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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.

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