American Legion members hold meeting, discuss Freedom Rock

Commander Randy Kessler formally opened the meeting at 7:05 p.m. In the newly remodeled lower level of the post home. As is customary in all meetings the Commander calls for all members to come to attention and salute the flag and the chaplain Don Bailey gave the opening prayer. Sgt-at-Arms Bob Popp then came forward placing the POW-MIA flag on the empty chair in remembrance of POW-MIA still unaccounted for.

All membership then recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Legion Preamble. Commander Kessler called on Adjutant Paul Heckman to take roll and read past meeting minutes.

Finance Officer Dan McCready then gave a report on the golf course and lounge followed by a report by Ron Estabrook on the golf course condition and an update on the 200+ bricks to be laid around the Freedom Rock before Memorial Day. Vice-Commander Dennis Drager gave the membership report of 507 paid to date.

Historian Bob Popp gave a report on additions to the history book followed by Ken Breinig Head of the Honor Guard. Breinig noted Full military honors were preformed at seven funerals in April and also reported on the condition of the Honor Guard Bus.

Mike Gowdy Commander of the S.A.L. gave the financial report and a membership report noting the addition of Michael Hanken as a new member. Mike Ball gave the American Legion Riders report noting upcoming events.

Moving forward was discussing of old business in the form of an update on taxes, insurance and the finalization of the budget. An update on redoing the tee box and approach on number one and the installation of new carpet in the pro shop it was also noted volunteers were needed for the removal of the fence on No. 10 tee box.

Under new business the final two golf committee members were approved and noted that legionaries Estabrook, Kent Carson, Dick Mielsel, Jim Schilling, Mark Moler and Ron Hildebrand along with non-legion members Meg Sponseller, Kurt Leger and Mike Wagner will make up the committee.

Also being brought up was a new sidewalk to be constructed from the Freedom Rock to the F4 jet. Cafe table and chairs for outside the pro shop, renewal of the food and liquor licenses, gambling and lottery licenses as well as adding a pull-tab machine in lounge.

Commander Kessler also reminded the membership on elections in July for Adjutant, Vice-Commander (Drager), Chaplain and Finance officer. It was also noted a nominating committee needs to be formed for this purpose.

With no other business to be discussed the meeting was adjourned at 7:57 p.m.