National VFW Auxiliary president to visit Q-C


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Posted Online: Jan. 26, 2013, 9:25 pm
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By Elena Peña
The national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veteran of Foreign Wars will visit the Quad-Cities from Tuesday through Thursday.

Leanne Lemley, of West Point, Iowa, will visit with members of Illinois area auxiliaries at a banquet in her honor at the Ybarra Gomez VFW Post 8890 in East Moline. She will then tour the Rock Island Arsenal and other Quad-Cities attractions.

Cheryl Michel, Illinois state president of the Ladies Auxiliary VFW, said this is the first time a national president from the Ladies Auxiliary has visited the Quad-Cities.

"We have a lot to showcase here in this area, and we thought this would be better to bring everyone together from the auxiliaries as opposed to taking everyone to Springfield." Ms. Michel said.

Ms. Lemley's visit will allow her to interact with members and see how the area organizations function. She also will visit the Hero Street Memorial in Silvis and make a presentation to area veterans.

Ms. Lemley has been involved with the Ladies Auxiliary VFW 2561 in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, since 1964. Her father served in World War II; her brother was in the Vietnam War; and her son and stepson served in Iraq. Her theme is "Serving from the Heart for Our Veterans," and her national platform is to bring awareness to female veterans, youth scholarships and VFW national military service.

Nationwide, there are more than 500,000 members and 4,500 auxiliaries. To be eligible for membership in a Ladies Auxiliary VFW, a woman must have a family member who has served in a foreign war. The organization is dedicated to supporting veterans through donations for programs and working with youths on leadership skills and awareness of the armed forces.

Ms. Michel said locally, the auxiliary conducts a speechwriting contest for students in grades nine through 12 to promote democracy. This year, the name of the contest winner will be announced Feb. 9, and the theme is "Is Our Constitution Still Relevant?"

Each auxiliary has a monetary prize for the students, and they could win up to $30,000 nationally if they advance. There is also a writing contest for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

The local Ladies Auxiliary VFW also raises money for cancer awareness and research. The organization sells pins for $4, and the money raised goes to area health providers or initiatives. Members also raise funds for scholarships for area youths, make hospital visits, donate items to local shelters and provide support to veteran families.

For additional information on Ms. Lemley's visit or to inquire about the local VFW Ladies Auxiliaries, contact Ms. Michel at (309) 787-6733.

















 



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  Today is Thursday, July 31, the 212th day of 2014. There are 153 days left in the year.

1864 -- 150 years ago: A corps of surgeons now occupies the new hospital quarters at the Garrison Hospital on the Rock Island Arsenal. A fence has been installed to enclose the prison hospital.
1889 -- 125 years ago: B. Winter has let a contract to Christ Schreiner for a two story brick building with a double store front on the south side of 3rd Avenue just west of 17th Street. The estimated cost was $4,500.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Germany sent simultaneous ultimatums to Russia and France, demanding that Russia suspend mobilization within 12 hours and demanding that France inform Germany within 18 hours. In the case of war between Germany and Russia, France would remain neutral.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Civil service offices at the post office and the Rock Island Arsenal were swamped as more than 700 youths sought 15 machinist apprenticeships at the Arsenal.
1964 -- 50 years ago: Last night, American Legion Post 246 in Moline figuratively handed over the trousers to a female ex-Marine and petticoat rule began. Olga Swanson, of Moline, was installed as the first woman commander of the post .
1989 -- 25 years ago: The Illinois Quad City Civic Center captured the excitement and interest of a convention of auditorium managers this weekend in Reno, Nev. Bill Adams, civic center authority chairman, said the 10,000-seat arena planned for downtown Moline has caught the eye of construction firms, suppliers, management teams and concession groups.








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