Nedra Beal proudly shows off first place award for Almont American Legion Auxiliary’s ‘Warm Up America’ project. photo by Catherine Minolli.
November 19, 2008
ALMONT — Judges warmed up to the the Almont American Legion Auxiliary's 'Warm Up America' display by awarding the group first place at the American Legion Fall conference held recently at the Valley Plaza Resort in Midland.
Auxiliary president Nedra Beal says it's the first time they've received the Central Division award, competing with other groups from Michigan and from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio, West Virginia and Wisconsin.
"We're just thrilled to have won such a prestigious award," Beal says.
The Auxiliary chose the 'Warm Up America' project as a main focus, which was promoted community-wide.
Anyone who's handy with the knitting and crocheting needles was asked to use leftover yarn to craft 7" x 9" blocks which Auxiliary members assembled into lap robes for hospitalized and disabled veterans and local shut-ins.
"The response was phenomenal," Beal says. "Not only were many of our local citizens thrilled to knit and crochet, many contributed completed lap robes and lots of yarn."
Because of the outstanding community involvement, the Auxiliary sent out 93 lap robes and have 24 more just about ready to go.
"They're just awaiting a crocheted border," Beal grins. "Only two of our members crochet, so they have been extremely busy this year."
The Auxiliary summed up their project in a display, which bolstered community involvement and caught the judges' eyes.
Along with a pictorial description of the project, the Auxiliary incorporated a stone lighthouse encircled with poppies and metal stars crafted by treasurer Deb Woodcox. The lighthouse included a photo of Iraq war veteran Sonny Payne of Almont.
"We're so pleased with the success of the project, and that our community display earned the first place award," Beal says.