Fort Hill American Legion Auxiliary Unit #376
The American Legion Auxiliary is the world's largest women's patriotic service organization. They are proud to be helping for over ninety years of "Service Not Self, for Veterans, God and Country."
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NEW: Our Unit 376 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.
Our second (regular) ALA Unit 376 monthly meeting will be on October 9, 2018, (the 2nd Tues of the month), 6:30 p.m. Visit the Officers page to see who was installed in June! We have a lot to talk about - especially our Harvest dinner! FYI- We do not usually serve food at our meetings. If you want to bring something like cookies to share you could, but it's not expected.
The 2nd Chenango County ALA meeting of the (Auxiliary’s fiscal) year, will be on Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at the Perry Cook Post #973 , 618 Valley View Rd, South Otselic, NY [315-653-4481]. Dinner TBD. (Desserts/dinners at 6:30 p.m.). All 2018-19 CCALA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month (not in Jan, July, Aug). Business meeting begins at 7 p.m. County officers are - Pres: Joy Lawrence; 1st Vice: Sophie Liberatore; 2nd Vice: Barb Pierce; Membership/Treasurer: Resi Fuller; Secty: Angela Jones.
Our Harvest dinner, the Finch Educational Fundraiser, will be held on (the 2nd Friday) October 12, 5-7 p.m. With take-outs from 4-5 p.m. The menu will be the same as last year, turkey with all the trimmings - yummm!!! (Still just $10 per person.) It's because of this fundraising dinner that we are able to donate $600 annually to the Oxford Academy Primary School that buys books for all the students.
That's Marie Mock (above right), she's the new ALA Dept. of NY President. She will be coming to visit the Vets' Home on Friday, October 26. She is part of the "Dept Visitation" who are on tour, along with their officers, to see all of New York’s sixty-two counties and see each of the state’s five veterans’ homes as part of their annual visitation. The Legion’s top state level officials are headed by Commander Gary M. Schacher. Joining them is State Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Cmdr James Coates. You can meet them all (and maybe get your picture taken with them) at an honorary dinner served that night at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC American Legion Post 189, 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich, NY. (607) 334-9414. Doors open for cocktails at 5 p.m. Appetizers at 6 p.m. Dinner tickets are $25 pp and will be available at each Post.
Hopefully these NYS American Legion dignitaries will get to see the, in progress, the Veterans Memorial Walkway in Oxford, NY. This is being organized by the Village of Oxford (not the American Legion). We are helping to promote this wonderful memorial! The Walkway, with engraved memorial pavers, is being officially presented on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. with a Veterans Day ceremony, outdoors, in LaFayette Park. Don't miss it! For more on this and order forms, visit http://www.villageofoxfordny.com/paver-stones.php
We had our first Poppy Poster Contest in two of the Oxford Academy schools. Visit the Poster Contest page to see the posters and see who won!
Announcement: The 2018 Empire Girls' State representatives are: Genevieve Gorman and Kelsey Drewniak!!! Congratulations Oxford Academy Juniors!!! They're both members of the Marching Band.
May 9, 2018: officers Jan Pollard, Christine Gregoire, and Jeanie Petersen honored a very special member - Marguerite Stiles - with a 65-year ALA member certificate and lunch out at Applebee's in Vestal to celebrate her 101st birthday! Happy Birthday Marguerite!!! We had a lovely afternoon together. The news coverage was aplenty! The photo at right was a full screen image at the CNY News website! Even Sen. Akshar plans to send a birthday wish to Marguerite.
ALA dues have gone up for 2019! Yes, folks it's true, 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.
The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for another blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018, from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (It's usually on the 2nd Saturday.) They ordinarily take walk-ins, but making an appointment is a much better idea. You can even go online for the screening questions. Visit the website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/ FMI/to find a location near you. "Urgent: Blood Donors Needed!"
2018-19 NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford Upcoming Activities & News:
For more events, visit the Calendar page.
What We Do
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.