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Three generations value goals of American Legion Auxiliary

Even though the icy conditions of the roads on Feb. 12 made travel precarious, Kathleen Hornstra came to Vermillion from Springfield for the purpose of making the annual South Dakota District 7 Presidential visit to the Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary. Upon acquaintance, Kathleen, a lady in her mid-50s, is quickly recognized as being a purpose-driven person. Kathleen and Jim Hornstra have five children. Their youngest son is a senior in high school. In addition to being a wife and mother, Kathleen works a full time job; manages her ceramic shop; creates the time to do such things as to attend their son's basketball games; babysit grandchildren, etc. And, on top of all that, Mrs. Hornstra competently serves in the challenging position as the District 7 president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

Kathleen has been a member of American Legion Auxiliaries in the Springfield area for 27 years. Other family members prove themselves to also be "purpose-driven." Her mother, three daughters and two granddaughters are active members of American Legion auxiliaries. And, her husband, Jim Hornstra, is a Legion member. When it comes to serving our troops while they are in conflict, and our veterans when they return home, records of the Hornstra family unit are printed in red, white and blue!

Likewise are the records of the 13 members of the Auxiliary who are able to attend Wallace Post #1 American Legion Auxiliary meetings. Those members have made the choice to be actively participant in the actualization of the causes of the Auxiliary. Not surprisingly, 10 of the 11 women who were not out of town or ill braved the bitter cold and answered "present" when the roll was called on Tuesday night, Feb. 12. Over half of those attending are older than 83 years of age. Remarkable!

Mrs. Hornstra reported on the Midwinter Auxiliary Conference held near Chamberlain which she had just attended, and brought to the unit information concerning the new IRS requirement to annually file a 990-N or a 990-EZ in order to retain the Auxiliary's status as a tax-exempt organization.

Marlys Stensaas reported that the applications for Girls State have been delivered to the high school. Susan Lyman, legislative unit chairman, asked members to report on their efforts to influence action at any level of government by their phone calls, letters, attendance at meetings of government significance, etc. A delicious lunch made attractive with a Valentine motif was served by Marilyn Gors.

The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 11, at 7:30 p.m. in the Senior Citizens Center. The Senior Citizens Center, 320 West Main, is just west of the courthouse in Vermillion, on the south side of Main Street. There is parking on the street, or in a lot to the east side of the center. The program, presented by the Legion, will relate to the history of the founding of Wallace Post #1. The Legion and Mildred Herren will be co-hosts with Mildred arranging for all but the birthday cake which will be provided by the Legion.

You are always welcome to attend our Wallace Post # 1 American Legion Auxiliary meetings. The bonding of the women of our Auxiliary is unique: our veterans.

Trinity women host Stone Soup Supper

The Trinity Lutheran Church Women sponsored its Stone Soup Supper on Wednesday, Feb. 13 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the church�s Fellowship Hall. The supper, an annual event for many years, had its origin in the children�s story, Stone Soup, by Marcia Brown. Like the peasants in the story, members of Trinity�s congregation provided ingredients for the soup supper and then offered the meal to the community as a gift.

Mary Berglin was chairman of the committee for the event, which required an evening of preparation on Feb. 12. Including committee members and volunteers, approximately 30 people furnished bread and desserts, peeled and pared vegetables, cut meat or set tables. Then on Wednesday, Mary was assisted by Jan Olson and Marge Iverson in the day-long process of cooking the meal.

Despite the blustery evening, many people came to enjoy the good fellowship and visiting over a hot bowl of soup.

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