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Meeting of January 9, 2017 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kim Leone   
Jan 09, 2017 at 12:00 AM

Minutes of Meeting on January 9 2017. 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  10 members in attendance.

Ø  Minutes from December meeting reviewed and accepted. 

Ø  Next Meeting:  February 6, 2017, 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.     Poker Tournament news – We are waiting for dates for the next tournament.  John M. is still trying to reach the organizer.  Do we want to continue to pursue? Yes, it was agreed that we would continue to pursue.


2.     The Building Committee continues to look at 4 property options.  The Building Committee members are:  John Milot, Ron Arpino, Jim McNeil and others are welcome to join if interested in this topic. 



1.     Finance Officer Report – Currently have 51 paid members – A few unpaid still.  Finance Officer reported on bank balances and balance of scholarship account.  Motion made to approve report.  Seconded and approved.


2.     Raffle was discussed – Tickets will be ready at next meeting.  The raffle will be drawn at the 4/3/17 meeting.  Jim G. has purchased the television for the raffle. 


3.     Road Race will be held on June 17, 2017….Kim will check in with Doug about the next Road Race meeting date and time and will email the post with this information.  Spitler has been reserved for this date.  Volunteers always needed and welcome. 


4.     A donation to Franklin Municipal Veterans Association was discussed.  A donation of $100 was voted on and approved. 


5.     Ron Arpino made a donation to Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children on behalf of the post.  A thank you note was received from the Society.


6.     Received a solicitation from Camp Sunshine – This is an organization we donated to last year.  Located in Sebago Lake, Maine, they provide support to the family members of children diagnosed with cancer.  A motion was made to donate again this year in the same amount as last year.  This motion was seconded and approved.


7.     It was reported that 12 new members will be attending the next meeting in February.


8.     Next Brockton VA visit- Possibly will be in April.  Matt will reach out to the VA to book this.


9.     Scholarship Applications are due in April.


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


3.     Fund Raising Committee. New fundraisers under discussion for 2017. 

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


5.     Road Race Committee – Doug, Dave, Kim, Jim G. 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 McNeil, John H. and George Ferguson.

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

12.  Building Committee:  John Milot, Ron Arpino, Jim McNeil



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