The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met May 4, 2021 at 6:00 PM with 5 officers, 2 members present. The meeting was called to order by President Charlotte Connors and the prayer was given by member Gail Gilliam in the absence of Chaplain Anne Szyszlo. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all members. We sang “My County Tis of The” as suggested by Edie Owston.
The Program for the month was Poppy, Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day.
There was no program presented. Next month the next program will be Girls State, Jr Activities and Flag Day.
The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved as they appear on the Legion 19 web site. Edie Owston made the motion to accept the minutes, Libby Moss seconded the motion and it was carried on the floor. Paper copies were made and given to those members who do not own computers.
Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss’ report was given in the form of a written copy and was given to each member. Gail Gilliam made the motion to accept the report, Edie Owston seconded the motion and it carried on the floor.
Bills for Presentation: There were no bills for presentation
Americanism: Nothing was reported.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund: $5.00 was collected by Chairman Jane Norton.
Cavalcade of Memories: Nothing reported.
Chaplain: Nothing reported.
Children and Youth: Nothing was reported.
Community Service: Nothing reported
Harvest Share suggested bringing: tuna and tuna helper, pasta and pasta sauces, romaine noodles and rice and dried pinto beans.
Gail Gilliam reported on the programs that Harvest Share services for Columbia: 1) provide 180 back packs a month to elementary schools that are not helped by churches, etc. 2) every 2nd Thursday from 11:00-12:00 is Senior Day (68+) 3) every 4th Thursday from 11:30-12:30 is Medical Day ( those with a serious long term illness). There are stipulations for these programs. Please call Donna at 931-446-6100 for assistance.
Constitution and By-Laws: Nothing reported.
Education: Nothing reported.
Finance: Nothing reported Treasurer Libby Moss brought up to the Department for office supplies. President Charlotte asked to table this until she did her research on the matter.
Girls State: Chairman Joanne Ring reported Unit 19 Jr member Holly McAdams will be attending VGS.
Gail Gilliam reported speaking over the phone to Robert Long, with Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association 815-5. Member Adam Andrews wants to donate $700.00 to Unit 19 GS.
Gold Star: Nothing reported.
History: Nothing reported.
Junior Activities: Nothing reported.
Leadership: President Charlotte reported: 1) Dot Faught is in a nursing home in Lawrenceburg. 2) Charlotte won the basket at the Zoom meeting. 3) Unit 19 Charlotte, Gail, JoAnne, Mary and Edie will be attending the Convention at the Marriott Hotel in Cool Springs. All members will meet at Post at 7:00 AM. 4) Post 19 Commander Terry Locke talked with Charlotte about Unit 19 cooking and serving lunch on Veterans Day. It was determined that Unit 19 could not to that. JoAnne volunteered to talk with Brenda Manning and Kay Bruce regarding catering. President Charlotte will contact Connie Green about catering. More discussion next month.
Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam had no report but she did say that the Department report is turned in and a copy is in the unit file.
National Security: Nothing reported
Membership: Nothing was reported.
Past Presidents Parley: Nothing reported
Poppy: JoAnne Ring asked the Unit if she could make her granddaughter an honorary Poppy Queen and this was approved. Poppy Queen Chelsea will help with Field of Flags as Rose Hill.
Public Relations: Nothing reported.
VA&R: Chairman Libby reported that she has 30 quilt of Valor applications. 8 QOV are to be given out soon. 3 QOV are finished and to be quilted. Chair Libby wants to get applications for a QOV to be presented at the Vet to Vet event.
JoAnna will be decorating the Riverwalk pavilion for the 4th of July.
New Business: Unit 19 new slate of officers; President Charlotte Connors, Vice President Jane Norton, Secretary Gail Gilliam, Treasurer Libby Moss, Historian JoAnne Ring, SGT at Arms Edie Owston and Chaplain Julia Pettus
Old Business: Nothing reported.
The small pot was won by Gail Gilliam, $3.65 and donated to the General Fund.
The large pot was missed by Debbie Howell, not present and next month it will be $100.00.
Mary Rogers gave the Prayer for Peace. President Charlotte Connors adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held June 1, 2021 at 6:00 PM, there will be no dinner prepared due to Covid.
Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary