The District 6 American Legion Auxiliary president Theresa Maeschen from Mitchell held a  group meeting at the Letcher Community Center Saturday morning at 10 a.m., Nov. 3. Discussion was held about the National convention that was held in June, and a group workshop in Sioux Falls that Theresa had attended in October. Auxiliary members from Woonsocket, Mt. Vernon, Mitchell and Letcher attended. Letcher unit furnished breakfast. Letcher Auxiliary President Sandi Ruml presented President Maeschen a patriotic scarf as a thank you gift. It was a very informative and fun meeting.

Sunday evening, the Letcher American Legion Auxiliary hosted a potluck supper for area veterans and their families at the Letcher Community Center. Apparently 45 people were in attendance and a great meal was provided. Auxiliary President Sandi Ruml gave a reading on the history of the armistice between Germany and Russia being signed at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with the end of WW1 in 1918, 100 years ago this Veterans Day. Guest speaker Karen Klinkner of Artesian did a slide presentation on her military career and being picked for the very first Women’s Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in September. 

Tom Johnson sang “God Bless the USA,” and Joyce Swagger played all hymns of each branch of the military. The veterans stood to be honored as the crowd sang. 

The program was closed with everyone singing “God Bless America.”

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The Letcher Legion Auxualiary met Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Letcher Community Center.

The meeting was called to order.

Chaplin Pat led the prayer.

The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble to the Constitution were recited.

Five members were present.

The secretary’s report was read and approved.

The treasurer’s report was read and approved.

Yearly membership dues are now due. Adults are $21 (18 years old and over) and junior members are $5.

Motion by Pat, seconded by Kathy, to purchase 10 additional magnetic backs for the ALA emblems.

Nov. 3 at 10 a.m., there will be a County Unit meeting at the Letcher Community Center. All local members are welcome to attend. Coffee and an assortment of breads will be served.

On Nov. 11 at 6 p.m., there will be the Legion’s annual Veteran’s Day supper. All are welcome.  This is a potluck style meal, so please bring a dish to share. There will be a short program.

There will be a VA Christmas party at the Sioux Falls VA on Dec. 13.

The Letcher unit will donate 12 handmade Christmas stockings to the VA by Dec. 10.

There was a motion by Karen to buy American flag picks for Teacher Appreciation Week, seconded by Kathy.

The unit’s Snack Pack months this year are January and April.

Oct. 27 is Make A Difference Day. How will you make a difference in someone’s life today and every day?

Trunk or Treat is scheduled for Oct. 28, at 5 p.m., Main St, Letcher.

Nov. 12-16 is American Education Week. The unit will be bringing apples to the teachers as a thank you.

Closing prayer was led by Chaplain Pat.

The meeting was adjourned.

The next meeting will be Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Kathy N. will be the hostess. All meetings will be held the second Monday of the month at the Letcher Community Center.  All members are welcome to attend.

Michael Hoffman proudly stands next to his completed Little Free Library that he dedicated to the Town of Letcher with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Sunday, Oct. 21. He painted it red because that’s his favorite color.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, Michael Hoffman, an eighth grader at Sanborn Central, had a ribbon cutting and dedication of a Little Free Library that he built for the town of Letcher. He is the son of Nick Diede and Missy Hobaugh. 

While visiting his great-great Aunt Cookie (Colleen Sundstrom) in Chestertown, Md., Michael saw a Little Free Library, and he and his mother decided that Letcher, his hometown, could benefit from one. 

Letcher’s town library closed a few years ago, so there hasn’t been easy access to books for the small town for a while. Because of this, Michael thought building a Little Free Library would be a great community service and 4-H project. After researching about them online, he, his mom, dad and great-grandpa, Clarence Olson, worked on it together to make it a reality. 

Once the building was done, Michael had to register it online for $40 to put it on the world map with the rest of the Little Free Libraries. He received a plaque to put on the front of his little library to make it official. 

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!