Tricounty News

Legion auxiliary meets

Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Auxiliary held its monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 26 at the Kingston American Legion Hall and Community Center. Lunch was served by Opal Hedlund and Elaine Opsahl. American Legion Auxiliary Post 483 president Lori wells called the meeting to order, with prayer by chaplain Sandi Smith. Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag was recited, as was the preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary. Minutes of the last meeting were read by secretary Judy Compton, and the treasurer's report and committee reports were given. All reports must be returned to the department office by April 15. The president passed out forms to fill out for all chairman of legion auxiliary programs by the end of March. New business: plans were made for serving fish fry dinner, assisting the legion members. American Legion Post 483 met at a separate meeting, with commander gary Mansicka presiding. The fish dinner by the legion post and Kingston Lions will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the Kingston American Legion Hall Community Center. March is Community Service Month, and the legion and auxiliary are asking that fish fry participants bring a donation for the local food shelf. March is also American Legion Birthday Month. A potluck will be held at the next meeting, Tuesday, March 25, with dinner at 6:30 p.m., sponsored by auxiliary members. Happy birthday American Legion.  February was Americanism Month - we were patriotic? Did we remember our veterans? Did we remember or write a letter to our soldiers who are active and serving to keep us free? Our area children made Valentines for Valentine's Day for our veterans at the St. Cloud Veterans Medical Center to remind them we are thinking of them - freedom, "Something to Sing About." The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of strong national defense, veterans affairs, Americanism and patriotic youth programs. The legion's 2.7 million wartime veterans work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation. The membership goal in the Seventh District is 9,334. Minnesota is the first in national membership. Let's be proud of our American Legion and veterans and freedom - "Something to Sing About." Ann Hamilton, pub. rel.