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Minutes of October 3, 2016 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Oct 03, 2016 at 12:00 AM


Minutes of Meeting on October 3, 2016. 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 - Bob Markunis


Chaplain - George Ferguson


Historian - Matt McGrath















Ø  13 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from September meeting reviewed and accepted. 

Ø  Next Meeting:  NOVEMBER 7, 2016, 7:00



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 Brockton VA Visit went very well.  We had 5 volunteers from the post play keno with the residents.  Looking forward to our next visit.


2.     The Post cookout and horseshoe tournament was held on September 17th.  Many thanks to Dave Labonte and his wife for a great afternoon!  Everyone had a wonderful time!  




1.     No Finance Officer Report.



2.     Bob Markunis asked for volunteers for a Veterans Day event he is planning at the Cornerstone Assisted Living Facility in Milford at 2:00 on November 11th.  He needs 4 to 6 people in uniform for this event.  The purpose is to honor veterans who live there. There are 12 to 15 veterans that live there.  There will be a flag ceremony and a fellowship meeting with refreshments.  Bob is also planning to reach out to the Milford American Legion for their participation as well.  Please reach out to Bob Markunis directly if you can assist.  He needs to know who will be attending.



3.     Poker Tournament news - The paperwork issue previously reported has been corrected.  We must renew our permit by January.


4.     A proposal has been received from the Franklin Odd Fellows for the shared use of their property at 330 West Central Street in Franklin.  The boy scouts also use this property for meetings and events.  The VFW does not respond to Matt about sharing their hall - It was agreed not to continue to reach out to them about this.  The VFW does not appear to have any interest.  More discussion is needed on the Odd Fellows proposal. It was agreed that we should have a meeting there to look at it. Other properties were also discussed.


5.     Dale Kurtz was at the meeting to discuss all of the Veterans Day activities happening in Franklin. A lunch will be held at the Elks on Pond Street on Friday, November 11th at 11:00.  There will be special recognition to Vietnam era veterans (those who served between November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975).  To register contact the Senior Center, 508-520-4945. 


6.     A post social hour will be scheduled for the first week of December - Date and Location TBD.


7.     Timing for next raffle was discussed - It was agreed that March 2017 would be a good time.


8.     Road Race will be held on June 17, 2017....We need 1 or 2 more volunteers to assist this year - particularly with fundraising which sounds harder than it actually is!  Spitler Race Systems has already been reserved for this date.


9.     A ‘Wreath Across America' donation was discussed.  Will discuss again at next meeting.


10.  Participation in the Holiday Stroll was discussed....This is on Thursday, December 1st.  John M. will verify if we can get a booth, but we need volunteers for this.




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


3.     Fund Raising Committee. New fundraisers under discussion for 2016. 

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


5.     Road Race Committee - Doug, Kim and Frank

6.     Scholarship Committee. - Kent, Ray, Steve


7.     Public Relations Committee - ANY VOLUNTEERS? 

8.     Assisting/Visiting Veterans in Local hospitals. Matt McGrath leads this committee.  


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. and George Ferguson.

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

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