Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
October 10, 2

The colors being in place, Commander Jack Sibert opened the October 10, 2017 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80.   About 25 Legionnaires and guests were present.  Commander Sibert thanked Vice-Commander Timmerman for leading the September meeting. 

The minutes of the September 12, 2017 meeting were read and approved.

Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending September 30, 2017 showing a balance on hand of $36,014.86. 

Veterans of the various war eras were asked to stand and be recognized.

Ed Schnabel reported that 2018 membership stood at 1183 ---- 69% of goal.

Ed Muggy reported briefly for the Legion Riders.  They will meet next week and will also participate in the "Haunted Hanger" at the National Guard base.

William Jackson reported on the Salvation Army Bellringers.   Post 3 will ring bells from 2:00 - 4:00 and 4:00 - 6:00 on Wednesday, December 13th.  Six location have been assigned to Post 3.   A sign-up sheet was passed around.

William Jackson and Ed Schnabel reported briefly on County Government Day.   It appears that the event will be held on Wednesday, November 15th. 

Ed Schnabel reported that the District 15 Oratorical Contest is scheduled for 5:00 PM at Department Headquarters on Wednesday, November 8th.   Ed reported that he and others have been trying very hard to promote participation in the schools and with the home-schoolers, but there were no entries yet.

Fred Chrastil reported for the Memorial Squad and about the Gold Star Families Memorial dedication.   He also offered some interesting information about a World War II Medal of Honor winner who had been present.

Commander Sibert commented on the Post 3 website.     He indicated that he has a counter on the site, and comments are invited.   He encouraged everyone to visit the site.

It was announced that the SAL would meet next Thursday (the 19th) and that the 40/8 would meet next Tuesday.

MIA/POW Liaison Jerry Cummings indicated he would have an article in the next Lincoln Legionnaire.

Ed Muggy reported that information for the Consolidated Post Report needs to be turned in by May 1. 

Ed also announced that the Elks were selling some raffle calendars for $10 and encouraged everyone to participate in their fundraiser.  He pointed out that the Elks Lodge 80 in recent years has sponsored a delegate to Boys State and Girls State.

Wade Graft announced that the Elks would be hosting a Veterans Day breakfast from 9:00 - 11:00 AM on Sunday, November 12th.    Free to veterans and spouses.

Upon motion by Bartos and second by Ed Schnabel, Fred Craigie was recommended to the Legionnaire Club Board to fill a 4-year term.

Fred Craigie reported on an effort to promote a State Funeral for the last surviving veteran from World War II.

The Commander reported that the one or more Lincoln City Councilmen have be discussing the idea of having a Veterans Day Parade.   The scope of the parade seems to be growing smaller, but all are encouraged to attend a meeting in Council Chambers on October 16th at 3:00 PM.

It was announced that there would be a dedication ceremony for the VA Victory Park housing project at 2:00 PM on November 3rd.

Lowell Vestal reported briefly on ROTC activities at the University of Nebraska.

TAPS was read, and the Post 3 meeting was closed in proper form at about 7:45 PM.

Steve Bartos