THE NCVA-NE AUXILIARY
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THE BEGINNING- NCVA-NE Auxiliary by Suzie Gowie
The NCVA-NE Spring Reunion 2010 held in South Portland, ME, witnessed the birth of an Auxiliary.
Suzie Gowie, spouse of Art Gowie, CTOCS (USN Ret) invited the spouses to an informal gathering to discuss the organization of an Auxiliary. It was unanimously decided to form an Auxiliary whose purpose will be to support the Chapter through activities that will support the local communities where the reunions are held.
The Auxiliary's first official meeting will take place at the fall reunion in Rhode Island, where they will elect officers and be officially commissioned by the NCVA-NE Chapter.
The newly formed Auxiliary first thanked Barbara St. Onge for all her hard work, especially for putting together the Penny Sale at the 2007 NCVA national reunion, then went on to discuss and vote on the disbursement of the monies raised. After making a list of organizations the group would like to support, the decision was made to donate $300 to each of the following organizations:
Wounded Warrior Project - which supports returning wounded military members and their families.
Cancer Care of Maine - which supports and treats a high number of retired military.
The Maine Troop Greeters of Bangor, ME - who have greeted over one million military members either on their way overseas or returning home from deployment, and
Worcester's Wreath Company for their Wreaths Across America program that places wreaths on veterans' graves.
The meeting concluded with the idea of dues being to bring items for the local food pantries wherever the reunions are held.
Suzie would like to thank all the spouses who supported this initial meeting to organize the NCVA-NE Auxiliary.
LATEST NCVA-NE AUXILIARY NEWS:
FALL 2017 MINI-REUNION IN NASHUA, N.H.
The Auxiliary's selection for donations at the NCVA-NE Fall mini-reunion was Harbor Homes
It was recommended that either a check be made out to Harbor Homes or that a cash
donation be given to the Treasurer for forwarding to the organization from the NCVA-NE.
Any amount was welcomed, and as usual the NCVA-NE members and guests were
The transition from a soldier in combat to a civilian in an American city is often a difficult one. That is why on Thursday,
September 28th. Harbor Homes will sponsor a Stand Down for homeless veterans at 45 High Street, Nashua, NH.
The Stand Down will provide a wide variety of social services to homeless veterans such as food, shelter, clothing,
health screenings, benefits counseling, etc. For more information, visit their website at http://harborhomes.org/
AT THE 2017 SPRING REUNION THE NCVA-NE AUXILIARY MADE DONATIONS TO THE "ST. STEPHEN'S TABLE",
A MEAL PROVIDER FOR NEEDY MEN, WOMEN, AND CHILDREN AT ST. STEPHEN'S CHURCH IN PITTSFIELD, MA.
THE LIST OF ITEMS NEEDED BY THE ORGANIZATION INCLUDED: Canned coffee for percolators, Drink mixes (such as powdered
drinks they can add water to like Kool Aid, Iced tea, Lemonade, etc.), Canned tomato sauce or canned tomatoes, Canned
creamed soups (such as cream of mushroom, cream of broccoli, etc.), Canned beans (green, pinto, or black beans), Paper
placemats and paper napkins, or cash so they can purchase such items themselves.
THE AUXILIARY CAME THROUGH IN A BIG WAY FOR THE "ST. STEPHEN'S TABLE" WITH CASH, FOOD, AND PAPER
PRODUCTS. THE DONATIONS OF FOOD AND PAPER PRODUCTS WEIGHED ABOUT 200 POUNDS. ON TOP OF THAT,
WAS A CASH DONATION OF AN ADDITIONAL $165.00 WHICH THE CHURCH COULD USE AS THEY NEEDED FOR THE "TABLE".
THE CHURCH WAS DELIGHTED WITH THE AUXILIARY'S DONATIONS.
AT THE 2016 FALL REUNION,THE AUXILIARY MADE DONATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING:
The auxiliary made large food and monetary donations to the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank of Windsor, CT. All attending auxiliary members provided either items from the following list of most needed items, or cash, or a check - as a donation for the Food Bank.
The Auxiliary Members that attended the FALL 2016 MINI-REUNION were: Barbara Brown, Dorothy Carey, Deb Coutinho, Nancy Dougherty, Suzie Gowie, MaryAnn Hogan, Norma Hahn, Ann Keller, Anita Knorowski, Trude Marois, Susan Powers, Ree Sirmons, and Ramona Trombley. Special thanks to Deb Coutinho and Anita Knorowski for organizing the donation drive.
Congratulations to all the Auxiliary members and the other members of the NCVA-NE that donated food and money for a great showing to a needy local Connecticut organization! The President of the Windsor Food and Fuel Bank sent a letter of thanks
to the Auxiliary for the great donations
The weekend of May 20-22, 2016, the Auxiliary of the NCVA-NE collected items for the local Rockport, ME. animal adoption agency. Suzie Gowie coordinated the collection. Judging by the number of packages that were present, the collection was a great success.
PRIOR NCVA-NE AUXILIARY NEWS:
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