Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
September 8, 2020
The colors being in place, Commander Wade Graft opened the September 8, 2020 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80 with 18 Legionnaires present.
The minutes of the July meeting were read and approved.
Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending August 31, 2020, reporting a balance on hand of $37,337.36. The report was accepted and filed for review.
New or members not recently at a meeting were introduced. Robert Enlow, Adolf Siezl, and Roy Valentine.
Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.
Adjutant Schnabel thanked those who have been helping process memberships in the office. He indicated about 900 memberships have been processed so far.
Bruce Gubser reported for the Legion Riders. He announced that the Riders would meet at the Denton American Legion next Thursday. He also reported that the Riders held their poker run with 38 participants playing 99 hands. $778 was raised for Operation Comfort Warrior.
Dr. Jackson indicated he would be checking with the Lancaster County Commander about County Government Day. Ed Muggy commented briefly about the Oratorical Contest. It was mentioned that no one is currently in charge of ROTC activities.
Gerry Wolf reported for the Honor Guard. He indicated that while their activities had been diminished by the pandemic, the Honor Guard had served at 33 funerals, assisted the VFW with 39 funerals, and participated in 11 other activities so far this year.
Gerry also went on to report that Post 3 had contacted the funeral directors in the area to remind them that Post 3 is ready and willing to provide honors at any veteran’s funeral and certainly should be contacted if the deceased is a Legionnaire. He also indicated that the funeral directors were provided a copy of the protocol that should be followed when contacting Post 3 for assistance.
Fred Craigie reported that because of the small numbers attending Sons of the American Legion squadron meetings and because of the Elks’ current hours of operation, Squadron 3 is going to move their meetings to the Post 3 business office at 123 South 84th.
Dr. Jackson indicated that Voiture 103 would meet next Tuesday at 7:00 PM --- and that no meal will be served. It will be a meeting-only promenade.
Adjutant Schnabel presented a pin and plaque to Dr. Jackson in recognition of his service as the Post 3 Commander. A similar pin and plaque was presented to Gerry Wolf in recognition of his completion of a 2-year term as District 15 Commander. Incoming Post 3 Commander Wade Graft received his commander’s pin, and Ed Muggy received his district commander’s pin.
Bruce Gubser reported on a potential project to provide some Post 3 outreach to veterans in some of Lincoln’s retirement or assisted living facilities. Consideration is being given to making some kind of contact with the veterans on their birthdays. Cindy Wamsley suggested that monthly visits to a facility might be more manageable than trying to visit each individual veteran on his or her actual birthday. Jack Sibert suggested that providing a card from Post 3 would be appropriate. Details need to be investigated and studied.
Commander Graft announced that Rick McLaughlin had constructed and donated a 3-dimensional wooden flag the post could auction off as a fundraiser. Jack Sibert indicated that details of how to submit a bid can be found on the Post 3 website. Bids will be accepted until the day of the October meeting.
Upon motion by Fred Craigie and a proper second, Steve Bartos was recommended for a 4-year term on the Legionnaire Club, Inc. Board of Directors.
Upon motion by Schnabel --- and subsequently amended by Sibert --- the post agreed to send a sympathy card and donate $250 to the family of slain police officer Mario Herrera.
Chaplain Jackson read taps, and the meeting was closed in proper form at 7:40 PM.