THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 8 August 2017
The joint meeting of this post and its auxiliary was called to order by Commander Bob Batty at 1900 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies.
Roll call of officers was taken with 12 present and 1 (excused) absent.
The Adjutant read the minutes of the July general and executive board meetings. There was a motion and second to approve both minutes as read. Both motions were carried.
Guests: Gail Andre Kjell, Auxiliary President, who spoke briefly about the Auxiliary’s upcoming programs including a Packer/Bear football party on Sunday, November 12th; a Kentucky Derby party on Saturday, May 5th, 2018.
Mary Garner, Auxiliary 1st Vice, who spoke briefly about their upcoming fundraiser – a cookbook. Mary asked for all to participate in this fundraiser by submitting recipes (3—5 recipes from each member). The proceeds from this fundraiser will support our Legion post building program.
Mary Lewandowski, Auxiliary 2nd Vice, who spoke briefly about membership.
Sandy Mack, Unit 288 Immediate Past President, who drew the name of our Post’s scholarship winner. Samantha Grady was chosen with David Leszcynski the runner-up. Samantha Grady will receive a total of $1000 ($500 from the post; $500 from the Auxiliary). Sandy also talked about the Auxiliary’s upcoming fundraiser on September 30th, their 5th annual Fashion Show “Weddings of Yesterday”. The Auxiliary has requested the use of the coat room for this fund raiser----so the video poker machines will be not be available for use for 5 hours during this fashion show.
Julie Muhlie, 1st Vice Commander 2nd District. Julie will talk later in the meeting about membership.
1st Vice Jim Lee – reported that he expects all members at this meeting to have their dues paid by next month’s meeting. Jim also announced that post member Conrad Karnish was called home to the Lord this day.
2nd Vice Rob Hanke – asked for any ideas for upcoming ads in the News Graphic. Membership will be a main topic of September’s ads.
3rd Vice Jerry Smith – reported rifle squad practice will be here at the post from 10 – 11 a.m. on August 26th and that twice a month practices will begin in September (the 2nd and 4th Saturday’s). Jerry reported he has a signup sheet for all 5 home football games at CUW and asked for volunteers.
Finance Officer Rod Kison - reported the following:
- Checking account balance forwarded 7/1/17:
- Receipts for the month:
- Disbursements for the month:
- Checking account balance 7/31/17:
- Cash funds available less restricted funds:
Commander Batty reported on the amount that this post has to date in the post building fund.
There was a motion and second to accept the finance report as presented. The motion was carried.
Bar Report Rick Siefert – reported on July deposits, expenses & bar fish fry account a current balance. There was a motion and second to approve the bar report as presented. The motion was carried.
Chaplain Kent Bolyard – reported presenting a Bible to the Batzko family last Saturday at post member Larry Batzko’s MFH.
Service Officer Ed Downey – handed out cards with information on our weekly cup of coffee hour (starting on August 10th ---- 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Jim’s Grille in Cedarburg).
Historian Bob Skidmore – reported on Auxiliary’s Trees for Home event at the post last month.
Commander Batty read thank you letters from Senior Ozaukee Softball League for our recent contribution towards the purchase of a new AED; from Matthew Haasch for winning $250 in the Legion’s Americanism in Government scholarship; from Joe Wonkowski for winning the post’s Armbruster Scholarship Award.
Commander Batty reminded all of Cedarburg’s Wine and Harvest Festival is coming up on September 16th and 17th and asked for volunteers for parking cars.
Commander Batty announced the 2nd District’s POW – MIA Silent March coming up on September 9th at Germantown Post 1.
Commander Batty read an e-mail from Dr. Jeff Whittle, a VA physician who is asking for support of a Boy Scout Eagle project for Chris Rizzo in Boy Scout Troop 71. Following discussion, it was agreed that we should ask this boy scout to come to a membership meeting to present his Eagle Scout project (e-mail letter is attached).
Commander Batty reminded all of the next Maxwell Street Day on September 3rd and asked for volunteers for parking cars.
Past Post Commander Al Klug made a motion that the raise in parking rate here at this post only for festival parking (the next event is Wine and Harvest Fest)----those proceeds from that raise in parking rate be put into the post building fund. There was a second to the motion and following discussion the motion was passed.
Service Officer Ed Downey – presented bids for parking lot crack filling. Gierach had the lowest bid from 3 contractors and following discussion there was a motion and second to accept the bid from Gierach. The motion was carried.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION
Commander Batty introduced 1st Vice Commander of the 2nd District Julie Muhlie who spoke at length about membership. Some highlights: anyone who renews their membership before November 11th is eligible to be in a drawing for one of two $500 prizes. Julie also announced a “Get One Bounty”-- anyone who recruits a new member will have their name entered into a drawing to win $1000. Julie also announced that the goal for the state of WI is 53,500 members and expects the state to be at 100%.
Commander Batty announced that he and 1st Vice Commander Jim Lee will be in Reno, NV for the national convention and that our 2nd Vice Commander will run the executive board meeting in August.
$50 – Joe Egan
$25 – Rudy Elias
$15 – John Zwicke
$10 – Joy Schramka
POT OF GOLD
Julie Muhlie and John Katzka (who donated the money back to the post building fund)
Roger Johnson and Robb Hanke won bottles of wine donated from Assistant Chaplain Jerry Wanty.
Their being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2034 hours.
Peter Wollner Post 288
The Mighty 2nd District
Department of Wisconsin