On Aug. 22 the Cherokee American Legion Auxiliary, Treptow Unit 230 was invited to entertain the children of Military family members serving overseas at a Yellow Ribbon Event in Cherokee.
Adults spent the day with Army personnel discussing coping with their loved ones serving abroad, and the children were treated to a day of fun, games, crafts, snacks and coping mechanisms of their own.
Each child made a personal picture frame and than the Auxiliary took digital pictures of each child and processed the pictures before the end of the day.
The children were then encouraged to send the picture frames to their parents. They also made sock puppets and played games with many prizes awarded.
Each child went home with a bag of prizes and treats and craft supplies. Members of the Auxiliary then talked with the children about how much they missed their parents, and gave them their support.
All the children seemed to really enjoy themselves with the day's activities. The Cherokee American Legion and the Auxiliary are honored to serve our military and their families.
Andrea McIrvin is in charge of the Auxiliary's youth programs and organized the event.
Recently, the American Legion and Auxiliary held their District Fall conference. This year it was held in Hartley on Sept. 19. The Auxiliary was awarded two awards from the National American Legion Auxiliary. The first award was for their support of the 10 for 10 program. This is where every member tries to bring 10 items for school children and then we donate to a local school or preschool. Their second award was also from national for their continued support of Operation Military Kids. "We were very excited to be recognized," said Auxiliary President Claudia Brown.
There are several upcoming events planned by the American Legion and Auxiliary who are going to have another one of their pancake breakfast on Oct. 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
It will be held in the gym area of our new Post in the former Garfield Elementary School in Cherokee.
On Nov. 11 Treptow Post 230 American Legion and Auxiliary again will have their annual soup and supper. They do this every year to honor all veterans in our area. The starting time will be 6 p.m.
Also the Treptow Post 230 American Legion has its bingo license and in the near future we will be starting bingo at once a month on Saturday nights.
They hope to support the youth and also help many veterans more with this project. This past year the Auxiliary was able to help many local veterans and their families with their welfare fund and they hope to continue to be a big help in the Cherokee community.
The Auxiliary is opening their next meeting to the women of the community. They are having a guest speaker and demonstrator. Sharon Watts is going to demonstrate her talent of making jewelry and painting.
Their next meeting is Oct. 15 at the old Garfield school. The meeting will start at 7:30 p.m.
There will be plenty of info available if anyone is interested in joining American Legion Auxiliary.