Post Minutes

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For your convenience, the last minutes are displayed below. Be advised that these minutes are NOT official until approved at the next meeting. As usual, if you spot an error, let me know. You may submit a correction at the bottom of this page.

Middleton Post 39
July 29, 2019

The meeting was called to order at the Post home by Commander Marv West at 1900 hrs.  Attendance is on separate list.

Colors were saluted. Fred Webb led the opening prayer.  The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commander West. The attendees recited the preamble to the American Legion Constitution.   Fred Webb recited the POW/MIA Ceremony.  The Sgt-At-Arms, Mike Polk, indicated that there was a quorum, 22 members and 7 guests.

Minutes: Minutes: I have copies of the June minutes. They are also on the web site. I move that the June 24 minutes be accepted as posted on the web site – seconded and passed.

Finance: We have $2,804.22 in the bank. The savings account stands at $9,121.04. Since the June meeting, we have received $1,395 in dues of which $1,325.00 was forwarded, $550 in Honor Guard donations of which $150 came from the Army, $400 raffle not counting today at Maverik, $48.70 from Ridley’s, $55.00 contributions for dinners less $19.46 spent on supplies and $34.1 gifts. Our major expenses were $164 cost of our home (donated utilities 33.55, phone & internet 91.39 & power 39.21), $268 for other supplies including parade candy, $100 for Constitution Day Camp and $75 baseball awards. I do have an Revenue & Expense Report that goes into more detail.
We have sold 252 raffle tickets, plus what was turned in just prior to this meeting.
You may have noticed a donation from Ridley’s. If you have their card, you can designate that your points, earned from your purchases, be given to your choice of organization – American Legion Post 39, of course. That way, we receive a check every quarter based on your purchases at their stores. You do have to renew it every year and I have forms to do that.
In the past, I’ve attempted to keep track of our Accounts Receivable out side the accounting system. It was a mess – to put it mildly! I’m getting the accounting system to track them for me and it is working much better. I have several statements here. Please let me know if there are any errors. Of course I never make mistreaks!

Membership: Great News: Congress has passed the Legion Act which opens membership to ALL veterans that have served since Pearl Harbor. The President is expected to sign it.
We have 50 2020 members. We were saddened to hear the passing of Korean War Veteran John Shrom last May. We are in the process of transferring Jay Vaughn in to the Post. I usually have up to date rosters available here on the table.

Adjutant: Kudos to Kevin Bishop for carrying the Colors the entire route of the Middleton Parade.
We receive several publications through the month, including Dispatch from National and the Department of Veterans Services Report which has a lot of information about the changes at VAMC. These are in the top drawer of the filing cabinet and you are welcome to peruse them at your leisure.
We also have 2 PCs available that members can use to access the internet, or prepare papers for their job search, etc.

Sick Call: Marv reported that Mike Carpenter’s wife, Mary Beth has been diagnosed with ovarian cancer and is starting chemo today. Tommy Schott lost his daughter this last month in New York, she was 40 years old.

Honor Guard: We had 8 services this month only a couple of those were at the cemetery. The others were at community activities. We made three appearances at the Constitution Day Camp here in Middleton for kids 8 to teenagers: 13 fold flag, the students learned how to hold the flag and had their pictures taken, and the third day fired a 3 volley salute and bugle call.
We participated in two parades: Star and Middleton, the men that marched in them did a wonderful job and learned later that Kevin walked the entire two and one-half mile course. He is overseas right now visiting his grandson and we need to acknowledge him when he gets home.
We did a service this morning for a 103 year old Bronze Star recipient was with Patton’s group. I was asked how much we charged for the service and I answered what ever you think is best – he gave us a check for $200.
Coming up: the Police Chief of Eagle, Pat Calley, is retiring at the end of this month. He has been a strong supporter of the American Legion and has asked that we present the Colors at his ceremony. The ceremony is 1430 on 8 August full uniform with blazers.
September 10 is the biannual Fishing Day at Juniper Ranch. It was stressed that family and friends were also invited. Stan noted that he got a call from the new Commanding Officer of Mtn Home that he will be there. Some of us arrive between 0900 and 1000 and enjoy a continental breakfast. The buses arrive from the home and hospital about 1030 and volunteers are assigned to each veteran to help him/her fish, get their lunch, etc. We will do a flag raising about noon followed by lunch with the best chili any where!

New Business: Kimberly Drake spoke about her trip to Cheer Leaders Camp in Hawaii. We had provided a donation to assist her.
Unfortunately, Star Mayor Chad Bell didn’t make it to this meeting. He was requesting that we change our name to incorporate Star in to it. Mayor Taylor spoke against the idea. MidStar was proposed but turned down as it was demeaning to Middleton. There was a motion made and seconded to rename the Post to Middleton Star Post 39. There was much discussion boiled down to this being a ploy for membership. It was mentioned that we already welcome Star (and other) residents into the Post. We already have many Star residents as members of Post 39 and the name had nothing to do with it. The motion was called and the vote was overwhelmingly opposed to the name change.
Mike Polk mentioned that they have many flags that only have a small rip that could sewn to make them serviceable again. He asked if anyone had a sewing machine that they could use for this purpose.
Dave Shively mentioned that they have been working with Ridley’s to install a flag pole. There will be a meeting of the board here this coming month and we will meet with them to pursue this idea.
Mayor Taylor mentioned that they are putting a veterans memorial in the new park by the river and would like to have a flag pole there. He was invited to Juniper Ranch to see their memorial.
Marv reported that we have a can here for used flags and Bruce is generally here from 0900 to 1300. There was talk about a can outside but it was mentioned that it collects a lot of trash. It was suggested that we have one container outside and when anyone comes in, they check it and bring them in.
Marv commented that our two parades were a huge success and he was surprised at the number of on-lookers. Kudos to the Auxiliary for their efforts decorating the float.
We have many more donations coming in for our raffle.
Referring to Pat Calley’s retirement, it was moved, seconded and passed to procure a plaque honoring him, Later motion put the cap at $50.00.

Drawing was made for a Extra-Bright 20-LED Anywhere Light Corey Brumbalov of Middleton was the winner.
Bruce commented on people hearing people wanting into the Post. Carry a form with you, have them fill it out and pay their $45 and they are in.

There being no further business, Fred Webb led the closing prayer.  “Till We Meet Again” was recited and the colors were saluted.  The meeting was adjourned at 2017.

Bruce Irving
Next meeting is August 26 at 1900 preceded by dinner at 1800.

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