|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 JUNE 2018
The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met, June 5, 2018 at 6:30 PM with 10 officers and 8 members present and 1 visitor,
Will Craig. 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 did not sing.
There was no program but Will Craig gave an interesting talk about his Service Dog, Jetti. Unit 19 helped Will to obtain Jetti and he
gave his heartfelt thanks to the Unit.
Will also spoke of the many ways that Jetti has been a blessing to the health of his life. In particular, Will has nightmares that
challenge his sleeping and Jetti will wake him up at night when these occur; afterwards he can go back to a sound sleep. (Good Dog)
Jetti came from Paws for Vets and Will told how TSC in Columbia supports this program. Also, 4 Health dog food is also a partner in
supporting Paws foe Vets. This was informative as now Unit 19 can support them in return.
Will told how he is starting a new job and the Unit wishes him well. Thank you, Will for sharing your story and success with Jetti.
Joanne Ring suggested that Unit 19 donate to Paws foe Vets. Great idea, Joanne!!!
The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved as posted on the Post 19 website. The motion was made by
Jane Norton and seconded by Anita Jo Foster and carried on the floor. Paper copies were made for those members who do not own
The financial report prepared by Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss was approved and paper copies were given to members. The motion
was made by Jane Norton and seconded by Debbie Howell and carried on the floor.
Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation.
Americanism: In the absence of an official Americanism Chairman, Gail Gilliam reported that she had been successful in delivering
all 8 Americanism Medals and Certificates to the Maury County Schools. Her Co. Pilot was Anita Jo Foster. Thanks Anita.
Gail also reported on the new endeavor to create a Field of Flags at Rose Hill Cemetery. This was a good attempt to honor Veterans
and hopes that next year will be even better. The Unit was pleased and already thinking about how it can be tweaked. Gail thanked
everyone who was present to volunteer including about 10 faithful Legionnaires and about 7 Auxiliary members.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund: In the absence of Chair Genna Servant, $14.00 was collected by Debbie Howell.
Cavalcade of Memories: Chairman Barbara McAdams had no report at this time.
Chaplain: Chaplain Josephine Dye had no report at this time.
Chaplain Jo informed the Unit that she would no longer be able to serve as Unit 19 Chaplain. Jo, we are sorry that you must step
down but you have faithfully executed your office and you have blessed our hearts. Thank you so much.
Children and Youth: Chairman Connie Green had no report at this time.
Community Service: Chairman Barbara McAdams had no report at this time.
Constitution and By-Laws: Co. Chair Barbara McAdams had no report at this time.
Education: Chair Pam Brown had nothing to report at this time.
Finance: Chair Jane opened discussion about the Unit having a yard sale. Members were to think on this and it will be discussed at
a later meeting.
Girls State: Co Chairman Debbie Howell thanked everyone that volunteered in helping her with the very successful VGS Tea at Post
19. A highlight was Santa Fe 2017 VGS citizen Sydney Church who gave a talk about her experience at VGS. She was great and so
nice to come and share her knowledge. This was a great benefit for parents that had apprehensions of letting their girls attend.
Co. Chairman Joanne Ring reported that the Unit had sent 16 girls to VGS of which 8 became officers and Trinity Rankin was
nominated best Citizen from her City. Yea, way to go girls!!!
Tresurer Libby Moss reported that the Unit had received $890.00 more in donations and $200.00 had been added to the VGS Trust
Gold Star: Chairman Julia Pettus had nothing to report at this time.
President Pam Brown reported that President Trump had hosted a Gold Star Luncheon at the White House. How very cool!!!
History: Chairman Joanne Ring had nothing to report at this time.
Junior Activities: Chairman Josephine Dye had nothing to report at this time.
Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam had nothing to report at this time.
National Security: Chairman Anita Jo Foster reported that the Unit had sent coupons in the amount of $47,704.06 to the
Netherlands and Japan at a cost to the Unit of $27.30.
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 information regarding the ALA Convention in June. President Pam gave the Delegation
Certificate Form to Tresurer Libby to follow through to Melinda and all who were to attend paid Libby for the Awards Luncheon. The
members attending will caravan from Post 19 at 7:30 AM on Saturday 23rd. Luncheon tickets are $36.00.
Unit Finance Chairman Jane Norton will take care of the Chinese Auction prize.
Josephine Dye encouraged members to attend the Convention and how informative it is.
President Pam reminded the Unit of Flag Day on June 14, but as of this time, Post 19 had not informed anyone of plans to recognize
Membership: Chairman Libby Moss had no report at this time.
Presidents Past Parley: Chair Jane had no report at this time.
Poppy: Chairman Gail Gilliam begged for volunteers for Poppy Distribution. Those who did volunteer would pick up the needed
items and their poppies after the meeting.
Public Relations: Chairman Barbara McAdams reported that she had taken several articles to the Daily Herald, but they had yet to
appear in publications.
At this time, Josephine Dye informed everyone about the new Unit 19 American Auxiliary Legion Facebook. She encouraged
everyone to send in pictures of what the programs are doing and to be sure and tell their friends to check it out. This way Ladies, we
can get out to the public what Unit 19 is working so hard on to help our Veterans and their families and to promote Americanism.
This Facebook can also be counted as Public Relations for our Unit.
VA&R: Chairman Libby Moss had nothing to report at this time.
Correspondence: Secretary Gail Gilliam had 1 piece of correspondence to read: a Thank You note from Sidney Church, VGS
Citizen from 2017 expressing her appreciation for asking her to speak at the Unit 19 VGS Tea.
At this time in the Meeting, the new officers for 2018-2019 Unit 19 were installed. Unit 19 Member and Middle Tennessee Vice
President, Charlotte Connors honorably and elegantly preformed the installation. Thank you Charlotte.
Unit 19 2018-2019 Officers
President: Pam Brown
Vice President: Debbie Howell
Secretary: Gail Gilliam
Tresurer: Libby Moss
Chaplain: Cheryl Craig
Historian: Joanne Ring
Sgt. at Arms: Sue Patterson
Old Business: None reported.
New Business: Member Barbara McAdams reminded the Unit that next year is the 100th Anniversary for the American Legion,
starting in March 2019. Unit 19 would love to be a part of this!!!
The small pot was won by Sue Patterson, $3.25 and donated to Unit 19 Child Welfare.
The large pot was missed by Grace Rogers, not present. The large pot will be $100.00 next month. Ladies, if you want to win, you
have to be present.
Newly elected Chaplain Cheryl Craig gave the Prayer for Peace. President, Pam Brown adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will
be held, July 3, 2018 at 6:30PM following dinner at 6:00 PM.
Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary