American Legion delivers Valentine’s, welcomes two new members

The Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary Unit #79 initiated two new members Feb. 14, Jill Smith and Stephanie Choudek. Pictured (left to right) are American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota President 2022-2023 Mary Kuperus, Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary 1st Vice Darlene Wondra, member Linda Ruhland, 2nd Vice Colleen Pavek, Executive Committee Member Marilyn Prchal, President Connie Shriver, and new members Stephanie Choudek and Jill Smith. Submitted photo.

Junior members of the Montgomery American Legion Auxiliary Unit #79 (ALA), Izzi Kotek and Nevaeh Persing, crafted Valentine’s Day cards for 11 local veterans in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Auxiliary member Colleen Pavek delivered some of the cards to veterans at The Harbor and Golden Years Home. Auxiliary members Mary Jane Grundhoffer and Connie Shriver delivered the rest of the Valentine’s Day cards to veterans at Traditions of Montgomery and Park Manor Apartments.

The auxiliary also officially welcomed two new members to the unit on Tuesday, Feb. 14 during its annual Valentine’s Day Dinner. Jill Smith and Stephanie Choudek, both of Montgomery, were initiated into the unit. The ALA is a community of volunteers serving veterans, military, and their families. Its members also support the mission of the American Legion in improving the quality of life for the nation’s veterans.

ALA will hold its next monthly meeting Wednesday, March 8 at 7 p.m., at the American Legion in Montgomery. A light meal will be served at starting at 6:30 p.m.

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