Tricounty News

Kingston American Legion and Auxiliary met Sept. 24

The Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Post 483, and Kingston Johnson Kelly American Legion Auxiliary met Tuesday evening, Sept. 24, 2013, for their regular monthly meetings. Auxiliary president Micki Turja called the meeting to order with Rose Olson, secretary, reading the minutes of the last meeting, and taking roll call with 28 auxiliary members present. Prayers were led by chaplain Chris Jeppesen.

The American Legion members joined the auxiliary members for the opening program. All members repeated the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag, sang the Star Spangled Banner, and they repeated the Preamble to the Constitution of the American Legion and Auxiliary.

Separate business meetings were then held.

In memory of our auxiliary members Dorothy Jensen and Opal Hedlund, president Micki Turja draped the auxiliary charter, and held a memorial service in their honor with prayers by chaplain Chris Jeppesen.

Plans were made for our annual American Legion Fall Turkey Dinner for Sunday, Oct. 20, at Kingston Legion Hall, Community Center, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come and enjoy a delicious turkey dinner.

One of the programs of the American Legion auxiliary is community service. The Kingston Johnson Kelly Auxiliary members chose home beautification as their project. Twelve auxiliary members spent 116 hours with flowers, plants, and shrubs, etc. The hours are credited to the auxiliary program.

Our annual Memorial Day service presented by the Kingston American Legion members, and then refreshments held at the Kingston American Legion Hall, served by the Kingston American Legion Auxiliary members, are also credited to the program during our annual membership meeting in August. There were 11 new members to the Kingston Legion Auxiliary, as well as 26 new members added to the American Legion post roster. Welcome to all the new members.

Most of the new members attended the regular monthly September Auxiliary and Legion meeting. It is great to see so many present to start the new year, and all the new projects and programs.

A Halloween program is planned for the Kingston area residents and children Saturday,
Oct. 26. Mark your calendar.

Word was received from members of the Litchfield area National Guard who are now stationed in Afghanistan as part of a security mission “Operation Enduring Freedom.” Our auxiliary members are furnishing items at the October meeting to send care packages to arrive before Christmas to the troops.

Our 2013-2014 Minnesota de-
partment president is Shirley Frederick of Hackensack Unit 202. Her theme is “Patriotism, Thank Our Veterans, Teach Our Children,” and has chosen as her project the St. Cloud VA Hospital, a creative arts program, their clothing room, and the General Activities Program Fund.

The American Legion’s Minnesota Department Commander for 2013-2014 is Mike Ash of St. Paul, and he will serve as the leader of the 85,000-member veterans’ organization. Ash’s project for the year is to complete the New Learning Center at Legionville.

September is Junior Activities Month, and October Education Month, Constitution and Bylaws.

The American Legion and Auxiliary Fall Conference will be held in Marshall, Minn., Oct. 17-19, 2013, hosted by the Marshall Post and Auxiliary Unit 113. There will be an “Antiques Road Show” competition between districts, which should be an entertaining event.

A delicious lunch was served to all those present by the committee Maxine Cates and Judy Compton.

Let’s remember our troops wherever they are serving, and the Litchfield area National Guard Troops who are serving in Afghanistan.

Public Relations,

Ann Hamilton