Having a national dignitary in Lake Stevens was a huge coo to the American Legion Post 181’s Women’s Auxiliary and hosting National American Legion Auxiliary President Carlene Ashworth who came to celebrate the success of this fairly new unit that has become a pillar of our community.
A formal dinner was held at Ebenezer Lutheran Church on Monday, March 7 to not only recognize Ashworth but to recognize all of the projects the women’s auxiliary have been a part of in their short time as a charter.
The Lake Stevens High School choir performed “The Star Spangled Banner” and “Flanders Field” while members of the LSHS Key Club and Sno-Isle Skill Center served food cooked by Chef Tony from Buzz Inn to the guests while local Women’s Auxiliary President Karen Morea and the unit members ensured that the guests were having a great time.
Working hand-in-hand with local Post 181 and also doing all they can to support local veterans and military is the main purpose of the women’s auxiliary unit.
“The women’s auxiliary helps our Legion post in everything we do,” Tom Thorleifson, Commander of American Legion Post 181 said. “They also have their own things like the pocket flag and coupon programs.”
Thorlefison and the rest of the post are very appreciative of all the women’s auxiliary does to serve.
“What they have been doing for us since they were first chartered gives us the opportunity to do more for our veterans and community,” he said. “Tonight we stepped back and took a look at what the Auxiliary does to support Post 181 and our veterans —it is a lot.”
Local leaders also recognize all that the auxiliary has done for Lake Stevens in the last two years.
“They do a lot for the community and they are there at every event,” Lake Stevens Mayor Vern Little said. “It’s really been a pleasure to support them.”
After a video clip showing all the many projects the women’s auxiliary have participated in Morea introduced President Ashworth to the awaiting crowd.
“We wanted everyone who attended to get the sense of community all our members and post members feel in Lake Stevens, that our one community assists each other to accomplish some very special things and with the help of our community our unit and the programs we participated in have flourished,_ Morea explained.
Ashworth shared her motto, “The Power of One” with the audience and explained how the efforts of just one person can make a difference in the lives many people.
“I was very impressed with her (Ashworth) as a person, as the Auxiliary spokesperson,” Thorleifson said. “At the dinner she said some very encouraging things that communicated a bigger picture of the Auxiliary and Legion. We did not pursue having her come; Karen was asked by higher ups if she would host the banquet for President Ashworth’s visit to Washington.”
The women’s unit took Ashworth’s words to heart and has been trying to live up to her motto.
“At the beginning of the year when Carlene announced her theme it very much inspired our unit. ‘The Power of One’ is a very powerful suggestion and we have worked very hard this year to live up this and personally I think our member have done a fantastic job,” Morea said.
Department of Washington President Jane Montaney has seen first-hand all that the Lake Stevens unit has accomplished and is impressed with the support of the community.
“This unit is still taking baby steps but they are teaching all of us,” she said. “It’s absolutely fantastic that there’s a camaraderie with the post unit and the community.”
The night was a celebration of the unit and the community which continually supports all of their efforts.
If you are interested in joining the women’s auxiliary or would like more information please call 425-315-6084.