Legionnaires discuss upcoming events, donations

Commander Randy Kessler opened the meeting at 7 p.m. Robert Popp placed the POW-MIA flag on the empty chair in remembrance of the thousands of Americans still unaccounted for.

Don Bailey, Chaplain, gave the opening prayer followed by membership reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and American Legion Preamble. Adjutant Paul Heckman called the roll and read past meeting minutes.

Commander Kessler also reviewed the appointment of new officers to replace members that have moved out of state. Dennis Drager was moved to vice-commander, Dan McCready new finance officer and Ron Estabrook, golf course liaison.

Committee reports were given with Estabrook giving the golf committee report and Freedom Rock Brick report with estimated 200 bricks to be laid before Memorial Day. Membership stands at 455 or 82 percent.

Ken Breinig gave the Honor Guard report noted three services for December, also a very nice donation from Mitchell Family Funeral Home of a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country van to be used by the Honor Guard. Breinig also noted numerous thank you cards with donations from family members in support of the Honor Guard.

Commander of The Sons of The American Legion Mike Gowdy gave a report on membership along with Jan. 12 at 5 p.m. being the next meeting date where among topics will be a fish fry coming to the Legion Hall.

Gowdy also noted a milestone for the Son’s Nationally going over $7 million in donations to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation.

The Foundation in its 62nd year will this year give out in grant money a total of $618,000 to 20 charities in support of youth serving projects in order to enhance the lives of children by addressing their physical,mental, emotional and spiritual needs.

President of the American Legion Riders Mike Ball gave his report on membership and upcoming events and meals for the Friday night suppers and bingo.

Under old business it was noted that Jay Carollo had presented a list of names of all World War ll Marshall County veterans to be displayed at the Post Home. Also a by-law change to restructure the golf committee membership eligibility standards was discussed and will be voted on at the next general meeting.

Under new business dates of coming events were presented with March 2 being the Legion Post Birthday and general membership meeting, a meal will be catered in from Haley’s at a cost of $10 per plate, RSVP to Pam by Feb. 20. The Department Commander, Third District Commander and State Auxiliary President will be in attendance.

March 14 will be the next Auxiliary meeting, March 17 will be bingo at Iowa Veterans Home and March 18 will be the Foreign Food Fair at IVH. Next it was noted that some donation had come in earmarked for the building and revitalization of the Post Home and a new bank account was set up for that money it was noted that this money was well received because of the need for upgrades at the Post Home.

With no other business to discussed the meeting was closed at 8:10 p.m.