THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 11 February 2020
The meeting of this post was called to order by Commander Dennis Jaeger at 1900 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies.
Roll call of officers was taken with 11 present and 2 absent. Quorum present
The Adjutant read the minutes of the January general meeting. There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read. The motion was carried.
The Adjutant read the minutes of the January Executive Board meeting. There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read. The motion was carried.
Introduction of Guests: Brenda Stencil – US Navy, Retired. New member.
LEGION NOTABLES: PDVC and current Post 1st Vice Commander Jim Lee and PDC and current Post Adjutant Bob Batty.
1st Vice Jim Lee: Jim reported the Post is currently at 94.5 per cent of our membership goal and there have been 8 renewals this week. We need to renew 19 additional members to reach our membership goal. So far this year the Post has signed up 14 new members.
2nd Vice Robb Hanke: No Report
3rd Vice Jerry Smith: Jerry reported there are 104 days till a sunny, 73-degree Memorial Day. Memorial Day meeting this coming Thursday, 13 February, is canceled due to Honor Guard commitment that same day. Next Rifle Squad practice Saturday, 22 February at 10 AM.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger: Dennis reported all of our financials have been assembled for the 990 however, with the passing of our accountant, Steve Stecker, his accounting firm does not wish to continue a business relationship with the Post and we will need to identify a new accounting firm to handle our future accounting requirements. The Finance Officer also reported he has renewed and paid for the Norton Security package for the Post computer and is donating the cost. Further, the Tax Exemption report has been submitted to the City of Cedarburg. Of special note; the family and friends of deceased member Thom Brown have donated $2,055.00 in memorials to the Post. The Finance Officer then reported the January 2020 financials.
Motion and second to approve the Finance Report. Motion carried.
Bar Report Rick Seifert: Rick reported that the “3-month ordeal” is finally over, the mirrors and shelves behind the bar have finally been installed. The bill was $889.00. Rick reported January was a good month for the bar.
Fish Fry Report: Rick reported that the Fish Fry cash was $2,480.50. Fish Fry tips were $502.24. Fish Fry credit was $2,864.76 with 378 dinners served.
Motion and a second to approve both the Bar Report and the Fish Fry Report. Motion carried.
House Report: Ed Downey reported on the new LED lights installed in the main hall. New lights are LED’s will not smoke nor burn. Overall the Post is in good shape. Ed pointed out the new mats that cost $2,300.00 and indicated it was a necessary purchase to protect the carpeting and to keep guests and workers from falling. He asked for a motion from the general body for approval of the purchase. Ed also reported that the Post tools are now locked up in the Post Armory to prevent them from “walking” away. Ed thanked Dennis Loberger for his help in moving the work bench into the Armory.
Motion and a second to approve the purchase of the floor mats for kitchen and foyers. Motion carried.
Chaplain: Jerry Wanty reported he sent two sympathy cards to the families of William Helm and to Rick Hokans for the unexpected and sudden passing of his wife. There was a moment of silence held for both families.
Service Officer: No Report
Historian: No Report
SAL: No Report
Other Committees: None
CORRESPONDENCE: Commander Jaeger read a letter from Doug and Barb Lackey that contained a donation of $75 in honor of Walter Raebel. Commander also read a thank you letter from the Cedarburg Chamber of Commerce thanking the Post for continuing its membership.
Finance Officer – Bills to be paid? – Bills totaled $3,083.34
Motion and second to pay the bills. Motion carried.
Commander Jaeger reported on the repair of the bar cooler. It was decided to use Champion Air for the repair as the prior company failed to repair the cooler properly and further, the owner of Champion Air is a Post member.
Bob Batty reported on needed help for the upcoming 21 February 2020 Fish Fry.
Commander Jaeger announced that the 2nd District Public Safety Awards are due to District by March 15. Commander Jaeger and Kim Queen will be contacting the Police Chief and the Fire Chief for candidates.
Commander Jaeger again announced that the Post Grand Opening, Open House will be May 17, 2020, 1 pm to 4 pm. The committee meeting for the open house is February 28, 2020 at 2 pm at the Post.
Commander announced that Interfaith Caregivers of Ozaukee County will speak at the March general meeting.
Commander noted there will be a presentation of a program called, “Aftershock, The Human Toll of War” to be held on February 25th at 7 pm in the CUW Terrace Room. Any interested parties should see the Commander.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION:
Commander Jaeger announced the Milwaukee Wave Appreciation Game to be held Sunday, February 16th. It is free for all veterans and active duty military personnel. If interested in attending, please see the Commander.
Commander Jaeger received a letter from the Pitch for Matt Bean Bag Tournament looking for donations. While the Post has donated to this cause before, it is a Grafton based entity and the Commander questioned if we should donate. He will refer this issue to the Post Executive Committee.
The 2nd District Legion Riders Chili Cook-off will be held Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the Saukville American Legion Post 470. Time is 5:30 pm to 9 pm and the cost is $10 at the door.
Commander reminded all of the upcoming American Legion State Bowling Tournament at Watertown Bowl North on the weekends of March 28th & 29th; April 4th & 5th; April 18 & 19th.
Jerry Gomez needs dishwashers for the Fish Fry. Coach said he will provide at least 4 individuals from CUW.
REMEMBRANCE CEREMONY: Chaplain Jerry Wanty and Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond held a Remembrance Ceremony for Post members who passed during the 2019 and 2020 year.
288 SCHOLARSHIP – No drawing; not all tickets sold.
POT OF GOLD
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2004 hours.
Robert Batty, PDC
Peter Wollner Post 288
Department of Wisconsin