The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                                   Minutes from the AUGUST 2018 Meeting

Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on August 7th 2018. After the opening ceremonies, Commander Darrell Van Dusen
called the meeting to order at 6:38pm. There were 49 members present.

READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Stephenson read the minutes from the July 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 3 guests or new members and honored a guest veteran and his family.


BASEBALL: Donny Walters gave a thorough update on past accomplishments and future events scheduled for our teams, and
the possibilities and opportunities for them if they continue on and make it all the way to the top.

FLAG FOLDING: In Robert McAdams absence, Commander Van Dusen reported that Military Honors were provided for
8 veterans in July. Bill Hayes, Mr. Nicholson, Charles Hall, Bobby George Crigger, Cleveland Walls Sr., James Talmadge Phelps,
Samuel Ray Chapman, and Raymond Eugene DeLong.

HOUSE COMMITTEE: Kim Smith provided the following report of activities scheduled at the Legion for August

August 4th        
                               Hall booked for auction
August 7th         
                              Legion meeting and Riders meeting
August 10th           
                          Merchants of Cool band and dance
August 17th          
                           7th District Meeting and Commander’s Tour Post 254 Collinwood
August 23rd          
                           Blood Mobile
August 24th through 30th                 National Convention on Minneapolis

MEMBERSHIP: Membership Chairman, John Hamilton reported that Post 19 has 580 members, 282 have paid. We need 298 to
meet our goal and stand at approximately 49%. 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 1054 veterans/ spouses/ or children of veterans were assisted in some
way during the month of July. Requests were filed for two (2) military grave markers. They assisted 16 veterans and their families
with food, assisted 6 veterans and their families with part of their utilities. Bought gas for 2 veterans, and assisted 4 veterans with
finding a place for them 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.

SICK CALL: 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, Billy Stanfill, Wayne Voss, and
Frank McBride.

POST EVERLASTING: Gene McShane brought it to our attention that there had been no mention of the passing of Irene
Martisek Bartusiak, age 91, on June 7th.  Irene was a Gold Star Mother and very active in the American Legion Auxiliary.

The new officers for Post 19 for the 2018-2019 year are posted on the board near the back entrance.

NEW BUSINESS: It was announced that Ray Dye has had to resign as Post 19 Chaplain due to health reasons. Commander Van
Dusen appointed Eddie Rogers as our new Post 19 Chaplain. We all appreciate having had Ray as our Post Chaplain and are
proud that he has also served as our Department Chaplain.

It was announced that the Legion Riders would be meeting at 4:30 in the Club on Legion meeting nights instead of on the following
The September 29th Linden WWII reenactment was discussed and will be brought up again at our September meeting.
Roger Gilliam brought up some history of Sgt. York and announced a special event scheduled in his honor. Details will be posted
at our September meeting.
Chaplain Rogers suggested that we honor a veteran and his or her family at all future meetings. It was not brought up as a motion
and should be discussed in more detail and a motion presented at our September meeting.
There is a bus trip scheduled for September 24th to Jamestown, the home of Alvin C. York.
There is a national event scheduled for October 27th at 11:00am which will be held on the lawn of the state capitol celebrating the
100th anniversary honoring Alvin C. York.
A motion was made by James Patterson, and seconded to donate $500.00 to the Alvin C. York foundation. The motion passed.
Also the “Hat was passed” and an additional $368.00 was collected.

GOOD FOR THE LEGION: The Knights of Columbus donated $500.00 to the Auxiliary for Poppy Day. Gail Gilliam announced that
Unit 19 of the Auxiliary has donated $100.00 to the Harvest Share food bank.

Adjutant Bob Stephenson read a thank you card from Linda Nicholson for conducting Military Honors for
her husband, William A Nicholson. The fire department sent a thank you for our Donation of $250.00. Bob also read several
notices of future events. Those will be discussed in detail at our September meeting.

There being no further business, Commander Van Dusen adjourned the meeting at 7:28 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.