Monthly breakfasts help local veterans
Elaine Jacksits organizes the Ladies of the Legion Home Association Post 215 breakfast that has been going on for 30 years.
“We work pretty closely together. Most everyone has been working here for a few years, so everything is well coordinated,” she said. “What we’re seeing is a lot more competition. A couple of places also picked the last Sunday to have breakfast buffets.”
Jacksits promises the best buffet and fresh — not frozen — home fries.
She cleared up a point that newcomers often ask.
“A lot of people think we are some kind of auxiliary, but we are a stand-alone organization. We’re the Ladies of the Legion Home Association Post 215. We help out veterans however we can. We go to them. Sometimes, we get food over to them and handle problems they encounter,” she said.
The money from the breakfasts, held 8 a.m.-noon the fourth Sunday of every month, goes directly to helping veterans.
“We have a lot of people who come by every month. It gives us and them a chance to catch up on what everyone’s been doing,” she said.
David McQuillen gets on a bus for the trek to Catasauqua from Cedarbrook nursing home.
“He’s wheelchair bound, but he comes by. If he doesn’t show, we check up on him,” said Shirley Bartos, who keeps things moving at the food line.
The customers range from McQuillen to devoted regulars from around town.
“We have a few who venture in from Whitehall and Coplay,” Jacksits said.
There are a few upcoming events at the legion.
“There are plenty of events, but some of them are members only. The legion has made an effort to get younger members to sign up, and we are getting some new members,” she said. “The breakfast is open to anyone.”
The big question: Who does the cooking? Shirley Bartos, Gretchen Kanusky, Kate Jandres and Becky Wagner form the core. Kanusky has been a member for 40 years and started with the original crew 30 years ago. Everyone else has at least five years of experience. The serving line has an all-veteran crew.