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

Regular Post meetings occur on the second Thursday of each month in Madison, AL. Please contact us for details

November 2013 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The October meeting was held on 10 October 2013 at 1900 at the Madison Senior Citizen Center 1289 Hughes Road, Madison, Alabama.

  • Commander Carlos Woods
  • 2nd Vice Bill McGahey
  • Adjutant Doug Pruett
  • Finance Officer: Jim Haugen
  • Historian/ Past Commander Jeremy Blevins
  • Executive Committeeman/ Past Commander Carl Dow
  • Jane Dow
  • David Silvernail
  • Barry Meyer
  • Kevin Kleinjung
  • Lee Kelley
  • Rickey Spears
  • Scott Turbiner
  • Jerry Tepper
Call to Order
Approval of Minutes
The minutes of the October meeting were read. Motion to accept minutes was brought forth by Legionnaire Kleinjung  and seconded by Finance Officer Haugen. The motion was unanimously approved.

  • Adjutant's ReportAdjutant Pruett reported new, renewed, and transferred members. Motion to accept the report was made by Past Commander Dow, seconded by 2nd Vice Commander McGahey, and unanimously passed by the Post.
  • Finance ReportFinance Officer Haugen reported that we received over $2500 in donations from the Poppy Drive and read the balances of the Post's accounts. Motion to accept the report was made by Past 2nd Vice Commander McGahey, seconded by Adjutant Pruett, and unanimously passed by the Post.
  • Officer's Traning Session (Decatur)
    Commander Woods and Past Commander Blevins reported on the training session they attended in Decatur recently.
  • Veterans Day Activities
    • The veterans grave detail went great. The Executive Committee had met at Legionnaire Silvernail's house the night before the activity to be briefed by John Silvernail, Eagle Scout candidate, on the maps he has made plotting out the location of all veteran graves in the cemeteries. Plotting the locations is John's Eagle Scout project, and Post 229 and the City of Madison should be proud of his efforts.
    • The Veterans Day Parade went equally well. Ajdutant Pruett and Past Commander Blevins formed a color guard in front of the vehicles carrying WWII vets Orville Cooper, Tony Archuleta, and John Paseur, driven by Past Commander Dow and 2nd Vice McGahey.
Unfinished Business
New Business
  • The Executive Committee will set a time to prep the wreaths to be placed on veterans' graves on 7 December. 2nd Vice McGahey purchased ribbons to replace those that had been damaged or lost from our wreaths. Legionnaire Kleinjung motioned to reimburse 2nd Vice McGahey the $54.00 he spent on ribbons. The motion was seconded by Legionnaire Turbiner and passed unanimously by voice vote.
  • Commander Woods informed the Post that he had spent $190.75 having signage made for the tables used at the Poppy Drive. 2nd Vice McGahey motioned that Commander Woods be reimbursed for the expense. The motion was seconded by Legionnaire Kleinjung and passed unanimously by voice vote.
  • Past Commander Blevins briefed the members present on an interest in standing up a Sons of the American Legion squadron. To form a SAL Squadron, the Post must recruit ten qualified members (there is no age restriction to be a Son, but they must be a male descendent of either a current Legionnaire, a service member who died during a conflict, or a service member who received an Honorable discharge and is deceased). Past Commander Blevins gave the example that he qualified to be a Son because of his grandfather's service, and his son qualified because he is a current Legionnaire. Past Commander Blevins emphasized that the SAL is in no way meant to supplant membership in any other youth organization, such as the Boy Scouts, but is meant to supplement them.

    Prior to this meeting Past Commander Blevins had been appointed by Commander Woods to chair a committee for the purpose of exploring Post interest in the SAL. A motion was brought forth by Past Commander Dow to futher explore forming a SAL Squadron. The motion was seconded by 2nd Vice Dow and passed unanimously by voice vote. Commander Woods and Past Commander Dow were appointed to serve on this committee as well.

    Anyone interested in more information on the SAL effort, whether they want to become a Son, or have a male descendent (son, grandson, great-grandson) who might be interested should contact Past Commander Blevins (admin@americanlegionpost229.org).
  • Legionnaire Kleinjung brought the matter of some needed maintance at the Madison Veterans Park to the attention of the Post. There are currently no lights on the monuments in the park and there are some problems with the sprinklers. He offered to provide the labor for the repairs at no charge if the Post would reimburse the materials expenses. Past Commander Blevins motioned that the Post reimburse expenses up to $500.00 for the needed repairs. The motion was seconded by 2nd Vice McGahey, and unanimously passed by the Post.
  • Past Commander Dow's wife, Jane Dow, spoke to the Post about Operation Christmas Bear. This is an annual event that provides a meal for the families of local deployed service members. It is coordinated by the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Order Coalition, but has been supported since its inception by Post 229 (it was an event created by Past Commander Bill Meyers). In the past, the local Kroger grocery store has donated all the food for the event, worth about $3000.00, but it has had a change in management, and is only able to donate $250.00 this year. Ms. Dow has currently raised $1800.00 for the event and asked the Post if it could donate $500.00. 2nd Vice McGahey motioned to donate $500.00 to Operation Christmas Bear. This was seconded by Legionnaire Kleinjung and unanimously passed by the Post.

    (NOTE: A request for volunteers to assist with this event was emailed to the membership prior to the preparation of these minutes. It is repeated here: 
Heads up. Save the date on your calendar! Operation Christmas Bear 2013 isDecember 14 from 1-4pm at the JayCee bldg. on Airport Rd. This is our last operation Christmas bear as described in our mission.

As usual, I am looking for volunteers to work the following areas:
Please send me your name, email and/or phone number along with the area where you would like to volunteer. If you have questions please feel free to call me.
Jane Dow
  • Dec 13th from 7pm to approximately 11am Transporting supplies from storage in Madison to JayCee bldg. We also need trucks and trailers if you have any available.
  • Dec 13th from 9am until finished or 5pm (whichever comes first) Set up.
  • Dec 14th from 12:00 to 2:30 and from 2:30 to 4:30 Food/Kitchen/Serving
  • Dec 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 may need a couple of people in Crafts
  • Dec 14th from 1:00 to 4:00 need a couple of people for Toddler Area
  • Dec 14th from 1pm to 2:30 and from 2:30 to 4:00 Inflatable’s
  • Dec 14th from 4pm to 6:30ish Pack up supplies
  • Dec 14th from 5pm to 6:30ish Transport items back to storage

  • Commander Woods announced a vacancy in the office of Chaplain, to last the duration of the 2013-2014 term. Nominations can be emailed to him, and election for that office will occur at the next meeting.
  • Past Commander Blevins also mentioned the pop-up booth his employer had donated the Post (backdrop in the photos below). This will allow the Post to establish a presence wherever it has opportunity to set up. The storage containers also form a podium. Its a little bare at the moment, but it could be dressed up with Legion items such as:
  • Legion Pannel Drape
    Legion Podium Banner

For the Good of the Legion
  • Past Commander Blevins was presented a 100% membership pin by Commander Woods for Post 229 having achieved 100% membership during the 2012-2013 year.
  • Post 229 welcomed new members.