PO Box 194, Madison, AL 35758 | PH: 256.258.8534 | Email: Admin@AmericanLegionPost229.org


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May 2016 Meeting Notice

American Legion Post 229 will have it's monthly meeting on 12 May 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.

March 2016 Meeting Minutes

Dinner: The American Legion Post 229 was held at the IHOP located on Hwy 72 West starting at 6 pm. During the diner Commander Woods updated Legionnaires, wives and friends of the Post 2015 accomplishments and showed slide shows of these events.
The Dinner was a success. The Post is considering having the dinner /meeting for legionnaires, wives, friends and potential members on a quarterly basis.

Call to Order

The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening prayer was offered by post Chaplain Ricky Spears. Legionnaire in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Past Commander Carl Dow, Vice Bill McGahey, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, Deputy Sgt­of­Arms James Vance, Max Riddle and wife Amanda Riddle, Jerry Tepper and wife Barbara, Dewey Cockman, Lelia Woods, Kenneth Epps and wife Virginia, Ricky Spears and wife Phyllis, Louis Rizzo and brother, Wendell, Bill Pettit, Larry Frakes, Ray Barnes, Marlyce Cook, Serelda Ventura, Mario Ventura, Angela Thomas, Richard Thomas, Aiyaha Thomas and Richard Jones. Angela Thomas and Richard Thomas joined our Post on this night.


Approval of Previous Minutes

Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the published meeting and if there were any corrections. No corrections or clarifications were made.

Reports


Sick and Shut­In: Tom McKinney’s wife had surgery and is recovering.

Adjutant: Commander Woods stated that he would make the Adjutant report due to the newly elected Adjutant begin just assigned the duty. The post membership is currently at 107% according to the state but there remains a discrepancy on the true percentage of membership.

Finance: Finance Officer Kelley was absent. Commander Woods stated that most of the recent expenses were associated with the JROTC medals and wreaths storage containers.  Financial report was accepted and voted on and passed.

State Report:  Nothing to report

District/County Report:


Alabama State Headquarters has asked Commander Woods to be the Division Commander for District 1 for recruiting. Commander woods has not accepted this position at this time. This will be additional duties if he accept.

North Alabama Veterans Coalition (NAVFOC):  No report from NAVFOC.

Disabled Veterans (DAV):  No Report.

Committees Reports:


                Memorial Day/Week:
Bill McGahey spoke on events planned for Memorial Day         Weekend leading up to Memorial Day and Memorial Day itself.
o       The Memorial Day Ceremony to be held at our Madison Veteran Park, the corner of Front and Church Street, Madison, Alabama. Date and time of the event is 30 May 2016, 11:00 AM.  We are looking for volunteers to help with the planning and setup that will start earlier in the day.
o       We will honor our fallen veteran by placing US flags at three Madison Commentaries. We will be meeting at Memorial Gardens, located on Hughes Road by the Madison City Municipal Courthouse. We will meet on Saturday, 28 may 2016, time 9 AM in the parking lot.
o       We will also have our Poppy Giveaway on 28th and 29th May 2016. Poppies will be given out at three Walmart locations, Hwy 20 and Hwy 72 in Madison, Walmart Market, Wall Tirana in Harvest, Alabama. Hours are 10am until 4 PM on both days. Commander Woods will be sending out a signup sheet. We need your help, contact Commander Woods at email: woodscarlos12@gmail.com , telephone: Remember all our funds are used in Madison County.

                Americanism Committee: Committee Chairman Tom McKinney was not present, however the status remains that he is working on City of Madison firefighter and Police Officer of the Year awards.

                Membership Committee: We have several members that according to our records that have not renewed, Commander Woods is continuing to contact non­renewed members. A reminder was given that fees are going up to $45 starting this year. We need each member to recruit a friend. Commander Woods has sent out the new membership letter and a new application.

                Monument Committee: Commander Woods stated that the current Veteran’s Memorial in downtown Madison is in disrepair and needs to be replaced at the cost of
$39K. Commander Woods informed the members that he has received a copy of the American Legion National Headquarters paperwork that identifies our American Legion Post 229 as a 501­19c non­profit classification also applies to the state. Now that we have this paperwork in hand we can start pursuing organizations and members to help us fund the monument.   We are seeking new members for the Monument Committee,

Sgt of Arms James Vance is our new Committee chairman. We are seeking donations for the monument.

                Post Home Committee: Chairman Larry Vannoy spoke on the progress towards finding a permanent post home. Madison need a place for our veterans. Several locations have been identified, Jerry Tepper and wife Barbara have been doing searches for the owners.  One of those locations, the owner has been contacted but was not interested in making it available to the post.  Others options remain for us to rent or share a facility with another organization. Now that we have the paperwork in hand identifying our post as a non­profit 501­19c, more opportunities to fund raiser have opened up. A draft article has been written for the Madison Living Magazine which is being prepared for release.

Unfinished Business


                Service Officers Training: Training continues at the Madison City Hall with a class coming up next week, the 18 February 2016. We have had two members to participate and Commander Woods. The intent of this training is not to offer advice but rather help facilitate putting together the materials for submission of requests for benefits to the VA.

                New Members Initiation: New members Initiation was not conducted.

                Boys State: Commander Woods stated that this is a week long event where young men get the opportunity to participate in state government. This year 29 May thought 4 June at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa. Unfortunately we, nor Huntsville Post 237 will be able to pay the participation fees nor the bus trip to Montgomery for Boy’s State unless we are fortunate to find a donor. However, Post 237 is putting on a dinner for the Madison County attendees and their families.  The Madison Counties American Legion Posts are looking for 48 High School Junior Boys to participate.  The Application fee for each young man will be $225 and the bus fare will be $50. We are requesting donations  from business, community and members to pay
$2000.00 for the bus. We are asking for tax exempt donations. If you would like to donate please forward to American Legion Post 229, ATTN: Boys State Bus, PO Box 194, Madison, Al 35758. Make your donation payable to American Legion Post 229.

                Veteran of the Week: The Madison Record newspaper is still looking for Madison City Veterans to feature in their newspaper. It will feature your military career. Contact Commander Woods if you are interested.

New Business


                Post Charter: Commander Woods presented a new copy of our Post Charter that he recently acquired State Headquarters. At the next meeting we would like members to sign it. Come out and get your name on our charter.


               10% Rule on Non­Wartime Veterans Participation: Member Jerry Tepper asked asked about a potential of having up to 10% of the American Legion post could be members but not have been on active duty during wartime. Adjutant Vannoy took the action to investigate.

                Nomination of New Officers 2017: We will nominate new officer for 2017. Come out and run for office and be a part of the process to build our Post.

          Meeting Adjourned time 8:30 pm.

February 2016 Minutes

Call to Order
The meeting of American Legion Post 229 was called to order by Commander Woods. Opening prayer was offered by Rev Oscar Draper.  Legionnaire in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Past Commander Carl Dow, Past Commander Hollis Bridges, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Deputy Sgt-of-Arms James Vance, Executive Committee Member Tom McKinney, Members: Rev Oscar Draper, Edward Durst, Rev. Eugene Folks, Richard Blanton, Richard Jones, Jerry Tepper, Victor, Blades, Earl Watts.

·         Approval of Previous Minutes 
Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the published meeting and if there were any corrections. No corrections or clarifications were made.  The minutes were voted and approved by the members present.

·         Reports
o    Sick and Shut-In: Commander Woods stated that 2nd Vice Bill McGahey was recovering from knee surgery.
o    Adjutant:  Commander Woods stated that he would make the Adjutant report due to the newly elected Adjutant begin just assigned the duty.  The post membership is currently at 100% according to the state but there remains a discrepancy on the true percentage of membership.
o    Finance: Finance Officer Kelley handed out the February finance report and summarized the operational account deposits and withdraws.  Most of the expenses were for the JROTC medals and wreaths storage containers.  Financial report was accepted and voted on and passed.
o    State of the District/County Report: Commander Woods stated that there was going to be a Commander/Adjutant meeting to take place the following week at the Huntsville Legion Post 237. The meeting will discuss the upcoming Boys State Event to be held May 29 to June 4, 2016 at the University of Alabama, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
o    NAVFOC:  No report from NAVFOC.
o    DAV:  No Report.
o    Committees Reports:
§  Americanism Committee: Committee Chairman Tom McKinney reported on plans for the City of Madison firefighter and Police Officer of the Year. He stated to be competitive at the State and National level we need to take a look at the criteria from which past State selections have been made.  An act of heroism carries a lot of weight.  The calendar for the State and National selections is such that the 2015 awards actually take place in 2016. Legionnaire McKinney will get with the Chiefs of both the Fire and Police Department to discuss further requirements for the awards.
§  Membership Committee:   We have several members that according to our records that have not renewed, Commander Woods is continuing to contact non-renewed members.  A reminder was given that fees are going up to $45 starting this year.
§  Monument Committee: Commander Woods informed the members that he has received a copy of the American Legion National Headquarters paperwork that identifies our American Legion Post 229 as a 501-19c non-profit classification also applies to the state.  Now that we have this paperwork in hand we can start pursuing organizations to help us fund the monument.  Cost of the monument is $39K plus.
§  Post Home Committee: Chairman Larry Vannoy spoke on the progress towards finding a permanent post home. Madison need a place for our veterans. Several locations have been identified, Jerry Tepper and wife Barbara have been doing searches for the owners.  Others options remain for us to rent or share a facility with another organization.  Now that we have the paperwork in hand identifying our post as a non-profit 501-19c, more opportunities to fund raiser have opened up.
·         Unfinished Business
o    Service Officers Training: Training continues at the Madison City Hall with a class coming up next week, the 18 February 2016.  We have had two members to participate and Commander Woods.  The intent of this training is not to offer advice but rather help facilitate putting together the materials for submission of requests for benefits to the VA.
o    New Members Initiation: New members Initiation was not conducted.
o    Madison County Oratorical Contest:  Commander Woods stated that both the male and female winners were from private school. Next year we need to be more aggressive with all our high schools to get better participation.  Thank you to all our members and County member that helped make the event a success.
o    Boys State: Commander Woods stated that unfortunately we, nor Huntsville Post 237 would be able to pay the participation fees nor the bus trip to Montgomery for Boy’s State unless we are fortunate to find a donor.  However, Post 237 is putting on a dinner for the Madison County attendees and their families.  The Madison Counties American Legion Posts are looking for 48 High School Junior Boys to participate.  The Application fee for each young man will be $225 and the bus fare will be $50. More information to follow. This information has been provided to the high schools.
o    Veteran of the Week:  The Madison Record continues to seek veterans for their weekly “Veteran of the Week,” column.  When identifying a candidate, please let Commander Woods know.  Members please participate.
·         New Business
o    Meeting Location: Our meeting for 10 March 2016 will be conducted at the IHOP on Hwy 72 West. Meeting will start for those members that would like to have dinner at 6 PM and our meeting will start at 7 PM.  You can bring your wife, A friend, and maybe a new member. You will have to pay for your meal. This will be only for our March meeting. We will meet at the Madison Senior Center in April.  Legionnaire Jerry Tepper suggested the idea of having a meeting out.
o    Memorial Day Ceremony:  An Accolades for the success of last year’s events and stated that we need to start planning for this year’s events. We need a POC and master of Ceremony. Commander Woods will help with the POC requirements.  Commander Woods does not want to be the Master of Ceremony. Last year our 1st Vice Monica Dumont took the lead and did an outstanding job. If you are interested in being the POC or Master of Ceremony let the any officer know. You may contact Commander Woods at: woodscarlos12@gmail.com .
o    Committee Members Needed:  Commander Woods’ stated new committee needs to be established. If you would like to be a Chairman and or members of these committees, please contact him.
§  Memorial Day Ceremony Committee
§  Boys State Committee
§  Veteran Park Monument Fund Committee (Rebuild)

·         Adjournment
No members had anything else to discuss, so Commander Woods adjourned the meeting at 2015 hrs.
For the Good of the Legion

January 2016 Minutes



·         Approval of Previous Minutes 
Commander asked members if they had read the 10 December 2015 Minutes on line or by email. All present had read. Commander Woods asked if there were any questions or any correction concerning the 12 November 2015 Minutes. There were one by Legionnaire Tom McKinney, that he stated that our Post had awarded Boys Scout Troop 201 a plaque for their outstanding participation but on review this entry will be including in these minutes due it awards on 12 December 2015 two days after our December 2015 meeting. The minutes were motioned for approval by Bill Petit and Second by Bill McGahey. Minute was voted on and approved by members present.

·         Reports
o    Sick and Shut-In: Commander Woods that the 1st Vice and Adjutant absence due to illness. Commander also reported that Chaplain Ricky Spears was in Alaska due to his daughter surgery.
o    Adjutant:  Due Adjutant resignation. Commander Woods has been performing the duties of Adjutant. Commander Woods reported that our Post is present at 101.7%. The 1101.7 % is based on a Post membership number of 197 members. Our records show we have 255 members. We show all 255 members in our Alabama State membership system. We still have 40 members who have not renewed their membership for 2016.  We hope that these 40 members renew. Commander Woods stated that he has personally send out emails and make personal telephone call to many of these members prior to the 20 January 2016 cutoff for renewals. Many of these members that have not renewed are members that transferred in from the holding post and have not had any personal contact with our Post. Note: Membership runs from 1 January to 31 December. The new 2017 card renewal starts I July 2016. Members will get a renewal request from national office in July, October, January, March and May. Once you renew these notices will stop. Your magazine stops on 31 December if not renewed.
o    Finance: Finance Officer Kelley gave the report and explained all deposits and withdrawals for the post accounts.  The Financial Report was motioned to accepted and approved by the members present.
o    State of the District/County Report: There was no District Report made, but Commander Woods made the County Report.  See Madison County Oratorical Contest.
o    NAVFOC:  No report from NAVFOC.
o    DAV:  No Report.
o    Committees Reports:
§  Americanism Committee: Committee Chairman Tom McKinney report that the Post Awarded Boys Scout Troop 201 and plaque for it outstanding support at our placing of Wreaths that was held on 12 December. Chairman McKinney stated that he will begin working toward finding and outstanding Law Enforcement Officer and Fireman of the year for 2016. Since this was approved last year and annual award no approval was required during his search for candidates.
§  Membership Committee:   Starting in 20 January 2016 Post 229 dues will be $45.00. It was reported we still need 40 members to renew their membership for 2016. Members can renew by going to www.legion.org . We have signed up 34 new members for 2016 year. We hope that the members that have not renewed will continue their membership in our post, the American Legion and its fight to represent all veterans.
§  Monument Committee: Commander woods stated that he and Finance Officers has been working on post documentation and are very close to having all documentation on hand so the Post can proceed in asking our community for tax exempt donation for our project such as the rebuild of our Monument and our Post home.
§  Post Home Committee: Chairman Larry Vannoy presented no significant change in status.  The committee obtained a copy of National's handout entitled, "Post Operations Manual and Post Building Guide".  The committee will review this document and report key notes from it in the coming meeting.
·         Unfinished Business
o    Election of New Adjutant: Election for new Adjutant was open for our vacant Adjutant position. Two candidates were nominated Larry Vannoy and Earl Watts. Larry Vannoy was nominated by Carl Dow and second by Bill McGahey and Earl Watts was nominated by Mike Marcel and second by Tom McKinney. Both candidates were given a chance to address the membership. Larry Vannoy won the election. Larry Vannoy is our new Adjutant.
o    Service Officers Training: Service Officers training will continue we have two members of our Post are taking this training. This training is open to any of our members that want to attend. Next meeting is 18 February 2016, Time 6 pm to 7:30 pm, Where Madison City Municipal court House Conference room, main floor. Contact Commander Woods if you would like to attend.
o    Placing of Wreaths: Placing of Wreaths was conducted on 12 December 2015 time 9 AM lead by 2nd Vice Commander Bill McGahey. Bob Jones and James Clemens High School JROTC and Boys Scout Troop 201mmunity member to include Madison City Councilman President Mr. Tommy Overcash and wife. Great Best ever turn out by the community.
o    Picking Up Wreaths: On 9 January 2016 special thanks to the outstanding Boys Scout Troop 201 and their Scout Master, Mr. William Rice and his staff. Without the Boys Scouts and a few of our members and their family it would have been a long task. Thank for everyone support.
o    New Members Initiation: New members Initiation was not conducted.
o    Madison County Oratorical Contest: Commander Woods, who is also the Madison County Commander reported that the commanders of all Madison County Posts will conduct our first Madison County Wide Oratorical Contest. This Contest will be held on 30 January 2016, at 9 AM to approximately 3 PM. The Oratorical Contest will be held at the Madison City Municipal Court House. We have our 5 Judges for the contest, 2 each Tabulators, 2 time keepers, 6 Escorts/Ushers.  We had the following members volunteer to volunteer, Judges, Mike Potter, Madison City Councilman 4th district/ Member Post 229, chief Ralph Cobb, Chief, Madison City Fire Department/ Member 229, Mr. Terry Lin, Commander American Legion Post 201, Huntsville, Paulette Risher General Retired, USAF/ of the Still Serving Veteran Office in Huntsville, and Ms. Sandra Griffin, Retired School Teacher, Huntsville School System. Other outstanding Volunteers are: !2th District American Legion Commander/Past commander of Post 229, Jeremy Blevins and member of Post 201; Lester Barnard, Bill McGahey, Trent Bennett, Mike Gronkowski, Bill Petit, James Vance, Earl Watts, Commander Woods all of Post 229, Malcom Brasher, Elizabeth Johnson, Kathy Robinson of Post 351; and Richard Marquith of Post 237. As you see we have members from most of our Madison County American Legion Post. Our Post will also provide the medals for the winners. Our Madison County Posts will all contribute to the award funds of $600.00. All these items were properly motioned and voted on and received approval of the members in attendance.
·         New Business
o    The Madison Record is looking for veterans that have a Madison City address to feature in their “Veteran of the Week” column. They would like to write up a small article about veteran in the Madison city that have served their country. Please support the Madison Record by provide me your name and I will provide it to Reporter Greg Parker who will submit the article. We can you this to help advertise you and our post.
o    Commander Woods’ stated new committee needs to be established. If you would like to be a Chairman and or members of these committees, please contact him.
§  Memorial Day Ceremony Committee
§  Boys State Committee
§  Veteran Park Monument Fund Committee (Rebuild)

·         Adjournment
No members had anything else to discuss, so Commander Woods adjourned the meeting at 2015 hrs.

For the Good of the Legion