· Call to Order- The meeting was called to order by Commander Carlos Woods and an opening prayer was offered by Chaplain Rickey Spears. Members Present were Commander Carlos Woods, First Vice-Commander Monica Dumont, Second Vice-Commander Bill McGahey, Adjutant Douglas Pruett, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Chaplain Rickey Spears, Legionnaires Trent Bennet, Marlyce Cook, Larry Cunningham, Edward Durst, Odri Hastings, Jim Haugen, Joann Holman, Edward Hunter, Tom McKinney, Quenessa Oney, Bill Petit, Louis Rizzo, Scott Turbiner, and James Vance.
· Approval of Previous Minutes- A motion to accept the minutes of the July meeting as posted on the web site was made by Legionnaire Turbiner, and seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey. The motion was passed by all present.
- Adjutant- Adjutant Pruett reported that Post 229 is currently showing as 42.1% according to the Department of Alabama. We currently have 235 total members, with 95 paid for far and 13 Paid Up For Life members. Adjutant Pruett also recognized new members and transfers into Post 229. A motion to accept the report was made by Legionnaire McKinney, and seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey. The motion was passed by all present.
- Finance – Finance Officer Kelly reported that the main income was dues renewals by the membership. Post 229 paid $100 registration for the Madison Street Festival, NAVFOC dues $87.50 for FY15/16, and made a $200 donation to Kids to Love. Adjutant Pruett made a motion to accept the report, and it was seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey. The motion was passed by all members present. Note: Balances are not reported here, but members of Post 229 can contact Commander Woods with any questions.
- State of the District/County Report- Commander Woods gave the report for District 12 and Madison County. First Vice-Commander Dumont is the new adjutant for District 12. Commander Woods is the new Madison County Commander. Post 229 was awarded the Post Excellent Award by District 12 for the 2015 Legion year.
- NAVFOC- No Report
- DAV- No Report
- Committees Reports-
- Americanism Committee- Legionnaire McKinney reported that the Post has presented Detective Corporal Christie Gover with the Law Enforcement Officer of the Year award at the Madison City Council meeting. Legionnaire McKinney hopes to expand the awards next year to include a Fire Fighter of the Year award.
- Membership Committee- No report was made, but Commander Woods stressed the reasons for continued membership and strong recruiting.
- Monument Committee- Legionnaire Haugen reported that three were no guidelines provided to the committee by the post. Legionnaire Haugen stated that discussion within the committee was to receive three bids and each company produce their own designs for the monument. The committee set a price goal of $25,000, but Clark Memorial’s previous design and bid are still in for consideration. Clark Memorial did provide a smaller design plan that fits within the new committee guidelines. Commander Woods asked that all designs and bids be received by 1 November 2015, and ready to present at the November meeting. Legionnaire McKinney asked when the quotes expire, and Legionnaire Haugen stated that he will have to confirm that with the vendors. Committee member Larry Cunningham stated that he was working on two bids to reach the three required bids.
· Unfinished Business
o Madison Street Festival- Adjutant Pruett present the idea of a “Walking Taco” as a food sales option, and explained how to make them. A committee was formed to explore option, and plan for the Madison Street Festival. The committee will be chaired by Adjutant Pruett, and members are Legionnaires Cook, Hastings, Hunter, and Bennet.
· New Business
o Approval for $200 donation to Kids to Love- The motion was made by Commander Woods and seconded by Second Vice-Commander McGahey. The motion was passed by all members present.
o Security of Post- Discussion was made to ask the Madison Police Department for extra patrol during meetings, and upon adjournment. This is in light of recent hostilities against military related targets.
o District 12 Service Officer- District 12 First Vice-Commander Kevin Walker spoke relating to services offered for free American Legion members, and at nominal charge to nonmembers. First Vice-Commander Walker also stressed to never share percentage of disabilities or what a disability is with anyone. He also stressed that we need better feedback from County Service Officers and the V.A. Representatives. Advise was also given to always file any complaints against the V.A. using their on line system, and to save a copy for personal records, and do not hesitate to contact Senator and Congressman about the complaint. First Vice-Commander Walker also explained that there is no limit on when claims can be files, and they may be paid retroactively. Training is to begin for County Service Officers in October at a time and place to be determined. First Vice-Commander also stated that V.A. pensions may be granted if a veteran has an overwhelming medical expense, and anyone in that situation can contact a Service Officer for advice and assistance.
o Open To Floor
- Legionnaires Cook and Hastings volunteered to be Post 229 Service Officers.
- Second Vice-Commander McGahey made a motion that the post donate $200 in gift cards to the Madison Senior Center. The motion was seconded by Legionnaire Hunter and approved by all members present.