Legion Auxiliary to host Girls, Boys State delegates at meeting

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RUMFORD — The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 24 will meet at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, to vote on the bylaws and discuss the holiday party in December, scholarships and other upcoming events.

Members who have children or grandchildren who are high school seniors are asked to attend to present names for a scholarship.

There will be a dinner at 5 when Girls State and Boys State delegates and their parents will be guests. They will tell of their experiences.

The Auxiliary, coordination with Barclaycard US, has provided 50 pair of steel-toed boots for a veterans program. Steel-toed boots were an option in the boot room for veterans at the annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, which took place at Togus on Oct. 18.

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One veteran was thrilled with the boots as he works in the woods and another was starting a job that required the boots. 

The Auxiliary celebrated Make a Difference Day, helping Arlene Thibeau and the quilting group with quilts for veterans. The group has been providing quilts for veterans for seven years.

Members also worked with Mountain Valley High School to provide information on how to register to vote.  Chris Carver, Girls State Delegate Sarah Klein and Boys State Delegates Andrew Cote, Corbin Arsenault and Caleb Gauvin helped round up 18-year-olds so they can learn the voter registration process. Mary Gamble, MVHS librarian, had brochures and a sheet with unusual facts about voting.

A Veterans Recognition Ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 8, at the post, organized by Rep. Sheryl Briggs. Members are asked to help with the set-up of that event and the set-up of the Mexican night and dance to follow.

A ceremony will take place Tuesday, Nov. 11, at Mountain Valley High School. More details will follow.
 
A holiday craft and food fair will be held Sunday, Nov. 23. Tables are available for a cost of $15 for one and $25 for two. There is a $5 discount if there is a donation to the raffle table. Contact the Rumford American Legion if interested. The group will need members to help with the breakfast and lunch. Members are needed for donations to bake sale as well. It is the big fundraiser.
 
A holiday party will be held Saturday, Dec. 13 and members are looking for a
chairman or chairmen.
 
If each member participates in at least one Legion activity, members can fulfill the mission to support veterans. The winter and spring have minimal activities, so the time to volunteer is now.
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