The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                                Minutes from the NOVEMBER 2018 Meeting

Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on November 6th 2018. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Darrell Van
Dusen called the meeting to order at 6:34pm. There were 57 members present.

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

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

NEW MEMBERS AND GUESTS:  We had 2 guests from Post 146 in Loretto. Detachment Commander Bryan Hine and
his wife Melissa, who is also the Auxiliary’s 7th District President.


BASEBALL: No more baseball reports until next spring.

FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for
8 veterans in October: Robert Carrell Hay, Paul Carpenter, (a 65 year member of Post 19), Austin Long, Allen Brown,
Jack Craig, (a 62 year member of Post 19), William “Ray” Staggs, Robert “Buck” Bishop, and Louis Day.

Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for November
November 3rd.         Country Ham Breakfast
November 6th.         Legion meeting
November 11th.         Legion Riders meeting
November 15th.         Blood Mobile

MEMBERSHIP: Membership Chairman, John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has a quota of 580 members, 400 have paid. We
need 180 to meet our goal and stand at approximately 69%. 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 1048 veterans/ spouses/ or children of veterans were assisted in some
way during the month of October. Requests were filed for (8) military grave markers. They assisted 15 veterans and their families
with food, assisted 6 veterans and their families with part of their utilities. Bought gas for 1 veterans, and assisted 0 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.

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, Donald Taylor, David Wise, Billy
Stanfill, and Frank McBride.

POST EVERLASTING: Paul Carpenter, and Jack Craig


The new officers for Post 19, Auxiliary Unit 19, Squadron 19, and Legion Riders Chapter 19 for the 2018-2019 year are posted on
the board near the back entrance.



David, Columbia State Community College Student Veterans Chairman placed a list of cards at the back of the Legion hall that
could be signed that would be going to military members serving overseas.

Riverside Baptist will be hosting a free breakfast for veterans and their families on Saturday November 10th.

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting a “Hot Dogs for Heroes” fundraiser for Wounded Warriors on Sunday November 18th at
Asgard Brewery.

A Veterans Day event will be hosted at the Memorial Building on Sunday, November 11th.

The Marine Corps League will be honoring Marines and Navy Corpsmen at Cities on Saturday November 10th.

The veterans Christmas party will be held on December 8th at the Alvin C. York VA Medical Center.

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

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 Country Ham Breakfast grossed $3,470.00, an increase of more than $500.00 above the March 2018 breakfast.

Life Line Screening will be hosting a preventative health screening at Post 19 on Monday, December 17th. More details about the
tests and costs will be announced at the December meeting.


We had a 102 year old Veteran of WWII, Manard Howell join us at the Country Ham Breakfast. Manard is Hal Holcomb’s twin
brother’s father-in-law.

Eddie Ables asked the Post to host a preliminary auction on the Thursday and Friday before Mule Day 2019.
We, being Post 19 members, are being asked to donate 50 items for this event. The items should be valued at $20.00 or more.
8 items have already been committed to, leaving the membership to provide 42 more items for the auction. 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.
Bob Stephenson enlarged and framed the Daily Herald article about the history of the Riverside community which is where Post 19


There being no further business, Commander Van Dusen adjourned the meeting at 7:20 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.