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October 2018 Meeting Minutes

American Legion Post 229 General Membership Meeting Minutes, 11 October 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 Larry Vanoy. Prayer was given by chaplain Andy Caudle.

Legionnaires in attendance: Larry Vannoy – Commander, Earl Watts – 1 st Vice, Tom Whitten – 2 nd Vice, Stacey Harring – Adagent, Robert Kirby – Finance Officer, Chris Brown – Judge Advocate, Andrew Caudle -Chaplin, Cherish Croft – Admin, Carlos Woods – County Commander, David Silvernail, Robert and Jennifer Goffinett, Bill McGahey, Tom McKinney, Rick Jarrell, Lawrence Frakes, Richard Blanton Jr, Tim Oman, Jenny Martin, Bradey Rogers

Approval of Previous Minutes

  • Except for a few Spelling mistakes, and missing titles, the minutes were voted to be accepted by the group after a motion by Bill McGahey and seconded by Tom McKinney.


  • Sick and Shut in: 
    • Warren Schmidt is currently non-responsive; the family may want an honor guard from the American Legion or it may be a full military honors. Details to follow. Dick Jones’ wife Candy passed away a few weeks ago. Several members went to a get together, the burial will be in IN.
  • Trail of Tears:
    • Many members participated, and we offered that we would do this event every year. We received 15% of the proceeds, which resulted in about $1200.
  • Madison Street Festival:
    • In partnership with Handles Ice Cream we raised $660, brought in 6 new members and 1 transfer.
  • Adjutant: 
    • 43% of membership renewed so far – Please renew if you have not already. An email reminder will go out this month to all who have not renewed yet, and a team will start calling as well. A motion was made to accept the Membership report by Tom McKinney, seconded by Bill McGahey and approved on my the group.
  • Meet and Greet:
    • Was held at Rocket Republic Brewery, about 25 people attended so from the post and some other local Veterans.
  • Presentation:
    • Burn Pit at the Memorial – Eagle Scout Project by Hunter Goffinett. Hunter showed pictures and explained the construction of the Burn Pit and status of the project.
  • Finance: 
    • The revenue, expenses and balance of each of the accounts was presented by Finance Officer Bob Kirby. The finance report was approved by the members present.
  • State of the County/District/Region/State Report
    • $1000 has been approved for the Wall that Heals, check should be sent in the next week. Oratorical Contest is coming up, Tom McKinney is in charge for the County. 1st of Nov things will get moving on the event. District is 9 Feb 1000, Stacey Harring will assist Tom with this project.

Committees Reports:

  • Americanism
    • Tom McKinney - Oratorical was discussed earlier. Vet of the week, still need folks for this. Police/Fire Chief of the year have been identified, and plaques are being ordered. Looking to present in late Nov or early December. JROTC – metals are in, but we need to touch base with the high schools to see when they are going to have their award ceremonies. Need to make a visit to these schools this month. It was proposed that each of the three schools receive $250 as an annual support contribution. Boy and Girl Scouts also to get $250 annually. We will approve a budget at the OCT officers meeting authorizing these expenditures.
  • Membership
    • – Goal is 15 new members this year. We ask those who recruited members and they and haven’t paid yet are asked to call and follow up with these members.
  • Monument Committee 
    • There are pavers in, they will be picked up shortly and 8 will need to be installed.
  • Blue Star Banner
    • Carols Woods is looking to award two more to his church. Stacey Harring is going to put a message in the bulletin of St. John the Baptist’s Catholic Church.
  • North Alabama Veterans Fraternal Coalition (NAVFOC)
    • This month it was held at the Elks Lodge, Stacey Harring and Larry Vannoy attended. Stacey will take over attending this meeting for the post. A calendar will go out on events for Veteran’s Day Activities. No meeting in November.
  • Disabled Veterans (DAV): 
    • Nothing to report.

Unfinished Business

  • Madison Street Festival
    • October 6th: 0900 - 1600
    • Handles Ice Cream will be partnering with us; we will have a tent next to them with membership info and we will receive a portion of their sales.
    • There will be a sign up genius coming out for that.
  • Veterans Day
    • Flags will be put out on November 10th due to the Wall that Heals activities the week prior and will be picked up on the 19th.
    • Poppies - There will be sign ups for times and locations coming out as well. Some discussion on locations was held, will look into Lowe's as well as Wal-Mart. Maybe next year we may want to do them earlier in the month.

Veteran's Day Events:

  • Wall That Heals
    • October 31st is the set up of the wall, and the POW/MIA table set up. We have signed up from 12-4 on Friday November 2 nd for security as a post. Flags in the Jaycee Building. The post donated $200 to the event.
  •  Madison YMCA Veterans Breakfast

    • 7:30am Friday Morning - A vote was taken an approved by the group to sponsoring a Table Andy Caudle made the motion, Earl Watts seconded. It was agreed on that the NTE amount would be $300.

  • Poppies

    • Signups will go out on Signup Genie for two Walmarts in Madison. For Nov 10th and 11th 10-4

  • Cemetery Flags

    • Memorial Gardens at 9 Saturday Morning November 10th, and November 17th is a pick up.

  • Veteran's Day Parade

    • Boy Scouts will decorate the float (details to be determined)

  • Forever Young Swing Dance

    • November 12th at 7pm, Larry has 3 tickets if anyone wants to go, it is at the Harley Davison Shop.

  • New Business:

    • Earl Watts –Suggested we find out how much is a non-selling table would be a the quarterly gun show in Huntsville. The group agreed we should look into it and discuss the details.

    • Facebook – Stacey Harring asked if anyone was doing updates or posting? She volunteered to take a look at the account and start to use the algorithm to get more views and action with Cherish Croft

    • Nov 9th – Discovery, Monrovia, West Minister Schools are all having Veteran’s breakfasts

    • Jean Downs - agreed to meet with existing members of the Ladies Auxiliary and try to revitalize the organization.

For The Good Of The Post

The meeting adjourned at 8:11 PM.