|American Legion Auxiliary
Herbert Griffin Unit 19
The minutes of each Auxiliary meeting will be posted to this web site when available. This will enable those members unable to
attend the meetings to stay current with Unit 19 activities.
ALA Minutes from MARCH 2018
The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met March 5, 2019 at 6:30 PM with 5 officers and 6 members and 2 new members
present, Terra Burm and Kathy Armistead. A very spirited welcome to you, our new members!!! We are so very glad to have you join
our Unit. Vice President Debbie Howell standing in for President Pam Brown who is in the hospital, called the meeting to order,
prayer was given by Chaplain Cheryl Craig. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all members at the Post 19 Hall
with the Legionnaires, as there was a program for our dear deceased friend, James Patterson, husband of Unit 19 member, Sue
Patterson. We did not sing.
Please note: a motion was made by Debbie Howell and seconded by Libby Moss that members would allow the Pledge and
Preamble that was recited with the Legionnaires be sufficient at our meeting.
This month the program was Community Service and a substitute announcement was given by Barbara McAdams concerning all the
details of the upcoming 100th year Birthday Event for Post 19 on March 24 from 1PM until 4PM. A motion was made by Charlotte
Connors and seconded by Judy Morton to get two bids to have the Post Hall professionally cleaned (as most elderly Unit 19
members are not physically able to strip and wax the expanse of the floors, etc.).
Barbara strongly suggested that all members be a part of this historic event with their presence to help and attend.
The minutes prepared by Unit 19 member Charlotte Connors, as Secretary Gail Gilliam was absent at the February meeting, were
approved; the motion was made by Judy Morton and seconded by Edie Owston and carried on the floor. Paper copies were made
and given to those members who do not own computers. Gail expressed thanks to Charlotte for taking care of the minutes in her
The financial report prepared by Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss was approved; the motion was made by Jane Norton and seconded
by Charlotte Connors and carried on the floor. Paper copies were made and given to members.
Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation.
Americanism: No report.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund: $12.90 was collected by Edie Owston.
Cavalcade of Memories: Chairman Barbara McAdams reported on the 100th Birthday Party for the Post at the time of the Program.
Chaplain: Chaplain Cheryl Craig reported that she had sent Sympathy cards to the families of: Ann Neeley, James Patterson and
Mary Wise, Get Well card to Libby Moss and had visited Libby and gone to the funeral home for the family of James Patterson.
Chaplain Cheryl’s phone number is 931-446-4611; please call her if you know of someone in Unit 19 that need a card.
Gail Gilliam reported that Post 19 Eddie Rogers gave Unit 19 his phone number: 931-477-5410, for Grief Support. His card is on the
credenza if anyone should need his help.
Children and Youth: No report
Community Service: No report
Harvest Share suggested bringing: tuna and tuna helper, pasta and pasta sauces, romaine noodles and rice and dried pinto beans.
Gail Gilliam reported on the programs that Harvest Share services for Columbia: 1) provide 180 back packs a month to elementary
schools that are not helped by churches, etc. 2) every 2nd Thursday from 11:00-12:00 is Senior Day (68+) 3) every 4th Thursday from
11:30-12:30 is Medical Day ( those with a serious long term illness). There are stipulations for these programs. Please call Donna at
931-446-6100 for assistance.
Constitution and By-Laws: No report.
Education: No report as President Pam is in the hospital.
Finance: Chair Jane Norton reported that the March Bake Sale garnered $788.10.
Girls State: Co Chairman Debbie Howell reported that the Unit had begun interviews at the high schools. Treasurer Libby reported
that the Unit had received $1100.00 for donations from: the Breakfast Rotary Club, Hampshire FCE, Unit 19 and an anonymous
Co Chair Debbie announced the Unit 19 VGS tea will be held on May 5 with more information at the April meeting.
Gold Star: It was announced that Gold Star member Betty Kennedy had passed. All members who had delivered Christmas
Poinsettias, Blue Star Service Banner, etc. to Betty expressed sadness over her passing. What a grand lady.
History: no report
Junior Activities: no report
Leadership: No report
Legislation: Chair Gail Gilliam reported on: The American Legion Legislative Agenda for the 116th Congress and also how The
115th Congress was filled with significant wins for Veterans. Because of time management of the meeting, both of these documents
were hurriedly read but copies are included in the minutes in the Unit 19 Files.
National Security: Chairman Anita Jo Foster was absent but after observing the Financial Report this Secretary will report
$5,902.91 in coupons was sent to Germany for a cost of $7.35.
Membership: no report
Past Presidents Parley: no report
Poppy: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported that she had been working on Poppy Queen Grace’s scrapbook. Libby Moss reported that
her granddaughter Molly Kelly would like to be Poppy Queen. Judy Morton made the motion and it was seconded by Cheryl Craig to
allow Molly the honor and this was carried on the floor. Way to go Libby and Molly!!!
Public Relations: No report at this time
VA&R: Chairman Libby asked that the Unit cover the expenses ($35.00) for the QOV labels for the quilts and that the money is
deducted out of the Unit 19 Veterans Fund. This was made into a motion by Judy Morton and seconded by Edie Owston and carried
on the floor.
Correspondence: Secretary Gail reported 2 correspondences: Thank you from White House Post 206 for donations to rebuilding
their Post after total fire destruction and a thank you from the USO for the $100.00 donation.
Old Business: Nothing
New Business: Nothing
The small pot was won by, $1.25 and donated to AEF.
The large pot was missed by Cathy Coggin, not present. The large pot will be $100.00 next month. Ladies, if you want to win, you
have to be present.
Chaplin Cheryl gave the Prayer for Peace. Vice President Debbie Howell in the absence of President Pam Brown adjourned the
meeting. The next meeting will be held April 2, 2019 at 6:30PM following dinner at 6:00 PM.
Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary