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Minutes of June 4, 2018 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Jun 04, 2018 at 12:00 AM



Minutes of Meeting on 4 June 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 - Steve Szilniczky


Chaplain - Bob Markunis


Historian - Matt McGrath
















Ø  15 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from 7 May 2018 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 will be held on June 23rd at 8:00 AM.  The location is Remington Middle School in Franklin.  The committee reports that Sponsorships and raffles are in good shape.  Right now the biggest need is getting volunteers and runners. Volunteers include Jim M. Steve S., Bruce, John M. and Dick and Judy Hynes.  If at all possible volunteers should arrive at the Remington School by 5:30 AM.  Next road race committee meeting is June 16th at 8:00am at King Street Café in Franklin.  All are welcome to join the committee meeting.


2.     Bob Markunis continues to book visits at Magnolia Heights, Atria and the Franklin Rehabilitation Center on Chestnut Street.  Magnolia Heights visits are every 3rd Wednesday at 2:00 and Franklin Rehab visits are every third Saturday of the month at 2:00.  Bob is looking for volunteers for Flag Day ceremonies on June 14th.  One at 10:00 at Atria and one at 11:00 at Magnolia Heights.



1.     Finance Officers Report was read and bills included payments to Boys State and the Franklin Downtown Partnership.  A motion was made to accept the Finance Officers Report.  This was seconded and approved.


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 600 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.  The committee is hoping to dedicate the Walkway on Veterans Day.


3.     Raffle - Need donations for the raffle.  A TV and Bose radio have already been donated.  Also some Red Sox memorabilia will be donated to the raffle by the Boston Red Sox.  The town permit for the raffle has been completed.  The raffle will be held in October.


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


5.     Memorial Day activities were successful.  Thanks to all that volunteered.  John H. will place an order for more poppies for next year.


6.     In May, John H and Kim volunteered at the Parmenter School First Grade Math Morning. This was fun and the kids were very appreciative.


7.     Matt McGrath will set up another Brockton VA visit....Perhaps in August.


8.     Save the Date - Wreaths Across America in Bourne will be held on Saturday, December 15th.  A group of volunteers from the post are needed to attend.


9.     Post 75 made 100% in attendance in the district again this year.


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


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


12.  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

Building Committee - Ron Arpino, John Milot, Jim McNeil and John Hefele

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