THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 10 December 2019
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 12 present and 1 absent. Quorum present.
The Adjutant read the minutes of the November 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 November Executive Board meeting. There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read. The motion was carried.
Introduction of Guests: Blaine Hilgendorf – Rock of Ages Memorial – Presentation of Certificate of Appreciation. Samuel Luis Kurten, Scout Troop 830 – Presented Eagle Scout project; flag stand and cabinet to hold flags and flag stands.
Legion Notables: NEC, PDC Bob Shappell; PDVC, 1st Vice Commander Jim Lee; PDC and current Post Adjutant Bob Batty.
New Members: Greg Rothe, Mark Schneider, John Sherman
1st Vice Jim Lee: Jim reported that he has been out distributing blankets (provided by the Auxiliary) and cookies to Post members at the various nursing homes around town. Jim read a postcard he sends to members to encourage them to renew their membership. He also reported we are doing well with membership renewals; we are at 80.12% of goal and need an additional 69 members to achieve our goal. This year we have 13 deceased members, but have added 11 new members, best record in the 2nd District.
2nd Vice Robb Hanke: No Report
3rd Vice Jerry Smith: Jerry provided a year-end report detailing the activities of the Post 288 Honor Guard. He reported that the Post 288 Honor Guard participated in 32 Military Funeral Honors in 2019; about one every 10 days and a three-hour commitment for each member for each funeral. Jerry recognized Lew Holtzclaw for having participated in 29 of the 32 Military Funeral Honors the Post participated in during 2019.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger: Dennis reported on Post revenues and expenditures for the month of November. He also reported on all Post bank accounts to include Checking, CD's, Money Market, Bar and Building Fund accounts.
Motion and second to approve the Finance Report. Motion carried.
Bar Report Rick Seifert: All work on the bar finished except for Economy Glass. Not a great month for rentals but a very good fish fry. Rick also introduced two new bartenders Tyler Wittock and Kristin Burkhart. Rick also reported on bar revenues and expenditures for the month of November.
Motion and second to approve the Bar Report. Motion carried.
Fish Fry Report: No Report
House Report: Christmas wreaths were hung on two doors as per the Executive Board. The wreaths were purchased at Costco. Birchwood doing good job plowing and salting. The right urinal in the basement is flooding and requires a plumber.
Chaplain: Sympathy cards sent to the Brown and Neuswanger families. A Get Well Card sent to Walt Raebel who is feeling down. Talked about the problems with the call sheets and attendance at walkthroughs.
Service Officer: Ed Downey spoke regarding Buddy Checks and how all members should call each other to promote comradeship. Jim Lee brought up the fact that both Jack and Joan Neuswanger were members of the Post and with Jack’s passing during the Christmas season Jim felt the Post should do something nice to support Joan as a member. It was determined a gift basket would be a suitable gift. Kristin Burkhart volunteered to purchase and deliver the gift basket.
Motion and a second to get a gift basket for Joan Neuswanger not to exceed $100.00. Motion carried.
Historian: No Report
SAL: Jerry Gomez reported that membership is at 52 members out of 63. They are doing well but it is always difficult getting those last few unpaid members. He also reminded everyone that SAL dues are still $9 for 2020 but will be going up to $12 for 2021.
Other Committees: Jim Lee thanked all the Post members who have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army. He also mentioned that Post 288 members have been ringing the bell for the Salvation Army for the past 13 years!
CORRESPONDENCE: Commander Jaeger read a thank you letter from Matthew Richter and his mother thanking the Post for the use of our facilities for Matthew’s Eagle Court of Honor. At the Post Christmas party, the Auxiliary presented Commander Jaeger with a Christmas Card which contained a check for $1,000.00 and a wish that the money be used for a new sound system. The Auxiliary is also requesting that the Post put up 50% of total cost ($664.20) of shipping troop boxes for their Troops Deployed program. This amount had been approved by the Executive Committee last May 28, 2019. The Commander read a brochure from the Tavern League of Wisconsin Food Safety training program. Bob Batty and Commander Jaeger will attend this training. The Post received a Memorial donation of $20.00 from Jeff and Beth Harenda in honor of Thom Brown.
Finance Officer – Bills to be paid totaled $3,350.79.
Motion and second to pay the bills. Motion carried.
Fish Fry Chairman Bob Batty reported on status of help for the December 20th Fish Fry. Servers, table busing and dish washers are still needed.
Commander Jaeger reiterated that the Army/Navy game is this Saturday, doors open at noon, game starts at 2 pm CST and entry fee is $5.00.
Tom Ingram gave a report on the Sunday, Zablocki Christmas Party. He asked that the Cedarburg High School Chamber Choir and String Ensemble be given an additional $250.00 for a total donation of $500.00. Tom Ingram talked about the need to get new and/or additional entertainment for the Zablocki Vets Christmas Party. He asked the Commander to set up an ad-hoc committee to study the issue and the Commander agreed.
Motion and a second to give an additional $250.00 to the CHS Chamber Choir. Motion carried.
Commander asked for past post commanders to meet to select a post Legionnaire of the Year to subsequently submit to the Ozaukee County Council.
Jim Lee mentioned that during this Christmas Season we shouldn’t forget about our Post members living in nursing and assisted living homes. He and Kristen Burkhart would be willing to purchase and deliver gift baskets to these members prior to the Christmas holiday to demonstrate that we care and are thinking about our comrades at all times of the year.
Motion and second to get Christmas gift baskets for Post members living at Lasata, Village Point Commons and McKinley Place and to spend no more than $300.00. Motion carried.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION:
288 Scholarship Program: Chairman Guy Poisson reported there are 161 tickets dispersed out of 300 and he has only gotten the money for 25 tickets. He implored the membership to get behind this program and to buy or sell the remaining tickets.
Ed Downey reported the Post will cleaned (top-to-bottom) between Christmas and New Years by P&R Cleaning Service and asked members to STAY OUT unless they plan to help clean!
Jerry Gomez reported he needs help on the 2nd shift dishwashers for the December 20th Fish Fry. Interested parties are to see him after the meeting concludes.
John Katzka mentioned that on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at 6:30 pm, at the Cedarburg Library there will be a wrap-up regarding Foreign Affairs for the year 2019. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Kim Queen reported that the Milwaukee Military Historian’s Club will meet at the Rose-Harms American Legion Post at 7 pm on Monday, December 16, 2019. The topic will be the Battle of the Bulge. Three participants of that battle will be present to discuss their experiences during the battle.
Robb Hanke, Kim Queen and Dennis Loberger all warned the membership to be aware of holiday scams involving computer emails, credit cards, telephone calls and gift cards.
Erv Herman reported on the new National U.S. Army Museum. Erv had brochures for anyone interested in donating to this good enterprise.
Commander Jaeger encouraged all interested in learning more about The American Legion to sign up and attend the 2020 Midwinter Conference at Ho-Chunk Hotel and Casino, January 16th through the 19th. Commander Jaeger also announced that Post 288 is hosting the 2nd District Bowling Tournament on February 16th or the 23rd (depending on weather) at the Cedars III. Cost is $20 per bowler; all invited to attend.
$50 – David Boyles
$25 – Alec Wolter
$15 – Jen Miller
$10 – John W. Bitter
Motion and second to destroy the 2019, 288 Scholarship Tickets. Motion carried.
POT OF GOLD
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2037 hours.
Robert Batty, PDC
Peter Wollner Post 288
Department of Wisconsin