THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Regular Monthly Meeting 08 November 2022
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 10 present and 3 absent.
The Adjutant presented the minutes of the 11 October 2022 general meeting. There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read. The motion was carried.
The Adjutant presented the minutes of the 25 October 2022 Executive Board meeting. There was a motion and second to approve those minutes as read. The motion was carried.
Introduction of Legion Notables: PDC and current Adjutant Bob Batty; PDC/NEC Bob Shappell; Past Department and current Post 288 Vice Commander Jim Lee; District Adjutant/Finance Officer and current Post 288 Commander Dennis Jaeger.
Introduction of Guests – Curly Hanrahan introduced new Post member Janet Radke.
1st Vice Jim Lee: Jim reported the Post membership is at about 67% of its 2022 – 2023 goal.
2nd Vice Gene Szudrowitz: No Report
3rd Vice Jerry Smith: Complimented George Maumee, John Katzka, Debbie Gabert and Ray Ronchetti for a perfect Honor Guard rifle salute at the last Military Funeral Honors.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger: Dennis presented the financial report and pointed out several of the larger expenses. Overall, the Post is in good shape financially. He also reported that the $5,000 payment authorized by the Post Executive Committee to Auxiliary Unit 288 for their participation in the Fish Fry has been paid. A detailed written financial report is available to any member upon request. Motion and a second to accept the Finance Report. Motion carried.
Bar Report Rick Seifert: Rick reported that October was a very good month for the bar. Cash income, credit card and hall rentals exceeded $10,000 on expenses of around $2,300. Motion and second to accept the Bar Report. Motion carried.
Fish Fry Report Bob Batty: Bob reported that the October fish fry was a busy event with 357 dinners served. He expects the November fish fry will be good as well and needs a few individuals to step forward to fill some of the remaining volunteer slots.
House Report Ed Downey: No Report
Chaplain Jerry Wanty: Korean War Veterans presented Jerry with Quilt.
Service Officer Howard Honett: Absent
Historian John Katzka: No Report
SAL Jerry Gomez: The SAL currently has 48 paid members out of a total of 66. They are doing well with renewals. If any Legionnaires are paying for their sons or grandsons, dues are $12.00.
Other Committees: None
CORRESPONDENCE: Commander Jaeger read a Thank you letter from the Sorenson Family thanking Post members and the Post Honor Guard for honoring Doug Sorenson. All donations for Doug were given to Honor Flight. The commander also read a letter from Mel’s Charities which included a donation of $500 honoring all veterans and Veterans Day.
Finance Officer – Bills to be paid? The finance officer read the bills which totaled $516.36. Motion and second to pay-the-bills. Motion carried.
Commander Jaeger announced that 52-year Post member Dick Engert was called to Post Everlasting. Details to follow when they are known. In addition, Jim Lee reported on the funeral plans for Post member Ron Vana.
FOR THE GOOD OF THE LEGION
Commander Jaeger announced there will be a Veterans Day program at Lasata Heights on Thursday, November 10th at 9:30 A.M. Jerry Smith provided the details of the Veterans Day celebrations to include the Car Parade, the Program at Webster Middle School, and the drive-thru lunch at the Post provided by Auxiliary Unit 288.
Wayne’s Drive In will offer a FREE MEAL to all veterans and active-duty military ($15 Max) on Veterans Day, November 11th between the hours of 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.
Post 288 Christmas Party will be held on Saturday, December 3rd; 5 p.m. Cocktails, 6 p.m. Dinner, 7 p.m. festivities. RSVP Keith Mason, cost is $25.
ARMY/NAVY GAME party at the Post on Saturday, December 10th – Admission $7.00, Pabst Beer and luncheon provided.
The Post will need one new Sgt-at-Arms by the end of the year. Please ask for volunteers to fill these positions.
2023 Mid-Winter Conference – January 12 – 15, 2023 at Green Bay (Radisson Hotel).
Thursday morning coffee @ Jim’s Grille, 10 a.m.
Salvation Army Bell Ringers, Jim needs volunteers. Jim has sign-up sheets beginning November 8ththru December 24th. Please sign-up if you are able.
POT OF GOLD
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 1951 hours.
Robert Batty, PDC
Peter Wollner Post 288
Department of Wisconsin