Boys and Girls State representatives share their experiences at appreciation dinner

The highlight of the appreciation dinner hosted by the Howard Kilmer Post 510 of the American Legion and Auxiliary on Tuesday evening, July 8 at 6 p.m. at the Post Home in Mercury was the sharing of events of Texas Boys State and Texas Blue-bonnet Girls State by Juan Mireles, Tallie Wright and Shalene Gossett. Following the delicious dinner enjoyed by 30 guests and members, Juan shared his weeklong experiences with the audience as well as expressing his appreciation for the trip to Austin. Juan, a senior at Brady High School, is the son of Jaime and Otila Mireles. Tallie Wright, daughter of Michaels and Paula Wright and a senior at Brady High School, and Shalene Gossett, daughter of Gary and Claylene Gossett and a senior at Rochelle High School, told of their experiences and thanked those responsible for supporting their trip to Seguin. Boys and Girls State are weeklong events at which time the students learn how city and state governments are run. Newly elected commander, Len Westra presented certificates of appreciation to the following for financial support of the Boys State program: Brady National Bank, Commercial National Bank, Ed Davenport Inc., Convenient Cuisine, Wal-Mart of Brady, O. L. “Sam” Knutson and Lynn Munden, counselor at Brady High School, for helping in the selection process and preparing the students for the trip. Louise Long, Girls State Chairman, presented certificates of appreciation to the following Girls State supporters: Ed Davenport Inc., Brady Health Care, Brady Medical Center, Curves for Women, O. L. Knutson, Donald Barley, Dan’s Machine and Welding and Lynn Munden. Commander Westra and Mrs. Long also presented certificates of appreciation to the following for their contributions to the advancement of the American Legion and American Legion Auxiliary programs and activities dedicated to God and Country: McDonald’s of Brady, Brady Standard-Herald, KNEL Radio Station and Commercial National Bank. Installation of Auxiliary officers was held. Sadie Cawyer, past 21st District President and past Unit 510 president, conducted the ceremony with the aid of Chaplain Wynell Chesney and Sgt.-at-Arms Janet Harlow. The new officers for the 2003-04 term are: Peggy Ross, president; Janet Harlow, first vice president; Fay Knutson, second vice president; June Long, secretary; Sarita Cox, treasurer; Wynell Chesney, chaplain; Betty Knutson, historian; Juanita Kinzel, sgt.-at-arms; Iva Clark, assistant sgt.-at-arms. Executive Committee is Emily Fay Estess, Joyce Hubbard and Louise Long. Auxiliary members are reminded of the LVN Graduation to be held on Saturday, August 2 at 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church. All members are encouraged to attend and support the nursing students. The next regular business meetings of the Legion and Auxiliary will be held Tuesday, Aug. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Post Home in Mercury. The social hour will begin at 6 p.m.

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