By LoraLee Nauta
On January 5,2013,the American Legion Post #287 hosted its AnnualEarly Bird Dinner. The weather outside was cold and snowy, but inside the mood was warm & cheery.
Approximately 80 members and special guest attended. We had great food (catered by Kelly’s Restaurant) and wonderful conversation.
Our special guests included, Commander Thomas Brown, his wife Rystra, Detachment Commander Rodney Tolbert, his wife Wendy and Department Auxiliary President Mary Anne Yuncker and her husband William and Honorary Junior President Alexis Champion.
After dinner Commander Brown spoke about the goals and achievements of the American Legion this year, and how proud he was of his legionaries. Detachment Commander Tolbert spoke of the goals of Sons of the Legion.
Honorary President Alexis talked about the juniors project, and then Department President Mary Anne Yuncker explained her special project for the Women Veterans. They all were presented with a gift of their own Red Flannels sleepwear.
The biggest hit of the night was when all past and present officers put on their Red Flannels and, with the help of our own #287 juniors, did the Chicken dance. Everyone had a really great time and it was fun watching them do the dance.
Auxiliary President Maryanne stated that she would be taking her gown up to the U.P. tour. She said she couldn’t wait to wear her gown on cold Michigan nights.
It was a wonderful night of visiting with old friends and meeting new friends.
The past presidents all stated that the Early Bird dinner is an event they all look forward to attending. A special thanks to Mary Goller-Kilts and Mr. & Mrs. Dominic Merlington for all their hard work to make event so special.