Meeting Minutes (updated monthly)

American Legion Post 136 Monthly Meeting – January 15, 2019

The meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm.

Opening prayer:  Post Chaplain Merv Horner

Pledge:  1st Vice-Commander Mark Nadobny

Opening remarks:  Commander Art Horn

Members present:  11 members, 2 visitors (Ronald Bycroft & Scott Mackes).  Mr. Bycroft transferred to the Post at the conclusion of the meeting.

Executive Committee:  No report – Next EC meeting will be held on April 10, 2019.

Finance report:  Commander Horn reported that the ending balance for December 2018 was $8,055.35.  A statement is filed with the minutes for the month of January 2019.

Membership report:  Fred Timmons reported that current membership is 178.  Paid members for 2019 is 107 (60%) and unpaid is 71 (40%).

Old Business:

  • November minutes reviewed and one change notated on correct date for the Quadrant Oratorical Contest (correct date is Feb. 16th) - Minutes were corrected.

New Business:

  • Commander Horn reviewed a proposal for a Post Vision Statement.
  • Commander Horn is preparing to have Post Judge Advocate Robert Mastrion do a financial audit.
  • Commander Horn discussed a Membership Survey to assist in determining how members can be encouraged to attend meetings and what members want to do.
  • Mark Nadobny reported that Joy Datta and Bill Ferguson will be joining him to serve on the election committee.  It was noted that a letter must be sent to all members 14 days prior to the upcoming election.  The next Post election is May 21, 2019.
  • Bill Ferguson updated the auction event scheduled for Saturday, April 13th.  The auction will be at the Rusty Rudder on 17 N in Mount Pleasant.  Music will be provided by Bill Ferguson’s band.  All members are encouraged to donate items of value that they no longer use but still have value.  Volunteers are needed.
  • Fred Timmons commented on the oratorical contest and the most pressing need is more volunteers.  The oratorical contest is scheduled for Saturday, February 16th at the Trident Technical College Mount Pleasant Campus.
  • Bill Peppard is working on a Post 136 newsletter and will have an update at the February meeting.
  • Jim Riggins provided details on placing an ad in the St. Patrick’s Day Magazine.  Members voted and approved a display ad for $250.
  • Mark Nadobny is hosting a Super Bowl game party at Dunleavy’s Pub.
  • Department Rifle Raffle tickets are now available for $25 each.  The Post retains $10 for each ticket sold.  Tickets can be obtained for sale or purchased from Art Horn.
  • It was noted that a check from 84 Lumber, made payable to American Legion Post 136, was not deposited in the Post 136 account.  The check was signed and cashed and was used to fund prizes for the fishing tournament and the remainder was used for raffle sales at the event. The remainder of these funds were deposited in the Post 136 account following this event. All funds were used for the fishing tournament only.  Members were informed that this is illegal and caution should be taken that all checks must always be deposited in the Post account according to procedure. The procedural error has been noted and the Finance Officer will ensure that all checks are deposited directly into the Post account before any disbursement for events is done from now on. A memorandum for the record will be prepared to document this transaction in greater detail. This procedure will be a standing practice in the future.
  • Bill Ferguson noted that AccuPrint has been sold.  AccuPrint has been the Post printer for several reasons; price, turnaround and assistance with design for several years.
  • The Post Facebook page had an inquiry from a veteran whose husband was not working and the family couldn’t afford a Christmas tree.  Money from the Commander’s Fund was utilized to purchase a tree and delivered to the family. 
  • Mark Nadobny had information on a field trip for eight graders to the Savannah Air Force Museum.  There are two seats available for the trip and some students cannot afford the $78 fee.  Mark asked members to consider donating for two students.
  • Next ALP 136 Executive Committee Meeting is on April 10th at 2:00 pm.
  • Next Officers Call is February 9th at 3:30 pm at the IOP VFW.
  • No March Meeting.  The Stingrays hockey game is on March 19th (Centennial Event).  Tickets can be purchased on-line on the Post website.
  • Merv Horner gave the closing prayer.

The Meeting adjourned at 7:50 pm.

The February meeting is on Tuesday, February 19th at 6:30 pm.

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 13 November 2018

The meeting was called to order by Post Commander Horn at 6:30 pm.

Members present: 14

Opening Pledge:  Adjutant Fred Timmons

Opening Prayer:  Chaplain Merv Horner

Membership:  Adjutant Timmons reported current post membership is 164.  The unpaid members for 2019 is 86 or 52%.  Post 136 is near last in District 2 for percent paid.  National guidelines stress the importance of having 65% paid by this date.

Old Business

  • The August minutes were reviewed (with financial statement) and approved as presented.
  • The September minutes were reviewed (with financial statement) and it was noted that the post membership total was not included.  The omission will be corrected.  The minutes were approved with the correction. 
  • The October minutes were reviewed (with financial statement) and approved as presented.

New Business

  • Adjutant Timmons attended the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce social gathering and had an opportunity to speak with Mayor Will Haynie.  A request was made to the Mayor to proclaim a day in 2019 to recognize The American Legion on its 100th Anniversary.  Mayor Haynie said he would contact Governor McMaster and suggest that this could be a state-wide observance.
  • Two other contacts were made at the MPCC meeting and offered assistance in working with our Post in planning for the 100th celebration.  Dawn Durst, Executive Director of Southcoast Symphony, and Lauren Sims, Community & Government Affairs Chief for the Town of Mount Pleasant.   
  • Three post members (Fred Timmons, Merv Horner, and Bill Ferguson) attended the District 2 meeting.  No plans have been made by the District to celebrate the 100th anniversary.  Past State Commander Lysaght gave an update on the new National program that provides for membership renewal without completing the two-part membership card.  This can now be done online.  
  • The Oratorical Contest (Post and Quadrant) will be at Trident Technical College, Mount Pleasant Campus.  At this time, it cannot be determined if a Post contest will be conducted since two or more contestants are required.  If necessary, the Post contest must be concluded by January 23, 2019.   The Quadrant Contest will be held on Saturday, February 16, 2019.  
  • 2nd Vice-Commander Bill Peppard gave a brief update on the IT Team and how Facebook will assist the Post with advertising events and increasing membership.
  • Post Commander Horn covered the special events for December.  Pearl Harbor Day is Friday, December 7th at the Yorktown.  Immediately following is a luncheon at the VFW.
  • Joint American Legion and VFW Christmas Party is Saturday, December 8th at the VFW.  Tickets are limited to 54 (ALP 136 had 25 members attend).
  • The Post 136/VFW Post 10624 Holiday Toast is scheduled for Tuesday, December 18th and the James B. Edwards “Wreaths Across America” Ceremony is that morning at 10:00 am at the Memorial Gardens in Mount Pleasant.
  •  Tom Mefferd noticed the next meeting date in January on the agenda should be changed from January 16 to Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (change has been made).
  • Mark Nadobny requested volunteers to assist with National History Day on December 13th at Moultrie Middle School (members should contact him directly).  
  • Bill Ferguson gave a report on the Fishing for Vets event and a lengthy discussion followed.  Some members were upset with the change in ticket prices and that the ticket price didn’t apply for the better door prizes.  Members that purchased event tickets were not informed of a separate gear raffle purchase in order to qualify for the door prizes mention above ($5 per ticket or 6 tickets for $20).
  • There are shirts and caps remaining from the Fishing for Vets event (the exact amount wasn’t disclosed) and Bill Ferguson said that the Summerville Armory has indicated interest in a bulk purchase of the remaining shirts.  The Armory is also interested in purchasing more caps and Bill Ferguson is working on pricing. Both Palmetto State Armory stores (Mount Pleasant & Summerville) will continue to sell Fishing for Vets merchandise at both locations. 

Mark Nadobny gave the closing prayer.

Commander Horn adjourned the meeting at 8:00 pm.

The Commander’s Call followed at the VFW canteen.           

  

American Legion Post 136 Meeting – 16 October 2018

The meeting was called to order by Post Commander Horn at 6:30 pm.

Members present: 14 members, one at-large member (Charles Bennett) with a request for transfer submitted, and one visitor from Post 166 (Dean Nimocks, Cmdr, TCS Squadron 2)

Opening Pledge:  1st Vice Commander Mark Nadobny

Opening Prayer:  Chaplain Merv Horner

Old business:

Fred Timmons reported the current membership is 158.  Adjutant Timmons stated that he thinks the Post could reach a year-end total of 175.

Adjutant Timmons also stated that any member that recruits one new member (not a transfer) will receive a 100 years strong pin.  Any member that can recruit 3 new members (not transfers) can receive a pin from the National Commander Reistad.

The total paid number of members renewed for 2019 is 61 for 38.6% of the total membership.  Total renewals paid at this time should be about 55%. Please renew your membership for 2019 now before the end of the year (Please contact Fred Timmons).

Only 3 schools have returned phone calls regarding the 2019 Oratorical Contest and information has been mailed to those schools.  Fred Timmons reported that he should be able to contact all schools in our Quadrant by Tuesday of next week.  An offer is being made to visit these schools and talk with the students about the contest.

For the 100th American Legion Centennial Fred Timmons has contacted Pepsi and Budweiser and they have answered with e-mails providing the names of local bottlers and distributors.  Neither Pepsi or Bud corporate work with organizations on projects of this type. So we will need to work with local distributors in the Charleston area.

At the last Moultrie Post 136 Executive Committee meeting, members discussed the possibility of the concert being on a smaller scale. The possibility of several smaller venues was also discussed in the local Charleston/Mount Pleasant/Awendaw areas.

Commander Horn confirmed that the next officer’s call is on Saturday, November 3rd at Dunleavy’s Pub at 3:30pm. All are welcome to attend and Post Officers are requested to attend to discuss remaining ALP 136 business for 2018 (Last Officers Call for 2018).

New Business:

Commander Horn stated that an audit report should be ready by year-end. Moultrie Post 136 has not had an audit in quite some time so an audit is clearly needed. The format for the report must be created so the Post Judge Advocate make conduct an effective audit. The goal is to be ready for an audit by Bob Mastrion in January 2019.

The Post now has two debit cards for Regions Bank.  One is issued to Commander Horn and the other is issued to Adjutant Timmons to conduct Moultrie Post 136 business. 

Meeting minutes for September will be e-mailed to members present at the meeting for review along with the minutes for October. Members requested the opportunity to review minutes before ALP 136 regular meetings to permit a quicker review and approval process during meetings. Minutes will be sent prior to the November meeting.

Veterans Day (Franke at Seaside) – Postponed at the request of staff at Franke Seaside.

Bill Ferguson updated members present on the Fishing for Vets fishing tournament:

Bill and Art Horn set up a table at the Mount Pleasant Palmetto State Armory and had a lot of interest from shoppers (2 tickets were sold and several Veteran’s bracelets).

The price for shirts will be reduced to $20 and caps to $20 from $25. This is to permit easy sale during and after this event. Angler and Dinner tickets will also be reduced from $65 to $50 and $25 to $20 for members of ALP 136 and the VFW Post.

Angler tickets for active duty military, veterans, and ROTC have also been reduced.

Photos from recent Fishing for Vets events and a list of items for the drawing during the fishing tournament will be available for posting on the website and Facebook soon.

Another tent is needed for this event.  Currently only one 10’ x 10’ tent is available.

Members present approved the date for the Live Auction event to be changed from April 6th to April 13th due to the annual bridge run which will be held on April 6, 2018. This new date was provided by The Rusty Rudder for the 2019 Live Auction event.

Commander Horn is planning 100th Anniversary events with the Stingrays hockey team. We hope to join VFW Post 10624 for the Military Appreciate Night on January 26th and District 2 American Legion Posts for the Stingrays salute to The American Legion on March 19th which is the actual 100th Anniversary date for the Legion.

All members of the Post are invited to attend the Mount Pleasant Memorial Gardens Veteran’s Day event on November 8th.  Students from James B. Edwards Elementary School will be placing flags on the graves of all veterans. Please join us for this event.

Administrators from James B. Edwards have expressed an interest in students attending the Pearl Harbor Memorial Ceremony on the Yorktown.  Commander Horn will follow-up on this and their annual wreath laying ceremony in December 2018.

The next District 2 meeting is scheduled for November 3rd with a new starting time of 9:00 am.  The meeting will be held at James Island Post 147. Members are invited to attend this meeting with our Post Officers.

Mark Nadobny purchased sweatshirts at Patriots Point for Veterans at the Charleston VA Hospital. Commander Horn and the VA Coffee Service Team delivered the sweatshirts to the VA Volunteer Services Office on October 16, 2018. A total of 48 sweatshirts were provided at a cost of $533.35. This completes expenditure of funds for 2018 raised during the Live Auction event held in 2017. VA funds continue to be collected at each regular meeting to support our Vets at the Charleston VA Hospital.

Jim Riggins, Tom Mefferd, Mike Ketchum and Commander Horn were the team for coffee & bagels at the VA hospital today.  More volunteers are need for this service.

The Veteran’s Day parade in Charleston is scheduled for November 4th.

Commander Horn will be contacting all ALP 136 members by phone during the remainder of 2018 to welcome them to join us for meetings and events in 2019.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 pm.

Moultrie Post 136 members were invited to the Commander’s Call at the VFW Canteen following the meeting.

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 18 September 2018

Called to order:  6:30 pm

Members present: 14 (Sign-In Sheet on file)

Opening Pledge:  Commander Art Horn

Opening Prayer:  Chaplain Merv Horner

Old Business:  None

New Business: 

  • Correction:  Post membership is 158.
  • Commander Horn announced that future meetings will adhere to a 45-minute limit.  If time is needed to speak on a subject not included on the agenda, members should check with Commander Horn prior to the start of the meeting.   
  • Commander Horn reported that disagreements or personal remarks aimed at other members will not be tolerated at future meetings.  At the previous month’s meeting with guests present, inappropriate remarks were made.  
  • A sign-up sheet for volunteers at the MPCC Expo is available.  It was also noted that products/services cannot be sold at the Expo.  The Post will have information available on the fishing tournament and how individuals that are qualified can join the American Legion.    
  • A sign-up sheet was also available for volunteers for VA coffee service.
  • Mark Nadobny delivered 27 baseball type caps to the VA volunteer department.  All caps had one insignia of various branches of the Armed Forces.
  • Commander Horn didn’t have the exact amount of funds available for the purchase of items needed by the VA.  Will be available for the next meeting. 
  • Commander Horn provided information on the shirts that will be available for the fishing tournament.  Included are shirts that are 100% cotton (can be ordered with the logo only without sponsors listed), a shirt of 100% microfiber, and a shirt of 50/50 cotton and microfiber.
  • Member pricing is $15 per shirt and $20 for the cap.
  • Tournament Director Bill Ferguson provided an update on the event:
  1. Sponsors include the Summerville Armory, Gander Mountain, IT (pending) and 84 Lumber (pending).
  2. Tickets are available for purchase from Bill Ferguson by cash, check or credit card, online (see Post website), and Facebook.
  3. Bill had set up a table at the Summerville Armory and handed-out about 80 flyers.
  4. Haddrell’s Point Tackle & Supply has given permission to set up a table to sell tickets.
  5. A group of 5 or more purchasing tickets can receive a discount rate of $55 per ticket (this is not a member price.)
  6. An update from the VFW was not available.
  • Commander Horn wants to plan 4 major fundraisers per year.  A golf tournament was mentioned as another event that could be considered.
  • The Live Auction date has been confirmed for April 6, 2019, pending approval from the Rusty Rudder.
  • Fred Timmons briefly commented on a Centennial Concert and will have detailed information for the next meeting.
  • Joy Datta and Fred Timmons will be meeting soon pertaining to the Oratorical Contest and will have an update for next meeting.
  • Commander Horn will contact James B. Edwards School for an update on Veteran’s Day.
  • The next Officer’s Call is scheduled for November 3rd at Dunleavy’s.  This is open to any members that want to attend.
  • Friday night dinners at the VFW have resumed.
  • A meeting will be scheduled with those interested in forming a SAL.
  • Post Chaplain Merv Horner delivered the closing prayer.
  • The next Post meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 16th.

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 pm.

*Minutes must be approved by members present at October monthly meeting.  Any changes, if required, will be corrected. 

 

    

American Legion Post 136 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes -   July 18, 2018 (Art Horn’s Home)
  • 4 Members were present - Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer and 1 Executive Committee member – Tom Mefferd (Dave Farley & Art Pinckney were absent).
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 2:37 PM at his home and served as the meeting chair and also the Executive Committee Secretary.
  • The following officers are part of the Post 136 Executive Committee (EC):
    • Commander – Art Horn
    • Adjutant – Jim Riggins
    • Finance Officer – Fred Timmons
  • The elected Executive Committee members include: These are our Board Members serving as our trustees and are the only voting members of the EC. (This is a Post Office that does not require members to be installed but three members are elected annually - more members may be added in the future when needed.) The currently elected EC board members now serving are:
    • Tom Mefferd
    • David Farley
    • Art Pinckney

            Old Business:

  • This is the seventh meeting of the Post 136 Executive Committee (EC) (established in May 2017).  A prepared agenda (see enclosure) was used during the meeting. The meeting minutes for the April meeting of the EC were discussed and approved as written during the EC meeting.

           New Business:

  • Overview of New Business – Election of new officers was completed in May 2018 at the regular meeting of Moultrie Post 136. Jim Riggins and Fred Timmons agreed to continue to serve until candidates for a special election for Adjutant, Finance Officer and Membership Officer can be held for these vacant offices.                                                                                                       
  • ALP 136 Call Down – In light of current membership participation at meetings and special events the EC recommends that a Post Call Down is vital. The Commander should do this as soon as possible in light of other duties and responsibilities.
  • Monthly Post Newsletter – A discussion was held about a Moultrie Post 136 newsletter. All in attendance are in agreement that this is an essential means of communication with the Post. It was suggested that the newsletter could have coupons and drawings to encourage members to read it and use it. A quarterly newsletter has been planned but implementation has been delayed by special events planning. This initiative will be pursued with the 2nd Vice Commander.
  • Ridesharing for Meetings – Ridesharing for meetings was discussed as a good way to help our Veterans attend our regular meetings. Some members are currently doing this but we need to develop a ridesharing program within the Post to expand this service to other members who need it. This is important and should be a part of our Post “Vet to Vet Program.” This will be referred to the 1st Vice Commander for consideration, planning and implementation.
  • ALA Unit Support – The support of ALA Unit 0136 is vital to Moultrie Post 136. In order is assist the ALA and our Post more members are needed in both units. The recent Meet & Greet that was held at the VFW Post was successful with 35 in attendance. This event should be used in the future but not as part of a regular meeting. It should be a separate event held 2-3 times each year. The cost of the Meet & Greet was about $250.
  • Moultrie Post 136 Call Down List – In order to ensure good communications for Moultrie Post 136 an up-to-date Call Down list is needed that is broken into teams (of 2 and 4) so that everyone only needs to make a few calls. This is essential for urgent communications and will ensure regular contact with members when exercised. This topic will be taken up at the next Officers Call to discuss the best way to implement it for the Post.
  • Member Gatherings – New venues for future Meet & Greets and also happy hours locally was discussed briefly. It is felt that the use of local clubhouses could be enhanced to reduce costs and provide local venues to get together. This will be explored by Post Officers for future gathers that are more social in nature. An example of this was the Riverdogs games members attended this summer.
  • Officer Business Cards & Special Election – During discussion and approval of the April 2018 EC meeting minutes it was emphasized that all Post Officers need business cards in order to conduct Post business effectively. The Adjutant has the approval of the EC to spend up to $200 for business cards for Post Officers. Additionally, it was noted that a special election will need to be held for Adjutant since Jim Riggins is now willing and able to continue to serve until May 2019.
  • Finance Report – Fred Timmons presented the financial report to the EC. It was emphasized that the EC needed more details than the basic bank statement provides. The need to have separate accounts was discussed for the building fund and special events. The need for an audit upon turnovers and annually were also discussed. (The position of Finance Officer was turned over to Art Horn on 8/3/18 to permit Fred Timmons to step down and focus on centennial events).
  • Special Event Update – Fred Timmons ordered an American Legion table banner for the Post to use at the upcoming MPCC Business Expo on Sep 27, 2018. The banner cost is approximately $100 and will be used at future special events. Fred noted that a new wristband order would be needed soon to support future planned events. The new Finance Officer (Art Horn) will take care of ordering the wristbands. The wristbands are a good fundraiser for use during special events.
  • 2019 Oratorical Contest Update – Fred Timmons provided a brief update for the 2019 American Legion Oratorical Contest. Joy Datta will be assisting him and is looking for venues now to host both the Post Contest and the Quadrant Contest. These events will be held during January and February 2019.
  • FT2018 Fishing for Vets Update – The Director for Fishing for Vets (Bill Ferguson) was not able to attend the EC meeting as planned. Art Horn filled in for him as the co-chair for this special event. Discussion focused on the Fishing for Vets business case and estimated costs to hold this special event. The EC discussed the importance of Commander Bill King (VFW Post 10624) sharing costs for this joint special event being hosted by both Posts. A discussion on event pricing was held and the EC approved a ticket cost of $65 for angler tickets and $25 for tickets to the Captain’s Dinner. For sponsors donating $500 or more the use of their names on the angler shirt was recommended and approved. The EC approved the use of Captain’s Dinner tickets (up to 2 tickets valued at $25 each) to be given to sponsors at the discretion of the Tournament Director as a way of thanking sponsors for their donations. (It was later decided by the Director not to have sponsorship levels at all so that none of our sponsors would be negatively impacted and all would be encouraged to give to Fishing for Vets.)
  • New Business Items for Next Meeting. Due to a lack of time the discussion of the AL Centennial Events, LA2018 and the Strategic Planning Group were tabled for additional discussion at the October 10th EC meeting or at future meetings.
  • Business concluded the Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 4:25 pm.

The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on October 10, 2018.

  • Note:  This was the 7th ALP 136 Executive Committee meeting and the 3rd for 2018.
  • If you are a member of the Executive Committee and will miss a regular meeting please notify the Post Adjutant of your absence prior to the meeting. Thank You!

 

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 21 Aug 2018

  • 13 Members were present and 2 guests (Dwight Cargile & Joe Hooker (ALP 974 Past Commander & Sgt. of Arms in Chicago, IL)).
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • All Post Officers were present.
  • Opening Prayer was given by Post Chaplain Merv Horner.
  • A special election was held for Adjutant since this was not done in May 2018 as no candidates were nominated at that time. The special election for Adjutant was to officially elect Acting Adjutant Jim Riggins to serve out the rest of the office term. During the special elections, an extended discussion ensued and another candidate was nominated from the floor – Fred Timmons. The special election was held – two separate ballots were needed to determine the winner - Fred Timmons was elected as the new Post Adjutant by a margin of 8-5 and will serve out the rest of the 2018-2019 term ending in May 2019.
  • Dwight Cargile, former District 2 Commander conducted the installation of all new Post Officers (with the exception of Commander Horn and 2nd Vice Commander Peppard) who were installed during the Department of South Carolina Convention in June 2018 in Columbia.
  • Commander Horn informed the Post that Ernie Massaro, Department Membership Officer was badly injured in a motorcycle accident and was recovering at home. Department 4th Vice Commander Rucker has assumed his duties at Department and is processing membership actions as quickly as possible. Commander Horn took up a collection for Mr. Massaro to be sent to him for his recovery.

Old Business:

  • Commander Horn discussed the role of the Executive Committee and stated that the Post Executive Committee Meeting was held on 7/18/2018. Minutes will be distributed prior to the next EC meeting on October 10th, 2018.
  • As the new Finance Officer Commander Horn presented the Finance Report for August 2018. A discussion by members ensued requesting more details than the monthly bank statement summary. It was also brought up that an audit is customary when a Finance Officer change occurs and also annually. Commander Horn will take this up as the new Post Finance Officer for discussion and resolution with the Post Executive Committee. A monthly financial report will continue to be part of the regular meeting minutes for each month.
  • As the Acting Adjutant Jim Riggins has also been serving as the Membership Officer. He provided an updated Membership Report for August stating that the Post currently has 164 members of which 155 have renewed for 2018. This is a renewal rate of 95% for Post 136.
  • Acting Adjutant Riggins reviewed the June and July meeting minutes and a motion was made to approve, was seconded, and the minutes were approved by the members present as written by voice vote. Fred Timmons asked why it was taking so long to process and post the meeting minutes for May, June & July. Commander Horn explained that he had not sent the minutes for May but they had been approved. The June and July minutes were delayed for acceptable reasons.

New Business:

  • Finance Officer Timmons was relieved as Finance Officer by Commander Horn on Aug 3, 2018. This permits him to step down since he did not desire to serve again as Finance Officer for 2018-2019. He will instead be focusing on the 100th Anniversary of The American Legion.
  • Bill Ferguson, Director, Fishing for Vets presented an update for the upcoming Inshore Saltwater Fishing Tournament to be held on October 17th and 20th. The cost of the Angler tickets is $65.00 and the price of the Captains/Anglers Dinner tickets is $25.00. We are limited to about 150 anglers at The Rusty Rudder for a total participation of up to 175 people. Bill Ferguson advertised Fishing for Vets at the recent District 2 meeting and provided the Posts in attendance with sponsor’s packets. The fishing tournament was well received and they were very excited about it. Preparations for the fishing tournament are ongoing.
  • Art Horn brought up the Live Auction next and requested that in light of the effort for Fishing for Vets that this event be moved to next year. Following a brief discussion, members voted to move the event from November 2018 to April 2019 and selected April 6th as the date. Commander Horn will contact The Rusty Rudder to determine if this new date also works for them. He will report back to the Post.
  • Commander Horn announced that the ALA Family Reunion Picnic was scheduled for September 15 and would be held at the pavilion in Carolina Park. This event is for families to enjoy a cookout together.
  • The next Officers Call will be rescheduled to the Family Picnic on September 15 due to everyone’s schedule during the summer.
  • Bob Mastrion brought up the fact that the Tri-County Veteran’s Support Network has been in operation for the past 3 years and has an office now serving as an operations center to coordinate support for Veteran’s within the tri-county area. This includes a network of churches that can assist Veteran’s and specialize in ways to assist them.
  • The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on October 10th from 2:00 – 4:00 pm.
  • The next General Meeting will be held on September 18th, 2018 at the VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – Gatherings of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Post 136 comradery and friendship.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:45 PM 

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 17 July 2018

  • 20 Members were present which included 3 new members. Robert Nadobny, Louis Weaver III, and Rosemary Horner.
  • This regular meeting was preceded by the first “Meet & Greet” with dinner which began at 6:00 and ran to 7:15 when the regular meeting commenced.
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 7:15 PM.
  • All Post Officers were present for the Meet & Greet and meeting.
  • Opening Prayer was given by Post Chaplain Merv Horner.

Old Business:

This was an abbreviated meeting since we also had a Post “Meet & Greet” for new members prior to the general meeting. In the future, general meetings will not be held on the same night as the Meet & Greet. This event was well received by our membership and will be used periodically to welcome new members and those interested in joining Moultrie Post 136.

  • Adjutant Jim Riggins deferred reading the June meeting minutes until the August meeting when June and July’s minutes will be read together.

New Business:

  • Outgoing Finance Officer Fred Timmons distributed the June Financial Statement showing an ending balance of $9,061.21. There was $223.00 in deposits and $305.85 in outgoing checks and fees. There was $435.00 in outgoing checks sent, but not cashed.
  • Commander Horn went into some detail to describe the history of Moultrie Post 136 and building and why we are meeting at the VFW Post. He also introduced the 2018-2019 Post Officers, discussed Post 136 membership growth during the past year, our membership in the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce this past year and recent recruiting efforts by Fred Timmons from AL Post 172 which resulted in 32 new members.
  • The Post 136 goal is to ultimately grow the Post to the size that we can do more for our veterans, both within our Post and outside of our Post, and to better serve the VA Veterans Hospital, the Charleston Fisher House and the Mount Pleasant community.
  • There was a 50/50 drawing during the Meet & Greet and the total was $125.00. Half of that was $62.50 which was given to the Post AL Auxiliary Unit 136 for their current operations fund.
  • It was noted that the Fishing Tournament to be held in October 2018 and the Live Auction to be held in November 2018 are coming fast and we need to start asking for donations soon. We also desperately need volunteers to step up and help with these committees. Clipboards to sign up are available on the tables at every meeting.
  • Please remember to visit our Post website regularly. Most recently there was information posted about Aspen Dental providing free dental service to veterans. Some members of our Post were able to take advantage of this free service by looking at the website.
  • There is an upcoming Military Appreciation Night at the Riverdogs Baseball Stadium on 7/25/18. Commander Horn has already picked up the tickets and distributed them to members requesting them.
  • The next Post Officer’s Call will be held either the 3rd or the 4th Saturday in August (postponed to September 2018 due to schedule conflicts). The Family Reunion on Sep 15 will serve as this event.
  • There will be a special Friday Steak night at the VFW on 7/27/18 and tickets are $12.00. Post members are encouraged to enjoy this event.
  • July 18th will be the next Executive Committee meeting.
  • The next General Meeting will be held August 21st, 2018 at VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – This gathering of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Moultrie Post 136 comradery and friendship.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

          The Meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 19 June 2018

  • 10 Members were present and 0 guests.
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • 5 Post Officers were present. First Vice President Mark Nadobny and Sergeant at Arms Joy Datta were absent. 4 Post Officer positions are open – Adjutant, Finance Officer, Membership Officer, and Historian.
  • Opening Prayer was given by Post Chaplain Merv Horner.
  • Post Executive Committee Meeting – the last one was held on 4/11/2018. Minutes will be distributed prior to the next EC meeting on July 18, 2018.
  • Old Business:
  • Acting Adjutant Jim Riggins reviewed May’s meeting minutes and a motion was made to approve, seconded and approved by the members.
  • New Business:
  • Outgoing Finance Officer Fred Timmons distributed the May Financial Statement showing an ending balance of $9,144.06. There was $72.00 in deposits and $61.07 in outgoing checks and $10.00 Merchant Service fee for “Squares” to read and charge credit cards.
  • Membership Officer John Valin reported the Post now has 150 paid members for 2018, plus 12 unpaid of which 2 have communicated they will not renew their memberships. Our total is now 162 and May of 2017 our membership was 114. That’s a net increase of 48 members.
  • It was noted that the Fishing Tournament to be held in October 2018 and the Live Auction to be held in November 2018 are coming fast and we need to start asking for donations soon. We also desperately need volunteers to step up and help with these committees. Clipboards to sign up are available on the tables at every meeting. Fred Timmons noted that someone has donated framed WWII pictures for the Live Auction.
  • Commander Horn discussed the AL SC Department Convention held the first weekend in June. He, 2nd Vice Commander Bill Peppard and Fred Timmons attended the convention for the Post. The next state conference will be held Sept 28-29, 2018. Commander Horn and Bill Peppard were sworn in during the convention. The Department has decided the rifle raffle will take place again this year. Our Post received another state award for 100% membership retention at the convention.
  • AME Olive Branch Church is providing a list of items needed for families with single Mothers and Children for our support. Unit members are encouraged to help by donating items to support them.
  • Please remember to visit our Post website regularly. Most recently there was information posted about Aspen Dental providing free dental service to veterans. Some members of our Post were able to take advantage of this free service by looking at the website.
  • Bill Ferguson showed the final version of the logo to be used for the fishing tournament as well as 2 versions for the ball caps and 2 versions for the fishing tee shirts. Palmetto Outfitters is doing the set-up and providing the articles. They only charged $65.00 for the set-up fee. A motion was made, a vote taken, and the motion passed to approve the logos for the fishing tournament as presented.
  • On September 15th, the American Legion Auxiliary (ALA) Unit from our Post will host a Fall cookout at Carolina Park. This will be a Family Reunion for Moultrie Post 136, our Auxiliary Unit and their Families. Please join us in celebrating the 1st Anniversary of our ALA.
  • October 6th the Post will host the Army – Air Force game at the VFW. This event is open to members of Moultrie Post 136 and VFW Post 10624 and their families and guests. Come cheer your team to victory!
  • November 10th will be the Live Auction and members are needed for the Executive Committee. Please sign up on the clipboard provided during our regular meetings.
  • December 8th will be the Post Christmas Party at the VFW Post.
  • December 18th will be the Holiday Toast for Moultrie Post 136 at the VFW Post. There will be no regular meeting held in December.
  • July 18th will be the next Executive Committee meeting.
  • The next General Meeting will be held on July 17th, 2018 at VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – This gathering of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Moultrie Post 136 comradery and friendship.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes – 15 May 2018

  • 14 Members were present and 2 guests (potential Post 0172 transfers - Harry Green and Cecelia Grant).
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • All Post Officers were present.
  • Opening Prayer was given by Post Chaplain Merv Horner.
  • Post Executive Committee Meeting – the last one was held on 4/11/2018. Minutes will be distributed in June for review. The next EC meeting is July 18th, 2018.
  • Old Business:
  • Adjutant Jim Riggins reviewed May’s meeting minutes and a motion was made to approve, was seconded and the minutes were approved by the members present.
  • New Business:
  • Finance Officer Timmons distributed the April Financial Statement showing an ending balance of $9,143.13. There was $147.00 in deposits and $68.00 in outgoing checks and $54.99 Merchant Service fee for “Squares” to read and charge credit cards. There was a misunderstanding regarding this charge being monthly versus annual. Fred is searching for a bank with a better rate for our future use.
  • Membership Officer John Valin reported the Post now has 147 paid members for 2018, plus 10 unpaid in which 2 have communicated they will not renew their memberships. Our total is 157 and May of 2017 our membership was 114. That’s a net increase of 43 members in a year. Together we have achieved the Post goal of 150 members!
  • The annual Hero’s Breakfast will be held on the fantail of the USS Yorktown on May 22nd, 2018. Several of our members attended last year’s breakfast and it was excellent and very moving. We hope to have an even better showing this year. This is a free breakfast for Veterans!
  • Post members signed up to attend the Military Appreciation Night at Riverdogs Stadium on June 14, 2018. Post 136 will have several members in attendance. The tickets are free courtesy of the Riverdogs and Bank of America. This will be a fun event for our Vets and families!
  • It was noted that the Fishing Tournament to be held in October 2018 and the Live Auction to be held in November 2018 are coming fast and we need to start asking for sponsors and donations this Summer. We also desperately need volunteers to step up and help with these two special events. Clipboards to sign up are available on the tables at every meeting. It will take all active members to properly support these two events. Both events are essential to funding of the Post in the future.
  • As he completed his tour as the Post 2nd Vice Commander Bill Ferguson has agreed to Co-Chair the 2018 Inshore Fishing Tournament. He has been working on the logo for the FT2018 and presented a draft to Post members during the meeting for their consideration. Everyone liked the design and “Fishing for Vets” theme. Post members approved up to $250 for the design of the fishing tournament logo.
  • The May meeting featured the annual Post 136 Election of Officers. A letter went out to all members the first week of May announcing the election for Post Officers that will include: Post Commander, First Vice Commander, Second Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Judge Advocate, Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, Membership Officer and Board of Trustees (3 at Large Members). John Valin is Chairman of the Nominating Committee and all members interested in serving should contact him. Bob Mastrion and Merv Horner are assisting John Valin.
  • The positions of 2nd Vice Commander, Finance Officer, Membership Officer and Adjutant will not run again for 2018. We need members to volunteer for these positions soon to ensure we have a full slate of Post Officers in 2018.
  • The nominating committee passed out ballots and after counting them the new 2018/2019 Post 136 Officers are:
  • Commander: Art Horn
  • 1st Vice Commander: Mark Nadobny
  • 2nd Vice Commander: Bill Peppard
  • Adjutant: Open (Note: Commander Horn can extend Jim Riggins term and he has agreed to continue to fill the office as long as his business allows or someone else agrees to take it permanently).
  • Finance Officer: Open
  • Membership Officer: Open
  • Sergeant at Arms: Joy Datta
  • Judge Advocate: Bob Mastrion
  • Chaplain: Merv Horner
  • John Belinsky declined his nomination for Post Treasurer and Bill Ferguson declined his nomination for Sergeant at Arms.
  • The following Executive Committee Members will serve another term as our Trustees/Board Members at Large:
  • Tom Mefferd
  • Art Pinkney
  • David Farley
  • All Post Officers will be sworn in at a future date.
  • Commander Horn encouraged everyone to attend the VFW dinner on Friday, May 18, to hear WWII Veteran and Navy Pilot Bill Watkinson share his war story and joy of being a career pilot.
  • The next Officers Call will be held on Saturday, June 9, at 3:30 pm at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island. This meeting is for fellowship and sharing matters of interest to the Post. All members are welcome!
  • The next General Meeting will be held on June 19th, 2018 at the VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – Gatherings of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Post 136 comradery and friendship.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

            The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm.

 

American Legion Post 136 Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

                  April 11, 2018 (Art Horn’s Home)
 
  • 4 Members were present - Commander, Adjutant and 2 Executive Committee members – Tom Mefferd & Dave Farley (Fred Timmons and Art Pinckney were absent from the meeting).
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 2:20 PM at his home and served as the meeting chair and also the Executive Committee Secretary.
  • The following officers are part of the Post 136 Executive Committee (EC):
    • Commander – Art Horn
    • Adjutant – Jim Riggins
    • Finance Officer – Fred Timmons
  • The elected Executive Committee members include: These are our Board Members serving as our trustees and are the only voting members of the EC. (This is a new Post Office that does not require members to be installed but three members are elected annually - More members may be added in the future when needed.) The currently serving EC board members are:
    • Tom Mefferd
    • Art Pinckney
    • David Farley

            Old Business:

  • This is the sixth meeting of the Post 136 Executive Committee (EC) (established in May 2017).  A prepared agenda (see attachment) was used during the meeting. The meeting minutes for the January meeting of the EC were discussed and approved as written.

           New Business:

  • Overview of New Business – A discussion of involvement in the MPCC, Post 136 Elections, and the Strategic Planning Group (SPG) was held. Post 136 will be participating in the MPCC Business Expo on Sep 27, 2018. Preparations for the Post Elections were discussed and the work by the Elections Committee reviewed. The SPG is the strategic planning team for Moultrie Post 136 and functions under the oversight of the EC. A Post call-down by the Commander is needed as soon as possible to determine member needs, communications preferences, and renewal for 2018. This will be done once the Post Elections have been completed in May.                                                                                                                
  • IT & Website – The EC discussed the fact that Moultrie Post 136 is a virtual post (until we have our own building) and we need a vital web presence through our website and social media. Dave Farley recommended contacting J.R. Leonard for any assistance we may need for our website. His charges for web design are reasonable – about $275. Further discussion will be needed with Fred Timmons (Post 136 Webmaster). A Post IT Team needs to be formed soon as well to help.
  • Post EC Meetings Update – The EC discussed meeting rules and agreed that adult beverages should be allowed during the meeting in the interest of time.
  • Fundraising Budgets – The EC next discussed budgets for upcoming fundraisers. It was determined that with careful budgeting funds for FT2018 and LA2018 should be available from August to October (when the next event is held). Discussion of a golf outing and attending Riverdogs games was held and will be brought to our members at the April regular meeting (both are good ideas). A brief update for the MPCC Business Expo/FT2018/LA2018 was also provided.
  • EC Minutes Review – The EC meeting minutes for January 2018 were reviewed and discussed. The minutes were approved as written.
  • VA Veterans Support – A review of expenditures to date from the proceeds of the 2017 Live Auction was held. Current expenditures total $2,450. A balance of $750 will be held in reserve for expenditure during the Summer/Fall. Fred Timmons coordinated our initial expenditure to purchase items identified by the VA Volunteer Support Office. Mark Nadobny is our chairperson for the Vet to Vet Program which will oversee future expenditures to support our Veterans being served at the VA Hospital. Mark and Fred both receive updates by e-mail from the VA. Additional funds will be programmed when available and approved by Post 136 members. Jim Riggins suggested that the Knights of Columbus Veteran’s Program support may be beneficial to the VA and our Post should coordinate with them. Jim Riggins is a member of this benevolent organization.

  • 18 Membership Renewals – The EC reviewed the status of 2018 membership renewals for the Post. Current renewals total 121 with 17 members outstanding as of the date of the meeting. Fred Timmons and John Valin are actively working on renewals of memberships to be completed in May 2018.
  • Officer Business Cards – The EC has authorized business cards for each Post Officer. Jim Riggins is working this item and will prepare cards following the May 2018 election for all new and continuing Post 136 Officers.M
  • MPCC Business Expo – The EC previously approved $300 for participation in the MPCC Business Expo to be held at the Omar Shrine in Mount Pleasant on Sep 27, 2018. Fred Timmons submitted this payment earlier and the Post is registered for this event and will have Booth #44 at the Expo. This will be the first time that the Post is participating in this event. It will be a good way to recruit new members, raise funds and to advertise the FT2018 & LA2018 special events.
  • FT2018 Update – An update was provided to the EC for the 2018 Inshore Fishing Tournament. This will be a joint event held by AL Post 136 and VFW Post 10624 in October 2018. The proceeds from the event will be shared by both Posts. Moultrie Post 136 will coordinate event planning with the VFW Post and members of both Posts will serve on the FT2018 Executive Committee. Planning is proceeding for this special event and Bill Ferguson is coordinating now on the preparation of the event logo for future use on apparel and advertising.
  • LA2018 Update – An update was provided to the EC for the 2018 Live Auction. This event will be held in November 2018 using the plan and lessons-learned from the LA2017 event. An expanded Executive Committee will be used for LA2018. This will be the 2nd Annual Live Auction held by Moultrie Post 136.
  • SC Charity & Raffle Fees – The EC approved the expenditure of approximately $100 for the renewal of the Post Charity and Raffle registrations for 2018. The Post Commander will take the lead on processing these renewals soon.
  • 2018 Budget Update – The estimated balance for Post 136 is approximately $9,600 less the $750 remaining for VA Support in the Fall. This provides a budget estimate of about $8,500 for the rest of the year and the two special events. It was pointed out that separate accounts at Regions Bank may be helpful in budgeting and managing finances for special events. This will be investigated for future use. An audit will also be needed at a turnover of the bank account to the new Finance Officer. This will be included as part of the turnover of this position.
  • Guests & New Members – The EC members pointed out that the Post needs a policy regarding guests at regular meetings and also recommended the use of a formal induction ceremony for new members. Both items will be looked at for future implementation by Post 136 Officers (new Officers will be elected in May).
  • New Business Items for Next Meeting. Due to a lack of time the discussion of the AL Centennial Events, FT 2018, LA2018, and the Strategic Planning Group were tabled for additional discussion at the July 18th meeting of the EC.
  • Business concluded the Executive Committee meeting was adjourned at 4:15 pm.
  • The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on July 18, 2018.
  • Note:  This was the 6th ALP 136 Executive Committee meeting and the 2nd for 2018.
  • If you are a member of the Executive Committee and will miss a regular meeting please notify the Post Adjutant of your absence prior to the meeting. Thank You!

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes - 17 April 2018

  • 16 Members were present and 1 guest (Betsy Hayden)
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • All Post Officers were present except Chaplain Merv Horner.
  • Opening Prayer was given by member Mike Ketchum.
  • Post Executive Committee Meeting – last one was held on 4/11/2018. Minutes will be distributed. Next EC meeting is on July 18th, 2018.
  • Guest Ms. Betsy Hayden of Awesome Focus (a John Maxwell Team certified member) was introduced by Commander Horn. He met her at a Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce Luncheon. She has extensive experience helping non-profit organizations raise funds for special projects and providing leadership and teambuilding training. Betsy spoke to the members about her vision for raising funds for our Post building fund, by holding large events like the auctions and suggested that thinking out of the box to go after the large donors is a great way to raise funds. In the future she may also be a resource to help the Post with leadership/team building training following the election of new officers. All that she has requested for the investment of her time is for us to write good reviews on her Social Media if she does a good job and she wants no monetary payment for her professional leadership training, coaching services and support.
  • Old Business:
  • Adjutant Jim Riggins reviewed the February and March meeting minutes and a motion was made to approve, seconded and approved by voice vote by the members for each set of meeting minutes. The approved minutes will be posted to the Post website.
  • New Business:
  • Greg Millinger, a guest of Mark Nadobny’s, was introduced as a potential new member. He served in the U.S. Navy onboard the Carrier USS Eisenhower. After the meeting Greg joined the American Legion and became a permanent member of our Post. Welcome Greg!
  • Finance Officer Fred Timmons distributed the March Financial Statement showing an ending balance of $9,116.12. There was $516.00 in deposits and $261.00 in outgoing checks and a $54.99 Merchant Service fee for “Squares” to read and charge credit cards. There was a misunderstanding regarding this charge. Fred thought it was a one-time annual charge, but we are being charged this amount monthly. He made a motion to look at other banks that don’t charge such a high service fee. The motion was carried and approved. He will look for a better option for the Post for the future.
  • Membership Officers Fred Timmons and John Valin had a huge month conducting a membership drive locally following the District 2 meeting. They were able to contact and transfer 32 new members from Post 0172 to Post 136. This brings our membership total to approximately 160 members. Twelve of these members have not yet renewed their memberships for 2018 and we believe 2 of those members will not or have told us they will not renew for 2018. The other 10 members will be contacted by the Post Commander regarding renewal. The net new membership, therefore, is approximately 150 paid for 2018 and 10 members outstanding. Just for continuity and reference, in May of 2017 our total membership was 114. That’s a net increase of at least 36 members in a year. It’s almost as huge as the increase of 42 members between 2016 and 2017, but 2018 is far from over……Great job Comrades!!!
  • WWII Veterans Dave Taylor and Wes Graveau of Post 136 along with Post members Commander Horn and Finance Officer Timmons attended James B. Edwards Elementary School recently and spoke to 108 5th graders about their experiences and patriotism. It was a huge success and the children paid attention and were excited. Post Patriot bracelets were also given to each student. After the presentation several of the students personally thanked our WWII Veterans for their service.
  • Wes Graveau’s three Sons will be moving to the area and they want to start a Sons of the American Legion (SAL) Unit at our Post. We have 2 other people that have expressed an interest in joining the Sons of the American Legion in the Mt. Pleasant area. A interest meeting will be held in June with these prospective members to establish a SAL Unit.
  • The annual Heroe’s Award Breakfast with keynote speaker will be held on the fantail of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point on May 22nd, 2018. Several of our members attended last year’s breakfast and it was excellent and very moving. We hope to have even more members in attendance at this year’s breakfast on the USS Yorktown.
  • Please plan on joining the 3rd grade children from James B. Edwards Elementary School in placing flags on all of the Veteran’s graves at Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Mt. Pleasant on May 23rd at 8:45 in the morning (in honor of Memorial Day). Members planning to attend may park at Stuhr’s Funeral Home and walk down to their office area.
  • We have a new member, Mr.  Dupree, who is a retired DNR employee, and we are hoping to tap into his knowledge to help with our upcoming Fishing Tournament!
  • In the summer of 2017 there was a request from the SC State Department of the American Legion for all posts in SC to try and donate to help our sister Post in Myrtle Beach (Post 40) because they had a fire at the Post. A collection was taken up and $120.00 was raised by Post 136 members. Then there was a question of insurance and this topic took a back seat to other Post business. It was brought up again and a general discussion took place to either reimburse the funds because Post 40 had insurance or to pay the money as intended when the collection was taken. The general feeling was that even if they had insurance, there would be deductibles, etc. to pay. A motion was made and seconded to pay the $120.00 to the Myrtle Beach Post as originally intended and was approved by the membership. A check will be taken to the Department Convention (June 1-2) by the Commander and will be presented to Post 40.
  • It was noted that the 2018 Fishing Tournament will be held in October and the Live Auction will be held in November 2018. These events are coming fast and we need to start seeking sponsors for donations soon. We also desperately need more volunteers to step up and help with these events by serving on the committees. Clipboards to sign up will be available at every meeting this Summer. We need to commence event planning in June 2018 for both of these events.
  • The 2nd annual Golf Tournament to support “My Sisters House” was held on April 16th. We were late to party on this one but are looking for one or two teams of 4 to play in future tournaments like these for the Post. There is a tournament every month in the Low Country for good causes. In addition, these tournaments are a lot of fun and would help to build Post comradery among the duffers while meeting members of the local community.
  • Post 136 is registered for the Mount Pleasant Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo being held on September 27th, 2018. We will be in Booth 44. The time is 11:30 am to 7:00 PM. All are welcome to support the Post 136 by serving at the booth during this event.
  • Fred Timmons provided an updated requirements list from the Charleston VA Hospital to Membership Committee Chairman Mark Nadobny, who heads up our Vet to Vet Programs and Chairs the committee providing direct support to the VA Hospital by developing the Veteran’s Support Kits.
  • The next Post Officers Call will be held Saturday the 9th of June 2018 and is tentatively being held at The Rusty Rudder Restaurant. Fred Timmons suggested ALL Post members should attend the Officers Calls since we are building comradery. There was much discussion since there is a need for true officers meeting to discuss Post business as well as to hold events for Post comradery. There was no clear decision, except that all members can and should be able to attend any meeting and they are encouraged to join committees and help at all the events during the year if they can. All Post events are advertised by flier and on-line at the Post website. The Post will consider hosting “Happy Hours” for all members in the future on a quarterly basis.
  • There was a suggestion to have members sign up to attend a Riverdogs game and bring friends and family. We would like our VFW comrades to join us. The suggested games are in May, June or July where we can get discount tickets for military or Vet nights. It was felt May was too soon, July too hot and June 14th could be just right. We will try to poll members for interest and get a headcount at the May meeting.
  • Fred Timmons discussed the Concert Series for 2018 and 2019 for the American Legion’s 100th year Centennial Celebrations. Fred is looking at arranging these events in major cities in South Carolina as District 2 sponsored events and as he has more information he will be discussing with Post members at future meetings.
  • The May meeting will feature the annual Post Election of Officers. An election notice went out to all members the second week of May announcing the election of Post Officers which will include: Post Commander, First Vice Commander, Second Vice Commander, Adjutant, Finance Officer, Judge Advocate, Chaplain, Sergeant-at-Arms, Membership Officer and Board of Trustees (3 at Large Members). John Valin is Chairman of the Nominating Committee and all members interested in serving as a Post Officer should contact him.
  • The positions of 2nd Vice Commander, Finance Officer, Membership Officer and Adjutant are opening up as the incumbents will not run again for 2018. We need members to volunteer to fill these open positions.
  • Next Executive Meeting is scheduled for July 18th, 2018.
  • The next General Meeting will be held on May 15, 2018 at the VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – Gatherings of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Post comradery and friendship.
  • Closing Prayer was given by member Mike Ketchum.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

Meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM  

 

 

American Legion Post 136 Meeting Minutes - 20 March 2018

  • 15 Members were present
  • Post Commander Art Horn opened the meeting at 6:30 PM.
  • All Post Officers were present
  • Opening Prayer was given by the Chaplain.
  • Post Executive Committee Meeting – last meeting was held on 1/31/2018.
  • Old Business:
  • Adjutant Jim Riggins did not have February’s meeting minutes finalized so the review and approval will be conducted with March’s minutes during the April regular meeting.
  • New Business:
  • Commander Horn discussed plans for longer meeting times for the general meeting and suggested 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM (an extra 15 minutes). This is necessary due to more activities to discuss as well as introducing guests and having presentations. The floor was opened for discussion. There was none and all members were in favor.
  • Commander Horn talked about the three main strategic planning committees that have been formed. The chairmen of these committees and the Commander make up the Post 136 Strategic Planning Committee as follows:
  • Fundraising Committee: Chaired by 2nd Vice Commander Bill Ferguson. The activities he will lead include: 1) Live Auction (date TBD – Rusty Rudder); 2) Fishing Tournament (joint event with VFW) Oct 17/20, 2018; 3) MP Memorial Day Ride (Patriots Point) TBD – 2019 event (POC: Vinny Frazzitta); 4) Golf Tournament - 2019 event (American Legion Centennial);  5) Silent Auction (TBD - Joint event with VFW); 6) Oyster Roast & Cornhole Tournament (2019 Event – Rusty Rudder); and, 7) Turkey Shoot (TBD – Joint event with VFW – Fall 2018/2019).
  • Membership Committee: Chaired by 1st Vice Commander Mark Nadobny. The activities he will lead include: 1) VA local support (VA Hospital/Fisher House/Vet Kits); 2) Membership Drives (Green Light a Vet and Community Outreach); 3) Member Programs: Vet 2 Vet/Fishing 4 Vets/Local School Support); and, 4) Member events (Golf Outings, Stingray Games, Riverdog Games, and Fishing Trips)
  • Strategic Plans: Chaired by Post Adjutant Jim Riggins. The activities he will lead include: 1) Post Property (Requirements/Real Estate/Financing/Plans); 2) Post Building (Requirements, Designs, Costing, Constructions); 3) Post Operations (Budget, manpower, equipment, planning, operations).
  • Of course, each committee needs members to step up and join one or more in order to be effective. This is imperative for all active members! Please see committee chairs to join a committee if interested.
  • Committees collectively form the Post Strategic Planning Committee with the Post Commander (past Commanders serve as advisors). The Post 136 Executive Committee provides financial oversight of this committee and approves any purchases on behalf of the Post.
  • Please welcome our newest member - William (Bill) Peppard, who is transferring from New Jersey. Welcome Aboard!
  • April 28th is the next District 2 Meeting which will be held at James Island Post #147 at 10:00 am – The District Election for District Commander for 2018-2019 will be held at this meeting.
  • Commander Horn asked for volunteers for a committee to propose nominations and form the ballot for the upcoming Post election in May (John Valin volunteered to serve again this year as the Chair of the Post 136 Election Committee – He may seek volunteers as needed).
  • Commander Horn also asked for volunteers to help prepare the business case for the upcoming fishing tournament – this will be an inshore tournament held in October with VFW Post 10624.
  • Upcoming Officers Call to be held on April 14th starting at Fort Moultrie at 2:00 PM and then directly after the tour a brief meeting will be held at Dunleavy’s Pub on Sullivan’s Island.
  • On April 28th, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will be performing locally at AFB Charleston. This is a unique opportunity for our Vets!
  • Commander Horn asked for volunteers to help with the April VA Coffee Service at the VA Hospital. Our goal is to form a second team.
  • Treasurers Report: Provided by Fred Timmons
  • Presented the Financial Statement for the period ending 2/29/18, showing an ending balance of $8,919.11
  • John Valin provided the membership report:
  • We have 126 current active post members. Our INTERNAL post membership goal was to reach 125 members. This is a 10% increase from last year.
  • We ended 2017 at 98% of our internal goal. We increased our year over year membership by adding 10 new members last year. This is a 9% increase from the prior year.

Renewals

  • The goal was for 100% renewals of current members by the end of December 2017.
  • We ended 2017 with 26 members still not paid for 2018. This is 79% of our goal.
  • The current number of unpaid members for 2018 is 11.
  • The next Executive Meeting is scheduled for April 11th, 2018.
  • The next General Meeting will be held on April 17th, 2018 at VFW Post 10624 at 6:30 PM.
  • Commander’s Call – Gathering of Comrades & Officers will meet directly after the general meeting in the VFW Lounge. All are welcome and encouraged to attend this informal gathering for some Post comradery and friendship.
  • Closing ceremony and Commander’s Charge.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:45 pm