THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 8 January 2019
The meeting 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 absent.
The Adjutant read the minutes of the December general meeting. There was a motion and second to approve the minutes as read. The motion was carried.
Guests: County Commander Jim Johnson and Post 1881 member Ed Garza.
1st Vice Jim Lee – reported that we are at 93.37% of membership with 311 renewals out of 347 and 13 new members along with 12 deaths. We are 23 members short of being 100%.
3rd Vice Jerry Smith – reported next rifle squad practice will be on 1/26/2019 at 10 a.m. Jerry reported that there are 138 days until Memorial Day and informed the membership that the first Memorial Day committee meeting will be held on January 24th at 7 p.m.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger reported the following for the month of December 2018:
- Checking account balance 12/1/2018:
- Total receipts:
- Total disbursements:
- Checking account balance 12/31/2018:
- Cash funds available less restricted funds 12/31/2018:
There was a motion and second to approve the finance report as presented. The motion was carried.
Chaplain Jerry Wanty – reported that he and Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond visited post member Jim Bertram. We will bring our Thursday morning coffee to Jim at Lasata on January 24th at 10 a.m.
SAL Commander Jerry Gomez – reported 39 out of 63 members paid which is 61.9 % of membership.
Member Erv Herman thanked all for selling 288 Scholarship tickets.
Commander Batty read a Christmas Card from American Huey 369 and Healing Patriots; read a thank you letter from Healing Patriots for our recent donation; a thank you letter from Auxiliary member Mary Garner for our support; a thank you letter from Board and Brush for hall usage; a thank you letter and donation from Donna Kindt and the Alan Kindt Memorial.
Service Officer Ed Downey – reported on the progress of our new addition.
Commander Batty reminded all of the Mid-Winter Conference at Ho-Chunk Casino in Wisconsin Dells on January 18-21, 2019 and the great training opportunities on Saturday of that conference. There will also be a Blood Drive held at this conference.
Commander Batty reminded all of the 2nd District 4 Chaplains Observance dinner on February 2, 2019 at the Five Pillars Banquet Hall. This event is hosted by the Sheboygan County Council and the cost is $20 per person (which this post will pay for......including spouse). This sign-up form needs to be returned by January 28, 2019.
The Wisconsin American Legion State Bowling Tournament is being hosted by Playmoor Lanes in LaCrosse, WI from March 30th thru April 28th.
The Ozaukee County Legion bowling tournament is being hosted by the Van Ells Schanen Legion Post 82 at Harbor Hills Bowling Center in Port Washington on March 9th starting at 1:30 p.m.
Adjutant Jaeger made a motion to donate to the Cedarburg Lions Club for their Ice Burg Open being held on February 16th. There was a second to the motion and following discussion, the motion was carried.
There was a motion and second to destroy last years 288 Scholarship tickets. The motion was carried.
There was discussion on this post's use of Keith Collins deuce and one half at parades and other events. Following discussion, there was a motion and second to approve the purchase of two (2) tank-fulls of diesel fuel for the Collins deuce and one half. The motion was carried.
Member Tom Ingram reminded all of the 40/8 meeting here at the post next Wednesday, January 16th starting at 10 a.m.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION
County Commander Jim Johnson spoke briefly about membership. Commander Johnson also spoke briefly about the American Legion Law Enforcement Academy being held the last week in June. This year it is open to junior and senior high school students.
Commander Batty reported the 2nd District Oratorical Contest will be held during the Department Mid-Winter Conference at Ho-Chunk Casino in Wisconsin Dells on January 19, 2019.
Our weekly cup of coffee continues on Thursdays at Jim's Grille at 10 a.m. (hosted by Post 288).
Commander Batty announced he will not be in attendance at our next executive board meeting on January 22nd because of Department meetings in Washington D.C.
Commander Batty reminded all of the next Ozaukee County Council meeting which is being hosted by Grafton Post 355 on March 7th 2019 starting at 7 p.m. All post members are encouraged to attend.
NEC Committeeman Bob Shappell reminded all of the American Legion college course opportunities being hosted by Saukville Post 470. There will be a BASIC course offered on March 3rd; an INTERMIDIATE course being offered on March 24th; an ADVANCED course being offered on March 31st with all courses starting at 9 a.m.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger – made a motion to donate to an American Legion post in Indiana that hired a CPA who subsequently embezzled 50K and now this post is in danger of going under. Following discussion, the motion was defeated.
Member Curly Hanrahan reminded all of the 2nd District Legion Riders 5th Annual Chili Cook-off being hosted by Saukville Post 470 on February 9th starting at 5:30 p.m.
Member John Katzka reminded all of his series of talks (Tracking the World's Hot Spots) going on at the Cedarburg Public Library every 3rd Thursday of the month. His next talk will center on events in the Middle East. This event starts at 6:30 p.m.
POT OF GOLD
Tom Ingram and Bill Raymond
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2015 hours.
Peter Wollner Post 288
Ozaukee County Council
The Mighty 2nd District
Department of Wisconsin