PO Box 194, Madison, AL 35758 | PH: 256.258.8534 | Email: Admin@AmericanLegionPost229.org


Regular Post meetings occur on the second Thursday of each month at 1900 at the Madison Center Center.
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July 2014 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The meeting was held on 10 July 2014 1900 at the Madison Senior Center.

Call to Order
Approval of Previous MinutesAdjutant Pruett read the previous minutes. Motion to accept as read was made by Past Commander Dow and 2ND by Judge Advocate Ventura. Passed by unanimous acclamation.

Reports
  • Adjutant-
    Adjutant Pruett reported that the post ended the 2014 year with 173 paid members and 12 that had now paid for 2014. Total membership at end of 2014year was 185. Adjutant Pruett recognized District Vice Commander Blevins, Legionnaire Frakes, and Legionnaire Sandra Bush for volunteering to work the Madison Independence Day celebration, where total recruits were 4 paid and 4 with applications submitted but pending payment. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • Finance -
    Finance Officer Haugen provided the financial report. Copies were available for Legionnaires present. Legionnaire Haugen also mentioned that the Post can order Legion service caps at cost and that the Post will absorb the shipping costs. Orders will be placed when a large enough order to justify the shipping is queued up. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • District Report-
    District Vice Commander Blevins announced that the district will soon be conducting training for post officers to ensure that all post are in compliance with the Four Pillars of the American Legion.
  • County Report-
    Commander Bush advised that future Oratorical contests and Boy State sponsorship will be jointly accomplished at the Madison County level, with all posts working together to allow greater attendance. Commander Bush strongly encourages every post to maintain a post yearbook, and attendance at the district meetings. Commander Bush also reported that each post should have a Field Service Officer to assist veterans, and work closely with the Department Service Officer.
Unfinished Business
  • NAVFOC
    Past Commander Bridges reported that the NAVOC Board of Directors has rejected Post 229’s suggestion that the by-laws be rewritten to require that NAVOC officers be current members of an affiliate organization. Commander Woods advised Past Commander Dow, as Post 229 delegate, to vote against the by-laws at the next NAVOC meeting.
New Business
  • Guest Speaker-
    Robert Davenport with Hospice Family Care explained the We Honor Our Veterans program. Mr. Davenport explained that the program provides volunteer veterans to visit hospice patients that are veterans, and that the visit seem to be very helpful to the patient based on similar military experience. Mr. Davenport also encouraged post members to consider acting as a volunteer to visit veteran hospice patients.
  • Goals for 2015-
    • Madison Street Festival is first weekend of October. Legionnaire van Leeuwen has contacted a local restaurant, and arranged discounted pricing for food that Post 229 can resell at the Street Festival. The Post will set tents inside the hedges of Veterans Memorial Part for food sales, one canopy at the entrance for Post information and recruitment, and share tables and seating with the Madison Optimists club. The Executive Committee will discuss preparations and report to the Post at a later meeting.
    • Commander Woods expressed desires for Post 229 to continue conducting ceremonies for Veterans Day and Memorial Day with non-officer Legionnaires taking greater roles in planning and participation. 
    • Military Appreciation Day will be observed at the upcoming Bob Jones vs. James Clemons football game, and Legionnaires are encouraged to attend to represent Post 229.
  • District Vice Commander Blevins made the motion to establish a Post Color Guard and purchase two light-weight, non-firing parade rifles for use in parades and at ceremonies. Motion was 2nd Commander Dow, and passed by show of hands vote.
  • Executive Committee Member Dumont made the motion to establish an American Legion Riders chapter at Post 229. The motion was 2nd by District Vice Commander Blevins. Discussion determined that additional information needs to be gathers, and presented to the Post at a later meeting. The motion was tabled, pending gathering additional information.
For the Good of the Legion
The Post welcomed new and prospective members.

The meeting was adjourned by Commander Woods at 2017 Hrs.




June 2014 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The meeting was held on 12 June 2014 1900 at the  Madison Senior Center.

Call to Order

Approval of Previous Minutes
Commander Blevins Motioned to dispense with reading previous minutes and accept them as posted online. 2nd by Executive Committeemember Dumont. Passed by unanimous acclamation.

Reports

  • Adjutant
    Adjutant Pruett announced that 25 Legionnaires had transferred during District 12 revitalization effort. We are currently at 160 paid, active members. 4 new applicants that will be submitted in July. Motion to accept by Legionnaire Turbiner, 2nded, and passed by unanimous acclamation.
  • Finance - Finance Officer Jim Haugen
    Legionnaire Haugen provided the financial report. Copies were available for Legionnaires present. Commander Woods presented a receipt for reimbursement for $59.58 for wreaths he purchased for Memorial Day. A Motion for reimbursement for $59.58 to Commander Woods was made, seconded and passed by unanimous acclamation. Legionnaire Haugen also mentioned that the Post can order Legion service caps at cost and the Post will absorb the shipping costs. Orders will be placed when a large enough order to justify the shipping is queued up. Motion by Legionnaire Dumont to accept the finance report as read was seconded by Adjutant Pruett and passed by unanimous acclamation.
  • District/ County Report
    Commander Blevins announced the results of the District 12 elections at the June District meeting.
  • Boys State
    Commander Blevins reported on this year's session of Boys State. Around 50 boys attended from Madison County.

Unfinished Business

  • NAVFOC
    Commander Woods reported on the last NAVFOC meeting. Discussion of NAVFOC's bylaws and the fact that an NAVFOC officer is not required to be a member of the NAVFOC's affiliate members. Commander Blevins commented that if we don't attend the NAVFOC's meeting, then we don't have an opportunity to vote for our stance. He also noted that the Coalition meets on the first Wednesday evening of each month, in conflict with many members church services. Additionally under this item, Past Commander Bridges, who is also a member of the DAV, discussed issues with the VA system.
  • Memorial Week
    Commander Woods thanked everyone who participated in the Memorial Day activities.
  • Department Convention
    Commander Woods discussed the Department Convention. Adjutant Pruett, a delegate for the convention announced he would not be able to attend. Sandra Bush volunteered, and was appointed as the replacement delegate.

New Business

  • Installation of Officers
    The officers elected in the May meeting were installed into office by Past Commander Bridges.
  • Discussion of corporate sponsorship
    Commander Blevins introduced the idea of seeking corporate sponsors for Post activities. He proposed different levels of sponsorship such as:
    • Liberty Bell - $1500/year
    • Bald Eagle - $500/ year
    • Silver Star - $250/ year
    • Minute Man - $100/year (individuals?)

      No motion was taken on the idea of corporate sponsorship at this meeting. It will be brought before the members for a vote at a future meeting.

For the Good of the Legion
The Post welcomed guests and new members:

  • Tim Ayers
  • Quinessa Pollard
  • Tim Pollard
  • Jason McClure
  • Trent Bennett
  • Sandra Bush

July 2014 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 10 July at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.


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Proposed meeting Agenda will be published prior to the meeting

Call to Order

Approval of Previous Minutes


Reports
  • Adjutant
  • Finance
  • Other Committees
Unfinished Business
  • Department Convention Report
  • Madison Street Festival
New Business
  • Goals for 2015
  • Memorial Park Committee
  • Calendar Events 2015
  • Open to the floor
For the Good of The Legion

Floyd E. 'Tutt' Fann State Veterans Home 19th Anniversary


Post 229 Receives Membership Awards at 2014 Department Convention

At the 2014 American Legion Department of Alabama Convention, Post 229 was awarded a certificate of achievement for reaching 100% membership for 2013-2014. We were actually over 140% for the year!


Post 229 also received the Department of Alabama Commander's Membership Award for reaching 100% membership, plus maintaining at least a 90% retention rate, plus having at least a 5% new member growth, PLUS having maintained 100% membership for the past three years!