Ladies Auxiliary
Grand Island Fire Company

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President Jennifer Pullano
Vice President Nicole Butcher - Recording Secretary Kristine Koch
Corresponding Secretary Karen Wright - Treasurer Danielle Soluri
Sgt-At-Arms Sandy Krecisz - Chaplain Arlene Soluri
Trustees Barbara Wilson - Teddy Linenfelser - Heather Aronica





Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Officers Announced - 2007

    The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company announced new officers for 2007 at a dinner meeting on Wednesday, January 10, 2007 in Fire Headquarters. Newly elected president is Jennifer Pullano. Other officers are Vice President Nicole Butcher, Secretary Kristine Koch, Corresponding Secretary Danielle Soluri, Treasurer Danielle Soluri, Trustees Barbara Wilson, Teddy Linenfelser and Heather Aronica, Sgt.-At-Arms Sandy Krecisz and Chaplain Arlene Soluri. The Auxiliary officers were installed during a Fire Company dinner on Saturday, January 13, 2007.





Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Celebrates 67th Anniversary - 2006


(left photo): June Byron and Teddy Linenfelser were recognized for their 40-year memberships in the Ladies Auxiliary and Charter Member Elsie Fleischmann (right) was honored for her 67 years of devotion to the organization.
(right photo): Seated are members Rita Hagerman, Barbara Anderson and Bernice Dinsmore; and in back are Mary Becker and Elsie Fleischmann.
Butch Meyer Photos - Click photos for larger view
   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company marked its 67th anniversary with a dinner in Fire Headquarters Saturday evening, September 16, 2006. Arrangements for the Picnic BBQ themed dinner, attended by 50 members and Fire Company officials, were made by President Nicole Butcher, Secretary Kristine Koch, Vice President Jennifer Pullano, Sandy Krecisz and Sue Braun. The dinner committee is most appreciative of Connor Middle School 7th grader, Ashley Gorman, daughter of Fire Company officers Paul and Tammy Gorman, for her help with the arrangements throughout the day.
   First to be recognized for her years of contributions to the Auxiliary was Charter Member Elsie Fleischmann. Also recognized for their milestone memberships were the following:
June Byron - 40 years
Teddy Linenfelser - 40 years
Nicole Butcher 5 years
Jennifer Pullano 5 years
Karen Wright 5 years
   Not in attendance were Nancy Weis (30 years) and Brooke Raham (25 years).
   The Ladies Auxiliary's Annual Fall Chowder and Bake Sale is scheduled for Saturday, October 28, 2006.




CHOWDER - BASKET RAFFLE -
Fire Company Ladies To Hold Annual Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - 2006

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 28, 2006 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Fresh home-baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. An added feature will be a basket raffle.
   Chowder will be available by the bowl ($1) or in bulk at $4 per quart to those bringing containers. Containers will also be available for take-out.
   Cookbooks, containing numerous recipes submitted by Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary members, their friends and families, will be available at a reduced price of $8 or two for $12. Tickets for a 50/50 drawing taking place that day are available from Auxiliary members.





Fire Company Auxiliary Holds Successful Flea Market - 2006


Ladies Auxiliary members from left are Sandy Krecisz, President Nicole Butcher, Treasurer Vicki Sadkowski and Historian Jill Kephart. In front is Bailey Kephart who did a tremendous job of selling 50-50 raffle tickets throughout the day. Missing from the photo are Flea Market committee members Teddy Linenfelser and Barbara Wilson.
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   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company hosted a flea market and craft sale on Saturday, June 10, 2006 at Fire Headquarters on Baseline Road. Ellen McDougal was the winning of $100 in the 50/50 split raffle. Profits from the table rentals, 50-50 raffle and hot dog sales will be used to assist the Fire Company. Vicki Sadkowski was chairman of the event.




Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary To Hold Flea Market & Craft Show
Reserve Tables Now - 2006

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will a hold Flea Market & Craft Sale from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 10, 2006. Table rentals ($15/8 ft. table) are available for flea market items and/or craft displays. The sale will be held rain or shine at Grand Island Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York, and a large shopping crowd is expected.
   Hot dogs, chips and beverages will be available.
   For table reservations and more information, call Vicki Sadkowski at 773-2655.





Crowd Turns Out For Fire Ladies Rainy Day Chowder Sale - Oct. 2005

(Left photo) Seated are Auxiliary members Jennifer Pullano and Christine Koch (chairman) and behind them are Jennifer DiSanto, Danielle Soluri and Vicki Sadkowski; (2nd photo) Kevin Koch and George Christensen; (3rd photo) Karen Vanthoff, Diane Dinsmore, Mary Ann Arsenault, Jean Bartholomew, Elaine Stedman, and Chris Stedman. On far right is Ladies Auxiliary Charter Member Elsie Fleischmann.
Click photos for a larger view.

Some of the crowd waiting to purchase their bulk chowder.

Teddy Linenfelser Photos - Click for a larger view.
   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company held a very successful fall chowder and baked goods sale on Saturday, October 22, 2005. Hundreds of Islanders turned out to buy chowder in kettles and containers as well as plastic containers provided by the Auxiliary. There was a constant crowd around the tables set up in the truck house at Fire Headquarters in the center of the Island for both soup eating and conversation.
   The 50/50 split drawing was won by Robert Belstadt. The winning ticket was drawn by Kristyn Taylor Brown, 4, daughter of Auxiliary member Danielle Soluri.
   A limited amount of chowder is still available in quart containers (frozen) at $3 a quart. For more information, call Nicole Butcher, 773-1685.




Chowder/Baked Goods, Cookbooks, Quality Knives at Fire Ladies' Fall Sale - Oct. 2005

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale this Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Fresh home-baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers. Containers will also be available for take-out.
   Cookbooks, containing numerous recipes submitted by Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary members, their friends and families, will be available. Quality knives and kitchen utensil will be sold at a reduced rate.




Cookbooks, Quality Knives Available At Fire Ladies'
Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - Oct. 2005

Cookbooks, containing numerous recipes submitted by Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary members, their friends and families, will be available when the Ladies Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale takes place Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Quality knives and kitchen utensil will be sold at a reduced rate. Scroll down for details on the chowder sale.




Fire Ladies' Annual Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - Oct. 2005

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 22, 2005 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Fresh home-baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers. Containers will also be available for take-out.




Fire Company Ladies Celebrate 66th Anniversary - 2005
  
Shown from left with Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher are Charter Member Elsie Fleischmann (66 years), Treasurer Lisa Mrkall (5 years), Marianne Christensen (15 years) and Rita Hagerman (35 years).
Teddy Linenfelser Photos

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company and their guests attended the organization's 66th anniversary celebration, highlighted with a Fiesta theme. The dinner, also attended by Fire Company officials, was held in Fire Headquarters Saturday evening, September 10, 2005.
   Elsie Fleischmann, a charter member who helped form the Ladies Auxiliary in 1939, was recognized for her 66 years of mostly active membership. Also recognized were Rita Hagerman for attaining her 35-year membership, Marianne Christensen for 15 years and Lisa Koch for five years. Barbara Peck, a 45-year member and thirty-year member Dorothy Lovelee were unable to attend.
   Dinner arrangements were made by Nicole Butcher, Jennifer Pullano, Kristine Koch and Lisa Mrkall.





Fire Company Auxiliary Cookbook Makes Nice Mother's Day Gift - 2005


   With Mother's Day just three week away, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company would like to let the community know that their cookbooks are still available and would make a nice Mother's Day gift, especially for those moving out of town or for friends/family formerly of Grand Island. Contact Lisa Mrkall at 773-8031 or Nicole Butcher at 773-1685 for more information or scroll down for full details.





Fire Company Auxiliary Cookbook On Sale
Free Shipping - Free Delivery - 2004


   The sale of a cookbook published by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company has been announced. "Our Best Recipes" - A collection of over 600 recipes collected from friends and family of the Grand Island Fire Company and members of the community is presented in seven chapters including Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, & Miscellaneous. The price is $10 and as a special holiday offer the Ladies Auxiliary is offering free shipping as well as delivery of cookbooks in the immediate Grand Island vicinity. Contact Lisa Mrkall at 773-8031 or Nicole Butcher at 773-1685 for more information.



Fire Auxiliary Appreciates Chowder Sale Support - Oct. 2004

(Left) Firefighters Omar Sortino, Chief Greg Butcher, President Reed Wright and Jeremy Pullano. Click photo for a larger view.

Teddy Linenfelser Photo
The Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's fall chowder and baked goods sale Saturday, October 23, 2004 was chaired by Heather Aronica and Karen Wright. The members wish to thank all who supported the annual fundraiser.





Fire Company Auxiliary Cookbook On Sale- 2004

   The sale of a cookbook published by the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company has been announced. "Our Best Recipes" - A collection of over 460 recipes collected from friends and family of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company is presented in seven chapters including Appetizers & Beverages, Soups & Salads, Vegetables, Main Dishes, Breads & Rolls, Desserts, & Miscellaneous. The cookbook makes a great hostess gift, shower/wedding gift, housewarming, or holiday gift. "Get your copy at $10.00 before they sell out - they always do," Chairman Lisa Mrkall said this week. Contact Lisa at 773-8031 or Nicole Butcher at 773-1685. The Auxiliary will ship cookbooks for a nominal charge.





Fire Auxiliary Announces "Day Of Home Parties" - 2004

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their 2nd Annual "Day of Home Parties" from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, November 6, 2004 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Vendors will include Home Interiors, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef, Tupperware, Discovery Toys and more! Several great items and gift baskets will be given away in a Chinese auction. "Get a head start on holiday shopping!" For more information call Nicole Butcher at 773-1685.




Fire Ladies' Annual Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - Oct. 2004

Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 23, 2004 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Fresh home-baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers. Containers will also be available for take-out. The Auxiliary is asking the community to support its food drive by donating a non-perishable food item to benefit the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.




Fire Company Ladies Celebrate 65th Anniversary - 2004
  
Shown from left are Charter Member Elsie Fleischmann; Dorothy Ahern (50 years), President Nicole Butcher and Bernie Huff (50 years) and (right) President Butcher and Julie Meyer (25 years).
Teddy Linenfelser Photos

Members and guests of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company celebrated their 65th anniversary in Fire Headquarters Saturday evening, September 11, 2004. Charter member Elsie Fleischmann was in attendance and received recognition as a charter member of the organization formed in September 1939 for the purpose of assisting the Fire Company. Also recognized were Dorothy Ahern and Bernie Huff for attaining their 50-year membership. Julie Meyer received her 25-year membership certificate. Unable to attend were Darcey Golde (25 years) and Alma McTigue (50 years). A catered dinner with a Hawaiian theme was chaired by Auxiliary members Arlene Soluri and Danielle Soluri.




Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary To Celebrate 65th Anniversary - 2004

   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will celebrate the 65th anniversary of the organization with a dinner in Fire Headquarters 6 p.m. Saturday, September 11, 2004. A Hawaiian theme is being featured. Service awards will be presented to members of long standing.



Fire Ladies To Hold 'Day Of Home Parties' - 2003

   The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will host "A Day of Home Parties" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, November 8, 2003 in Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.
   Demonstrators from a variety of companies will include Tupperware, Party Lite, Longaberger Baskets, Pampered Chef, Home Interiors, Designer Jewelry, Avon, Mary Kay Cosmetics, Princess House, Discovery Toys, Creative Memories and more.
   A basket raffle will be featured and refreshments will be served.





Fire Company Ladies Chowder Sale Is Complete Sell Out - 2003

(Left) Auxiliary member Molly McMahon is shown with Firefighters George Christensen, Jeremy Pullano, Robert Meyer and Reed Wright; (2nd photo) Reed Wright, Bob Aronica and George Christensen; (3rd photo) Auxiliary members Mary Becker, Danielle Soluri and Heather Aronica; (4th photo) Auxiliary member Nancy Amato, Chowder Co-Chairman Darcey Golde, Auxiliary member Molly McMahon and Chowder Co-Chairman Julie Meyer. Click photos for a larger view.

Teddy Linenfelser Photos
Members of the Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary sold out in record time, the three kettles of chowder they prepared for the Saturday, October 25, 2003 chowder and baked goods sale. Split Club winner was Rebecca Gaydosh.




Fire Company Auxiliary Celebrates 64th Anniversary - 2003

Members and guests of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company celebrated the organization's 64th anniversary in Fire Headquarters Saturday evening. A toga party theme featuring Greek food and the music of Steve Parisi was chaired by Arlene Soluri and her daughter Danielle Soluri. Recognized for milestone memberships was Barbara Anderson who joined the Auxiliary 40 years ago. Mary Becker, who was not able to attend, was also recognized for 40 years service to the Auxiliary.




Fire Ladies' Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale and "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts" - 2003

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 25, 2003 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Baked goods, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.




Fire Ladies Chowder Is Still Available - 2003

Delicious chicken/beef/vegetable chowder prepared for the recent Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary chowder sale has been frozen in quart containers and is available ($3 quart) by calling Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher at 773-1685 or Chowder Co-chair Julie Meyer, 773-7146.




Fire Ladies' Spring Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - and "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts"

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Spring Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, April 26, 2003 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. An added feature will be the sale of "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts." Baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.



Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary January Meeting Date Changed - 2002

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will meet Wednesday, January 15, 2003 beginning at 6:30 p.m. An installation dinner will precede the meeting and installation of officers for 2003. The date has been changed from the second Wednesday to the third for January only.


Fire Company Ladies Run Successful Fall Chowder Sale 2002
 
(Left) Firefighter Bob Aronica assisted by Nate Harpster loading a chowder bucket.
(Right) Firefighter Dave Amato, overseer of the Ladies Auxiliary chowder project. Click photos for a larger view.

Fred Claus Photo
Members of the Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary were extremely pleased with the turnout of residents who purchased the three kettles of chowder along with home baked goods and 75 dozen Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. The winner of the split club drawing was Lester Herrmann of Riverdale Dr.




Fire Ladies' Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - and "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts"

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 26, 2002 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Featured again will be the sale of "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts" at $5 doz. Baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.




Fire Company Ladies Celebrate 63rd Anniversary - 2002
     
Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher is shown with (from left) Nancy Amato, Arlene Soluri, Val Gardner and Elsie Fleischmann.


The Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary celebrated the 63rd anniversary of its founding on Saturday, September 14, 2002 in Fire Headquarters. President Nicole Butcher was in charge of arrangements and assisted by Auxiliary Treasurer Lisa Mrkall, and Jennifer Pullano. The dinner, with a 50s theme, was preceded by the presentation of Life Member pins (20 years service) to Nancy Amato and Arlene Soluri and recognition of milestones in the Auxiliary to the following members: Val Gardner (50 years), Elsie Fleischmann (charter member), Fay Wood (45 years), Barb Wilson (15 years) and Bernice Dinsmore (10 years). Joan Wohlfeil and Nancy Weis, recognized for 35 years and 25 years respectively, were unable to attend.




Fire Ladies' Spring Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - and "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts"

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Spring Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, April 20, 2002 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. An added feature will be the sale of "Krispy Kreme Doughnuts." Baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.

Fire Company Ladies Install 2002 Officers

Auxiliary officers for 2002 shown from left are Trustee Barbara Wilson, Corresponding Secretary Teddy Linenfelser, Vice President Sue McMahon, President Nicole Butcher, Treasurer Lisa Mrkall, Recording Secretary Sue Braun, and Trustees Brooke Raham and Nancy Amato.
Click photo for a larger view

Barbi Lare photo

   Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company met Wednesday, January 9, 2002 in Fire Headquarters for dinner and the installation of officers for the coming year.
   President Nicole Butcher, Vice President Sue McMahon, Treasurer Lisa Mrkall, Recording Secretary Sue Braun, Corresponding Secretary Teddy Linenfelser, and Trustees Brooke Raham, Barbara Wilson and Nancy Amato were installed in a candlelight ceremony by retiring Trustee Julie Meyer.
   The dinner was chaired by Mrs. Wilson and Arlene Soluri.

Fire Ladies' Fall Chowder/Baked Goods Sale - 2001
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale Saturday, October 20, 2001 at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Baked goods and chowder will be sold at about 11 a.m. or when ready ($1/bowl - $3/qt.) Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.

Fire Company Ladies Have Chowder Sale - 2001

Longtime firefighters Lee Becker and George Christensen oversee the stirring by co-chairs Julie Meyer and Darcey Golde. Other volunteers who assisted with the chowder were Dave Amato and Dan McMahon, who seemed to have disappeared when the camera showed up.
(Barbi Lare photo)


   
The Grand Island Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary presented another fine chowder sale last Saturday (Apr. 28, 2001). Needless to say, the men of the company were assisting in the cooking of the bubbling creation in the outside kettles. Inside the main truck house the ladies were quickly selling the brew by the bowl, by the quart or however the buyer wanted. Baked goodes were available as were a selection of great knives being sold by the Ladies on an ongoing basis. For more information on the knives contact Sue McMahon at 773-9376.


Fire Ladies Chowder and Baked Goods Sale - 2001
The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company will hold their annual spring chowder and baked goods sale Saturday, April 28 at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY. Baked goods and Chowder will be sold about 11 a.m. or when read ($1/bowl - $3/qt.) Chowder will be available by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers.


Fire Ladies Install - 2001

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Grand Island Fire Company installed officers for 2001 at a dinner meeting in fire headquarters Wednesday evening. From left are Charter Member and Chaplain Elsie Fleischmann, Corresponding Secretary Teddy Linenfelser, President Brooke Raham, Recording Secretary Sue McMahon, Vice President Arlene Soluri and Treasurer Dorothy Ahern. Officers not shown are Trustees Julie Meyer, and Barbara Wilson. Chairmen of the dinner were Mrs. Soluri and Mrs. Wilson.
(Barbi Lare photo)

(1953 photo - see Old Photo Album)

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