Meeting of American Legion Post 3 Lincoln
Elks Lodge #80 and also on ZOOM, November 9, 2021
Commander Gerry Wolf opened the November 9, 2021 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge 80 with 17 Legionnaires present. The meeting was also being made available on Zoom.
Steve Bartos read the minutes of the October 12, 2021 meeting; and they were approved without correction.
Adjutant / Finance Officer Ed Schnabel gave the financial report for the month ending October 30, 2021 showing a balance on hand of $49,617.77. The report was filed for review.
Ed went on to report that several members of the post met yesterday morning to formulate a budget for the current year. Ed explained the various items of income and expense which comprised the budget of $63,551 and moved its adoption.
During discussion, Ed Muggy indicated that the post needed to spend more money because the Legion Riders appeared to be spending more than Post 3. He also suggested we should come up with some fundraisers to do so. Fred Craigie pointed out that the Legion Riders were a program of the American Legion and that money donated by them for charitable purposes are reportable on the Post 3 Consolidated Post Report.
Following a non-debatable motion by Jack Sibert and a proper second, the discussion on trying to separate and compare the types and amounts of donations made by Post 3 and the Post 3 American Legion Riders was tabled.
The original motion to adopt the proposed budget was then passed without dissent.
Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.
Vice-Commander Gubser reported for the American Legion Riders. Bruce indicated that he and another Rider had completed
the Lack of Cents challenge and that he had ridden 5329 miles. He also reported that the Riders had participated in an event honoring a Civil ‘War soldier in Plattsmouth and had about 10 Riders participate in the Lincoln Veterans Parade on Sunday.
Bruce also reported for the Legion Riders. He indicated that the riding season was slowing down and that the “Lack of Cents” fundraiser was going to end this month.
Dr. Jackson spoke on Buddy Checks in his Americanism report.
In Vice Commander Hindmand’s absence, Commander Wolf gave Ron’s report on Salvation Army Bell Ringers. It appears that members of the American Legion Family will be covering various locations for 4 full days. The Commander commended Ron for the way the schedule was organized this year.
Ed Schnabel reported that once again Post 3 prepared for the Oratorical Contest with no contestants appearing to compete. He indicated we would have to try a few things a little differently next year to garner some interest and support from our local educators.
The Commander reported that the Memorial Squad remains busy and was scheduled to participate in several Veteran's Day activities on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Commander also reported that Post 3 conducted an honorable flag retirement ceremony earlier in the day. About 10 Legionnaire’s were present for the ceremony and flag disposal. Jack Sibert and Dave Timmerman were recognized for making most of the preparations and Dave was thanked for allowing the ceremony to be conducted on his property.
Brendan Moore reported for the Sons of the American Legion. He indicated that they were at about 90% of goal in membership and would meet this coming Thursday at the Post 3 business office. He also indicated that the Squadron had purchased two patio heaters for the Victory Park apartments.
Brendan also reported that the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier would celebrate its 100th Anniversary on Veterans Day.
The Commander reported that POW / MIA Liaison Wes Newton continues his 1-year deployment to the Mexican border in Texas. He did, however, read a report that Wes had submitted.
Wade Graft reported that Voiture 103 of the 40/8 would meet next Tuesday. He also spoke on the Nurses’ Training Raffle being conducted and invited the Legionnaire to participate.
Nathan Thedford reported on the Pine Lake Park clean-up activity taken on by Post 3 this year and thanked everyone who had come out to help. He indicated that the frequency of the work details would diminish now that the summer season is coming to an end.
Commander Wolf expressed our appreciation to the Elks for treating us veterans to hamburgers tonight in honor of Veterans Day week.
Commander Wolf reported on a request from Unit 3 President Barb Skillman to help the Auxiliary with a Food Basket Project.
Commander Wolf addressed the issue of an ongoing recommendation from the state and national organization for local posts to incorporate and mentioned that one of the benefits would be to protect our individual members. Steve Bartos added a few comments explaining that Post 3 and the corporation would really be one-and-the same and that incorporation would not affect the way the post operated. The current post officers each year would also become the corporation board of directors that year. As now proposed, the September Post 3 meeting would also serve as the annual meeting of the corporation.
Upon motion by Bartos and a proper second, the post authorized the submission of Articles of Incorporation to the Secretary of State.
Commander Wolf mention the upcoming VA Coffeehaus and the monthly Buddy Check on November 22. Brendan Moore commented on the Veterans Walk from Memorial Stadium to Veterans Memorial Gardens. The Lincoln Wreaths Across America ceremony will be held at Wyuka Cemetery on December 18th.
Chaplain Jackson read TAPS, and the meeting was closed in proper form at about 8:00 PM.
Steve Bartos, Recorder