District 1 of the American Legion and Auxiliary met in Palmyra at the Boots Dixon Post # 174 for their quarterly meeting and annual High School Oratorical Contest. This is a Constitutional Speech Contest held for the last 85 years. Approximately 50 members were in attendance with several guests.
Participants and officials for the contest included Bob Maddox, Zone 1 Commander of New Cambria; Garret Catron of Lewistown; Zachary Rosenkrans, 2nd place winner of Palmyra; Andrew Moore of Kahoka, 1st Place Winner and Lloyd Miller, District 1 Vice-Commander of Paris.
The first place winner received a silver medal and the 2nd place received a bronze medal. Each contestant delivers a prepared oration addressing some aspect of the Constitution of the United States, which emphasizes the attendant duties and obligations of a citizen to our government. All contestants are then given an Assigned Topic Discourse on four different Amendments: 1, 4, 13 or 21, testing the speaker’s knowledge of the subject selected. Each contestant spoke on the same topic and is given five minutes to prepare their response.
The Auxiliary had 21 Unit members from six Units in attendance. District President, Linda Maddox of Unit 360, thanked those who submitted Mid-Year Reports to the appropriate District Chairman. She also reminded everyone to keep track of donated hours and money spent for our Veterans and active military, children and youth and community service. A collection of dimes was given for the Department Emergency Fund donation at the July Convention to be held in St. Louis with a goal of $100. Membership totals were reviewed with Edina Unit 261 already at 100 percent.
Discussion was held on amending the District Bylaws to include a number of Units present for a quorum of the District for a meeting. It was moved and approved to use "1/4 of the Units of the District." This will be officially approved at the next meeting in April.
The next District 1 meeting will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Emmett J. Shields Post 55 in Hannibal.