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

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February 2017 Meeting Minutes

Call to Order

The membership meeting was held at the new meeting location, the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 724 Eastview Drive, Madison. The meeting was called to order and opening prayer was given by Commander Woods. Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, 1st Vice James Vance, 2nd Vice Bill McGahey, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, Deputy Sgt of Arms Earl Watts, IT Cherish Croft, Max Riddle, Tommy Whitten, Rev Oscar Draper, Stan Walker, Richard Jones, Chris Brown, Joseph Joiner, James Rogers and Jean Downs.

Approval of Previous Minutes
Commander asked the meeting attendees if all had the opportunity to review the 12 Jan 2017 meeting minutes and if there were any corrections. The meeting minutes were approved by the members present. 


Presentation on "Tips for Troops" program presented by Jean Downs. Legionnaire Downs explained the program due to the absence of Mrs. Lorie Girton. The Tips for Troops program is a nonprofit organization that sends care packages to our troops that are deployed in remote overseas areas. It operates out of the Redstone Thrift Store. Girl Scout Troop, James Clements ROTC and other organizations put the packages together. The program is seeking money for postage. The membership approved a donation of $400 to help cover the cost of shipping the packages.

       Sick and Shut in: 
    • The post lost three members since the December meeting.
      • Jerry Tepper was a very active member of the post. At the request of his wife, Barbara, our Post performed the flag ceremony. The family requested that instead of flowers that donations would be sent Post 229 Post Home Fund.
      • Byron Samperi was a devoted member and generous member who loaned the buildings used for post equipment storage. The Samperi family also requests donations be sent to Post 229 Post Home fund in lieu of flowers.
      • Louis Rizzo, who recently moved to Texas, was reported to have died. No forwarding address was given.
    • Past Commander, Carl Dow, now lives at Tut Fann Veterans Assistance Home.
    • Chaplain Dewy Cockman and Kevin Kleinjung are recovering at Valleyview Rehab Center.
o   Adjutant Larry Vannoy reported that we have five renewals, six transfers into the post and seven new members, putting our renewals at approximately 97%. Post 229 leads 12 districts in renewals. Twenty-seven members have failed to renew.

    • Finance Officer Leondra Kelley reported the current status of the post accounts. The required tax forms have been prepared and submitted to the state. An accountant was hired for the 2016 taxes due to the large amount of donations received for the monument replacement.
    • There is a total of 360 pavers available for purchase as part of phase one of the monument replacement. The post's desire is to allow all post members who wish to purchase a paver do so at their earliest convenience. Our goal is to place Post 229 member pavers closest to the monument. If you want to be included, please send in your paver monies by 15 March 2017 with your application. Pavers cost $100 and $200 each based on size. Benches are also for sale for $2500 for phase one.
    • The finance report was approved by the members present.
       State of the District/County Report:
    • District 12 Meeting. Finance Officer Kelley represented Madison County due to Commander Woods' absence.
      • District Oratorical Contest is taking place on February 11th at American Legion Post 15, Decatur. We were asked to provide two members to help with the event. Bill McGahey, Commander Carlos Woods and Earl Watts offered to attend.
      • District 12 elections are approaching, including Post 229. The rules for the election will be discussed further at the March meeting. Nominations will occur in April and elections are scheduled in May. If you are interested in running for office, please attend these meetings.
    • The Madison County Oratorical Contest took place at the Madison City Council Chambers on 28 January. Five participants were in attendance. The winner has been invited to participate in the district competition.
    • Commander Woods, Adjutant Vannoy, and their wives, Leila and Lisa, respectively, attended the State of the City address by Mayor Finley at the Space and Rocket Center, representing our post.
       North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
    • 1st Vice James Vance reported that the newly elected officers were installed.
    • Military Officers Association with US Representative Mo Books will be held on 22 Feb at the Redstone "Summit" facility for those interested.
    • The next meeting will be on 1 March at the Elks Lodge at 1730.
  •        Disabled Veterans (DAV):
o   Nothing new to report

Committees Reports:

       Americanism Committee
    • Commander Woods, Adjutant Vannoy and Americanism Chairman McKinney met with Mayor Finley, acting Police Chief and acting Fire Chief about the Police and Firefighter of the Year Awards. It was agreed that we will work with other organizations in the city to make a single award for each department rather than multiple awards.
    • Boy's State is approaching and Post 237 is taking the lead. Cost to attend in $225 plus $50 for the bus. Tom McKinney will co-chair Boy's State.

       Membership Committee: 
o   Membership status was reported during the Adjutant report.

       Monument Committee
    • 1st Vice James Vance stated that the plan remains to have the monument finished and ready for dedication by Memorial Day. A lot of work remains and will be discussed at the March 9th meeting.
    • A monument fundraising committee was recommended and the motion was made to establish it. The membership approved the motion to establish a Memorial Fundraising Committee.
       Post Home Committee:
    • Adjutant Vannoy remains chairman of the Post Home Committee. Commander Woods stated that we need to have a facility plan as part of the Post Home Fundraising. This plan will provide detailed plans with regard to land, building requirements, parking and cost. Once this is decided, we can determine how to raise the necessary funds to complete the project.
       Fund Raising Committee: 
o   Fundraising was discussed under the finance committee report.

Unfinished Business

  • Wreath Pickup:
    • 2nd Vice McGahey stated that with help from the volunteers, all the wreaths are now in plastic totes. The Girl Scouts are taking on the project of putting together new bows for the wreaths.
    • The city just published an updated list of veterans buried in the city cemeteries and provided it to the post.
  • Website:
    • Cherish Croft has updated the post website with current information. The redesign is a work in progress.
  • Monument Pavers:
    • We continue to get our paver applications. Commander Woods encouraged the membership to get their forms in by 15 March 2017.
  • Memorial Day Planning:
    • Member Ralph Cobb is drafting up a program. State Senator Bill Holtzclaw is the guest speaker. Executive Committee and selected members will meet at the Lunar Masonic Lodge on 8 March 2017 at 1800 to discuss the program.
    • The monument dedication will occur at the Memorial Day Event.
    • The poppy giveaway will occur on May 27th and 28th at the local Madison Walmart stores. Details will follow in a separate email.
    • Flags will be put out on 20 May at 1000 and will be picked up on 02 June.

New Business
  •       Honor Guard
    • Commander Woods wishes to establish a Post Honor Guard. If you would like to be a member, please contact Commander Woods at woodscarlos@gmail.com.
  •       Post Home Account
    • The establishment of a Post Home account has been justified by the previous receipt of post home donations and approved by the membership.
  • Memorial Park Cleanup
    • Bill McGahey and Jean Downs will meet at the Memorial Park to clean up the park area. Meeting date is TBD.
  • Flag Retirement
    • It has been requested that the Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts work together on a flag retirement ceremony. The Girl Scouts are building a drop box for the city to allow residents to drop off aged and damaged flags.

Near Term Upcoming Events:

  • Next Membership Meeting will be on 09 March 2017 at the Madison IHOP on Hwy 72. Dinner at 6, meeting at 7.

Meeting Adjourned time 8:30 pm.