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District American Legion Auxiliary Meet

On Saturday, April 27th, the Henderson County Unit #765 American Legion Auxiliary hosted the 14th District spring meeting at the United Methodist Church in Stronghurst.

The morning started with a light breakfast of coffee cake and beverages. Nine of the district s fifteen units were represented. Past Department of Illinois Commander Cheri Stanton, a dual Legion and Auxiliary member from Monmouth, as well as many past unit, district and division presidents were present.

Chairman gave reports on the Americanism essay contest and Illini Girls State tea. The top Americanism essays from three different age groups were chosen by the district chairman to forward to the division chairman who judges all her entries and sends the winners to the Department of Illinois chairman. From the state of Illinois, the top five in each age group are chosen and receive a scholarship and an invitation to the state auxiliary convention to receive their award. This year's theme was  What are my responsibilities as a U.S. Citizen?

Donna Pindell, Americanism Chairman, reported the three winners from the 14 District were:

Katherine Alexandra Phippen-Class 1-7th and 8th grade;

Henry Osgood Phippen-Class II-9th and 10th grade;

Benjamin Clark Phippen-Class III-11th and 12th grade.

At the department convention, the ( Americanism top award is a $1200 scholarship.

Christa Waller, ALA Girls State Chairman, covered the basics of what each girl needs to know before attending Girls State including some hints on items to take with them.

Donna Kirby, 14th District Chaplain, was assisted by 14th District President Dona Kinney and Janelle Cox in the Memorial service which honors all the Auxiliary members in the 14th District who have passed away during this year.

The meeting ended with a closing prayer.

The next meeting will be in the fall.