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

June 2017 Agenda


Agenda for 8 June 2017

 

·       Call to Order

·       Chaplain Prayer

·       POW/MIA Empty Chair

·       Pledge of Allegiance

·       Preamble

·       Approval of Previous Minutes 

·       Reports

o   Sick and Shut In

o   Adjutant

o   Finance

o   State of the District/County Report

o   NAVFOC

o   DAV

o   Committees Reports:

§  Americanism Committee

§  Membership

§  Monument Committee

§  Post Home Committee

·       Unfinished Business

o   Boys State

o   Picking up Flags 3 June 2017 – 9:00 AM Madison Memory Grarden

o   Recap: Poppy give Away Three Walmart’s 27th and 28th May 2017

o   Recap: MEMORIAL Day/Rededication of Monument Plans 29 May 2017 11:00 am

o   Selling Pavers (Discussion)

o   Madison Street Festival Discussion Continue

o   Post Home

·       New Business

o   Preparations for Installation of Officers In July

o   Madison Street Festival Suggestions

o   Open to Floor

·       Adjournment

o   For the Good of the Legion

May 2017 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order
 

The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7pm. The meeting was called to order by Commander Carlos Woods. Prayer was given by Legionnaires Stan Walker.

Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Past Commander Hollis Bridges, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel and Earl Watts, Tom McKinney, Richard Blanton, Chris Brown, Jean Brown, Stan Walker, Larry Frakes and new member Andrew Candle. Visitors: Julie Anderson and Dan Anderson, Boy Scout Troop 201.

 
Approval of Previous Minutes
 
Commander Woods asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 13April meeting minutes and if there were any corrections. The meeting minutes were approved by the members present.

 
Reports

 
       Sick and Shut in: 
    • Past post commander Carl Dow remains at the Tut Fann veteran’s nursing home.
    • Legionnaires Joe Joiner passed. No funeral service will be conducted.
       Adjutant:
 
    • Adjutant Larry Vannoy was not present at the meeting while attending family business in Colorado.
    • Commander Woods reported that the Post has once again made 108% for 2017, which makes six consecutive years meeting or exceeding recruiting goals.
       Finance:
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley not present at meeting due to job obligations. Commander Woods reported that the second payment on the monument has been paid and the pavers that were ordered were also paid for. 
       State of the District/County Report:
    • Commander Woods attended the District meeting and reported that nominees for District and County offices were accepted and the vote will be conducted on 4 June at the next district meeting. 
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition
    • NAVFOC: Vice Commander McGahey reported that Madison Mayor Paul Finley was at the meeting and presented a brief on the progress of Madison City and the New Providence Project.
 
  •        Disabled Veterans (DAV):
    •       Nothing new to report


Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
    • Legionnaire McKinney stated that the Madison Police Officer of the Year was awarded to Aubrey Walls and the Madison City Council had appointed a new Fire Chief.
    • Boy’s State dinner was held at Post 237. Approximately 45 boys will be attending Boy's State on 28 May 2017 through 3 June 2017. Boy's State will be held at the University of Alabama. Boys attending high school in Huntsville and Madison were present. Boys must be a Junior oink high school to attend. The Post needs volunteers to ride the bus from Huntsville to the University of Alabama to pick up the boys. The bus will be leaving from Post 237 in Huntsville at 8:00am. If you would like to chaperone, please contact Commander Carlos Woods.
    • McKinney is also working with the three area high schools; Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman to make awards for Academic Excellence and Military Excellence. Commander Woods and Americanism Chairman, Tom McKinney, attended Bob Jones AFJROTC award ceremony on 1 May 2017 and is scheduled to attend James Clemens on 13 May 2017.
  
       Membership Committee: 
 
    •      It was reported that 13 members had transferred their membership to Post 229 from the State holding Post 1983 and one new member has been recruited during the county wide recruiting drive.
       Monument Committee
    • James Vance was not present at the meeting. Commander Woods and Vice Commander McGahey briefly presented the progess of the monument to be on schedule for 20 May 2017. 
       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: 
    • It was reported that paver sales need to recommence for Madison Veterans Memorial Park.
 

Unfinished Business

  • Boy Scout Troop 201 Scout leaders, Dan and Julie Anderson were present to ask for Post support in establishing a Venture Troop. The Venture Troop would consist of both boys and girls. A motion to approve was made and a 2nd vote was taken and Post support of a Venture Program was approved.

  • Employer Support of Guard and Reserve (ESGR):
    • Chris Brown spoke of the ESGR program he is volunteering for. The program involves meeting with National Guard, military reserve units and employers to educate them on their rights for re-employment after serving on 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.

  • Donation to Lunar Lodge:
    • Membership has voted to give Lunar Lodge $150 ($50.00 donation per month for the last 3 months). The vote has been approved.   

  • Placing of Flags:
    • Vice Commander McGahey discussed the Placing of Flags to be held on 20 May 2017 at 10 am at the Madison Memory Garden. McGahey asked for volunteers. Commander Woods agreed to place advertisements in the Madison Record and the Redstone Rocket and ask for support from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and High School JROTCs. 
  • 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.
    • Commander Woods reminded members that volunteers will be needed 29 May 2017 at 8 am to pick up chairs from Post storage, 601 Walton Dr, Madison. We will need a minimum of six pickup trucks. More than 300 chairs will need to be set up and ready for the ceremony to begin at 11:00 am.

  • Elections of New Officers 2018:
    • Elections of new officers for 2018 were held with the following results:
      • Commander: Carlos F. Woods
      • 1st Vice Commander: James Vance
      • 2nd Vice Commander: Earl Watts
      • Adjutant: Larry Vannoy
      • Finance Officer: Leonora Kelly
      • Judge Advocate: Chris Brown
      • Sgt of Arms: Mike Marcel
      • Historian: Richard Blanton
      • Admin Officer: Cherish Croft

New Business
  • Department of Alabama Convention:
    • To be held at the Embassy Suites, Montgomery, AL
    • Occurs 15 - 18 June 2017
    • Need 8 delegated, 8 votes.
    • Voted and approved to send $120 to Alabama State Headquarters to pay $15 per vote. This will give our delegate the right to cast 8 votes at the convention.
    • No volunteers needed. Commander Woods will present the Post and his wife will be attending as a post delegate.
  • Madison Street Festival:
    • Madison Street festival was discuss and three ideas were presented for food and drink. The food items below will be discussed at the next meeting. Table until then.
      • Yogurt parfaits
      • Walking tacos
      • Water/cold drinks

 
Meeting Adjourned time 8:30 pm.


Larry Vannoy
American Legion Post 229 Adjutant


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