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Minutes of February 5, 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Feb 05, 2018 at 12:00 AM


Minutes of Meeting on February 5, 2018. Meetings held at 23 Hutchison Street, Franklin, MA.

Mailing Address:  American Legion Post 75, P.O. Box 42, Franklin, MA 02038.

Website: http://www.mapost75.com/


Officer roll call:

Commander - John Milot


1st Vice - Ron Arpino


2nd Vice & Post Service Officer John Hefele


Adjutant – Kim Leone


Finance - Kent Belcher


SGT at Arms – Jim McNeil


Chaplain – Bob Markunis


Historian - Matt McGrath


Ø  11 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from December 2017 meeting accepted. 



1.     Post 75 – If you need a ride to one of our monthly meetings, PLEASE contact the Post Commander John Milot 508-520-8771.




1.     The Road Race Committee has begun meeting to discuss the 2018 road race.  Still trying to determine the right location for the 2018 race which will be held on June 23rd at 8:00 AM.


2.     Bob Markunis continues to book visits at Magnolia Heights, Atria and the Franklin Rehabilitation Center on Chestnut Street.  Magnolia Heights visits are every 2nd Wednesday at 3:00 PM.  On the next visit on 2/21/18 it will be a movie day with popcorn.  The movie is ‘Good Morning Vietnam’.    



1.     No finance report.


2.     John Hefele is on the committee for the Veterans Walkway on the town common.  Bricks will be for sale until they are sold out.  160 bricks sold so far. The bricks will display the honorees name and branch of service.  The honoree can be someone living or deceased.  The names will be laser engraved with the information.  The price is $100 per brick.  Applications can be found online on the post website or the VFW website.  Local businesses are assisting with the cost of the project by donating funds.


3.     Thanks to Doug Wahl for helping to transport wheelchair for local veteran.


4.     Boys and Girls State- We received applications for Boys and Girls State.  If you know of anyone who wants to attend and be sponsored let John M. know.  The Post will sponsor one boy and one girl.  Jim Gurganis will get applications to the local schools.  It will be held at Stonehill College in June.  Early bird registration is $325 (by April 6th)  otherwise registration is $350.


5.     The State Convention will be held in Plymouth on June 7th, June 8th and June 9th.


6.     A Post Family Day was discussed. Possibly at a local club like the Rod and Gun Club with events like fishing, horseshoes, games, food, etc.  Perhaps at the end of August on a Sunday?


7.     Members please remember that Bob Markunis takes prayer requests for the sick.


8.     If you know of any potential members, please direct them to the post website for membership information and an application.




1.     Post Strategic Plan. Dave Labonte and Matt McGrath  

a.     Dave & Matt are meeting to discuss this effort. All invited to assist. Contact Dave or Matt for details.


2.     Raffle committee - John Milot, Ron Arpino, Matt McGrath


3.     Road Race Committee – Doug Wahl, Frank Coughlin, Jim Gurganis, Dave Labonte, Kim Leone

4.     Franklin High School Scholarship committee. – Kent, Ray, Steve


5.     Public Relations committee -John Hefele, Steve S. and Bob M.

6.     Assisting/Visiting Veterans in Local hospitals. Matt McGrath leads this committee.  Next event - Date TBD.


7.     The American Legion Boys State program. Committee members: John Milot and Doug Wahl.

8.     Franklin Funeral Homes committee John M, Matt McGrath, Jim McNeil, John Hefele, George Ferguson, Bob Markunis, Kent Belcher, Dave Labonte, Jim Gurganis and Doug Wahl.

9.    Uniform Etiquette Committee Jim McNeil, John Milot, Steve S. and Bob Markunis

10.  Building Committee – Ron Arpino, John Milot, Jim McNeil and John Hefele.


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