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Mabton works to form VFW Ladies Auxiliary

MABTON - Efforts are currently underway to form a VFW Ladies Auxiliary branch for the Mabton VFW Post, according to Delia Cerrillo.

Cerrillo said that the process has been slow in that they couldn't re-instate the former club that Mabton had years ago. Because of that, she's been working with two ladies from the Grandview VFW auxiliary to charter a new club.

"I'm really excited about it and of course I couldn't do it without the Grandview ladies taking us under their wing," Cerrillo said.

The ladies helping her are longtime auxiliary members Phylis Phelps and Winnona Oliver. "Those two ladies are like walking dictionaries (on rules and regulations)," praised Cerrillo.

Technically, the Mabton Ladies Auxiliary doesn't exist yet. The group of interested women are waiting for finalization from the district and state levels.

Interest so far is great, said Cerrillo. "We have 21 people interested in joining," she said.

Those wishing to join must be blood relatives of a spouse, parent, grandparent, brother or sister of a veteran of a foreign war.

While the group isn't official yet, ideas are already developing as to how to strengthen ties in the Mabton community between veterans, children and senior citizens.

"We have so many ideas. That's what gets me so excited," Cerrillo said. "It's like a dose of vitamins. The energy is there-you can sure see it."

Cerrillo has had support from teachers at the school where she works (Artz-Fox Elementary School), as well as support from the mayor and councilwoman Vera Zavala. Says Cerrillo, "They ask, 'What can I do? Tell me something I can do to help with this.'"

Cerrillo envisions veterans getting involved in the schools, whether it be through presentations or reading to students. "They are a big part of the community. And I've overheard them say, "We do need to stay involved in the schools,'" she said.

She also wants the Ladies Auxiliary to provide scholarships to students and provide activities for senior citizens like Bingo.

Of course, the ladies must also be in charge of fundraising for the group, and Cerrillo said plans are currently underway for that too.

Cerrillo encourages interested, qualified women to attend the Jan. 25 meeting at 5 p.m. at the Mabton VFW Hall, located at 521 B. Street.

"The VFW Ladies Auxiliary serves as the backbone for our veterans," she said.

In addition to supporting veterans, her goal is not only support the community, but to educate the community as well, spreading the message that lives have been bettered through freedoms set forth by veterans.

"We're eager to get this thing going. There's so much we want to do," she said.

For more information, contact Cerrillo at 894-4404.

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