AMERICAN LEGION MEETING MINUTES
El Cajon Post 303
At 1800-Post members decorated the tables and set up the boardroom for the dinner and meeting.
At 1815 - Dinner started with plenty of Albertson’s fried chicken ordered and picked up Jim McKay Also, there were several side dishes and desserts that were donated by Post members. These included white beans by the Wharton’s potato salad from Roger West, cranberries from Marlene Purdy, salad from Gladys and a January birthday cake ordered and picked up by Mike Wilson.
Numerous items were donated for the opportunity drawing which is used to fund the dinners.
January 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 was passed around, and all present were annotated.
There were 50+ members and guests in attendance at the January 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 be able to pay for the meal and to give small cash prizes.
1900- American Meeting Legion Post 303 was called to order by Post Commander Wes Schermann. The Post Commander wished everyone a Happy New Year.
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.
The Sergeant at Arms conducted theOfficers Roll Call
Wes Schermann-Post Commander-Present
Mark Goodman-1st Vice Commander-Excused-ill
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.
Members with January birthdays were recognized. They included Joe Brunner and Chuck Griener. Tribute was made to the birthday of Martin Luther King.
Visitors and new post members introduced themselves.
Visitors were recognized. They included a friend of Don Showe and a friend of Gary Cutshall.
The Post said farewell to the Tom and Jerry Whorton who have been long time members of the post 303 family. We will miss them and hope that they stop in to see us when they are in town.
Wes congratulated the Post members on all their activities which included:
District 22 Revitalization event attended by John Atchison, Mark Goodman and Wes Schermann.
Army beating navy and SDSU.
On behalf of Post 303, tribute was paid to 3rd Vice Eddie Murphy in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the capture of the USS Pueblo.
2nd Vice Commander – Mike Wilson introduced Command Master Chief Jason Torey, US Navy SEALS, as our guest speaker. CMC Torey brought his wife and three kids who had a great time The talk was very well received as evidenced by the large number of questions.
At the end of his presentation, he received a book about the SEALS, an American Legion / Navy Challenge Coin and Guest Speaker Certificate presented on behalf of the Post.
1st Vice Commander - Mark Goodman was sick, so Post Commander Wes gave the membership report. The Post is doing outstanding and we are now at 93% of our 2018 goal.
The following new members were approved for membership in Post 303:
Orville R. Schram
Billy R. Langley
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 .
3rd Vice Commander - Eddie Murphy – Stated the Post was in compliance with all regulations. He mentioned we should thank Bonny’s restaurant for their service to the post. He also pointed out that they have Post 303 pictures on their wall.
Chaplain - Don Showe gave an update. Asked for prayers for Jim Lowe who has stomach cancer. (Jim Lowe has passed away and has gone to Post Everlasting).
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 a cash prize.
ALR President - Rod Slavin aka IRISH . IRISH paid off his Navy bet by delivering a bottle of Makers Mark to Post Commander Wes. Irish then briefed the membership on the upcoming Poker Run. Previously AL Rider George Glover also gave Wes a bottle of Makers Mark in honor of Army beating SDSU. Wes then in a very generous gesture donated one of the two the bottles of Makers Mark back to the AL Riders for their Poker Run.
Post Service Officer - Roger West –Roger stated they were working on an upcoming recruiting booth at WalMart.
Adjutant - Rob Tade discussed:
Duncan Hunter Golf Classic for Wounded Warriors
America on Main Street
FACEBOOK Posts-keep them proper.
Grand jury applications extended till January 26.
Oratorical Contest on 21 January.
Gave out copies of breakfast schedules.
Post Commander - Wes Schermann’s report:
Happy New Year!
ROTC Commissioning on the USS Midway attended by the Adjutant and Post Commander
National Commander ‘s visit
Updated breakfast times:
Thanked people for food.
New Business-Nothing to report.
Good of The Legion-Bea Brunner gave an update on the VFW Poster contest.
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.