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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.


November 2016 Meeting Minutes


Call to Order

The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was held at the Madison Senior Center, Hwy 72, Madison starting at 7 PM and was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening prayer was offered by member Chaplain Oscar Daper. Legionnaire in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, Ricky Spears, Richard Balnton Jr, Tom McKinney, David Silvernail, Edward Durst, Jerry Tepper, Ameena Gordon, Stan Walker (guest), and Boy Scout Troop leaders Bill Rice, Daniel Anderson, and Julie Anderson.

Approval of Previous Minutes

Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 13 Oct 2016 Minutes and if there were any corrections.  There was one correction recommended by Tom McKinney, Americanism Committee Chairman, requested the minutes be corrected to reflect that both the police and fire departments have declined the posts request to participate in fireman and police officer of the year awards.  It is recommended that we forgo this year and make new attempts next year.  With this change the 13 Oct meeting minutes were approved by the members present.

Reports

       Sick and Shut in:  Commander Woods gave a report on the health of Legionnaires Bill McGahee had surgery today and is in recovery, Carl Dow has been moved to the Tut Fann Veteran’s nursing home in Huntsville.  Louis Rizzo and Monica Dumont 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 5 new members and 11 renewals since the last report, putting our renewals close to 80%. 
o   The Adjutant report was approved by the attending members.

       Finance:
o   Finance Officer Leondra Kelley was not available.  Commander Woods gave the latest status.  During the poppy give away at two local Walmart stores we received $3400 in donations.  We continue to sell pavers and benches for our new monument.  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. 
o   The finance report was approved by the members present.

       State of the District/County Report:
o    State, Commander Woods. The Madison County wide Oratorical Contest is getting ready to start up.  Post 229 will be hosting the event at Madison City Hall and funding the prizes.  Huntsville post 237 will be hosting the awards dinner.

       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
o   No meeting was held this month due to all the Veteran’s day activities this month.  The post had representatives at multiple veteran’s events.  Madison County, having such a large military presence, had many events that we as veterans should consider participating in.
       Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
o   Chairman, Tom McKinney reiterated that the City of Madison will not be submitting names for Fire Fighter of the Year nor Police Officer of the Year.

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

       Post Home:
o   We are continuing to seek a post home and the means to fund it.

       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

       Boy Scout Troop 201:
o   Boy Scout Troop 201 Leaders Bill Rice, Julie Anderson and Daniel Anderson gave a presentation on their troop organization and plans, currently meeting at Monrovia Middle School.  The troop is comprised of 20 members and hopes to double in the next 18 months.  Troop 201 has been a very active participant in our post activities including placing flags and wreaths at veteran’s grave sites.  They are seeking a non-profit organization to be a sponsor.  The motion was made by David Silvernail, seconded by Tom McKinney, voted on and approved by the members present.

       Web Site Maintenance
o   Member Cherish Croft has offered help maintain and update the posting on our website.

       Blue Star Survivor Donation
o     A surviving son of an Army officer who died on active duty is requesting funds to participate in National Combine Army All American Bowl in San Antonio for deserving football athletes.  He is a student at James Clemens High School.  The post approved by member vote a donation of $500 to help offset the $2,000 needed to attend.

       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. The next meeting will be on Thursday, 8 December at the IHOP on Highway 72.  Dinner will be at 6 PM and the meeting will start at 7.  Spouses are encouraged to attend.


October 2016 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was held at the Madison , Hwy 72,
Madison starting at 7 PM and was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening
prayer was offered by member Chaplain Dewey Cockman. Legionnaire in attendance
were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey,
Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Chaplain Dewey Cockman, Judge Advocate Mario
Ventura, Andy Cox, David Silvernail, Tom McKinney, Edward Ptaschek, Jerry Tepper,
Richard Blanton Jr., Ameena Gordon, Joseph Joiner, Edward Durst, Vic van
leeuewen, Cherish Croft, James Rogers, David Silvernail, Yvette Torbert and guest
Dwayne Ptaschek.

Approval of Previous Minutes

Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the
14 Sep 2016 Minutes and if there were any corrections. There were no
corrections and were approved by the members present.

Reports


  •       Sick and Shut in:  Commander Woods gave a report on the health of Legionnaires

Louis Rizzo, Monica Dumont, and Carl Dow. Commander Woods asked all
members to keep them and family’s in their prayers.


  •       New members were introduced along with member spouses.


  •        Adjutant:
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we have 5 new members and 9 renewals since
the last report, putting us at at 62% of our 227 members. We need 87 more
members to renew to be at a 100%. If you have a friend that is a post member,
please remained them to renew. The Adjutant report was approved by the attending
members.

  •        Finance: 
    •        Finance Officer Leondra Kelley gave his financial report on both the Operating and Memorial Funds. The post participated in Madison Street Festival on 1 October, we made $100 on the sale of cupcakes and cinnamon rolls. We are looking at what our participation will be next year. We continue to sell pavers and benches for our new monument. 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:
    •      State, Commander Woods. Legion is continuing to pushing veteran benefits. Membership needs to grow to be able to push issues by local, state and national political leaders. Please work hard to bring in new members.

 


  •        North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    •       Bill McGahey attended the 7 Sep meeting at the Madison Senior Center.


  •        Disabled Veterans (DAV):
    •        Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:


  •        Americanism Committee
    •      Chairman, Tom McKinney. Madison police depart declined participating in Police Officer Of The Year award this year, Commander Woods wants Chairman McKinney and him to meet with the new mayor to revisit the subject. Firefighter of The Year, still trying to make contact with the acting fire chief.


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


  •        Fund Raising Committee:
    •        Fundraising was discussed under the finance committee report.

Unfinished Business


  •        Bi-Laws:
    •       Updates to the post Bi-Laws were reviewed and several changes were recommended. Updates to the changes will be brought to the next meeting. Legionnaire Cherish Croft is making the discussed changes.

New Business

  • Veteran's Day Events
    • There is a Veteran's Day parade in downtown Huntsville
    • There is a Veteran's Day breakfast at the Madison YMCA on 10 November, an email will be sent out with details for those that want to participate. Emphasis will be on Blue Star and Gold Star families. If anyone knows of such families, let Bill McGahey know.
    • The Association of the US Army is having a dinner at the Von Braun Civic Center on November 10th. Commander Woods and Adjutant Vannoy will be attending.