Nevada American Legion Auxiliary Unit #48 celebrated their 99th birthday, along with honoring the American Legion in their 100th year on Nov 17. The hall was decorated in red, white and blue, with a beautiful centerpiece donated by the Flower Bed. Karin Lynch fixed a wonderful meal of jaeger schnitzel.
We were honored to have with us Department of Iowa President Mary Sebben, Story County President Joyce Elliot, Department Commander Scott Moline, 6th District Commander Stan Merrill and Nevada Post #48 Commander Don Kockler.
Our guest speakers were from the Iowa Veterans Home. Aimee Deimerly, volunteer services coordinator and Stacy Bane, ALA representative, talked about the veterans home in Marshalltown. Currently there are over 500 residents at the home — both men and women, ranging in age from 35 to 101. All residents have some kind of medical needs. Aimee talked how some of the residents need help getting around and that’s were we can volunteer to help.
Our unit has two people, Barb Dodd and Beth Lycke, who go over to the home and help the residents with different activities. They help with BINGO, taking people in wheelchairs to the main dining hall, help load people on the IVH bus to go out for the day, grocery shopping and many more activities.
Stacy talked about her role as the holiday season begins. Stacy is in charge of buying 500 Christmas gifts for the residents to look at and send to their family. Many of the residents can’t afford or are not able to go buy gifts, so the home furnishes gifts for them. So as the end of the year comes around, and you would like to donate to the Iowa Veterans Home, this is just one area your money goes to help our men and women there.
We also heard speeches from our other guests. The evening ended with everyone singing “God Bless America.”