The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                      Minutes from the MARCH 2017 Meeting

Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on March 6th 2018. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Jimmy Lee called the
meeting to order at 6:35pm. There were 44 members present.

READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the February 2017 meeting. After noting that some
dates needed to be changed, they were approved as read.

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

 The Post welcomed 1 new member Amanda Kelton.

                                                               COMMITTEE REPORTS

BASEBALL: Donny Walters announced the baseball banquet that would be held on Friday, March 9th. It is a key fundraiser for
the team. You can be a sponsor by purchasing a table.

FLAG FOLDING: Robert McAdams reported that Military Honors were provided for 9 veterans in February. David Adkinson,
Bobby Wayne Kelley, Charles William Burt, Joe Crews, Bobby Fite, Douglas Wayne Sealy, Fred Freddie Gerard Bullock,
Richard Long, and Robert Townsend.

ORATORICAL CHAIRMAN: Charles Sanders announced that Mary Grace Golden, Post 19’s contest winner, was the 4th
runner up at the Department contest.

Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for March

March 2nd        3:00 set up for Country Ham Breakfast
March 3rd        Hast Country Ham Breakfast
March 6th        Legion meeting
March 10th         Club rented
March 11th.         Daylight Savings Time begins
March 12th        Legion Riders meeting
March 16th        Auxiliary Spaghetti Supper 6:00 pm
March 17th        Cub Scouts Pancake Breakfast 8:00-11:00/$5.00
March 20th        Scouts meeting
March 22nd        Blood Mobile 11:30-5:30
March 27th        Scouts meeting

MEMBERSHIP: John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has 580 members, 520 have paid. We need 60 to meet our goal and stand at
approximately 90%. 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 910 veterans/ spouses/ or children of veterans were assisted in some
way during the month of February. Requests were filed for eight (8) military grave markers in January. We assisted 11 veterans
and their families with food, assisted 6 veterans and their families with part of their utilities. We bought gas for 5 veterans, and
assisted 2 veterans with finding a place for them to stay.

Those and other details about how we are assisting Maury County veterans are now being stored in the minutes log along with the
financial report.

SICK CALL: 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, and Frank McBride.



NEW BUSINESS: A motion was made and accepted to buy 15 tickets for the Columbia Firefighters Show for $250.00.
Those tickets will be made available to the membership at our April meeting. The show is on Saturday, April 28th.

The officers for Post 19 for the 2018-2019 year are:
               Darrell Van Dusen
1st Vice:                
             Roger Gilliam
2nd Vice:       
                     Terry Locke
3rd Vice:       
                      Eddie Ables
                     Bob Stephenson
Finance Officer:        
          Donny Walters
                     Ray Dye
Veterans Services Officer:
 James Patterson
Judge Advocate:
                Calvin Cheek
                       Diane Burgess and Sharon Metheny

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Traditions of Spring Hill would encourage our members to try to take a little time to visit the veterans at their

Roger Gilliam thanked the volunteers that prepared for, and hosted the Country Ham Breakfast.
Bob Stephenson mistakenly read Fruit of the Loom instead of Fruit of the Vine while reading the minutes. We all had a good laugh,
but the credit to the organization was lost in the mishap. Let us not forget that “Fruit of the Vine” is an organization dedicated to
charity and they have raised a lot of money to benefit the citizens of Maury County.

CORRESPONDENCE: Bob Stephenson announced that the 7th District Convention would be held here at Post 19 on Monday,
April 23rd at 6:00pm. He read an invitation to Post 115 and Auxiliary Unit 115 in Dixon for a Legion Birthday Party on Thursday
March 22nd. Squadron 146 in Loretto will be hosting a “Basic Training” class on Saturday March 24th from 10:00-1:00. Adjutant
Stephenson also read a Thank You letter from the family of Ron Bishop.

There being no further business, Commander Lee adjourned the meeting at 7:35 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.