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February 27, 2017
Date and Time: February 27, 2017, 1800 hours
The meeting was called to order by Commander Freeman at 1900 hrs. The following members and guests were present:
David Freeman-Commander, Larre Robertson-Chaplain/Bugler, Bruce Irving-Finance Officer, Jack Youngs-1st Vice Commander, David Shively-2nd Vice Commander, Susan Barnett-Service Officer, Ira Smith-Honor Guard Commander, Marv West-Bugler, Matt Wroble-Dist 3 Commander/Dept Membership Chairman, Frank Leffler-S.A.L., Pamela McCawley-Aux, Fran Smith-Aux, Judy Shively-Aux, Cyndi Freeman-Aux, Julie Budell-Aux, Che Davis, Paul McCawley, Chuck Hawkins, Carlos Fleetwood, Dave Banker, Jack Thompson, Will Dugan, Lloyd Keithly, Robert Grimes, Mike Polk II, Richard Joswick, Larry Molnar, Dan Geib, Kevin Bishop, and Adam Isla. Guests: Sean Brown, Niel Anderson- Post 35 and Andrea Molnar McCarty.
Colors were saluted. Larre Robertson led the opening prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Commander David Freeman. The attendees all recited the preamble to the American Legion Constitution. POW/MIA Ceremony.
QUORUM: Commander Freeman requested from acting Sgt at Arms (Chuck Hawkins), if the post had a quorum. Chuck Hawkins indicated that the post did have a quorum. There are 6 officers, 1 S.A.L., 5 Auxiliary, 15 members and 3 guests.
POST MINUTES: Commander Freeman asked for a motion to accept the minutes from January meeting. Finance Officer Bruce Irving requested that the minutes be accepted as posted on the website. The motion was seconded and the vote was unanimous to accept the minutes.
GUEST ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: Sean Brown- S.A.L., Visitor: Neil Anderson- Post 35 from Caldwell with Larry Molnar and his daughter. Dist 3 Commander-Matt Wroble.
ADJUTANT’S REPORT: None- Mike is home recovering from surgery.
1st VICE COMMANDERS REPORT: Made phone calls and e-mails for new members/transfers. Boys State is coming up in June. April 15th is the deadline. $400 is the cost per boy, must be a junior. Retention of members is better at post level than National web site. Dist 3 conference is 29 April in Meridian. Department conference is 13-17 July in Pocatello. Make sure to report Blood donations. Complete background checks for activities with youth programs. Since 1 July District 1st Vice has completed 635 hours and traveled 4506 miles. Department Membership is ranked 14th in the nation, Dist 3 is 4th in the Department of 9 Districts, post is at 95% membership.
FINANCE OFFICER REPORT:
Checking Account has $4125.44 of which $268 are dedicated funds. Dedicated funds: Unit 39 $248 and Youth-$20. Savings Account has $5,111.47. Since January meeting, we have received $750 for the Honor Guard with $146.47 in expenses and received $160 for the Merchant Flag program.
SONS OF the AMERICAN LEGION:
27 members have renewed for 2017 so far which brings us to 73% of our goal. Our next meeting is Saturday, March 4, 1000 hours at Camp Freeman.
2nd VICE COMMANDER’S REPORT: Dave Shively has packets- Cost $400 post not providing funds this year. Hardships on case by case basis. Talk to Vision Charter School, Middleton and Notus schools. Samsung Scholarships available both Girl’s and Boy’s State applicants as well as college credits that may be earned. 15 April is deadline for applications and funds.
CHAPLAIN’S REPORT: No report
SERVICE OFFICER’S REPORT:
20 hours and 60 miles.
Collected $1300.00 of manufacturer’s coupons for each base- Sasebo, Japan and Bamberg, Germany. Tax season is here- file your taxes by 15 April deadline. Homeowners exemptions also due by 15 April. Announced 6 post members with birthdays in February: Kevin Bishop, Betty Corn, Ronald Coulter, Bob Pelcher, Bruce Peterson and Allen West. The stranded Veteran we donated $50 to arrived back in Oklahoma safely and notified Jack. I am stepping down as Post Service officer- looking for a replacement.
DISTRICT 3 ADJUTANT REPORT:
District 3 spring meeting will be held at Meridian Post 113 on 29 April. Oratorical Contest: Dept contest was held 18 Feb in Mountain Home at post 26- Lachlan Fredericks from Meridian is on his way to National. National oratorical contest is 22 and 23 April.
AUXILIARY:
Dues for senior members are $35.00/ year with $28 going to Dept and $7 staying with the Unit. Junior Dues are $3/year with all of it going to Dept. Officers were supposed to be sworn in by Judy Gill tonight. Monthly meetings to be held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 1800 hours. 1 March meeting will be held at Judy Shively’s house. President- Susan Barnett, Secretary- Julie Budell, Treasurer- Judy Shively. Girl’s State packets are in- All applicants must have completed packets in to Dept by 15 April with all fees. Cost for Girl’s State is $375.00. We have 3 interested Girls from Vision Charter School. (overflow from Nampa).
HONOR GUARD REPORT: In February completed 6 missions and posted flags in Middleton and Star on President’s Day.
 COMMANDER”S REPORT: Dave is going to talk to the pastor in charge of Adventure Land Plaza about possibly moving our monthly meeting there. Cost of donation to church was discussed. Post donated $100 for Christmas Party, possibly $50 per meeting for regular monthly meetings. Trolley house in Middleton costs $25/hour to rent- no exceptions. Possible to get the auxiliary to serve snacks/drinks for donations, will discuss further.
March’s meeting will be elections- All offices are open, if anyone is interested contact Mike Carpenter- nominations may also be made on the floor of the meeting.
3 additional members are looking to join the honor guard. Uniform trousers are a problem- Quartermaster no longer makes our honor guard trousers. No manufacturer in the US makes or offers slate gray trousers- Dave is investigating trouser replacements.
UP COMING EVENTS: Middleton Seniors having BBQ in late May- looking for $300 donations to purchase meat. Motion was made by Mike Polk to provide $250 including $20 in Youth funds towards Middleton’s Senior BBQ. Seconded and passed- 2 objections.
GOOD of the LEGION:
  Middleton Gazette is under new ownership. 1st edition supposed to be coming out 1 April.
Wreaths were finally picked up about 2 weeks ago from the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery after all the snow melted.
There being no further business, Chaplain Larre’ Robertson led the attendees in a closing prayer. “Till We Meet Again” was recited and the colors were saluted. The meeting was adjourned at 2000 hours.