Legion Auxiliary stirs the pot on its spaghetti supper

By on April 7, 2011

Photos: Ceclia Lund made homemade decorations with a spring theme for the supper. (Below) Jim Swift stirs the spaghetti sauce in preparation for tonight’s spaghetti supper. Photos by Mary Herra

Annual dinner
All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Supper
Thursday, April 7, from 5 to 7 p.m.
American Legion Hall, 112 N. Main St. Elburn.

Eat in or carry out, homemade meat sauce,
green salad, garlic bread, desserts,
coffee and punch.

Cost is $7 for adults, $3 for children 6 to 12 years
and free for children 5 and younger.

by Lynn Meredith
Elburn—Twice a year, the community is treated to a homemade spaghetti supper put on by the Elburn Legion Auxiliary. In October and April, you will find a band of volunteers stirring the pot to make its well-known sauce. But don’t ask for the recipe.

“It’s never the same,” said Carrie Petrie, charter member of the Auxiliary and acknowledged head of the supper. “I get a different idea. Somebody will say, ‘You’re not putting in enough of something.’ We make it Wednesday morning because it needs to wait to get better.”

A group of a half a dozen Auxiliary members will be there to stir the pot.

“We’re there hours to stand and stir, and stir, and stir. We say we need people with strong backs and weak minds,” Petrie said.

The spaghetti supper fundraiser has taken place on the third Thursday of April for the past 20 years. This year’s supper is being held on the first Thursday due to conflicts with Easter, the blood drive and the Legion raffle.

The Legion Auxiliary began in 1948, when Legion Hall was being constructed after World War II. Petrie tells how she and Jean Rowe, whose husbands had served overseas, were making sandwiches for the men working on the foundation. They got roped into helping with the construction.

“There was a pile of concrete blocks, and they needed our help. We moved the blocks, so we thought we might as well belong. We were doing the work and getting no credit. This way we have a say,” Petrie said.

More than 60 years later, the Daniel Simpson Legion Auxilary 630 has 136 members and meets the third Monday of every month, except July and August. It is one of the most active auxiliaries in Kane County.

Besides the spaghetti supper, the group puts together 30-plus treat bags for patients at the state mental hospital in Elgin and delivers them every Tuesday morning.

“I’ve been going every week for 40 years,” Petrie said. “At first we only gave to the vets, but now everybody gets a present.”

The auxiliary also donates cash to a long list of charities: Special Olympics, Mutual Ground, Make-a-Wish, Conley Outreach, Elburn Food Pantry, Fox Valley Hospice, Elderday Center of Batavia and others. It awards a $1,000 scholarship to a members’ son or daughter or grandchild who is a high school senior.

Petrie said that the spaghetti supper is a time for the community to gather.

“It’s a community gathering. People haven’t seen each other all winter. They come and sit and visit. We think this is great,” she said.

Give the gift of life Blood Drive
sponsored by Elburn Legion Auxilary
Thursday, April 14,
2 to 6:30 p.m.
American Legion Hall
112 N. Main St., Elburn