The American Legion
Herbert Griffin Post 19
Columbia, Tennessee


                                                APRIL  2017

Our next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 3rd at 6:00 p.m.  The meals are
currently being catered by Cheryl and Chelsea Craig and the menu was not known at the time that this
Newsletter was published.

Jackpots: Charlie Morton won the small jackpot of $32.37 and offered it and another $20.00 to the newly
established Post 19 Riders so that they could purchase their wall banner. The “Large Jackpot” was not won
and will be increased for our next meeting. By not being present at the meeting, those who missed out on the
opportunity to win were:

Harry D Goodman          $277.00
James L Springer        $140.00
Edward Lucas                  $70.00
Rodney E Andes           $70.00
Stephen A Knoz          $70.00

April’s Large Jackpot will be $323.00
You have to be at the meeting when your name is called, in order to win! Come join us and share in the
friendship, meal, meeting, and a chance to win cash.

Post 19 Website:  Encourage other members to view their newsletter on the website.

Oratorical Contest:
Charles Sanders, our Oratorical Contest Chairman announced that Mary Grace
Golden, who was Post 19’s winner, came in as 2nd runner up at the Department’s Oratorical Contest. He
encourages our members to help seek out candidates for next year’s contest.

Legion Riders: Our meetings will be held on the Monday after each Post 19 Legion meeting. Our April
meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th. We have not yet held our first ride, but look forward to
coordinating several rides this spring and summer.

New Members: The Post welcomed new member Amanda Kelton a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Post 19 Food Bank: Commander Jimmy Lee has started a “food bank” for veterans in need. Please bring
non-perishable goods to the Post. Best time to bring things is on meeting night. Jimmy’s been adding
hygiene supplies to his food collection campaign.

Free Training: SAL Squadron 146 in Loretto will be hosting a FREE “Basic Training Class” held by
Department Membership Chairman, Stephen Weismann on Saturday March 24th from 10:00 to 1:00.
The Basic Training Class is the official training program for officers and members who want to expand their
knowledge of the nation’s largest veteran’s organization. Contact Bryan Hine at your earliest convenience if
you plan to attend the class.

First Aid Training: Contact Kim Smith at (931) 797-7526 if interested in attending future training

7th District Convention: The 7th District Convention will be held here at Post 19 on Monday, April 23rd. at
6:00pm. Phillip Foster is our 7th District Commander. The menu is: Roast beef, mashed potatoes,
vegetables, rolls, dessert, and coffee or tea. The cost is $10.00 per person. RSVP by calling Adjutant
Stephenson at (931) 446-5337, or Commander Lee at (931) 223-7168 if you are able to come so that we can
get a proper head count. The meal will be provided by Auxiliary Unit 19.

Columbia Firefighters Association: In support of the Columbia Firefighters, Post 19 made a $250.00
donation and will have 15 free tickets available to the membership at our April meeting for those interested in
attending a benefit concert, “1964 The Tribute” (Beatles). The concert will be held on Saturday, April 28th at
7:00 at the Municipal Auditorium.

Comments: Please carry membership applications with you. Try to recruit at least one new member this
year. Tell your friends about Post 19, Squadron 19, and Auxiliary Unit 19, and encourage them to join the
Post 19 American Legion family.

Van Drivers Needed: Diane Burgess is asking for volunteers to drive the VA van. She lost a driver and is
now the only driver. Her mother is elderly and needs close support. Please help by becoming a van driver for
our needy veterans. The van travels to the VA hospitals in Murfreesboro and Nashville. Give Diane a call if
you would like to help. Her number is 931-215-8909.

The officers for 2017-2018 are:
Post Commander: Jimmy Lee
First Vice Commander: Darrell Van Dusen
Second Vice Commander: Roger Gilliam
Third Vice Commander: Abe Preznik
Adjutant: Bob Stephenson
Finance Officer: Donny Walters
Judge Advocate: Calvin Cheek
Service Officer: James Patterson
Sgt. at Arms (2): Diane Burgess & Steve Metheny
Chaplain: Ray Dye
Historian: Bob Stephenson

The officers for 2018-2019 were nominated at our March 6th meeting.
They are:
Post Commander: Darrell Van Dusen
First Vice Commander: Roger Gilliam
Second Vice Commander: Terry Locke
Third Vice Commander: Eddie Ables
Adjutant: Bob Stephenson
Finance Officer: Donny Walters
Judge Advocate: Calvin Cheek
Service Officer: James Patterson
Sgt. at Arms (2): Diane Burgess & Sharon Metheny
Chaplain: Ray Dye
Historian: Bob Stephenson

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, John Hamilton, JB Napier, Bobby
Harris, James R Ford, and Frank McBride.