American Legion Post 229
General Membership Meeting Minutes, April 11, 2019
Call to Order
The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview
Drive, Madison starting at 7:00pm. Meeting called to order by Commander Larry Vanoy. Prayer was given by Chaplain Andy Caudle
Legionnaires in attendance: Larry Vannoy – Commander, Earl Watts – 1st Vice,
Stacey Harring – Adjutant, Robert Kirby – Finance Officer, Chris Brown – Judge
Advocate, Andrew Caudle -Chaplain, Richard Blanton Jr- Historian, Tom McKinney - Americanism, Carlos Woods –County Commander, Bill McGahey, Edward Durst, Ethel
Durst, Jean Downs, Brady Rodgers, Chuck Drown, Doug Pruett, Teddy Gustave,
Cherish Croft, Tom Whitten, Tim Oman
Presentation: Girl Scout Troop #926
Troop 926 worked this year during their cookie sales to gain donations, and from those donations they sent care packages to troops overseas. Also, they passed out cookies to all of our members that were in attendance at the meeting.
Approval of the Minutes – Minutes were voted to be accepted by the group after a motion by Bill McGahey and seconded by Earl Watts.
Sick and shut ins –
-Andy Caudle has been visiting Carl Downs, and he likes to have visitors.
- Don Rice, member who recently passed away and donated his body to science did not have a flag to be presented to his wife at the funeral. Andy Caudle was able to get a flag for her and had it put in a shadow box. We will coordinate a time to present it to his wife, Birdie.
-Carlos Woods reported his wife has been having increased back pain, and was headed to the pain clinic on Monday.
Adjutant – The year ends in July, and we have now hit 100%. We gained 39 new members who have been transferred from the Alabama. Tommy Whitten, made a motion to approve the adjutants report and Earl Watts seconded, with the group approval. Also, the Garden club would like to replace some of the shrubs/plants at the memorial gardens, motion was made by Tom McKinney and Seconded by Bill McGahey to allow up to $100 for this expense.
Finance Report – The accounts have been moved to Red Stone Federal Credit Union. Finance report was passed out and a motion to approve was made by Andy Caudle and seconded by Carlos Woods, motion passed.
State/County – Our district is being submitted for the top recruiting district in the nation. Post 237 had over 200 new members this year, after sending out a letter to all members in the Huntsville area. The state summer conference is June 13-17. Boys State – SAL is paying for the bus. Our post is paying for up to two students, Huntsville post 237 is paying for four and the county will pay for two more if there is a need. Currently, there are 2 students from Sparkman, 5 from James Clemens, and 2 from Bob Jones attending. There is a breakfast for all the students before they leave on June 26th.
-JROTC: James Clemens HS awards ceremony is on April 20th and Bob Jones HS ceremony is on May 6th. Our post will be presenting an Academic and a Military Excellence award at each school.
-Flags – Bob McGahey mentioned that there are a lot of new flags (large ones that can be mounted on your home) in our conex container. Stacey Harring suggested that we use them as a membership drive give away. If we have a table at events, take some with us and if a new member signs up we give them one of the flags.
Pavers – Three are due in soon and will be installed once received.
Legion Baseball –
-Huntsville, Florence, and Athens are all looking at having a team in Northern Alabama.
Larry Vanoy is trying to get a Madison team together from the local High Schools.
-Alabama State Games will be sponsored this year by the Huntsville coach.
-Pitch, Hit, Run contest will be run by the city of Madison Parks and Recreation. There will be a meeting tomorrow for more information, and the event is on April 30th at Palmer Park. Winners will go on, and there is a State tournament, with the winner attending the National League All Star Game.
Blue Star Banner – If you know of anyone who is eligible and would like one, please let Earl Watts know.
POST 229 Auxiliary – Jean Downs reported that the ladies will be cleaning the tomb stones on June 1st after the flag pick.
NAVFOC – We will be hosting in May at the Senior Center. Please check our calendar for all the local events going on.
Boy Scouts Troop 201 –The troop is still looking for merit badge counselors; let Larry know if you are interested in helping out.
-Tut Fann Veterans Nursing Home – event in the spring: cookout/ice cream; we need to finalize a date.
-Elections will be at the May meeting, for all officers of the Post, the swearing in ceremony will be at the June membership meeting. Please send your nominations to Post Judge Advocate, Chris Brown.
Flags: Will be put out May 18th 10am and pick up is on June 1st. Both the boy and girl scout troops will be helping along with other community organizations.
Presentation: County Commissioner Steve Haraway is supplying the tents, chairs and porta johns. Mike Ball will be the speaker, Stacey Harring will the emcee.
Poppies: We have 2 of 3 Walmarts secured. Finance Officer Bob Kirby has placed the order for poppies.
-Post Honor Detail: This will be a volunteer group led by Bob Kirby. Please see him if you are interested. Uniform was discussed and will be decided on by those participating.
-Madison Street Festival: This year it is on October 5th and we will once again partner with Handles Ice Cream. We will need to secure a spot with a $200 deposit. A motion to approve the deposit was made by Doug Pruitt and seconded by Earl Watts, and the motion passed.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:08 pm