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Author: Terry Ward

14 May 2024, Minutes from regular post meeting

General Meeting Minutes



Reviewed and Approved By: COMMANDER Terry Ward, POST 281, Tyler Cates, Dept of TN      

CONVENED:  1830    ADJOURNED:  2047   



At 1800 hrs., the doors of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center (MJSAC) were opened for food and fellowship.  Sergeant-at Arms Don Barnes provided pizza and soft drinks for members and guests.


  • State Representative Susan Lynn for District 57.  She has sat for 10 general assemblies.  This year the state legislature passes a $52 Billion budget.  Last year it was $64 Billion.  She spoke about several laws she helped to pass.  Rep Lynn discussed current issues that face our community and our state.  She also answered multiple questions from members that were present.  


At 18:30 CMDR Ward called the Post to order.  Assistant Chaplain Chaz Spampinato, offered prayer, followed by placement of the POW/MIA Flag at the designated memorial table by Sgt-at-Arms Don Barnes.  This was followed by The Pledge of Allegiance and the Preamble of the Constitution of The American Legion.

Past Commanders and Distinguished Guests

CMDR Ward recognized Post 281 Past Commanders Lew Hightower and Max Wix, and Pat Unger who is a Past Commander as well as the current SAL Detachment Commander for TN.

New members were welcomed:

  • Paul Hopper
  • Long time member Dean Gregory


Last month’s minutes were posted to the Members Only Section of the Post 281 website and emailed to registered members.  A motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Shawn Taylor. It was seconded by Lew Hightower. The motion passed with no nays. 


  • COMMANDER – Terry Ward
    • 27 May there will be 2 Memorial Day ceremonies; 0900 at the Lebanon Museum and the 2nd one will be at Del Webb
    • Offered a discussion of the value of the Honoring America’s Flag event conducted in cooperation with the Mt. Juliet’s Exchange club and it’s President, Nancy Britt.   This is a unique event for our post in its interaction with the Mt. Juliet Community and is technically the biggest outreach event we as a post conduct.   It’s our “Super Bowl” of events, where more of our members participate than in any other activity, other than the annual Christmas Banquet. 
  • 1ST VICE – John Herko
    • Budget presentation for 2024/2025
    • Buddy Checks – were conducted Pat Constanzo, John Herko, Jeff Mattingly, Jackie Price, Eric Rodriguez, Katie Sarazine, Delmar Smith, Wayne Smith, Chaz Spampinato, Terry Ward, and Max Wix.
    •   A total of 267 contacts were attempted for both Post 281 and Post 2000 members.  There was about a 30% rate of response.
    • QOV – 1 for June 2 for July, and 1 for August.  Then the list is exhausted.
  • 2ND VICE – Mike Faoro
    • HAF Planning and Execution
      • 16 May – Prep Day at Nancy Britts Home on 291 Guill Rd at 0900
      • 23 May – Layout and buildout at the Mt Juliet clock tower
        • 0730 – Pat Unger and Carry Cundal conduct layout and marking at clock tower.
        • 0830 – Volunteer with Sledgehammers and Leather Gloves for set up of field. 
        • 0930 – Trustees arrive to help with set up.
        • 1000 – Assist Exchange club with escorts and sales.   Begin 24hr. coverage. 
        • Scheduled coverage of volunteers
      • 24 May – Scheduled coverage
        • Blood Assurance Donations from 1400-1800
      • 25 May – Scheduled Coverage
        • Program @ 5:00 PM HAF @ Clock Tower, David Hale Sing  National Anthem,  Honor Guard Presents the Colors, Abigail Whicker to give Oratorical presentation,  Phil Ponder present the History of our American Flag, Blood Assurance Donations
      • 26 May – Scheduled Coverage
      • 27 May – Scheduled Coverage
        • 1400-1500 / shut down and stow away per guidance from Nancy.
        • On or about 1500 transport all of the flags and the support material back to Nancy Britt’s home.    
    • 19 May is RFTW Bridge coverage from 1445 to 1530 on the Beckwith Rd Overpass.
    • 19-24 May Boys State at TN Tech
    • 23 May HAF layout and buildout
  • ADJUTANT – Shawn Taylor
    • See Attached Adjutant’s Report.
  • FINANCE OFFICER – Steve Iles
    • See Attached Finance Officer’s Report
  • SERVICE OFFICER – Patti Whitmore
    • Never too young for lifetime services
  • CHAPLAIN – Asst. Chaz Spampinato
      • George Barnes 615-773-1950 He got out of summit hospital on April 10th. April 11th his wife became quite sick.  They think it was the flu. On April 30th George returned to the doctor and was told they will be putting him in the hospital on the 16th of May to have an artery cleared in his neck. He still is having problems with his hand and cannot control it.
      • Pat Kain 615-310-3601 He fell and is now in rehab at Stone River Manor in Murfreesboro.
      • Henry Queener 615-773-1977 He will be having one more transfusion and the doctors feel that will be all that is needed.  His numbers are going in the right direction. His wife Gwynne has gone through hip surgery and is doing very well doing physical therapy for six weeks. (Both Present)
      • Bob Ramsey 615 973-2880 Had to remove more of his colin and is waiting on results. He also has another area in his mouth that needs to be removed.
      • William Walsh 615 513- 6369 Had a kidney transplant in 2018 but says he is doing fine.
      • Wayne Smith was called as part of the buddy check program.  On March 29th he had three discs removed in his neck and replaced with titanium ones.  Not getting around very well right now.
      • William (Bill) Warner 201-919-7781 Had a knee replacement which is also a struggle with physical therapy and gaining full use of his knee.  He is now dealing with sciatica.  In a lot of pain.
      • Lew Hightower 615-418-6433 is going to be having surgery on his right arm. Also monitoring aorta valve.  His next appointment is in August. (Present)
      • Fred Higdon is recovering from a partial knee replacement.
      • Lindsey Roberts, from the Wilson County Service Office, has cancer and is dealing with severe depression.
      • Pat Unger is recovering from a hip replacement. (Present)

Attached is a copy of the sympathy cards that have been sent since October.

  • SERGEANT-AT-ARMS – Don Barnes
    • Nothing to Report


  • Honor Guard – Capt. Steve Wren
    • 468 services to date.
    • Last service was posting and retiring colors for a 1st of the 5th reunion.  They gave Post 281 a unit flag.
  • Sons of the American Legion – TN Detach. CMDR Pat Unger
    • Squadron 281 elected new officers:
      • CMDR – Robert Fields
      • Adjutant – Don Barnes
      • Treasurer – Joe Chilando
  • American Legion Riders – Treasurer Joe Chilando
    •  Phil Friedli and his son, along with 2 others, left California this morning to start their journey for RFTW.
  • Oratorical – Bruno Padovani
    • Nothing to Report
  • Finance Committee – John Herko
    • 2024-25 budget was presented.  After much discussion a motion to accept was made by John Herko. Seconded by Shawn Taylor.  Motion carried with no nays.
      • Several members voiced concern of more expenses than projected income and think we should plan a reversed raffle for next year.
      • Budget is attached.


  • Nothing to Report


  • Nomination and election of New Officers
    • Commander, Terry Ward, continuing for 2nd year and 7th term.
    • Adjutant, Shawn Taylor, continuing for 3rd term.
    • Service Officer, Patti Whitmore, continuing for 2nd term.
    • 1st Vice, Mike Faoro, 3rd term.
    • 2nd Vice, Bob Snuck, 1st term. 
      • Nomination: Shawn Taylor; Second: Pattie Whitmore
    • Finance Officer, Steve Iles, continues for 6th term.
    • Sgt-at-Arms, Don Barnes, continues for 1st full term.
    • Chaplin, David Hale, continues 3rd term.
    • The attending members voted unanimously to elect all.


  • Nothing to Report


With no further business to attend to, the closing ceremony was conducted, with closing prayer offered by Asst. Chaplain Chaz Spampinato.  The POW/MIA Flag was retrieved for storage.  This was followed by honors to our flag and the meeting was adjourned at 2047 hrs. 


CPR report was submitted on 5/13/2024.  Annual report is for activities May 1st to April 30th.

2 New Joins: Roy Parsons and Robert St. John

2 deaths: Albert Thomas and Frank Abercrombie.

4 people are going to the Dept convention in June; Cmdr Ward, Adjutant Taylor, 2nd Vice Snuck and webmeister Jeff Mattingly.

TN American Legion College will be held at Dept HQ on Sept 28th and 29th, 2024.

NASCAR event on June 28th – 30th at the Nashville Super Speedway.  Looking for volunteers.  Contact Adjutant Tuttle.

Renewals for 2025 will begin on July 1st, 2024.  New annual price is $50.  $38 of which will be going to Dept and National.

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Mt. Juliet, TN, 37121

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Agenda for Post 281 regular meeting, 11 June 24 @ The Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center. 

An invitation for all members and all Veterans or sons of Veterans to attend the 11 June 2024 Post 281 meeting.

6:00 PM, Pizza, Soft Drink and socializing time. 

On or about 6:45,  Begin opening protocol for the meeting.

Recognize QOV presentation for post member Barry Mortensen as presented by John Herko and QOV coordinator  Robet St. John. 

Adoption of the minutes

Officer reports:    1st Vice, 2nd Vice,  ADJ, FO, SO,  S@A, CH (sick call)

Committee,   John Herko, Constitution and By-Laws Committee update and presentation for a  motion to be voted up on by the regular members.  

HG, ALR, SAL, Auxiliary updates.   

Unfinished business:   Motion by the ADJ to consider increasing our Dues to $50.00 per year. 

CDR offers After Action Review of HAF.      The Good-Bad-Ugly?

Short- and Long-range event plans,   

a. Ceremony in honor of Tyler Cates in Sep, or post picnic and then a special time of reflection about Tyler during the picnic?    

b. Halloween in the Park

c. Mt J Cmas Parade

               d. Cmas Social/Banquet

Speaker for our meetings.    Who do we want to hear?    Is it a good thing or is it not effective? 

New Business  Correspondence

Anything else for the good of the legion.  

Closing Protocol. 


Come and experience the Honoring America’s Flag display sponsored by the Mount Juliet Exchange Club and American Legion Post 281 of Mount Juliet, May 23rd through Memorial Day,  May 27th , held at the Mt. Juliet Clock tower at the intersection of Mt. Juliet Road and East and West Division Street, Mt. Juliet, Tennessee.      

A special Honoring our American Flag celebration will be held on May 25th at the park, sponsored by Legion Post 281.  The Post Honor Guard will “Present the Colors”   followed by Post Member SSG (USMC-R) David Hale singing The National Anthem.   Mt. Juliet Christian Academy Junior Abigail Whicker will offer her award-winning speech about the meaning of our American Constitution, followed by a presentation by local historian Phil Ponder as he presents “I am the American Flag”. 

 Come and enjoy the patriotic spirit and joyful celebration.  

If you would like to purchase a flag in honor of a loved one that served in our US Military, flags for purchase will be available too.  Tie a yellow ribbon on the flag to dedicate your special message of devotion and love.  

Agenda for Post 281, 14 May 2024 Meeting

6:00 PM  Pizza, Soft Drinks, and socialize time, Mt Juliet Senior Activity Center, 

 On or about 6:45, Opening protocol for  meeting

  1. Recognize Guest and State Rep Susan Lynn is the guest speaker.
  2.  Adoption of the distributed minutes
  3. Officer reports
  4.  CDR presents Honoring America’s Flag  (HAF) planning and execution.

Present Calendar of events for the month of May.   Circulate coverage sheet for HAF.

16 May  HAF prep day,  Nancy Britts on 291 Guill Rd at 0900

19 May  RFTW bridge coverage @ 2:45 to 3:30 on at the Beckwith Road overpass, (exit 229 on I-40) with American Flag waving at the RFTW riders head east to Pete’s Truck Stop for refuels.

19-24 May Boys State at TN Tech.  

23 May  HAF layout and buildout at the Mt Juliet clock tower/ Train Station    

                0730   Pat Unger and Carry Cundal conduct layout and marking at clock tower.

0830   Volunteer with Sledgehammers and Leather Gloves for set up of field.

0930   Trustees arrive to help with set up.

1000 Assist Exchange club with escorts and sales.   Begin 2400 hr. coverage.

                Scheduled coverage of volunteers    Blood Assurance Donations

25 May,  Scheduled Coverage,    Program @ 5:00 PM HAF @ Clock Tower  , David Hale Sing  National Anthem,  Hornor Guard Presents the Colors, Abigail Whicker to give Oratorical presentation,  Phil Ponder present the History of our American Flag, Blood Assurance Donations

26 May, Scheduled Coverage

27 May, Scheduled Coverage, shut down and stow away at 1400-1500 as per guidance from Nancy Britt.     On or about 1500 transport all of the flags and the support material back to Nancy Britt’s home.    

  • Committee report: 

Present Budge for 2024/2025 from John Herko

  •  Sick Call/ Chaplain Assistant
  •  Unfinished business /  SAL/ HG/ AUX/ ALR reports  
  •  New Business:   ELECTION OF 2024/2025 OFFICERS  

                Current Nominations  

 CRD Ward, continuing for second year and seventh term.     

1st Vice, Mike Faoro third term

2nd Vice,  Nomination of Bob Snuck   

Adjutant Shawn Taylor continues for third term.

Finance Officer Steve Iles continues for 6th Term.

Service Officer Patti Whitmore continues for 2nd Term.

SGT AT Arms Don Barns continues for 1st full term.

Chaplin David Hale begins 3rd term.

  •  Installation of Post Officers for Legion Year 2024/2025 conducted by former Post Commander Pat Unger
  • Closing Protocol

Jan, Feb, Mar Newsletter 2024

Post Commander, Terry Ward

Hello to all members and friends of Post 281. It seems that our typical six weeks of winter is holding true again this year and by the end of February we’re well into Spring. Once spring arrives, our busy time will soon begin.

As I look in retrospect to the past Post 281 year, I take great pride in all we have accomplished. As always, our post offers great support in so many community efforts. Here is a quick review of 2023 for our post, and as they say, “a picture is worth a thousand words.”

Read Full Newsletter

Tyler Cates American Legion – Post 281 Minutes 9-Jan-2024

General Meeting Minutes
CONVENED: 1836 hrs. ADJOURNED: 2015 hrs.

At 1800 hrs., doors of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center (MJSAC) were opened. Sgt-at-Arms Elliott Tadych provided Pizza and soft drinks…

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2024 American Legion Auxiliary Tree Sale

American Legion Auxiliary Unit 281
14th Annual Tree Sale Order Form is now available on this site under Latest News, Auxiliary Tree Sale Form

**ALL TREES ARE $25.00 EACH ***
Checks should be made payable to ALA Unit 281 and mailed to:
ALA Unit 281, P. O. Box 67, Mt. Juliet, TN 37121.
Payments for orders must be received by Monday, April 1, 2024.
Contact Kathy @ 615 218-7541 by phone or by text, or E-mail (preferred)

PLEASE NOTE: You MUST have confirmation number at time of pick-up. Trees will be ready for
pick-up Saturday, April 13, 2024 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Location of pick-up is 1st Baptist Church,
735 N. Mt. Juliet Rd., Mt. Juliet, TN.
If you cannot pick up your trees on the above specified date, please have a backup person designated as
we cannot hold trees for anyone.
All trees MUST be picked up between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.

Post 281 Meeting, 9 Jan 2024

Parking and entrance is in the rear of the building, located next door to the Church of Christ.

Monthly social time starting at 6:00 pm with pizza and sodas followed by the regular meeting starting on or about  7:00 pm.

Meeting Agenda:

Quilts of Valor Presentation

John Herko

Rubin Horton

Recognize USAF TSG Elliott Tadych for his service to our post and the community.

Mt. Juliet Police Chief Mike Mullins reflects on his years of service to Mt. Juliet and what the   future for our community looks like, from his perspective.

Discus 2024 Long range plans with Post members

Post 281 Christmas Banquet, TONIGHT

I hope this message finds everyone well into the Christmas spirit and season with every present bought, wrapped, and placed lovingly under the tree, exactly where your wife wants it to be. 

American Legion Post 281 Annual Christmas Banquet, 
Rutland Place, 435 NW Rutland Rd, Mt. Juliet, TN 
12 DEC 2023

Sequence of events:

  • Doors open at 5:45 PM.  If you have not paid already, have your form of payment ready for Steve and his wife Marie, who is helping him, so that we do not have a traffic backup at the door.  Tickets are $40 each.    Cash, check, or we can work it thru PayPal or Venmo too.    
  • Assure to get your ticket for our door prizes, we have a lot, but you must be present to win.    Only one door prize per person.  
  • Fill out a NAME TAG and PRINT with large BLOCK letters so it can be read from a distance. 
  • Social Time 5:45 PM until 6:15 PM
  • 6:15 PM, Welcome remarks and an abbreviated Post meeting ceremony from the Commander followed by a Prayer by Post Chaplin David Hale.   
  • Dinner buffet line opens at 6:30 PM
  • Dinner Hour 6:30 PM until 7:30 PM,  meal to be followed by coffee/iced tea/water and dessert.    Door prizes will be called throughout the meal.
  • Take a group photo of all in attendance.      
  • Christmas music provided by member Bob Ramsey. Ask for your favorite Christmas song.   Door prizes will be called between songs. 
  • 7:30 PM Recognize special guests.
  • 7:40 PM Introduction of singing artist and member Paul Coons
  • 8:10 PM Karaoke time with Bob, singalong Christmas Carols.
  • On or about 8:30 PM Closing remarks and final door prize drawing.

Our reservation list is below.    We have ordered extra meals for those not listed.   If your name is not listed, come anyway.  We would love to share this event with you tonight.    

firstlastpart #paidformmain coursedesert
MikeAdams2$40Cash1-T, 1-H2-BP
BrandonAdderholt2  1-T, 1-H1-BP, 1-PP
DonBarnes2  2-T2-BP
PeteBlinn2$40Cash1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
CynthiaBrown2  2-H1-PP, 1-BP
JimCarroll2  1-T, 1-H2-BP
JerryChatfield2$40Ck# 159132-T1-PP, 1-BP
JoeChilandro2  2-T2-BP
PaulCoons2  2-T2-PP
PatCostanzo2$40Ck# 5082-T1-PP, 1-BP
MikeFaoro2  1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
PhilFriedli2$40Cash1-T, 1-H2-PP
DavidHale2  1-T, 1-H2-BP
BillHouston2  1-T, 1-H1.BP, 1 PC
SteveIles2$40Cash1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
BillInman2$40Ck# 66431-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
BryanKane1  1-T1-BP
KathyLeedy3  3-T2-PP, 1-BP
JeffMattingly2  1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
MikeMoss2  1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1- BP
BrunoPadovani2  1-T, 1-H2-BP
CarlPuels2  1-T, 1-Veggie1-PP, 1-BP
HenryQueener2  2-T2-PP
BobRamsey2  2-T2-BP
CurtRoof2$40Cash1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
ZabrinaSeay1  1-T1-BP
DelmarSmith1  1-T1-BP
WayneSmith2  1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
RolusSmith2  1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
ChazSpampinato2  2-H1-PP, 1-BP
RobertSteuck2  2-H1-PP, 1-BP
ElliottTadych2$40Venmo1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
TerryWard2$40Cash1-H, 1-Veggie2-PP
PattiWhitmore2$40Venmo1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
MaxWix2$40Cash1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
SteveWren2$40Cash1-T, 1-H1-PP, 1-BP
Merry Christmas to all !