THE AMERICAN LEGION
3rd District, Michigan
5 November 2017
Regular meeting: 1300
Location: Coldwater Post #52
Call to Order: Meeting was called to order by Commander Dan Osborne at 1300 hours.
Opening prayer, POW/MIA ceremony and Pledge of Allegiance: Conducted
Recitation of the Preamble of the Constitution of the American Legion: Conducted
Roll call of Officers and Posts:
All District Officers were present with the Judge Advocate and Sergeant at Arms being excused.
Two- Past District Commanders were present.
The below Posts were represented with the annotated number of representatives
36-2, 48-2, 52-3, 55-4, 196-3, 257-2, 298-1, 360-4, 465-3, 475-1 (Quorum established)
County Commanders were present from:
Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale, Kalamazoo
Eaton County: Excused
NOTE: All Guests spoke before official meeting conducted.
2nd Zone Commander: David Loop,
Clare-Farwell Post 558 Representative: Dan Crisp.
Amel Schwartz Post 149 Representative Steve Striggow.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read and adopted.
Motion: To accept the Minutes. (Motion carried)
Jerry Schmidt, 3rd District Service Officer (SO) spoke at length on getting the word out to all veterans to speak with their service officers before they start filling out paperwork on th submission of claims and benefits. SO will ensure that you do not duplicate your efforts and save you time and undue hardships by ensuring you are not jerked around by not having the correct paperwork for a claim or benefit.
The DAV provides drivers for those veterans that need a ride and cannot find one The DAV will send a van to pick that vteran up. The DAV needs donations to purchase two new vans at $15000.00 each. DAV is always looking for volunteer drivers for these vans as well.
Dave Riley, 3rd District Finance Officer reported that all amounts approved from the September 10th District meeting were issued. $31.44 to Adjutant for credit card expenses, $237.00 each to the Commander and Adjutant for convention rooms. $118.50 to Post 42 for membership goal incentive. $300.00 to the VA Hospital. $4022.51 is our current balance.
Motion: It was presented to all that there should not be duel reimbursement to any individual to receive monies from two or more separate Legion entities for the same claim. (Motion carried)
Motion: To accept the Finance report as presented, subject to audit. (Motion carried)
Adjutant reported that he will get with all county commanders and come up with a standardized County report to follow for the future. It will be posted for use on the 3rd District Web Page for download when completed.
Commander Osborne appointed Bob Berger as the Hillsdale County Commander.
Branch, Calhoun, Hillsdale and Kalamazoo Counties gave reports on their respective Posts.
Legion Riders Report:
Debbie Bouffard, 3rd District Legion Rider Representative spoke to encourage all posts that wish to start an American Legion Riders for their post to do not hesitate. She will assist you in your efforts to make that happen. The Garden City representatives coming in for the Legion Riders to the 3rd District meeting, 7 January 2017, to say Thank You to the American Legion 3rd District!
Please continue putting forth your Individual efforts for your Post with membership. We are hoping that this year will be a better year for membership growth.
Reminder of Winter Meeting:
16-18 February 2018 at the
Ann Arbor Marriott Ypsilanti, at Eagle Crest
1275 S Huron Street,
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
The 100th National Convention
The 100th American Legion National Convention in 2018 kicks off a 15-month commemoration to honor the organization’s first century of service and propel it into the second. Minneapolis, home of the 1st American Legion National Convention in 1919, will serve as host city of the 100th National Convention Aug. 24-30, 2018. Centennial events and activities will be conducted at the national, department and post levels through the 101st National Convention in Indianapolis Aug. 23-29, 2019, and will culminate on Veterans Day 2019. On the local level, this 15-month celebration offers posts the opportunity to celebrate their legacy, enhance The American Legion brand, and foster a new era of growth and resonance within post communities.By forming post, district and department centennial committees, Legionnaires can plan special events and initiatives that will fulfill these missions. National Headquarters has started to prepare many tools that will help facilitate such efforts.
National Centennial Website
Post History Portals
Post History Workbook
Media kit/PR tools
Centennial-themed Emblem Sales merchandise
Remember, our next regular District Meeting will be held at George Custer Post 54, 1125 East Columbia Avenue, Battle Creek, Michigan 49014 on Sunday, January 7, 2018. Executive Board Meeting- 11:30 AM, Dinner- Noon, and Regular Meeting at 1:00 P.M. Please RSVP- 269.963.3356.
Chaplain Bob Berger gave the closing prayer
Commander Dan Osborne closed the meeting at 1425