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VAN WERT - The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 of Van Wert met on Nov. 1. The minutes of the previous meeting, monthly treasurer's report, and quarterly audit were distributed for review. The minutes and quarterly audit were approved. The treasurer's report was filed for audit.

First Vice President Rose Myers presented the current membership report.

President Ruth Schutz thanked 2nd Vice-President Regina Henney for the wonderful Halloween Party. She thanked everyone who helped host the 2nd District Fall Conference and noted the many compliments received. Specific appreciation was extended to Chaplain Jean Wittung for stepping in at the last minute to serve as Chaplain that day.

Numerous items were discussed under new business. A bloodmobile was hosted on Nov. 29, with vegetable soup and cookies being served to donors, and soup and ham sandwiches being served to workers. Wetzel Motorcycle Club donated $1,000 to the Auxiliary funeral fund. The Van Wert Outdoorsmen sent a Certificate of Appreciation to the Auxiliary for the donation for the Youth Shoot Day. Veteran's Day activities was at the PAC Center on Nov. 8, Lincolnview School on Nov. 9, and at Post 178 on Nov. 12. Poppies were sold at the Post during Veteran's Day activities and volunteers willing to help sell poppies were to contact Poppy Chairperson Margaret Hipsley.

The Auxiliary Christmas Party will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, with a carry-in dinner. The Auxiliary will provide the meat. A White Elephant gift exchange will be part of the evening. All members of the American Legion family are invited to attend.

President Schutz introduced guest speaker, 2nd District President Shirley Maurer. President Maurer thanked the unit for supporting Rose Myers as she prepares to run for 2nd District President this coming year. She also talked about the importance of the green sheets and using the tracking sheets to keep record of our activities each month. She expressed appreciation to the unit for the donation to the Mid-Winter basket from 2nd District.

President Maurer noted that membership is online now and changes, for a $10 fee, can be made by each unit using this service.

The Buckeye Girls State participants were recognized and discussed their experiences at Girls State. Those in attendance were Rachel Scheidt of Van Wert, Melissa Bono of Van Wert, Rachel Chen of Van Wert, and Cora Finfrock of Vantage/Crestview. The girls spoke about the good times they had, learning to be independent, learning how government functions, and developing lasting friendships with other participants. Girls State Chairperson RoseMyers presented certificates to those in attendance. Girls not able to attend the meeting were Amanda Lobsign, Kelsey Springer, Kasi Edwards, Sidney Waltmire, and Brittany Bigham. Cookies and punch were then served.

Following the Girls State program, President Schutz opened a quick discussion regarding the online membership, after which the Unit approved payment of the fee to allow the Unit to get online with National.

The Auxiliary Tuesday night dinner on Dec. 4 will be ham, sweet or scalloped potatoes, and a vegetable. A bake sale will also be held, with donations of baked goods being accepted. The meal is open to the public.

Members, and the public, are encouraged to continue saving pop can tabs for the Ronald McDonald House and fronts only of non-trade mark cards to be sent to St. Jude's Ranch for Children. Items will be collected at the Auxiliary's Tuesday night dinners.