Tricounty News

Legion, auxiliary meet

Tuesday evening, Aug. 26, Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion, as well as Auxiliary members of Post 483 met for their annual membership dinner and meeting, provided by legion members. Assisting members were Mary Jane Arens and Judy Compton, who furnished the dessert. All present enjoyed a delicious meal. Separate business meetings took place. Vice president Sandi Smith called the meeting to order in place of Lauri Wells. All said the American Flag Pledge of Allegiance and sang the National Anthem ("Star Spangled Banner"), followed by the preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion Auxiliary. The secretary read the minutes of the last meeting and the treasurer's report was given by Mary Jane Arens; chaplain Chris Jeppeson; second vice president Jan Rice collected the dues of membership for the coming year. All unfinished and new business was taken care of. New officers installed for the coming year included: Sandi Smith, president; Jan Rice, first vice president; Chris Jeppeson, second vice president; Opal Hedlund, sgt.-at-arms; Dorothy Jensen and Ann Hamilton, executive committee; Judy Compton, secretary; Mary Jane Arens, treasurer; Chris Jeppeson, chaplain; Ann Hamilton, public relations; and Mary Jane Arens, historian. Alice Root was installing officer. Thank you Kingston Legion members for furnishing such a delicious dinner to all auxiliary and post membership members. Linda Atkinson and Marie Williamson will serve at the next meeting, Sept. 30. Plans are being made for the annual turkey dinner the third Sunday in October (Oct. 19) at the Kingston American Legion Hall. Our new department president is Carol Barbknecht. Her new theme for the coming year is "Pride in America, Pride in Our Veterans." Her symbol is the Eagle representing America and our memorial poppy representing the veterans. Her project is to provide a Wii and large screen TV to each five Minnesota Veterans Homes. There are 474 units in the state of Minnesota and 69 auxiliary units in the Seventh District. Remember our veterans and soldiers.