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Minutes of October 5, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Oct 05, 2015 at 12:00 AM


Minutes of Meeting on October 5, 2015. Meeting 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 – Bob Markunis


Chaplain – George Ferguson


Historian - Matt McGrath


Ø  12 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from previous 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.     Update: Our raffle has been scheduled to take place on DECEMBER 7, 2015. See Raffle Committee below. Prizes donated for the raffle:  Flag and holder, Bose headset, Robot Vacuum Cleaner, 2 Gallons of Paint, Breakfast for 4 at the Rod and Gun Club, a solar flag, a Welcome slate, and a Bar Butler.  Also Jim G. purchased a 55 inch smart TV for the raffle.  Ron had 1000 tickets printed.  Tickets were distributed at the October meeting.  Pease contact Ron to obtain tickets.  Tickets should be sold for $5.00 each or 3 for $10.00.



1.     The Finance Officer read the Finance Report. A motion was made to accept the Finance Report.  This motion was seconded and approved.


2.     The Tri-County H.S Scholarship winner was finally contacted and a check for the scholarship was mailed to them.


3.     A letter was received to provide a donation for Wreaths for the Veterans Cemetery in Winchendon, one of the 2 Veterans Cemeteries in the state.  Wreaths for the graves are only able to be purchased through donations and 100% of the donations go to the purchase of the wreaths.   They are requesting a lump sum donation of $100.  A motion was made to approve the donation and send $100.  The motion was seconded and approved.  It was agreed that we need to establish a specific budget and criteria for donations for next year.


4.  Paul Kennedy has been laid up.  Everyone gives Paul their best for a speedy recovery.  Kim Leone will bring a Get Well card to the next meeting for everyone to sign.


5.  A draft of the Post Strategic Plan was discussed.  More work is needed on the Plan and Dave and Matt would like more people to participate in this effort. The goals need to also be prioritized.  Dave and Matt will send out the draft via e-mail and ask for members to provide feedback.


6. John H. will talk with Dale K. about which senior homes in Franklin have veterans that may want visitors.


7. On November 6th at 9:00 AM the Veterans Breakfast will be held at the Franklin Senior Center.  This event is hosted by Dale Kurtz and is an event to honor Franklin Veterans and their families.  Sign up at the Franklin Senior Center.



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.     Poker Tournament Committee: Members – Kent, Kim, John M, Jim Mc. and Dave Labonte

a.     We have had 3 successful events this year. Additional events upcoming.


3.     Fund Raising Committee. New fundraisers under discussion for 2015. 

4.     Raffle committee - John Milot, Ron Arpino, Matt McGrath and Kim Leone.

a.     ALL, please contact Ron Arpino if you still need to obtain tickets. Raffle scheduled to take place December 7, 2015.


5.     Road Race Committee – Next meeting November 2015 – Date TBD

6.     Franklin High School Scholarship committee.


7.     Public Relations committee. 

8.     Assisting/Visiting Veterans in Local hospitals. Matt McGrath leads this committee.  Next event will be Fall/Winter 2015 – Date TBD.


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

10.  Franklin Funeral Homes committee John M, Matt McGrath, Parker Vetrano, Paul Kennedy, Jim Mc, John H.

11.  Local School Flag Transfer Committee: Matt McGrath and Jim McNeill.


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