The Herbert Griffin American Legion Auxiliary met July 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM with 5 officers and 2 members and Joyce Johnson, Unit 19 member who has not been present for some years were present. Joyce, so glad to have you back with us and hope you will continue to attend our meetings. The meeting was called to order by President Charlotte Connors and the prayer was given by member Gail Gilliam in the absence of Chaplain Julia Pettus. The Pledge of Allegiance and Preamble were recited by all members. Members sang ”America”.
The Program for the month was Independence Day. There was no program presented but member Joanne Ring who is also a member of the Breakfast Rotary Club reported on the annual 4th of July Celebration at the River Walk in Columbia: 1) It was a huge success, many attended. 2) 150+ children on bikes took part in the parade. 3) Joanne pasted out 100+ small American Flags. Way to go Joanne!!!
The Program for August is Leadership as well as Membership.
The minutes prepared by Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam were approved as they appear on the Legion 19 web site. Joanne Ring made the motion to accept the minutes, Mary Rodgers seconded the motion and it was carried on the floor. Paper copies were made and given to those members who do not own computers.
The Financial Report was prepared by Unit 19 Treasurer Libby Moss. Gail Gilliam made the motion to accept her report, Joanne Ring seconded the motion and it carried on the floor. Paper copies were given to members.
Bills for Presentation: There was one bill for presentation: Gail Gilliam made the motion to pay President Charlotte $29.99 for the Chinese Auction at Conference, Edie Owston seconded the motion and it passed on the floor.
Americanism: Joanne Ring gave her report on the 4th of July Celebration during the Program part of the meeting.
After some discussion, it was decided that members would meet at Post 19 on Wednesday July 28 to clean grave flags and store them for next year. Several members volunteered to come and help.
Auxiliary Emergency Fund: $9.00 was collected. Chairman Jane Norton was not present.
Cavalcade of Memories: Nothing reported.
Chaplain: Nothing reported.
Gail Gilliam reported that Post 19 Eddie Rogers gave Unit 19 his phone number: 931-477-5410, for Grief Support. His card is on the credenza if anyone should need his help.
Children and Youth: Nothing was reported.
Community Service: There was no report but as reported earlier: 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: Area Legion Riders from Loretta will be stopping by Post19 on Saturday July 24 for snacks provided by Unit 19. They requested: bologna/cheese sandwiches, chips, pretzels and popcorn. Beer and soft drinks will be sold in the club.
Girls State: President Charlotte reported as VGS Chairman Julia Wells is stepping down from her Chairmanship that she had chosen Jenise Gordon to fill her position. Charlotte reported the Department Executive Committee approved.
Julia is working with different colleges to provide grants for the VGS program.
Treasurer Libby reported Unit 19 had received a $700.00 donation for Unit 19 VGS Program.
Gold Star: Nothing reported.
History: Nothing reported.
Junior Activities: Nothing reported.
Leadership: President Charlotte reported: 1) Charlotte presented Membership Chairman a trophy from the Department for the Unit 19 having 100% membership. Way to go Libby!!! 2) Unit 19 received the Unit of the Year plaque. 3) Melinda Hackney is the 2021-2022 Department President. 4) Unit 19 member Libby Moss volunteered to take the 7th District President again this year 2021-2022). Unit 19 Secretary Gail Gilliam will prepare the endorsement letter for Libby to be sent to Department. 5) The Mid-Winter Conference will be January 8&9 in Murfreesboro. 6) The Leadership Meeting will be at Post 88 on August 7. Members will leave the Post at 7:30 AM. Lunch will be: Salad, Baked Potato Bar, Dessert, Tea and Coffee for $10.00. Also each Unit will bring a $10.00 door prize. Kathy Leedy will be the Chairman of this meeting.
Legislation: Chairman Gail Gilliam reported: 1) In the July “American Legion Magazine” on page 38 a list of Selected Resolutions of the Spring Meetings for Americanism, Employment & Education, Internal Affairs, National Security and VA&R. These resolutions were read to the Unit and a copy is included in these minutes. The full text of these resolutions are reported in the Digital Archive: archive.legion.org 2) In the May “American Legion Magazine” on page 8, Commander’s Message, S. 535 and H.R. 1115 introducing Legislation to build a memorial to be located on the National Mall to honor heroic veterans of our new longest war. A copy of this legislation will appear with these minutes. 3) Called attention to a great article in the July/August “Elks Magazine” on pages 22-27 “The Stars and Stripes, The Birth and Evolution of the US Flag”. Chairman Gail offered to loan the article to members. A copy will also be included with minutes.
National Security: Nothing reported
Membership: Nothing reported.
Past Presidents Parley: Nothing reported
Poppy: President Charlotte reported that she would try to get Unit 19 Poppy Queen to attend the Wounded Warrior Event at Post 19 on July 11 and the Legion Riders Event at Post 19 on July 24 as well.
Joanne Ring reported that she had collected $100.00 on Saturday at the 4th of July Celebration. Way to go Joanne!!!
Public Relations: Nothing reported.
VA&R: President Charlotte reported on July 11, Saturday at Post 19 there will be an event for the Wounded Warriors and as well on July 24, Saturday the Unit will host a lunch with sandwiches, chips, cookies, etc. for American Legion Bicyclers stopping by the Post.
VA&R Chairman Libby Moss reported she had presented a QOV quilt to Jim Thomas, a WWII Navy Veteran. Way to go Libby!!!
New Business: Nothing reported
Correspondence: Nothing was reported.
Old Business: Treasurer Libby Moss reported she had gone to the bank to remove Barbara McAdams name from the banking account for Unit 19 but she wasn’t able to do without this appearing in the minutes. Secretary Gail Gilliam will prepare the minutes and give Libby a hard copy so she can complete this transaction. Also Joanne Ring’s name will be added to Libby’s as signer.
The small pot was won by Edie Owston, $1.50 and donated to the Child Welfare.
The large pot was won by Gail Gilliam and next month it will be $25.00.
Mary Rogers, in the absence of Chaplin Julia Pettus, gave the Prayer for Peace. President Charlotte Connors adjourned the meeting. The next meeting will be held August 3, 2021 at 6:00 PM, there will be dinner prepared by Eddie and Mary Rodgers.
Respectfully Submitted and for God and Country, Gail Gilliam, Unit 19 Secretary.