January 2022 Minutes

Herbert Griffin American Legion Post 19 met on January 4th, 2022.  Commander Eddie Ables called the meeting to order at 6:00 pm.  There were 32 members present.

 Chaplain Kim Smith offered the opening prayer.

READING OF THE MINUTES: Adjutant Metheny read the minutes from December 7th, 2021, meeting and they were approved as read.  

FINANCIAL REPORT: Finance Officer Donny Walters submitted the financial report, and it was made part of these minutes by attachment.  

NEW MEMBERS AND GUESTS: Tom Downy, Margaret Stratton -Poland and her husband just moved from Big Bear Lake CA.

                COMMITTEE REPORTS

Baseball Report: Donny Walters reported that there will be a team this year.  The season will not start until after the high school baseball season has ended.   Donny Walters also gave a short history of Columbia‚Äôs American Legion Baseball. 

Stating that Post 19 has sponsored an American Legion Baseball since 1949.  The team has won the State Championship

20 times, Regional 3 times and won the 2007 World Series.  

He was contacted by Millbank S.D. who is going to build a memorial to American Legion Baseball with all the winners listed.

Donny Walters made a motion for Post 19 to purchase a 16×28 paver for $1k.  First Vice Gene McShane 2nd the motion and

the motion was carried.

Veterans Services: Roger Gilliam: Nothing to Report.

Cub Scout Report: Pam Minnehan: Nothing to Report.

HALL MANAGER: Diane Burgess: Not present had nothing to report per Commander Ables

MEMBERSHIP: Adjutant Steve Metheny gave the membership report. Our new quota for 2022 is 460 members. 340 have paid.  We still need 120 and we stand at 74%

Make sure you have paid your dues for 2022 they are $50.00.

They can be paid either on-line, by mail or here at the post with Adjutant Metheny.  New membership begins July 1st.

SICK CALL: Post members on sick call are Don Richardson, Robert P. Norman, Jimmy Hill, William T. Wall,

 Donald Taylor, Frank McBride, and Wayne Roberts, Jimmy Lee, Archie Steen Jr. and Larry Jones, Gary Fisher and Larry Watts, Danny Staggs.

POST EVERLASTING: Wayne Pagel in November he was an 11-year member.

FLAGS FOLDED: 12//9/21Roy Albert Osborne, 12/10/21 Jerry Watson

UNFINISHED BUSINES: A transition for future meetings to the Memorial Building for the March meeting.

Looking into getting a caterer for future meeting to get the meals started back again.

The Aluminum cans will be taken off to recycle and the trailers will be auctioned off.

CPWS are interested in the tables and chairs.

General Motors has donated 3 acres of land for them to build a building  for a Maury County military museum, they are interested in the tank for the museum.

Maury County Breakfast Rotary will be partnering with Post 19 again for the Mule Day Auctioneer Contest.  Please bring an item worth at least $20.00 or $20.00 cash so an item can be purchased for the auctioneer contest.

NEW BUSINESS: Charles McDonald had volunteered to be Sgt at Arms at the last meeting.

Financial Officer Donny Walters nominated Charles McDonald for Sgt at Arms.  No other nominations from the floor. First Vice Commander Gene McShane 2nd the nomination and he was voted in as Sgt at Arms.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: On 1/15/22 breakfast will be served prior to taking items off the wall and start packing for the transition. If anyone had anything that has family value they are to contact the Executive Committee before removing any items to take home.  

If you can help with Military Honors as a flag folder, contact Donny Walters at (931) 215-5581

GOOD FOR THE LEGION: Bob Stephenson has American Legion Ball Caps for sale $21.00 each.

There being no further business, Commander Eddie Ables adjourned the meeting at 6:45 pm.