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April 2018 Agenda



Agenda for 12 April 2018


  • Call to Order
  • Chaplain Prayer
  • POW/MIA Empty Chair
  • Preamble
  • Welcome Guest: Speaker
    • Clayton Hinchman, Candidate for Alabama's 5th Congressional district.
  • Approval of Previous Minutes
  • Reports
    • Sick and Shut In
    • Adjutant
    • Finance
    • NAVFOC Note: Post 229 Hosting on 2 May 2018, Madison Senior Center, Madison, AL, 5:30 PM
    • DAV
    • Committees Reports:
      • Americanism Committee
      • Membership
      • Monument Committee
      • Post Home Committee
  • Unfinished Business
    • Flag Retirement (joint DAV, Boy Scouts of Asbury, Knights of Columbus, Post 237) - Date changed to 14 April 2018 at 11:00 AM.
    • Boys State
    • Pavers Report - Tom Whitten
    • Report on Boy Scout Troop 201 request to buy trailer
    • Memorial Week Events
      • Placing of flags - Date and Time TBD
      • Poppy Giveaway 26 - 27 May 2018 - 3 Walmarts
        • Auxiliary will assist; proceeds will be shared
      • Memorial Day Program 28 May 2018, 11:00 AM at Madison Veteran Park
  • New Business
    • Open to Floor
    • American Legion baseball
    • James Clemens JROTC Awards Program: 21 April 2018, 6:00 PM at James Clemens High School Activity Center. Members are invited.
  • Adjournment
    • For the Good of the Legion

March 2018 Meeting Minutes

American Legion Post 229
General Membership Meeting Minutes, 8 March 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 Carlos Woods. Prayer was given by Stan Walker.

  • Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, 2nd Vice Commander Earl Watts, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Historian Richard Blanton, Americanism Chairman Tom McKinney, members: Edward Durst, Doug Pruett, Major Wooten, Andrew Caudle, Rob Glasier, Brady Rogers, James Rogers, Roderick Spencer and Bill McGahey. Guests: Post 229 Auxiliary member Kathy Durst and Charles Orr.

      Welcome Guests
  • Charles Orr.

Approval of Previous Minutes
  • The 8 Feb 2018 meeting minutes were motioned for approval as submitted by Douglas Pruett and seconded by Bill McGahey.  The membership present voted for approval.


Reports
  • Sick and Shut in:
    • Carl Dow remains in Tut Fann nursing home. Dalton Thompson is recovering from his back injury. Lelia Woods continues to get dialysis and is showing some signs of improvement.
  • Adjutant:
    • Larry Vannoy reported that we currently at approximately 104% renewal.   We have one new member and one transfer in since last meeting.  Vannoy also presented a new sign advertising the Post 229 to be placed below the Lunar Lodge sign on Eastview Drive.
  • Finance:
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley presented the bills, deposits and balances of the operating account, post home account and Veteran’s park maintenance account.  The finance report motioned for approval as submitted by Tom McKinney and seconded by Bill McGahey.  The membership present voted for approval.
    • Commander Woods reminded the members that expenditure of post funds without approval by the commander, or depending on the amount, the membership, is limited to office supplies by the commander, adjutant and finance officer.
  • State of the District/County Report:
    • County activities were covered in other parts of the meeting agenda.
  •  North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    • There was no Post 229 representative at the February meeting.
  •  Disabled Veterans (DAV):
    • Nothing new to report. Commander Harry Collins has offered to come to a post meeting to present what the DAV organization does.  Commander Woods is to contact Collins to discuss a visit. 
  • Committees Reports:
  • Americanism Committee
    • Oratorical Contest.  Post member Tom McKinney reported on the District 12 Oratorical Contest held at Madison City Hall on the 17th of February.   The winner of the Madison County contest also won the district contest.  She also came in second place in the Division 1 contest.
    • Police Officer and Firefighter Of The Year Award.   McKinney reported that after conversations with the police chief and fire chief, that we would not submit names to the state completion.  However, we will consider it next year.
    • Veteran of the Week. McKinney said that a dozen names of post members has been sent to the Madison County Record for “Veteran of the Week” articles.  The newspaper has done an outstanding job putting out articles on veteran activities. 
    • Quilt of Valor.  Adjutant Vannoy discussed the “Quilt of Valor” organization and its support to veterans.  Member Major Wooten, WWII veteran, displayed the quilt he recently received.  For further information on contact Vannoy.
  •  Monument Committee
    • Member Tommy Whitten was not present but left a status with Adjutant Vannoy.  There are a total of 300 paver spots available, 64 paver spots have been purchased (14 yet to be installed) leaving 236 spots are still available.  Commander Woods encouraged members to purchase a paver.
  •  Post Home Committee
    • Commander Woods stated that we need to move forward with getting a plan together so we can start fundraising.


    Unfinished Business
    •  Flag Retirement
      • Andy Haq, Commander of the Huntsville DAV Chapter 26 spoke about the upcoming American Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday April 14th at 11AM, Madison Veteran’s Memorial Park, Front Street Madison.  Participants will include American Legion Post 229 and 237, DAV, Knight of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.   
    • Boy Scouts Trailer
      • Boy Scout Troop 201 is working with the post to procure a trailer.  Boy Scout troops cannot poses assets so are asking the post to take possession of a trailer for their use.  Judge Advocate Chris Brown recommended that the post become incorporated in order to be able to protect its members from individual liability and make the post able to acquire liability insurance. This will also allow the post to hold assets such as a trailer for the Boy Scouts. The motion was made by Tom McKinney and seconded by Rob Glasier for the Judge Advocate to pursue post incorporation, the motion was approved by the members present.  Another motion was made by Tom McKinney and seconded by Larry Vannoy to expend up to $500 to file for incorporation should the committee of the Judge Advocate, Adjutant and Finance Officer deem post incorporation necessary, the motion was approved by the members present.

    • Post Elections are coming up in May.  We need candidates for officer positions should notify the Judge Advocate.
    • Memorial Day
      • The annual Memorial Day Ceremony is coming up and a lot of help will be required.  A planning meeting will be forthcoming, watch for announcements. Commander Woods is pursuing a guest speaker.
      • 26 May, 9 AM, flags will be placed on grave sites in Madison.   Those wanting to participate should meet at Madison Memorial Gardens at that time.  Flag pickup will be on the 2nd of June.
      • Poppies will be given away on the 26th and 27th of May at the three area Walmart stores from 10am – 6 pm. An email will follow asking members to volunteer.  The post women’s Auxiliary will be participating with us.

    • Blue Star Banner Program.  Commander Woods is pushing that we re-activate the Blue Star Banner Program. Woods has two members at his church he wants to present banners to. 

    •  “Wall That Heals”.  Member Bill McGahey, spoke about the traveling ¾ scale Vietnam War Memorial titled “The Wall That Heals”, is coming to Huntsville on the 1-4 November and will remain until at new John Hunt Park in South Huntsville.  A lot of veteran support will be required.  They are also seeking donations.  It is anticipated that it will cost in excess of $70,000 for the visit; organization, corporate and individual donations are desired.

    • Boy’s State.  The annual June Boy’s State trip for high school juniors is taking place again 27 May – 2 June at the University of Alabama.  We are seeking nominations from Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman High Schools.  Commander Woods is working to get funds for the bus to Tuscaloosa and back.


    New Business
    • City Sequential.  The City of Madison has asked the post to help with putting on the city sequential (150 year anniversary). Jean Downs has volunteered to help with the committee but is seeking additional help.

    • Post Elections.  Post elections are taking place in May, first chance for nominations will be at the April meeting. If a member is interested in an officer position notify the Judge Advocate Chris Brown, 256-374-1906, chris@huntsvilleattorneys.com.  


    The meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.

    March 2018 Agenda


    Agenda for 8 March 2018


    • Call to Order
    • Chaplain Prayer
    • POW/MIA Empty Chair
    • Pledge of Allegiance
    • Preamble
    • Welcome Guest
    • Approval of Previous Minutes
    • Reports
      • Sick and Shut In
      • Adjutant
      • Finance
      • NAVFOC
      • DAV
      • Committee's Reports
        • Americanism Committee
        • Membership
        • Monument Committee
        • Post Home Committee
    • Unfinished Business
      • Report 12th District Oratorical Contest
      • 1st Division American Legion Oratorical Contest
      • Flag Retirement (joint DAV, Boy Scouts Asbury, Knights of Columbus, Post 237) - Date changed to 14 April 2018 at 11am.
      • Post Home
      • Pavers Report - Tom Whitten
      • Report on Boy Scout Troop 201 request to buy a trailer
      • Memorial Week Events
        • Placing of flags date and time TBD
        • Poppy Giveaway May 26-27, 2018 - 3 Madison Walmarts
        • Auxiliary assistance process will be shared
        • Memorial Day Program 28 May 2018 at 11am - Madison Veteran Park
    • New Business
      • Open to Floor
    • Adjournment
      • For the Good of the Legion

    February 2018 Meeting Minutes

    American Legion Post 229
    General Membership Meeting Minutes, 8 Feb 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 Carlos Woods. Prayer was given by Stan Walker.

    • Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, 2nd Vice Commander Earl Watts, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Historian Richard Blanton, Americanism Chairman Tom McKinney, members: Edward Durst, Doug Pruett, Tommy Whitten, Andrew Caudle, Brady Rogers, David Silvernail, Tim Starostanko, Trace Key, Jean Downs, Keith Cosby, Tim Oman, Bill McGahey, Alan Cerny, Ed Garcia, and James Rogers.  Guests: Post 229 Auxiliary member Kathy Durst, Luis Garcia, Nathan Parson, North Alabama Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Commander Andy Haq.

          Welcome Guests
    • Luis Garcia and Nathan Parson introduced themselves and joined the post later in the evening.


    Approval of Previous Minutes
    • The 11 January meeting minutes were read by Adjutant Larry Vannoy and approved by the members present.


    Reports
    • Sick and Shut in:
      • Carl Dow remains in Tut Fann nursing home; Woods and Vannoy visited him over the holidays.  WWII Vet Sherwin Callander had a right arm and hand injury and is recovering.  Lelia Woods continues to get dialysis and is showing some signs of improvement.  
    • Adjutant:
      • Larry Vannoy reported that we currently at approximately 104% renewal. We still have 37 members to renew.
    • Finance:
      • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley presented the bills, deposits and balances of the operating account, post home account and the Veteran's Park maintenance account. The report was approved by the members present.
    • State of the District/County Report:
      • County activities were covered in other parts of the meeting agenda.
    •  North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
      • Bill McGahey attended the NAVFOC meeting held the evening before at Huntsville Legion Post 237. Two major items reported:
        • Vietnam 50th Anniversary celebration on Saturday, April 7th at Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial, downtown Huntsville at 11am. Meet and greet from 9-10:30.

    •  Disabled Veterans (DAV):
      • Nothing new to report.
    • Committees Reports:
    • Americanism Committee
      • Oratorical Contest.  Post member Tom McKinney reported that the Madison County Oratorical Contest took place on January 27th at Madison City Hall; we had 5 contestants. Winner of the contest was Laura Underwood of Providence Classical High School of Huntsville; second place was Ryan Williams of Bob Jones High School, and third place was Johnny Lamey of Providence Classical High School. First Place winner received $300, second place received $200 and third place received $100. We aill also host the District 12th Oratorical Contest at Madison City Hall on the 17th of February. There is going to be a dry run on the 10th at 10am. We will need post members to help. Please see Tom McKinney if you are available.
      • Veteran of the Week. The Madison Record newspaper is asking Post 229 to nominate veterans for a “Veteran of the Week Article”. The newspaper has done an outstanding job putting out articles on veteran activities; we need to support the paper with veteran’s names. Tom is pulling together the list of names; please contact Tom if you are willing to do an article on yourself.
    •  Monument Committee
      • Member Tommy Whitten has taken over responsibilities of collecting applications and submitting them to Clark Memorial, the company that built our monument. Tommy submitted fourteen forms several days ago and will get a status on when they will be installed for the next meeting. 
    •  Post Home Committee
      • Commander Woods stated that we need to move forward with getting a plan together so we can start fundraising.



      Unfinished Business
      •  Mid-Winter Conference
        • Commander Woods and Adjutant Vannoy attended the conference, held in Decatur. There was a lot of emphasis on membership. Also discussed were membership benefits including free AD&D insurance. Visit the national website, www.legion.org for details.
      •  Christmas Wreaths
        • Bill McGahey stated that the Christmas wreaths were picked up on the 6th of January.  We had a great turnout from Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, and the three JROTC programs we are sponsoring. Several Madison residents and organizations were on hand to help as well.
      •  Flag Retirement
        • Andy Haq, Commander of the Huntsville DAV Chapter 26 spoke about the upcoming American Flag Retirement Ceremony coming up on Saturday, April 7th at 11am, Madison Veteran's Memorial Park, Front Street, Madison. Participants will include American Legion Post 229 and 237, DAV, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. Andy reviewed the sequence of events for the ceremony. 


      New Business
      • Boy Scouts Trailer
        • Boy Scout Troop 201 is working with the post to procure a trailer.  Boy Scout troops cannot posses assets so are asking the post to take possession of a trailer for their use.  Judge Advocate Chris Brown continues to investigate liability to the post. Adjutant Vannoy, Finance Officer Kelley and Judge Advocate Brown are going to get together to form a recommendation to the post.

      • Post Elections are coming. Nominations will be held in April with elections for the new officers for 2018 in May. Please step forward and join us for this process and consider running for office. All offices are open.

      • Memorial Day
        • The annual Memorial Day Ceremony is coming up on 28May2018. We will have our Flag Placing and Poppy giveaway at the three Madison Walmarts on the 26th and 27th of May. This year our newly established American Legion Auxiliary will assist. We will need many volunteers. A planning meeting will be forthcoming, watch for announcements.


      The meeting adjourned at 8:05pm.

      February 2018 Agenda

      Agenda for 8 February 2018


      • Call to Order
      • Chaplain Prayer
      • POW/MIA Empty Chair
      • Pledge of Allegiance
      • Preamble
      • Welcome Guest
      • Approval of Previous Minutes 
      • Reports
        • Sick and Shut In
        • Adjutant
        • Finance
        • NAVFOC
        • DAV
        • Committees Reports:
          • Americanism Committee
          • Membership
          • Monument Committee
          • Post Home Committee
      • Unfinished Business
        • Report Mid-Winter Conference, Decatur, Al, 18 Thru 21 Jan 2018
        • Report Madison County Oratorical Contest, 20 January 2018, time 8 AM, Madison City Municipal Court House, 100 Hughes Rd, Madison, Al. Volunteers needed.
        • 1st District American Legion Oratorical Contest, 17 February 2018, Time: 10 AM, Where: Madison City Municipal Court House Court. Walk Through 10 February 2018, time 10 AM. Volunteers needed.
        • Flag Retirement (joint DAV, Boys Scout Asbury, Knight of Columbus, Post 237).
        • Post Home
        • Pavers Report – Tom Whitten
      • New Business
        • Boys Scout Troop 201 Request to buy Trailer
        • Memorial Week Events
          • Placing of Flags Date and time TBD
          • Poppy Giveaway 18th and 19th May 2018 – 3 Walmarts
          • Memorial Day Program 20 May 2018, Time 11:00 AM, Madison Veteran Park
        • Open to Floor
      • Adjournment
        • For the Good of the Legion