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OCTOBER 1, 2019


Meeting was called to order with the appropriate opening ceremony by President Maggie Geiger

All 8 officers present

Shirley Krier-Treasurer Report

            Checking Beginning Balance                                     $

            Ending Balance                                                           $

            Money Market Balance                                              $

            Savings Account (Poppy Fund) Balance                    $ 

Last month’s meeting minutes approved and placed on file

Old Business

ALA-In-The-Know-Maggie Geiger

  • Approximately 40 will be attending
  • We will receive $          for hosting
  • Light Breakfast will be served, along with a sandwich, chips/dessert for lunch
  • Cookies served for afternoon snack


Sweat4Vets-Sandy Mack

  • Benefactor of proceeds will go to Veteran Women’s Homeless Initiative, this organization donated over $270,000 to women @ risk of being homeless or are homeless.  The amount granted to each woman can only be given proven all requirements are met and this is only available once to a veteran.


Car Show-Chris Skidmore

  • Amounts raised:    Raffles/Car Tickets                 $

    Cash Donations                       $  

    Total                                        $

    Less Expenses                         -   

    Total                                        $


1/3 to unit             2/3 to Pets for Vets

Motion made by Sandy Mack, 2nd by Barb Frank to increase the donation from $  to $

Motion carried-All in favor

Troop Boxes-Sue Handrick

  • Carol Szuds placed a press release in both the News Graphic/Ozaukee Press for donations of supplies to fill the boxes
  • Drop off is October 26th from 9-noon
  • We are doing 60 boxes/approx. 3 per name
  • Chris Sandoval will obtain some names & Karen Degner-Dept. National Security chair will also provide names


Wine/Harvest Fest-Carol Szuds

  • Due to the weather and the amount of parking spaces VIP used, Courtney with VIP was very gracious and indicated we did not need to share the proceeds this time.
  • Money raised in 2 days                 $ (no expenses)
  • $/3 = $ (units portion)  2/3 = $
  • Motion was made by Sandy Mack to use $          for Heart/Coughing pillows needed at Zablocki Medical Center & $       to be used to purchase bathrobes/umbrellas for Homeless Veterans Initiative, 2nd by Barb Tenpenny, motion carried-all in favor

Display Cabinet

  • Mary Lewandowski has volunteered to design the cabinet once the new glass shelving is put in place
  • Chris Skidmore brought in the gift our unit received from the Pipkorn family which will be placed in the display case.  It is a beautiful basket from Afghanistan

Packer Party

  • Budget was asked for of $
  • Motion was made by Mary Lewandowski, 2nd by Chris Skidmore to spend up to the $, motion was carried-all in favor
  • Motion was made by Barb Tenpenny, 2nd by Mary Lewandowski to donate the 2/3rd of the proceeds to Tiny Homes for Vets which is being built in Milwaukee.  Motion carried-all in favor

Veterans Day Lunch

  • Monday November 11th
  • Approximate cost $ to serve lunch which serves about 30-40 veterans
  • Subs will be served along with beans & a dessert

Ozaukee County Council Meeting

  • Reminder meeting is October 16th, 2019 @ the Mequon/Thiensville post
  • Social @ 5:00 pm, Dinner @ 6:00 pm, Meeting 7:00 pm.
  • Unit will supply a theme basket valued up to $30.00
  • Barb Tenpenny/Mary Lewandowski will put basket together

New Business

Special Guest Speaker-Karen Degner, Department of WI National Security Chair talked about this being Cyber Security Awareness month along with things you need to watch for to protect yourself, along with other National Security Awareness.  Karen also holds a position at the Wisconsin Military Family Assistance Center and a Family Assistance Specialist Contractor.  Karen informed us of the struggles that both veterans and their families come up against that would cause her to be contacted.  Karen will also provide us with names of deployed from WI for our Military Gift Boxes.  Military Financial Aide is funded by WI residents.  A motion was made by Sandy Mack & 2nd by Chris Sandoval to purchase 4-$ gift cards to Walmart & 4-$ gift card to Qwik Trip to have on hand when families are in need.  Motion was carried-all in favor

Mary Jaeger offered a closing prayer

President Maggie Geiger called the meeting adjourned

Pot of Gold Winner:    Barb Frank

Respectfully Submitted

Sandy Mack

ALA Unit 288-Secretary

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