Executive Board Meeting 23 April 2024


The meeting was called to order by Commander Kristin Burkart at 1900 hours followed by the appropriate opening ceremonies.  

Roll call of officers was taken with 12 present and 4 excused.  Quorum present.

GUESTS: Sandy Mack, 2nd District Auxiliary President, Maggie Geiger, Department Auxiliary President, Al Klug,PPC.

Sandy Mack spoke regarding Sweat4Vets and how the Post might help and support the program. She mentioned the cost of the bus during the march and to ferry people between the posts is $610.00. Motion and second to donate $610 to Sweat4Vets. Motion carried.



1st Vice Commander Jim Lee – Jim reported the Post is at 96.88% of new or renewed members. 

2nd Vice Commander Gene Szudrowitz – No report. Jerry Smith inquired if we are advertising the Memorial Day Parade at the Rivoli. The answer was no. The Memorial Day Parade will be advertised through the placement of posters around the city. 

3rd Vice Commander Jerry Smith – 34 days until Memorial Day.  The next Memorial Day committee meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21st starting at 6:30 p.m.  Stage setup Saturday, May 25th at 10 am. Two Funeral Honors upcoming. 

Finance Officer Dennis Loberger – No report.

Bar Chairman Rick Siefert – Excused

House Chairman Ed Downey – Absent.  The commander reported the chairs and tables ordered for the basement and the barstools for the main bar may arrive May 5th or 10th

Chaplain P.J. Glavey – No report

Assistant Chaplain Bill Raymond – Absent. 

Judge Advocate Tom Ingram reported that Jerry Smith declined the 3rd vice commander position.

Immediate Past Commander Dennis Jaeger – All the service flags on the Memorial in Legion Park have been replaced plus Space Force flag added below the Air Force flag.

Post Adjutant Bob Batty – No report. 



Art Filter – No report.

Ray Ronchetti – No report.

George Maumee – Excused. 

Debbie Gabert – Worked on the Post website and put pictures of the Post facilities under “Facilities Rentals.”



Thank you card from Aglow for the use of the Post facilities for their meetings.

A Memorial Gift in the amount of $100.00 was given to the Post in honor of Mike Giles by John and Karen Haen with the gift to be acknowledged to his wife, Nan Giles. 

North Shore Marine Detachment 1289 presented the Post with their annual donation of $600.00.



Bills to be Paid: Finance Officer Dennis Loberger read the bills to be paid totaling $7,392.67.  Motion and second to pay the bills.  Motion carried.



Bob Batty presented new pricing for the Post Fish Fry. The increase is due to increased costs of fish. The new pricing will go into effect with the June Fish Fry. Motion and a second to approve fish fry price increases. Motion carried.

The VA is now allowing resident veterans to attend functions away from the Zablocki Campus. There was discussion regarding resuming Zablocki Vets attending free fish fries at Post 288. As the Fish Fry is a “fund raising” venture and we already give away close to $600 per fish fry in dinners to our volunteers; it was decided by the Executive Board of Post 288 not to resume this program. It was decided to support the VA in other ways. There was further discussion to invite the VA to the Chicken Roast and restart the VA Vets Christmas Party.  Motion and a second not to bring the VA back to Post fish fries but contribute to the VA in other methods. Motion carried with one nay.



Post 288 monthly Fish Fry on Friday, May 17th

Auxiliary Sweat 4 Vets Walk – Saturday, May 18th – starting at Post 288 at 9 a.m. and walking to Grafton Post 355

Department of Wisconsin Chaplains Retreat – tentatively scheduled for May 17 – 19, 2024 at Camp American Legion

Department of Wisconsin Legion Family Testimonial Dinner – Saturday, May 18, 2024, at LaSure’s Banquet Hall in Oshkosh, WI 

Thursday morning coffee @ Jim’s Grille, 10 a.m.

Commander Burkart informed the Executive Board she will be on vacation from June 25th to July 9th and during the latter half of that time she will be unreachable. Prior to those dates she will have plans in effect to cover any issues that may arise during her absence. 


There being no further business the meeting ended with the appropriate closing ceremonies and was adjourned at 1957 hours.

Respectfully submitted, 

Robert S. Batty, PDC

Adjutant Post 288

Department of Wisconsin

The American Legion