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 FEBRUARY 2018

The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met February 6, 2018 at 6:30 PM with 9 officers and 16 members present and Cheryl
Craig visiting who is joining the Unit, excited to have Cheryl among our ranks once more. Also present was Barbara Copeland who
has been absent for some time, welcome back Barbara. President Pam Brown called the meeting to order, prayer was given by Gail
Gilliam in the absence of Chaplain Josephine Dye. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all members. We did not
sing.


The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved as posted on the Post 19 website. The motion was made by
Edie Owston and seconded by Anita Jo Foster and carried on the floor. Paper copies were made for those members who do not
own computers.

 
A motion was made by Barbara McAdams and seconded by Jane Norton to except the financial report prepared by Unit 19
Treasurer Libby Moss and was carried on the floor. Treasurer Libby made copies for the members.


The Unit 19 Charter was draped for deceased members Elsie Price and Betty Smith. This was performed in a very dignified and
honorable manner by President Pam Brown and Gail Gilliam, in the absence of Chaplain Josephine Dye.


Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation.

Program: The program this month was to be presented by the Americanism Chairman and the Unit 19 Chaplain. Both were not
present due to death and sickness. There was no program presented.


Reports:

Americanism:  Chairman Betty Smith being deceased, President Pam Brown asked if any member would be willing to step up and
fill Betty’s Chair until the end of the fiscal year for Americanism. No one responded.


Auxiliary Emergency Fund: In the absence of Chair Genna Servant, $13.50 was collected by Debbie Howell.

Cavalcade of Memories: Chairman Barbara McAdams had nothing to report at this time but, she reminded members to take the
time to study their Auxiliary Magazine. There are lots of interesting articles and helpful aids to enjoy

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Connie Green brought items from her mother’s Tennessee ALA Dept. Presidency, pictures, certificates, etc. Chair Barbara was
excited to have these to add to the Unit Cavalcade of Memories.


Chaplain: Chaplain Josephine Dye was absent due to illness and sent her report to Gail Gilliam by text message; unfortunately, Gail
left her cell phone at home. Jo’s report will be given at the next meeting.


At this time during the meeting, Barbara McAdams made the motion that the Unit donates $100.00 to The Chapel of 4 Chaplains.
This was seconded by Libby Moss and carried on the floor.

Chaplain Jo’s phone number: 615-975-7235 and email: jodye033@gmail.com. Members please contact her when she needs to
send cards as she does not take the local paper and Jo is still learning our member’s names.


Children and Youth: Chairman Connie Green reported that the Compass Dinner that Unit 19 helped was a very nice success and
Chair Connie thanked all members who came to help. Let it be noted that Connie Green donated $42.00 and Libby Moss $35.00 for
the meal. Approximately 45 people were in attendance. Great endeavor ladies. Well done

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Community Service: Chairman Barbara McAdams reported that she had nothing to report at this time.

Constitution and By-Laws: Chairs Libby Moss and Barbara McAdams announced, there will be a meeting soon to work on any
changes in the Unit’s By-Laws.


Education: Chair Pam reminded members that have not done so, to bring their 10 for 10 items next month for Education so that she
may deliver those to the needy schools.


Libby Moss reported that, after speaking with Bethany Lay, there has been some publication about the new Unit 19 Auxiliary
Scholarship and we now have a nice picture for the scrapbook.


Finance: Chair Jane reported that there will be the March Bake Sale as historically scheduled along with Post 19 Ham Breakfast, a
Spaghetti Supper on March 16 and the 7th District Dinner Meeting for the American Legion will be held at Post 19 with Unit 19
providing the supper. Chair Jane asked that all members mark their calendars and be prepared to help. Also Chair Jane passed
around roster pages so that members could call for bake sale items and also to remind those that have not paid their dues to do so.
Thank you ladies. Way to Go!!!


Girls State: Chairman Joanne Ring reported that she had sent letters to all Maury County Schools concerning interviews for VGS.
Interviews will commence on Tues. March 6 at Hampshire Unit School, Wed. March 7 at Zion Christian Academy and Thurs. March 8
at Spring Hill High School. Several members volunteered to help Joanne at these times. Chair Joanne will be contacting members
for other dates to interview.


Chair Joanne also reported that she had mailed letters to civic clubs and other organizations for help with VGS tuition. Chair Joanne
brought a check from Columbia Breakfast Rotary for $400.00. Great work Joanne!!!


Gold Star: Chairman Julia Pettus reported that she had sent 1 Sympathy card to the Elsie Price family.

History: Chairman Joanne Ring had nothing to report at this time.

Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported on 3 pieces of Legislation concerning Veterans: 1) American Legion National
Commander Denise Rohan issued a statement regarding her disappointment of the government shutting down and she expressed
gratefulness to those in government who helped end the shutdown. The American Legion also encourages Congress and the White
House to agree on a real budget and end the practice of continuing resolutions which make long-term planning for our military and
our Veterans unnecessarily difficult. The Budget Control Act and defense spending cuts under the last nine years of continuing
resolutions have done more harm to the readiness of our military than our nation’s enemies. 2) Legion Supports Medical Cannabis
Research. 3) Legislation approved by the House of Representatives that affect Veterans: H.R. 918: Veteran Urgent Access to Mental
Healthcare Act ( VA would be required to give mental health assessment and mental health services to meet urgent mental health
care to former service members who would otherwise be ineligible because they were discharged from military service under other
that honorable conditions), H.R. 1066: VA Management Alignment Act of 2017 ( accountability of individuals of the VA), H.R. 1133:
Veterans Transplant Coverage Act (the VA to provide care and services needed for a Veteran to receive an organ transplant from a
live donor), H.R. 3122: Veterans Care Financial Protection Act of 2017( protect individuals who are eligible for increased pension
from dishonest, predatory or otherwise unlawful practices), H.R. 3562: Amend title 38, United States Code,( to authorize the Sec. of
the VA to furnish assistance for adaptations of residences of Veterans in rehabilitation programs when determining a home’s value
for a VA home loan), H.R. 3705: Veterans Fair Debt Notice Act: (the VA must use Plain Language in its debt notices to provide a
clear explanation of why VA is alleging that the Veteran owes such a debt), H.R. 4173: Veterans Crisis Line Study Act of 2017( the
VA is required to conduct a study on the outcomes and efficacy of the Veterans Crisis Line based on an analysis of national suicide
data and data collected from the VCL).
This legislation was recently signed by President Trump: P.L. 115-75: the Veterans Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of
2017 (This means exactly what it says) and P.L. 115-86: the VA Prescription Drug Accountability Act of 2017 (Compels VA to share
all controlled substance prescribing information with state-run databases).

 
National Security: Chairman Anita Jo Foster reported that the Unit had sent coupons in the amount of $47,149.66 to Germany and
Japan.
Chair Anita asked that any members who were aware of deployed military to inform her so the Unit can send care packages.


Leadership: President Pam Brown reported on attending the Mid-Winter Convention in Murfreesboro.

Membership:  Chairman Libby Moss reported that the Unit Membership is at 156 members paid.
At this time Charlotte Connors reported that she would like to see District 7 reach 100% in honor of Betty Smith. How nice that would
be. Thanks Charlotte!


Presidents Past Parley: Chair Jane had nothing to report at this time.

Poppy: Chair Connie Green had nothing to report at this time.

Public Relations: Chairman Barbara McAdams had nothing to report at this time.

VA&R: Chairman Libby Moss had nothing to report at this time except that she passed out Quilts of Valor cards and pins and she
was sending all necessary information to QOV to get Unit 19 QOV Charter in order.


Correspondence: Secretary Gail reported 4 pieces of correspondence: 1) Thank you from York VA Medical Center for clothing
items. 2) Thank you from Tennessee Fisher House for $200.00 donation. 3) Thank you from York VA Medical Center for time and
donations of food for the VA Christmas Party. And 4)Thank you from Bethany Lay, CSCC, for $1,827.93 to the Unit 19 American
Legion Auxiliary Scholarship.

      
Old Business: None reported

New Business: The Rotary Club will be giving a shower at Westminster Presbyterian Church for their 9 homeless persons. Some
needs are: air mattresses, towels, sheets, household items, etc.


The small pot was won by Pam Brown, $3.25 and donated to Child Welfare.


The large pot was missed by Susan Keene, not present. Susan is a Unit 19 Shut-In.


The large pot will be $100.00 next month. Ladies, if you want to win, you have to be present.


Gail Gilliam gave the Prayer for Peace in the absence of Chaplain Jo Dye

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President, Pam Brown adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held, March 6, 2018 at 6:30PM following dinner at 6:00 PM.


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