Supporting the National Home for Children
VFW Post 1463 received
a letter of thanks for generous support of the NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN
2009-2010 . VFW Post 1463 was awarded
a Silver Donor
Plaque indicating a donation of $1,000 to $1,999.
Treasurer Wins National Award
Kathy Wiker, treasurer
of the Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463, has received
the National Aide-De-Camp award from the 2010-2011 Ladies Auxiliary
National President, Cortina Barnes. The award was announced recently
at the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in San Antonio, TX. This
marks the first national award for a Post 1463 Ladies Auxiliary member.
Mrs. Wiker received an Aide-De-Camp pin and letter from National President
Barnes in appreciation of her efforts in securing 21 new or reinstated auxiliary
members from July 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 and submitting all paperwork
according to the rules of the Ladies Auxiliary membership program.
The Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 and its Ladies Auxiliary congratulates Kathy
on her national award and wishes her continued success.
Saturday, October 22, the Ladies Auxiliary Cancer Walkathon, coordinated
by Chris Caruthers, took place in Lititz Springs Park.
The Warwick High School Brass Ensemble started the day off by playing the National
Anthem while Tom Tedrow, Joel Ellis and Robert Aikens displayed the colors.
Local Girl Scouts of America joined us in setting up, walking and cleanup.
Several vendors set up shop. The sale of an array of gifts at the raffle table
added to our total profit for CA Aid & Research. More details and piuctures
can be found here.
Raffle - April 17,18
Recently the ladies
of the auxiliary held a raffle at Sunday breakfast and Monday Madness.
There were great prizes and a bake sale. Thanks to the loyal support
of Post members, the raffle was very successful.
Profits from the fundraiser help support our local, state and national auxiliary
programs. In recent months the Ladies Auxiliary has supported military assistance
programs including Adopt-A-Vet, Adopt-A-Family; cancer aid and research; VFW
National Home for Children; Lititz Fourth of July weekend; Salute to Veterans
at Clipper Stadium; Power Pack Project and many more programs.
(Left to Right) Bonnie Tedrow, Senior vice-president; Janet Getz, Auxiliary
Trustee and District 9 President; Anne Loechner, Patriotic Instructor; Kathy
Wiker, Treasurer; Susan Ellis, President; auxiliary sister Bev Wickenheiser.
Cards for Troops
The ladies of the auxiliary gathered in November to write holiday cards for
the troops and our veterans in local nursing homes. They also made bookmarks
topped with poppies to include with the comfort kits the post would present
to our nursing home vets.
We enjoyed a covered dish dinner at this first auxiliary social evening. Everyone
enjoyed working and dining together and we hope to do this again very soon.
We can break the winter doldrums with another event like this in January or
February. Let's think about visiting local veterans in nursing homes for Valentines
Day, and bring some small token of appreciation again.
Thanksgiving Community Dinner
The Lititz United
Methodist Church offered Thanksgiving Day Dinner to the community again
this year. While some volunteers served dinner at the church, other
volunteers delivered approximately 40 Thanksgiving dinners to shut-ins
in the area.
VFW Post 1463 and Ladies Auxiliary participants included: (Back Row L to R)
Joel Ellis, Ken Loechner, Richard Getz. (Front row L to R) Susan Ellis, Janet
Getz, Anne Loechner, Lily Stief.
Our first Meet and Greet was held on August 30, 2010. It went well with
seven renewals obtained. We distributed pamphlets on our flag,
homeland security, veterans benefits
and legislative directories, information on our auxiliary and how it
works. Hopefully, some of those who visited us will attend at least one
meeting or event this year.
Melissa (our new Post bartender) was selected as the winner of the free
annual membership. Thanks to all who helped and attended.
A plaque was presented to Anne Loechner in appreciation and recognition of
her years of dedication as patriotic instructor. Originally the plaque was
presented to Anne by the Ladies Auxiliary at their final meeting of the year
in June 2010. On June 22, Anne and Kathy Wiker posed for a picture as a remembrance
of the event.
June 22, 2010 - Ladies gathered to address custom forms and send out membership
July 8, 2010 - Auxiliary Members joined other community volunteers to pack
Care Packages for Troops. A total of 238 care packages were packed and shipped
to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa.
For a blast from
the past, you may read Auxiliary minutes from the 1940s by downloading
this PDF file. Kathy Wiker,
Susan Ellis and Janet Getz discovered the journal in a closet in April