The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                                 Minutes from the OCTOBER 2018 Meeting

Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on October 2nd 2018. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Darrell Van Dusen
called the meeting to order at 6:37pm. There were 42 members present.

READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the September 2018 meeting.

: Finance Officer Donny Walters presented the financial report and it was made part of these minutes by

NEW MEMBERS AND GUESTS:  We had 3 guests or new members.


BASEBALL: No more baseball reports until next spring.

FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for
3 veterans in September: Clovis Dugger, Joe West, and Robert Franklin Conner. Joe West was a member of Post 19.

HOUSE COMMITTEE: Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for October.

October 2nd         
  Legion meeting
October 8th         
   Legion Riders meeting
October 9th        
    Cub Scouts
October 12th          Merchants of Cool, Big Band and dance
October 16th          40 & 8 Meeting
October 19th          Auxiliary Unit 19 Spaghetti Dinner
October 20th        
  James Gary Auction
October 23rd       
  Cub Scouts
October 25th        
  Blood Mobile
October 27th        
  7th District Meeting/Club rented/ and Alvin C. York dinner in Nashville.
October 30th        
  Cub Scouts
And it was also announced that our Country Ham Breakfast would be held on Saturday Nov. 3rd

MEMBERSHIP: Membership Chairman, John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has a quota of 580 members, 340 have paid. We
need 203 to meet our goal and stand at approximately 63%. Many of the paid members are Paid Up For Life Members. That
means that we show better than our actual performance. We need to pay our dues, they can be paid either on-line, by mail, or here
at the Post.

VETERAN SERVICES: Veteran’s Service Officer, James Patterson’s report contained details of activities he was involved in as
Maury County’s Veteran’s Service Officer. He reported that 914 veterans/ spouses/ or children of veterans were assisted in some
way during the month of August. Requests were filed for six (6) military grave markers. They assisted 13 veterans and their
families with food, assisted 3 veterans and their families with part of their utilities. Bought gas for 1 veterans, and assisted 1
veteran with finding a place to stay. Those and other details about how the Veterans Services Office of Maury County is assisting
veterans is being stored in the minutes log along with the financial report. James also reminded us that we need drivers for the van
in order to transport veterans to their appointments.

SICK CALL: Post members on sick call are; Don Richardson, Ray Dye, James Parrish, Robert P. Norman, Jimmy Hill, Paul
Carpenter, Larry Hann, William T. Wall, Charles (Dewey) Skellington, J.B. Napier, Bobby Harris, Billy Stanfill, and Frank McBride.



The new officers for Post 19 for the 2018-2019 year are posted on the board near the back entrance.

NEW BUSINESS: Chaplain Rogers introduced our guest veteran, Danny Gregory. We will be hosting a veteran and his/her family
at each of our future monthly meetings.

The Voluntary Service Patient Carnival will be held at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center on October 5th.

The 7th District meeting will be held here at Post 19 on Saturday, October 27th at 6:00pm. The meal will be $10.00

We are looking for a Hall Rental Coordinator. This will be announced again at future meetings until we fill the position.

Information was also provided for the 2019 7th District Meeting which will be held on Thursday April 25th 2019.

25 Tickets for the October 20th Neil McCoy concert were distributed to members of Post 19.

The Mid-Winter Conference will only be held on Saturday and Sunday this time due to the Department having to commit to paying
for rooms that weren’t being occupied. Saturday morning will be registration day too.


The September 29th Linden WWII reenactment drew a big crowd. Bob Stephenson, Kim Smith, and WWII veteran John Hamilton
attended the event. John was one of the honored guests. Bob showed several photos in a slideshow of the event before the
meeting began.
Bob Stephenson provided details about our contributions to the Project Healing Waters event and Ride that took place at Bumpus
Harley Davidson in Murfreesboro on September 15th

Mike Connors visited the Moving Wall and provided photos that were displayed.

Eddie Ables asked the Post to host a preliminary auction on the Thursday before Mule Day 2019.
We, being Post 19 members, are being asked to donate 100 items for this event. The items should be valued at $20.00 or more.
Proceeds would go to Post 19 and the Columbia Breakfast Rotary Club. Roger Gilliam is the contact for donations of the items to
be auctioned. Please help support this project. It will be a good fundraiser for the Post if we help to make it a success.

CORRESPONDENCE: Adjutant Bob Stephenson read a thank you card from the family of Charles Thompson for the Military
Honors that were provided by Post 19 for his service.

There being no further business, Commander Van Dusen adjourned the meeting at 7:30 pm.
Post 19 Executive Committee

The Post 19 Executive Committee met on November 16, 2015. The following members were present; Tom Dubois, Roger Gilliam, Donny
Walters, Richard Davis, Earl Pettus, Bob Stephenson, Gary Fisher, Charles Sanders, and James Patterson.

Past Commander Gary Fisher called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM.

Item 1: Regarding the possibility of relocating Post 19, the committee reviewed a draft listing agreement. The motion was made by James
Patterson that the Commander and Judge Advocate be the signees of the agreement if implemented. The motion was 2nd and passed.

Item 2: Roger Gilliam provided a PowerPoint presentation that explains the logic behind selling the Post 19 property. Tom Dubois moved
that the presentation be given at the December meeting and a vote of the members present be taken to determine if we should move
forward with this effort. The motion was 2nd and passed.

Item 3: Tom Dubois introduced Brian Sullivan, Executive Director of the Duck River District of the Boy Scouts. Mr. Sullivan asked Post 19
to sponsor a Cub Scout pack at a cost of $40.00 per year. The Post will be the meeting place and someone will have to be available to
provide access for the meetings. Tom moved that the sponsorship be brought before the membership for approval. It was 2nd and

Item 4: Roger Gilliam reported that he had been unable to find anyone willing to look at repairing the leaks in the club roof.

Item 5: Roger Gilliam reminded the committee of the need to schedule a work day to add dirt to the outside foundation area behind the
storeroom to solve the leaking problem. No date was set.

Item 6: It was suggested that a list of specific requirements be provided to the Post Manager to insure the Post building is clean and
equipment is properly stored.

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:15 PM.

Respectfully submitted, Roger Gilliam, Post 19 Adjutant.