Patriotic Pen winners

Patriotic Pen contest winners and VFW members are pictured left to right: Sherry Beals (VFW Auxiliary Treasurer) and students: Haylie Hunter, Meredith Chambers, Hailey Haines and Trinity Riley. In the rear are Andy Cisna (VFW Post Commander) and Jim Boys (VFW Quartermaster) and Cathy Canada (Auxiliary President)

The March meeting of VFW Post 4829 opened with the introduction of the winners of the VFW Patriotic Pen Contest winners.

The Patriot’s Pen contest is for students in grades 6-8. It is a youth essay contest for a chance to win a share of more than $900,000. The essay contest encourages young minds to examine America’s history, along with their own experiences in modern American society, by drafting a 300- to 400-word essay, expressing their views based on a patriotic theme chosen by the VFW Commander-in-Chief.

This year’s theme was “What Makes America Great”. Each first-place state winter receives a minimum of $500 at the national level and the national first place winter wins $5,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Washington DC. Meredith Chambers will represent Post 4829.

The Auxiliary welcomed new member M Leanness Weber.

In other business the Auxiliary voted to donate $200 to the Special Olympics Polar Plunge and $250 for the maintenance of the Eternal Flame.

For the special April project, the Auxiliary will sponsor a food drive to benefit the veterans, their families and other citizens of Shelby County. The non-perishable food collected will be donated to the Methodist Church Food Pantry. All members are encouraged to bring in can goods any time they visit the Post in April.

Special thanks goes to all Auxiliary members who give back. There were several events for veterans and the community that members donated food and time to help make better.

Members provided sweet treats to the High Five Valentine Dance and food for a bereavement dinner for a purple heart veteran. Members also volunteered their time to help at the Dance, the bereavement dinner and the softball fund raiser held at the Post.

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