The Cassadaga Legion Auxiliary met Tuesday, Oct. 8 for their regular monthly meeting, with President Gayle Cieplinski presiding. In the absence of Chaplain Paula Pattison, the meeting was opened with a prayer by acting Chaplain Pat Hayward. The members present recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Auxiliary Preamble and had a moment of silence for our fallen soldiers. Treasurer Karen Field read the treasurer's report; the minutes of the last meeting were tabled until the November meeting.
Correspondence was read by Secretary Carol Baker. Committee reports were given as follows:
The chaplain report; Pattison reported she sent out three get-well cards, and ill members had been visited.
Children & Youth chairperson Gayle Cieplinski reported that preparations for the children's Halloween party were progressing well with pumpkin donations for painting, gift certificates from local businesses, and decorations for a scary good time. The party is set for Sunday, Oct. 27 from 1-3 p.m. at Post 1280.
Junior Auxiliary chairperson Pat Hayward reported that eight girls and a guest attended their first meeting. Their next meeting is Sunday, Oct. 20, 1-3 p.m., which will include the election and installation of their officers.
Membership was reported; the 2014 membership cards are ready. Unit members are encouraged to pay their dues early, and can mail their $20 dues to Sally Lawson, or pay them at the post.
Poppy chairperson, Carol Baker made a request to order our poppies and can labels for the 2014 "Poppy Days." Carol read her "poppy sheet" to remind everyone that the poppies are handmade by veterans and all poppy money collected goes to support veterans and active-duty military.
For Old Business Karen Field reminded members that the annual "Vendor's Showcase" is set for Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the post. Twenty local vendors have signed up to sell their best wares, along with a Unit 1280 Bake Sale. It is a great time to start Christmas shopping. Everyone is welcome; food will be available for purchase.
Instead of Oct. 19, Saturday, Oct. 26 starting at 9 a.m. is the day Unit 1280 will be joining the local scouts for the annual "Make a Difference Day" food collection to benefit the Cassadaga Food Pantry.
It was noted that the bake sale and gas card giveaway went well at Squadron 1280's last "Cruise-In" of 2013.
Discussion on having a Hunter's Breakfast opening day, Nov. 16, and a "Deck the Halls" party on Dec. 1; both tabled until the November meeting.
Members present voted to donate money to the Jeff Wickmark benefit, the VA & R Walkathon & Gift Shop.
With no further business at hand, Pat gave a closing prayer, and President Gayle adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m. Unit 1280 continues to collect coupons for our overseas families; "Labels for Education," "Pennies for Hospice," can tabs and canceled postage stamps. Unit 1280 also sells nice corn brooms for $8; anyone interested may call the post at 595-3145.