Middleton Post 39
July 26, 2021
The meeting was called to order at the Post home by Commander Marv West at 1859. Attendance is on a separate list. There were 16 members and 2 guests present.
Colors were saluted. Adjutant Bruce Irving offered the opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by CDR West. He then led the Preamble to the Constitution. Fred Webb recited the POW/MIA service. The Adjutant reported there was a quorum.
Minutes: The June minutes are on the web site and I have a copy here. Bruce moved that the June 28 minutes be accepted as posted on the web site. It was seconded and passed.
Introduction of Guests: Arnold Burr Jr., the son of the late Arnie Burr, served in the Army. He is a truck driver, so he may not be here for the meetings.
Finance: We have $4,005.22 in the bank The savings account stands at $16,673.57. We have received over $5,120 for raffle tickets. We received $100 from the Army..
Membership: We have 39 2022 members which is 39% of our goal. The 2022 cards are in so everyone can renew now. I have up to date rosters.
Adjutant: Congratulations are in order to Fred Webb for his promotion to Assistant Manager. This means he has the dubious honor of opening and closing the Orchard and Chindon branch!
Starting next week, I’ll be here Monday, Wednesday & Friday at the usual times. On the week that we have meetings, I’ll be here Sunday and maybe Tuesday replacing the other day or two. I’ll still have to swing by on Sunday to see if the garbage can was put out. He was asked about the proceeds from the raffle – $5,120.
1st VC: absent.
2nd VC: No report.
Honor Guard: We participated in 6 events this month as of Saturday. Dan reported on the Purple Heart Ceremony at Blake Haven Park (across from the school) in Star. Every one is encouraged to attend. It starts at 1730, the Honor Guard will arrive at 1715.
New Business: Marv reported that we have permission to set up raffle sales at Mid-Star Firearms. Carlos was tasked with setting it up. Kevin, Bob and Dan indicated that they would help. Terry can be there for a portion of the day.
Marv recommended that we have our Christmas party be catered. Kevin, Bob and several other people indicated they would be on the committee which will set the time, date and location. Families would be welcome.
Discussion of donations to the Vets Home. Bruce indicated that we have $144 ear marked for this cause. Terry will check on what they need and we will continue discussion next month.
Marv wondered if pop tabs had been reinstated. (After the meeting, it was confirmed that it was reinstated.) Every one was encouraged to bring their pop/beer tabs.
Good of the Legion: Bud Woods has been running ads in the Spirit magazine. He asked if he could get pictures of the firearms in the raffle. Bruce indicated he had them and would send them to him.
There being no further business, Fred gave a closing prayer. “Till We Meet Again” was recited and the colors were saluted. The meeting was adjourned at 1934.
The next meeting is scheduled for August 30.
Post 39’s 2013 Raffle is off to a great start. There are two grand prizes: a Mossberg Patriot 270 & Tasco Scope and an EAA Girsan 12 gauge Shotgun. Plus there are many other major prizes. Winners must be eligible to purchase weapons. Tickets are $10 each and are available from most Post 39 members. The drawing will be held on September 27, 2021.
Last year, the Post received a large donation for a bar-b-cue. We finally held it on June 12 at Juniper Ranch just south of Middleton. There was a three volley salute and taps were played. The main course was prime rib and baked potatoes. Unfortunately, the attendance was way below what we were expecting. So we had the excess at our June 28th meeting.
The American Legion exists to provide aid to all veterans, their families, and the community. Middleton Post 39 has been called the most active Post in the state. Our biggest project is our Honor Guard which provides funeral honors for veterans in the Treasure Valley. It also leads many of the parades, especially in Middleton and Star, as well as Posting the Colors for many organization’s meetings. We are always looking for new members.
Meeting times are at 7:00PM on the last Monday of the month with dinner served at 6:00PM. The Post home is located at 2 W. Main St. in Middleton, across the street from Clarity Credit Union and Jackson’s Shell Station.
Veterans and their families are welcome to enjoy a cup of coffee, relax, get help with resolving your difficulties or getting your benefits, or conversation. The Post is generally open from 0830 – 1130 Monday, Wednesday and Friday or by appointment at 208-713-6101