THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288
Executive Board Meeting 24 August 2021
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 11 present and 3 absent. Quorum present.
Guests: Howard Honett, Post 288 Service Officer; Ted Jirchefski, Post member; Kris Gomez, Auxiliary Unit 288.
Kris Gomez spoke about holding a Legion Family fund-raising event. The Auxiliary plans to hold a “Beer Garden” event on Saturday, October 9th. She asked if the Legion would help cover the cost of the band which would be between $200 to $500. The Auxiliary would also like to have a quarter barrel of beer on hand and Kris wanted to know what issues (if any) were of tapping the barrel on Legion property and what to do if there is leftover. After Kris left the building discussion ensued as to what support the Legion would provide with the Beer Garden fund raiser. Motion and second to donate $250.00 to the Auxiliary Beer Garden fund raiser. Motion carried.
1st Vice Jim Lee – No Report
2nd Vice Gene Szudrowitz – Absent
3rd Vice Jerry Smith – Jerry reported on two upcoming Military Funeral Honor requests and the request by the Cedarburg Fire Department for our Honor Guard to participate in their Flag Raising Ceremony on 9/11.
Finance Officer Dennis Loberger – Dennis reported that CD2162 will mature and automatically renew on August 31, 2021. He will call the bank and lobby for a better interest rate. The Post insurance policy is up for renewal and as instructed, Dennis obtained three bids. The two best bids were from our current carrier (Rural Insurance) and Penn National Insurance Co. The recommendation was to go with Penn National as they had the lowest cost and coverage was comparable to our current carrier. Penn National bid was obtained through the MacGillis Insurance Agency. Motion and second that the Post change its insurance carrier to Penn National Insurance Co. Motion carried.
Bar Chairman Rick Siefert – Rick reported August has the makings of a good month; credit card and cash bar sales look very good. He also reported that the Bloody Mary Tour of Ozaukee County (to be held on September 26th ) would like to start their tour this year at the Peter Wollner American Legion Post. The Bloody Mary’s are all donated, and the proceeds given to the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Motion to donate 30 Bloody Mary’s for The Bloody Mary Tour on September 26th; all donations to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. Motion carried
House Chairman Ed Downey – Ed addressed the heavy rain that caused the basement and armory to flood. The drain in the outside stairwell became plugged and the stairwell filled with water which in turn leached under the fire door into the armory and the basement. To prevent this from occurring again the recommendation is to cover the stairwell into the armory. Ed will contact McCoy Waterproofing and others for advice and possible bids to repair foundation issues. Howard Honett, a professional engineer (retired) will also provide possible solutions. Ed reminded all that the hall floor will be cleaned and refinished on September 3rd and 4th and at the same time the carpets will be cleaned. All should stay away from the Post on those days. Sometime in September the bar and kitchen floors will be cleaned, stripped, and resealed. Post sign is completed except for the Legion emblems. There was discussion regarding what form of landscaping should be around the sign. No decision was reached. Ed recommended building shelves in the storage room to house the new sound system and other items. The shelves would be purchased at Menards, but he needs a volunteer to help him with the assembly.
Chaplain Jerry Wanty – No Report
Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond – Absent
Judge Advocate Tom Ingram – No Report
Immediate Past Commander Bob Batty – No Report
Art Filter – No Report
Rick Siefert – No Report
George Maumee – No Report
Kim Queen – Absent
Commander Jaeger read a thank you letter from Stars and Stripes Honor Flight for our donation of $500.00 at the request of the Tom Drefahl Family.
Commander Jaeger read email from Second District Commander Jim Johnson reminding the Post of Department’s Celebration of Freedom to be held September 23rd through 25th at headquarters in Portage. They are looking for attendees and volunteers.
Bills to be Paid – The Finance Officer read the bills totaling $3,221.06. Motion and a second to Pay the Bills. Motion carried.
Commander Jaeger was contacted by the Cedarburg Fire Department with a request that our Honor Guard participate in a Flag Raising in City Park on September 11, 2021, in honor of the 20thAnniversary of 9/11. There will be a luncheon at 12 p.m. with the service at 1 p.m. Honor Guard members participating in the service are invited to the luncheon. Jerry Smith will coordinate volunteers for the Honor Guard.
Commander Jaeger formed an ad-hoc committee to update and review the Post’s constitution and bylaws. Proposed members are Ted Jirchefski, Tom Ingram, Bob Batty, and Dennis Jaeger. First meeting date TBA.
The Greater Cedarburg Foundation Gala will be held October 2, 2021. This year their Trolley will operate between the Cultural Center, Cedarburg Fire Department and Peter Wollner Post 288. The Post will provide a tour of the building and complimentary beer and wine which will be reimbursed by the Foundation. Ed Downey and Jim Lee will be present as hosts.
Ozaukee County Council Flag Retirement will be held October 7th at 6 p.m. hosted by Peter Wollner Post 288. The actual Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held at Fireman’s Park. The CFD has been notified and the basket to contain the burning flags has been procured.
Good of the Legion
Commander Jaeger announce the following:
102nd National Convention in Phoenix, AZ, August 26 – September 2nd. Four members of this post are attending.
3rd Annual Celebration of Freedom, Legion Headquarters, Portage, September 24 – 25, 2021.
Thursday morning coffee, Jim’s Grille, Cedarburg at 10 a.m.
Tom Ingram announced he will be on the next Honor Flight accompanied by his daughter; all in agreement, well deserved.
There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was
Adjourned at 2014 hours.
Robert S. Batty, PDC
Peter Wollner Post 288
Department of Wisconsin