CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary met Tuesday, June 10 for their regular monthly meeting and installation of officers, with President Gayle Cieplinski presiding. Chaplain Paula Pattison opened the meeting with a prayer.
The members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary Preamble and had a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers. Correspondence was read by Secretary Carol Baker. A dinner of pizza and homemade desserts was on the menu for the evening.
The installation was performed by Charyle Tyler, past county president and Unit 1280 member. Officer oaths were taken by each officer. Tyler presented Cieplinski with her past president pin, and a gift of a hand-crocheted afghan. The gavel was then passed to Maureen Mikula, incoming president.
Pictured are officers of the Cassadaga American Legion Post 1280 auxiliary. Standing, from left, are: Carol Baker, secretary; Paula Pattison, chaplain; Sally Lawson, first vice; Sue DeGolier, treasurer; Ranee Kaus, historian; Peggy Guichard, sergeant at arms; and Dianne Minekime, second vice. Seated are Maureen Mikula, incoming president, and Gayle Cieplinski, past president.
For Poppies, Baker reported that the Cassadaga and Sinclairville "Poppy Days" were the most successful ever with over $1,800 raised to help veterans and their projects.
Pat Hayward, junior auxiliary chairperson, reported that the junior unit has been very busy. They had a can/bottle collection set for June 14 to July 12, with all monies collected going to the "Warriors Family Assistance Program." The drop-off day will be July 12 at the post from noon-4 p.m. The juniors are also holding a "Pampered Chef Ghost Party." Also noted is Junior Girls Camp will be at Camp Gross on July 25-27.
For old business, mention was made to remind the unit that a Son's "Cruise Night" was happening June 18. The unit is selling baked goods again this year, with all proceeds going to benefit the "Warriors Family Assistance Program." The unit will also give away a $50 gas card. Ladies present signed up to make baked goods to sell.
New business included unit members signing up for committees for the auxiliary. Department convention in Albany will be in July; anyone is welcome to attend. The annual auxiliary picnic was talked about and tabled until the July meeting. The members present also discussed holding a "tea" as a fundraiser, more discussion to follow in July as well. It was also noted that on Friday, June 13 the post planned to host a reception to honor Ray Lelonek, a World War II veteran from Stockton. Auxiliary members were encouraged to attend to show their support.
With no further business at hand, Cieplinski gave a prayer, and Mikula adjourned the meeting.
Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for our overseas families; "Labels for Education"; "Pennies for Hospice"; "can tabs"; and "canceled postage stamps." Unit 1280 also sells corn brooms for $8; anyone interested may call the post at 595-3145.