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Auxiliary

American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary members Mildred Unglesby of Albany, left, and Ayako Clayton of Corvallis and work on a quilt Wednesday at the American Legion in Albany. (David Patton/Democrat-Herald)

At the new Legion, the auxiliary now has enough space for supplies and materials

Members of the American Legion Post 10 Auxiliary do a lot of sewing. Thanks to the design of the new Post 10, they now have space for supplies.

The mission of the 92-year-old organization is to help veterans, assist children and youth, and provide community service. Members meet that mission in many ways, but one of the most prominent is in creating hand-tied quilts.

Auxiliary members took a trunkload of quilts to the Roseburg Veterans Hospital three weeks ago. Since then, they’ve finished at least 18 more. Some may go to local veterans in assisted living facilities next week once the hubbub of Veterans Day is over.

All that sewing requires a lot of fabric and other materials. The Auxiliary had a small storage closet in the old Post 10, which was destroyed in an arson fire on July 4, 2010, but after the blaze, members just had to find space wherever they could.

Mostly, that was in members’ homes, said Nadine Wood, a 34-year member who’s currently serving as parliamentarian and executive board member.

The Auxiliary was able to move into its new room following completion of the new Post 10 building this past summer. At 12 by 30 feet, it’s roughly three times the size of the room the group had used in the old building.

“When we got this nice big room, we were thrilled,” Wood said.

Right now, the room is being used to store items for the Auxiliary’s holiday bazaar, which takes place Nov. 15 and 16. It’s a meeting space to talk about Veterans Day — Wood just wrapped up a personal project to contact all local, living past Auxiliary presidents to invite them to Monday’s Veterans Day Grand Parade.

It holds supplies for the paper poppies the members distribute on Memorial Day as a fundraiser for veterans programs, and for the summer Girls State leadership and civics academy, which has produced a governor from Albany the last two years. (Victoria Garcia of South Albany High School was elected this past summer.)

Perhaps best of all, added Suzanne Driver, secretary-treasurer, the room has its own phone. The old room didn’t, so members did all their calls from their own phones at home, unless someone happened to have a cell.

“We have a phone! We have a telephone!” Driver said, beaming. “People can leave messages here! We can call people back!”

The Auxiliary meets at 2 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month. Members must be over 18 and have an affiliation with a family member who is a veteran, such as a sibling, parent or grandparent. The organization also invites junior members under 18 to join.

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Jennifer Moody is the education reporter for the Democrat-Herald. She can be reached at 541-812-6113 or jennifer.moody@lee.net.

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