April Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
April 11, 2017

 The colors being in place, Commander Jack Sibert opened the April 11, 2017 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 P.M. at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80.   About 25 Legionnaires and guests were present.
The minutes of the March 14 meeting were approved as read.
Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending March 31, 2017 showing a balance on hand of $30,318.06.  The report was approved and filed for audit.
Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.
Ed Muggy reported membership at 1710 paid members.
Jody Schmale reported for the Legion Riders.  She indicated that the parade season will soom be starting and that the Riders will participate in a Nation Guard send-off ceremony this comng Satruday.  She also indicated that the Riders were conduction a raffle for a Scheel's gift card as their annual fundraiser.
Steve Bartos reported some donors had been located for our alternates and we currently had 24 Boys State participants from Lincoln on the roster.
Dick Clarence and Jack Lyons reported for the Boys Athletic Committee.   At their request, Commander Sibert appointed John Sterns to the Athletic Committee.
Gerry Wolf  reported for the Memorial Squad.  They continue to be busy and have already particpated in more than 50 funerals and other activities this year.
Ed Schnabel reported that Jr. Law Cadet interviews were held last Tuesday.  There were 3 boys who had applied, but no girls.
Lt. Col. (ret.) Terence Plum and Cadets Olivia Pletcher and Bronson Dowding reported on the Junior Air Force ROTC program at Lincoln Northeast High School.   Students from all Lincoln school can participate in the program.
It was announced that Larry Benac had stepped down as Post Adjutant.  Several members have volunteered to help with some of his duties until a new adjutant is found.   It was also announced that the new office hours were 10:00-12:00 on Monday and Friday and 1:00-3:00 on Wednesday.
Commander Sibert read several resolutions that will come up for debate at the Department Convention in June.  A resolution suggesting a $5.25 department dues increase was probably the most significant.
District 15 Commander Wade Graft presented Ed Schnabel his medal as recipient of the District 15 Citizenship Award for 2017.
Commnander Graft also made several other announcements.  Viet Nam Recognition Ceremony at the VA Headquarters on April 18.  Veterans Court dedication ceremony on April 19.  Veterans Town Hall at the VA Hospital Auditorium at 6:30 P.M. on April 20.  Koffee Haus at the VA Hospital on April 21.   The Music Festival will be held on June 24.
The Commander announced that nominations for officers will take place at the May meeting.  A speaker has been scheduled to talk on consumer fraud.
TAPS was read and the Post 3 meeting was closed in proper form at about 7:45 P.M.

Steve Bartos