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 NOVEMBER 2017

The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met November 7, 2017 at 6:30 PM with 10 officers and 9 members present, with
member Dianne Carpenter recognized, as she has been absent from meetings for some time, welcome back Dianne. President
Pam Brown called the meeting to order, prayer was given by Chaplain Josephine Dye. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were
recited by all members. We sang “America the Beautiful”.


The Unit 19 Charter was draped for past member: Ruth Peach by President Pam Brown and Chaplain Josephine Dye in an
honorable and dignified manner.


A motion was made by Jane Norton and seconded by Edie Owston and unanimously carried on the floor to accept the minutes
prepared by Unit 19 Secretary, Gail Gilliam, and posted on the Post 19 website. Several copies were made for those members that
do not have computers

A motion was made by Josephine Dye and seconded by Anita Jo Foster to except the financial report prepared by Unit 19
Treasurer, Libby Moss, with paper copies, and was unanimously carried on the floor.


Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation.


Program: This month’s program was Past President’s Parley and Past President Jane Norton prepared a decorated table in the
Post 19 Dining Hall for all Unit 19 Past Presidents with dinner cost being provided by Unit 19. Chair Jane read the names and years
of service of each PP to all.

Reports:


Americanism:  Chairman Betty Smith had nothing to report at this time. Chair Betty did read a very nice interpretation honoring
Veterans.


Auxiliary Emergency Fund: In the absence of Chair Genna Servant, $61.00 was collected by Debbie Howell.


At this time, Tresurer Libby Moss reported that she had 7 AEF pins to give to anyone who might want one. Chair Libby also reported
that the ALA Dept. had approved $2000.00 to be given to Houston, Texas Relief.

 
Cavalcade of Memories: Chairman Barbara McAdams had nothing to report at this time.


Chaplain: Chaplain Josephine Dye reported that she had sent a Thinking of You card to Charlotte Connors’ sister. Chaplin Josephine
also sent Sympathy cards to President Pam Brown and Anita Jo Foster as of the passing of their father, Post 19 member, Joe
Foster.


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 thanked the Unit for the resent donations to Children and Youth programs: $50.00 for
Compass and $150.00 for Soldiers Child.


Treasurer Libby reported that Solders Child had sent the Unit: “A Life Worth Celebrating” and recommended that all members would
benefit by reading.


Community Service: Chairman Barbara McAdams reported the Unit has been collecting canned food for Harvest Share and she and
Jane Norton had delivered 100 cans of food, estimated at $125.00. Chair Barbara also passed pamphlets from HS to members
providing information about how to donate.


There was a great picture in the Herald depicting the delivery. Thanks Barbara, Jane and all members who donated.


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


Education: Chair Pam reported that she had spoken with CSCC Bethany Lay about changing the name of the unit 19 Scholarship to
be more appropriate, by removing the word “Ladies”. In doing so Chair Pam sent a copy of the Unit 19 minutes where this was
discussed, per Mrs. Lay.


Chair Pam also opened discussion about American Education Week and requested money to fund this program. After group
discussion, Libby Moss made the motion and it was seconded by Gail Gilliam to allow Chair Pam to purchase fruit, etc. and deliver
to Culleoka Unit School, Brown Elementary and Baker Elementary Schools in Maury County. This passed on the floor unanimously.
Chair Pam made the motion and it was seconded by Libby Moss to donated $100.00 to Spirit of Youth Foundation. This also passed
on the floor.


At this time, Joanne Ring reported that she had attended the CSCC dinner to acknowledge Unit 19 and others for providing
scholarships for CSCC.


Finance: Chair Jane reported that the Spaghetti Super had garnered $755.06 and the Basket that was raffled brought another
$70.00.


Chair Jane also reported that the Unit 19 Bake Sale brought in 867.00 with donations still coming in.


Chair Jane discussed preparations for the Annual Unit 19 Veterans Day Lunch to be held at the Post 19 Hall. The Unit historically
feeds approximately 100 veterans and their families. Unit members will pick through the beans on Friday at 10 AM and meet on
Saturday at 8AM to prepare the meal: white beans, cold slaw, hot slaw, cornbread and desserts. Members are responsible for
bringing desserts.

 
Girls State: Chairman Debbie Howell and Joanne Ring reported that the Unit needs to work on donors for the VGS dues that will
increase to $400.00. There was discussion on how to attract more folks or businesses that are willing to fund this worthy program.


Gold Star: Chairman Julia Pettus had nothing to report at this time.


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


Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported an article that she learned from The American Legion, leg@legion.org, stating that the
Legion Opposes Steep Tricare fee hikes, Members: Take Action. Chair Gail also reported on some of the resolutions of the 99th
National Convention that appeared in the American Legion Magazine, November 2017, including No. 28, which encourages allowing
VA providers to discuss the use of medical marijuana in states that have legalized it.

 
National Security: Chairman Anita Jo Foster reported that the Unit had sent coupons in the amount of $9,031.04 to Italy, $6,547.59 to
Japan and $42,437.73 to Japan. Also, Chair Anita Jo reported that 2 care packages had been sent to serviceman Mike Hanson at a
cost to the Unit of $30.95

.
Chair Anita asked that any members who were aware of deployed military to inform her so the Unit can send care packages.


At this time, Barbara McAdams reported that, through Beth McAdams, Mt. Pleasant Middle School was collecting signed Christmas
cards (200,000 cards, their goal), to send to service men and women. Barbara thought it would be nice for Unit 19 to help with this
effort.

 
Leadership: President Pam Brown reported the meeting in Inglewood was a great meeting.


Membership:  Chairman Libby Moss reported the Unit goal is 250; the Unit is at 56% and 141 members having paid as of this time
and she had received 4-5 more to send into Dept.

Presidents Past Parley: Chair Jane reported that 10 past presidents were honored at the PPP dinner table in the Hall.


Poppy: Chair Connie reported that she had made the arrangements for the 40&8 Train caring the Unit Poppy Queen in the Columbia

Christmas Parade. Connie and Libby will decorate the Train on Saturday before the Parade on Monday night.

Chair Connie also reported that the Poppy Queen helped at the Post 19 Ham Breakfast.


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


A&R: Chairman Libby Moss reported next month’s program would be on Quilts of Valor, a program that she has wanted Unit 19 to
participate, so much for a long time.


Chair Libby had many request for the Unit to donate:
1.        $400.00, 4 VA Hospitals in Tennessee.
2.        $200.00, Fisher House Christmas.
3.        $100.00, Children’s Education of Warriors.
4.        $100.00, Operation Comfort Warriors.
5.        $100.00, Veterans Creative Arts Funds.
6.        $50.00, Women Veterans Hospitality Room at Nashville VA Hospital.
7.        $200.00, Sisters Nest for Christmas.
8.        Up to $1000.00, VA Christmas Party at VA Hospital in Murfreesboro.


All of these donations were discussed. Barbara McAdams made the motion that the Unit donate to these organizations, the motion
was seconded by Josephine Dye and it was carried on the floor unanimously. There was some discussion about not donating to
Operation Stand Down; there was some concern about exactly how much they are really doing to help Veterans and how much
Veterans are really seeking their help. Chair Libby is enthusiastic on following up with this.


Chair Libby and Jane Norton will shop for clothing for the Veterans for Christmas.


Chair Libby made the motion that the Unit will buy 60 poinsettias and cards for the Unit Gold Star members, Lady Veterans and Shut-
Ins. This was seconded by Edie Owston and carried on the floor.


Bills for Presentation: There were none.
     
Correspondence: Secretary Gail read 2 pieces of correspondence: 1) Thank you card from Harvest Share for food. 2) Thank you
card for participating in the Annual VAVS Patient Carnival.


Old Business: None reported


New Business: Joanne Ring reported that Will Craig will get his Service Dog in December. He is having to travel back and forth to
North Carolina for training with the dog and needs $500.00 dollars to help him pay for expenses.  The Unit agreed to donate the
money to Will.


The small pot was won by Charlotte Connors, $3.88 and donated to Girls State.


The large pot was missed by Betty Kennedy, not present. Miss Betty is not able to attend the Unit meeting due to physical problems.
The large pot will be $100.00 next month. Ladies, if you want to win, you have to be present.


Chaplain Jo Dye gave the Prayer for Peace.


President, Pam Brown adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held, December 5, 2017 at 6:30PM following dinner at 6:00
PM.


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