Unfortunately, his statements were piqued by truth! An epidemic of apathy has eroded the respect and appreciation so merited by all veterans as well as by our country and our God. The opinion of the Auxiliary membership was unanimous: everyone should hear the statements made by Rev. Aakre.
The following Tuesday, Nov. 13, there were 11 members present at the meeting held in the Senior Citizen's Center. The minutes were approved as read by Evelyn Hermanson. Marilyn Gors made a motion, seconded by Pam Hofman, that the treasurer, Marjorie Christensen, pay the bills as presented.
A letter was read from the District 7 President, Kathleen Hornstra. She will visit Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary on February 12th, 2008. Four Auxiliary members: Edis Anderson, Erna Carlson, Marilyn Gors, and Evelyn Hermanson attended the Veterans Club Community Supper, sponsored by the USD Veterans Club. They met Kyle Bartz, president of the USD Veterans Club and the executive director of the newly formed Veterans Resource Center, Jathan Chicoine.
Marlys Stensaas, Wallace Post #1 Auxiliary unit chairman for veterans affairs and rehabilitation has purchased 10 fleece tops and pants which she has taken to the Human Services Center Gift Shop in Yankton. The many items which have been forwarded to the Gift Shop by Vermillion and the other District 7 auxiliaries will be displayed on long tables, there. On Nov. 26, auxiliary volunteers from Vermillion, Gayville, Lesterville, Tabor, Tyndall, and Yankton will arrive at the Human Services Center to help each of the veterans pick out gifts for their loved ones. The Auxiliary volunteers will then assist the veterans in wrapping their loved one's Christmas presents.
Last year there were 117 gifts which were wrapped. Volunteers also wrapped additional gifts and delivered them to Veterans in nursing care centers. Joyce List, from the Human Services Center Gift Shop states that without the generous gifts and many volunteer hours from District 7 auxiliaries, this program would not continue to be a success.
Eight Vermillion High School students taught by Ms. Betsy Simons in her American Heritage and Language Skills classes have forwarded applications, accompanied by a 500 word essay, to the South Dakota American Legion Auxiliary Department Headquarters in Huron. Only three of the many applicants from all over the state of South Dakota will win the state-wide competition to attend a four day, all expenses paid, Americanism Youth Conference next March in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. Regardless, the thoughtful consideration of America experienced by the eight Vermillion contestants who wrote the essay: "America-Land of the Free Because of the Brave." already identifies those students as 'winners'.
Vermillion Public School administration, counselors and staff members such as Mr. John Alpers have in the past been most co-operative in implementing the various opportunities that the American Legion Auxiliary avails students. Edis J. Anderson, Americanism chairman, expressed her respectful appreciation for Ms. Betsy Simons' continuance of that co-operation.
The Auxiliary will have a PotLuck Christmas party on Dec. 11, at 6 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Mildred Herren is sending invitations to all members of the American Legion and the American Legion Auxiliary.
RSVPs are expected. Those planning to come should bring a casserole, salad or dessert.