El Cajon Post 303
June 20, 2018
At 1800 - Post members to include John Atkinson, Bill Fuller, Ronny Murphy and Ken Bevil prepared and decorated the tables and setup the boardroom for the dinner and meeting.
At 1815 - Dinner started with plenty of COSTCO Wraps ordered and picked up by Rob Tade. Also, there were several side dishes and desserts that were donated by Post members. These included, salad from Eddie & Carol Murphy, Shrimp from a guest, cookies from Wes, Ice from Jim McKay, June birthday cake ordered by Mike Wilson and picked up by Rob Tade. Also, snacks provided by Carlos Cuellar.
Numerous items were donated for the opportunity drawing which is used to fund the dinners.
June birthday members as well as former US Army members whose birthday was June 14, then WW II and Korean War Era Veterans were invited to come to the head of the line for dinner. The attendance sign-in sheet was passed around, and all present were annotated.
There were 40+ members and guests in attendance at the June meeting.
Opportunity drawing tickets were sold prior to the meeting which are used to help pay for the meal each month. The 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 to give two small cash prizes.
1900 - American Meeting Legion Post 303 was called to order by Post Commander Wes Schermann.
Chaplain Jon Fleming 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 was conducted by the Sergeant at Arms
Wes Schermann-Post Commander-Present
Mark Goodman-1st Vice Commander-Present
Mike Wilson-2nd Vice Commander-Excused-vacation.
Eddie Murphy-3rd Vice Commander-Present
Rob Tade-Jr. Past Commander-Present
All officers were present or accounted for to begin the meeting.
A Happy Birthday was wished for members with June as well as former US Army members.
Visitors and new Post members introduced themselves.
Visitors were recognized.
Wes congratulated the Post members on all their activities which included:
Cajon Valley Community Partner of the Year/Stars in Education event.
American Legion breakfasts arranged by Jon Fleming.
Thanks to Jon Fleming for stepping up to the Chaplain’s role.
Ken Bevil, Ronnie Murphy for visiting Dave & Charlene Williams.
Mark Goodman-Fletcher Hills Memorial Day event assisted by Rob Tade, Bill Fuller, John Atkinson, Ronnie Murphy, Ken Bevil.
WD Hall Bike Presentation, Wes Schermann, Rob Tade, Jon Fleming.
NROTC Commissioning, Rob Tade, Wes Schermann
Post 303 Memorial Day event featuring former Congressman Duncan L. Hunter organized by Rob Tade.
Bradley Court Retirement event/Flag Day event.
Army Birthday celebration at the Navy base with Jon Fleming and Wes Schermann
Congratulations to Post 303 members for having over 100% in membership and making the Post look good at District 22 meetings.
Post Commander Wes reminded Post members to not talk or take cell phone calls during the guest speaker’s presentation. Also pick up any food that falls on the floor.
2nd Vice Commander – Mike Wilson was excused, and Wes Schermann introduced Special Agent Fernando Huerta from the California Attorney General’s office who gave a highly informative talk on the subject of Human Trafficking. This was followed by numerous questions. S/A Huerta was presented with a book and an American Legion Challenge Coin
1st Vice Commander - Mark Goodman gave the membership report which indicated that we are over 100%. Keep up the good work.
Mark also discussed the Fletcher Hills Elementary School Memorial Day event which included visits to classrooms and how it was a huge success and how the young children appreciated it.
One new member Sal Morales from the Army joined.
2nd Vice Commander - Mike Wilson was excused.
It was announced that: Rear Admiral Michael Giorgione, CEC, USN (Ret), a former Commander of Camp David will be the July speaker.
Sergeant Major Devon Lee from MCRD would be the August speaker.
3rd Vice Commander - Eddie Murphy – Gave an update on compliance regulations. Post 303 is in good shape.
Chaplain – Jon Fleming asked us all to keep Dave Williams and Charlene Williams in our prayers. Ken Bevil gave an update on Dave Williams
Finance Officer - Anne Turschmann gave an update on the post finances which are doing well.
There was enough money raised from the Opportunity Drawing to pay for the meal and give two small cash prizes.
Post Service Officer - Roger West –Roger was excused, and John Atkinson gave out information regarding discount Sea World tickets. It was mentioned that Roger’s wife Tammy had provided beautiful quilts to Don Showe and Chuck Sessions.
Adjutant - Rob Tade discussed:
Boys State send off
Stars in Education.
Post 303 -Memorial Day event
Rob, Wes and John Atkinson would be going to the Dept of Calif American legion convention in Sacramento and requested people to take pictures at the Thursday/Saturday breakfasts.
Post Officer’s installation in August.
Post Commander - Wes Schermann’s report:
Thanks to our speaker.
Thanks to Jon Atkinson for his new business card idea telling prospective members the meeting times/locations.
Thanks to Rob Tade for setting up the Memorial Day event.
Thanks to Jon Atkinson and all who set up.
Thanks to all who brought food.
Memorial Day event.
Fletcher Hills School event.
New Business-nothing to report
Good of The Legion-nothing to report
The POW Flag was retired, and a Closing Prayer was offered by Post Chaplain Jon Fleming, then the meeting was adjourned.
An opportunity drawing was conducted by Bill McFarland while the boardroom was cleaned up and supplies put away.