Was it only a week ago that we received four inches of snow...and we still celebrated the 80th Anniversary of the VFW...and the ERA still held the Charity Tree Auction? While we reported and took photos at each of those events, there are some things that still need to be said.
Probably because of the snow the crowds at events last weekend were slim. But that didn't dampen the spirits of those attending. The 80th Anniversary celebration and the Charity Tree Auction were special events at a special time of year.
During ceremonies at the VFW Anniversary, Ellen Picray and Marian Evans presented pins to Auxiliary members. Members were recognized in five-year increments, from five to 50 years. Their names deserve to be mentioned:
Five-Year Pin:?Rick Dunigan, Irene Goff, Glenys Duis, Betty Priest, Helen Myers and Rose Conway.
Ten-Year Pin: Mary Ellen Munn, Louise Sackett, Ellen Picray and Mary Ann Truog.
15-Year Pin: Agnes Alderson, Ann Stillman and Frances Higgins.
20-Year Pin: Iola Block, Donna Kunz, Kay Kibbie and Mary Parsons.
25-Year Pin: Muriel Gilman, Mary Weiland, Vivian Gould, Betty Drew, Betty Hiatt, Marilyn Knutson and Betty Finnestad.
30-Year Pin:?Frances Vaughan, Marian Evans, Ilo Mae Meling, Martha Miller, Betty Edwards and Lou Ann Huberty.
35-Year Pin: Leola Kliegl, Sylvia Iwen, Evelyn Kliegl and Mary Trick.
40-Year Pin: Phyllis Brown, Marge Mills, Geraldine Lowman and Marlene Walker.
45-Year Pin:?Opal Korleski.
50-Year Pin:?Mae Gowans.
When Ron Hersom read the names of past Post Commanders, he noted that John Godden was the last Charter Member to serve as Commander.
Commanders still living are:?John VanOosbree, Jim Hill, Jack Kibbie, Joe Brown, Tom Vaughan, Roger Picray, Ron Hersom and Phil Stillman.
Don Wichman has been a volunteer VA driver, taking veterans to their medical appointments. Not including this year, he has driven over 233,000 miles and he has given over 8,000 volunteer hours.
Here is a little more information on the Charity Tree Auction hosted by members of the Emmetsburg Retail Association. There were 24 trees that were decorated and put up for auction. One tree was purchased, donated back and purchased again. Musician Glenn Henriksen not only played Christmas songs to put bidders in the mood, he also purchased two trees. There was also a cash donation from a guest who did not purchase a tree.
No doubt most of the trees went home with the buyers, but a few found their way to nursing homes and the homes of friends, with a Merry Christmas wish.
Highlight of the afternoon was when guest auctioneer Dana Burdorf sang her favorite Christmas song, "Silent Night." She was definitely in fine voice that afternoon.
Proceeds from the Charity Tree Auction (nearly $1,250) was given to the heating assistance program administered by Upper Des Moines Opportunity.
It was a wonderful weekend. There is no better time of year to thank the many people who make these programs into special events. Merry Christmas.