American Legion Auxiliary - Unit 136

 

 

ALA MEETINGS

              Monthly meetings are the third (3rd) Wednesday of each month at 3:00 pm.                        The Meridian Condominium Clubhouse - 2011 Hwy 17 North - Mt. Pleasant, SC  29466         (Directly across from the Snee Farm Parkway)
Mailing address: P O Box 384 - Isle of Palms, SC 29451 
Please consider joining the ALA Moultrie Unit 136.  Being an ALA member is a rewarding and worthwhile opportunity to help those who fought and those who still protect our precious freedom.    If your schedule is too hectic for you to give extra time by participating, you can give us needed funds to help veterans and their families.  Annual membership is $40.   Please call (410) 294-4835.
June Meeting Wednesday, June  19, 2019
3:00 pm at the Meridian Clubhouse

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Palmetto Girls State  June 9 - 15, 2019

The purpose of ALA Girls State is to provide girls who have completed their junior year of high school, with a citizenship training program, and to give them an opportunity to live together as self-governing citizens; to inform them about the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship, in order that they may understand and participate in the functioning of their government; and to help them grasp the meaning of some of the responsibilities which they must assume when they become adults.  The 1937ALA National Convention organized Girl State as a national Americanism activity.

Since the 10 girls we sponsored attended several different high schools, Unit #136 had a meet and greet reception as a means for the young ladies to become acquainted prior to attending PGS on June 9.   We served refreshments, gave an overview of our ALA programs and had Meri DuPre' speak on exactly what the girls could expect while attending PGS.   The girls and parents certainly enjoyed the reception.

   

      

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Poppies remind us to honor and support our veterans.
National Poppy Day was May 24, 2019
We collected a total of $144.  through the sale of 100 poppies
A big Thank You to Fran, Mary, and Meri
plus our supporters at the Yorktown and DAR
 

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Elections were held at our May 15, 2019 meeting
The following will hold office from July 1,  2019 to June 30, 2020
 
President  -  Jean Timmons
1st Vice President/Membership  -  Henriellen Quail
2nd Vice President/Projects  -  Mary Reardon
Secretary  -  Janice Maloney
Treasurer  -  Mary Reardon
Chaplain  -  Rosemary Horner
 
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Quilts of Valor for Military Veterans

(L-R) Nelson Durand, Robert Coffman, Kenneth Anderson, Legrand Guerry, Betty Dawson,
Eugene Lenga, David Taylor, Wesley Greavu, Roy Jenkins.   
 
Two great organizations, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 and the All Saints Quilters, members of the Quilts of Valor Foundation, joined in planning and executing an evening that honored nine local veterans for their contribution of serving our Nation.
 
The membership of the American Legion Auxiliary is comprised of three-quarters of a million wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and descendants of veterans who served our great country during times of war.  Locally, ALA Units are busy in a multitude of activities donating time and energy to better our communities.  For example, the ALA at any given time might be donating clothing, food, and other necessities to homeless veterans or providing support to the Charleston Fisher House. 
 
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is an organization that makes quilts (hand-made and personalized) for veterans.  Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with a dream, literally a dream.  Founder Catherine Roberts’ son Nat was deployed in Iraq.
 
The dream was as vivid as real life. I saw a young man sitting on the side of his bed in the middle of the night, hunched over. The permeating feeling was one of utter despair. I could see his war demons clustered around, dragging him down into an emotional gutter. Then, as if viewing a movie, I saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His whole demeanor changed from one of despair to one of hope and wellbeing. The quilt had made this dramatic change.
 
The first QOV was awarded in November 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) to a young soldier from Minnesota who had lost his leg in Iraq.
 
Today, the Quilts of Valor Foundation has hand-made and presented over 213,000 quilts to military men and women, active and veterans alike.  Through December 2018, All Saints Quilters have awarded over 180 QOV to veterans who have been touched by war.
 
Recently, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136 in Mount Pleasant planned a dinner and invited 15 veterans.  Due to illness and prior commitments, five were unable to attend.  Those quilts will be delivered by members of the ALA along with All Saints Quilters. 
 
All Saints Quilters answered the call and had quilts (personalized) and ready to present to fourteen of our Post 136 Veterans (one veteran received a QOV previously.)  The nine attending received a standing ovation from nearly sixty guests that attended.
 
WWII Veterans that receive quilts are Kenneth Anderson (previously presented with a quilt), Robert Coffman, Archie Davis, Robert Dieter, Nelson Durand, Richard Full, Wesley Greavu, Albert Steichen, and David Taylor.  The Korean War veterans receiving quilts were Betty Dawson, Legrand Guerry,  Eugene Lenga,  John Marrs, Leroy Washington, and Vietnam War veteran Roy Jenkins. 
 
We thank GOD for Americans as great as these veterans! 
 

 

WWII Veterans

                   

           Robert Coffman                   Archie Davis                         Robert Dieter                      Nelson Durand                                 

                                          

                                    

                Richard Full                   Wesley Greavu                Albert Steichen                David Taylor

 

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Betty Dawson                        Legrand Guerry                           Eugene Lenga
                                 Korean War                                                  Vietnam
                                                                                                  
                               John Marrs                             Leroy Washington                          Roy Jenkins   

                                                                                  

           

(L-R) Jan Malony, Lucy Weber, Terri Spohn, Maggie Lovein, Cindy Draper, Marva Hayne

THESE GIRLS AND THEIR TEAM ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE BEAUTIFUL QUILTS.

ALL SAINTS QUILTERS

For additional information - janmalony@aol.com

 

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Toys for Tots
American Legion Post 136 & VFW Post 10624 donated 5 bags of toys to the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots 
Post 136 Commander Art Horn presented a check for $250 to Vicki Johnson, Director of Charleston Fisher House.  The check represented a portion of funds raised at the American Legion Post 136, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 136, VFW Post 10624 and VFW Auxiliary 10624  annual Toys for Tots Christmas Party.
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THE RESULTS OF A SUCCESSFUL FASHION SHOW
The following items were purchased and delivered to the
Ralph H. Johnson VAMC on Thursday, November 15, 2018:
24 Backpacks filled with a blanket, knit hat, gloves,
socks, toiletry items and individual snacks
12 empty backpacks
17 sweatshirts and 24 sweatpants (various sizes)
A total dollar amount $1,100
It was a 'cold' day and the Voluntary Service office at the VA
was absolutely thrilled to receive our donation.
 Perfect Timing!
The total amount received from the Fashion Show
was $1603.  Remaining proceeds have been added to the
treasury for other projects and commitments.
 
                  
                                                                                                          
Our faithful workers  Barbara Gentle, Henriellen Quail, Joyce Gump, Rosemary Horner
Jean Timmons, Fran Carnovale (not shown)
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SUCCESSFUL FASHION SHOW!
October 16, 2018 
 
A benefit to support our homeless Veterans, Fisher House,  VA Hospital, 
and the Women Veterans of America Lowcountry Chapter
 
Our Models 
       (L-R) Barbara Gentle, Ruth Schwartz, Brenda Mills, Donna Doughty, Fran Carnovale        
                                                                                                                                                                    
                
                
                                                               
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June 17, 2018,  Our First Year
We began with a membership of 10 and have grown to 22 members.   At the ALA Department (State) Convention in June 2018 we received an award:
2017-2018 Certificate of Participation Membership 
SC Unit 136 Mount Pleasant
Thank you for your effort in exceeding 100% Membership
WELL DONE!
Signed by Judy Hennis, Department President
Pat Jarvis, Membership Chairmen
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Palmetto Girls State
Girls State is a nonpartisan program that teaches young women responsible citizenship and love for God and Country.  Since the inception of the program in 1937, nearly one million young women have learned first hand how their state and local government works.  They also learn how to participate in the functioning of their state's government in preparation for their future roles as responsible adult citizens.
Unit 136 had the opportunity to sponsor nine young women on June 10-16, 2018.  The unit doesn't support financially, but the young women need our Unit's recommendation and we were very pleased to do so.  Our member, Meri DuPre, spent the week working with the young women at Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC.
At our June 2018 Meeting, we invited the young women and their parents to join us and share their experiences.   Those that attended the meeting shared how the program consumed them for a week of learning how our government functions and, most importantly, how the week changed their lives.
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 Fund Raisers
February/March 2018 was our first fundraiser for the Charleston Fisher House.  We collected a total of $280 and purchased fruit, breakfast bars, coffee, laundry items, and disposable kitchen items.  We delivered them to Ms. Johnson at the Fisher House March 22.
In December we joined the American Legion Post for a Christmas Party and each member attending brought an unwrapped toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.
The Unit joined the Post in November for a live and silent auction as a joint fundraiser for the VA Hospital and a Post building fund.  The auction raised over  $6400 with fifty percent designated to buying clothing items, and other necessities for needy veterans and fifty percent for the building fund.
In October a donation allowed the Unit to purchase shoes for the VA Hospital.
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Items available for purchase to raise additional money.
Military Bracelet Bands  $5.00 ea. 3 for $10.00
Green Light a Vet program (green light bulb) $2.00 ea.
Post 136 koozies 3 for $5.00
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May 16, 2018, Unit election of officers. 
President - Jean Timmons
First Vice President/Membership - Henriellen Quail
Second Vice President - Joyce Gump
Secretary/Treasurer - 
Chaplain - Rosemary Horner
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June 16, 2017
Great News!  We're officially a chartered organization ready for business.  Judy Hennis, President of ALA Dept of SC, attended our first meeting and presented us with the Charter and a Charter Membership Roll.  She also very graciously assisted us with the guidelines for conducting meetings and other matters of importance.  Judy has been very helpful in each step along the way.  Our heartfelt thanks to her!

   

             

     Photo on the left.  Henriellen Quail, Elizabeth DuPre, Jean Timmons, Robin Riggins, Elizabeth Richards, Judy Hennis.
Photo on the right.  Jean Timmons (L) receives Charter from Judy Hennis.

 

WHO WE ARE 

Patriotism and veterans advocacy is so important to the American Legion Auxiliary that for nearly a century we've been serving, educating, and giving to America's finest - our servicemen and women.  We answer the call of Service Not Self.

We are the nearly 3/4 million wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, granddaughters, and descendants of veterans who served our great country during times of war.  Some of us are veterans ourselves.

HOW DO I JOIN

An application must be completed with the pertinent details selected and the annual dues included.  If the veteran through whom the applicant is eligible for membership is living, he/she must be a current member of the American Legion.  Complete the entire line by marking the living box, and by stating the veteran's Post name, Post number, city, and state. 

If the veteran through whom the applicant is eligible for membership is deceased, the veteran's name and time frame of service must be completed including the Applicant's Relationship to the Veteran. 

Please share this information with all family members and encourage them to join the ALA.  For details please call Henriellen Quail (410) 294-4835 or Jean Timmons at (843) 872-7875.