THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 9 January 2018
The joint meeting of this post and its Auxiliary unit was called to order by Commander Bob Batty at 1905 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies.
Roll call of officers was taken with 12 present and 1 absent.
The Commander thanked the Auxiliary for preparing and serving the meal prior to our joint meeting. Auxiliary member Carol Grotkiewicz presented to Commander Batty a card and check for our post building fund in honor of Past Post Commander Dan Grotkiewicz.
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.
1st Vice Jim Lee – reported that our post is at 83.63% of membership and that our county is #5 out of 6 counties in the 2nd District.
Finance Officer Rod Kison reported the following for the month of December 2017:
- Checking account balance 12/1/17:
- Total receipts for the month:
- Total disbursements for the month:
- Checking account balance 12/31/2017:
- Cash funds available less restricted funds:
Commander Batty reported that on our building fund, along with future pledges. There was discussion on current financial practices. It was agreed that quarterly financial audits need to be instituted. There was a motion and second to approve the finance report as presented. The motion was carried with one nay vote.
House and Bar/Fish Fry Report Gene Szudrowitz – reported 390 meals served at our December fish fry. A new dishwasher will be installed this week in the bar. Gene also reported that a new commercial hot water heater was installed, along with new gas pipes. There was a motion and second to approve the house report as presented. The motion was carried.
Chaplain Kent Bolyard – reported a Bible was presented to the Franklin Krueger family.
SAL Commander Jerry Gomez – presented to our post a check for our post building fund from Squadron 288 and promised this amount will be donated in each of the next two years.
1st Vice Commander Jim Lee announced the amount that the Peter Wollner Post 288 Legion Salvation Army Bell Ringers collected during this past campaign and Jim thanked all who participated in this annual event.
Commander Batty read thank you letters from:
- Zablocki VA Veterans for our Christmas party;
- a Christmas card from Huey 369
- a Christmas card from the men and women from Dom 123
- a thank you from VAMC for sponsoring fish fry dinners for Zablocki veteran
- the Royal Lau Special Gorilla Unit for our recent donation
- a thank you from Stars and Stripes Honor Flight for a recent donation
Finance Officer Rod Kison reported several unpaid bills. There was a motion and second to pay all the bills. The motion was carried.
Commander Batty reminded all of the 2nd District 4 Chaplains Observance dinner on February 3, 2018 to be held at Grafton Post 355.
Executive Board member Greg Jourdain – reported this post will break ground on our new addition in April 2018. Greg reported that this post will host a “Building Addition Party Kickoff” on April 21st here at the post from 1 p.m. – 6 p.m. Raffle tickets will be sold for a gun raffle that this post is sponsoring (4 rifles/pistols will be raffled off) – tickets are 5 tickets for $20.
Executive Board member Art Filter made a motion to make a donate to the Cedarburg Lions Club for their Ice Burg Open fund raiser in February. Following discussion, the motion was carried.
Post member Debbie Gabert asked that our post NOT break ground until after the Auxiliary’s “Dance of the Decades” to be held on April 14, 2018. Debbie also asked for volunteers for this committee.
Commander Batty reported on Huey 369’s request for donations for their museum in Peru, IN. Our post is a “Lifetime Member” of this organization. Following discussion, there was a motion and second to approve a donation to this organization. The motion was carried with 17 for the motion and 8 against the motion. The motion was carried.
Commander Batty introduced County Commander Jim Johnson. Jim talked briefly about membership and mentioned that the veteran’s memorial at the Justice Center in Port Washington is in bad shape and that the Legion would be working with county government to raise funds to repair this memorial.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION
Judge Advocate Keith Collins – reported that he would be willing to take donated clothing, shoes, etc. down to Zablocki VA. Following discussion, you can drop off donated items at the post vestibule lobby (screen door) and Keith will pick up items every Thursday.
Post member Curly Hanrahan – reported that the 2nd District Legion Riders will be hosting a chili cook-off at the Saukville Post 470 on February 10, 2018 starting at 4 p.m.
Commander Batty reported that this post will be hosting a “Legion College Basic Course” this Saturday, January 13th starting at 8 a.m.
Commander Batty reminded all of the 2nd District 4 Chaplains Observance dinner on February 3, 2018 to be held at Grafton Post 355 with cocktails at 5 p.m. and dinner and program at 6 p.m.
Adjutant Dennis Jaeger – reported that the 2nd District “9 – Pin Tap Fun Bowl Fundraiser” will be held on Sunday, February 25th at the Watertown Bowl 18 with registration starting at noon. Cost is $10.
Commander Batty reported on an e-mail received by the Adjutant. A local Cedarburg man, Benjamin Oakes, will assume command of the USS Pinckney (DDG-91) an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the United States Navy on January 26, 2018 in San Diego, CA. His father Bill was wondering if our post has any recognition for individuals who achieve this goal. Our service officer reported that this man went to Badger State Boys, went to the Naval Academy and graduated with honors. Following discussion, it is agreed that this post could pay for his membership to this post and that a certificate of appreciation/congratulations could be done for him.
There is no 288 Scholarship drawing this month because all tickets for this fund raiser have not been sold.
POT OF GOLD
Kristyn Burkart and Guy Poisson
Their being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 2031 hours.
Peter Wollner Post 288
The Mighty 2nd District
Department of Wisconsin