President Nancy Seaborn opened the meeting by knocking three times and the colors were presented. Chaplain Ruth Close led the ladies in prayer and members stood in silence for veterans. Secretary Jerri took roll call and read January minutes, which were approved. Treasurer Jill Mooneyham gave the treasury report, which was approved. Jerri gave a report on the poppy account, and that the January VA visit was rather cold, -14, with a snowman and winter theme. The residents were very happy to see those who made it there. The February visit will be on the 23rd with a Mardi Gras theme. All are encouraged to attend.
Marian Thompson reported there will be a District meeting on Sunday, Feb. 17. A Division meeting will be on Sunday, March 3. Each unit is encouraged to make a “Poppy Hat.” There also will be a baked food auction and patriotic items to bid on. Marian told the group there were new rules for the poppy posters and there isn’t much interest from the local schools for participation. In Pauline Cashman’s absence, Nancy gave the kitchen report for January and announced Pauline is still collecting items for the care packages. A list of suggested items to include was passed around. Vickie Finan said the new oven hood was installed in the kitchen, with an additional cost. A motion was made to contribute a donation to help with the expense of installation.
Members discussed having a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 16, with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner at 6 p.m. Adult tickets will be $8 per person and children 5 years and younger will be $4. A final menu and more information will be finalized at the March meeting. Vickie will be purchasing the foods necessary and making schedules for prep work. Help will be needed in the kitchen, serving and cleanup. Funds are being raised to help local veterans. Nancy thanked those who help in the kitchen on Friday night for bingo — more help is always needed — and holiday decorating of the hall, which always looks great. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 12, with dinner at 6 p.m. and the meeting at 7 p.m.