The Kokomo American Legion Auxiliary Unit #6 president, Doris Ferguson, welcomed members and special guests including: Fifth District President, Linda Torpy, Laketon Unit #402; Fifth District Vice President Roxy Stoner, Wabash Unit #15 and Thelma Butler, Past Department President and current Fifth District treasurer, Laketon Unit #402, to the February meeting.

President Ferguson and Unit Chaplain Monie Fernandez held a ‘charter draping’ for members Florence Carter, Brittany. Earlywine and Nina Zirkie. It was reported 13 cards were sent in recent months for members birthdays, get well and sympathy.

The Americanism chairman, Melissa Amos, reported sending Essay information to encourage student participation to all Howard County schools for the 2017 Americanism Essay contest.  She received several entries from Elwood Haynes fifth grade and will announce winning entry at a later date.

Donations were collected for: Auxiliary Emergency Fund, Creative Arts and Children and Youth projects.

Indiana Veterans Home co- chairman, Roberta Ash, stated the Unit would send cards and cash to three residents with March birthdays.

Department Leadership chairman, Barb Parkhurst, presented cards for completing the Department Leadership Course to: Doris Ferguson, Brenda Hall, Jaetta Mason, Monie Fernandez and Doris Lingelbaugh.

It was reported 128 valentines were sent to vets at Marion V.A. Hospital. A local dentist donated a large supply of tooth paste for distribution to veterans. Also, each month a box containing miscellaneous items such as: socks, beef jerky, mini coffee packets, emery boards, lip balm, etc., is sent to the troops at a value of $50 plus $10 postage.

Plans were discussed for the Annual Easter Egg Hunt to be held April 9 from 1 to 3. Also, members will assist with the March American Legion Birthday dinner and Poppy distributions each week-end during May.

District President, Linda, praised the Auxiliary Unit for their many activities to veteran and community projects and to continue work on reaching their membership goal. It was reported many members have not paid 2017 dues which were delinquent after December 31.

Thelma Butler
Dist. P.R.