2011-02-24 / Local & State

American Legion Auxiliary Holds Meeting

By Carol Singel

On February 9, 2011, at 7 p.m. the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561 meeting was called to order. There were six members present. A donation was made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Big Cove Tannery in memory of Ruth Dubbs.

The Americanism Essay Contest titled “How Can I Encourage My Friends to Show Pride In Being an Americam?” will end on March 1. The essay contest is open to any student in Fulton County’s school districts in grades 3 to 12. Essays will be judged on March 9 with one winning essays from each division going onto Council level. Each winning essay will receive a $50 United States Savings Bond from the McConnellsburg American Legion Auxiliary Unit 561.

Again this year, “Project Cookie Jar” will take place. The auxiliary will be working with Girl Scout troops 80898, 80456, and 80457, who are collecting cookies to be sent to service members overseas. Last year, there were more than 250 boxes sent. Cookies will be $3 a box and can be purchased from any Girl Scout. The Scouts will collect the cookies until March 15, and the auxiliary will pay the postage to send them overseas. Monetary donations can also be given to help offset the cost of postage. If you have a loved one from Fulton County overseas, and would like a box sent to their unit, please contact Joyce Mellott at 717- 485-5222. Look for the Girl Scouts on Saturday, February 26, from 10 a.m. to noon in front of Great Cove Baskets to kick of this year’s sale. Come out and show your support for our troops overseas by sending them a little bit of “home.”

Adams, Franklin, Fulton, York County Council American Legion Auxiliary Scholar ship will again this year be awarded two high school students entering a two- or fouryear college, trade school or business school following graduation. The award will be in two payments of $500 each. Deadline for this scholarship will be April 15, 2011.

Applications can be gotten from the student’s school or by calling Carol Singel at 717-485-9142.

Keystone Girls State will be held from June 26 until July 2, 2011, this year.

Keystone Girls State is a top-notch program that offers valuable government instruction and leadership training while affording an opportunity to form lasting friendships. It is not a camp or vacation, but rather a school of government. The main objective of the program is to educate young women as to the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of American citizenship. Girls State is a mythical nonpartisan 51st state. Attendees will experience all levels of government from city, county, state and federal government and will be assigned to a mythical political party.

In order to be considered, girls must be citizens of the United States and have completed the junior year in high school by June 2011. In addition, guidelines require that all participants have never been wed and do not have children of their own. She also should be recognized for her leadership abilities, character, good citizenship and scholarship. The program is strenuous physically as well as emotionally. It is very active and will require a lot of walking. Unfortunately, the program is unable to meet any dietary requests. Applications can be gotten from the student’s high school or by calling Carol Singel at 717- 485-9142. Deadline will be April 15, 2011.

Council meeting will be held at Shilo Legion Post on March 3. Any auxiliary member interested in going, should contact Carol Singel at 717-485-9142 no later than March 1. Departure will be at 7:30 a.m. from the Mc- Connellsburg Legion.

The next auxiliary meeting will be held on March 9 at 7 p.m. All members are welcome. Anyone interested in reading and judging the Americanism essays should be there by 6 p.m. in order to be finished by the regular meeting time.

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