American Legion Auxiliary
Herbert Griffin Unit 19
Columbia, Tennessee
Auxiliary Minutes

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 OCTOBER 2018

The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met, October 2, 2018 at 6:30 PM with 2 officers and 9 members present.  Unit 19 was
very pleased to welcome Mary Rogers as a new member. President Pam Brown called the meeting to order, prayer was given by
Gail Gilliam as Chaplain Cheryl Craig was absent. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all members. We did not
sing.


This month the program was Education. There was no program on Education presented but, President Pam Brown took this
opportunity to announce the Men’s 7th District Meeting will be on Oct. 27 at Post 19 with Unit 19 providing dinner. Also at this time,
President Pam reported that the Mid-Winter Conference will be held in Murfreesboro Feb. 2nd and 3rd, 2019.


The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved, the motion was made by Anita Jo Foster and seconded by
Jane Norton and carried on the floor. Paper copies were made for those members who do not own computers.
The financial report prepared by Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss was not available due to the absence of Treasurer Libby having had
knee replacement surgery.


Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation.


Reports:

Americanism: President Pam opened discussion concerning the Americanism Essay Contest that needed to be championed by a
Unit 19 member. Pres. Pam asked Past Americanism Chairman Gail Gilliam to enlighten the members on the responsibility of this
program. After discussion, and No member stepping forward to take this important program, President Pam and Gail agreed to work
together, with Gail offering to write the letter to the schools informing them of the information about the AEC and the opportunity for
their students to participate.


Auxiliary Emergency Fund:  $18.00 was collected by Edie Owston. Edie read a request from National for AEF donations due to
needs from the recent hurricane in the Carolina’s.


Cavalcade of Memories: no report. No one has stepped up to become Chairman of this program as of this time.

Chaplain: Chaplain Cheryl Craig sent a Get Well card to Libby Moss, in Cheryl’s absence this was reported by Gail Gilliam.
Chaplain Cheryl’s phone number is 931-446-4611; please call her if you know of someone in Unit 19 that needs 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. No one has stepped up to become Chairman of this program as of this time.

Community Service: The Unit is still collecting Peanut Butter and Jelly for the Harvest Share for the Children of Columbia. No one
has stepped up to become Chairman of this program as of this time.


Harvest Share suggested bringing: tuna and tuna helper, pasta and pasta sauces, romine 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. No one has stepped up to be Chairman of this program as of this time.

Education: Chair Pam Brown reported that she would like the Unit to continue to bring in their 10 for 10 items for the elementary
schools. She suggested that this is a good time to purchase as these things are on sale at the present. Chair Pam reported that she
would deliver these items in Dec. Please bring in your 10 for 10 soon!!!


Finance: Chair Jane Norton announced there will be a Spaghetti Supper on October 19 and The 7th District Meeting for the men on
October 27. Chair Jane will need a lot of help and desserts for these dinners from Unit 19. Let’s all come out and help Jane with
these money makers. Members will need to be present on the preceding Thursdays (18th and 26th) to help with setting up the Post
hall and preparing the food.


Girls State: no report

Gold Star: no report

History: no report

Junior Activities: no report

Leadership: President Pam reported that Mid-Winter Reports are due in December by the 15th.

Legislation: Chair Gail Gilliam reported the American Legion had joined forces with the VFW, DAV and Paralyzed Veterans of
America in sending a letter to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, urging the Senate to pass H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy
Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, before the 115th Congress convenes. Let it be known, the House earlier this year passed this
legislation by 382 to 0.


A detailed copy of this report will be attached to the October minutes in the Unit 19 file.


National Security: no report

Membership:  no report

Past Presidents
Parley: no report

Poppy: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported that Treasurer Libby had ordered Poppies for 2019.

Chairman Gail reported that the Commander of the Lewisburg Post had contacted her asking for Poppies for his post to distribute on
Veterans’ Day. After discussion Unit 19 members decided to keep their Poppies for their own use as they see proper. After some
investigation, it was determined that AL Posts are not entitled to distribute Poppies, as this is a specified Auxiliary Program.

 
Public Relations: no report but Anita Jo Foster had talked with retired Daily Herald employee, Marvine Sugg, and discovered that
the DH is no longer a community paper. Maybe this is the problem getting our articles printed??? Members please post your
activities on Unit 19 Face book page, this can be used for Public Relations.


VA&R: President Pam opened discussion concerning the York Veterans’ Carnival on Friday in Murfreesboro. There was weak
volunteering for this program also. Pam, Jane, Edie and Gail agreed to go and would leave the Post at 7:30 AM. They would take the
bean bag toss game and back scratchers and wipes.


Correspondence
: none reported

Old Business:
None reported.

New Business: None Reported

The small pot was won by Edie Owston, $3.00 and donated to Unit 19 AEF account.


The large pot was missed by Kimberly Sharpton, not present. The large pot will be $100.00 next month. Ladies, if you want to win,
you have to be present.


Gail gave the Prayer for Peace in the absence of Chaplain Cheryl Craig. President Pam Brown adjourned the meeting. The next
meeting will be held November 6, 2018 at 6:30PM following dinner at 6:00 PM.


Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary