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Minutes of American Legion Post 539
Monthly Meeting
January 16, 2019

2nd Vice Commander Dick Seale opened the meeting at 1915 hrs. There were 31 members present.
Officers present:
1st Vice Commander, Mark Sandvigen
2nd Vice Commander, Dick Seale
Adjutant, Doug Uhland
Judge Advocate, Gary Guodace
Historian, Greg Ciesielski
Chaplain, Ken McCain
Sergeant at Arms, Jack Olmstead
Service Officer, Sam Coxson

Prior to the start of the meeting, Gary Guodace gave a presentation on the post website detailing what’s available on the site and how to navigate through it. The website can be found at

Traditional Opening Ceremony was performed.

Two new members were introduced: Doug Foster and Pat Kloster. Doug is a transfer from Maryland Post 191 and Pat transferred from Wisconsin Post 11.

Chaplain Ken McCain reported that Bud Van Slyke’s wife, Marilyn, was hospitalized recently due to dehydration and other complications. Please keep her is your prayers. In response to the Post’s offer to provide a memorial to Ken’s son who recently passed away: Ken said he would like to plant a tree with a plaque at the Boy Scout camp in Pamlico County. A motion was made, seconded and passed to provide $300 to fund the memorial. The Post will send a delegation to the dedication when the project is completed.

Service Officer Sam Coxson reported that 10 gift baskets were distributed to veterans in the Brookdale and Croatan Village nursing homes. He also reported that we will again be hosting a bingo party for the residents of the Kinston Veterans Home on February 23rd. The game will start at 11:00AM. We need a few volunteers to help out. Contact Gary Gillette if interested.

Financial Report:
 The financial report for the period of December 11 – January 7 was given by the Doug Uhland. The report is attached to these minutes and is available to any Post 539 member on request.

Adjutant’s Report:
 To date we have 106 members renewed for 2019 which is about 85% of our goal. If you haven’t paid dues for 2019, your membership has expired.
 Our Wreaths Across America sales this year netted the Post approximately $2700. I’ll provide exact numbers when the final check comes in.

George Halyak made a presentation concerning efforts to bring the Viet Nam Traveling Wall to New Bern in October of 2020. He outlined plans to raise the funds needed ($10,000) and submit the application. Post 539 and Knights of Columbus Assembly 1820 would be the host units. Volunteers would be needed to help in the set up and tear down if we are successful in bringing the Wall here. The Post voted overwhelmingly to support George’s efforts.

Dick Seale congratulated George on the excellent job he did in the planning and execution of the Post Christmas Party last month.

Ray Savage reported that sales of the Attractions Coupon books netted the Post $890.00 this year. Ray also outlined a plan for a fundraiser in the form of a USO-style variety show. The headliners would be Lewis&Clark with a few other acts. He said he would need approximately $10,000 to produce the show. The plan was presented to the ExComm on Jan 7 and they decided to bring the plan before the membership. A vote was taken as to whether to proceed with the plan. The vote ended in a 13-13 tie. Denny Colbert volunteered to work with Ray to explore the idea further.

1st Vice, Mark Sandvigen reported on the Centennial Committee meeting held on Jan 7. Topics covered were:
 Proposed USO style variety show
 Scholorships for local students
 Project to restore and add names to the WWI & II monument in front of the Court House
 Scheduled Events:
o February – Commander’s Call – Freedom Classic baseball game – Naval Academy vs. Air Force Academy baseball game in Kinston Feb 24th.
o March – Table at the Gun & Knife show to recruit members
o April-May Possibilities
 Golf Tournament
 Walk for Veterans
 Festival of Fun, Union Pt Park in April – American Legion Table
 Monument Ride
 Battle of the Bands
 Complete detailed minutes of this meeting are attached to these minutes

Judge Advocate, Gary Guodace, stated that his review of the new Department Constitution revealed that there is no conflict with it and our Post Constitution. A review of our current by-laws is ongoing and proposed changes will be forthcoming.

Sgt-at Arms, Jack Olmstead, gave a synopsis of the latest Craven County Veterans Council Meeting. The full minutes of that meeting are attached.

Adjutant, Doug Uhland stated that we need to form a committee to be responsible for the procurement, setting up and clean-up of the food for our monthly social hour prior to the meeting. There is money available, we just need someone to take charge. Guy Ferrante volunteered to provide the food for the February meeting.

There being no further business, Chaplain McCain recited the closing prayer, the colors were retired, and the meeting was adjourned at 2030 hrs.

Respectively submitted,

Doug Uhland, Adjutant