American Legion Post 279

903 W. Superior  Jacksonville, Illinois 62650         217-243-6144

Email: [email protected]
​Commander: Danny W. Davison
​SAL Commander: Joel DuPre II

American Legion Post 279                                       2 January 2018
Meeting was called to order at 19:00 hrs, after opening ceremonies and POW-MIA recognition, post business was started.
Minutes were read and a motion was made by Ron Hoffstadt. Seconded by Henry Rosenberger  Minutes were approved.
Our Sgt at Arms Mike Morrow leaves tomorrow Jan 3rd for his 6 month deployment.  Bill has a list of items that we need to gather up to send Mike a Care package.
Jim Turley is in Memorial Hospital having a pace maker put in.  He is doing well.
Zeddie Bell is out with the Flu.
John Sampson bought a cooler to keep the sodas cold for the sales due to having to shut down the walk in cooler because of the mold issue.
The Commander stated that he spoke with the Jacksonville Area Chamber of Commerce and that the Legion is now listed on their webpage for Banquet Halls available for rent in Jacksonville.
The Commander also let the membership know that the West Central Illinois Marine Corps League donated $ 2,500 to the Legion.  The Marine Corps League Auxiliary donated $ 500 to the legion as well.
The Commander reported that our finances are as follows:
General Fund                          $ 18,204.08
Bar Account                            $ 2,902.93
Membership                            $ 1,360
Building Fund                         $ 10,874.99
Total                                        $ 33,342
New Business:
The Commander stated that he had sent out a welcome letter to all 220 members.  He received 3 letters back.  One from Newton Mitchell with a $ 100 check enclosed.
One from a veteran that has moved to Arizona and one from a Navy Vet in Jacksonville.
The letter received from the Navy Vet was not so nice.  The Commander went and talked with the Vet and got things worked out.
Progress is being made on the kitchen.  The drywall had been primed and waiting on a finish coat of paint.  The painting was to be completed by 2 Jan but is behind schedule.  The Sr. Vice expressed that he had some concerns with the work thus far and would talk with our contractor.
A decision still has to be made on what to do with the floor in the kitchen.  Several ideas were brought up.  Painting the floor was discussed as well as a laminate floor covering.  Bill Morrow said that he would lay the floor if he had help with it should we chose to go with laminate.  It was brought up that the drains in the kitchen might be a problem if we chose to go with laminate.   If an epoxy coating is used the floor would have to be spotless. 
The Commander noted that he has informed the city that we are not moving forward on a full kitchen so we probably won’t see the city inspectors again.
The Commander mentioned that he has spoken with the people who donated money to the kitchen and both of them stated to use the money toward the bar projects.
The SAL Commander is going to meet with the Legion Commander to discuss moving forward with the SONS and saving their charter.
A vote was taken to not sponsor the Routt Catholic High School Sports Calendar.  The cost would have been $ 199 
Commander stated that there was a good turnout at the Legion for Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.  He also stated that Toni is doing a great job with booking entertainment that brings in patrons to the bar.
There being now further business, the meeting was adjourned at 19:55 hrs.

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