AMERICAN LEGION MEETING MINUTES
El Cajon Post 303
February 21, 2018
At 1800-Post members decorated the tables and set up the boardroom for the dinner and meeting.
At 1815- Dinner started with plenty of Costco Pizza ordered by Rob Tade and picked up Don Showe. Also, there were several side dishes and desserts that were donated by Post members. These included, salad from Gladys, cookies from Wes and a February birthday cake ordered and picked up by Mike Wilson.
Numerous items were donated for the opportunity drawing which is used to fund the dinners.
Rob Tade laminated Post membership cards with his laminator.
February birthday members, WW II, then Korean War Era Veterans were invited to come to the head of the line for dinner. The attendance sign-in sheet prepared by Jim McKay was passed around, and all present were annotated.
There were 55+ members and guests in attendance at the February meeting. Including two new members.
Opportunity drawing tickets were sold prior to the meeting which are used to help pay for the meal each month. Post Commander urged people to buy tickets and stated this is how we get our “free” meals. Enough tickets were sold so as to be able to pay for the meal and two small cash prizes.
1900- American Meeting Legion Post 303 was called to order by Post Commander Wes Schermann.
Chaplain - Don Showe offered an Opening Prayer and then we recited the Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble to American Legion Constitution.
The Post Commander pointed out the POW table to members.
Officers Roll Call
Wes Schermann-Post Commander-Present
Mark Goodman-1st Vice Commander-Present
Mike Wilson-2nd Vice Commander-Present
Eddie Murphy-3rd Vice Commander-Present
Rob Tade-Adjutant -Present
Rob Tade-Jr. Past Commander-Present
Rod Slavin-President of the Post 303 Post ALR Chapter- Present
All officers were present or accounted for to begin the meeting.
A Happy Birthday was wished for members with February birthdays to include Pork Chop Chuck who was not able to attend. Tribute was made to the all our past US presidents in honor of President’s Day.
Visitors and new post members introduced themselves.
Visitors were recognized.
Wes congratulated the Post members on all their activities which included:
District 22 meeting which discussed:
AL Baseball, PTRM and Stand-Down.
Money to SDSU.
District 22 Oratorical Contest.
POW WOW at Cuyamaca College.
Rod Slavin aka IRISH gave a young lady $100 from the Post 303 for her selling of Girl Scout cookies.
2nd Vice Commander – Mike Wilson introduced Captain Brien Dickson, USN, CO Naval Base Pt. Loma who gave a truly outstanding talk which was followed by numerous questions.
At the end of his presentation, he received a book about the Submarines and another book about the career of a Navy Nuclear submariner and an American Legion Challenge Coin. Additionally, Capt. Dickson received a Guest Speaker Certificate of Distinction. Also, the PAO of Naval Base Point Loma received an American Legion Challenge coin for her efforts in arranging the talk. Post commander Wes accepted a Pt. Loma Base Challenge coin on behalf of the Post
1st Vice Commander - Mark Goodman gave the membership report. The Post is doing outstanding and we are now at 96% of our 2018 goal.
2nd Vice Commander - Mike Wilson. Mike gave a report on the upcoming America on Main Street which will be held on May 19 from 1400-2100. The Post will have a booth. He talked also about how he, John Atchison and Post Commander Wes handed out 667 US Flags at the US Naturalization Ceremony.
He also stated that Navy Captain Scott Mulvhill, CO Navy Base Coronado and an F18 pilot will be March’s speaker.
3rd Vice Commander - Eddie Murphy – Gave an update on the new compliance regulations.
Chaplain - Don Showe gave an update. The following Post 303 member have gone to Post Everlasting:
and Joseph Scannocchio.
Prayers were also requested for:
and Ben Saia.
Finance Officer - Anne Turschmann addressed her detailed finance report and passed out copies for the members to review. Anne stated that the Post was in good shape financially. There was enough money put into the opportunity drawing to pay for the meal and give two cash prizes.
ALR President - Rod Slavin aka IRISH. IRISH announced that the Post 303 AL Riders were going to create a new ALR Chapter with Post 364 in Santee and turn in their Post 303 Charter. He gave as a reason that they wanted a brick/mortar building in which to operate to do fundraisers. IRISH stated that the Riders would still keep their individual Legion memberships in Post 303. Post Commander Wes thanked them for their service and wished well in future endeavors.
Post Service Officer - Roger West – Roger stated there was an upcoming food drive but that members would have to register.
He also stated that Post 303 would have a recruiting booth outside of the WalMart in Lakeside on March 17, 18.
Adjutant - Rob Tade discussed:
2018 Oratorical Contest
Duncan Hunter Golf event for Wounded Warriors
America on Main Street
Baseball opening on February 24-stated one team has not responded to our offer to sponsor them and we are not going to keeping asking them to let us sponsor them.
Boys State interviews will be held on March 18 at the Elks Lodge.
Rob also brought a laminator for laminating Post 303 membership cards and it was utilized by many post members.
Rob also gave members the opportunity to order name tags.
Post Commander - Wes Schermann’s report:
John Atchison gave a report on how interesting the Oratorical contest was and how our candidate Ivan Jimenez took second place. He encouraged all Post 303 members to attend this event in the future.
New Business – Nothing to report.
Good of The Legion-Nothing.
The POW Flag was retired, and a Closing Prayer was offered by Post Chaplain Don Showe then the meeting was adjourned.
An opportunity drawing was conducted while the boardroom was cleaned up and supplies put away.