The Kingston Legion and Auxiliary held their annual membership dinner Tuesday, Aug. 27. Everyone was treated to a dinner of grilled porkchops, potato salad, beans, and cake with ice cream.
American Legion Auxiliary 7th District (Minnesota) president Pat Ecker attended the dinner and spoke briefly about district leadership and their goals.
Three Auxiliary members were honored for their 50+ years of membership: Alice Root, MaryJane Arens, and Pearl Haapajoki (who did not attend).
Three World War II veterans were honored: Kenneth Wills, Wally Compton, and Clifford Wahlberg (who did not attend).
Two women were given Blue Star banners in honor of their sons in active service: Laurie Wells for her son Sgt. Zach Wells, and Marie Williamson for her son Lt. Cmdr. James Wendler.
A white elephant sale was held, with Auxiliary president Micki Truja serving as auctioneer. The goal was to raise money for new jackets for Legion members.
The finale was a hand-made flag quilt, made by Truja and Sandy Smith, with the proceeds also going toward Legion uniforms.
Legion president Keith Hanson is proud of the 14 new memberships this year, in addition to the 16 new memberships last year.
The Kingston Legion is one of only a few in the country that are alcohol-free, and they have enjoyed record-breaking membershipgrowth. They meet monthly, and new members are welcome at any time during the year. Their next meeting is at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Kingston Community Center/Legion Hall.
At the end of their white elephant sale, a hand-made quilt was auctioned off to help raise money for new uniforms for the Legion. Auxiliary president Micki Turja acted as auctioneer. Staff photo by Jean Doran Matua.