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Minutes of December 7, 2015 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jim Gurganus   
Dec 07, 2015 at 12:00 AM

Minutes of Meeting on December 7, 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  13 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.     Dale Kurtz, the Franklin Vets Rep, has a meeting the last Thursday of each month at 7PM at the Elks. John H. has been attending to gain insights from Dale as to his thoughts and plans for Veterans in our town. Anyone can attend one of these meetings.


2.      The Elks Club has Veterans Assist program with a local oil company.




BROCKTON VA VISIT, THIS WEDNESDAY 16 DEC, 6PM. Folks, we meet at the Brockton VA, BLD C. at 6pm. We assist the staff with a fun activity scheduled for the evening.  We are usually finished and departing in less than 90 minutes. It is a fun time and the Vets there have a good time and really appreciate our presence. PLEASE feel free to join us. (John M, John H, Matt, Jim G)                                                                              Address:  940 Belmont St, Brockton, MA 02301

a.     Matt is buying first round when we get back to town! J


2.     Our 2015 fund raising raffle is complete. All tickets were turned in and we held the drawing. All prizes were awarded and winners are being notified. Profits will be announced at the next meeting. But it does look like it was a success!!  A great big Thank You to all who helped sell tickets.

3.     UPDATE: Paul Kennedy is home and recuperating. And Charlie Shannon was at the meeting tonight.


4.     Boys State next year for 2016 is 11 - 17 June. We will support up to two candidates. We need to discuss going to the high school(s) and spreading the word on this opportunity.

a.     Ron will research guidelines for choosing the winners. (Same as we used last year)


5.     Our Annual Road race is scheduled for 25 JUN 16. Please mark your calendars. Doug will update the sponsor letter and we need everyone to Please start early soliciting sponsors.


6.     Poker Tournament renewal permits/documents coming due soon. The committee members will tend to this requirement.


7.     American Legion dues have risen at the National level to 28.00 annually. Post 75 members voted to increase our Post's annual dues to $35.00.


8.     Ron Arpino continues to send out fliers to Legion members in the area who are not assigned to a local post, encouraging them to come to a meeting.


9.     Dale Kurtz, the Franklin Vets Rep, is working on getting a list of Veteran's in Franklin, living in different senior living centers in town.


10.  Finance Report was read and accepted.  




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.     DOCUMENTS/PERMITS up for 2016 annual renewal!!


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

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


5.     Road Race Committee - Next meeting - 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 16 DEC 15, 6pm.  Address:  940 Belmont St, Brockton, MA 02301


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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