American Legion Post 229
General Membership Meeting Minutes, 8 March 2018
Call to Order
- The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7pm. Meeting called to order by Commander Carlos Woods. Prayer was given by Stan Walker.
- Legionnaires in attendance were Commander Carlos Woods, Adjutant Larry Vannoy, Judge Advocate Chris Brown, Finance Officer Leondra Kelley, 2nd Vice Commander Earl Watts, Sgt of Arms Mike Marcel, Historian Richard Blanton, Americanism Chairman Tom McKinney, members: Edward Durst, Doug Pruett, Major Wooten, Andrew Caudle, Rob Glasier, Brady Rogers, James Rogers, Roderick Spencer and Bill McGahey. Guests: Post 229 Auxiliary member Kathy Durst and Charles Orr.
- Charles Orr.
Approval of Previous Minutes
- The 8 Feb 2018 meeting minutes were motioned for approval as submitted by Douglas Pruett and seconded by Bill McGahey. The membership present voted for approval.
- Sick and Shut in:
- Carl Dow remains in Tut Fann nursing home. Dalton Thompson is recovering from his back injury. Lelia Woods continues to get dialysis and is showing some signs of improvement.
- Larry Vannoy reported that we currently at approximately 104% renewal. We have one new member and one transfer in since last meeting. Vannoy also presented a new sign advertising the Post 229 to be placed below the Lunar Lodge sign on Eastview Drive.
- Finance Officer Leondra Kelley presented the bills, deposits and balances of the operating account, post home account and Veteran’s park maintenance account. The finance report motioned for approval as submitted by Tom McKinney and seconded by Bill McGahey. The membership present voted for approval.
- Commander Woods reminded the members that expenditure of post funds without approval by the commander, or depending on the amount, the membership, is limited to office supplies by the commander, adjutant and finance officer.
- State of the District/County Report:
- County activities were covered in other parts of the meeting agenda.
- North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition NAVFOC:
- There was no Post 229 representative at the February meeting.
- Nothing new to report. Commander Harry Collins has offered to come to a post meeting to present what the DAV organization does. Commander Woods is to contact Collins to discuss a visit.
- Committees Reports:
- Americanism Committee
- Oratorical Contest. Post member Tom McKinney reported on the District 12 Oratorical Contest held at Madison City Hall on the 17th of February. The winner of the Madison County contest also won the district contest. She also came in second place in the Division 1 contest.
- Police Officer and Firefighter Of The Year Award. McKinney reported that after conversations with the police chief and fire chief, that we would not submit names to the state completion. However, we will consider it next year.
- Veteran of the Week. McKinney said that a dozen names of post members has been sent to the Madison County Record for “Veteran of the Week” articles. The newspaper has done an outstanding job putting out articles on veteran activities.
- Quilt of Valor. Adjutant Vannoy discussed the “Quilt of Valor” organization and its support to veterans. Member Major Wooten, WWII veteran, displayed the quilt he recently received. For further information on contact Vannoy.
- Monument Committee
- Member Tommy Whitten was not present but left a status with Adjutant Vannoy. There are a total of 300 paver spots available, 64 paver spots have been purchased (14 yet to be installed) leaving 236 spots are still available. Commander Woods encouraged members to purchase a paver.
- Commander Woods stated that we need to move forward with getting a plan together so we can start fundraising.
- Andy Haq, Commander of the Huntsville DAV Chapter 26 spoke about the upcoming American Flag Retirement Ceremony on Saturday April 14th at 11AM, Madison Veteran’s Memorial Park, Front Street Madison. Participants will include American Legion Post 229 and 237, DAV, Knight of Columbus, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
- Boy Scouts Trailer
- Boy Scout Troop 201 is working with the post to procure a trailer. Boy Scout troops cannot poses assets so are asking the post to take possession of a trailer for their use. Judge Advocate Chris Brown recommended that the post become incorporated in order to be able to protect its members from individual liability and make the post able to acquire liability insurance. This will also allow the post to hold assets such as a trailer for the Boy Scouts. The motion was made by Tom McKinney and seconded by Rob Glasier for the Judge Advocate to pursue post incorporation, the motion was approved by the members present. Another motion was made by Tom McKinney and seconded by Larry Vannoy to expend up to $500 to file for incorporation should the committee of the Judge Advocate, Adjutant and Finance Officer deem post incorporation necessary, the motion was approved by the members present.
- Post Elections are coming up in May. We need candidates for officer positions should notify the Judge Advocate.
- Memorial Day
- The annual Memorial Day Ceremony is coming up and a lot of help will be required. A planning meeting will be forthcoming, watch for announcements. Commander Woods is pursuing a guest speaker.
- 26 May, 9 AM, flags will be placed on grave sites in Madison. Those wanting to participate should meet at Madison Memorial Gardens at that time. Flag pickup will be on the 2nd of June.
- Poppies will be given away on the 26th and 27th of May at the three area Walmart stores from 10am – 6 pm. An email will follow asking members to volunteer. The post women’s Auxiliary will be participating with us.
- Blue Star Banner Program. Commander Woods is pushing that we re-activate the Blue Star Banner Program. Woods has two members at his church he wants to present banners to.
- “Wall That Heals”. Member Bill McGahey, spoke about the traveling ¾ scale Vietnam War Memorial titled “The Wall That Heals”, is coming to Huntsville on the 1-4 November and will remain until at new John Hunt Park in South Huntsville. A lot of veteran support will be required. They are also seeking donations. It is anticipated that it will cost in excess of $70,000 for the visit; organization, corporate and individual donations are desired.
- Boy’s State. The annual June Boy’s State trip for high school juniors is taking place again 27 May – 2 June at the University of Alabama. We are seeking nominations from Bob Jones, James Clemens and Sparkman High Schools. Commander Woods is working to get funds for the bus to Tuscaloosa and back.
- City Sequential. The City of Madison has asked the post to help with putting on the city sequential (150 year anniversary). Jean Downs has volunteered to help with the committee but is seeking additional help.
- Post Elections. Post elections are taking place in May, first chance for nominations will be at the April meeting. If a member is interested in an officer position notify the Judge Advocate Chris Brown, 256-374-1906, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The meeting adjourned at 8:15pm.