Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
June 12, 2018
The colors being in place, Commander Jack Sibert opened the June 12, 2018 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80, with about 50 Legionnaires and guests present.
Four guests and one new member, Mike Durst, were recognized.
Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.
Kent Colson, the Outreach Coordinator at the Lincoln Veterans Center, was introduced. He spoke briefly about the Lincoln Veterans Center, explaining that they provide counseling and help navigating veterans through the system. He also passed out some free tickets to the auto races.
Mr. Colson then presented a Vietnam Veteran Lapel Pin and a copy of President Obama’s proclamation commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War to 40 Vietnam era veterans who were present.
The reading of the minutes was suspended. They were approved as printed and posted on the website or newsletter.
Ed Schnabel gave the financial report for the month showing a balance on hand of $30,890.58 for the month ending May 31. 2018. The report was accepted and filed for audit.
Paid membership for 2018 was reported at 1602 --- a little more than 93% of goal. 13 renewals were received during the last month. An additional 38 members transferred in to Post 3 during the year.
It was announced that the first direct renewal notice for the 2018-2019 year --- mailed by the national headquarters in Indianapolis --- will be arriving in the next couple weeks.
Jody Schmale reported for the Legion Riders. She indicated that the Riders’ poker run and related activities had taken place last week. The turnout was less than hoped for, but the weather and a number of competing activities that weekend undoubtedly kept attendance down.
Jody also reported that she was working on a project to bring an animated movie to Lincoln that tells the story of “Sergeant Stubby --- An American Hero.” The movie is about a canine utilized in combat during World War II. Jody has tentatively set aside September 24th for a showing --- perhaps two showings ---- and ticket prices are likely to be in the $6 to $8 range.
Brendan Moore reported on Memorial Day activities in Lincoln.
Steve Bartos commented on Boys State having concluded last Saturday.
Pam Umphenour reported on baseball and indicated that ticket prices had been increased this year, but veterans are granted free admission.
Fred Chrastil reported for the Memorial Squad. He was saddened to announce that Ray Mathis --- a long time and faithful member of the squad --- had passed away.
Fred Craigie reported that the SAL would not meet in June or August, but would meet in July.
Jerry Cummings reported that 12 servicemen had been repatriated to the United States since last month’s meeting, and 4 of them were from North Korea.
Dr. Jackson announced that the 40/8 would meet next Tuesday.
The election of officers for the coming year being in order ---- and with only a single candidate nominated for each elected position, Fred Craigie moved that the Adjutant be instructed to cast a single vote representing the entire membership present to elect the slate of Legionnaires nominated last month. The motion carried.
Elected to office for next year were:
Fred Craigie --- 3-year term on the Executive Committee
Jerry Cummings --- 2nd Vice Commander
Pam Umphenour --- 1st Vice Commander
Dave Timmerman --- Commander
Commander Sibert announced that the Department Convention would take place in Kearney next week.
Mention was made that Korean War veterans could apply for an Ambassador for Peace Medal at www.veterans.nebraska.gov/Korea.
The Vietnam Veterans reunion will be held in Columbus on August 23-26.
The commander asked the newly elected officers to stand and be recognized.
Commander Sibert reported that the Scholarship Committee had met and awarded a $500 scholarship to Taylor Lemons, Ed Muggy’s granddaughter.
Ed Schnabel and Wade Graft reminded everyone about the Veterans Freedom Music Festival to be held this year in the Haymarket on June 23. There are plans to have a booth at the festival, and volunteers are needed to spend some time there. There will be some free parking for volunteers on Canopy Street during the time spent hosting the booth.
Fred Craigie reported that he had been the Memorial Day speaker at Platte Center, and that a very nice memorial was dedicated there that day.
One of the Legionnaires present reported that there is an exceptional veterans’ memorial at Angel Fire in New Mexico.
Pam Umphenour made an announcement about upcoming Koffee Haus events at the VA Hospital.
TAPS was read, and the meeting was closed in proper form at about 8:10 PM.
District 15 POST 3
123 S. 84th St. Suite L
Lincoln NE 68510
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.