The Woodward News

February 25, 2014

Auxiliary has key role

Rachael Van Horn
Woodward News

Woodward, Okla. — In a town where America's veterans are well revered, it's no surprise the veterans here have a cheering section made up of ladies whose husbands have served abroad in a foreign war.

So it is the hope of the Woodward Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary members that local residents support their effort to continue working on behalf of the veterans of Northwest Oklahoma.

You can do this by attending their yearly fundraiser, a rummage sale and making a purchase, said spokeswoman for the group, Juanita Bohlman.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary Rummage Sale is scheduled to open at 8:30 a.m. Saturday March 1, at the VFW building at 519 Main in Woodward.

The event will include a variety of items such as furniture, antiques, collectibles, dishes, tools, old toys and many other items one might find in a rummage sale, Bohlman said.

"You know, I have no idea what might show up there on Friday," she said.

The event will also feature a raffle for a handmade quilt, as well as a bake sale," Bohlman said.

Funds from the event allow the women's group to continue to provide needed items to veterans who are hospitalized or in nursing homes as well as donate to well known VFW scholarship programs.

Locally, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary currently organizes and promotes the Voice of Democracy Audio Essay Contest as well as the Patriot's Pen Contest, Bohlman said.

But these ladies, some who have been in the organization since the 1940s and 1950s, still make trips to visit veterans in the hospital as well as seeing them in nursing homes to make sure these heros have not been forgotten, Bohlman said.

"We also still contribute to the parties (birthdays and such) for the veterans in the hospital," she said.