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THE AMERICAN LEGION PETER WOLLNER POST 288

Executive Board Meeting 28 January 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 14 present and 2 absent.  Quorum present.

Guests: Ed Downey, Service Officer

COMMITTEE REPORTS

1st Vice Jim Lee – Jim reported he is beginning to make house calls for members who have yet to renew and that we are 34 renewals short of our 347-member goal.  The Post has 12 new members and 2 transfers, but we have lost 8 members since Christmas of 2019.  Percentage wise the Post is over 90 per cent.

2nd Vice Robb Hanke – Discussed monthly ad at the Rivoli and the placement of ads in the News Graphic.  The Board felt the ad could be improved by making it a video clip. The 2nd Vice will look into the matter and effect the necessary changes.

3rd Vice Jerry Smith – Reported on upcoming funerals involving our Honor Guard.

Finance Officer Dennis Loberger – No Report

Bar Chairman Rick Siefert – Rick reported that the glass shelving and mirrors are now in place behind the bar. Waiting on bill.  January Fish Fry was decent, bar revenues were $2,427.00 with $234.00 in credit card charges. We served 378 fish fries, also a good number.  Rick deposited $2,480.00 for the Fish Fry with tips of $502.00 and $2,864.00 in credit. Rick requested an explanation as to why the Fish Fry is shut down for July and stated he against doing so. Fish Fry Chairman Bob Batty explained that the Fish Fry always falls on the weekend of the Legion State Convention and too many volunteers are away at the convention to adequately staff the Fish Fry.

Motion and second to approve the Bar Report.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to donate $150.00 to the Lion’s Cedarburg Open Golf.  Motion carried.

Motion and second to fix or replace cooler behind bar using Champion Air.  Motion carried.

House Chairman Gene Szudrowitz – Ed Downey reported that we need to replace the indirect lights and fixtures in the main hall as they are extremely old, inefficient and pose a smoke and fire hazard. This is deemed an emergency.  

Motion and a second to replace all fixtures and lighting in the hall.  Motion carried.

Chaplain Jerry Wanty – The Chaplain read a thank you note from Scott Lewandowski thanking the Post for the walkthrough and Honor Guard for Matt Lewandowski.  He also reported he sent a get-well card to Coach Collins who is recovering well from his fall.  The Chaplain held a moment of silence for recently deceased members Walt Raebel and Steve Stecker. 

Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond – Asst. Chaplain Bill posed a question about a flag used on the casket of a World War II vet.  Family wants to surrender the flag; Bill wants to know what to do with it.  After some discussion it was decided the Post take possession of the flag.

Judge Advocate Tom Ingram – Tom questioned whether we should report Post finances at a general meeting with visitors present. After some discussion it was determined that it is at the discretion of the Commander if he/she wishes that information published with visitors present.

Immediate Past Commander Bob Batty – Donations from the Stelter and Kindt families for funeral honors were forwarded to Bob Batty for deposit in the Building Fund account.  Bob felt these donations should go to the Memorials or general account(s).  The Executive Board agreed and the funds were turned over to the Finance Officer for deposit.

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD

Art Filter – No Report

Rick Siefert – No Report

Brian Kjell – Absent

Kim Queen – No Report

 

Adjutant Bob Batty – No Report

 

Correspondence – The Commander read a thank you letter from Scott Bertrand regarding funeral honors for his father and Post member James Bertrand.

 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS -

Finance Officer – Bill to be paid?  Bills totaled: $3,089.75.

Motion and second to pay the bills.  Motion carried.

Commander reported that the Flags and halyards were replaced on the 6 poles at a charge of $379.11.

Jim Lee reported that 20, 288 Scholarship tickets were sold at the Lion’s Club meeting.  About 100 left to sell. 

 

NEW BUSINESS – 

Commander distributed price sheets for Badger Mats.  The House Chair would like to purchase new mats for the kitchen and entryways.  The entryway mats would have the logos of the Legion Family and the Post name on them.  After discussion it was decided to proceed with the purchase of the new mats both for the kitchen and the entryways.

Motion and second to buy Kitchen and entrance mats from Badger Mats for $2,300.00.

Commander requested help with the 2nd District Public Safety Awards.  Kim Queen will help out.

Victoria Benson Hora was considered as a good candidate for the new award of the Educator of the Year, Board agreed.  Legionnaire of the Year will be considered at a later date.

Members of the Lion’s club want to have a weekly cigar night at the Post during the summer months to be held outside on the deck.  After discussion it was decided the Post is a non-smoking building and a group of men smoking cigars on the Legion deck is not an image we wish to convey to the general public.  

Motion and second to have a weekly Cigar night at the Post.  Motion defeated 7 to 5.  

Motion and second to allow the SAL to park cars at the Post during Summer Sounds.  Motion carried.

 

Good of the Legion -

Commander reported on the following events:

Milwaukee Wave Military Appreciation Game, Sunday, February 16th.

2nd District Bowling Tournament; 16 February & 23 February 2020 at Cedars III.

The American Legion State Bowling Tournament – Watertown Bowl North.  

Anyone interested in participating in the above events should see the Commander.

There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was

Adjourned at 2021 hours.

 

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert S. Batty, PDC

Adjutant

Peter Wollner Post 288

Department of Wisconsin

 


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