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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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

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

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