NORTH ADAMS -- American Legion Auxiliary Frank R. Stiles Unit 125 met Wednesday, Feb. 6, at the Post Home with President Gail Nelson presiding and six members in attendance.
Veterans Affairs: Alice Coody attended a Bingo party at the Northampton VA Medical Center in January. Hats, shirts, canteen books, puzzle books, pudding, cookies and drinks were provided by the unit. The unit received a thank you note from the VA for its participation.
In December, Tammy Lussier and several junior members visited three local nursing homes and gave Christmas gifts to the veterans.
The unit is collecting cosmetics for the women hospitalized vets. Anyone who wants to donate is asked to bring the cosmetics to the March meeting.
The unit is also collecting gifts for this year’s Christmas Gift Shop to be held at the Northampton VA Medical Center. Anyone who can help out is asked to drop off gifts to Nelson.
Children and Youth: Checks were given to last year’s scholarship winners, Avery Witherell, Robert Scanlon and Brett Denning, after the students submitted their grades for their first semester of college.
Membership: The unit has 79 members paid as of Feb. 6. Reminder notices have been sent out. The unit is in need of more active members to participate in its activities.
Girls State: Application forms for this year’s Girls State program were dropped off at McCann School. The unit will send one girl this year as the price has increased and the unit has limited funds. It has also been difficult to get girls to commit to and attend Girls State once they have been selected. The registration fee is nonrefundable and the unit has paid the fee and not had girls attend.
Poppies: Poppy Day will be held on Saturday, May 11. This is the unit’s major fundraiser of the year, and new volunteers are needed to help out. To volunteer time, contact Nelson.
New business: Unit 125 will host the District One County Council meeting on Saturday, March 16, at 10 a.m., at the post home. All members are encouraged to attend and refreshments are to be provided by the unit. Anyone who can bring a dessert or sandwiches is asked to contact Nelson.
Nelson announced that a Penny Social for District One will be held at the Dalton Post Home on Sunday, March 24, at 1 p.m. Each unit is asked to support the event by selling raffle tickets, donating prizes, baking desserts, and attending.
The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 6.