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.Ugly Sweater Contest Dec. 18, 2021 8-10 PM

Tues., Dec. 14, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - (2nd Tuesdays)
We will hold our 4th Auxiliary Unit 376 Meeting of the fiscal year, –upstairs - with ALA President Louise Spicer. (We will follow CDC guidelines if face masks and social distancing are required at that time. All surfaces have been/are sanitized.) 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.

Sat., Dec. 18, 2021, 8-10 PM, Come to an Ugly Sweater Contest! You may win a prize for having the "best" sweater! Prizes generously donated by Desseray Dee Photography, the Sunday Legion Breakfast, and Ye Olde Shanty!

FYI- The Sunday Community Breakfast will not be serving on Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2021.

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.
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 $3.00, Children under 2 Complimentary, Volunteers Thank You!!, Re-Orders: Complimentary, and Take Out Orders $9.00
ALA Poppy coloring book by Flag and Emblem

ALA 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: Starting Sept. 12th, the Legion bar will be open at 12:30 on Sundays for Football Season! 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.2 times a month~ Saturdays (1st & 3rd), 7 p.m. - Legion Karaoke Nights in the bar (9/18, [not 10/2], 10/16, 11/6, 11/20, etc.)

tiny poppy illustration

The 2021 Poppy Poster Contest results are in. Visit the Poppy Poster 2021 page to see the winners!

2021 & 2022 Memberships: You can renew by mail, or online (the easiest way), at the Post 376 bar. Visit the Contact/Join page for online details. The NEW membership application is there.

The Legion Post 376 Bar is open. Mondays-Sundays 2:30 - close. News: Starting Sept. 12th, the Legion bar will be open at 12:30 for Sunday Football Season!
Shuffleboard and pool playing available (with stipulations). Current paid up membership cards are required for admission. Call if you have questions: (607) 843-8166.

2021-22 - 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.

Nov. 1, and Dec. 6, 2021 - The Chenango County ALA meetings - both will be held at the Sherburne Post #876, 15 S. Main Street, Sherburne, NY. No January meeting. All MONDAY monthly meetings will be at different posts.
No food will be provided, bring our own drink, and wear a mask. Please confirm all future meetings.
Meeting dates: In 2022:
Mon., Feb. 7 - Norwich; Tues., Mar. 8 - Sherburne (Legion Birthday- joint mtg); Mon., April 4th - Oxford: Mon., Mon., May 2 - McDonough; & Mon., June 6- New Berlin.
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 begin at 7 p.m.
2021-22 County ALA officers are - Pres: Joy Lawrence; 1st Vice: Angela Jones; 2nd Vice: Susie Boise; Membership: Mary Lou McAvoy; Treasurer: Resi Fuller; and Secty: Colleen Melella.
Sgt at Arms: Lora Rowe; Chaplain/Field Svce/VA&R: Susie Boise; Historian: Kathy Soule; and Jr Activity: Angela Jones.

The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for more blood drives on the 2nd Saturdays every other month, July, Sept., Nov. 6th, 2021, Jan., Mar., and May from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 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!"

The ALA 6th District Field Service Representative to the Oxford Veterans' Home, Tami Zebrowski-Darrow has events for this year. Volunteers, usually wanted, but this year due to Covid, no one can volunteer. Events will happen WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS or may not happen at all. Once volunteers are allowed we will get the word out. Donations are still needed. Contact info Home phone - (607) 722-5994 ; Cell phone - (607) 759-6891
(When available, I will link the 2021-22 schedule here: Click for complete schedule.)

The ALA Empire Girls State program at SUNY Brockport was cancelled. The 2021 session of the American Legion Auxiliary Empire Girls State program will be June 27 to July 3, 2021 and it will take place as a virtual learning experience. The EGS Committee held Zoom (virtual) interviews. Emma Peila is this year's representative or "Citizen" and Trisha Bohannon (originally our Alternate) is going too! Thanks to the EGS Committee and Congratulations to students, Emma and Trisha!!!

The Samsung Scholarship for 2020 has been postponed.

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 is available at the Oxford Post Sunday Breakfast (by the register) and by the bar and the Norwich Post bar for $8. The reverse side features 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.

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.

On Dec. 15, 2019, during the Sunday Community "Breakfast with Santa", we had an amazing crowd! 230 people were served. (Only 10 down from 2018). Everyone there did a great job!!!

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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