Veterans Memorial Post 347

President: Maureen Caswell

 

Hi All,

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank all of the Legion family members that came out to help and donated non-perishable items for our  third annual food drive.  We had a total of 48 volunteers that came out to help over the weekend.  They logged 202 volunteer hours and collected ~$29,300 in non-perishable food items.  We also collected $370.00 in cash.  Needless to say, the food banks were very happy with what they received.  Thank you for your support!

The Auxiliary is now renewing membership at the Post Lobby on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12-4pm.  Bring your 2022 card with you and we will renew your membership on the spot. 

As a reminder, our annual Oktoberfest is planned for Sunday, September 25.  Tickets will be $25. per person this year and will go on sale on August 23 at the Post front office or Lounge.  Be sure to Save the Date!

August, 2022

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Welcome to the 2022/2023 fiscal year!  Our leadership team is in full gear.

Our first event for the year is a Legion Family Event.  We will be leading the 3rd Annual Legion Family Food Drive.  The event will take place on Sunday July 25th and Monday July 26th for delivery.  The food drive will be      operated in the same manner as the past two years.  We will be accepting drive-thru donations at Post 347 on    Sunday July 25th from 10am-2pm.  Those donations will be sorted and packed and will be delivered to our local food banks on Monday morning, July26th.

We are in need of volunteers that can remove the donated items from the car, bring the items into the Post Hall, and sort and pack for delivery on Monday. We are also in need of drivers to help deliver.  If you are interested in          volunteering, please contact Carol Pirone-Udell at nycarol2u@aol.com or call (914) 373-9947.

We greatly appreciate any time you can give us.  We look forward to another outstanding year of service to family and community.

July 2022

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Hi All,

One of the toughest decisions that the Auxiliary made this past year was an increase to our dues. We firmly believed that we would not be able to adequately serve our communities after the  national/state organization got their cut and we added in our own operating expenses.  With several fund raisers, our successful bar bingos, the additional funds raised by the dues increase, and a lot of hard work; our results speak for      themselves.  In the spirit of full disclosure, here’s how we spent your money this past year.

Community: $13,700

· Monthly food bank donations, Holiday Family Food Boxes*, Habitat for Humanity

Children & Youth:  $25,432

· 2 $5,000. Scholarships, 2 students - National Flight Academy, Lady Lake   Softball Team, After school tutoring     program and clothing, Halloween/Easter events, Rimes Early Learning Center, 10 Girls State Delegates, JROTC program, Student Town Hall Commission Seminar.

 Veterans;  $11,816

· Female Vet Transition home – including fundraiser dinner, Orlando VA – female clothing, Southeast Guide Dogs, Women Vets Luncheon, Veteran Good Bags -11/11, Memorial & Veterans Day Lunch, Toys for Tot Vol. dinner

Legion Family:  $9,600

· Donation to Legion to offset Auxiliary cost, Early Bird Spaghetti dinner, SAL projects-cemetery cleanup, Wreaths Across America, Golf Tournament

Auxiliary:  $29,700

· State/National programs & facilities, Direct Invoice Obligation, Dept. Pres. Project:  Vet Relief-Housing Assistance, Memorial Fund-deceased members

· *represent the Auxiliary portion only

$90, 240

Other Notable Highlights:

295 volunteers logged 13,661 hours!!

115 gifts to the Salvation Army Angel Tree   Program and 75 Toys for Tots gifts - $3,410.00

Raised $16,600 in Poppy distribution  proceeds to fund Veteran programs

$348,835 face value in coupons donated to Troopon for distribution to military bases.  This is $200,000. higher than the previous year!

AUXILIARY…YOU KICKED IT!!  I am extremely proud of our organization and honored to serve as your President again.

June, 2022

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