THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Executive Board Meeting 09 June 2020
The meeting was called to order by Commander Dennis Jaeger at 1900 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies.
Roll call of officers was taken with 13 present and 3 absent. Quorum present.
Guests: Ed Downey, Terry Ronsman, SAL
1st Vice Jim Lee – Over 100% with 10 or 12 members still to pay. Jim has contacted these members over four times by email, postcards and phone calls. Jim stated we have close to 20 new members. Jim has the new membership cards for the 2020/21 membership year, but they cannot be distributed until after 1 July 2020. Commander Jaeger complimented Jim on a great membership year.
2nd Vice Robb Hanke – No Report
3rd Vice Jerry Smith – Jerry reported there will be a Rifle Squad practice on Saturday, June 20 at 10AM. State Honors are not notifying funeral directors, but we still receive credit as Jerry sends back the form; the Post Honor Guard has participated in four military funeral honors since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger – Dennis reported he has been paying bills as they come in. The Post currently has a balance of $38,322.80 in the checking account.
Bar Chairman Rick Siefert – Reception was held at the Post for Carol Maumee’s funeral. There was no charge for hall rental or for bartenders. Rick reported since he last went to the bank, he has taken in $784.00 in cash and $411.00 in credit card charges. Further, since we have started to take in bookings, he has ordered product for the bar, specifically liquor. Rick reported lines from the cooler have frozen-up again. He contacted Mike Collins, Champion Air, who determined the problem was a controller and installed a new one. Collins also recommended an ultraviolet filter on the incoming water line for the ice machine to kill bacteria that causes scum buildup in the ice maker. Collins estimated it would cost $300.00 to clean the ice machine.
Motion and second to clean and install an ultraviolet filter on the ice machine. Motion passed unanimously.
Rick reported he has yet to pay the $850.00 owed Economy Glass for the bar mirrors as the job remains unfinished. He has contacted Economy on several occasions and has received no response. He will not contact them again; the ball in their court. Rick also mentioned a problem with a soda pump that will require Coke to fix. Rick asked that anytime anyone notices something off with the soda or soda guns to let him know immediately!
House Chairman Gene Szudrowitz – Discussion on problem with water pressure in the Post. Pressure from the city dropped. All seems OK at this time.
Chaplain Jerry Wanty – Presented Bible at Bill Helm’s Funeral. Jerry also played taps at the funeral.
Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond – No Report
Judge Advocate Tom Ingram – No Report
Immediate Past Commander Bob Batty – No Report
Art Filter – Asked who would pay for the painting of the display case used by the Auxiliary. All agreed the Auxiliary would pay.
Rick Siefert – No Report
Brian Kjell – No Report
Kim Queen – No Report
Adjutant Bob Batty – No Report
Correspondence - NONE
Commander Jaeger received a letter from the Cedarburg Lions Club with a check for $1,200.00 for paying the post bartenders at their meetings September through May. Check has been deposited.
Commander Jaeger read a letter from the National Commander congratulating him on reaching 100% membership. Included was a signed picture of National Commander Bill Oxford.
Pay the Bills: Dennis Loberger reported the following bills for payment: Culligan for: $25.75; Cedarburg Light and Water for: $10.25 for a total: $36.00.
Motion and second to pay the bills. Motion approved unanimously.
Ed Downey reported CK repaired the roof over the kitchen. CK noted several soft spots in the roof and that the roof may last another five years but may still develop a leak before then. Ed received a bid from P&R Cleaning for $1,950.00 to deep clean the kitchen. Monday, June 15th at 9 am Ed needs help at the Post moving equipment out of the kitchen. Ed also reported on the basement leak (did not cause any damage) and discussed a simple fix. He also recommended installing gutter guards to help prevent further basement leaks. Ed will get pricing on gutter guards. City requires we clean the hood and fan vents in the kitchen; Kevin from West Bend is insured and certified and cleans vents for restaurants in the area. Ed will get a bid for the vent cleaning. Plantings around Post have been weeded.
Motion and second to approve P&R to deep clean the kitchen for $1950. Motion passed unanimously.
Discussion ensued regarding re-starting the Vet’s coffee hour at Jim’s Grille on Thursday mornings. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic it was still deemed too soon to start back.
Commander will be meeting with rep from Rural Insurance on Keith Collins fall last June 11, 2019.
There was discussion regarding whether there were any improvements that might be made to the stairs that would make them truly non-slip. Decision was to leave them as is.
Taking into account the Badger Bounce Back Plan of the State of Wisconsin it was decide not to hold the July General Meeting nor the July Fish Fry. The Chicken Roast scheduled for the end of July was also canceled.
Motion and second to cancel July General Meeting. Motion approved unanimously.
Commander Jaeger has authorized Jim Lee to begin booking the Post with smaller parties and engagements increasing in size as we move into fall.
The tables and chairs at the Post have been cleaned and sanitized. Post executive board has authorized John Szudrowicz to resume cleaning of both the men’s and women’s restrooms. Bathrooms should be cleaned at least 2 times a month and after every hall rental. Commander Jaeger will meet with John to discuss any additional cleaning costs involved with cleaning after each hall rental.
Commander Jaeger and Adjutant Batty will take the Food Safety – Manager License course offered by Tavern League of WI so that Gene Szudrowicz is not the only licensed person at the Post. Commander will check into dates and times when the course is offered.
Jerry Smith cautioned that with the opening-up of the Post it is imperative that we follow regulations designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, such as social distancing, masks but especially hand sanitation. Hand sanitizer should be available at key points throughout the Post to prevent the spread of the virus.
Motion and second to provide hand sanitizer at every entrance to the Post with signage.
Motion carried unanimously.
Good of the Legion
Commander Jaeger reported the Ozaukee County Commander would like to hold a county meeting at Post 288 on Wednesday, July 15th at 7 pm with a small luncheon served afterward. The executive board approved this request.
The Ozaukee County Commander also wanted to hold the county installation dinner at Post 288 on Friday, August 28th. The executive board felt that Post 288 is too small to hold this event and declined the request.
There was discussion regarding the scholarship the Auxiliary is putting together to honor Carol Maumee. Jerry Smith wanted to make certain that Legion members are aware of its existence. The information will be in the Post newsletter and announced at meetings.
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was
Adjourned at 2020 hours.
Robert S. Batty, PDC
Peter Wollner Post 288
Department of Wisconsin