Bartlesville, OK Women's Auxiliary Prepares For Christmas
A Christmas Stocking workshop was held during the summer months as members met to sew and decorate stockings to be filled with gifts and distributed through the Christmas Cheer Center.
This project was initiated by member Barbara Straw who is a wonderful seamstress and contributes her time and talent each year to see that every child on the Angel Tree list receives a beautiful keepsake stocking. Auxiliary members meet and lovingly decorate each stocking under the guidance of Barbara. The finished stockings are distributed to different groups in the community who will fill them with appropriate gifts and return them to The Salvation Army for distribution to the children whose families have applied for assistance.
Last year the Stocking Committee made over 800 stockings like the ones shown in the pictures. The Auxiliary not only gives their time and talent to this project but also supply all the materials at no cost to The Salvation Army. Auxiliary President, Aletha Peterson, describes this project as "their passion" and has been a favorite with all the members for many years.
The ladies in this Auxiliary stay busy year round assisting the Army not only at Christmas time but with other projects which include a community Thanksgiving luncheon, disaster assistance, preparing meals for the Senior Citizen's program and Advisory Board meetings, volunteering at the Red Shield Youth Club, providing camperships and many other activities. Their major means of fund raising to support their monetary contributions to the Army is an Annual Fashion Show.
Major Cheryl Phillips
The Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary is organized to promote the purposes of The Salvation Army in a local community. Its activities may include special fund raising through approved projects, furnishing volunteer workers, operations of canteens, distribution of food and clothing, staffing of emergency shelters, leadership in group work, visitation of hospital patients, and many other activities.
The membership consists of outstanding non-Salvationist women in the community, who by their influence or activity can further the work of the Army. A Salvation Army officer is designated as an ex-officio member to act as liaison between The Salvation Army and the auxiliary.
From the membership a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are elected as well as other officers as may be authorized by resolution of the auxiliary. Auxiliaries may adopt by-laws relating to local settings, made in keeping with the national Manual of Advisory Organizations for the Women's Auxiliary.
The members are encouraged to volunteer in one or more of the organized committees in which they have interest. Working closely together on projects fosters friendship and a great deal of satisfaction as goals are accomplished and people are helped.
Women's Auxiliary Manual of Advisory Organizations