by Jim Boyle
The annual Elk River Memorial Day program at Lion’s Park recognized veterans of all stripes, including the fallen and those still giving to their country.
Rose Holt was awarded the American Legion Post 112 Auxiliary Outstanding Citizen Award.
She has a long history of volunteering her time dating back to her time as Den Mother for Scouts and for her church while she and her husband Jim were raising children in Marshall.
The couple moved to Elk River seven years ago, and her and her husband’s volunteering didn’t stop. That includes helping out at an elementary school, helping her husband with family financial counseling and being active in the Elk River American Legion Auxiliary. She not only attends auxiliary meeting but often brings baked goods from her kitchen to the Legion for meetings, bake sales and fundraisers.
This past winter, at the request of Post 112 and the Army National Guard, she made close to 1,500 yellow ribbons to be handed out at receptions.
Gloria Maher was the winner of the of the Americanism Award from the American Legion. She has gone above and beyond her paid assignment at the Elk River American Legion.
In fact, she has worn just about every hat as a volunteer, from bartender, pull-tab lady and assistant manager to taking on a leadership position to ensure that the Friday night dinners could continue and working security.
“I could go on forever with what this lady does,” said Mike Beyer, the outgoing commander of the local legion. “This is all volunteer time. Without her dedication and hard work, I’m not sure where we would be today.”
Maher reminded Beyer that when she took the job it was only supposed to be a three-month stint. That was four years ago.
“I am still waiting for them to replace me,” Maher said. “I am really retired, in case nobody knows,”
Tom Kulkay, the newly elected commander of the post, gave out an Americanism Award to Bill Stevenson.
Stevenson has been a member of the post for many years as well as the VFW. He, like Gloria, has donated hundreds of hours of service to the post and community each year. He’s also been a cook at Friday night dinners.