American Legion Auxiliary Unit 305, Cole Camp, was formed on March 5, 1948 with thirty-five (35) members. The last remaining original charter member, Margaret Eckhoff, just recently passed. Today, the unit has ninety-one (91) members and continues to carry out the mission of “Service, not Self” in support of the aims and purposes of American Legion Post 305.
At the recent Legion birthday potluck supper, twenty-seven (27) Auxiliary members were awarded certificates and lapel pins in recognition of their many years of continuous dedicated service to veterans and our community. The women so honored are:
70 Years – Arlene Schlesselman; 65 years – Wilma Balke; 55 years – Glenora Reusch; 50 years – Sharon Brauer, Kathy Schumacher; 45 years – Mary Frances Bugh, Shirley Cash, Elsie Harms, Angela Robb Henderson, Shirley Robb, Jennifer Shackles, Shirley Stanford; 40 years – Amy Robb Cox, Cheryl Elsea, Carolyn Kreissler-Adkins, Rosemary Walthall; 35 years – Doris Crider; 30 years – Lorraine Abraham, Kathy Bruner, Alice Miesner, Sarah Crider Remington, Reta Shellhart, Elizabeth Crider Veit; 25 years – Beth Bruner, Suzy Bruner, Judy Noland, Janice Parish.
Not all of these members were able to attend, but those that were there shared stories and memories of the many years of friendship and service in the Legion Family. These amazing women continue to support and contribute to the purposes of our local American Legion and Auxiliary Post/Unit 305. While they may no longer attend every meeting, they are always ready to answer the call to service for Legion functions.
In recognition of the American Legion’s 104th birthday, the Auxiliary presented the Legion with a check to help pay for the recently upgraded electrical capabilities in the meeting hall.