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VAN WERT — The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178 of Van Wert met on April 3. Secretary Roxie Brown read the March Minutes, with one correction noted. The treasurer’s report was distributed for review, read, and filed for audit. Treasurer Nancy Blanke noted that the annual 990 report to IRS was submitted on March 23 and accepted.

President Ruth Schutz reminded Committee Chairs of the new report forms, including narratives, and the due date to her of April 23, which would allow her sufficient time to type narratives and consolidate reports for submission. Financial information that may be needed can be obtained by contacting Nancy Blanke.

The Constitution and By Law Committee presented proposed changes to the Constitution, By Laws, and Standing Rules. Nancy Blanke read the proposed changes which were then approved and will be submitted to Shirley Mauer. The Nominating Committee has some vacancies to fill and encouraged anyone with an interest to contact Helen Rode after the meeting. Elections will be held at the May meeting.

Communications from Department included a reminder about the new report forms, status of membership renewals being down in Ohio, proposed changes to the constitution and by laws for Department, and a request for consideration of donations to the American Legion Child Welfare Project, Fallen Heroes Camp, and the Auxiliary Emergency Fund.

Second District President Rose Myers reported that our District is in first place in meeting membership goals, with 5 goal units and Van Wert needing only 17 to meet goal of 504. She expressed her pride in Unit 178 and the Second District.

Under old business, a reminder was given about the Easter party for children of the American Legion family members.

Under new business, approval was given to support Fire Fighter Phil and to purchase three bricks for the Chamber Leadership Class project to replace the Welcome to Van Wert signs. Delegates for the June 1 district meeting were discussed. It was noted that the Legion Riders have accomplished much with positive attitudes and fresh perspectives. Regina Henney reviewed the menu for Auxiliary upcoming meals. Margaret Hipsley reported that poppy funds will be used to provide Easter food baskets to area veterans, with remaining funds earmarked for Christmas food baskets.

Marcia Etzler announced that the final count for those attending Girls State will be 13. Girls State participants are required to attend a tea either in Spencerville on May 7 or in New Knoxville on May 14.

Ruth Schutz expressed appreciation to Regina Henney for the job she has done with the Auxiliary Tuesday night dinners, along with her helper Judy Bowers. Marcia Etzler was also praised for the many hours and dedication given to seeking donations, organizing, and selecting participants for Buckeye Girls State. Appreciation was also extended to the Nominating Committee and Constitution and By Law Committee for accomplishing their tasks.

The Auxiliary dinner menu for May 6 will be Beef Manhattan. 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, May 1, at 7 p.m. The Executive Committee will meet at 6:30 p.m., immediately prior to the regular meeting.