Oxford American Legion Auxiliary

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
organization chartered November 10, 1919, 100+ years ago!
Our ALA Unit 376 is almost as old; chartered December 1, 1924.

Friday, July 15, 2022 – from 7 – 10 p.m. - Karaoke and
Saturday, July 23, 2022 - from 7-10 p.m. - Karaoke. Blackhawk Alumni Ice Breaker 7/29/22 ad

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”.)
Saturday, July 30 - 2 class reunion dinners.

tiny poppy illustrationThe 4th Poppy Poster Contest is completed! The 6 winners are: Middle School 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.

Tues., September 13, 2022, 6:30 p.m. - (2nd Tuesdays) We will hold our Auxiliary Unit 376 Meeting, the first of our fiscal year, –upstairs - with ALA President Louise Spicer. (We will follow current CDC guidelines.) If you haven’t been to a meeting in a long time or never, please come on down. All ALA members are urged to attend to discuss important plans for upcoming events.

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.
There are other BBQs for community fundraisers: July 23 for Ryan's Scholarship, Aug. 6 for Oxford Lions Club, Sept. 3 for Oxford Little League, and Oct. 1st for the Oxford School Band. (Those that have passed have been deleted.)

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.
B
reakfast patrons: we are heeding the CDC information regarding the Covid-19 virus. Your health and safety is our concern!
*Specials: 1st Sunday of each month: S.O.S. gravy.
2nd Sunday of each month: Western Omelets
3rd Sunday of each month: Sausage Gravy and Biscuits.

Update: As of Nov. 1st, 2021 - There has been an unavoidable $1.00 price increase for the Sunday Breakfasts. Seniors- 62 years & older $8.00, Adults- 13 to 61 years $9.00, All Firemen --Thank You! $8.00, Juniors- 6 to 12 years $7.00, Children 5 to 2 years $2.00, Children under 2 Complimentary, Volunteers Thank You!!, Re-Orders: Complimentary, and Take Out Orders $9.00

ALA Poppy coloring book by Flag and EmblemALA Poppy Coloring books are available for children at the breakfast for free. It's a great way for them to learn about the history, meaning, and purpose of the poppy as it relates to veterans.

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.
Karaoke with DJ Dennis poster. 1st and 3rd Saturdays at the Legion.
Saturdays (1st & 3rd), 7 - 10 p.m. - Legion Karaoke Nights in the bar usually 2 times a month. Karaoke on Fri, July 15, and Sat. July 23, 2022.

2022 Memberships: You can renew by mail, or online (the easiest way), or at the Post 376 bar. Visit the Contact/Join page for online details. The NEW membership application is there. Soon we'll be accepting 2023 dues!

The Legion Post 376 Bar is open. Mondays-Sundays 2:30 - close.
Shuffleboard and pool playing available (with stipulations). Current paid up membership cards are required for admission. Call if you have questions: (607) 843-8166.

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.
All CCALA meetings are at 6:30 p.m. [usually] on the first Monday of each month [except not held in Jan, July, Aug. It's on *Tues in March due to the joint "Birthday" party meeting].) Business meetings begins at 7 p.m.
2022-23 County ALA officers are: President - Mary Lou McAvoy, 1st. Vice President - Marsha Cornelius, Ed.D., 2nd Vice President - Angela Jones, Secretary - Joy Lawrence, Treasurer - Resi Fuller, Membership - Rudy Hoke.
Sgt at Arms: Lora Rowe; Chaplain/Field Svce/VA&R: Susie Boise; Historian: Kathy Soule; and Jr Activity: Angela Jones.

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
(When available, I will link the 2022-23 schedule here: Click for complete schedule.)

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.

Ernie Spicer, Cmdr Darlene Ardron, and Ron Blanford with Assembly proclamation.Our Oxford Post 376 celebrated its 100th anniversary on March 16, 2019. We received 2 beautiful proclamations from US House of Representatives Anthony Brindisi and NYS Assemblyman Clifford Crouch! At left are Post 376 Legionnaires Ernie Spicer, Commander Darlene Ardron and Ron Blanford with the Assembly proclamation..

Did you know: there are 3 American Legion Posts in ChenangoCentennial challenge coin for Chenango County. 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.

CCALA Centennial with pres.Joy Lawrence with PJ Cobb & Commander Bill Olsen 3-12-19.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.
[At left is CC ALA President Joy Lawrence, CC Legion Treasurer: Patricia J. Cobb, and the late CC Legion Past Commander, Bill Olsen.]

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.
Seniors $28 breakdown: National Rate (increase from $9 to) $12 + Department Rate (- the same) $8. Unit portion will be $8.
Juniors $6.25 breakdown: National Rate (increase from $1.25 to) $2.50 + Department (no increase) $3.75. Our Unit portion: -0-.American Red Cross blood donor with pin.

Celebrating Marguerite Stile's 101st birthday on May 9, 2018.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.

Some of What We Have Done--
TELEVISION COVERAGE '14: Tuesday, November 11, 2014, was the Legion's Veterans Day ceremony. Ch. 12, WBNG's Kerry Longobucco came to film it, complete with interviews, too. http://www.wbng.com/…/Honoring-military-members-and-their-f…

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.

Auxiliary Unit 376 marching in the Memorial Day parade 2013.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.

 

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