Mt. Post 781 LadiesAuxiliary Continues Tradition Supporting Local Military Personnel
THE TRADITION CONTNIUES-Mountain Post 781 Ladies Auxiliary has been supporting local veterans since 1921. Today, the auxiliary holds numerous fundrasiers and projects throughout the year to benefit military personnel. Some of the auxiliary’s members, front from left: Gen Yeager, Chaplin; Patti Lambiase, 2nd Vice President; Karen Gayeski, Secretary; Dawn Edwards, President; Barbara Thomas, Vice President; Marie Heckman, Treasurer; and Mary Miller Sergeant of Arms. Back: Beverly Powell, Paula Woolfolk, Publicity Chairman; Katie Chado, Membership Chairman; Marcia Finn, Bi-County President; Peggy Buff, Judy Buff, Rosanne Bressi, Arlene Krajewski, and Sharon Gancarcik.

The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Mountain Post 781 has been a support for local veterans since 1921, and continues that tradition in force today. The women of Post 781 have a slate of fundraisers, events and service opportunities on the calendar for 2018 and are looking for new members, both young and old, to help maintain support for local military personnel.

The mission of the American Legion Auxiliary is to “support The American Legion and to honor the sacrifice of those who serve by enhancing the lives of our veterans, military, and their families… advocate for veterans, educate our citizens, mentor youth, and promote patriotism, good citizenship, peace and security.” The Mountain Post Auxiliary does this by raising money for various service projects that send Christmas packages to troops, needy families, and veterans in retirement homes; By hosting an essay contest and dinner for elementary students and luncheons for VA patients; And by monetarily supporting organizations that assist local families and homeless veterans.

Dawn Edwards, current President of 781 Ladies Auxiliary, became a member to support her active duty son and stepson, and continued that membership when she moved to Mountaintop in 2011.

“When you have children in the military you want to do whatever you can to support them” relates Dawn, who described the group as “dedicated, welcoming, and very friendly”.

Dawn explains that there are several groups within the American Legion organization and, in addition to their own projects; the Ladies Auxiliary supports the others in joint efforts across the entire organization. While most people will recognize the American Legion at the annual Independence Day Parade, the ladies regularly host a Memorial Day luncheon, a calendar of days out for VA Patients, ship Christmas packages to troops stationed overseas, donate money to support needy families, domestic violence shelters and homeless veterans, and award a scholarship to a female Crestwood Student. They also assist in fundraising during the Ham Shoot coming up on March 25th, a Turkey Shoot in the fall, and other functions.

“We know the names of all our veterans in nursing homes,” says Dawn of the Christmas deliveries and the VA luncheons. “We know some don’t have families and it really brightens them up, and the men who come to the luncheons really appreciate getting out of the hospital for the day.”

The Mountain Post Ladies Auxiliary has 178 paid members, and approximately 20-50 active members who also donate their time on a regular basis. According to Dawn, there is no shortage of ambition, and the group has recently come up with new ideas such as “wet your pallet” or “paint and sip” fundraisers, hoagie sales and a vendor craft fair.

She points out, “We’re constantly finding things to donate to, we just don’t always have the money. We do not maintain a high balance as It is our wish to continue to give to our Veterans, community and children through the ongoing support from our members and their volunteer service during our fundraisers.”

Past President, Marcia Finn also expresses her dedication to the organization. “The Ladies Auxiliary is primarily focused on our Veterans and helping them in any way we can. They put their lives on the line for our country and our homeless Veterans are need our help for them to recapture their lives as they once were.”

“We are always supporting our armed services, past present and future, and encouraging patriotism throughout our community” adds Dawn. “We want to be a “go-to” place for that support.”

Dawn stresses that the group is for any age. In fact, she is looking to some young women who may be interested in fostering a Junior Auxiliary and spearhead some project for young people.

“So many people think [the American Legion] is just a bar, but we are so much more,” explains Dawn. “There are rentable facilities, over 200 acres for hunting and hiking, and a disc golf course. Some of our members just come to the meetings. You don’t even have to visit the bar.”

For more information on membership or the upcoming Wreath Making Party on April 21 or the Craft Fair and Clothing Drive on May 6, Contact Paula Woolfolk at 570-885-2624 or Dawn Edwards

The American Legion post 781 Ladies Auxiliary is always looking for the names of active duty service members and meets the first Tuesday of every month from September through June at 7:30 at the legion lower level.

For membership information, contact Chairperson Katie Chado at