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

April 2014 Minutes (Draft)

The March meeting was held on 10 April 2014 at 1900 at the Madison Senior Citizen Center 1289 Hughes Road, Madison, Alabama.

  • Carlos Woods, Commander 
  • Nancy Burch, 1st Vice Commander 
  • William McGahey, 2nd Vice Commander 
  • Douglas Pruett, Adjutant 
  • Jim Haugen, Finance Officer 
  • Vic van Leeuwen, Sergeant-at-Arms 
  • Mario Ventura, Judge Advocate 
  • Jeremy B. Blevins, County Commander, Historian, Past Commander 
  • Carl Dow, Executive Committeeman, Past Commander 
  • Hollis Bridges, Past Commander 
  • Eugene Folks 
  • Jim Bowne 
  • Anthony Bush 
  • Scott Turbiner 
  • Phillip Evans 
  • Monica Dumont 
  • David Silvernail 
  • Lawrence Frakes 
  • Roy A. Mixon 
Call to Order
Approval of the Previous MinutesThe previous minutes having been previously distributed (here), County Commander Blevins motioned to dispense with the reading of the previous minutes and approve them as provided, which was seconded by Sgt-at-Arms van Leeuwen and approved by unanimous acclamation.

  • Adjutant's Report:
    Adjutant Pruett reported the Department of Alabama shows 112 paid-up members for the Post, but there are 10 additional members who have paid and are not reflecting in this count. 
  • Finance Report:
    Finance Officer Haugen reported the Post's finances. 
    • The uniform caps ordered last month were in. The caps are being sold by the Post for $45.00 ($44.95 through Emblem Sales). The Post will incur the shipping costs (saving the individual Legionnaire $8.95)for the order, but orders will only be made monthly. 
    • The poppies ordered for May arrived. We ordered 2500 at a cost of $10.00/100. 
    • A Motion to accept the finance report brought forth by Legionnaire Turbiner was seconded by Legionnaire Bush and approved by unanimous acclamation. 
  • District 12 Report:
    County Commander Blevins briefed the Post on the last District 12 meeting. Of note: 
    • 12th District Revitalization (May 15th - 17th) 
      • Natl. Vice Cmdr. Paul Dillard to visit 
      • D. 12 will donate $1/Legionnaire ($2037) to the NEF and present the check to NVC Dillard. 
      • Need volunteers for phone bank to call potential and lapsed members, and other tasks. 
    • District 12 Nominations: 
      • Dist. Comdr.: Pat Volonino (15) 
      • Dist. Vice Cmdr.: Jeremy Blevins (229) 
      • Sgt-at-Arms: Robert Douglas (351) 
      • DEC: Jim Carrol (818) 
      • Madison Co. Cmdr: Vacant (You?) 
      • Floor was opened to nominations, but there were none 
      • Nominations for District office are closed (Except Madison Co. Cmdr), elections will occur in June
    • District 12 Post Excellence Award 
      • All posts over 100% are eligible
      • Bring Post Consolidated Report to next Dist. Meeting, state case on why we should win 
      • There is no reason why we can't win this award for 2014 
    • 2 new Posts coming online in the District: 
      • Post ___, Locust Fork, Blount County 
      • Post 201, Huntsville (Research Park) 
    • Department Adjutant, Braxton Bridgers is retiring. A search committee will review resumes and essays (Why do you think you can do the job?) 
    • State Veteran Cemetery in Spanish Fort - open to all AL Vets and spouses. 
    • SAL (Sons of the American Legion) 
      • New Area Cmdr for SAL - Don Smith (15), responsible for Districts 11, 12, 13. 
      • Dual members can be in a different SAL Squadron from their Legion Post. 
  • NAVFOC Report:
    • Commander Woods reported on the recent NAVFOC meeting: 
      • North Alabama VA Clinic groundbreaking 17 April, 1100 
      • Veterans' Forum, Huntsville/ Madison County Public Library 17 April, 1245 
Unfinished Business
  • Memorial Weekend Activities
    • Flag Detail 
      • 24 May, 0900 at the main Madison Cemetery
      • Need to notify local media
    • Poppy Drive
      • Both doors of HWY 72 (Madison) Walmart on the 24th and 25th. 
      • Both doors of Madison Blvd Walmart on Sunday (25th) only.
      • Need 2 people at each door for 2 hour shifts (1000-1600)
    • Memorial Day Observation at Veterans Memorial Park
      • Setup @ 0800 Monday (26th)
      • Past Commander Dow will coordinate tent rental.
      • Legionnaire Kleinjung will coordinate setup of Optimist Club tent.
      • Need to notify local media
      • Need to invite local dignitaries (NB: Completed prior to typing up minutes - JBB)
  • Boys State
    Rick Marquith of Post 237 is Madison County Boys State Coordinator. County Commander Blevins will flow any requests from Post 229 to him.
New Business
  • Point of Order - March Chaplain Election
    The results of the March Chaplain election were invalidated because it was discovered that neither candidate was officially on the rolls for Post 229. To avoid this situation in the future, the Adjutant will validate that any member nominated is in good standing before the nomination is accepted.
  • Installation of Judge Advocate
    County Commander Blevins installed Mario Ventura as the new Judge Advocate, for the remainder of the 2014 fiscal year. JA Ventura is a retired judge, and Post 229 will benefit from his experience.
  • FY 2015 Officer Nominations
    Nominations were opened to the floor for all offices, and the following individuals were nominated (unless stated otherwise, the individuals listed were the only nominees):
    • Commander: Carlos Woods
    • 1st Vice Commander: Nancy Burch
    • 2nd Vice Commander: Bill McGahey
    • Adjutant: Doug Pruett
    • Finance Officer: Jim Haugen
    • Chaplain: County Commander Blevins motioned to postpone nominations for Chaplain until May meeting; seconded by Legionnaire Bush, and passed unanimously.
    • Judge Advocate: Mario Ventura
    • Sergeant-at-Arms: Anthony Bush
    • Historian: Jeremy Blevins
    • Executive Committee: Monica Dumont
For the Good of the Legion
Nothing was brought before the Post