NORTH ADAMS -- The Ladies Auxiliary to the Dr. George L. Curran Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 996, held its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 24 at the post home on the Mohawk Trail.
Junior Vice President Celeste Kordana presided over the meeting attended by 12 members.
Kordana reported eight members attended the State Auxiliary Mid-Winter conference in Medway on Feb. 23. The local auxiliary received a second-place award for being an outstanding auxiliary midway through the year.
Mary Risch, chairwomman of Veterans and Family support, read a thank you from Soldier On at the Northampton facility for donations made in February.
Risch announced she was joined by Peggy Paradise, Cindi Spencer and Mary Williams on Feb. 15 at the Northampton V.A.M.C. to participate in the annual Salute to Veterans. The local auxiliary sponsored a game table, Needle in the Haystack, which was a favorite with the veterans. Prizes of 150 canteen books were won by the participants.
Johanna Risch, Hospital chairwoman, reported Valentine baskets for ward patients were made and distributed at the VA hospital in February.
Hazel Mack, Legislative chairwoman, read a letter which identified two Korean War Veterans missing since 1951. At the time they went missing, they were 17 and 18 years old. Mack noted that this is a long process, but well worth the effort to give the families
A report was given on the dedication dinner held on Feb. 10. The newly finished canteen was dedicated to the memory of Leo Braman, who was instrumental in its happening. One hundredd people attended and Mayor Richard Alcombright presented the family with a citation in Braman s memory. Department Commander Timothy Smith and District 9 Commander Scott Gagnon also spoke
Other reports were given on Scholarship, Cancer Aid & Research and Youth Activities.
A vote was taken to purchase 10 raffle tickets on a Tour of Italy, which is a State finance raffle. The winner will win a complete Italian dinner, cooked at your home or place named, for 25 people. In lieu of dinner, the first prize will be $300 and second prize $100.
Patriotic instructor Louise Briggs led the group in a prayer for all ill members.
The 50/50 was won by Mary Williams.
Lunch was served by Mary and Johanna Risch.
The next meeting will be Sunday, March 24, at the post home.