Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit #376
A Community of Volunteers Serving Veterans, Military, and their Families
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's, and now men's, patriotic service
Friday, July 15, 2022 – from 7 – 10 p.m. - Karaoke and
Friday, July 29, 5 p.m. - 10ish - on the last Friday of July, the annual Oxford Blackhawk Alumni Ice Breaker. Hugh Becker will be DJ this year! (You don’t have to be an alum to have fun! All are welcome to this “party on the patio”.)
The 4th Poppy Poster Contest is completed! The 6 winners are:
1st: Emily Williams,
2nd: Sadie Laing, and
3rd: Abby Polaro. In the High school
1st: Nivayah Demuth,
2nd: Olivia Barbosa, and
3rd: Owen Behr. Congratulations all!!! Special thanks to Terrill Sutton, Poppy Chairman, and art teachers Charity Gipp and Joni Eaton. The winning posters can be viewed for a month, in the Post 376 dining hall during the Sunday Community Breakfasts. Visit Poppy Poster 2022 page to see this year's winners! Poster at right is by Nivayah Demuth, High School, 1st Place.
The 2022 American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State program representative or "Citizens" were: Taylor Smith and Mirrah Stewart (originally our Alternate)!!! The in person session dates were (Sun. – Sat.) July 3 – 7, 2022, at SUNY Brockport. Thanks to the EGS Committee and Congratulations to students, Taylor and Mirrah!!! A special thanks to Norwich ALA Unit 189 for splitting Mirrah's EGS tuition. Read more about the program at: EmpireGirlsState.org . We look forward to hearing how things went!
The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for more blood drives on the 2nd Saturdays every other month, Sept 10, 2022, Nov., Jan., March, May, and July from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. That's six times a year. They ordinarily take walk-ins, but making an appointment is a much better idea. You can even go online for the screening questions to save time. Visit the website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/ FMI/to find a location near you. "Urgent: Blood Donors Needed!"
2022 Chicken BBQs to benefit Post 376: Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 11, 2022.
Sunday Community Breakfast at the Legion, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (Yes, we have specials*.) We have been serving the All-You-Can-Eat Breakfasts for 25 years. The pandemic is the only thing that shut it down - temporarily.
News: When at the Legion bar, be sure to ask what food they've got! They often have hot dogs, pizza, sometimes meatball heroes, chili, etc.
The Legion Post 376 Bar is open. Mondays-Sundays 2:30 - close.
2022-23 - All ALA Program reports are due Nov. 1, Mar 1, & May 1. For future, you can get them online here at the NY Dept website.
The Chenango County ALA meetings - All MONDAY monthly meetings will be at different posts.
The ALA 6th District Field Service Representative to the Oxford Veterans' Home, Tami Zebrowski-Darrow has annual events. Volunteers, usually wanted (but, due to Covid,I haven't heard about this year, '22-23). No one could volunteer this past year. Events may happen again WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS or may not happen at all. Once volunteers are allowed we will get the word out. Donations are needed every year.
Contact info Home phone - (607) 722-5994 ; Cell phone - (607) 759-6891
The National American Legion and the National American Legion Auxiliary cancelled the National Convention which was to be held in Kentucky in August, 2020. (Kentucky National Convention will be in August, 2026)
The 2021 Department Convention will be held in Binghamton, NY.
Did you know: there are 3 American Legion Posts in Chenango County that are "Centennial Posts" and they are Norwich Post 189, Oxford Post 376, and New Berlin Post 348. A beautiful commemorative coin featured a list of all 11 Posts with the Centennial ones listed at the top.
What's happening soon-- (please visit our calendar page too)
NEW: Our Unit 376 2020 Constitution and Bylaws as well as our Standing Rules have been updated and officially approved by Dept. Read them to learn the rules we follow. Both docs are PDF links at the top of the "Q and A" list on the FAQ page. This will have to be redone in 2023 when the price increase goes into effect.
The fifth Chenango County ALA meeting was a special day: Tuesday, March 12, 2019., held at Post #876, 15 S. Main Street, Sherburne, NY- it was the American Legion's 100th Birthday meeting!
There were historic pictures, a WW1 - Vietnam era uniform display from the Oxford Historical Society, and 20's era music to reflect on these first 100 years.
Have you seen the Veterans' Memorial Walkway in Oxford, NY. The Walkway, with engraved memorial pavers, was officially dedicated on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. in LaFayette Park. It's quite beautiful! For more on this and order forms, visit http://www.villageofoxfordny.com/paver-stones.php
ALA dues went up in 2019! We had to raise our rates because National raised theirs. $3.00 for adults and $1.25 Juniors. That means your dues are: $28.00 - Adults; and $6.25 - Juniors.
May 9, 2018: officers honored special member - Marguerite Stiles - with a 66-year ALA member certificate and lunch out at Applebee's in Vestal to celebrate her 101st birthday! The news coverage was aplenty! The photo at right was a full screen image at the CNY News website! Even Sen. Akshar sent a birthday wish to Marguerite. We were also in the (National) Auxiliary magazine, Aug. 2018 issue. We had a lovely afternoon together. Sadly Marguerite passed away 12-22-2019.
TELEVISION COVERAGE '13: Monday, May 27th, 2013, was the Legion's Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. (Read more on the fundraising page under Events.) It was filmed by Channel 12 Action news. It's modest, but be sure to see it here! They have a few photos too.
The ALA focuses on three major areas: Veterans, Young People, Americanism and the community. On the local level, the Oxford ALA has over 200 members, giving many volunteer hours to help the initiatives and programs of the Oxford Legion and the Oxford community.
Oxford Auxiliary members have achieved their own unique identity while working side-by-side with the Legionnaires and the Sons of the American Legion (SAL's), of Fort Hill Post #376. They have the honor of marching in the Memorial Day parade but they do a lot more!
The ALA is involved in youth activities such as the Oratorical Contest and Girls' State. Some members volunteer at the NYS Veterans' Home, nursing homes, food and clothing banks, and they organize fundraisers like Bake Sales and Soup Sales, Memorial Poppy sales, and the Cinco de Mayo fiesta dinner. They have even established an American Legion Auxiliary Scholarship. They're involved in other community projects such as promoting child literacy*; education; charities; and more. It is all accomplished with volunteers!
*Each fall Unit 376 sponsors a Harvest Dinner to raise money for the Finch Memorial Book and Education Fund which donates books to the Oxford Academy Primary School.
The Great Garage Sale Day & Bake Sale, has been canceled. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work.