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."
ALA Unit 376 was chartered December 1, 1924.
What's happening soon-- (please visit our calendar page too)
Friday, October 21, 2016 will be the NYS Commanders Department Visitation.
Unit 376 especially welcomes Department Auxiliary President Debbie Kryczkowski to our Post. President Kryczkowski is a dedicated member of Lee Auxiliary Unit 1794, and has been an active member for 33 years on the Unit, County, District and Department levels and is a Life Member. (To read more about our president, visit DeptNY.org)
The President's project is the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). TAPS offers compassionate care to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in our Armed Forces. Since 1994, TAPS has provided comfort and hope 24 hours a day, seven days a week through a national peer support network and connection to grief resources, all at no cost to surviving families and loved ones. To learn more about TAPS visit Taps.org
The official visitation, led by Dept. Commander John B. Sampson, State Auxiliary President Debbie Kryczkowski, and State SAL Detachment Commander J. Bruce Ruthven will include a visit and luncheon at the NYS Veterans’ Home at Oxford, a tour the Raymond Corp., and dinner at our Fort Hill Post 376. Be sure to get your ($17) dinner tickets for the delicious steak dinner! (Pres. Tesha has some.)
The next Chenango County ALA meeting, the 3rd meeting of the fiscal year, will be on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016, at the Frank H. Arnold American Legion Post 348, 8 Academy Street, New Berlin, NY. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. (Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The business meeting begins at 7:00 p.m.)
The 3rd regular Unit 376 monthly meeting of the (Auxiliary’s fiscal) year will be on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 7 p.m. NOTE: This is a new day, 2nd Tues, and a new later time so more people can come. Location: Fort Hill Post 376, 17 S. Washington Ave, Oxford, NY. (FYI- There are no meetings in July and August or January.)
Post 376 Commander Darlene Ardron announced that the Post Christmas Party will be Saturday night, December 3rd. Mark your calendars!
The NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford, 6th District ALA 2016-17 schedule:
Upcoming is the annual Christmas Party and gift give away on December 10, 2016 at 8 a.m. Started in 1983 by Carol Johnson, it has been taken over this year by Tami Zebrowski-Darrow (aka Mrs. Santa) from ALA Unit 1645 in Binghamton. Last year there were 112 volunteers for a total of 460 donated hours. Residents begin their (free) "shopping" at 9:30 a.m. Volunteers guide them from selections to bringing gifts to the wrapping stations. Our Post 376 provides a luncheon (with 2 seatings) for all the volunteers! Visit the Events page to see a picture of Mrs. Santa!
Remember if you go to the Home to help out, report your volunteer hours.
The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for another blood drive on Saturday, November 5, 2016, from 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (It's usually on the 2nd Saturday, but not this time due to scheduling conflicts.) They usually will take walk-ins, but making an appointment is a much better idea. Visit the website: http://www.redcrossblood.org/ FMI/to find a location near you.
For more events, visit the Calendar page.
What We Do
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.
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 Oxtoberfest. 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.