|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 2021
The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met March 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM with 5 officers, 3 members and 1 junior member
(Poppy Queen Jaycee Grooms) present. The meeting was called to order by President Charlotte Connors and the prayer was given
by member Gail Gilliam in the absence of Chaplain Anne Szyszlo. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all
The Program for the month was The American Legion Birthday and the Unit 19 provided the birthday cake. Poppy Chairman Cheryl
Craig, Chelsea Craig and Poppy Queen Jaycee Grooms served.
The Program for April will be Children and Youth and Foreign Relations.
The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved as they appear on the Legion 19 web site. Jane Norton
made the motion to accept the minutes, Edie Owston seconded the motion and it was carried on the floor. Paper copies were made
and given to those members who do not own computers.
Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss’ report was given in the form of a written copy and was given to each member. Edie Jane Norton made
the motion to accept the report, Gail Gilliam seconded the motion and it carried on the floor.
Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation
Americanism: Nothing was reported
Auxiliary Emergency Fund: $14.00 was collected by Chairman Jane Norton.
Cavalcade of Memories: Nothing reported.
Chaplain: Nothing reported
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: Nothing was reported
Community Service: Member Joanne Ring reported Columbia Rotary will have their Rotary Auction again this year.
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: Nothing reported.
Education: Nothing reported.
Finance: Nothing reported, but Gail G. and Libby M. volunteered to call Unit 19 members and ask for donations for the Unit as a
result of the cancellation of both Bake Sales due to the Covid 19 Pandemic. These Bake Sales contribute a substantial amount of
money to the Unit 19 General Fund and support the programs of the Unit.
Girls State: Chairman Joanne Ring reported several counselors have responded to her emails regarding VGS: 1) Dereck Green,
Mt. Pleasant High School, 2) Brandy Tallman, Columbia Central High School, 3) Adrienne Shelton, Santa Fe High School and 4)
Collette R. Eastep, Columbia Academy. Yea, way to go Joanne.
Also, Joanne was proud to report that these are sponsors as of this time: Fred Gilham, Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club and
Josephine and Ray Dye
Gold Star: Nothing reported.
History: Nothing reported.
Junior Activities: Nothing reported.
Leadership: President Charlotte reported the ALA/AL Convention is still on for June 5 and 6 this summer. Charlotte also reminded
us to bring a $10.00 door prize and $35.00 gift for the Chinese Auction.
Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported the article: Veterans House Democrats aim to use corona virus relief package to end
GI Bill loophole. Since 2019 The American Legion has advocated for closing the 90’10 loophole, through congressional testimony
and via statements from National Commander James W. “Bill” Oxford.
National Security: Nothing reported
Membership: Chairman Libby Moss reported 13 members have not paid. Libby has been calling members to pay their dues and
has been very successful. Way to go Libby
Past Presidents Parley: Nothing reported
Poppy: Nothing reported.
Public Relations: Nothing reported.
VA&R: Nothing reported.
New Business: Nothing reported
Correspondence: Secretary Gail Gilliam reported: 1) Thank you from Butch Sutton, Criminal Justice Instructor at Culleoka Unit
School, for the Unit’s $100.00 donation to the Culleoka Blue Knights. 2) Thank you from the National League of POW/MIA Families
for the Unit’s $100.00 donation
Old Business: Nothing reported
The small pot was won by Edie Owston, $6.75 and donated to the Veterans Fund.
The large pot was missed by Martha Lentz, not present and next month it will be $100.00
Gail Gilliam, in the absence of Chaplin Anne Szyszlo, gave the Prayer for Peace. President Charlotte Connors adjourned the
meeting. The next meeting will be held April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM, there will be no dinner prepared due to Covid.
Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary