American Legion Post 229
General Membership Meeting Minutes, July 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 1st Vice Commander Earl Watts. Prayer was given by chaplain Andy Caudle.
Legionnaires in attendance: Earl Watts – 1st Vice, Tommy Whitten – Second Vice, Stacey Harring – Adjutant, Robert Kirby – Finance Officer, Chris Brown – Judge Advocate, Andrew Caudle -Chaplain, Richard Blanton Jr. – Historian, Mike Marcel – Sergeant at Arms, Bill McGahey, David Silvernail, Justin Kulhmann, Lawrence Fraves, Edward Durst, Ethel Durst, Russell Logan
Approval of the Minutes – Minutes were voted to be accepted by the group after a motion by Bill McGahey and seconded by Robert Kirby, motion passed.
Sick and shut ins – None
Adjutant – The new legion year begins in July, if you have submitted your transfer or a new membership they will be processed with the first batch this year prior to the next membership meeting. You can renew three ways, here at a meeting, online or by mail. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Finance Report – The accounts have been moved to Redstone Federal Credit Union. Finance report was passed out. A motion to approve was made by Andy Caudle and seconded Bill McGahey and seconded by Mike Marcel; motion passed.
County Commander: State conference was good, although the attendance was low with a few posts not participating at all. Voting for second vice was the one position voted for and was a clear favorite who had served in several roles through the years. The post has received two awards: 100% membership goal and the Team 100 Post Excellence Award. We completed the consolidated state report. Thank you to the Adjutant, Stacey Harring for completing by the deadline.
-Legionnaires Sherwin Callander and Major Wooten were made honorary citizens of the town on their trip back to Europe for the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.
-Tom McKinney took Navy Veteran Thomas Sanders’ burial flag, had it framed and presented it to his daughters Fawn Setzer and Judy Swaffer at the Huntsville Veteran’s museum where it will be on display. They were very grateful and sent their thanks. There will be an area set aside at the Huntsville Veterans Museum for funeral flags for anyone who doesn’t have any family to receive it after their death.
Legion Baseball –
The regular season is over, thanks to all who helped, especially Andy Caudle for collecting gate money and Richard Blanton for all of the photos. Both teams were very appreciative of the Post for sponsoring them. The State of Alabama tournament is this weekend starting on Friday and going through Sunday in Pelham, AL, south of Birmingham. First games start at 12:30 Friday with follow on games at 3:30 and 6 pm. Saturday games start at 12:30.
James Clemons High School flag needs to be replaced, appx $35. Bill McGahey made a motion that we buy a replacement, seconded by Tommy Whitten, voted on and approved.
Pavers – We need to order one more for a correction on a previous order.
Blue Star Banner – If you know of anyone who is eligible and would like one, please let Earl Watts know.
POST 229 Auxiliary – The Auxiliary did not meet tonight.
NAVFOC – 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 Dave Silvernail know if you are interested in helping out. Once training is planned, he will put it out. Especially looking for someone with skills as an electrician or carpenter.
Bob Kirby brought example (suggested) "uniform" shirts for the Post that are $49 a piece. Short and long sleeves are available. He recommended matching ties or bolo to go with it. He will bring them again to the August meeting for further discussion.
Trail of Tears (TOT): TOT shirt sales will be on Saturday the 21st of September at the Harley Davidson in Huntsville. We will be setting up by 8am. Again this year we will receive a portion of the profits.
Madison Street Festival: It will be held on October 5th, we will be in the same location in the park as last year with Handel’s Ice Cream, who will donate part of their profits to the Post. The Post is also signed up for a place in the parade.
Stacey Harring mentioned adopting the gold star Woeber family whom we have made a donation to. The idea was supported by the group and it was agreed we would discuss further at the officers' meeting and get back with the group on possible opportunities to help this young family.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:18 pm