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Minutes of April 2, 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Apr 05, 2018 at 12:00 AM


Minutes of Meeting on April 2, 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  12 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from March 5th 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 which will be held on June 23rd at 8:00 AM.  The location has been confirmed and will be Remington Middle School in Franklin.  The flyer and sponsorship letter will be emailed to everyone when it is ready.


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.  The next visit to Franklin Rehab. Will be April 21st at 2:00.  We will be assisting with Bingo.  Next visit at Magnolia Heights will be April 21st at 2:00.  Next visit to Atria will be Saturday, April 7th at 2:00.



1.     Finance Officers Report was read and accepted. Amongst other expenses, a brick was purchased for $100 by the Post for the Veterans Walkway in the name of Edward L. Grant.


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. Over 400 bricks sold so far.  The committee was hoping to sell at least 400 bricks. 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.     Raffle – Need donations for the raffle.  A TV and Bose radio have already been donated.  The timing will possibly be September. Ron will get the tickets printed in April.


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.     Scholarship applications have been delivered to Franklin High School.  Application deadline is April 30th.  We need to select scholarship recipients by May 8th.  John Milot and Kent Belcher will present the scholarship at Franklin H.S. Awards Night on May 24th..


7.     Memorial Day activities were discussed.  Volunteers will be needed for both poppy sales and the rifle squad.  Rifle squad will also be needed for the Norfolk Memorial Day events.  The color guard volunteers so far:  Steve, Dick Hynes, and Dave Labonte.  The rifle squad so far is John M. Kent and Matt M.  Need one more volunteer for the rifle squad.


8.     The Veterans Service Officer is looking for volunteers for some school events.  On May 11 and May 17 the Parmenter School is looking for volunteers to assist with their Kindergarten and First Grade Math Mornings.  Also on May 25th they are looking for speakers for their assembly. 


9.     On Monday, April 30th the Air Force jazz band – ‘Airmen of Note’ will be performing at 7:00 at Franklin High School.  Admission is free and open to the public.  Tickets can be reserved online on Eventbrite.


10.  Save the Date – Wreaths Across America in Bourne will be held on Saturday, December 15th.


11.  We received applications for the Legionnaire of the Year award.  If you want to nominate someone

      Contact John Milot.   Applications are due by May 1st and will be awarded at the State Convention in



12.  Reminder to members that Post 75 has a display at the Franklin Historical Museum which is open most Saturday mornings.


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


14.  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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