VFW Auxiliary 2496 hears jail presentation

The October meeting of VFW Auxiliary 2496 was called to order by the president. There were nine members present. Before the meeting started a joint information session was held with a presentation by Sheriff Steve Kieliszewski, who provided details on the upcoming jail millage and condition of the existing jail.

There were two new applications for life membership and after a vote both were accepted. Minutes were read from last month’s meeting and approved. The treasurer’s report was given and accepted pending audit.

Reports were given on the success of the Polish dinner/dance. Approximately 130 dinners were served and extra food was sold, increasing the profit. Donations from several businesses and many individuals were greatly appreciated and will help provide more winter coats for children.

The bingo report was given and a $1,000 was donated.

The mixed pool tournament held in September was attended by 14 teams from around the state. The team event and doubles were won by Alpena. Several auxiliary members participated in the Tunnel to Towers 5K Run/Walk held Sept. 16.

Committee reports for September and October were given. The president announced that all information must now be obtained and submitted online using the new MALTA computer program. The installation of the new system has caused several long delays in the delivery of membership cards. Officers are encouraged to attend training to learn the program.

On Veterans Day Post 2496 will host a luncheon and silent auction to raise money for the Veterans Relief Fund. Food and monetary donations would be greatly appreciated. Auxiliary flags will be removed from the cemeteries later this month.

Closing ceremonies were conducted and the meeting adjourned. The next regular meeting will be held Nov. 14 at 7 p.m.