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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April 2015 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 9 April at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.

March 2015 Meeting Minutes

Members present were Commander First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Second Vice-Commander Bill McGahey, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Finance Officer Allison McGrath, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, District First Vice-Commander Jeremy Blevins, Past Commander Carl Dow, Legionnaires James Bowne, Edward Durst, Jim Haughen, Tracy Haywood, Edward Hunter, Leondra Kelley, Eural Madry, Mike Marcel, Tom McKinney, Andrew Reed, Scott Turbiner, and Vic van Leeuwen,  

Call to Order
Meeting was called to order at 1900 Hrs by First Vice-Commander Dumont.  Opening prayer was led by Legionnaire van Leeuwen

Approval of Previous Minutes 

Motion to accept February minutes as posted on the post website was made by Past Commander Carl Dow, and seconded by Tom McKinney.  Motion was passed by all members present.

Reports
  • Adjutant
    • Adjutant Pruett recognized new members Eural Madry Jr and Edward Durst, and Victoria Bingham who is home on USAF leave.  Adjutant Pruett reported that the Post 229 roster currently has 198 members with dues current and 23 members needing to renew dues, for a total of 222 members in the post.  The latest report from Department of Alabama places Post 229 at 148% current on dues, beyond the 2014 legion year.  This places Post 229 at the top post in District 12, second post in Division 1, and fifth place in the Department of Alabama.  Motion to accept the report was made by Second Vice-commander McGahey, seconded by Past commander Dow, and passed by all members present.
  • Finance
    • Finance officer McGrath reported the current balances of the Operational Fund and Memorial Fund.  Motion to accept the report was made by Second Vice-Commander McGahey, seconded by Legionnaire Turbiner, and passed by all present.  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
    • District Vice-Commander Blevins reported that District 12 officer elections will be held on 12 April 2015, and encouraged members to be present.  Vice Commander Blevins also reported that the Madison County Oratorical Contest was won by Brandon Walker from Hazel Green, and will be competing in the Department Oratorical Contest.  Commander Blevins also reminded the post to start considering candidates to attend Boys State and for JROTC awards.
  • NAVFOC
    • Representative Carl Dow reported no new activity at this time
  • DAV
    • No report
  • Committees Reports:
    • Americanism Committee:  Legionnaire McKinney reported that he had not been able to find any information on line for the Department of Alabama Law Enforcement Officer of the Year criteria, but that he now had contact information for the Department Adjutant and would contact him.  The main question is when nominations are required at department level.
    • Membership Drive (1st Vice- Recruiting Script)
      • No report.

 Unfinished Business
    • Fund Raiser –  Auto Show
      • Finance Officer McGrath reported that she does not believe the skate part parking lot will be sufficient for the auto show, and suggested that we move the date to August. This will allow time to find a more ideal location, possibly one of the high schools or the stadium, and possibly get approval for indoor pace for vendors and restrooms.
    • Oratorical Contest
      • District Vice-Commander Blevins previously covered the report during the State of the District Report.
    • Memorial Day Weekend
      • First Vice Commander Dumont presented the report based on notes from Commander Woods.
      • Where: 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 (Not Confirmed)
        • Madison Community Band
        • Guest Singer: Lawrence Frakes, Post 229
        • Recommend Hot dogs Giveaway for Donations includes drinks/water – donations for Rebuild of Memorial Monument
        • Requested Helicopter Static Display
      • 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
        • 2 Legionnaires at each entry, total 32 Legionnaires needed.
New Business
  • Calendar of Events
    • Vice Commander Dumont stated Commander Woods had disseminated a Calendar of Events to all email address on the Post 229 roster, inform members so they can plan in advance.
    •  The Phenix City, AL post will be hosting a American Legion Birthday celebration on Sunday 15 March 2015, and all legionnaires are invited to attend.
  • Open to the Floor
    • District Vice-Commander Blevins advised that there is an upcoming Cyber Security conference and that there are many veterans expected to attend. Madison County is planning to have a recruitment booth at the conference, and the registration fee is $250.00.  Vice Commander Blevins is asking each post to contribute $50.00, to split the total cost evenly among all county posts.  Motion to approve the funds was made by Legionnaire van Leeuwen, seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey, and passed by all members present.
    • Adjutant Pruett presented Vice Commander Dumont with a Certificate of Recognition for recruiting twenty new members or transfers into Post 229.  The certificate was signed by Department Commander Stacey and Department Adjutant Akers.  Adjutant Pruett also presented Vice commander Dumont with a hat pin for 20 recruits.
Adjournment                                                                                                                                        Motion to adjourn was made by Adjutant Pruett, seconded by Second Vice commander McGahey, and passed by all members present. Closing prayer was led by Past Commander Dow, and First Vice-Commander Dumont  adjourned the meeting at 1950 Hrs.                                                                                                                                       

For the Good of the Legion

March 2015 Meeting Notice

Post 229 will meet on 12 March at 1900 at the Madison Senior Center on Hughes Road.

Feb 2015 Meeting Minutes

Members present were Commander Carlos Woods, First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Second Vice-Commander Bill McGahey, Chaplain Rickey Spears, Legionnaires Leondra Kelley, Oscar Draper Sr., Mike Marcel, Lelia Woods, Larry Frakes, Jerry Tepper, Jim Haughen, Claudette Grant, Tom McKinney, and Edward Dunst.

Call to Order

Approval of Previous Minutes 

  Approved by vote

Reports
  • Adjutant
    • Adjutant absent, report given by commander:  138% at this time, with 208 members.  The    report was approved by vote.
  • Finance
    • Finance officer absent, no report this month
  • State of the District/County Report
    • No change in district status, membership is still hot topic
  • NAVFOC
    • Representative Carl Dow reported no new activity at this time
  • DAV
    • No report
  • Committees Reports:
    • Americanism  Committee
      • Law enforcement Officer of the year is still in work with outline in progress.  Members voted to recognize only Madison Police officers this year and possibly expand awards to include Madison Fire Department personnel in 2016. Budget for awards proposed at $50-70.  Approved by vote.
    • Membership Drive (1st Vice- Recruiting Script)
      • Carry over to next mtg.
Unfinished Business
    • Silvernail Eagle Court of Honor Report
      • Complete, Commander wants better participation by post members in the future.
    • Memorial Park
      • Designs for the rebuild of the Monument are in progress. Once received it will come before the membership for review and approval. Once approved funds will be raised to complete the monument.
    • Fund Raiser –  Auto Show Finance Officer
      • Two venues being worked for the fund raiser car show.  Skate park parking lot being looked at and we are still trying to get Madison schools operations supervisor to meet with post and approve using the stadium parking lot.  The date is tentative set for 2 May 2015. 
    • Oratorical Contest Madison -7 Feb 14/County 17 Feb 2015
      • Posts 201 & 229 contest held 7 February with Winston Van being the winner.
      • County contest is 14 February at Calhoun community college, 9am.
      • Post 229 will donate $200 to winner of oratorical contest on Saturday. Approved by vote.
    • JROTC Donations and awards presentation
      • JROTC donations presented to Sparkman and James Clemens High Schools.
      • JROTC Military and Scholastic Excellent awards presented at Sparkman High School.
New Business
  • Memorial Day and Week Events
    • Commander stated that Col Hurd, JROTC commander will be the speaker and Larry Frakes will sing the national anthem.
  • Open to the Floor
    • Member proposed we look at having a speaker address gun safety and legal responsibilities at a future meeting.
    • With so much information at each mtg. a proposal was made to start the mtg. at 6:30 and run to 8:00.   Commander Carlos Woods will check with senior center staff
Adjournment

For the Good of the Legion

Madison County Oratorical Contest 2015

We have completed the Madison City and Madison County Oratorical Contest. Our Madison County winner is Brandon Walker, from Hazel green representing American Legion Post 237 of Huntsville. Brandon will represent our Madison County in the District Oratorical contest to held this Saturday, 21 February in Decatur.