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Friday, February 8, 2013

Local Auxiliary members attend Mid Winter Conference

The American Legion Auxiliary was originally organized in 1919 to assist the American Legion in the effort to support veterans and their families.
But, over the years the Auxiliary has expanded and achieved an individual identity for the programs and volunteer work that they do as an organization.
The Department of Ohio hosted the Mid-Winter Conference Jan. 18 and 19 in Columbus.
Auxiliary members from the Lake County area in attendance were Willoughby Unit 214, Martha Setlock, Gina Mastronicola and Junior member, Skylar Mastronicola; Willowick-Eastlake Unit 678, Louise Cichon; and from Painesville Unit 336, Tammy Stennis, Diane Buchs, Liz Miller, Joni Santangelo, Vonnie Scott and Geri Anderson.
As the world’s largest women’s patriotic organization, the membership is active with programs in Americanism, children and youths, veterans affairs and rehabilitation, as well as community service.
The units from this area have made food baskets, collected warm clothing and blankets for homeless veterans, visited veterans confined to the hospital and supported their Posts with dinners and fund raisers.
Junior members — those younger than 18 — also participate in many of the activities with the Auxiliary and have programs of their own designed to aid veterans and their communities.
AMVETS Ladies host
annual fundraiser

AMVETS Post 109 Ladies Auxiliary, 7847 Lake Shore Blvd. in Mentor-on-the-Lake, will host its annual fundraiser steak dinner and Chinese auction, Saturday.
Dinner is served 5 to 7 p.m. and the auction and a DJ will follow. Tickets are $15 each or two for $25. Only 100 tickets are sold. Call Sue Makse at 440-257-4342 or the post at 440-257-9217 for tickets.
Burton post serves pancakes
Atwood-Mauck Post 459 of the American Legion, 14052 Goodwin St. in Burton, will host a pancake and sausage breakfast 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday and Feb. 17 and 24 at the post home. For details, call 440-343-1478.
VFW Junior girls host
spaghetti dinner

Junior Girls Unit of VFW Post 2595, 570 Liberty St. in Painesville, will host spaghetti dinner 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the post home.
The girls are between the ages of 5 and 16 and are the daughters, sisters, and granddaughters of men and women eligible to join the VFW. Funds raised will be used for support of the VFW National Military Services fund which includes Operation Uplink (free call days), unmet needs (for families and active duty military) and the military assistance program.
For details, call Jill Householder at 440-352-9522.
Perogi dinner offered
for Ash Wednesday

Palmer-Roberts American Legion Auxiliary Unit 214, 4304 Center St. in Willoughby, will host the annual perogi dinner at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the post home.
The menu will be four perogies, applesauce and salad for $6. Kielbasi will be $1 extra. The dinner is open to the public and registration will be gratefully appreciated.
For details or to register, call 440-942-7762.
Marines host comedy show
The Three Deuce Five Marine Foundation presents The Patriot Tour at 8 p.m. Feb. 16 at Cretan Hall, 3853 W. 168th St. in Cleveland.
The evening comedy show with headliner Luca Palanca will begin at 8 p.m. Dinner and cocktails will be served at 6 p.m. Tickets are $50 for the dinner and the show, and a cash bar will be available.
Proceeds will benefit the Marines and Sailors of the 3rd Battalion 25th Marines in Brook Park. For tickets, call 440-342-0378.
Rock ’n’ roll at Wickliffe Legion
American Legion Post 7, 29919 Euclid Ave. in Wickliffe, will rock ’n’ roll Feb. 16, when the Wickliffe Council of the Knights of Columbus hosts a 1950’s and 1960’s dance in the legion hall.
Tickets are $10 for singles and $15 for couples. Burgers and hot dogs will be available for purchase as well as canned beer.
Door prizes and a grand prize of a 50-inch television will be part of the fun.
For tickets or details, call 216-355-4633.
Spaghetti dinner, Abbey Rodeo
at Willoughby VFW

Willoughby VFW Post 1500, 38295 Pelton Road in Willoughby, will present a spaghetti dinner followed by a performance of Abbey Rodeo, beginning at 6 p.m. March 23.
The event will raise funds for “The Littlest Heroes” as well as the VFW National Children’s Home.
Tickets are $18 per person. Because of advance sales, tickets may not be available day of show.
For tickets or details, call the post home at 440-951-9233.
Catholic War Veterans host
reverse raffle

St. Vitus Post 1655 of the Catholic War Veterans will host a reverse raffle April 16, at the Slovenian National Home, 6409 St. Clair Ave. in Cleveland.
Only 175 main board tickets will be sold for a chance at $2,500 in total cash prizes and includes dinner and an open bar. Cost for the main board tickets are $60 with additional dinner tickets for only $20. Consolation prizes and side boards will also be available.
Call Mike Blau for tickets and details at 440-954-1426.

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