The Auxiliary's View... 

by Joyce Thornton-Gilbert

When the BVA Auxiliary (BVAA) convened during BVA's 65th National Convention, many new faces joined familiar ones. Oregon and Houston, our newest Auxiliary regional groups, received their charters at the Saturday evening Awards Banquet. We are hopeful that new Auxiliary groups from such areas as Las Vegas, Southern California, and elsewhere around the country will soon join us.

New BVAA members meant new contributors to the Silent Auction, which featured handmade items by BVA members and a wealth of other wonderful donations. This year's Silent Auction earnings totaled approximately $1,500. These funds will help us provide scholarships to Alexa Morris of Woodburn, Oregon; Noah Berg-Mattson of Stillwater, Oklahoma; and Jennifer Jackson of Midlothian¸ Virginia. Applications and information for the 2011-12 scholarships will be uploaded to the BVA website in January.

BVAA member  Patti Hail at Convention
BVAA member  Patti Hail at Convention

This year BVAA is working on establishing its own website. The Auxiliary will also be putting together a cookbook as a fundraising activity. We look forward to sharing more about our projects in future issues of the Bulletin.

BVAA has a new slate of officers anxious to serve the membership. Oregonian Patricia Hail is the newly elected president. She is joined on the Board by Vice President Karen Teachout from Michigan; Secretary Sandy Krasnodemski, also from Michigan; and Treasurer Carl Hytinen of Massachusetts. I am pleased to compose the national Auxiliary’s View columns from our home in Portland, Oregon. In addition, President Hail has appointed Pam Hogan of Canyon Country, California, to serve as Parliamentarian and Ted Noddin of Coos Bay, Oregon, to once again function as BVAA Sergeant-at-Arms.

We are looking forward to a busy year as we prepare to see you again in 2011, this time in sunny and warm Las Vegas. As the end of the year approaches, BVA wishes each of you a memorable, joyous, and safe holiday season.