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


The colors being in place, Vice-Commander Dave Timmerman opened the September 12, 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.  District 15 Commander Wade Graft reported that Commander Sibert's father-in-law had passed away and Jack was out of town.

 The minutes of the July 11, 2017 meeting were read and approved.

 Ed Schnabel gave the finance report for the months ending July 31. 2017 and August 31, 2017 showing a balance on hand of $19,495.75.  He pointed out that because of limitations on the number of deposits that can be made without charge per month, some late August receipts were deferred for deposit to early September.  The report was approved and filed for audit. 

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

Vice-Commander Timmerman announced that he was suspending the committee reports so that the speakers for the evening could begin their presentation.   Introduced were Stacy Jo Dufault (Chief of Eligibility and Enrollment for the VA's Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System) and Christopher Banks (Chief of the the VA Care Care in the Community (VACC) program for the VA's Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System).  Ms. Dufault made a presentation on the advantages of enrolling in the VA care system, even if already covered by other health insurance.   Mr. Banks discussed the Veterans Choice program and pointed out efforts to improve it and accelerate payments to providers providing the health care.

 Ed Schabel reported briefly on the Oratorical Contest and indicated he hoped we would get more participation this year.

 Pam Alm reported that the baseball season had come to an end and that the Volunteers' Appreciation Dinner would be held next week.

 Fred Craigie announced that the SAL would meet at the Elks on September 21st.  It was also announced that the 40/8 would meet next Tuesday.

 Wade Graft encouraged everyone to read Commander Sibert's column in the latest issue of the Lincoln Legionnaire.  He said that it was one of the best articles on the status of membership in the American Legion that he had ever read.

 Alternate National Executive Committeeman Fred Craigie reported on the National Convention and other matters recently addressed by the NEC.

 The Chaplain read TAPS, and the Post 3 meeting was closed in proper form at about 8:15 P.M.

 Steve Bartos