History of the Auxiliary to VFW Post 5265

With the presentation of the colors by the White Rose Auxiliary of York, the Ladies Auxiliary, Pvt. Allen J. Beck, Jr., Post 5265 was organized on November 12, 1946. The presentation was made in the social room of the Spring Grove Fireman’s building by Mrs. Rhea McCoskey, senior vice-president of the White Rose Auxiliary, who gave the Oath of Allegiance to the members and the officers who affiliated themselves with the auxiliary. Twenty five charter members were enrolled at the inaugural ceremony, with additional members being enrolled at subsequent meetings. Mrs. Eleanor Baublitz was installed as the first president. Mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters, grandmothers and granddaughters of honorably discharged officers or enlisted men who served in the Armed Forces of the United States, as specified by rules governing eligibility in the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars of the United States are eligible to join the Auxiliary.

On June 29, 1948 the auxiliary voted to support a building fund and equip the kitchen of the post home, which was under construction. On March 29, 1949 the first auxiliary meeting was held in the social room of the new post home. The auxiliary equipped the kitchen with everything from dishes to an electric mixer, a piano for the social room, tables and chairs, and contributed money toward the mortgage of the post home.

The auxiliary has had many funding projects and the funds have been used to renovate the post home and to purchase needed furnishings. The auxiliary and post cooperate in sponsoring activities beneficial to their members and to the community.

* Above information obtained from “The Spring Grove Years, 1882 – 1982” published by the Spring Grove Centennial Publications Committee and other sources.

Historic Change to the VFW Auxiliary

New VFW Auxiliary Now Welcomes Men; Change reflects today’s military and veteran families

The former Ladies Auxiliary VFW, founded in 1914, is the VFW’s highly regarded support organization and is considered its “Partner in Service.”

Under its former name Ladies Auxiliary VFW, membership within the organization was offered exclusively to female spouses and family members of any member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. The gender-specific eligibility requirement remained for more than 100 years until July 20, 2015, when delegates to the VFW’s 116th National Convention in Pittsburgh voted to amend the dated by-law to extend the same membership opportunity to eligible males.

* Above information is from the National VFW website – read entire article and watch the charter presentation ceremony.

VFW Auxiliary Member Eligibility

  • Must be citizens of the United States or a United States National, and at least 16 years old.
  • Those eligible are:
    • Husband/Wife
    • Widower/Widow
    • Father/Mother
    • Grandfathers/Grandmothers
    • Sons/Daughters
    • Grandsons/Granddaughters
    • Brothers/Sisters
  • Of persons who were or are eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States.
  • Those eligible for membership in the VFW must have served in the Armed Forces of the United States and either received a discharge of Honorable or General (Under Honorable Conditions) or be currently serving. Have service in a war, campaign, or expedition on foreign soil or in hostile waters. This can be proven by any of the following:
    – An authorized campaign medal
    – Receipt of Hostile Fire Pay or Imminent Danger Pay (verified by a military pay statement)
    – Service in Korea for 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days
  • Proof of service is required for eligibility and must be obtained by the applicant. Applicants who do not have the appropriate documents should submit an SF 180, Request Pertaining to Military Records, to the appropriate military records archives location to obtain their loved ones records prior to submitting the application.

Auxiliary to VFW Post 5265 Officers for 2019-2020

President: Tina Hinkle
Sr. Vice President: Bette Ann Becker
Jr. Vice President: Pat Klinedinst
Secretary: Amy Smith
Treasurer: Amy Smith
Conductress: Susan Shue
Asst. Conductress: Donna Alwine
Chaplain: Donna Barshinger
Patriotic Instructor: Christian Stihel
Historian: Natalie Hinkle
Guard: Phyllis Kaltreider
Asst. Guard: Stan Wakeling
Trustees: 1 year
2 year
3 year
Mary Alayne Hufnagel
Kristyn Stouch
Stan Wakeling