American Legion Post 229 General Membership
Meeting Minutes, September 12, 2019
Call to Order The membership meeting was held at the Masonic Lunar Lodge #918, 740 Eastview Drive, Madison starting at 7:05pm. Meeting called to order by Commander Larry Vannoy. Prayer was given by chaplain Andy Caudle.
Legionnaires in attendance: Larry Vannoy -Commander, Tommy Whitten – Second Vice, Stacey Harring – Adjutant, Robert Kirby – Finance Officer, Chris Brown – Judge Advocate, Andrew Caudle – Chaplain, David Silvernail, Lawrence Fraves, Lester Barnard, Tom McKinney, Bill McGahey, Russell Logan, John Hutchins, James Rodgers, Sanny Marr, Alan Cerny, Brady Rogers, Joe Ramirez
Approval of the Minutes – Minutes were voted to be accepted by the group after a motion by Bill McGahey and seconded by Andy Caudle passed.
Sick and shut ins – None
Commander – Due to Fall break in Madison, he would like to move the Oct meeting to the 3rd, the first Thursday.
Adjutant – The new legion year began in July, currently we have 134 members paid, our goal this year 375, so we are at 35%. This year we will implement an “early bird'' program. If you pay your dues by October 1st, you will have an early bird stamp on your card and will be invited to an early bird celebration sponsored by the post in October. Tom McKinney made a motion, seconded by Earl Watts to approve the adjutant report.
Finance Report – Finance report was passed out and discussed. A motion was made to accept the expenditure of the outdoor umbrellas and one stand from Ace Hardware est of $50. A motion to approve was made by Earl Watts, second Bill McGahey motion passed.
County/District/Region/State Reports: Bob Kirby, Stacey Harring and Larry Vannoy went to the county commander/adjutant meeting. This year Tom McKinney will again chair the combined county Oratorical contest. There is a scholarship award from National for Eagle Scouts; we will look into it and find out more information.
Americanism – -Bob Jones award of $250 was given tonight before their parade. Nothing heard back from James Clemens or Sparkman High Schools yet. Bob Jones will have a Veterans football game, and would like to have some Veterans be recognized prior to the start of the game.
Monuments and Pavers – nothing to report.
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 would like to support us at the Trail of Tears sales.
NAVFOC – Planning is starting now for Veteran’s week in November. Please check our calendar for all the local events going on. If there is something we would like to ask them to help fund, let Stacey Harring know; she has the form/process information. POW/MIA day is Friday the 20th, Bill McGahey asked the Commander to check with City Hall if we could set up a table in city hall that day.
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. They will work with us on the float for the Veteran’s Day and Christmas Parades.
Girl Scout Troop 926: They had a troop meeting where they learned about flag etiquette and did a small flag retirement ceremony to practice the ceremony.
Honor Guard and Uniform: We will work with Huntsville to supplement them and support us when funerals arise for the County. We can borrow their weapons if we need to do a ceremony on our own. We have four volunteers so far, we would like to have up to 6 members join. The “uniform” will be $375 per person and Earl Watts suggested that we ask the membership to approve paying this from our funds. Bob Kirby made a motion to allocate $2250 and seconded by Tommy Whitten, motion passed.
Trail of Tears: TOT shirt sales will be on Saturday the 21st of September at the Harley Davidson in Huntsville. We will be setting up by 7:30 am. They would like two locations this year and will provide the tents. We will need to bring tables, chairs, banners, etc. Again this year we will receive a portion of the profits. There is a signup genius out there to sign up for a slot.
Madison Street Festival: It will be held on October 5th, we will be in the same location as last year in the park with Handel's Ice Cream, who will donate part of their profits to the Post. We will sell water and soft drinks and will drop off the tables the night prior. We need to have a fire extinguisher at our booth. The Post is also signed up for a place in the parade.
Tut Fann Veteran’s Home Bingo Sponsorship: We will be holding bingo monthly, the 3rd Saturday of the month. We will be supplying the candy bars monthly for the event. We would like the other organizations (ROTC, scouts, etc) to sign up to host a month.
Cemetery Decorations: Flags for Veterans Day will be put out on Nov 2, and picked up on November 16th. December 2nd, we will be wreath laying; more information to come as it gets closer.
New Uniform: We would like to standardize the “uniform”, an AL white shirt and grey pants, get with Bob Kirby if you would like to order one. We need someone to take over ordering service caps, if interested.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:10 pm.