|The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Minutes from the APRIL 2018 Meeting
Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on April 2nd 2019. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Darrell Van Dusen
called the meeting to order at 6:32pm. There were 44 members present.
READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the March 2018 meeting and they were approved as
FINANCIAL REPORT: Finance Officer Donny Walters presented the financial report and it was made part of these minutes by
NEW MEMBERS AND GUESTS:
BASEBALL: No more baseball reports until next spring.
FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for 5 veterans in March: Calvin Collins, J.C Gray,
Bobby Joe Hemphill, Harvey Chester and Post 19 member Billy Stanfill Sr.
HOUSE COMMITTEE: Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for March.
April 2nd Post 19 meeting
April 4th Eddie Ables auction
April 6th Hall Rented
April 9th Cub Scouts meeting
April 12th Merchants of Cool
April 20th James Gary auction
April 22nd Club rented
April 23rd Cub Scouts meeting
April 25th Blood Mobile
April 26th Spaghetti Supper
April 27th Club rented
April 28th Club rented
April 30th Cub Scouts meeting
MEMBERSHIP: Membership Chairman, John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has a quota of 580 members, 524 have paid. We
need 56 to meet our goal and stand at approximately 90%. 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
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 member of our Post in March: Billy Stanfill Sr. and Bobby Joe Hemphill.
UNFINISHED 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…
The Post 19 officers for 2019-2020 will be elected at our May 7th meeting.
Adjutant Stephenson ordered a Legion cap for Phil Aaland. The cost for an official legion cap is $60.00. The post adjutant
purchases these caps upon request. They can take up to 8 weeks to arrive.
A motion was made and was passed for Roger Gilliam to become a signer on three of the Post 19 bank accounts.
The Charity Fund:
The Post Savings:
The Club Account:
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. Squadron 19 presented him with a check for $100.00 for “Kids Place”. A motion was made and
passes for the post to donate $100.00 to “Kids Place”.
We will be reinstating our “Scouting Report” as part of our monthly agenda. Pam Minnehan will deliver that report.
Rebecca Johnston and Mike Lavender requested funds to help send 17 veterans to the “Golden Age Games” that are being held
in Anchorage Alaska. A motion was made to donate $250.00. The motion passed.
Past commander, Jimmy Lee, who served as commander in 2017-2018 presented Bob Stephenson with the “Legionnaire of the
Year” plaque for 2017-2018.
The 7th District Convention will be held in Loretto at Post 146 on Thursday, April 25. Post members who would like to share a ride
should arrive at Post 19 before 4:15
Columbia State Community College is working on a project called “Veterans History Project”. They are looking for veterans to
interview about their military experiences. David Donnelly and Coray Cummings will host an event to share these experiences on
April 18th and 19 at the Hickman building on campus.
RESULTS FROM OUR COUNTRY HAM BREAKFAST WERE ANNOUNCED BY DONNY WALTERS. THE COUNTRY HAM
$3,722.34 AND HAD EXPENSES OF $1, 517.69 LEAVING A NET PROFIT OF $2,204.65. DONNY STATED THAT THE PROFIT
FROM THIS EVENT WAS SIMILAR TO THE TWO PAST COUNTRY HAM BREAKFASTS.
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 HELD A PRIDE DAY ON SATURDAY, MARCH 16TH TO CLEAN UP THE GROUNDS.
AUXILIARY UNIT 19 HOSTED AN OPEN HOUSE AT THE POST FOR THE AMERICAN LEGION’S 100TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY
ON SUNDAY, MARCH 24TH. BARBERA MCADAMS COMMENTED ON THE EVENT DURING THE MEAL. ADJUTANT
STEPHENSON ALSO PROVIDED A SHORT SLIDESHOW OF THE DISPLAYS THE AUXILIARY HAD SET UP IN HONOR OF
OUR VETERANS FOR THIS EVENT.
GOOD FOR THE LEGION:
Art Ankrum announced that Representative Mark Greene would be walking in the Mule Day parade and would like to have
veterans join him.
CORRESPONDENCE: Adjutant Stephenson read a sympathy letter from Post 36 in Centerville, pertaining to the loss of our
beloved friend, James Patterson.
A $50.00 donation to the post was made in honor of Charles Steve Grooms.
There being no further business, Commander Van Dusen adjourned the meeting at 7:45 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.