By LoraLee Nauta
This year we hosted our annual junior sleepover on Feb 9, 2013. The juniors were taught a leadership class and earned their certification in leadership, as well as receiving a pin.
The evening was filled with food, games and lots of visiting. Sons of The American Legion members Dominic Merlington and Skip Townes prepared the hamburgers and hot dogs.
Department President Mary Anne Yuncker and 5th District President Mary Tyler were there as honorary guests. Honorary Junior President Alexis Champlain also spoke to the girls on her year so far and all the fun events she has attended. Approximately 25 juniors and 10-12 senior Auxiliary members were present. The juniors came from places such as the Chief Pontiac Post to as far north as Cedar Springs.
The sleepover ended Sunday morning with a breakfast of muffins, yogurt and fruit. As everyone was leaving, they all stated that they were walking away with new friends and a better understanding of the purposes of the American Legion Junior Programs and its goals.