VAN WERT — The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 of Van Wert met on May 1. Secretary Roxie Brown read the April minutes. The treasurer’s report was distributed for review, read, and filed for audit. Treasurer Nancy Blanke noted that the audit for the period ending March 31 will be conducted next week.

Secretary Roxie Brown read the communications. A thank you was received from the YWCA housing staff and residents for the shoe boxes the Junior Auxiliary members filled and donated. The Van Wert County Foundation also sent a thank you for the bricks purchased. A request for a donation to the Post Office Stamp Out Hunger Campaign was approved.

Under old business, Margaret Hipsley reported that the Easter food baskets were delivered and well received. A total of $280.25 was raised and will be sent to Department for the Fallen Hero President’s Project. The remaining balance in the Poppy Fund was earmarked for Christmas food baskets. Seven members from Second District attended the Dayton VA Easter party, with five being from Van Wert Post 178.

Under new business, the Executive Committee asked that a donation be considered for the Dayton VA birthday party on June 2, with approval given. President Ruth Schutz expressed appreciation for the donation.

Helen Rode, Nominating Committee Chair, presented the slate of officers as Robin Springer, President; Regina Henney, 1st Vice President; Judy Bowers, 2nd Vice President; Diana May, Secretary; and Nancy Blanke, Treasurer. The slate of officers was elected and will be installed in August following the reading of the final audit. Other officers may be appointed by the President. Helen Rode will accept Chaplain, Marsha Kinder will accept Sergeant of Arms, and the office of Historian is open. President Ruth Schutz stated that the Executive Committee will consist of the previously listed officers, plus a prior President to be elected from the floor.

The Legion Second District meeting is being held here on Sunday. David Myers is to be elected District Commander and Ken Schutz as District First Vice President. The Sons of the American Legion will be cooking the meal and the Auxiliary Executive Committee will be providing dessert.

The District Auxiliary meeting will be held here on June 1. Regina Henney reported that pork loin and roast beef sandwiches will be served. She requested that Auxiliary members bring salads, cookies, pies, cakes, and cupcakes for the meal.

The state convention will be held in Columbus on July 11, 12, and 13. The local unit is permitted 11 delegates. Per the Constitution, five delegates may be paid. Rose Myers, as Second District President, will not count as one of the local delegates but will serve as an at-large delegate. Delegates to receive payment were approved. Approval was given to purchase an ad in the convention program.

The charter was draped for recently deceased members.

The Auxiliary dinner menu for June 3 will be pan fried chicken and a salad bar. American Legion family members are encouraged to bring their favorite salad to share with others. A bake sale will also be held during the Auxiliary dinner, 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.

The next meeting of the Auxiliary will be Thursday, June 5, at 7 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., immediately prior to the regular meeting.