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Tuesday, September 20, 2011
History of the Ladies Auxiliary - Fire District of Indian River

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Indian River Kitchen Before 2000

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Dedication - Indian River Ladies Auxiliary 1954

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Ladies Auxiliary Function - Social Hall

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Ladies Auxiliary Function - Social Hall

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Ann Hall, Elaine Kulp, Ellen Cassatt, Linda Cullen & Jean Moore

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New Hall & Restroom Foyer

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Renovated Social Hall After 2000

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Renovated Social Hall After 2000

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Renovated Kitchen After 2004

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Renovated Kitchen After 2004

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Renovated Kitchen After 2004

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Renovated Kitchen After 2004

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Renovated Kitchen After 2004

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Linda Cullen - Longest Serving Presidential Officer - Ladies Auxiliary

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N. Jean Moore - 40 year member of the Ladies Auxiliary

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Elaine Kulp - Life Member - Ladies Auxiliary

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Life Members - Cullen, Leogla Wright & Moore

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Linda J. Walls - Ladies Auxiliary President 1974-1975

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N. Jean Moore - Recognition Award - 40 Years of Service

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Indian River's First Ladies Auxiliary President - Emily Coulbourn

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Alberta Favinger

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History of the Ladies Auxiliary in and for the Indian River Volunteer Fire Co., Inc. In 1954, various residents of the Oak Orchard-Long Neck communities decided to organize and establish a Ladies Auxiliary Unit in and for the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company. Their first official meeting was held on the January 7, 1954 at the home of Evelyn Morris. The potential members of the Ladies Auxiliary acquired BY-LAWS of the other auxiliaries and the county for reviewed and usage as guidelines to create Indian River’s BY-LAWS for their own auxiliary unit. These BY-LAWS of the Ladies Auxiliary organization were adopted at that time. Elections of officers were held and Indian River’s first officers were President: Emily Colebourn; Vice President: Daisey Pride; Secretary: Ivah Hastings; Assistant Secretary: Grace Tate; Treasurer: Louise Wilkins; and Assistant Treasurer: Angela Birl. These newly elected officers were installed by the Ladies Auxiliary State Association President Mary Uhler on January 26, 1954 at the Spears Store located in Oak Orchard, Delaware. The Ladies Auxiliary Charter membership enrollment was closed on April 8, 1954 with fifty-three (53) members being accepted to the original charter. These Charter Members include: Virginia Adams; Angela Birl; Alice Burton; Magaret Burton; Amelia P. Carmine; Margaret Cathel; Emily Coulbourn; Alice Coverdale; Edna P. Murray; Kathleen Duffel; Vivian Ellingsworth; Florence Gillespie; Marie Green; Ivah Hastings; Ann Hill; Victoria C. Hulse; Rebecca Layfield; Julia Lingo; Alice McCauley; Ann Messick; Esther P. Mitchell; Evelyn Morris; Mary Moore; Thelma Newhouse; Agnes Oettel Fritz; Ellen P. Chinn; Ola Pianka; Daisey Pride; Mary Pruitt; Anamae Rogers; Ellen Rogers; Jennie Mae Rogers; Anna Ryan; Pauline Seargent; Ruth Seargant; Elise Short; Elva Short; Agnes Sherlock; Imogene Showell; Linda Showell; Jean Shugard; Mildred Shugart; Ida Spears; Mary Skinner; Grace Tate; Ann Touchton; Marion B. Trice; Addie Wainwright; Tommeyetta Walls; Mettie Warrington; Mammie Weindling; Etta Whitledge; and Louise Wilkins. The Auxiliary meetings were scheduled and held the second Wednesday of each month in the homes of various members until May, 1954 at which time the Ladies held their first meeting at the new fire house in Oak Orchard. Dedication of the original fire house was held on May 22, 1954. The Ladies Auxiliary assisted the firefighters with this affair. The Ladies Auxiliary first fundraising project was held in March, 1954. It was a chicken, dumpling & oyster dinner held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Hall in Millsboro, Delaware. Over the next 25 years (1954-1979), the Ladies Auxiliary tried many initiatives to raise funds such as selling air fresheners, shampoo, stainless steel cutlery, cards, handbags and vanilla. The Ladies also held bake sales, food sales, dinners, dances, ice cream festivals and did the BINGO Concession every Friday night at the BINGO events. Some of fundraising efforts were very successful and some were not. As the next 25 years (1979-2004) proceeded, the Ladies Auxiliary began to experience many changes. The weekly BINGO events held on Friday evenings were discontinued. The Ladies Auxiliary started a very successful Easter Candy project that would last for 13 years. One of our most successful projects, still continues today, is the monthly breakfast events hosted from Mother’s Day in May thru September of every year. The breakfast events are still held on Sunday mornings during the designated months and have been expanded offerings that include the months of April thru October. The Ladies Auxiliary has also performed catering, item raffles, and started an annual Longaberger Basket BINGO. These basket BINGO events have also been expanded to include Vera Bradley bag BINGO and are held multiple times throughout the year. The fire house has been expanded in many ways. The Main Station was expanded to include a meeting room, bathrooms and a much need pantry space for the Ladies Auxiliary. In 2002-2003, more renovations included an addition to fire house, additional firefighting equipment and the old engine bays were renovated into a much awaited social hall. The Ladies Auxiliary allocated their funds that were obtained over the years to procure needed equipment and supplies for the firefighters. A significant contribution was provided by the Ladies Auxiliary to acquire a transport vehicle for fire company personnel to company activities as well as state and county events. Additional acquisitions included the kitchen equipment upgrades, tables and chairs for the social hall, and assisted financially with the social hall renovations. Throughout the previous 50 years (1954-2004), the Ladies Auxiliary has constantly supported the fire company endeavors by hosting fundraising; hosting and catering many company, county and state events where Indian River provided refreshments and coverage for food preparation. Indian River Ladies Auxiliary has also been available to prepare food for special projects, alarms and emergency situations such as storms, funeral details and other fire related disasters. In 2004, the current Ladies Auxiliary membership consisted of eighteen (18) active members and seventeen (17) life members. One of our current life members, Anamae Rogers is also a Charter Member. There are also some life members of the Ladies Auxiliary that have uninterrupted service that dates back to 1967. The next major facility renovations in 2007 included complete kitchen & bathroom renovations, electrical upgrades and resulted in a state of the art kitchen facility that housed a cafeteria style food serving line with cold and hold serving areas, multiple refrigerator and freezer locations, modern plumbing, centralized water and sewer connections and could accommodate approximately 250 persons per event. The breakfast events were able to accommodate more than 300 persons per breakfast and the Ladies expanded to include regularly scheduled chicken & dumpling dinners. It is our pleasure to identify and acknowledge the Past Presidents of the Ladies Auxiliary in and for the Indian River Volunteer Fire Company: 1954 Emily Coulbourn 1955 Emily Coulbourn 1956 Angela Birl 1957 Angela Birl 1958 Margaret Bowden 1959 Emily Coulbourn 1960 Emily Coulbourn 1961 Margaret Bowden 1962 Emily Coulbourn 1963 Emily Coulbourn 1964 Mabel Sharp 1965 Mabel Sharp – (January 1965 thru September, 1965) 1965 Anna Casey – (October, 1965 – December, 1965) 1966 Anna Casey 1967 Anna Casey 1968 Flossie Ulrich 1969 Flossie Ulrich 1970 Betty Calhoun – (January 1970 – September, 1970) 1970 Alberta Favinger – (October, 1970 – June, 1971) 1971 Elizabeth Ann Hall – (July, 1971 thru December, 1971) 1972 Elizabeth Ann Hall 1973 Elizabeth Ann Hall 1974 Linda J. Walls 1975 Linda J. Walls 1976 Lorriane Hightower 1977 Lorraine Hightower 1978 Alice Edwards 1979 Alice Edwards 1980 Louise Mitchell 1981 Louise Mitchell 1982 Elizabeth Ann Hall 1983 Elizabeth Ann Hall 1984 Louise Mitchell 1985 Louise Mitchell 1986 N. Jean Moore 1987 N. Jean Moore 1988 Louise Mitchell 1989 Louise Mitchell 1990 Louise Mitchell 1991 Louise Mitchell 1992 N. Jean Moore 1992 N. Jean Moore 1993 N. Jean Moore 1994 N. Jean Moore 1995 N. Jean Moore 1996 N. Jean Moore 1997 Linda Fox 1998 Linda Fox 1999 Linda Fox 2000 Linda Fox Cullen 2001 Linda Cullen 2002 Linda Cullen 2003 Linda Cullen 2004 Linda Cullen 2005 Linda Cullen 2006 Dixie J. Hawkins 2007 Dixie J. Hawkins 2008 Dixie J. Hawkins 2009 Linda Cullen 2010 Linda Cullen 2011 Linda Cullen 2012 Linda Cullen In 1969, Emily Colebourn would ultimately get elected to pursue the leadership chairs within the Ladies Auxiliary of the Sussex County and the State of Delaware levels via the Delaware Volunteer Firemen’s Association. Additional information regarding Emily Colebourn's Ladies Auxiliary Presidential tenure may be obtained by viewing the following websites: (1)http://www.dvfassn.com/profile.cfm?id=463 During the history of the Ladies Auxiliary, it is clearly notable to recognize Linda Fox Cullen as the longest serving President of the Ladies Auxiliary organization with thirteen (13) terms of office. Other periods of longevity for the Presidency are: N. Jean Moore with eight (8) terms of office; Emily Coulbourn and Louise Mitchell each with six (6) terms of office; and Elizabeth Ann Hall with five (5) terms of office. In 2010, the Ladies Auxiliary adopted a Junior Membership program intended to encourage young ladies to join their organization and foster the spirit of volunteerism to continue within this organization. The Indian River Volunteer Fire Company would like to acknowledge and thank the Ladies Auxiliary for their endless pursuit of community volunteerism and helping this organization prosper into the viable corporate entity it is recognized for.