Regular Meeting of American Legion Post 3
Lincoln Elks Lodge #80
December 12, 2017

 The colors being in place, Commander Jack Sibert opened the December 12, 2017 meeting of American Legion Post 3 at 7:00 PM at the Lincoln Elks Lodge #80.   About 30 Legionnaires and guests were present. 

Upon proper motion, the minutes of the November 14, 2017 meeting were approved as read.

Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the month ending November 30, 2017 showing a balance on hand of $42,003.38.  The report was approved and filed for audit. 

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

Ed Schnabel reported that 2018 membership stood at 1420  ---- still down more than 300 members from our 2018 goal of 1750.  It was reported that the warning in the Lincoln Legionnaire about the dues increase taking affect on January 1 resulted in no apparent influx of renewals as might have been expected.

Jody Schmale reported for the Legion Riders.  She indicated that they had recently performed a flag line, will ring bells for the Salvation Army on Wednesday, and will hold election of officers at their December meeting on the 21st.   She indicated that most officers would succeed themselves.

Dr. Jackson reminded everyone that Post 3 would ring bells for the Salvation Army tomorrow afternoon at 6 sites.  There will not be a social gathering following the bellringing this year.

Dr. Jackson also reported on County Government day.  He indicated that the event was held on November 15th, but there was little participation from the schools.

Pam Alm reported for the Athletic Committee.   There are still many concerns about the future of American Legion baseball sponsored by Post 3.   Negotiations with the City of Lincoln continue regarding their increasing costs for field use, and the outlook is not good.

 Lowell Vestal provided some information about upcoming commissioning ceremonies to be held for the several ROTC programs at the University of Nebraska.

Fred Chrastil reported for the Memorial Committee.  They have or will participate in 2 Wreaths Across America ceremonies and plan to ring bells tomorrow.

Jerry Cummings gave an update on some recent POW / MIA activity.

It was announced that the SAL and the 40/8 would meet next week.

The meeting was temporarily suspended so that the Auxiliary could join the group for some musical entertainment provided by a choir from Lincoln Southeast High School.

 When the meeting resumed, Commander Sibert presented Admiralships in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska to Ed Schnabel and Wade Graft in recognition of all they do for veterans, Post 3, and the American Legion.

Commander Sibert announced that the Department of Nebraska will sponsor a revitalization effort at
Department Headquarters on January 15th and 16th. Volunteers will be needed to help make phone
calls to contact expired or un-renewed members. National staff will be present, and the national
organization will contact the unpaid members in advance to alert them to the effort.
There was discussion about the new Victory Apartments and the assistance being provided by the
various veterans service organizations in Lincoln. Upon proper motion, the post agreed to donate
$500 to the effort.
TAPS was read, and the Post 3 meeting was closed in proper form at about 8:00 PM.
Following adjournment, the members of Post 3 and Unit 3 enjoyed refreshments provided by the
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