Post Minutes

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Middleton Post 39
Minutes
November 25, 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, 21 members and 1 guest are present.

Guest Christian Johnson has agreed to be our Bugler. We will see that she joins the Auxiliary.

Minutes: I have copies of the October minutes. They are also on the web site. I move that the October 28 minutes be accepted as posted on the web site.. Seconded and passed

Sick Call: CDR West is recovering from leg surgery.

Adjutant: A message from National: With the looming threat of yet another government shutdown, we need your help. Please contact your Senators and ask them to encourage Senate leadership to bring the Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2019 to the floor for a vote, and promise to support Section 221 the “Pay Our Coast Guard” provision within the authorization act. This provision will ensure our Coast Guard does not go without pay ever again.
Effective January 11, Commissary and Exchange access will be extended to more Veterans and Caregivers.
And remember that our December meeting is the Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec 14 at 1700. The Christmas Parade starts at 1630 and we can watch it from our windows.
Mike Carpenter sent a note about a little known benefit from PatriotAngels.com

Membership: We have 82 2020 members which is 84% of our goal. I usually have up to date rosters available here on the table. We only need 17 more and I have 3 that are in process of signing up or transferring. SAL hit 100%

Finance: We have $3,396.37 in the bank of which $184.51.is dedicated The savings account stands at $9,123.35. Since the October meeting, we have received $180 in dues of which $150 was forwarded and $7.50 was received for another PUFL member, $500 honor guard, $122 member purchases, $110 raffle not counting today, $50 contributions for dinners and $12 other income Ridley’s.
Our major expenses were $162 cost of our home (phone & internet $93, power $34, utilities $35), $80 annual PO Box rent and $28 office supplies. I do have a Revenue & Expense Report that goes into more detail.
We have sold 395 raffle tickets. Asked how much was brought in tonight and it was estimated $400-$450.

Honor Guard: I was totally embarrassed today! We were asked by the family. Only two men showed up and one of them was late because he had the time wrong. The only thing that saved us was that Meridian showed up and they were sharp. They were dressed properly, clean; shaven, clean; haircuts, clean; firing party, clean!
We had 10 this month. We have one this Saturday. We were asked to present the Colors for an Eagle Scout Court of Honor. I am taking three flags and two rifles.

Old Business: Dan indicated that he has missed several shoots due to illness and travel and recommended that he have an assistant. Gerald Fiel was nominated, accepted and was unanimously elected.
Kevin Bishop asked about uniform for Christian as Bugler. It was moved and seconded and passed to purchase whatever uniform she needs.
Bruce mentioned that he saw where Haband has the jackets that we have been purchasing in their clearance catalog. He’ll inventory what we have and fill in.

Marv wants to know how many will be attending the Christmas Party. This will include you and family or guests. A sign-up sheet was circulated.

Marv wants to exchange the tables that were donated for the yard sale for the ones we have in here. (Several members made the exchange after the meeting.)

We were asked to bring in any spare Christmas decorations for the party.

Drawings were held for the raffle and the winners were Jennifer Mayhew a cutting board, Ron Lange a men’s watch, Ron Honea a woman’s watch, David Schmidt $25 gift card to Canyon Honda, Alysha Babione a cord of wood from Tucker Wood Service. The Grand prize drawings were Michael Halloll won the 3 day 2 night stay at Silver Legacy resort in Reno and C. Michael Carpenter $1,000.

Gerry mentioned a couple of items from the Ada County Veterans Council. Blue water navy claims are changed as of January 1. If you have been denied, re-apply under the new rules.
There is discussion to move the Veterans Home to the old HP Campus. The current building replaced the one at the current Veterans Memorial Park that burned out in 1952 and is having a lot of maintenance problems.
He moved that the Post buy 10 Wreaths Across America, seconded and passed. They will be placed December 14.

Ron Honea mentioned that if you have a 100% service disability, go to your tax assessor’s office and receive a big discount on your property taxes.
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 2014.

Bruce Irving
Adjutant

Next meeting is the Christmas party December 14 at 1500. there will be a short meeting in lieu of our December meeting.

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