Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks recently donated $275.00 to American Legion Auxiliary Unit 178. The monies will be used to sponsor one girl to Buckeye Girls State this summer.
Buckeye Girls State, which is a vital part of the American Legion Auxiliary’s Americanism Program, is designed to educate Ohio’s young women in the duties, privileges, rights and responsibilities of good citizenship. The delegates learn more about City, County and State Government in one week than they will learn in an entire semester of high school. The 2018 session will be held on the campus of the University of Mt. Union, Alliance, Ohio June 10-16. Over 900 girls from 88 counties will descend upon the campus for a hands-on experience with a working government. Each girl is assigned a political party, city & county. The cities are named after famous Ohio women and the counties are named after Past Department Presidents of the Ohio American Legion Auxiliary.
This is the sixteenth year that Van Wert Elks Lodge No. 1197 has participated in this important program.
Pictured, left to right is Mary Yackey, Lodge Loyal Knight with Rose Myers, Buckeye Girls State Chair and Auxilary President Ruth Shultz.