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July 2017 Meeting Minutes

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 Commander Woods.

Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Earl Watts, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Finance Officer Leondara Kelley, members Bill McGahey, Mario Ventura, Stan Walker, David Silvernail, James Rogers, Tom McKinney, Andrew Caudle, Richard Blanton Jr, Cherish Croft.


Approval of Previous Minutes

The June 8th meeting minutes were reviewed and there were two changes, and if there were any corrections.  Finance Officer Leondra Kelley and Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel were not present at the 8 June Meeting for the 2017-18 swearing in ceremony.  The meeting minutes were approved with the corrections by the members present.

Reports


  • Sick and Shut in:
    • Past post commander Carl Dow remains at the Tut Fann veteran’s nursing home.

  • Adjutant:
    • Larry Vannoy reported that we grew the post from 227 in FY 2016 to 248 members in 2017, a 9% increase. We have about 70 members renewed thus far this year.  

  • Finance:
    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley presented the current status of our post accounts. He is getting the final itemized bill from Clark Memorial, after which we will make the final payment on the monument. The finance report was approved by the members present.

  • State of the District/County Report:
    • Commander Woods and wife and post member Lelia attended the State Annual Conference 15-18 July in Montgomery.  We have a new state commander, Donna Stacey.  Membership growth and recruitment of younger members is going to be a major initiative.

  • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    • 1st Vice James Vance attended the NAVFOC and stated that there is a Job Fair 8-10 August on Redstone Arsenal.  We are hosing the 6 September meeting at the Madison Senior Center.

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

Committees Reports:

  • Americanism Committee
    • Legionnaire McKinney sated that the City of Madison has a new police chief, Dave Jernigan as well as a new fire chief, David Bailey. McKinney intends to meet with the chiefs to talk about the American Legion and annual awards we would like to be part of presenting.

  • Monument Committee:
    • The Madison County Commission Chairman, Dale Strong has purchased new flag poles for the Madison Veteran’s Park. Alabama Flag and Banner will be doing the installation.  Adjutant Larry Vannoy is getting with Commissioner Steve Haraway to see if we can get assistance in the removal of the current flag poles.
    • Larry also stated that we are getting with the city to get the sprinkler system up and running again.


  • Membership Committee:  

Commander Woods stated that he would like us to be at 100% renewal by the end of November and encouraged each member to recruit one new veteran to the post.

  • Post Home Committee:
    • Adjutant Vannoy stated that Judge Advocate, Chris Brown and himself will be meeting with city departments about ways to finance a post home.

  • Fund Raising Committee:  
    • We continue to sell pavers and benches for the memorial park for those interested.

Unfinished Business


  • Madison Street Festival:
    • A discussion was held regarding the upcoming street festival and what food we wanted to sell. Two options on the table are “Walking Tacos” the other is parfaits. It was decided that we would have both served at the 10 August membership meeting.

  • Presentation of Awards:
    • In appreciation for 4 years of service as Post Judge Advocate, Mario Ventura, and for three years of service as Post Second Vice Commander, Bill McGahey were given pedestal mounted eagles thanking them for their outstanding support to the post.
    • Commander Woods and Larry Vannoy received a 3 new member pin from the National Commander.
    • Certificates for a single new member recruitment were given to Lenwood Conway, Victor Blade, Ricky Spears, David Silvernail, Mike Marcel, Bill McGahey, and Max Riddle.

  • Memorial Day
    • This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony and Monument Dedication went great.  Thanks for all that helped and participated.  We got accolades from attending residents and the VIPs that attended.
 
  • Installation of New Officers 2018:
    • A swearing in ceremony took place for the following officers who missed last month’s meeting:
      • Finance Officers: Leondra Kelly
      • Sgt of Arms: Mike Marcel
      • Chaplain: Stan Walker

  • Storage Facility
    • We continue to seek a location for storage of post supplies. Larry Vannoy will take the lead. Options discussed were to rent a storage building, purchase a storage container, or purchase a storage building; the latter two requiring a location for the container/building.



New Business

  • A motion was made by Larry Vannoy for the post to pay the membership dues for our WWII Veteran Members. It was voted on and approved by the members present.



Meeting Adjourned time 8:30 PM.

July 2017 Agenda



Agenda for  13 July 2017

·       Call to Order
·       Chaplain Prayer
·       POW/MIA Empty Chair
·       Pledge of Allegiance
·       Preamble
·       Approval of Previous Minutes 
·       Reports
o   Sick and Shut In
o   Adjutant
o   Finance
o   State of the District/County Report
o   NAVFOC
o   DAV
o   Committees Reports:
§  Americanism Committee
§  Membership
§  Monument Committee
§  Post Home Committee
·       Unfinished Business
o   Installation of Officers continued:
§  Finance Officer
§  Chaplain
o   Presentation of Awards
o   Madison Street Festival Discussion Continue
o   Storage Facility
o   Post Home
§  Search for Post Home
§  Raise Funds
·       New Business
o   Open to Floor
·       Adjournment
o   For the Good of the Legion

June 2017 Meeting Minutes

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 by Legionnaire Tom McKinney.

Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Judge Advocate Mario Ventura, Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, 12th District Commander Kevin Walker, Lester Bernard, Chris Brown, David Silvernail, Andrew Caudle, Richard Blanton, Lelia Woods, Tom McKinney, Donald Rice, Edmund Durst, Alan Cerny.

Approval of Previous Minutes

Commander Woods asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the May 11th meeting minutes and if there were any corrections.  The meeting minutes were approved by the members present.

Reports


       Sick and Shut in:
o   Past post commander Carl Dow remains at the Tut Fann veteran’s nursing home.

       Adjutant:
o   Larry Vannoy reported that we grew the post from 227 in FY 2016 to 248 members in 2017, a 9% increase.  This is six years in a row the Post has grown from the previous year.

       Finance:
o   Finance Officer Leondra Kelley not present at meeting due to job obligations. Commander Woods reported that we are about to make the final payment on the monument.  We had a successful poppy give away event on Memorial Day weekend where we collected in excess of $5,500 in donations.   We also helped a post member veteran in need by helping with his rent for one week.  We also paid expenses for the Memorial Day ceremony and monument dedication.
o   Approximately $1300 was spent on the Memorial Day ceremony.
o   We have an outstanding balance for the monument that we will be paying once we get the final bill.
o   We continue to sell pavers and benches for the memorial park for those interested.

       State of the District/County Report:
o   Commander Woods attended the District meeting.  The election was held and District 12 Commander Kevin Walker was re-elected.  Commander Woods was re-elected as the Madison County Commander.   Huntsville Post 237 Commander Don Pinkerton was elected the 1st Vice for District 12.
o   15-18 July the State Convention will be taking place in Montgomery.  Commander Woods and Lelia Woods will be attending.
o   Boy’s State, Tom McKinney headed up the effort for our post.  Madison  County sent over 40 boys including several from Bob Jones, James Clemens, and Sparkman High Schools.

       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
o   No status was reported.

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

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
o   Legionnaire McKinney stated that the City of Madison has a new police chief, Dave Jernigan as well as a new fire chief. McKinney intends to meet with the chiefs to talk about the American Legion and annual awards we would like to be part of presenting.
o   McKinney along with Commander Woods and Historian Richard Blanton attended ROTC ceremonies at Bob Jones and James Clemens to give awards for academic and military excellence.

        Monument Committee:
o   The Madison County Commission is offering us new flag poles, they will be put in place later this summer.

       Membership Committee: 
o   The 2018 FY starts on 1 July and members will be getting renewal notices very soon.  Members can either renew on line or send a check for $45 to the Post 229 post office box.
o   Awards for legion members recruiting three or more members qualify for a National Commander Coin.  Commander Woods and Adjutant Vannoy qualified.

       Post Home Committee:
o   Adjutant Vannoy remains chairman of the post home committee.   Activities will pick up after Memorial Day towards getting a permanent facility.  We are seeking help with coming up with an artist rendition on what a facility would look like to help with fundraising.

       Fund Raising Committee: 
o   It was stated that we need to get back selling pavers for our Veterans park.

Unfinished Business


       Madison Street Festival:
o   The membership approved paying a $100 fee for booth space at the Madison Street Festival the 1st Saturday in October.  We haven’t decided on what food we might want to sell.  We need a committee chairman for this event.

       Placing of Flags:
o   Vice Commander McGahey discussed the Placing of Flags to be held on 20 May 2017 at 10 AM at the Madison Memory Garden. McGahey asked for volunteers and Commander stated that he would place advertisements in the Madison Record and the Redstone Rocket, plus ask support from the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and our High School JROTCs.

       Memorial Day
o   This year’s Memorial Day Ceremony and Monument Dedication went great.  Thanks for all that helped and participated.  We got accolades from attending residents and the VIPs that attended.
 
       Installation of New Officers 2018:
o   A swearing in ceremony took place for the following officers. 12th District Commander Kevin Walker resided over the oath of office:
   Commander:  Carlos F. Woods
   1st Vice Cdr:  James Vance
   2nd Vice Cdr:  Earl Watts
   Adjutant:  Larry Vannoy
   Judge Advocate: Chris Brown



New Business

       Girl Scout Troop 926:
o     The post voted on and agreed to start supporting Girl Scout Troop 926 and making an annual donation of $250.




Meeting Adjourned time: 8:30 PM. 

June 2017 Agenda


Agenda for 8 June 2017

 

·       Call to Order

·       Chaplain Prayer

·       POW/MIA Empty Chair

·       Pledge of Allegiance

·       Preamble

·       Approval of Previous Minutes 

·       Reports

o   Sick and Shut In

o   Adjutant

o   Finance

o   State of the District/County Report

o   NAVFOC

o   DAV

o   Committees Reports:

§  Americanism Committee

§  Membership

§  Monument Committee

§  Post Home Committee

·       Unfinished Business

o   Boys State

o   Picking up Flags 3 June 2017 – 9:00 AM Madison Memory Grarden

o   Recap: Poppy give Away Three Walmart’s 27th and 28th May 2017

o   Recap: MEMORIAL Day/Rededication of Monument Plans 29 May 2017 11:00 am

o   Selling Pavers (Discussion)

o   Madison Street Festival Discussion Continue

o   Post Home

·       New Business

o   Preparations for Installation of Officers In July

o   Madison Street Festival Suggestions

o   Open to Floor

·       Adjournment

o   For the Good of the Legion