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Regular Monthly Meeting 13 August 2019


The meeting of this post was called to order by Commander Dennis Jaeger at 1800 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies. 

Roll call of officers was taken with 12 present and 1 absent.  Quorum present.

Guest Speakers:  Auxiliary President Maggie Geiger introduced Senior Poppy Princess Alexis Roethle. Alexis gave a talk regarding her time as the Poppy Princess.

Maggie then introduced Bob “Skid” Skidmore to talk about the Auxiliary Car Show on 8 September 2019, 10 AM to 3 PM. Donations will go to Pets for Vets; they train dogs as companions for veterans.  

Shirley Krier presented a check from the Auxiliary for $942.43 to the Post for helping distribute Poppies.

National Executive Committeeman Bob Shappell presented awards to Auxiliary members Maggie Geiger, Shirley Krier and Legion member Jim Lee for completing The Wisconsin American Legion College course. 

Meeting Minutes: The Adjutant read the minutes of the July general meeting. 

There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read.  The motion was carried.

The Adjutant read the minutes of July Executive Board meeting.  

There was a motion and a second to approve those minutes as read.  The motion carried.

Guests and Notables: NEC/PDC Robert Shappell, PDVC/1stVC Jim Lee, Past 2ndDist. Adj. Gene Szudrowitz, Past County CDR Dennis Loberger, and PDC/Adj. Bob Batty.



1stVice Jim Lee– Jim reported the Post is currently at 47%, with 164 paid out of a goal 347.  Would like 100% by Veterans Day.  Post lost six members though death this year.  We have seven new members so far this year. Jim also mentioned the Legion Act, recently passed by Congress allowing eligible veterans from 1941 to present to join the Legion.

2ndVice Robb Hanke – Reported on placement of recent ads.  Robb reaffirmed that all ads are placed through the 2ndvice commander.  There was discussion on up-coming ads.

3rdVice Jerry Smith – Jerry reported on the Fall schedule of the Post 288 Color Guard.  He will need volunteers for three CUW home football games and the Cedarburg High School home opener on September 30th.  A color guard is also requested for the Liberty Winds Performance USAF Wind Ensemble for Wednesday, August 21st.

Finance Officer Dennis Loberger –Dennis read the Finance Report for the month of July 2019:

Motion and second to approve the Finance Report. Motion carried.

Bar Report Rick Seifert – Rick reported July was a weak month due to no fish fry.  He reported the bar income and expenses. 

Motion and a second to approve the Bar Report.  Motion carried.

Fish Fry Report - No Report

House Report – Wall is being worked on by Concrete Plus. Found leak down by beam. Being patched, tarred and plastic cap. Leave open for a few months to make sure leak is fixed.  Gene fixed dish washer in the kitchen.  He reported on the air conditioner that cools the hall and why it isn’t working well.

Chaplain – Jerry sent a Get Well card to Bob McPhearson, Bob Stelter, and Dave “Bones” Boyle.  It was reported that Paul Grayhovac, is deceased.

Service Officer – No Report

Historian – No Report

SAL– Jerry Gomez reported he is taking SAL membership tonight. Dues are $9.00. 

Other Committees– None



Commander Jaeger read a letter from Camp American Legion thanking the Post for its $750.00 donation. The Adjutant also read a thank you letter from CUW thanking the Post for donating $1,000.00 to their scoreboard project. In appreciation CUW gave the Post 20 family passes to CUW home sporting events.



Commander Jaeger passed out copies of the updated Post Constitution, Bylaws and Standing Rules for review and approval by the general membership.  Past Judge Advocate Keith Collins explained changes and took questions. 

Motion and second to approve the Constitution, Bylaws, and Standing Rules. Motion carried.

Jim Lee reported on Maxwell Street Days parking, 1 September 2019 and October. Passed around a sign-up sheet.  Jim also needs volunteers to park cars at the Post for Country-In-The-Burg, August 24th.  Charge will be $20.00 per car.  

Bills to be paid: Three bills for a grand total of $26.92.

Motion and second to pay the bills. Motion carried.



Commander Jaeger presented Art Filter with National Commander’s award for signing up three new members.  

Commander Jaeger presented a Certificate of Appreciation to George Heblinger for his service as Post Armorer. George is moving to Arizona to be near family.

Legion Act signed into law – Rick Wallock signed up as a new Legion member.

Presented 2019 100% Membership streamer awarded at Department Convention.

Presented Certificate of Recognition – Blood Donor Program awarded at Department Convention.

Presented 2019 Post Retention Award awarded at Department Convention.



The Vietnam Memorial Moving Wall will be displayed at the Sheboygan Veterans Memorial Park on August 23, 24, and 25thalong with Huey 369.

Celebration of Freedom at Veterans Memorial Field, Columbia County Fair Grounds, September 4 – 8, 2019 put on by The American Legion Department of Wisconsin in celebration of the Legion’s 100thyear.

The Second District POW/MIA Silent March will be held on Sunday, September 8that 10 AM at the Celebration of Freedom, Columbia County Fair Grounds.  There will be a Flag Retirement ceremony following the Silent March.

Weekly cup of coffee at Jim’s Grille on Thursday’s at 10 AM.

USAF Band, Liberty Winds performs at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, August 21stat the Cedarburg Beer Gardens.  Admission is free.



$50 – Jim Salp

$25 – Cindy Cowie

$15 – Jeff Hoffmann

$10 – John Kuerschner



Kim Queen

Erv Herman


There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2039 hours.  


Respectfully submitted, 


Robert Batty


Peter Wollner Post 288

Department of Wisconsin