Service Not Self
On Oct. 1, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 in Rumford held an event to benefit Safe Voices, whose mission is to support and empower those affected by domestic violence and engage the community in creating social change in Androscoggin, Franklin, and Oxford Counties. In front, Jo Gaudet (left) (first vice) presents a check for $1,208 to Diane Gallagher, community educator of Safe Voices for Oxford County. From left in the back are Tricia Thurston (president), Alicia Yahn (member), Debbie Deroche (member), Anita Murphy (treasurer) and Kelly Deroche (second vice). (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
I am Tricia Thurston, president of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 in Rumford. I work alongside the best team of women the Auxiliary could ask for. We support our veteran’s and community wholeheartedly.
To give you the full meaning of what we are all about is the following information taken from the ALA website. Mission Statement: In the spirit of service, not self, the mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families, both at home and abroad. For God and Country, we advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.
Some of you may ask, “What do I need to become a member of the Auxiliary?” The following are eligibility requirements: Women are eligible for membership in the Auxiliary if they are themselves a veteran who served honorably or if they fall into one of the following
categories: wife, mother, sister, daughter, granddaughter, great-granddaughter, grandmother, great-grandmother of an active duty service member or veteran who served honorably during any of the eligible war eras listed below. Step-relatives in the categories above, such as step-mother, step-sister, step-daughter, are also eligible.
World War I April 6, 1917 to Nov. 11, 1918;
World War II Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946;
U.S. Merchant Marines Dec. 7, 1941 to Dec. 31, 1946;
Korean War June 25, 1950 to Jan. 31, 1955;
Vietnam War Feb. 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975;
Lebanon/Grenada Aug. 24, 1982 to July 31, 1984;
Panama Dec. 20, 1989 to Jan. 31, 1990;
Desert Shield/Storm/War on Terror Aug. 2, 1990 to date of cessation.
For more information, call me at 357-3289 or stop by the American Legion for an application. Dues are currently $15 a year.
On the first Sunday of the month we serve a supper at 5 p.m. with our monthly meeting following at the American Legion. Supper is $5 per person.
The Auxiliary has been involved in so many meaningful adventures. We held a “Super Benefit” last February that was a huge success. I was very proud of this community; a big thank you goes out to all that supported our troops while enjoying the evening. This benefit raised over $4,000 that went to support our “Comforts From Home” program. This program supports our local servicemen and women with care packages and more.
In October, we held a benefit to support the Safe Voices program. We again were proud of what we accomplished for a well deserving program. November brought our annual Craft and Food Fair. We were able to raise over $1,000. All proceeds will go to support veteran’s programs.
For Christmas we were able to send out gift cards to our local military families. It was very meaningful to all that were involved in the process.
This Saturday, we will host our annual Member’s Christmas party. Social hour is 5 p.m. with appetizers being served. Supper is 6 p.m. and the meal and includes prime rib, mashed potato and gravy, veggies, roll and dessert. Noel and Don will play from 7:30-11:30. Cost is $8 per person or $15 per couple. Each member may invite one guest to share the evening with.
Please sign up and pay at the Legion before Dec. 7. It is sure to be a great time!
Another fun night at the Legion will be a Comedy Night from 7-9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17. A Mexican supper will be served from 4:30-6:30 and is included in the price, which is $20 per person. Tickets on sale at the Legion.
I hope to see all members at the next monthly meeting. I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and an exciting New Year. God Bless America and may he keep our servicemen and women out of harm’s way.