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
Sunday Community Breakfast at the Legion, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (Yes, 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.
Tues., May 11, 2021, 6:30 p.m. - Confirm future meetings. (No Jan. meeting. No meeting in Feb.) Our Unit 376 will hold it’s 7th Auxiliary Unit 376 Meeting of the (fiscal) year, at 6:30 p.m.– upstairs - Legion. Due to Covid-19, please wear a face mask. We will social distance members. All surfaces have been 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.
The Legion Post 376 Bar is open (with restrictions) on specific days & times. NOTE New Hours! 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.
May 1, 2021 - Program reports are due! You can get them online at the NY Dept website.
The Chenango County ALA meetings will ALL be held at the Sherburne Post 876 for the rest
of the year due to Covid-19. Post #876, 15 S. Main Street, Sherburne, NY. ( Post 876 has more rooms to
socially distance. If the numbers in Chenango County are still high, they will
cancel the meeting.) No food will be provided, bring our own drink, and wear a mask. Please confirm all future meetings.
The 6th District ALA 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
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 is our Alternate. 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 Department American Legion and the Department American Legion Auxiliary has also cancelled Department Convention which was to be held in Binghamton in July, 2020.
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 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.
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.
The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for more blood drives on the 2nd Saturdays, July , Sept., and Nov., 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. Visit the website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/ FMI/to find a location near you. "Urgent: Blood Donors Needed!"
NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford Upcoming Activities & News: Nothing yet due to COVID-19. Any questions, contact Tami Zebrowski-Darrow, 6th D. Field Service Rep. Click for complete schedule Volunteers always wanted!
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!!! Let's see if the Easter Bunny draws as big a crowd on April 21, 2019!!!
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.