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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Minutes for 11 June 2015



·         Call to Order
The meeting was called to order by Commander Woods at 1900, and opening prayer was offered by Legionnaire Draper.  Members in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Second Vice-Commander Bill McGahey, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Finance Officer Allison McGrath, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Past Commander Carl Dow, Legionnaires Oscar Draper Sr., Edward Durst, Lawrence Frakes, Jim Haugen, Leondra Kelley, Mike Leech, Mike Marcell, Tom McKinney, Shelton Torbert, Yvette Torbert, Scott Turbiner, Chuck Uhrich, Harold Fitzgerald, Bill Petit, Jerry Tepper and Special guest: Commander of Post 351 Robert Douglas.
·         Approval of Previous Minutes 
Motion to accept the minutes of the May meeting as posted on line was made by Adjutant Pruett and seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey.  Motion was passed by all present.
·         Reports
    • Adjutant- Adjutant Pruett reported that Post 229 is currently showing at 156.8% by the Department of Alabama.  We have 223 members total, with 207 paid up and 16 unpaid. The final report for 2014 was 154 total members, 136 paid and 18 unpaid.
    • Finance- Commander Woods gave the Finance Report due to Finance Office McGrath being out of town recently.   Commander Woods reported on post profits from the Memorial Day Poppy Give Away donations and the balance of all post accounts. NOTE: Balances are not posted online, but members with question may contact Commander Woods directly.
    • State of the District/County Report- Commander Woods reported that the new District 12 Commander is Jeremy Blevins, with Kevin Walker being District 12 Vice-Commander.  Commander Woods is the new Madison County Commander.
    • NAVFOC-There will be an upcoming email with all events planned.
    • DAV- No Report Made
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee- Legionnaire McKinney reported that the Madison Law Enforcement Officer of the Year, Detective Corporal Christie Gover, was presented for consideration by the Department of Alabama, but did not win.  Legionnaire McKinney asked to be reimbursed for the cost of the plaque.  Legionnaire Leech made the motion to reimburse, it was seconded by Legionnaire Draper, and passed by all present.
      • Membership Drive-First Vice-Commander Dumont reported that there will be a recruitment drive for Madison County soon, and that details are still being worked out.
·         Unfinished Business
    • Law Enforcement Award 
      • Tom McKinney: Law Enforcement Officer of Year: Detective Corporal Christie Gover present post award.
    • Boys State:
      • Harrison James, Sparkman High School, JROTC, Boy Scout (Silvernail) attended Boys State, and reported that it was an enjoyable experience.
    • Memorial Day Weekend
      • Placing of Flags: Problem; no one showed up to pick up Flags. 2nd Vice Bill McGahey single handedly picked them up.
      • Poppies Give Away: Collected $3071.26
      • Memorial Day Ceremony:
        • Great Program:
          • Thanks to all, special thanks to 1St Vice, Chief Cob  Madison Community Band, LTC Herd, CMSGT Clark and their JROTC Color/Honor Guard, Legionnaire Larry Frakes, and North Alabama Vietnam Helicopter Pilot Association
    • Review of new monument plans-Commander Woods presented the design plan for the new monument and discussed the suggested changes with the membership. Commander Woods will be seeking approval from the City of Madison and asking for funds to help in the effort.  Commander Woods will also present the plans to the Madison Historical Society as a courtesy.  
    • Election of Finance Officers for 2016
      • Candidates: Allison McGrath and Leondra Kelley- The new elected Finance Officer is Leondra Kelley.                                                                                   
·         New Business
o    Adjutant Pruett stated that he plans to run a recruitment booth at the City of Madison Independence Day celebration and asked members to consider volunteering to staff the booth throughout the event.  More information will be forthcoming.
o    Department Convention 18 – 21 June 2015, Marriott,  Huntsville, Alabama: Commander Woods informed the members that he had paid for 7 delegates for the Convention. Members to attend, Commander Woods,  Vice Monica Dumont, Past Commander Carl Dow, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Executive Committee Member, Tom McKinney, Member, Lelia Woods. There is one open delegate position open.
o    Installation of Officers by Commander Robert Douglas, American Legion Post 351, Huntsville, Al:
Post 351 Commander Douglas gave the charge and Oath of Office to the 2016 Post 229 officers.
Commander- Carlos Woods
First Vice-Commander- Monica Dumont
Second Vice-Commander- Bill McGahey
Adjutant- Douglas Pruett
Finance Officer- Leondra Kelley
Judge Advocate- Mario Ventura
Sergeant of Arms- Mike Marcell
Chaplain- Ricky Spears (Not Present)
Historian- Sandra Bush (Not Present) appointed by Commander
Executive Committee members- Past Commander Carl Dow and Legionnaire Tom McKinney
·         Adjournment
o    For the Good of the Legion
Motion to adjourn was made by Adjutant Pruett and seconded by First Vice-Commander Dumont. The motion was passed by all present and Commander Woods adjourned the meeting at 8:05 PM. Next meeting will 9 July 2015.

June 2015 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 11 June 2015 at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.

May 2015 Meeting Minutes

·         Call to Order- The meeting was called to order at 1700 Hrs by Commander Carlos Woods, and opening prayer was offered by Chaplain Rickey Spears. . Members present were Commander Carlos Woods, First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Second Vice-Commander Bill McGahey, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Finance Officer Allison McGrath, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Chaplain Rickey Spears, Past Commander Carl Dow, Legionnaires Dan Brown, Ralph Cobb, Sheri Hollie, Leondra Kelley, Kevin Kleinjung, Tom McKinney, Bill Petit, David Silvernail, and Vic Van Leeuwen.

·         Moment of Silence for James Bowne

·         Approval of Previous Minutes- Motion was made by Legionnaire Kleinjung to accept the minutes are posted on line, and seconded by Legionnaire Van Leeuwen. Motion was pasted by all present.

·         Reports
    • Adjutant- Adjutant Pruett reported that there are currently 222 members in Post 229. The total of paid members in 205, unpaid is 17, and the Department of Alabama currently shows Post 229 at 156.8%. Motion to accept the Adjutant’s Report was made by Commander Woods, seconded by Legionnaire Brown, and passed by all present.
    • Finance – Finance Officer McGrath reported on the balance of the Operational and Memorial Funds accounts. Motion to accept the Finance Officer Report was made by Adjutant Pruett, seconded by Legionnaire Kleinjung, and passed by all present.      Note: Balances are not reported here, but members of Post 229 can contact Commander Woods with any questions.
    • State of the District/County Report- Commander Woods reported that he has been elected the new County Commander.
    • NAVFOC- Legionnaire Dow reported that he will be participating in a recruitment event at the Jaycees Building on 31 October 2015.  It was also reported that the NAVFOC will be conducting a car show at Milton Frank Stadium
    • DAV- No DAV Report
    • Committees Reports- No report
·         Unfinished Business

o    Monument Report - Pierre Tourney of Clarke Memorial of Alabama gave a presentation design ideas for the Memorial.  Initial cost estimate is $46,000 but a Letter In Kind will lower cost to $39,862.  Legionnaire Kleinjung stated that there may be an issue with the Madison Historical Society approving the monument, and they must approve due to the location of Memorial Park.  Additional information will be in future meetings.

o    Law Enforcement Award
      • Americanism Committee- Legionnaire Tom McKinney reported that Law Enforcement Officer of Year is Detective Corporal Christie Gover of the Madison Police Department, and that she will also be submitted to the Department of Alabama for consideration at the upcoming convention.
    • Boys State:
      • Membership Drive-Boys State candidate is Harrison James from Sparkman High School.  James is the Senior Patrol Leader of his Boy Scout Troup, and a member of Sparkman High School JROTC.
    • Auto Show August 2015
      • Auto show may be tabled, due to conflicting NAVFOC car show.
    • Memorial Day Weekend
      • 21 May 2015 Moon Walk & Party Rental to setup tent for Band. Breakdown on 27 May 2015, Carl Dow to oversee Cost $223.00.
      • Placing of Flags: 23 May 2015, Time: 0800 A.M.  Meeting Place: (NEW) Madison Memory Garden Parking Lot. Pickup Flags - 2nd Vice, Bill McGahey (LEAD).
      • 22 or 23 May 2015 setup Optima Tent - Ken Kleinjung needs 5 Legionnaire to help setup.
      • Need to Order Poppies – 2000 each - Finance Officers
      • Poppies Give Away 23-24 May 2015
        • Wal-Marts Hwy 20 and Hwy 72W
          • Time 10AM to 4 PM Both Saturday and Sunday
          • Three- 2 hours shifts per Day
          • 1 each Legionnaires at each entry, Plus Floater, 3 Legionnaires per shift. 9 each Legionnaires needed each day. Need Volunteers Give Commander Woods a call at 256-508-6548 or email at carloswoods@knology.net
        • Memorial Day Ceremony
          • Where: Madison Veteran Park 25 May 2015 Time: 11 AM- 12 PM
          • 9 May 2015, time 10 AM Walk Thru for Memorial Day Ceremony. If need Second Walk through 15 May 2015, time: 10 AM.
          • Recommendations For Agenda needed from Member
          • 1st Vice Monica Dumont, Master of Ceremony.
          • Speaker: LTC Herd, Randy, Bob Jones High School JROTC Instructor
          • Color Guard: Bob Jones High School (Confirmed)
          • Madison Community Band
          • Guest Singer: Lawrence Frakes, Post 229
          • Helicopter Static Display Confirmed
·         New Business
    • Commander- Carlos Woods ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • First Vice-Commander- Monica Dumont ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • Second Vice-Commander- Bill McGahey ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • Adjutant- Douglas Pruett ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Commander Woods.
    • Chaplain- Rickey Spears ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • Judge Advocate- Mario Ventura ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • Sergeant of Arms_ Mike Marcel ran undisputed and one vote was cast by Adjutant Pruett.
    • Finance Officer- Allison McGrath was nominated by First Vice-Commander Dumont, and seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey.  Leondra Kelley was nominated by Commander Woods and seconded by Judge Advocate Ventura. A run-off election will be conducted for the position of Finance Officer at the next meeting.
    • Installation of Officers will follow.

·         Adjournment- Commander Woods adjourned the meeting at 2020 Hrs.

For the Good of the Legion

April 2015 Meeting Minutes

Members present were Commander Carlos Woods, First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Finance Officer Allison McGrath, Chaplain Rickey Spears, Past Commander Hollis Bridges, Legionnaires Edward Durst, Scott Fairchild, Claudette Grant, Jim Haughen, Mike Leech, Mike Marcel, Tom McKinney, Jerry Tepper, Scott Turbiner, Vic VanLeeuwen, Larry Vannoy, and Lelia Woods.

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by Commander Woods at 1900 Hrs. Opening prayer was led by Chaplain Rickey Spears.

Approval of Previous Minutes
 
Motion to accept the March 2015 minutes as posted on the post website was made by Legionnaire Mike Marcel and seconded by Legionnaire Tom McKinney.  Motion was passed by all members present.


Reports
  • Adjutant
    • Adjutant Pruett reported that Post 229 currently has 221 members on the roster, down one with the recent passing of Legionnaire Darrell Routon.  There are 204 members that are current with their 2015 dues, and only 17 members that have yet to renew their dues for the year.  The Department of Alabama currently shows Post 229 at a 153.6% renewal rate. Motion to accept the report was made by Legionnaire Leech, seconded by Legionnaire VanLeeuwen, and passed by all members present.
  • Finance
    • Finance officer McGrath reported the current balances of the Operational Fund and Memorial Fund.  Commander Woods reported on the status of hats that had been ordered for members, and payment for hats by those legionnaires.  There were no questions from the membership and Commander Woods deemed the report as accepted.                                                          NOTE: Account balances are not posted in the on-line minutes.  Post 229 members with questions can contact Commander Woods directly.
  • State of the District/County Report
    • No Report
  • NAVFOC
    • No report
  • DAV
    • Past Commander Bridges reported that a DAV chapter has been suspended due to financial issues, but that steps have already been taken to correct those issues.
  • Committees Reports
    • Americanism Committee                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         Legionnaire McKinney reported that he and Commander Woods has met with Madison Chief of Police Muncey, and that Chief Muncey concurred with the plan to name a Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Legionnaire McKinney presented the criteria to Chief Muncey and the officer will be identified by the 23 April dead line. The Madison Law Enforcement Officer of the Year will be nominated by Post 229 for the Department of Alabama Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.  Legionnaire McKinney also reported that he has been in communication with the Department of Alabama, and that personnel there are also supportive of Post 229 submitting a nomination.
    • Membership Drive                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            First Vice-Commander Dumont encouraged all members to continue recruiting efforts and offered to provide recruiting advice to any legionnaire that desires it.  First Vice-commander Dumont also offered to speak with any possible recruits to answer any questions as requested.

Unfinished Business
    • Boy’s State                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Commander Woods reported that Post 229 will be sending James Harrison from Sparkman High School to Boys State this year.  Mr. Harrison is a member of JROTC and a Boy Scout currently working toward earning Eagle Scout under Scoutmaster David Silvernail, who is also a member of Post 229.
    • Auto Show                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Commander Woods reported that the tentative date for the auto show is 15 August 2015.  Attempts to contact Mr. Parks at Bob Jones High School, to request permission to host the event in their parking area, have been unsuccessful as of yet.  Commander Woods plans to go try to visit with Mr. Parks, and hopefully get permission to use the parking area.  Finance Officer McGrath will give Commander Woods additional information on the plans before he meets with Mr. Parks.  Legionnaire Grant will also assist in planning as needed.  Legionnaires Marcel and VanLeeuwen are both in car clubs and have attended various shows, and will also assist in any way possible, including advertising the show among the car clubs.
    • Memorial Day Weekend                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Commander Woods presented the plans for the Memorial Day weekend events as listed below:
      • Placing of Flags at Madison City three Cemeteries will be held on 23 May time 8 AM, we will assemble at the Madison Memory Cemetery, parking lot, located on Hughes Road, north of the Madison Municipal Court House. Please come out and help.                   
      • Ceremony: Madison Veteran Park 25 May 2015 Time: 11 AM- 12 PM
        • Recommendations For Agenda needed from Member
        • Speaker: LTC Herd, Randy, Bob Jones High School JROTC Instructor
        • Color Guard: Bob Jones High School
        • Madison Community Band
        • Guest Singer: Lawrence Frakes, Post 229
        • Will give away small American flags to attendees
        • Requested Helicopter Static Display
        • Volunteers needed to erect tent on loan from Madison Optimists Club
      • Poppies Give Away 23-24 May 2015
        • Wal-Marts Hwy 20 and Hwy 72W, and possibly new Wal-Triana Hwy location
        • Time 10AM to 4 PM Both Saturday and Sunday
        • Three- 2 hours shifts per Day
        • 2 Legionnaires at each entry, total 32 Legionnaires needed.
    • Memorial Park Monument                                                                                        Commander Woods reported that Legionnaire Drolet is working to design a replacement to the monument, and has an initial estimate of $40,000-$50,000 for a solid stone monument. Legionnaire Haughen raised an objection to that estimate regardless of donations or sponsors received to pay the cost.  There was a discussion that the post should review several design options and cost estimates.  Legionnaire VanLeeuwen suggested that the post ask District 12 Vice-Commander Blevins to research the various by-laws of the American Legion to determine any requirements to receive multiple bids for replacing the monument.  Commander Woods stated that he will contact Vice Commander Blevins to request him to conduct that research.
New Business

No new business was presented. Commander Woods would like to remind members that at our 14 May meet the floor will be open for nomination for new Post Officers to serve for 2016. You must be present to be nominated. Election of 2016 Officers will be held at our 11 June 2015, meeting.

Adjournment
                                                                                                                                        
Commander Woods deemed the meeting adjourned at 2000, based on having no new business to discuss.

For the Good of the Legion