The meeting was held on 11 December 2014 1900 at the Madison Senior Center. Legionnaires present were Commander Carlos Woods, First-Vice Commander Monica Dumont, Second-Vice Commander Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Allison McGrath, Chaplain Rickey Spears, Edward Dirch, Leondra Kelley, Samuel McCray, Jim Haughen, Tom McKinney, Oscar Draper Sr., David Silvernail, Mike Marcel, Edward Durst, and Andrew Reed.
Guest was District 12 First-Vice Commander Jeremy Blevins.
Call to Order
Commander Woods called the meeting to order at 1900 Hrs.
Approval of Previous Minutes
Minutes of previous meeting were accepted my members present.
Adjutant Pruett was not present, and no Adjutant Report was made.
• Finance -
Finance Officer McGrath reported that three checks had been presented to JROTC at Bob Jones, James Clemons, and Sparkman High Schools. Finance Officer Haugen reported the balances of the Post Operational account and the Memorial Fund. The account balances will not be included in the minutes but any member can contact the Finance Officer directly to discuss post finances.
• District Report-
Vice Commander Blevins reminded all present that the oratorical contest is approaching in February, and that additional information is available at the Boys State website.
• County Report- No Report
• NAVOC Report- No Report
• Committee Reports-
Americanism: Tom McKinney was selected as Committee Chair, with Phillip Evans and Carlos woods serving as Committee Members.
Membership Drive: Commander Woods asked that every Legionnaire attempt to recruit five new members. First –vice commander Dumont will send recruiting lessons learned and tips to the membership via email.
• Veterans Weekend Events-
Commander Woods reported that the wreath placement wend very well, and thanked all for their work. Commander Woods also reminded all present that the post will be retrieving the wreaths on 10 January 2015. We will meet at 10:00 am in the paved parking lot at the Hughes Road cemetery. Members with trucks will meet at the storage building at 9:30 to get the empty boxes.
• Memorial Park-
Kevin Kleinjung reported that the lights are up at the park, but the site does need some work. Legionnaire Kleinjung asked for $50 to cover repair materials. Second Vice Commander McGahey made the motion to approve the funds; it was seconded by Legionnaire Reese, and passed by all present.
• Fund Raiser-
Finance Officer McGrath reported that she has begun preliminary work of contacting possible vendors for a car show, and is looking for a good large location. The suggested entry fee is $30.00 per vehicle, to be prepaid and preregistered. Dealers are to provide prizes. Classes of vehicles, numbers of entrants, and number of judges still need to be determined. Second Vice Commander McGahey made the motion to approve the car show fund raiser for the spring of 2015. The motion was seconded by Legionnaire Kleinjung, and passed. Finance Officer McGrath will chair the committee, with Fist vice Commander Dumont and Legionnaire Marcel as members.
• Oratorical Contest- The oratorical contest will be held on 7 February 2015 and is open to students in grade 9-12. There will be a prepared speech for 8-10 minutes and an impromptu speech on 1 of 4 possible subjects lasting 3-5 minutes. We need volunteers for 2 time keepers, 2 counters, and 2 escorts. Cash prizes will be awarded as First Place $200, Second Place $100, and Third Place $50. Chairperson is not yet determined but Second Vice commander and legionnaire Haughen will serve as committee members. Commander Woods made the motion to approve the discussed plans. The motion was seconded by Legionnaire Kleinjung and passed by vote.
• Madison Christmas Parade-
Post 229 missed the registration deadline and will not be participating in the parade.
• Mid-Winter conference-
Department of Alabama Mid-Winter conference will be 16-18 January 2015 in Orange Beech, AL. Lodging rate is $99 per room per night.
• Ladies Auxiliary-
Need wives to volunteer to lead establishing a chapter of American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and they may need additional volunteer assistance.
• New Legionnaire Edward Dirch was welcomed to Post 229.
The meeting was adjourned by Commander Woods.
For the Good of the Legion