MILTON — The Wallace W. Fetzer American Legion Post 71 Ladies Auxiliary, Milton, met Tuesday for an evening of fellowship and recognized several of its own with 50 or more years of membership — Anna Mae Harpster, 71 years; Bertha Schell, Eleta Shawley, Arlene Specht and Rachel Spotts, 62 years; Polly Heckman, Cynthia Stump and Freda Zellers, 57 years; and Mae Gensel, 55 years.
American Legion Auxiliary President Linda McDonald presented the ladies with a special certificate during the gathering.
Harpster shared some of the memories she’s had over the decades of service she’s provided the organization.
Those who were unable to attend — Alice Dimler, 67 years; Bessie Hartzel, 65 years; Dorothy Longenberger, 63 yards; Alice Gold, 62 years; Iralene Smith, Mary Hatfield and Betty Ann Koepper, 52 years — will also be presented with certificates.
Peggy Neuhard was an invited guest at the meeting. Her mother had been a member 65 years before her death.
The auxiliary’s Girl’s State representative, Morgan Greenly, spoke about her experiences. A senior at Milton Area High School, Greenly is the daughter of Roma and Steve Greenly.
Shawley also shared memories she had from her time at Girl’s State in 1953.
Members reflected and viewed scrapbooks. Memories of the auxiliary and the bringing together of men and women for the common cause of World War II were shared.
Longtime active members Polly Heckman and Stump were given special certificates for their loyalty, patriotism and filling many offices in the organization. Heckman has served multiple terms as president. Stump has served as treasurer and membership chairman, both responsbile positions.
Chaplain Nancy Brown, also co-chair of the Poppy Program, received a certificate as well. She is an active member and past president.
Clarence Heckman was the recipient of a certificate and praise as invaluable to the auxiliary and the American Legion Post 71, having shared many offices.
The four valued members were given a poster board with pictures and clippings reflecting their experiences over the years.