Regular meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
March 12, 2019
The colors being in place, Commander Dave Timmerman opened the March 12, 2019 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 P.M. at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80. About 20 Legionnaires and guests were present.
The minutes of the February 12, 2019 meeting were approved as distributed.
Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending February 28, 2019 showing a balance on hand of $37158.38. The report was approved and filed for audit.
No new members were present.
Dean Rohwer was introduced as a visiting guest and would speak later in the meeting.
Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.
Membership was reported as 1417 paid members. This is 88.12% of our National goal.
Ed Muggy reported on Legion Rider activity.
William Jackson reported on County Government Day.
Gerry Wolf reported on ROTC activity. Certificates and medals for the Chancellor’s Review on April 18, 2019 will be delivered to UNL and Lincoln Northeast High School when they arrive sometime next week. Invitations will be sent out to the ROTC Cadre and cadets to attend our next meeting on April 9, 2019.
Gerry Wolf reported on the Memorial Squad. They have attended 35 funerals so far this year. He was disturbed that on 5 occasions recently the Honor Guard was asked to render Honors at a Veteran’s funeral only to find out that another Legion Post had also been called to help. Miscommunications on someone’s part.
William Jackson reported that the 40 & 8 would meet next Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at the Elks Lodge #80 at 7:00.
Dean Rohwer and William Jackson reported on their activity with the Veteran’s Treatment Court. They indicated that it is a very successful program. However, they were asking for volunteers to become mentors.
Wade Graft reported that there is still a vacancy from Area C on the Department’s Children and Youth Committee that needs to be filled. He asked for volunteers.
Gerry Wolf reported that a committee was being formed to conduct a “Buddy Check” for Post 3 members on March 23, 2019 at 9:00 at the Post 3 office. Volunteers were needed. Just show up with your cell phone, charger and a positive attitude.
Chaplain William Jackson read Taps and the Post 3 meeting was closed in proper form at about 7:50 P.M.
Post meetings held the 2nd Tuesday of each month At the Elks Club
5910 South 58th at 7:00 p.m.
All members are invited to attend
Happy Birthday Day, March 15, 2019 is the 100th Birthday of the American Legion. Post 3 and the Auxiliary will celebrate it during our meetings on March 12, 2019. Please try to attend so we can do honor for our past 100 years.
To mark this milestone, the US Congress pass legislation to authorize the minting of a special 2019 Silver Dollar and Half Dollar. These coins go on sale on Friday March 15, 2019. If you wish to purchase some, you need to go to the US Mint web site, will need to act fast, as these will sell out quickly.
March has been a slow month so far processed only 2 renewals by mail and one on line. Total membership at the end of February stood at 1418 paid members, 87% of our assigned goal of 1608. We can still be 100%, need to work on renewing or signing up 190 more during the next four months.
Senator Julie Slama’s bill “American Civics” LB 399. We need to keep supporting it as it moves through the legislative process this session. Bill is currently on the floor for debate, it has been amended slightly, but still has the original intent, that Nebraska Schools’ need to increase the amount of time spent on teaching America History and Government.
LB 153, Governor Ricketts’ Military Retirement Tax Reduction to 50% was held on Thursday February 7th. The bill is currently in floor debate, has to pass three votes before it gains final passage and sent to the Governor for his signature
Nebraska Veterans Legislative Day was held on Friday February 8th, in the Warner Chamber, Nebraska State Capitol. There was a good turnout to learn about the legislation that the Nebraska’s Veterans Coalition is backing as it moves through the Legislature this term.
A good place to keep up on current Veterans related items is by going to Nebraska Veterans Coalition web site.
Post Scholarship Applications
Just a reminder, Applications for one of Post 3, three $ 500.00 Scholarships are due into the Post 3 Office by May 31, 2019.
The Scholarship is open to children, grandchildren, and members to attend a post High School instructional program in Nebraska.
Application is attached below.
Thanks again for your service and thanks for be a member of this Great organization.
Ed Schnabel, Adjutant
Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday, Mar. 12, 2019, at the Lincoln Elks Lodge # 80.
We have 0 new members and 0 Transfer-in, in Feb.
As of Feb. 28 2019, Post 3 membership for 2019 stands at 1418, 86.3 percent of our 2019 goal.
VA Coffeehaus Please join us on the third Friday of every month from 11am – 1230 pm in the Auditorium of the Lincoln VA, 600 South 70th Street. If you would like a Flyer Please let me know.