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


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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

January 2017 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order
 

The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was held at the Madison Senior Center, Hughes Road, Madison starting at 7 PM and was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening prayer was offered by member Member Ricky Spears. Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Deputy Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, Ricky Spears Jr., Americanism Chairperson Tom McKinney, Stan Walker, Edward Durst, David Silvernail, Ameena Gordon, and Boy Scout Troop leaders Bills Rice, Don Rice, Richard Jones, Monica Dumont, Yvette Torbert, and  Shelton Torbert.

Guests: Daughters Of The American Revolution Jean Downs, Kenny Sumner, Ms. Innis.
 
Approval of Previous Minutes


Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 8 Dec 2016 Minutes and if there were any corrections. The meeting minutes were approved by the members present. 

 
 

 

 
Reports

       Sick and Shut in:  Commander Woods gave a report on the health of Legionnaires Jerry Tepper, Carl Dow who is now at the Tut Fann Veteran's nursing home in Huntsville. Byron Samperi is in an assisted living facility, Dewy Cockman is feeling poorly, Louis Rizzo, who has moved to Texas to be with family, is doing poorly. Commander Woods asked all members to keep them and families in their prayers.

       Adjutant:
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we have new member and 11 renewals and two new members since the last report, putting our renewals at approximately 90%. We need 25 renewals to get to 100%.  
o   The Adjutant report was approved by the attending members.

       Finance:
o   Finance Officer Leondra Kelley provided the current status of the post accounts. There are a total of 360 pavers available for purchase as part of phase 1 of the monument replacement. We are still seeking $15k to fund the completion of the monument. The desire is to get as many of the members that want to purchase a paver to do so soon and they will be placed closest to the monument. Pavers cost $100 and $200 each based on size. We also have two more benches for sale at $2500 for phase 1. The finance report was approved by the members present.
 
       State of the District/County Report:
o    State, Commander Woods stated that the mid-winter conference will be taking place in Montgomery this coming weekend.
o    The District 12 meeting did not take place last weekend because of the expected bad weather.
o    The Madison County wide Oratorical Contest is taking place at the Madison City Council Chambers on 28m January. The event will start at 10 AM and is expected to last until 2 PM. Judges have been identified. Tom McKinney is the Post 2298 representative. Our post will be putting forward $350 plus the cost of refreshments.
 
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
o   1st Vice, James Vance reported the is a fundraiser pancake breakfast at Applebee's in Madison starting at 7 AM for those interested.
o   Next month there will be an installation of officers.

       Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
o   Chairman, Tom McKinney stated that we are gong to meet with the Mayor of Madison along with acting police and fire chiefs this month to make an award for the Firefighter and Police Officer of the Year.

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

       Monument Committee:
o   1st Vice, James Vance stated that the plan remains to have the monument finished and ready for dedication by Memorial Day.
o   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:
o   Nothing new to report.
 
       Fund Raising Committee: 
o   Fundraising was discussed under the finance committee report.

Unfinished Business
 

 
 
 
  • Bylaws:
o  The red-lined Post 229 Bylaws were presented to the membership for approval. Judge Advocate Mario Ventura motioned for approval and seconded by Tom McKinney, the membership voted and approved the changes to the Bylaws.


New Business

       Move of Membership Meetings
o   The Masonic Lunar Lodge on Eastview Drive has offered to let the post use their facility for post meetings. This will allow the post to extend meeting times as required, allow for additional days to have meetings and give relief to the Madison Senior Center staff. A motion was made to approve using the masonic lodge and to hold our February meeting there. The membership present approved the motion.

 
Near Term Upcoming Events:

  • Next Membership Meeting will be at the Lunar Masonic Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison, AL 35758.
  • Picking up Holiday Wreaths. We will be picking up the holiday wreaths on the 14th of January at 10 AM, Madison Memory Gardens.

Meeting Adjourned time 8 pm.


December 2016 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order


The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was held at the IHOP, Hwy 72, Madison starting at 7 PM and was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening prayer was offered by member Chaplain Dewy Cockman. Legionnaire in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Deputy Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, IT Cherish Croft, Ricky Spears, Richard Balnton Jr, Americanism Chairperson Tom McKinney, Joseph Joiner, Rickey Spears, Stan Walker, Edward Durst, Edward Ptaschek, Bill Petit, Richard Blanton, Oscar Draper, and Jerry Tepper.
 
Approval of Previous Minutes


Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 17 Nov 2016.  There was one correction recommended by the finance officer to increase our general fund balance by $10, it was misreported during the November meeting finance report.  With this correction the meeting minutes were approved by the members present.
 
 
Blue Star Presentation

 
 
Legionnaire Ricky Spears and wife Phyllis were presented a “Blue Star” banner for their daughter Rickard Spears who is currently serving in the US Army.
 
 

 
Reports

       Sick and Shut in:  Commander Woods gave a report on the health of Legionnaire Carl Dow continues to reside in the Tut Fann Veteran’s nursing home in Huntsville.  Louis Rizzo and wife are still recovering from their illnesses.  Commander Woods asked all members to keep them and families in their prayers.

       Adjutant:
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we have 3 new members and 15 renewals since the last report, putting our renewals at 80%. 
o   The Adjutant report was approved by the attending members.

       Finance:
o   Finance Officer Leondra Kelley provided the current status of our three accounts: general fund, veteran's park fund, and monument fund. The budget was approved by voice vote of the membership.

       State of the District/County Report:
o    State, Commander Woods was unable to attend the district meeting so had nothing to report.
 
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
o   1st Vice, James Vance attended the meeting that took place the day before. Elections were held and Beverly Lowe was re-elected president. The is an opening for secretary they are trying to fill. On Jan 14th, there will be an "Army Space Professional Association & Legacy 4 Korean War Veterans" fundraiser pancake breakfast at Applebee's in Madison 7-10AM for those interested.

       Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
o   Chairman, Tom McKinney stated that we will still want to meet with Mayor Finley regarding the Police and Firefighter of the year awards. The adjutant will set up another meeting.
o   A $250 check was presented to the Bob Jones Air Force ROTC program. We still need to meet with the Sparkman High School Army ROTC program. McKinney will contact the commander to make a presentation.
  
       Membership Committee: 
o   Membership status was reported during the Adjutant report.
 
       Monument Committee:
o   James Vance stated that we are finalizing the names that are to go on the monument. We continue to sell pavers. We are also selling three benches as part of phase 1, one has been sold.
o   Commander Woods stated that he is going to get with the newspaper to advertise selling of the pavers.

o   IT Chairwoman Cherish Croft is preparing an electronic version of the form that she will email; out to those interested.
o   Would like to have Legion members to make their paver purchases for phase 1 by the 15th of January. 
 
       Post Home:
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy and member Jerry Tepper stated that they had a meeting with the Masonic Lodge on Eastview Drive regarding the use of their facility as a meeting place. The lodge is very receptive and we hope to have more news at the next meeting.
 
       Fund Raising Committee: 
o   Fundraising was discussed under the finance committee report.

Unfinished Business

       No unfinished business.

New Business

       Placing Wreaths at Madison Cemeteries:
o   Placement will take place at 10 AM on the 17th of December. Volunteers should meet at Madison Memorial Gardens. At 9:15 those with pickup trucks should meet at the storage facility to gather to get the wreaths for placement.
o   Wreath pickup is scheduled for January 7th. (Due to inclement weather, the pickup day was postponed to 14 January.)
 
       Web Site Maintenance
o   Member Cherish Croft has offered help maintain and updating the post website.

       Oratorical Contest
o     The Madison County Oratorical Contest will be taking place on January 28th at the Madison City Hall on Hughes Road. Volunteers are needed for several positions including judges, time keepers, escorts and score keepers. Let Commander Woods know if interested in participating.
o     We are seeking speakers. The prizes are $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. Tom McKinney is our liaison with Madison schools.
 
       Veterans of North Alabama Service Assistance Program Donation
o     This is a service organization that provides household goods for veterans separating from the military and setting up a household.  Jane Dow is President/CEO of the organization and has received a matching grant that will be used to purchase a replacement transportation vehicle.  The post voted on and approved a $300 donation towards matching funds for the grant.

Meeting Adjourned time 8 pm.