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Legion hosts girl scouts, mayor at meeting

November 8, 2013
Traer Star-Clipper

Kubik-Finch Post #142 American Legion Auxiliary met at the Memorial Building on Tuesday, October 15 at 7 p.m. Ten members were present.

Guests attending this meeting were the fourth grade girl scout troop, led by Dawn Breakenridge, and Mayor Pete Holden.

The girl scouts addressed the Auxiliary first, as leader Dawn told us about several service projects these scouts had participated in... most recently, election day and library community service. Individually the girl scouts introduced themselves and noted why they liked being in their girl scout troop. Scouts attending were: Izzy Urban, Cameron Dinsdale, Jules Breakenridge, Kaitlyn Calderwood, Calia Clubb and Mya Sierra. Co-leader Kim Calderwood was also in attendance. The girls enjoyed past activities like the UNI sports clinic, painting at Otter Creek, roller skating and camping at Otter Creek and Camp Tahigua in Decorah. Several girls expressed their appreciation and are looking forward to future activities as girl scouts. A check was presented by Auxiliary President Diane Owens to girl scout leader Dawn Breakenridge.

Also attending was Mayor Pete Holden, who annually presents to the Auxiliary the State of the City address. He is currently in his third term as Mayor, starting his fifth year in this office.

Mayor Holden assessed the past year as a good year with a number of positive events, including the Traer Manufacturing building having been sold by the city to Heartland Co-op, the wind power generator showing substantial financial benefits to the community, the sale of 130 solar panels to home owners (offering them and future investors a 12% return) and the opening of the Mill Street Bridge. All these advancements were the result of the efforts of numerous city employees and individuals in the Traer community. Additionally, Traer Development Corporation continues to search for ways to improve the downtown area. It is recognized that many Traer citizens are interested in having a restaurant business started here in Traer. In the way of improvements, it is hoped that the Beaman Restaurant site will eventually be repurposed. He also noted that he understand that the Traer Mfg. Bldg. will be repaired to some extent by Heartland and it will be used primarily for storage, while parts of the facility will be made as rental space. Heartland has indicated that the appearance of the site will change due to additional grain silos being built there.

Vice President Karen Podhajsky: Will there be any jobs created involving the Traer Mfg. Bdlg.?

Mayor Holden: Maybe 5.

President Diane Owens: What is the pool project status:

Holden: Fundraising fell short. There seemed to be a lack of interest at the time. There has been a change regarding the pool fundraising and management in general; Josh Youel will be taking that over.

Podhajsky: Is there any news about the movie theater digital 3-D projector?

Holden: The improvement has made operation of it much simpler to use... being CD/DVD based.

Holden: We need to note that the current kindergarten enrollment is down to 17. Community growth is always a concern.

Mayor Holden shared with the Auxiliary a project he founded for high school students, he headed a high school pistol team. The class was offered to all high school students (girls and boys). 14 boys signed up. Pete's training and the students' practicing paid off early, as in their first competition with older marksmen, Traer won.

After the girl scouts and Mayor Holden left, the meeting resumed. Colors were advanced by Pres. Diane Owens and First V.P. Karen Podhajsky. The prayer was given by Chaplain Karen Podhajsky and followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, Preamble to the Constitution, and Vacant Chair. Three officers were present. The secretary's minutes from September were read by Second Vice Pres. Elaine Fink (Verona Staker was ill). The minutes were approved as read. The Treasurer's Report was given by First Vice Pres. Karen Podhajsky (Kathy Manful was ill and recovering from foot surgery). This report will be placed on file for audit.

A thank you note was read from Mallory Owens: "Thank you very much for your kind words, wishes, and 'help education' check. This will help very much! I have had so many memories being in the Junior Auxiliary! I know there will be many more to come in the future, as I plan to still be a member. All of you ladies are very special to me. Thanks so much again! -Mallory Owens"

First Vice Pres. Karen Podhajsky spoke on membership, which is currently 11, and the goal is 178.

Kathy Stammer spoke on the emergency fund money.

Pres. Owens noted the following dates and events:

Nov. 11 - National Education Week (two dozen bars or cookies to be provided to Ramona by Nov. 11 by Arlene, Karen and Elaine)

Nov. 18 - Dinner at Memorial Building

Nov. 19 - Auxiliary Meeting at 7 p.m.

Next meeting, Cindy Blaine will speak on Americanism and National Security. No further business. Jean Beenken motioned adjournment. Irene Hanus seconded this motion. Motion carried and adjourned at 7:50 p.m. by Pres. Diane Owens. Chaplain Karen Podhajsky read final prayer. Colors retired.

A delicious lemon dessert and beverages were served by Marguerite Hulme and Zoeann Wignall.



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