installs new officers
By Brenda Foskey, Publicity chairman
On May 22, the Delmar Memorial VFW Post 8276 Ladies Auxiliary held
its installation of officers at the post home. The Department of Maryland
Auxiliary president Sister Jacquelyn Kimball joined the group as a
guest and to install the 1999-2000 officers of the auxiliary.
The new officers are as follows: Mary Lou Davenport, president; Sandy
Davis, senior vice president; Dee McDonnell, junior vice president;
Joan Davis, chaplain; Alice Price, guard; Norma Cuglar, conductress;
Rose Hastings, secretary; Phyllis Crouch, patriotic instructor; and
Carol Warrington, three-year trustee.
Other guests from the Department of Maryland Auxiliary who participated
were Carol Betro, department chief of staff, and Bernice Shimuzu,
department guard for 1998-99.
The remaining guests were the members of the post and the Mayor of
Delmar, Del., John McDonnell.
Preceding the installation everyone enjoyed a covered-dish dinner.
Following the installation the out-going president of the auxiliary
gave her farewell speech and gave gifts of appreciation to Cmdr. Percy
Elliott, her officers, chairmen and to those who had assisted the
auxiliary throughout the year.
On June 21, the auxiliary joined other auxiliaries in Ocean City for
the 72nd LAVFW Department of Maryland convention.
The 4-day affair began Monday evening with the memorial service, followed
by three days of meetings during which the auxiliaries were recognized
for their work throughout the year.
The Delmar auxiliary brought home the following honors: first place
in Rehabilitation, National Home, Publicity, Youth Groups, Historian,
and President's Special Project.
year all the auxiliaries in Maryland gave a donation of more than
$44,000 to the American Diabetes Organization. This was the president's
special project for the year.
The Delmar auxiliary received second place in Cancer Aid and Research
and third place in Hospital, Community Service and Americanism.
Citations were received in VOD and Youth Essay and Buddy Poppy.
The Buddy Poppy Display done by Betty Fitzgerald received second place
in the Artistic and Decorative category. The convention ended with
the installation of the new Department of Maryland officers.
In July, the auxiliary began its new year under the leadership of
Carol Simonsen as the Department of Maryland president, and Mary Lou
Davenport as auxiliary president.
Simonsen, along with other members of the auxiliary, will be attending
OTI/Early Conference which will be held in Delmar.
The auxiliary serves veterans, community, the youth and its own organization.
It will promote all of the programs it has for the youth in the community,
will be searching for new members and will once again offer a dinner
on Friday nights at the post home.
The Laurel Star newspaper is seeking a person to write stories for
the Delmar pages of the paper. The writer will be expected to cover
meetings in the Delmar area and report on town and school activities.
Some feature writing will also be required.
For details, or to submit an application, contact publisher Bryant