Ladies Auxiliary Archive

Supporting the National Home for Children

VFW Post 1463 received a letter of thanks for generous support of the NATIONAL HOME FOR CHILDREN 2009-2010 . VFW Post 1463 was awarded a Silver Donor Plaque indicating a donation of $1,000 to $1,999.

Ladies Auxiliary Treasurer Wins National Award

Kathy Wiker, treasurer of the Ladies Auxiliary to Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463, has received the National Aide-De-Camp award from the 2010-2011 Ladies Auxiliary National President, Cortina Barnes. The award was announced recently at the Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in San Antonio, TX. This marks the first national award for a Post 1463 Ladies Auxiliary member.

Mrs. Wiker received an Aide-De-Camp pin and letter from National President Barnes in appreciation of her efforts in securing 21 new or reinstated auxiliary members from July 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011 and submitting all paperwork according to the rules of the Ladies Auxiliary membership program.

The Lititz Springs VFW Post 1463 and its Ladies Auxiliary congratulates Kathy on her national award and wishes her continued success.


Ladies Auxiliary Cancer Walkathon

On Saturday, October 22, the Ladies Auxiliary Cancer Walkathon, coordinated by Chris Caruthers, took place in Lititz Springs Park.

The Warwick High School Brass Ensemble started the day off by playing the National Anthem while Tom Tedrow, Joel Ellis and Robert Aikens displayed the colors. Local Girl Scouts of America joined us in setting up, walking and cleanup. Several vendors set up shop. The sale of an array of gifts at the raffle table added to our total profit for CA Aid & Research. More details and piuctures can be found here.

Ladies Auxiliary Raffle - April 17,18

Recently the ladies of the auxiliary held a raffle at Sunday breakfast and Monday Madness. There were great prizes and a bake sale. Thanks to the loyal support of Post members, the raffle was very successful.

Profits from the fundraiser help support our local, state and national auxiliary programs. In recent months the Ladies Auxiliary has supported military assistance programs including Adopt-A-Vet, Adopt-A-Family; cancer aid and research; VFW National Home for Children; Lititz Fourth of July weekend; Salute to Veterans at Clipper Stadium; Power Pack Project and many more programs.

(Left to Right) Bonnie Tedrow, Senior vice-president; Janet Getz, Auxiliary Trustee and District 9 President; Anne Loechner, Patriotic Instructor; Kathy Wiker, Treasurer; Susan Ellis, President; auxiliary sister Bev Wickenheiser.

Cards for Troops

The ladies of the auxiliary gathered in November to write holiday cards for the troops and our veterans in local nursing homes. They also made bookmarks topped with poppies to include with the comfort kits the post would present to our nursing home vets.

We enjoyed a covered dish dinner at this first auxiliary social evening. Everyone enjoyed working and dining together and we hope to do this again very soon. We can break the winter doldrums with another event like this in January or February. Let's think about visiting local veterans in nursing homes for Valentines Day, and bring some small token of appreciation again.

Thanksgiving Community Dinner

The Lititz United Methodist Church offered Thanksgiving Day Dinner to the community again this year. While some volunteers served dinner at the church, other volunteers delivered approximately 40 Thanksgiving dinners to shut-ins in the area.

VFW Post 1463 and Ladies Auxiliary participants included: (Back Row L to R) Joel Ellis, Ken Loechner, Richard Getz. (Front row L to R) Susan Ellis, Janet Getz, Anne Loechner, Lily Stief.

Our first Meet and Greet was held on August 30, 2010. It went well with seven renewals obtained. We distributed pamphlets on our flag, homeland security, veterans benefits and legislative directories, information on our auxiliary and how it works. Hopefully, some of those who visited us will attend at least one meeting or event this year. Melissa (our new Post bartender) was selected as the winner of the free annual membership. Thanks to all who helped and attended.

A plaque was presented to Anne Loechner in appreciation and recognition of her years of dedication as patriotic instructor. Originally the plaque was presented to Anne by the Ladies Auxiliary at their final meeting of the year in June 2010. On June 22, Anne and Kathy Wiker posed for a picture as a remembrance of the event.

June 22, 2010 - Ladies gathered to address custom forms and send out membership letters.

July 8, 2010 - Auxiliary Members joined other community volunteers to pack Care Packages for Troops. A total of 238 care packages were packed and shipped to troops in Iraq, Afghanistan and Horn of Africa.

For a blast from the past, you may read Auxiliary minutes from the 1940s by downloading this PDF file. Kathy Wiker, Susan Ellis and Janet Getz discovered the journal in a closet in April 2010.