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Agenda for Post Meeting, 9 APR 2024

Agenda for Post Meeting, 9 APR 2024 beginning at 6:00 PM, SAC Mt. Juliet@ 6:00 PM Food and fellowship offered through the post with pizza, drinks and cookies for desert.

On or About 6:45 PM Opening protocolCALL TO ORDER

Quilts of Valor Two recipients , Shawn Taylor, and Katie Sarezine.

No guest speaker for the meeting.

CDR “State of the POST” presentation to membership based on questions from the Consolidated Post Report that is due in May, based on 2023-2024, data and historical records.

Petition for post leadership positions, for the 24/25 Post year.

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12 Mar 2024 General Meeting Minutes

General Meeting Minutes

COMPILED/SUBMITTED BY:  ADJUTANT Shawn R Taylor   

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – Date: 12 Mar 2024

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

CONVENED:  1830 hrs.    ADJOURNED:  2008 hrs.   

MEMBERS PRESENT: 31      VISITORS:  7      POST OFFICERS: 8      TOTAL:   46

ASSEMBED

At 1800 hrs., the doors of the Mt. Juliet Senior Activity Center (MJSAC) were opened for food and fellowship.  Tonight’s dinner was provided by Mission BBQ and served by Mary Roberts.  Mary spoke about the history of Mission BBQ and their vision.  They currently have 130 locations across 20 states.  She invited all Vietnam veterans to the restaurant in the Opry Mills Mall for a free BBQ sandwich on National Vietnam War Veterans Day, March 29th.      

GUESTS AND SPEAKERS

  • Quilts of Valor were presented to Bob Ramsey, Stephen Iles, and Ed Collins, by Robert St. John of the Music City Quit Guild and 1st Vice John Herko.
  • Mark Hinesley, President/CEO of Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce spoke on what the city is planning regarding the outlook for Mount Juliet.  The sales tax from businesses in the City of Mount Juliet fully funds the city government.  Costco is estimating that they will conduct 600 credit card transactions per hour. 

OPENING CEREMONY

At 18:30 CMDR Ward called the Post to order.  Chaplain David Hale, 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.

New members were welcomed:

  • No new members present.

READING OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

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. 

OFFICERS REPORT

  • COMMANDER – Terry Ward
    • The annual Honoring America’s Flag event, in cooperation with the West Wilson Exchange Club, will be held May 23rd – 27th.  We would like some volunteers to help reach out to area businesses for sponsors.
    • It was also suggested that we set up a collection site at HAF for the disposal of flags and work in conjunction with the Boy Scouts.
  • 1ST VICE – John Herko
    • Constitution and By-Laws were last approved in 2018.  The executive committee met and made 40 changes.  The membership will have 2 months to review and vote to approve them in May 2024.  At that time members can make motions for additions, deletions, and changes.  It will then be sent to the Dept of TN for final approval. 
      • Most changes were in relation to spelling and grammar.
      • Most significant changes were to make the service officer a voting member, define who sits on committees, and a better understanding of the process and dates for the election of officers.
      • There is also now a process for dealing with requests for donations from the post.
    • Buddy checks will begin in April.  He will be looking for volunteers to make calls.
  • 2ND VICE – Mike Faoro
    • Melvin Gatewood will be conducting his 3-mile memorial Ruck March in honor of Tyler Cates this Saturday, March 16th, from 8-12 at Charlie Daniels Park.  They need some volunteers to provide water to the participants.  Bring your own chair.
    • The Auxiliary tree sale is coming up in April.  He is looking for volunteers to drive the trucks to pick up the trees on April 12th and support the workers on the 13th.  If interested, please contact him or one of the post officers.
    • March 29th is Vietnam Veterans Day.  The Lebanon Veterans Center will be hosting a celebration as well as Mission BBQ will be giving sandwiches to all Vietnam Vets.
  • ADJUTANT – Shawn Taylor
    • See Attached Adjutant’s Report for Membership Data
    • Anyone interested in going to the National Conference is advised to reserve their rooms early.  Dept of TN adjutant Dean Tuttle has an informational flyer if interested.
  • FINANCE OFFICER – Steve Iles
    • Post 281 finances are healthy.  $17,24t in the checking.  Additional $20k in CD’s.
    • Fiscal year end May 31st and new year starts Jun 1st.
    • He is looking for volunteers to sit on the budget committee.
  • SERVICE OFFICER – Patti Whitmore
    • The VA is hosting a webinar on Training Tuesday about Medicare.
    • The VA is looking for volunteers to answer the phone for Veterans in Crisis.
    • March is Women’s history month.
    • The VA has a 109-page document available that explains all federal benefits for veterans.
  • CHAPLAIN – David Hale
    • SICK CALL
  • Chaz Spampinato: Still in Florida.  His wife, Sheila, is doing better.  3 weeks ago, he lost his nephew. 2 weeks ago, he lost his niece.  1 week ago, he lost his brother.  Prayers are needed.
  • Frank Abercrombie:  He fell and broke his hand.
  • Max and Gloria Wix:  Doing much better.  They are at the meeting tonight.
  • Henry Queener:  He is receiving cancer treatments.
  • Bob Ramsey:  Doing well and here tonight.  He has a follow up coming.  The last biopsy came up benign.  
  • SERGEANT-AT-ARMS – Don Barnes
    • Nothing to Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Honor Guard – Capt. Steve Wren
    • Steve is still in Florida.  CMDR Ward advised that the honor guard received a word of thanks for their participation in the funeral of Col. Larnie.
  • Sons of the American Legion – Squadron Commander Dan Rhame
    • SAL adjutant, Lew Hightower, said they need 6 more to renew.
    • SAL will be electing officers next month.
    • Lew is stepping down as adjutant and needs someone to step up and take the position.
  • American Legion Riders – Director Bob Ramsey
    • Nothing to Report      
  • Oratorical – Bruno Padovani
    • 2 competitions have been completed so far.  Abigal won both the local and the district.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Nothing to Report

NEW BUSINESS

  • Nothing to Report

FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

  • Jim Carroll – Joined the SONS.  He grew up in the American Legion and never knew about SAL.  His dad was a WWII veteran.
    • He is working on a section for the website called “Post Everlasting” about all the members that have passed on.

MEETING ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to attend to, the closing ceremony was conducted, with closing prayer offered by Chaplain David Hale.  The POW/MIA Flag was retrieved for storage.  This was followed by honors to our flag and the meeting was adjourned at 2008 hrs. 

Training Tuesday on March 26th

American Legion members are invited to a detailed briefing on Medicare Advantage Plans for the Training Tuesday on March 26 at 7 p.m. The session will discuss the advantages of enrolling in these plans alongside existing VA healthcare benefits, covering key aspects such as eligibility, The American Legion partnership with WellCare, and an overview of Medicare Parts A, B, C and D. Special emphasis will be on coordinating healthcare benefits for veterans, maximizing advantages and understanding enrollment periods. 

13 February 2024 General Meeting Minutes

COMPILED/SUBMITTED BY:  ADJ Shawn R Taylor   

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – Date: 13 Feb 2024

Reviewed By: CMDR Ward, POST 281, DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE      

CONVENED:  1912 hrs.    ADJOURNED:  2008 hrs.   

MEMBERS PRESENT: 26      VISITORS: 3      POST OFFICERS: 8      TOTAL: 37

ASSEMBED

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

GUESTS AND SPEAKERS

  • MJSAC – Valissa Saindon
    • Spoke about MJSAC activities and membership.  They currently have 450.
    • In about 18 months they will move to a new building which is the current police department.
    • MJSAC is selling raffle tickets for March 9th; $50 to include meal.
  • Zabrina Seay – Wilson Co Veteran Service Officer
    • She has 5 personnel in her office to assist veterans.
    • They can perform notary, Limited P.O.A., and Wills.
    • Saturday May 4th will be a mental health fair with the county. 
      • Does Post 281 want to sponsor a table to promote the post?
    • September 28th at The Mill; Veteran Ball
      • Money goes to help veterans in crisis.
    • The Wilson Warrior program will assist veterans that want their name on the wall.

OPENING CEREMONY

At 19:00 CDR Ward called the Post to order.  Past Chaplain Rolus Smith, 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

None present.

New members were welcomed:

            Bridget Passatore – Joined today.

READING OF MINUTES FROM PREVIOUS MEETING

Commander Ward advised that minutes were posted and emailed to all members with email addresses and asked if anyone wanted the minutes read.  It was accepted with no nays.

OFFICERS REPORT

  • COMMANDER – Terry Ward
    • Reminded members that 988 is a number you can call for veterans in distress.
    • The tree sale with auxiliary will be on April 13th, at Mt. Juliet Bap Church.   The tree order form is available on the post website, latest news, auxiliary tree sales.
    • Boys State will be in 19-24 May.  $425. each and the post will sponsor 10.  Interviews will start in March with the event at TN Tech, Cookeville, TN.
    • RFTW will be coming thru Mt. Juliet and refuels at Pete’s Truck Stop, May 19th .at 3:30 PM
    • HAF is coming up, 23-27 May.
    • Looking for members interested in resurrecting a baseball team.
    • 112 Harman Dr, Lebanon – Will be the location of a Veteran Center for Wilson County.
  • 1ST VICE – John Herko
    • Buddy Check – Recognized Katie Sarazine and Wayne Smith for their help in making calls.
    • No QOV today.  Joann Giltner is leaving the program.  She has done 13 thus far.  From this point on we will be coordinating with Music Valley Quilting.
  • 2ND VICE – Mike Faoro
    • Department convention is June 16th and 17th.
    • The National Convention is in New Orleans this year. 23-29 Aug,
    • Reminded members of the Basic Training program available online.
  • ADJUTANT – Shawn Taylor
    • See Attached Adjutant’s Report
  • FINANCE OFFICER – Steve Iles
    • Finances are strong.  $17,760 balance at end of January.  Plus $15k in CD’s
    • Paid $300 to MJSAC for the yearly rental at $25 a month.
  • SERVICE OFFICER – Patti Whitmore
    • Veteran stress balls and gun locks are available for all who what them.
  • CHAPLAIN – David Hale
    • SICK CALL was read by 2nd Vice Mike Faoro
      • Frank Abercrombie – He has fallen again and hurt his arm badly. They have ordered and received an electric scooter for him, so he does not have to try to walk so much. They are going to be moving his room on Friday to room 41. The doctor is supposed to be coming and seeing him again this week about his arm.
      • Henry Queener – Tomorrow they will start February’s treatments on him.
      • Bob Ramsey – In January he had his appointment for the cancer he had on his tongue and that went well but in November they found colon cancer and had to operate on that.  He goes back in April for a recheck.
      • George Burn – Back is still doing the same and has not felt relief and is supposed to go back to the doctor’s next week and hopefully they will be able to help him.
      • Keith Rowell – Bob Ramsey Told me that he had fallen at work last month and was unconscious. He said that he is back at work but still needs prayers.
      • Chaz Spampinato’s wife – Sheila, is doing better but still needs to regain strength and heal fully from the Gerd and acid reflux.
      • Tara Lanardi – Pat’s Unger’s stepdaughter, was diagnosed a little over a year ago with cancer, just shortly after she was promoted to Colonel in the Army. The cancer spread rapidly which led to a stroke. Last Wednesday she passed away at only 48 years old. His wife is having a very difficult time dealing with it. They will be in Florida until April, so the distance makes it even more difficult.
  • SERGEANT-AT-ARMS – Don Barnes
    • Nothing to Report

COMMITTEE REPORTS

  • Honor Guard – Capt. Steve Wren
    • Honor Guard member, Cary Cundall, reported that Steve in in Florida.
    • The honor guard posted colors for the American Job Center in Metro Center.
  • Sons of the American Legion – Squadron Commander Dan Rhame
    • Joe Chilando advised there was nothing to report.
  • American Legion Riders – Director Bob Ramsey
    • The commander advised there was nothing to report.
  • Oratorical – Bruno Padovani
    • Post oratorical chairman, Bruno, reported that February 24th will be the district oratorical.  They need volunteers desperately; a minimum of 2 timekeepers, 2 escorts, 5 monitors, and 3 tally people.
    • March 9th will be the division oratorical.
    • March 30th will be the department oratorical.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

  • Nothing to Report

NEW BUSINESS

  • Nothing to Report

FOR THE GOOD OF THE AMERICAN LEGION

  • Sergeant at Arms, Don Barnes, was presented with his Basic Training Pin for completing his online training.
  • Robert Fields reported that early voting for Wilson County starts tomorrow.
  • Guest, Melvin Gatewood, is the president and co-founder of “Operation Continued Service”.  His organization will be honoring Tyler Cates on March 16th at Charlie Daniels Park in Ground Room B from 8am to noon.

MEETING ADJOURNMENT

With no further business to attend to, the closing ceremony was conducted, with closing prayer offered by Past Chaplain Rolus Smith.  The POW/MIA Flag was retrieved for storage.  This was followed by honors to our flag and the meeting was adjourned at 2008 hrs. 

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
COMPILED/SUBMITTED BY: ADJ Shawn R Taylor
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES – Date: 9 Jan 2024
Reviewed By: CMDR Ward, POST 281, DEPARTMENT OF TENNESSEE
CONVENED: 1836 hrs. ADJOURNED: 2015 hrs.
MEMBERS PRESENT: 28 VISITORS: 1 POST OFFICERS: 8 TOTAL: 37

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

To read a full copy of the minutes please log into the website thru Member Login!

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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) aux281@comcast.net

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.

3yr Membership?

The MyLegion portal is open for members to renew for a 3 year period if desired. If it is done before July 1st, it will be at the current rate of $45.00. After July 1st 2024, when the Legion 2025 begins, the National Legion membership will increase.

Currently it can only be done online by the member. Adjutants can not process a 3 year renewal.

Posts will get their share once a year like PUFLs are currently done. If a member dies during that 3 year period, national will keep the entire amount and neither the dept nor the post will receive their share.

Per Shawn Taylor – Post Adjutant

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 !