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

September 2018 Agenda

Agenda for 13 September 2018

  • Call to Order
  • Chaplain Prayer
  • POW/MIA Empty Chair
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Preamble
  • Presentations
    • Blue Star Banner Presentation to Council Woman Maura Wroblewski
    • Traveling “Wall That Heals” Presentation
  • Approval of Previous Minutes 
  • Reports
    • Sick and Shut In
    • Commander
    • Adjutant
    • Finance 
    • State of County/District/Region/State Report
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism
      • Membership 
      • Monument & Paver Status
      • Blue Star Banner
    • Associated Organizations Reports
      • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Organizations Coalition (NAVFOC)
      • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
      • Wall That Heals, Travelling Vietnam Wall 
  • Unfinished Business
    • Flag Retirement: Saturday, 22 September, 11AM
    • Madison Street Festival
  • New Business
    • Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride, T-Shirt Sales Fundraiser on Saturday 15 September.
  • For the Good of the Legion
  • Adjournment

August 2018 Meeting Minutes

American Legion Post 229 General Membership Meeting Minutes, 9 August 2018

Call to Order 
The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7pm. Meeting called to order by Commander Larry Vannoy. Prayer was given by chaplain elect Andy Caudle.

Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Larry Vannoy, 1 st Vice Commander Earl Watts, 2 nd Vice Commander Tommy Whitten, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Chaplin Andrew Caudle, Historian Richard Blanton, Rick Jarrell, Lester Bernard, Robert Kirby, Richard Jones, Neftali Pagan, Carlos Woods, Doug Pruett, Brady Rogers, Elijah Boyd, Doug Silvernail, Ed Durst, Tim Oman, Erik Arnold, and guests Kathy Durst, Faye Casada, Gregg and Brenda Parker.

Presentations
  • Past Post Commander Woods presented an appreciation plaque to newspaper writer Gregg Parker for his and the Madison Record’s support to veterans and the American Legion.

Approval of Previous Minutes
  • The 12 July 2018 meeting minutes were presented by Commander Vannoy, Adjutant Stacey Harring was TDY on military duty. The members present voted and approved the minutes.

Reports
  • Sick and Shut in: 
    • Member and WWII Veteran, Warren Schmitt continues to recover from a stroke and is recovering at the Regency Rehab Center on Max Luther Drive. Andy Caudle and others have been visiting him. He is welcoming visitors.
    • Past Commander, Carl Dow, remains at Tut Fann Veteran's Home in Huntsville. Andy Caudle visited him since last meeting and is welcoming visitors.
  • Commander:
    • Commander Vannoy took nominations for the open position of the Post Finance Officer. A nomination was made by Carlos Woods for member Robert Kirby. There were no other nominations. A vote was made by the members present and Robert Kirby was elected as finance officer for the remainder of the 2019 membership year. Following the vote Robert was sworn into office by Commander Vannoy.
  • Adjutant: 
    • Commander Vannoy stated that the 2019 American Legion year has started and requests for renewals have started. Either mail check to the post or pay online with the preferred method being registering online.
  • Finance: 
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelly was absent from the meeting. Commander Vannoy stated the liability insurance bill, Madison Street Festival, and State Veteran’s Monument bills have been paid.
  • State of the County/District/Region/State Report
    • County Commander Carlos Woods stated he is working membership throughout the county. He has asked for a $1000 donation from our District 12 for the incoming Vietnam “Wall that Heals” coming to Huntsville in November. He is also asking for our post to donate to the wall. A vote will be taken at the next membership meeting.
    • Ladies Auxiliary. Woods asked Commander Vannoy to work with our Auxiliary to get them revitalized. They are currently struggling. Vannoy and Woods to meet with the existing auxiliary leadership. Woods also asked for the members to encourage their wives to join the auxiliary.
  • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC
    • The post didn’t attend the last meeting.
  • The Wall That Heals (1-4 November)
    • Andy Caudle attended the monthly meeting and stated that they are still raising funds for the event. They still need about $50K. They are also seeking about 450 volunteers for security and many other positions; their preference is veterans. For further details visit the web site: www.twth-hsv.com.
  • Disabled Veterans (DAV): 
    • Nothing to report.


Committees Reports:
  • Firefighter, Police Officer Of The Year
    • Tom McKinney reported that the recipients have been selected by the Madison fire and police departments. McKinney will get with the Fire Chief and Police Chief to determine if we want to submit the winners for the Alabama American Legion competition. Mckinney made the motion and Woods seconded to allocate $200 for the awards. The members present voted and approved the allocation. McKinney will come up with a date to make the presentation.
  • Monument Committee 
    • Chairman Tommy stated that Clark Memorial does not want to continue installing the pavers. The plan forward will probably be for us to do our own paver installations. We currently have eight to install. Witten will set up a training and installation date.
    • Park Maintenance. Commander Vannoy set Sunday the 12th of August at 1 pm for a Veterans Park cleanup.
  • Blue Star Banner
    • Chairman Earl Watts inventoried the blue star banners. We have 230 one star, 59 two star banners and a few three and four star banners. Also we have several flags. Watts also reviewed who is eligible to receive a banner; we will post the information on the post web site.
Unfinished Business
  • Madison Street Festival
    • Commander Vannoy reported that the reservation has been made. The festival is on October 6 th . We will be selling Handel’s Ice Cream. Handel’s will be providing everything needed and we will be getting 20% of the profit.
  • Flag Retirement
    • The flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for the 22nd of September. Boy Scout Troop 201 will be running the event. David Silvernail and Bill McGahey are the post POCs to coordinate with the troop. More details to follow.
  • Eagle Scout Project
    • Scout Troop 201, Hunter Goffinett, has asked for post support of an Eagle Scout Project. A presentation was given at the July membership meeting for a fire pit to be used for flag retirement ceremonies. Bill McGahey has been working with Hunter to locate the fire. A motion was made by Bill McGahey and seconded by Tom McKinney to allow Hunter to move forward with the project, the members present voted in favor of the motion.
  • New Post Web Site
    • Commander Vannoy stated that he has been in contact with “Legion Sites” regarding setting up a new web site for the post. The current website is out of date and hard to manage. The website and hosting will be $299 for the first year and $240 each year thereafter. Earl Watts made the motion and Tommy Whitten seconded and the members present voted to expend the funds for developing the new website.
New Business
  • Madison Chamber of Commerce
    • Commander Vannoy discussed the post joining the Madison Chamber of Commerce stating that being a member could give the post access to many businesses in the community that we could approach for post support. The annual cost is $200. After membership discussion Commander Vannoy decided to table the proposal until he had further details on how joining would benefit the post.
  •  Non-Profit Status
    • Judge Advocate Chris Brown stated that after consultation with an accountant it was determined that it is in the best interest financially and paperwork wise to remain an American Legion 501C-19 no-profit organization and was not necessary to become a 501C-3 as well.
For The Good Of The Post
  • Ball Caps
    • Carlos Woods stated that he had a few Post 229 baseball caps available if members are interested. 
  • Books A Million Gift Wrapping Fundraiser
    • Member Erik Arnold asked if the post would be interested in doing Christmas gift wrapping at Books A Million. He will bring further details to the next meeting.

The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

August 2018 Agenda

Agenda for 9 August 2018

6:30 Membership Ice Cream Social, Handel's Ice Cream

7:00 Meeting Start
  • Call to Order
  • Chaplain Prayer
  • POW/MIA Empty Chair
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Preamble
  • Approval of Previous Minutes 
  • Reports
    • Sick and Shut In
    • Commander
      • Finance Officer Election
    • Adjutant
    • Finance 
    • State of County/District/Region/State Report
    • NAVFOC 
    • Wall That Heals
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership 
      • Monument Committee
        • Paver Status
        • Veteran's Park Work Day, Sunday, 16 September, 1 PM
      • Blue Star Banner
    • Associated Organizations Reports
      • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Organizations Coalition (NAVFOC)
      • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
      • Wall That Heals, Travelling Vietnam Wall 
  • Unfinished Business
    • Presentation of Awards
    • Madison Street Festival
    • Flag Retirement: Saturday, 22 September, 11AM
  • New Business
    • New Post web site hosting

  • For the Good of the Legion
  • Adjournment

July 2018 Meeting Minutes

American Legion Post 229 General Membership Meeting Minutes, 12 July 2018 

Call to Order 
The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7pm. Meeting called to order by Commander Larry Vannoy. Prayer was given by chaplain elect Andy Caudle.

Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice Commander Earl Watts, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Chaplain Andrew Caudle, Bill McGahey, Lester Bernard, Richard Jones, Robert Goffinett, Tim Oman, Robert Kirby, Alan Cerny, Jimmy Harris, Rick Jarrell, Eddie Allen, David Silvernail, Brady Rogers.

Presentations

  • Mason Laney, Alabama Boy's State "Alabama Governor", gave a presentation on his experience, while attending Boy's State in Tuscaloosa, May of this year.
  • Hunter Goffinett, Life Scout in Boy Scout Troop 201 gave a presentation on his proposed Eagle Scout project to emplace a burn pit for flag retirements at the Madison Veterans Park.


Approval of Previous Minutes

  • Reading of the 14 June 2018 meeting minutes was conducted and motioned for approval. Bill McGahey motioned and Andy Caudle seconded the motion to approve the 14 June 2018 meeting minutes. The motion carries with the members present.


Reports
  • Sick and Shut in: 
    • Member and WWII Veteran, Warren Schmitt had a stroke and is recovering at the Regency Rehab Center on Max Luther Drive. Andy Caudle and others have been visiting him. He is welcoming visitors.
    • Past Commander, Carl Dow, remains at Tut Fann Veteran's Home in Huntsville. Andy Caudle visited him since last meeting and is welcoming visitors.
  • Adjutant: 
    • Adjutant Stacey Harring was out of town performing military duty. Commander Vannoy stated that the 2019 American Legion year has started and requests for renewals have begun. Either mail a check to the post or pay online.
  • Finance: 
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley presented the status of the budget. Budget report was approved by the membership.
  • State of the County/District/Region/State Report
    • County Commander Carlos Woods stated that the Madison County Oratorical Contest Chairman, Matt Brian is changing military assignments so we will need a new chairman next year.
  • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC
    • No Report 
  • Disabled Veterans (DAV): 
    • There was no July meeting.


Committees Reports:
  • Americanism Committee 
    • Chairman Tom McKinney was absent. Commander Vannoy stated that McKinney is working with the PD and FD to make officer awards. More status to be presented at the next meeting.
  • Monument Committee 
    • Chairman Tommy Whitten was absent. Commander Vannoy stated that the latest set of pavers are done. Whitten is getting with Clark Memorial about setting up an installation date. Additional pavers continue to come in.
  • Blue Star Banner
    • Chairman Earl Watts is collecting names veterans and their families so we can make Blue Star Banner presentations. The Vietnam “Wall That Heals” organization wants a Gold Star Banner to be used when the wall is in Huntsville in November.
  • The Wall That Heals
    • Representative Bill McGahey reported that The “Wall That Heals” is going to be in Huntsville 1-4 November. It is anticipated that 1,100 volunteers are going to be needed. They are continuing to request sponsorships. For further details visit the web site: www.twth-hsv.com.

Unfinished Business
  • Madison Street Festival
    • Commander Vannoy reported that the reservation has been made. The festival is on October 6 th . We will be selling Handel’s Ice Cream. Handel’s will be providing everything needed and we will be getting 20% of the profit. 
  • Flag Retirement
    • The flag retirement ceremony is scheduled for the 22nd of September. We will be working with the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts to put on the ceremony. We will need post participation. More details to follow.
  • Non-Profit Status 
    • Judge Advocate Chris Brown stated that after consultation with an accountant it was determined that it is in the best interest financially and paperwork wise to remain an American Legion 501C-19 no-profit organization and was not necessary to become a 501C-3 as well.
New Business
  • Authorization for expenditure of funds when required between membership meetings. There are times between membership meetings where the expenditure of post funds are necessary and cannot wait until the next membership meeting. This often happens with a veteran needs financial help or a bill needs to be paid that cannot wait. A motion was made by Earl Watts and seconded by Bill McGahey to authorize with the consensus of Commander, Adjutant and Finance Officer to expend up to $500 between membership meetings. An expenditure exceeding $500 has to get a consensus of the post officers. The motion carried by the members present.
Awards presentations:
  • Past Post Commander Carlos Woods presented certificates of appreciation to members Lester Barnard and Al Cerny for their support while in office.


The meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

July 2018 Agenda

Agenda for 12 July 2018


  • 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 County/District/Region/State Report
    • NAVFOC 
    • Wall That Heals
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership 
      • Monument Committee
      • Blue Star Banner
    • Associated Organizations Reports
      • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Organizations Coalition (NAVFOC)
      • Disabled American Veterans (DAV)
      • Wall That Heals, Travelling Vietnam Wall 
  • Unfinished Business
    • Presentation of Awards
    • Madison Street Festival
    • Flag Retirement 
  • New Business
    • Open to Floor
    • For the Good of the Legion
  • Adjournment