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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.



November 2016 Meeting Tonight

American Legion Post 229 will have it's monthly meeting on 10 Nov 2016 in Madison, AL.

Members, meeting details will be emailed out to the post's members email list. Visitors, please email Commander Woods for any questions.

September 2016 Meeting Minutes




Call to Order

The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was held at the International House of Pancakes, 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, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Chaplain Dewey Cockman, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Sgt-of-Arms Mike Marcel and Earl Watts, Past Commander Hollis Bridges, Andy Cox, David Silvernail, Tom McKinney, Bill Petit, Edward Ptaschek, Trent Bennett, Steven Conway, Joseph Joiner, Richard Berry, Rickey Spears, Reginald Belton, Terrie Belton, Jerry Tepper, Sandra Bush, Leondra Kelley, Edward Durst, and Odri Hastings.

Approval of Previous Minutes

Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 11 Aug 2016 Minutes and if there were any corrections.  There were no corrections.

It was motion for approval by Earl Watts and second by 2nd Vice Bill McGahey. The membership voted and approved minutes as posted.

Reports


·       Sick and Shut in:  Commander Woods gave a report on the health of Legionnaires Louis Russo,  Monica Dumont, and Carl Dow who is currently in Valley View assisted living facility room 733.  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 545 of the 227 members renewed so far.  You can renew on line or by mail to our post.  Reminded members that have not renewed yet to do so.

·       Finance:
o   Finance Officer Leondra Kelley gave his financial report on both the Operating and Memorial Funds.   The Monument Fund account has been established; $20K was donated and deposited from the City of Madison, $10K from Madison County.  $700 has been donated for monument pavers.

·       State of the District/County Report:
o    State, Commander Woods.  A meeting planned for 2 October.  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:
o   Bill McGahey attended the 7 Sep meeting at the Madison Senior Center.
o   Veteran Day parade in downtown Huntsville was discussed, we can enter and/or participate in the parade if interested.
o   There is a Veteran’s Day breakfast, emphasis  will be on Blue Star and Gold Star families.  If anyone know of such a family, let Bill know.
o   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.

·       Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

 

·       Americanism Committee
o   Chairman, Tom McKinney.   Madison police dept declined participating in Police Officer Of The Year award this year, Commander Wood wants Tom 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: 
o   Membership status was reported during the Adjutant report.

·       Fund Raising Committee:  Fundraising was discussed under the Monument Committee report.

Unfinished Business


·       Monument Update, 1st Vice James Vance,
o   The contract has been signed with Clark LLC.  We still need $15K to complete the monument.  We are selling pavers for $100 and $200.   The price for the benches has been reduced to $2,500 for the first 4 benches (phase 1).  Paver and bench forms were distributed.  Completed forms should sent to our P.O. Box or directly to the Finance Officer Kelly.  Donation receipts will be given to the those donating

·       Initiation of New Members
o   Commander Woods plans on having a ceremony for new members at the next meeting.

·       Bi-Laws:
o   Updates to the post Bi-Laws will be reviewed and hopefully approved at the October membership meeting.

·       Member Picnic
o   A post picnic was planned for September but conflicts in downtown the weekend we wanted has caused us to postpone he event.  A new date has not been established.

·       Madison Street Festival
o   Larry Vannoy stated selling food but emphasis is American Legioin Post awareness and enrolling new members.
o   Trent Bennett presented the plan on selling cupcakes and cinnamon rolls along with drinks.  Budget to purchase supplies was set at $400. idea of selling cupcakes and cinnamon buns at our booth. 
o   Andy Cox presented the membership support needs, an email be going out requesting help.
o   Jerry Tepper is pulling together the membership drive tent.

New Business

·       Guest Speaker, Dr. Travis McDermith, Infinity Chiropractic Service.
o   “Back to Blue” first responder community appreciation event is being held on 24th September, 10am – 4pm.  Free food and games for children.  Inviting our post to come out, have a flag ceremony and set up a booth.   
·       Upcoming events.
o   Veteran’s Day.  We will be putting out flags at the Madison cemeteries and giving away poppies.
o   1st Vice McGahey stated need a work day to look at our flags and wreaths and prepare them for display.  Further details to follow on the schedule.
o   List of calendar events is forthcoming.
·       Commander Woods requested $300 for financial support to support a post member in financial need.  The request was approved by vote of the membership.
·       Color Guard and other committees, we are needing members to sign up to lead and participate in committees.  There are things the post would like to do but need members to take charge.
·       Daughters Of The American Revolution monument dedication event coming up.  Commander Woods and Adjutant Vannoy will be attending.