American Legion Auxiliary, San Dieguito Unit 416
Meeting Highlights – October 2017

Special Guests

•  We were pleased to welcome two of our Girls State representatives, Edie Uebethor from La Costa Canyon, and Madison Vance from San Dieguito Academy, who shared their experiences at this year’s event.

Committee Reports and Activities

•  President Sondra Mote announced that District President, Moe Giacolone, will be our guest at the next meeting on January 2, 2018.

•  Our annual Christmas party will be held on Sunday, December 10th from 3:00 to 6:00pm. This is a Pot Luck Party, so bring a dish to share. And we’ll also be holding our traditional ‘Dirty Santa’ gift exchange, stealing gifts from one another! (Gifts limited to $20.) Come join in the fun!

•  Volunteers are needed to shop for Christmas gifts, to be distributed to 3 or 4 transitioning veteran families. To participate, please contact Sondra Mote.

•  Volunteers and donations of new or gently used Christmas decorations are also requested for the Veterans facility in Chula Vista. Please email Sondra if you would like to participate.Linda Olsen, Girls State Chair, reported that she had spoken with representatives from Torrey Pines, La Costa Canyon, and San Dieguito Academy about nominees for next year’s Girls State. Reservations must be submitted in January/February 2018.

•  Fifty Turkey Trot Baskets for veterans were assembled at the residence of the event’s sponsors, Steve and Kristie Lebherz. Baskets were filled with traditional Thanksgiving food items and a $30 gift card. News of the activity was broadcast on CBS-8 San Diego, November 13th.

•  First Vice President, Shirley Reeves, relinquished the Executive Woman position, in compliance with the Unit’s bylaws, which restrict an individual to hold only one elected office at a time. The position will remain unfilled for the remainder of the year.

•  On behalf of Second Vice President, Nancy Kiesel, Sondra Mote reported that dinner receipts for October were $280, and would be deposited in the General Fund.

•  The annual golf tournament was a great success, totaling nearly $4000 in entry fees and donations. Funds will be distributed to Camp Pendleton YMCA families, and Next Step Service Dogs in January 2018.

•  Chaplain Connielou Caldwell encouraged acts of love and prayer, to effect real change in these stressful times. She also reminded everyone to review their earthquake preparations.

•  Eight hundred poppies have been ordered for the annual Poppy Drive.


•  Important! Membership dues for 2018 must be paid by December 31st to avoid delinquency and possible loss of membership!

•  There will be no December meeting, nor dinner due to the holidays.

•  Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 2nd, with refreshments at 6:30pm, followed immediately by the regular meeting at 7:00pm.