|The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Minutes from the JUNE 2018 Meeting
Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on June 5th 2018. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Jimmy Lee called the
meeting to order at 6:35pm. There were 42 members present.
READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the May 2018 meeting. They were approved as read.
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 two guests and 2 new members.
COMMITTE E REPORTS
BASEBALL: Donny Walters gave updates about the baseball schedules and accomplishments of our sponsored teams.
FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for 8 veterans in May. Delmas Dale Parr,
Sam Kennedy, Ewell B Harris, James Allen Savage, Lloyd Allen Littlejohn, Curtis M Bowden, Tony Stephen Huskey, and
William Cordell Grimsley.
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for June
June 5th. Legion meeting
June 8th. Merchants of Cool
June 11th. Legion Riders meeting at 6:00
June 22nd. & 23rd. Department Convention
June 28th. Blood Mobile
June 30th. Freddy Morton Auction
June 30th. Wings and Wheels at Maury County Airport
MEMBERSHIP: John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has 580 members, 541 have paid. We need 39 to meet our goal and stand at
approximately 93.2%. These figures being reported are based on our unofficial records, not as shown by the Department whose
records take time to catch up.
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 1121 veterans/ spouses/ or children of veterans were assisted in some
way during the month of May. Requests were filed for five (5) military grave markers. We assisted 14 veterans and their families
with food, assisted 4 veterans and their families with part of their utilities. We bought gas for 3 veterans, and assisted 4 veterans
with finding a place for them to stay. James also brought up at our May meeting the John Harlan Willis Memorial on Hwy 31 at the
Duck River Bridge. Bob stated that the county cuts the grass, Actually the city cuts the grass, but it is our memorial and needs our
Those and other details about how we are assisting Maury County veterans are now being stored in the minutes log along with the
James also announced that since Post 19 had no event scheduled for Flag Day that there would be a ceremony at the courthouse
at 5:00 pm on the 14th.
SICK CALL: Billy Stanfill was added to the list.
Post members on sick call are; Don Richardson, 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.
POST EVERLASTING: None
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: A motion was made to elect the nominees that will hold offices for 2018-2019 by acclimation. The
motion passed unanimously.
The elected officers for Post 19 for the 2018-2019 year are:
Commander: Darrell Van Dusen
1st Vice: Roger Gilliam
2nd Vice: Terry Locke
3rd Vice: Eddie Ables
Adjutant: Bob Stephenson
Finance Officer: Donny Walters
Chaplain: Ray Dye
Veterans Services Officer: James Patterson
Judge Advocate: Calvin Cheek
Sgt-at-Arms: Diane Burgess and Sharon Metheny
NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made to donate $250.00 to the Columbia Fire Department. The motion carried.
Kim Smith and Dr. Sam Richardson will be setting up a class for CPR/ First Aid. 4 people have indicated that they want the class.
James Patterson brought up that the two outbuildings are becoming overwhelmed with outdated disability equipment. Some of the
items have been removed, but there is much more that needs to be done to sort through the remaining equipment. Some needs to
be sorted as scrap, and some needs to go to other organizations that are in need of such equipment.
Gail Gilliam asked the membership for help distributing poppies during the upcoming weekend June 9th, and 10th.
Several members signed up.
The Department Convention will be held from June 22nd through the 24th in Murfreesboro.
Commander Lee announced the “Wings and Wheels” event that will be taking place at the Maury County airport on Saturday,
June 30th. If you plan to enter a vehicle in the event, the fee is $10.00.
GOOD FOR THE LEGION: Bob showed photos of Charley Morton from his early military years.
CORRESPONDENCE: Adjutant Bob Stephenson read 2 thank you cards for conducting Military Honors from the families of James
Allen Savage and Herman Lewis.
There being no further business, Commander Lee adjourned the meeting at 7:25 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.