mode of transportation is the “Covered Wagon”. Conference attendees were Judy Pitts, Pam Wynne & Helene Len.
ABC School of Instruction – January 7, 2017
American Legion Post 274 – Fort Myers Beach
On Saturday, January 7, 2017, the American Legion Auxiliary held the ABC School of Instruction for District 13 at Unit 274 on Fort Myers Beach. The presenter was Diane Russo and was attended by about thirty members. The format of the class was a question and answer period and was very informative. It was very much a learning experience especially for myself being a first-year Unit President. Pictured l to r: Diane Russo, Pam Wynne, Tina Hanson
2015 AUXILIARY FLOAT
PHOTO L TO RT. ROSEMARY MOSHER, LINDA ROSE.SUE EATON, SALLY POHOLIK
THANKS LADIES & PETE FOR ALL YOUR MANY VOLUNTEER HRS.
Thank you very much for the boxes of candy and other items. It's always nice
to receive packages and it definitely lifts the morale of all the Marines.
It is the little things that get you through from day to day on deployments.
I truly appreciate all the support and it makes time away from home a little
easier. It's nice knowing the American Legion keeps us in their thoughts.
2d Marine Regiment's time is almost complete here but I will ensure that I
will pass on all of the candy to the next unit who relieves here at Camp
Leatherneck. Please thank all the members of American Legion Post 274 for
their generosity and continued support. Veterans taking care of the next
generation of veterans. Semper Fidelis.
MGySgt Brian F. Lahr
2d Marine Regiment
Task Force Belleau Wood
Thank you for the boxes of goodies. It's always nice to receive boxes and it lifts the morale of all the troops.