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AUXILIARY MEETINGS
2 ND. MONDAY
 
 
NEXT MEETING-
***May 8th, 2017***
 
STARTS 6:30PM
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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.

ABOUT US

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!!!

OFFICERS

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 jpwynne1@sbcglobal.net 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!

 

 

MEETINGS

 

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 jpwynne1@sbcglobal.net – Pam Wynne, Unit President

 

VOLUNTEERS

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: jpwynne1@sbcglobal.net 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

 
 
 
 
 
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A HUGE THANKS TO
***PERKINS RESTURANT***
LOCATED AT
SAN CARLOS & SUMMERLIN RD.
FOR THEIR GENEROUS DONATIONS
OF PIES EVERY WEEK
FOR AUXILIARY'S BAKE SALES
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2015 AUXILIARY FLOAT

SHRIMP PARADE

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UNIT 274 AUXILIARY VOLUNTEERS PREPARE OVER 40 BOXES TO MAIL TO OUR TROOPS.
PHOTO L TO RT. ROSEMARY MOSHER, LINDA ROSE.SUE EATON, SALLY POHOLIK
.ALSO PETE POHOLIK HELPED
THANKS LADIES & PETE FOR ALL YOUR MANY VOLUNTEER HRS.
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American Legion Auxiliary 274,
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
Operations Chief
2d Marine Regiment
Task Force Belleau Wood
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LETTER RECEIVED FROM ACTIVE DUTY
SOLDIER IN AFGANISTAN. THANKING POST 274 AUXILIARY FOR SENDING BOXES OF GOODIES
 
Letter sent to our Auxiliary Unit 274 from Cpt. Sirois in Afghanistan. The Auxiliary, with help from the Post, receives donations of candy, gum and chips from Walgreens.
 
To: American Legion Aux.274
Thank you for the boxes of goodies. It's always nice to receive boxes and it lifts the morale of all the troops.
Can't believe we've been at war for over 12 years. It's nice to know the Legion keeps us in their thoughts. This
is my second deployment, first to Irag and now to Afghanistan. Life here is pretty routine and since Bagram is one of the biggest bases here it's quite luxurious compared to some of my buddies on the outlying COPS which are all starting to retrograde. I think I can speak for everyone when I say we all look forward to the end of the war. The green on blue attacks are really starting to wear on our trust and partnerships with the Afghan Army. It only takes a few bad apples to ruin the gains we have made. As the fighting season comes to an end, we all are hoping that our retrograde out of Afghanistan occurs without too many comples attacks, but only time can tell. Again, Thank you for your support and service to our great Nation. Few truly know how unique America is.
 
 
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                 Commander for the Civil Air Patrol Cadets at a few schools in Cape Coral.
                 It's a document of the Chronological activities of women in the
                 Armed Forces.
               
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