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4285 Pine Drive, Little River, South Carolina

North Strand American Legion Post 186

Post 186 General Membership meeting minutes      (draft)       2 Feb 2019 

 Roll Call: 1st VC Bob Culp, 2nd VC Frank Shields, Adjutant Stew Koontz, Chaplain Bill Stewart, Service Officer Doug Blaney, Sgt-@-Arms Fred Hall, Maintenance John Pazoga. Absent: Volunteers Ed Baker, Historian Steve Flickinger, Comm. Jim Cirulli

There is a quorum.  

Meeting opened as per protocol by 1st VC Bob Culp.

Introduced transfer member George Law formerly of SC Post 196 and District 4 Commander Wayne Southworth who is also a Post 186 member

Minutes of our 5 Jan 2019 meeting were read and approved.

1st VC – currently 711 members, 91+% renewal rate

2nd VC – you must be a 2019 member to enter any membership drawings

Chaplain – Sick Call – he has visited with Tom Tessia (sp), Ed Baker, no one on Taps Board

Adjutant – hired Steve Suter as new head cook- Army vet, 20 years cook in local restaurants and is Safe Serv certified, all bills current, good Canteen business, Canteen insurance has been paid

Service Officer – will try to set up pizza party visit to Charleston VA for 10 Apr. Will get info on VA’s Choice program - 30 days, 30 minutes, 30 miles?

Maintenance – Santee Cooper rep did site visit to analyze our lighting situation. Preparing estimate to replace all light bulbs with LED which will give us a cost savings of 10+% monthly, all with a 7 year guarantee. Fixed kitchen and Memorial Wall lights. Looking into a Home Depot grant to replace ceiling tile.

Honor Guard – John Pazoga Captain will have meeting on 7 Feb at 11AM. Will be marching in St. Patrick’s Day Parade carrying the Colors. Also participating in the Blue Star Mothers event on 18 May.

Bingo well attended, over 50+ players each day. Need volunteer for Monday games, 12 – 3PM

District Commander Southworth – District membership is at 90.55%. Next District meeting is 9 Feb hosted by Post 196 at The MB Moose Lodge at noon. 16 Feb is the Department’s Quadrant Oratorical contest. Department of SC is having their 100th Anniversary celebration in May. Our National Commander is instituting a buddy system to help increase membership.

Post is sponsoring 4 students to Boys State. The SAL and Auxiliary and Riders to each sponsor one as well as the Rotary and Optimists Clubs might sponsor several more

Rifle raffle tickets are available for $25. Post gets $10 and $15 goes to Department.  

Department Convention is 31 May – 2 June. If interested in attending, see an officer

Riders are hosting a Chili Cook-off the evening of 9 March

There will be a Chopped Dinner contest on 16 Feb. Tickets are needed to attend

Auxiliary Golf Tournament is 3 March.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned.

Respectfully submitted,

Stew Koontz, Adjutant











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