September 2020 Minutes

American Legion Minutes

September 17, 2020

 

The meeting was called to order by Commander Jennings-Flynn at 1900 hours. The Officer Roll was a called and a quorum was present.

Chaplain Mackellar opened the meeting with a prayer.

Sgt at Arms Michael Flynn presented the colors and the POW/MIA chair cover.  Attendees recited the pledge of allegiance and the preamble to the Legion constitution.

George Snell, Jr. made a motion to dispense with the reading of the Minutes of the August meeting as they had already been sent to all members prior to the meeting.  The motion was seconded by David Holguin.  Motion passed by voice vote.

We had three new members in attendance, John Schleider, Sr., Daryl Mattison, and Don Midkiff.  Introductions were made by all in attendance.  In addition, Donna Ritts joined the Legion as well.  She is presently the President of the ALA.

Finance report was presented by George Snell, Jr.  Activity for SAL, ALR and the Post were discussed.  There were no other reports.  It was noted that Service Officer David Stephens was absent for a second meeting and Chaplin Mackellar volunteered to contact David to see if we can do anything for him.

Old Business:

George Snell told the group he bough a device that allows folks who don’t want to meet as a group to call in and participate that way.

Oratorical competition will be coming up soon with local competitions in December and District in February.  All HS students are eligible to participate. It was agreed that HS contacts will be the same as last year.  David Holgiun mentioned Hillsdale College has a series of videos on the Constitution available on line which would be very helpful to participants.  Google: Hillsdale College free courses.  There are 12 lectures each about 30 minutes.

Richard Cole, president of the riders, gave us an updated ARL roster.

 

New Business:

The National convention will be closed.  However, Jim Honaker will be attending and will report back following the meetings.

Commander Jennings-Flynn appointed Brad Halliday as 2nd Vice Commander.  A swearing in ceremony will take place at a later date.

Sick Call:  Pat Rogers is ill and Elroy Hirsch’s nephew was seriously injured in an automobile accident earlier this week.  Please pray for them.

Good of the Legion:  No reports.

The meeting was adjourned at 2010 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Edward Schott – Adjutant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

August 2020 Minutes

American Legion Minutes

August 20, 2020

 

Meeting was called to order at 1900 by Commander Jennings-Flynn.

Officer roll was called and it was determined we had a quorum.

Chaplin Mackellar offered the opening prayer. Commander ordered the colors be presented and the POW/MIA flag.  Attendees recited the pledge of allegiance and the preamble to the Legion constitution.

George Snell, Jr. made a motion to accept the Minutes of our June meeting.  The motion was seconded by Keith Mackellar.  Motion passed on a voice vote.  A question came up about our surety bond.  The adjutant will confirm dates.

Finance Report:

Our taxes have been filed this year for N990.  We need to do this to maintain our tax-exempt status.  We have $25,762.00 in our building fund.  The balance of the emergency assistance fund is running low.  We still have $1,000.00 set aside for Oratorical scholarships. Mike Flynn made a motion to accept the finance report subject to review.  Motion was seconded by Scott Hebert.  Motion passed on a voice vote.

There were no other committee reports this month.

Old Business:

Commander Jennings-Flynn and Fred Kelly reported that we retired a significant number of flags during July.  This was a joint effort with participation from both the Legion and VFW.   Fred went on to say that he has recently retired more.  Further, there are still several bags that need to be retired and Fred suggested we consider doing this on a monthly basis.  The first Saturday following the first Tuesday of each month would be a good time to do it.

SAL status.  We still have only three paid members and have not been able to make contact with the leader Jim Wells.  Ed Schott volunteered to follow up with him.

 

 

New Business:

Comments for the last D.E.C. meeting were made by the Commander and Adjutant. The VA hospital is now accepting donations once a month.  We will coordinate our donations with Irene Enfante of Post 560.  George Snell, Jr. will send out a list of what the VA will accept.

George made a motion for the Post to make a monthly donation of $100.00 to help defray expenses. This will continue until the economic situation improves. Motion seconded by Keith Mackellar and passed on a voice vote.

Scott Hebert told us two riders were “patched” this month.

 

Sick Call:

Arthur Torres and Bill Schaffer were reported as being ill.

 

Good of the Legion:

George and Tamela brough up our need to come up with some ideas for fund raisers. Fred said the Rotary was doing a Chicken fry for the VFW September 12th next door to the State Farm office on Main St.  We are going to look into the possibility of a brisket/bake sale.  Any ideas will be welcomed.

 

There being no other business, the meeting was adjourned at 2000 hours.

 

Respectfully Submitted,

 

Edward Schott

Adjutant

 

 

 

June 2020 Minutes

Am. Legion Minutes

June 18, 2020

The meeting
was gaveled to order by Commander Jennings-Flynn at 1900.

Officer roll
was called and it was determined a quorum was present.  There was a total of thirteen members
present.

Chaplin
Mackellar opened our meeting with a prayer followed by presentation of the
colors and the POW-MIA flags.  The
Commander led the Pledge of Allegiance and the preamble to the Legion
constitution.

A motion was
made by George Snell, Jr. to accept the February Minutes.  The motion was seconded by Keith Mackellar
and passed by voice vote.

There were
two awards presented. George Snell, Jr. was awarded Legionnaire of the year for
Division Two.  Tamela Jennings-Flynn received
an award for 2nd Division Woman’s Veteran activities.

The Adjutant
gave a membership report.  We currently
have 170 members which put us at 91.89% of our 2019/2020 goal of 185.

Committee
Reports

Finance:  George reported our current assets are ~$25k
and our CDs are ~$10k.  A motion to
approve the report subject to review was made by Mike Flynn and seconded by
Brad Halladay.  Richard Cole, president
of the ALR, reported that they had $850 and recently donated $500 leaving a
current balance of $350.

Service
Officer: David Stephens was not present but David Holguin and George Snell gave
us an update on Boys State.  We had
twelve boys participating.  The event was
conducted on-line (a first).   Tomas Maldonado was elected Governor and Jackson
Robuck was elected mayor of Berry City.  Tomas
was also elected Senator to Boys Nation which was cancelled due to the corona
virus.

Old
Business:

Flag
retirement – We talked about doing this earlier in the year, but the virus shut
everything down.  We agreed to conduct a
ceremony and dispose of as many of the flags we have on hand.  This will occur on Saturday July 4th
at 8AM in the field behind the VFW Hall.

Memorial Day
service at the Museum in Tomball.  There
were about a dozen Legion members in attendance as well as a contingent from
the VFW.  George Snell gave an address
filling in for Commander Jennings-Flynn.
Precinct 4 Commissioner, Jack Cagle, and several other elected officials
along with VFW commander also spoke.
Following the speeches, we laid wreaths at each of the headstones.

We did not
hold 2020-2021 elections.  It was agreed
that all current officers would continue in their current positions for the
coming year.  We had one vacancy, 2nd
Vice Commander and Commander Jennings-Flynn appointed Brad Halladay to the
position.

Ed Schott
reported that the VA hospital is not permitting visitors to enter the
premises.  Alternatives were suggested
and Fred Kelly said the VFW would take them for a garage sale coming up July 24th.   Anyone who has books to donate should bring
them to Fred at the VFW.

The SAL
program needs help. I went on line and found there are only two members paid up
for 2020 (Pat Rogers and Jim Wells).  The
program needs twelve members to start a squadron.  Any member of the legion can join if his
father served in the military.  I’ve
checked our files and can’t find any SAL paperwork.  It was decided we would follow up on this at
our next meeting.

New
Business:

Commander
Jennings-Flynn appointed George Snell, Jr., Ed Schott and Fred Kelly to take
inventory of what we have and provide her a list of what is needed.  Specially, we are talking about flags,
bunting and promotional materials.  A
motion to allocate an initial amount of $500.00 was made by George and seconded
by Keith Mackellar. Motion passed on a voice vote.

 

Sick
Call:

Commander
Tamela brough to our attention a member of our post is having medical problems
which is putting a strain on their finances.
George made a motion that we give them $500.00 to help with medical expenses.  The motion was seconded by Mike Flynn and
passed on a voice vote.

Jim Hornaday
told us Roy Fletcher is in the hospital and will be having surgery soon.

Good
of the Legion:

The VFW is
sponsoring a blood drive June 26th.

Keith
Mackellar told us he was at Starbucks recently and the barista thanked him for
his service and gave him a free cup of coffee.

 

 

Respectfully
Submitted,

 

 

Edward
Schott – Adjutant