Club news for 9-20

Mendota Golf and Bridge Auxiliary

MENDOTA – The Mendota Golf and Bridge Auxiliary ended their season with their annual Ringer Tournament on Sept. 12. This was the last big event of the year for the Ladies Auxiliary at Mendota Golf Course. Golf and bridge were played.  

There were 17 golfers and 4 bridge players. Guests were Barb Donahue, Linda Purvis, Carol Sampo, Diane Truckenbrod and Kelly Conley.

Colleen Strouss won $54 for 50/50 drawing.

The Play of the Day was 9 Hole Team Scramble.

The 1st place team was Judy Forney, Deb Stachlewitz, Lauren Koch, and Kelly Conley. They shot a 40 with 10 putts.

The 2nd place team was Sandy Hanson, Barb Guilfoyle, Sue Urso, Sue Wasmer, and Sandra Gann. They shot a 41 with 11 putts.

Chip-ins were made by Kelly Conley, Judy Forney and Lori Schlesinger.

The longest putt went to Linda Purvis; closest line- Alice Ehman; and longest drive- Alice Ehman.

For the Golf Ringer Tournament, the golfers post their scores all season and each time they play and improve their score they make a change on the ringer board. The scores are tallied in each class to determine winners and then the overall winner is determined. The overall winner was Barb Guilfoyle with 65 strokes.

Four classes were awarded, three places for improvement:

Championship: Lori Schlesinger-first, Sandy Hanson-second and Alice Ehman third place.

Class A: (16-17 Handicap): Carol Reeder-first, Carol Erwin-second, and Judy Forney third place.

Class B: (18-19 Handicap): Sue Wasmer- first, and Lynne Bonnell- second place.

Class C: (20 + Handicap): Deb Stachlewitz-first, Heather Corrigan-second, Sandra Gann-third and Colleen Strouss- fourth place.

Joyce Burright announced the Ringer Tournament winner for bridge. The winner is determined by taking the scores earned during the season and determining an average. This year Thelma Hutchinson was the Ringer Tournament winner. Bridge winners for the day were Mary Margaret Schimmer-first, Thelma Hutchinson- second, Joyce Burright-third and Peggy Eller-fourth place.

VFW Post 4079 Auxiliary

MENDOTA – The Mendota VFW Post 4079 recently held their monthly meeting.

The guest was former 9th District President Ramona Haberkorn who was there to do their yearly inspection.

There were two petitions for membership and both were approved.

Committee reports included: Legislative-members who have given their emails have been receiving the Action Weekly Update from Washington, DC; Scholarship- deadline for both Patriot’s Pen and Voice of Democracy is Oct. 31. Themes for this year are Patriot’s Pen - “America’s gift to my generation” and Voice of Democracy - “Our hope for the Future;” Hospital- Volunteers work at the Illinois Veteran’s Hospital at LaSalle in the afternoon on the second and fourth Mondays. Bingo or entertainment occur on these days; Americanism- There are many days this month that it is appropriate to fly the flag. Remember to have a light on your flag if you fly it after sunset.

Under old business: The bench for Veterans Park has been ordered and will take several weeks due to the engraving that will be on the bench.

Under new business: Members voted to give traveling expenses to the inspector. During the inspection, they received their awards that were passed out during the convention in June. These awards were for 2016-17. They received 11 awards, 5 which were for being 100 percent reported in Americanism, Legislative, Youth Activities, Membership and Hospital. As a result of the inspection they received a “Healthy Auxiliary” rating. One of the members received an award for recruiting 25 new members.

Members were given a report of the 9th District meeting that occurred on Aug. 6. Members approved a donation to the 9th District for the Dept. President’s Special Project: “ChildServ,” a program that serves current and former military personnel and their families. Members also approved the yearly donation list which includes donations to 12 Hospitals or Nursing Homes that have VAVS representatives. Donations will also be sent to the VFW National Home for Children for 5 different funds. This year a donation will be sent to the Mendota Grade School and Mendota High Schools for their Fine Arts Departments.

Members discussed the Mid-State Luncheon which will be held in Bloomington on Sept. 30. The Auxiliary will pay for members to attend this luncheon. If you wish to attend, contact an officer as RSVP’s are due by Sept. 23. The next meeting will be Saturday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m., preceded by the quarterly audit at 10:30 a.m. The Goodie Prize was won by Tracy Sment.


OTTAWA – The LaSalle County Retired Teachers Association (LSCRTA) is hosting its annual Fall General Membership meeting on Monday, Sept. 25 at Festivities Unlimited, 1504 Poplar Street in Ottawa. There will be a $2 cover charge to be paid at the door. The meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. with coffee, donuts and a brief business meeting. The invited speakers are Jim Bachman, IRTA Executive Director and Foundations State Coordinator and John Flaherty, former IRTA Legislative Committee Chairperson who is running for office as the IRTA Vice President. Both gentlemen are acknowledged experts in matters dealing with Illinois policy and practice relating to issues of importance to retired educators. In addition, they will continue their Bucks for Books donations to area school libraries and conclude with a small prize drawing at around 11:30 a.m.