JOHN DAY – A Feb. 16 “Sweethearts’ Dinner” honored a trio of sweethearts known for long service to their community.
Held at the Legion Hall in John Day, the event honored JoAnn Johnson, Evelyn Ogilvie and Ruth Harris, longtime members of the Ellis Tracy Post and Unit of the American Legion and Auxiliary.
Johnson has been an Auxiliary member the longest, joining in 1946. Her son, Larry, told of her devotion to her family and her work on many auxiliary projects.
Mrs. Ogilvie’s daughter Tammy Ogilvie displayed the many pins her mother received in her years serving on the local, district, state and national levels since joining in 1950. She served many years as local auxiliary president.
Harris’ granddaughter Rhonda Millwood told the audience of the public service work and activities of her grandmother during her membership since 1983. Harris is the organization’s current president.
Joyce Nodine noted the teamwork that has characterized the efforts of the three women, and presented each one with a Portland Trail Blazer hat as members of the “team.”
Auxiliary member Jessie Lewis and Commander Art Pereira presented certificates of appreciation to the honorees.
Music was presented by Kathy Altnow, who sang the national anthem and the song “United We Stand,” written by Harris.
The Rev. Al Altnow gave the invocation and benediction.