|The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Minutes from the MARCH 2018 Meeting
Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on March 5th 2019. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Darrell Van Dusen
called the meeting to order at 6:35pm. There were 48 members present
READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the February 2018 meeting and they were approved as
Department, and District officers were present in remembrance, and out of respect for the passing of James Patterson. Department
Commander Stephen Weismann, presented Sue Patterson with a nicely framed certificate.
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 several guests and 4 new members, at least two of which are being interviewed to
replace James Patterson as Veterans Services Officer. We also had members present who transferred from Post 2000 and Post
10 in Mt Pleasant. We had members visiting form other posts too.
BASEBALL: No more baseball reports until next spring.
FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for
8 veterans in February: Jerry Norman, James Ray Boshers, Joe Don Gibbs, Jim Lester,
Bobby Rochelle, Edward D. Motzny, Clarance Weaver, and James T. Patterson.
More details are listed below in Post Everlasting.
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for March.
March 2nd Country Ham Breakfast
March 5th Legion Meeting
March 9th Hall Rented
March 11th Legion Riders Meeting
March 12th Cub Scouts meeting
March 13th Life Line Health Screening
March 16th Cub Scouts Pancake Breakfast/Post 19 Pride Day clean-up/James Gary Auction
March 23rd Club rented
March 24th Ladies Auxiliary hosting 100 Year Anniversary Open House
March 26th Cub Scouts meeting
March 28th Blood Mobile
MEMBERSHIP: Membership Chairman, John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has a quota of 580 members, 511 have paid. We
need 69 to meet our goal and stand at approximately 88.1%. 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 passed away in February and there will be a special meeting
on Monday March 11th at the Memorial Building to review potential candidates that will replace James. There will be two Veterans
Services Officers hired.
A petition was signed by many of our members to request that the Memorial Building be returned as the location for the Veterans
SICK CALL: Post members on sick call are; Don Richardson, Ray Dye, James Parrish, Robert P. Norman, Jimmy Hill, Larry Hann,
William T. Wall, Charles (Dewey) Skellington, J.B. Napier, Bobby Harris, Donald Taylor, David Wise, Billy Stanfill, Larry Watts,
Wayne Voss, Earl Pettus, and Frank McBride.
POST EVERLASTING: We lost 2 members of our Post in February: James Thomas Patterson, who was our Commander in
2005, Past department Commander, Past 7th District Commander, Riders Treasurer, 40&8 Correspondent, Maury County
Veterans Services Officer, community Leader, and too many other things to list them all. We also lost Jim Lester age 93,
and our 1990 Ladies Auxiliary Unit 19 President, Dr. Charlotte Ann Neely.
UNFINISHED BUSINESS: None
NEW BUSINESS: Officers were nominated, and the floor was open for other potential candidates to fill the offices for 2019-2020
There were no disputed offices…
Officers for 2019-2020 are:
Roger Gilliam; Commander
Terry Locke; 1st Vice Commander
Eddie Ables; Second Vice Commander
Gene McShane; 3rd Vice Commander
Bob Stephenson; Adjutant
Donny Walters; Finance Officer
Eddie Rogers; Chaplain
James Patterson; Veteran Services Officer
Bob Stephenson; Historian
Calvin Cheek; Judge Advocate
Diane Burgess and Sharon Metheny; Sgt. At Arms
A resolution was read by Calvin Cheek stating that the members of American Legion Post 19 request that the Veterans Services
Office be returned to its rightful location at the Memorial Building. The resolution was made as a motion, seconded and passed
unanimously. It is to be mailed to Maury County mayor Andy Ogles and Commission Chair Don Morrow, and read at the next
Maury County Commission meeting.
Robert Mitchell, Post 146 Assistant Riders Director made a short presentation on “Kid’s Place”, a child advocacy center and is
seeking funds to help this program.
Commander Van Dusen directed a short slideshow about the many ways that James Patterson supported Post 19 and the
ANNOUNCEMENTS: Calvin Cheek attended the County Commission meeting that overlapped our March meeting. He was able to
return to the post and share out on what was discussed at that meeting pertaining to the process of determining who would fill the
two positions for Veterans Services Officers for Maury County.
The 7th District Convention will be held in Loretto at Post 146 on Thursday, April 25.
Columbia State Community College is looking for veterans to interview about their military experiences. They will host an event to
share these experiences on April 18th and 19 at the Hickman building on campus.
Life Line Screening will be hosting a preventative health screening at Post 19 on Wednesday, March 13th. More details about the
tests and costs were announced and displayed.
RESULTS FROM OUR COUNTRY HAM BREAKFAST WILL BE REPORTED AT OUR APRIL MEETING.
EDDIE ABLES IS HOLDING THE AUCTION ON THURSDAY, APRIL 4TH. THIS IS THE AUCTION THAT WE COMMITTED TO
DONATE ITEMS TO BE AUCTIONED OFF. IF YOU DID NOT BRING AN ITEM TONIGHT OR EARLIER, YOU NEED TO FIND A
WAY TO GET IT TO ROGER GILLIAM BEFORE THIS EVENT.
COMMANDER VAN DUSEN HAS SCHEDULED A PRIDE DAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH AT 9:00AM, TO COME OUT AND
HELP CLEAN UP THE GROUNDS.
AUXILIARY UNIT 19 WILL BE HOSTING AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE POST FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION’S 100TH YEAR A
NNIVERSARY ON SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH FROM 1:00 TO 4:00.
GOOD FOR THE LEGION:
CORRESPONDENCE: Adjutant Stephenson read a thank you letter from the American Red Cross for providing a location for their
There being no further business, Commander Van Dusen adjourned the meeting at 7:55 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.