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

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July 2014 Meeting Minutes (Draft)

The meeting was held on 10 July 2014 1900 at the Madison Senior Center.

Call to Order
Approval of Previous MinutesAdjutant Pruett read the previous minutes. Motion to accept as read was made by Past Commander Dow and 2ND by Judge Advocate Ventura. Passed by unanimous acclamation.

  • Adjutant-
    Adjutant Pruett reported that the post ended the 2014 year with 173 paid members and 12 that had now paid for 2014. Total membership at end of 2014year was 185. Adjutant Pruett recognized District Vice Commander Blevins, Legionnaire Frakes, and Legionnaire Sandra Bush for volunteering to work the Madison Independence Day celebration, where total recruits were 4 paid and 4 with applications submitted but pending payment. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • Finance -
    Finance Officer Haugen provided the financial report. Copies were available for Legionnaires present. Legionnaire Haugen also mentioned that the Post can order Legion service caps at cost and that the Post will absorb the shipping costs. Orders will be placed when a large enough order to justify the shipping is queued up. There were no questions, and the Adjutant Report was deemed accepted by Commander Woods.
  • District Report-
    District Vice Commander Blevins announced that the district will soon be conducting training for post officers to ensure that all post are in compliance with the Four Pillars of the American Legion.
  • County Report-
    Commander Bush advised that future Oratorical contests and Boy State sponsorship will be jointly accomplished at the Madison County level, with all posts working together to allow greater attendance. Commander Bush strongly encourages every post to maintain a post yearbook, and attendance at the district meetings. Commander Bush also reported that each post should have a Field Service Officer to assist veterans, and work closely with the Department Service Officer.
Unfinished Business
    Past Commander Bridges reported that the NAVOC Board of Directors has rejected Post 229’s suggestion that the by-laws be rewritten to require that NAVOC officers be current members of an affiliate organization. Commander Woods advised Past Commander Dow, as Post 229 delegate, to vote against the by-laws at the next NAVOC meeting.
New Business
  • Guest Speaker-
    Robert Davenport with Hospice Family Care explained the We Honor Our Veterans program. Mr. Davenport explained that the program provides volunteer veterans to visit hospice patients that are veterans, and that the visit seem to be very helpful to the patient based on similar military experience. Mr. Davenport also encouraged post members to consider acting as a volunteer to visit veteran hospice patients.
  • Goals for 2015-
    • Madison Street Festival is first weekend of October. Legionnaire van Leeuwen has contacted a local restaurant, and arranged discounted pricing for food that Post 229 can resell at the Street Festival. The Post will set tents inside the hedges of Veterans Memorial Part for food sales, one canopy at the entrance for Post information and recruitment, and share tables and seating with the Madison Optimists club. The Executive Committee will discuss preparations and report to the Post at a later meeting.
    • Commander Woods expressed desires for Post 229 to continue conducting ceremonies for Veterans Day and Memorial Day with non-officer Legionnaires taking greater roles in planning and participation. 
    • Military Appreciation Day will be observed at the upcoming Bob Jones vs. James Clemons football game, and Legionnaires are encouraged to attend to represent Post 229.
  • District Vice Commander Blevins made the motion to establish a Post Color Guard and purchase two light-weight, non-firing parade rifles for use in parades and at ceremonies. Motion was 2nd Commander Dow, and passed by show of hands vote.
  • Executive Committee Member Dumont made the motion to establish an American Legion Riders chapter at Post 229. The motion was 2nd by District Vice Commander Blevins. Discussion determined that additional information needs to be gathers, and presented to the Post at a later meeting. The motion was tabled, pending gathering additional information.
For the Good of the Legion
The Post welcomed new and prospective members.

The meeting was adjourned by Commander Woods at 2017 Hrs.