Oxford American Legion Auxiliary

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.

We honor 29-year ALA Unit 376 member and past president, Sylvia Irene McGowan Witchella. The Oxford native passed away June 13, 2017, at the age of 90. Sylvia will be remembered for her service to the veterans of Post 376 and the kindness she shared with Auxiliary members. Sylvia will be dearly missed by all of those who knew and loved her.

What's happening soon-- (please visit our calendar page too)

Rob Thompson in the 2016 Memorial Day parade holding the Post 376 colors.
The Care Package items for Oxford resident and Post 376 member, Rob Thompson went to Kuwait (2/22/17). Sergeant Rob is with the 1156th Engineer Company, NY Army National Guard. His wife Jess coordinated shipping with the Red Cross in NYC. People were very generous - thanks everyone! To see what sort of items were sent to thesoldiers, view this flyer.
Memorial Day 2017, ALA marching in the rain

The 3rd regular Unit 376 monthly meeting of the (Auxiliary’s fiscal) year will be on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017, at (new earlier time) 6:30 p.m. (2nd Tues of the month). NOTE: If you haven’t been to a meeting in a long time or never, please come on down. Location: Fort Hill Post 376, 17 S. Washington Ave, Oxford, NY. (See our June installation picture on the officers page.)

The 3rd Chenango County ALA meeting of the (Auxiliary’s fiscal) year will be on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017, at the Frank H. Arnold Post #348, 8 Academy Street, New Berlin, NY. CC ALA president is Sophie Liberatore. All meetings are at 6:30 p.m. (Dinner at 6:30 p.m./ business meeting begins at 7 p.m.) '17-18 CC Meetings - will be on the First Monday of each month (not Jan, July, Aug). In 2018, the March meeting is to celebrate the Legion's 99th Birthday. That will be held on Tuesday, March 13th, with the Legionnaires and SAL at the Sherburne Post #876..

2017 NYS Veterans' Home at Oxford Activities Schedule, from Tami Zebrowski-Darrow, 6th District Field Service Rep.: Volunteers always wanted!
October 17, 9 a.m. Pumpkin Painting
December 9, 8 a.m. till done, CHRISTMAS PARTY & GIFT GIVE AWAY FOR CHRISTMAS
Click for complete schedule

Friday, October 13th, 5-7 p.m. - Harvest Dinner held at Post 376. 2017 Harvest Dinner mini posterProceeds benefit the Finch Book and Education Fund. Take outs: 4-5 p.m. Menu: turkey breast, gravy, cranberry sauce, stufing, squash, green beans, mashed potatoes, homemade breads, and dessert pies. (Ad links to poster PDF)

Saturday, October 21st, 7-11 p.m. - Post's Halloween Party. Get your costume and your groove on! Come on in for a fun time in the Legion's bar complete with Karaoke.

Monday, October 23rd - Commander's Visitation: The Chenango County American Legion will host a joint visitation by the Legion’s top New York state level officials- Department of NYS Commander Rena Nessler, State Auxiliary President Pat Hennessy, and State Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Detachment Cmdr William Clancy, III. That evening, Chenango County Commander, William H. Olsen will host a reception followed by a formal dinner. The dinner, starting with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m., will be held at the Lt. Warren E. Eaton, DSC American Legion Post 189, 29 Sheldon Street, Norwich, NY.

Friday, October 27th, 5-7 p.m., Chicken and Biscuit Benefit Dinner for Dan Krygier. Dan, son of Past Post 376 Cmdr Ray Krygier and 20 year Auxiliary member Audrey Krygier, suffered a paralyzing stroke. Expenses are mounting. Monies raised will be used to defer medical expenses. Please come and show your support for Sons of the American Legion (SAL) member Dan and the Krygier family! Dinner is a FREE WILL donation. Other donations will be accepted at the Post & at NBT bank.

The Post 376 Early Bird Dinner - is a complimentary reward for Post members who have paid their 2018 dues before 11/11/17. It has been on the 2nd Saturday of November, however, because that's Veterans Day this year, it will be on the 3rd Saturday, November 18, 2017. It will be the same popular menu as last year (NY Strip Steak, potato, tossed salad, Italian bread, and cake.) Cocktails: 3:30 - 4:30. Dinner: 4:30 - 6 PM.

American Red Cross blood donor with pin. The American Red Cross is back at the Fort Hill Post 376 for another blood drive on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, 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.

For more events, visit the Calendar page.Cmdr. D. Ardron, G. Johnson, L. Place and J. Sherman on Veterans Day 2014

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.

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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