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American Legion Lake Linden Post will host lasagna dinner fundraiser

Lasagna, coleslaw, garlic bread, and "a bagged dessert of some sort"

LAKE LINDEN — The American Legion William Giroux Post Number 90, in Lake Linden, has scheduled its Lasagna Fundraising dinner for Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, from 4-6 p.m., announced Bonnie Ollie of the Ladies’ Auxiliary.

The $13 ticket includes lasagna, coleslaw, garlic bread and a bagged dessert of some sort, though Ollie said she is not yet certain what that will be.

“Lasagna, coleslaw, garlic bread, and a bagged dessert of some sort.

“We don’t know, yet,” said Ollie. “We’re trying to get individual cookie or a brownie. Normally, the auxiliary bakes, but due to the pandemic, they would like something already bagged up.’

This will be curbside pickup only this year, she said. It is a safety measure to help in protecting, particularly the elderly, from the possibility of contracting the COVID-19 virus.

Post Number 90, which celebrates its 101st birthday this year, is heavily involved in the local community, providing funding and services, not only to veterans, but to the community, as well.

The following is a partial list of what the William Giroux Post and its Ladies’ Auxiliary, does:

• Provide local veterans either a monetary gift, or a food order, during the Christmas Season.

• Large financial contributor to the D.J. Jacobetti Home for Veterans, in Marquette.

• Sponsors and annual Christmas Program with the Home, and also hosts Bingo there once a year.

• The post also helps in supporting the Omega House, in Houghton.

• Financially contributed to the Horizons School’s utility room, which features a washer and a dryer.

• Offers two scholarships annually to a selected graduating Lake Linden High School Senior.

• Donates facial tissue and paper products to the school to spare teachers those expenses.

“I mean, we do a lot, so I’m just going over the big things we do,” Ollie said. “We do Bowl for Kids, too, but the pandemic stopped it this year. And we do Canned goods from October, November and December, and ship them up to Calumet. But that’s not all for veterans, I’m sure that’s for needy families. We collect canned goods at every monthly meeting those three months.”

The William Giroux Post was organized on Dec. 10, 1919, the same year the American Legion was chartered by Congress as a patriotic veterans organization. Like the organization as a whole, the Lake Linden Post No. 90 focuses on service to veterans, service members and communities. The Legion, over the past 101 years, has evolved from a group of war-weary veterans of World War I into one of the most influential nonprofit groups in the United States. The American Legion website states that membership swiftly grew to over 1 million, and local posts sprang up across the country. Today, membership stands at nearly 2 million in more than 13,000 posts worldwide. The posts are organized into 55 departments: one each for the 50 states, along with the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, France, Mexico and the Philippines.

Over the years, the Legion has influenced considerable social change in America, won hundreds of benefits for veterans and produced many important programs for children and youth.

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