Caring's common thread through Legion Auxiliary activities
For a well-established organization, Ellsworth’s American Legion Auxiliary keeps evolving.
Although the group’s origin dates back over 90 years, its members tried a brand new project just last month, for example. Incoming President Phyllis Beastrom said the garage sale they held during Ellsworth Polka Fest weekend was a first and perhaps an annual event in the future.
Not highly successful financially, the sale had the upstairs of the Legion hall packed with donated items nevertheless, Beastrom said to indicate the large interest.
“We had a fun time getting acquainted with everyone,” she said, referring to the participants. And some funds were generated to help veterans, she added.
Beastrom herself is a microcosm of the old-and-new blend characterizing the local auxiliary. In the president’s job just around a month, she’s belonged for 23 years and was the treasurer for 10, she said. The deal she agreed to when approached about becoming president was someone else would have to take over the auxiliary treasurer’s responsibilities (she’s also the Pierce County Treasurer).
The new president said she has ideas for energizing the ranks, which presently number 99, and include 18 who’ve been involved for between 50-and-59 years, plus six above 60 years (Marie Demuth holds top longevity at 67 years). Among the notions is organizing a trip to a new veterans home in Chippewa Falls, perhaps additionally making lap robes, bibs and bags to attach to their walkers for the vets there. Admittedly, these are past endeavors for which supply might have overcome demand, but could now be welcome again.
For more please read the August 28 print version of the Herald.