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 in Madison, AL. Please contact us for details

May 2017 Agenda

Agenda for 11 May 2017

  • Call to Order
  • Chaplain Prayer
  • POW/MIA Empty Chair
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Preamble
  • Approval of Previous Minutes
  • Reports
    • Sick and Shut In
    • Adjutant
    • Finance
    • State of the District/County Report
    • NAVFOC
    • DAV
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership
      • Monument Committee
      • Post Home Committee
  • Unfinished Business
    • Donation to Masonic Lodge Monthly
    • Boys State
    • Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
    • Placing of Flags 20 May 2017 - 10 AM Madison Memory Garden
    • Poppy Give Away at 3 Walmarts 27th - 28th May 2017
      • HWY 20 West
      • HWY 72 West
      • Neighborhood Market Wall Tirana
      • 3 Shifts per day, each are 2 hours: 10am - 12pm; 12 - 2pm; 2 - 4pm
      • Need 22 members per day
    • Memorial Day/Rededication of Monument Plans 29 May 2017 11:00 am
    • Election of New Officers 2018
  • New Business
    • Madison Street Festival Suggestions
    • Open to Floor
  • Adjournment
    • For the Good of the Legion

April 2017 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order
 

The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7pm. First Vice Commander James Vance conducted the meeting with the opening prayer given by member David Silvernail. Commander Woods absence due to other obligation.

Legionnaire in attendance were 1st Vice Commander James Vance, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Asst Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel and Earl Watts, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Tom McKinney, Richard Blanton, Alan Cerny, Sherwin Calendar, Umar Hicks, Edward Durst, and Chris Brown.

 
Approval of Previous Minutes
 
1st Vice Commander Vance asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 9 March meeting minutes and if there were any corrections.  The meeting minutes were approved by the members present.

 
Reports

Member Sherwin Calendar gave a status of the “’Forever Young” organization which offers wishes for senior veterans.   The organization raised $350 at a local restaurant to help with the cost of a trip to England and a Washington DC trip.

       Sick and Shut in: 
    • Past post commander Carl Dow remains at the Tut Fann veteran’s nursing home.
       Adjutant:
 
    • Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we are now at 101% renewals and new members.  Currently, Post 229 is the only post in Madison County to achieve at least 100%.  With the transfer’s into the post, our total membership is approaching 250.  
    • Adjutant Vannoy discussed the upcoming recruiting events being sponsored by the state, this is a Statewide effort.  For Madison County, tentatively the days are 20-22 April (Thu-Sat) at Redstone Arsenal PX and shopettes and local Walmarts from 10AM – 2PM.  Further information and requests for volunteers will be forthcoming.

       Finance:
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley reported the current status of the post accounts  (operating account, monument account, downtown memorial account and the post home account).  The finance report was approved by the members present.  
       State of the District/County Report:
    • Commander Woods attended the District meeting but was not present to speak to what was discussed in the meeting.
 
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    • Nothing new to report. 
  •        Disabled Veterans (DAV):
    • Nothing new to report


Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
    • Legionnaire McKinney stated that the Oratorical Contest is complete for the state and a nice scholarship check was issued to the Madison County winner, runner up and third place participant.
    • Boy’s State is coming up.  Huntsville Post 237 is taking the lead.  Cost to attend is $250 plus $50 for the bus.  Tom McKinney is taking the lead to identify deserving high school juniors at Bob Jones, James Clements, Sparkman and private schools to participate in the week long leadership program being held May 28th through 2 June at the University of Alabama.
    • Right now there are between 25-30 boys planning on attending but some schools have not submitted the required paperwork.  Deadline is May 5th.
    • McKinney also is working with the three area high schools; Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman to make awards for Academic Excellence and Military Excellence.   Sparkman has already made their awards.  Bob Jones will be made on 1 May at 1700 in the school cafeteria. All of Post 229 is invited.   McKinney is working to find out the date for the James Clemens’ award ceremony.

  
       Membership Committee: 
 
    •      The upcoming recruiting event was presented during the Adjutant's report.

       Monument Committee
    • James Vance stated that the second of the three payments has been made and installation is to start on the 20th of April.
 
       Post Home Committee:
    • Adjutant Vannoy remains chairman of the Post Home Committee. Activities will pick up after Memorial Day towards getting a permanent facility. 
       Fund Raising Committee: 
    • Nothing new to report.
 

Unfinished Business
 
  • Poppy give away at the local Walmarts will be taking place the weekend of Memorial Day, 27 and 28 May.  Post members will be getting an email asking for help in manning tables at the Walmart on Madison Blvd, Hwy 72 and Wall Triana 

  • Web Site:
    • Nothing new to report 

  • Monument Pavers:
    • The post continues to get applications for personalized pavers to go in front of the new monument. 
 
  • Memorial Day Planning:
    • James Vance is heading up the Memorial Day Ceremony.
    • Member Ralph Cobb is drafting up a program.  State Senator Bill Holzclaw is the guest speaker.
    • We are having our monument dedication at the same time.
    • Flags will be put out on 20 May at 10 AM, they will be picked up on the 2nd of June.
    • Poppies are going to be given out at the three area Walmarts on the 27th and 28th of May.  Be on the lookout for email requesting volunteers.


New Business
  • Donation to the Masonic Lodge
    • Post members voted to give a donation to the Masonic Lodge in the amount of $50/month to be provided on a quarterly basis.
  • Memorial Day Planning
    • The post voted to pay Jeff Stephens $200 for a sound system at the Memorial Day ceremony.
  • Upcoming Elections
    • Post Officer Elections are coming up.  Votes are to be taken at the May 11th membership meeting.  Those wanting to be elected should be present at the May meeting.  2nd Vice, Bill McGahee is taking nominations.  Member Chris Brown stated he is interested in the post Judge Advocate position and presented his resume and qualifications.
    • Positions where there are no candidates that we are aware of are 2nd Vice Commander and Post Finance Officer. 
  • Employer's Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
    • Chris Brown spoke of the ESGR program he is volunteering for.  The program involves meeting with National Guard and military reserve units as well as employers to educate them on their rights for re-employment after serving on a deployment.  Awards are presented to employers for exceptional support to their military members.  This may be an opportunity for the post to team up with the ESGR.   There is a breakfast on Friday the 21st at 0730 at the Boeing facility outside of Gate 9.


 
Meeting Adjourned time 8:00 pm.


Larry Vannoy
American Legion Post 229 Adjutant


March 2017 Agenda

Agenda for 9 March 2017

  • Dinner at IHOP 6 PM
  • Call to Order 7PM
  • Approval of Previous Minutes
  • Reports
    • Post Everlasting:
      • Jesse J. Winburn - 25 Feb 2017
        • Funeral: 4 March 1 PM at 1st Baptist Missionary Church, 3509 Blue Spring Road NW, Huntsville, AL 35758
      • Richard E. Neville - 2 March 2017
        • Father of Legionnaire Monica Dumont Post 229 Past 1st Vice Commander - Passed in Massachusetts

    • Sick and Shut in:
      • Past Commander Carl Dow - Tut Fann
      • Chaplain Dewey Cockman - Valley View Rehab
      • Legionnaire Kevin Kleinjung
    • Adjutant
    • Finance
    • State of the District/County Report
    • NAVFOC
    • DAV
    • Committee Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership
      • Monument Committee (Paver Report 1st Vice)
      • Post Home Committee
  • Unfinished Business
    • Oratorical Contest out brief (Tom McKinney)
    • Poppy giveaway - 3 at each Walmart:
      • May 27 - 28, 2017
      • 3 shifts: 10AM - 12PM, 12 - 2PM, 2 - 4PM
      • Need 22 members a day to fill 2 hour shifts
    • Memorial Day Plans
      • Rededication Monument
      • Color Guard - Combine Bob Jones and James Clemens JROTC
  • New Business
    • Appointment of Historian - Richard Blanton
    • Open to the Floor Membership for suggestions for Post Activities
  • Adjournment
    • For the Good of the Legion

February 2017 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order
 

The membership meeting was held at the new meeting location, the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 724 Eastview Drive, Madison. The meeting was called to order and opening prayer was given by Commander Woods. Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Deputy Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, IT Cherish Croft, Max Riddle, Tommy Whitten, Rev Oscar Draper, Stan Walker, Richard Jones, Chris Brown, Joseph Joiner, James Rogers and Jean Downs.

 
Approval of Previous Minutes
 
Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 12 Jan 2017 meeting minutes and if there were any corrections. The meeting minutes were approved by the members present. 

 
Reports

Presentation on "Tips for Troops" program presented by Jean Downs. Legionnaire Downs explained the program due to the absence of Mrs. Lorie Girton. The Tips for Troops program is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to our troops that are deployed in remote overseas areas. It operates out of the Redstone Thrift Store. Girl Scout Troop, James Clements ROTC and other organizations put the packages together. The program is seeking money for postage. The membership approved a donation of $400 to help cover the cost of shipping the packages.

       Sick and Shut in: 
    • The post lost three members since the December meeting.
      • Jerry Tepper was a very active member of the post. At the request of his wife, Barbara, our Post performed the flag ceremony. The family requested that instead of flowers that donations would be sent Post 229 Post Home Fund.
      • Byron Samperi was a devoted member and generous member who loaned the buildings used for post equipment storage. The Samperi family also requests donations be sent to Post 229 Post Home fund in lieu of flowers.
      • Louis Rizzo, who recently moved to Texas, was reported to have died. No forwarding address was given.
    • Past Commander, Carl Dow, now lives at Tut Fann Veterans Assistance Home.
    • Chaplain Dewy Cockman and Kevin Kleinjung are recovering at Valleyview Rehab Center.
       Adjutant:
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we have five renewals, six transfers into the post and seven new members, putting our renewals at approximately 97%. Post 229 leads 12 districts in renewals. Twenty-seven members have failed to renew.

       Finance:
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley reported the current status of the post accounts. The required tax forms have been prepared and submitted to the state. An accountant was hired for the 2016 taxes due to the large amount of donations received for the monument replacement.
    • There is a total of 360 pavers available for purchase as part of phase one of the monument replacement. The post's desire is to allow all post members who wish to purchase a paver do so at their earliest convenience. Our goal is to place Post 229 member pavers closest to the monument. If you want to be included, please send in your paver monies by 15 March 2017 with your application. Pavers cost $100 and $200 each based on size. Benches are also for sale for $2500 for phase one.
    • The finance report was approved by the members present.
 
       State of the District/County Report:
    • District 12 Meeting. Finance Officer Kelley represented Madison County due to Commander Woods' absence.
      • District Oratorical Contest is taking place on February 11th at American Legion Post 15, Decatur. We were asked to provide two members to help with the event. Bill McGahey, Commander Carlos Woods and Earl Watts offered to attend.
      • District 12 elections are approaching, including Post 229. The rules for the election will be discussed further at the March meeting. Nominations will occur in April and elections are scheduled in May. If you are interested in running for office, please attend these meetings.
    • The Madison County Oratorical Contest took place at the Madison City Council Chambers on 28 January. Five participants were in attendance. The winner has been invited to participate in the district competition.
    • Commander Woods, Adjutant Vannoy, and their wives, Leila and Lisa, respectively, attended the State of the City address by Mayor Finley at the Space and Rocket Center, representing our post.
 
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    • 1st Vice James Vance reported that the newly elected officers were installed.
    • Military Officers Association with US Representative Mo Books will be held on 22 Feb at the Redstone "Summit" facility for those interested.
    • The next meeting will be on 1 March at the Elks Lodge at 1730.
 
  •        Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
    • Commander Woods, Adjutant Vannoy and Americanism Chairman McKinney met with Mayor Finley, acting Police Chief and acting Fire Chief about the Police and Firefighter of the Year Awards. It was agreed that we will work with other organizations in the city to make a single award for each department rather than multiple awards.
    • Boy's State is approaching and Post 237 is taking the lead. Cost to attend in $225 plus $50 for the bus. Tom McKinney will co-chair Boy's State.

  
       Membership Committee: 
o   Membership status was reported during the Adjutant report.
 

       Monument Committee
    • 1st Vice James Vance stated that the plan remains to have the monument finished and ready for dedication by Memorial Day. A lot of work remains and will be discussed at the March 9th meeting.
    • A monument fundraising committee was recommended and the motion was made to establish it. The membership approved the motion to establish a Memorial Fundraising Committee.
 
       Post Home Committee:
    • Adjutant Vannoy remains chairman of the Post Home Committee. Commander Woods stated that we need to have a facility plan as part of the Post Home Fundraising. This plan will provide detailed plans with regard to land, building requirements, parking and cost. Once this is decided, we can determine how to raise the necessary funds to complete the project.
 
       Fund Raising Committee: 
o   Fundraising was discussed under the finance committee report.

Unfinished Business
  

 
  • Wreath Pickup:
    • 2nd Vice McGahey stated that with help from the volunteers, all the wreaths are now in plastic totes. The Girl Scouts are taking on the project of putting together new bows for the wreaths.
    • The city just published an updated list of veterans buried in the city cemeteries and provided it to the post.
  • Website:
    • Cherish Croft has updated the post website with current information. The redesign is a work in progress.
  • Monument Pavers:
    • We continue to get our paver applications. Commander Woods encouraged the membership to get their forms in by 15 March 2017.
  • Memorial Day Planning:
    • Member Ralph Cobb is drafting up a program. State Senator Bill Holtzclaw is the guest speaker. Executive Committee and selected members will meet at the Lunar Masonic Lodge on 8 March 2017 at 1800 to discuss the program.
    • The monument dedication will occur at the Memorial Day Event.
    • The poppy giveaway will occur on May 27th and 28th at the local Madison Walmart stores. Details will follow in a separate email.
    • Flags will be put out on 20 May at 1000 and will be picked up on 02 June.


New Business
  •       Honor Guard
    • Commander Woods wishes to establish a Post Honor Guard. If you would like to be a member, please contact Commander Woods at woodscarlos@gmail.com.
  •       Post Home Account
    • The establishment of a Post Home account has been justified by the previous receipt of post home donations and approved by the membership.
  • Memorial Park Cleanup
    • Bill McGahey and Jean Downs will meet at the Memorial Park to clean up the park area. Meeting date is TBD.
  • Flag Retirement
    • It has been requested that the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts work together on a flag retirement ceremony. The Girl Scouts are building a drop box for the city to allow residents to drop off aged and damaged flags.


 
Near Term Upcoming Events:

  • Next Membership Meeting will be on 09 March 2017 at the Madison IHOP on Hwy 72. Dinner at 6, meeting at 7.

Meeting Adjourned time 8:30 pm.


February 2017 Agenda

Agenda for 9 February 2017

  • Call to Order 7PM
  • Approval of Previous Minutes
  • Reports
    • Post Everlasting:
      • Jerry Tepper - 26 Jan 2017
      • Byron Sampieri - 27 Jan 2017
      • Louis Rizzo - 27 Jan 2017
    • Sick and Shut in:
      • Past Commander Carl Dow - Tut Fann
      • Chaplain Dewey Cockman - Valley View Rehab.
    • Adjutant
    • Finance - 2016 Tax Report
    • State of the District/County Report
    • NAVFOC
    • DAV
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership
      • Monument Committee
      • Post Home Committee
  • Unfinished Business
    • Pick up Wreaths 14 January 2017 (2nd Vice)
    • Oratorical Contest out brief (Tom McKinney)
  • New Business
    • Appointment of Historian - Richard Blanton
    • Eliminate Concurrent Receipt of Retirement Pay and Disability Compensation for Disabled Veterans
    • Establish Program Committee Memorial Day
      • Rededication Monument
      • Color Guard Combine Bob Jones and James Clemens JROTC
    • Poppy Give Away 3 each Walmart
    • Ceremonies Committee
      • Honor Guard
      • Flag detail
    • Open to the Floor Membership for suggestions for Post Activities
  • Adjournment
    • For the Good of the Legion