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Official Minutes of Post 107 Department Of Ohio The American Legion
Attendance: Officers 9 Members 38
These minutes mark a historic event for post 107.
The regular meeting of post 107 was called to order by 2nd Vice Kcerrii Bjishkian at 1900 6-13-2012
The gavel was passed to 6th District Commander Carol Liston who opened up the floor for nominations of officers.
The following are motions for nominations for respective offices and position which were all approved for said office and were unanimously approved.
The first and second motions are listed followed by the office position, any discussion, then certification was approved by the outgoing post Commander, Woody Fox. The certification of the new officers were signed by the new Post 107 Commander and Adjutant and hand carried to HQ on on 6-13-2012.
The election by voice process was used to establish the new leadership for each office one position at a time. One person per office was nominated and a voice vote on the ticket as a whole was not done. The 6th District Commander chose to hold nominations and elections for each position one at a time to signify the importance of the charges for each office.
Motion to elect Kcerrii Bjishkian as Commander - John Zarlino Seconded By Mike Erickson
Discussion - Kcerrii Bjishkian was asked to replace the interim commander Dale Leach. Dale respectfully requested was not at the meeting and resigned his Commander position via a MX Record to Carol Liston. The exact content of the communication was not disclosed in public for personal reasons. Contact 6th district Commander for details of Dales request to resign. No other nominations from the floor. Kcerrii was originally charged has the interim 2nd vice and filled the position of Commander during a last minute change of the officers. As reported in the local paper Dale Leach had accepted the interim position of commander to do his part with the revitalization of the post. He resigned the postion as reported by 6th District Commander Carol Liston during the final meeting of post 107 lead by outgoing post 107 commander and adjutant and finance officer Woody Fox. Dales leadership and dedtcation to duty are noted for the record. Kcerrii also made the comment to address her as commander or "BJ" during discussion. A motion to close nominations by George Popovich Seconded by Jack Addington
Motion to elect Jack Addington as 1st Vice - John Zarlino Seconded By Mike Morenus
Discussion - Jack originally took the charge as the service officer during the revitalization meetings and stepped into the the interim position of Mike Knapp as 1st vice. Mike could not make the meeting today and for the sake of the post standing up as a quota organization the voting members present felt it best to fill the position. Mike will be asked to fill one of the other leadership roles available. Hearing no other nominations from the floor they election of officers proceeded in an orderly fashion. A motion to close the nominations by Ken Myers/Jerry Dunbar
Motiong to elect Larry Sobotka as 2nd Vice - JohnZarlino and Seconded By Larry Cope
Discussion - Sam filled the position of the interim 2nd vice due to BJ stepping up to Commander. Sam discussed his objective to lead the post in two years. His concern to do a good job for the post members was noted in a private "revitalization" meeting prior to stating the elections to follow protocol and show a united front not to interrupt the election process. "It's important to note that surrounding yourself with quality people during quality time prevents yourself from being a casulity by allowing casual people to steal your precious time" Hearing no other nominations from the floor a motion was made to close the nominations and call for the question by Margie Myers and seconded by Jared Brandon
Immediately following the certified elections of post 107 the 6th District commander turned the gavel over to Commander BJ to continue with housekeeping matters and future plans.
The following post member, Ken Myers, re-appointed as Post 107 Chaplin. Ken opened the meeting today using the American Legion prayer.
Charles Caldwell - was appointed as the Sergeant at Arms
Margori Myers - Historian
These official minutes and all subsequent meeting notes will state that regular meeting opened and followed a published agenda provided in current support material furnished by the Ohio District. Our advertised regular meeting will be held once a month on the second Wednesday at 1900 hundred hours until further notice.
BJ made the following appointments using current guidance that can be found on the Post 107 on line year book maintained by Historian Margori.
"To qualify for the Post Excellence Award, a post is required to achieve excellence in four areas: membership, youth activities, community service, and support to currently serving troops or veterans." With those ideals in mind, As your commander of post 107 it is with great honor and pleasure that I accept your willingness to lead the following committee's. You are to fill this position until properly releaved.
For God and country, we associate ourselves together for the following purposes and these appointments were made to respect our peramble and are noted for the record.
Only reports prepared prior the regular meeting held on the second Wednesday will be recorded as an agenda item. Your committee meetings will be held outside of our post meetings. Committee's are to report during regular post meetings. Your post time is for members to remain informed of your accomplishments between the meetings not during them. It is your responsiblity to have your respective reports ready and submitted to the post Adjutant. If said report is not done in a timely manner you will have the opportunity to report new business during the general meeting. As your commander I appoint the following post members to the respective committee chairs.
Membership growth, Jack Addington, please expose the American Legion values to the youth of the community, using increased visibility of the American Legion family through service projects. Our post will achieve this task with your leadership and qualifications. Contact current civic leaders and find out how you can use your postion to bring the traveling wall to our town no later than 2014. We know as a whole this will be a major project and I wish you well. Please have numerous post members involved in planning and achieving these goals. This postion is mission critical to revitilize and establish a foot hold in the communities in which we serve. Other surrounding posts are most likely already active in these areas and will qualify for the Post Excellence Award without extra effort. Our post, however, just being "reformed" today will need to increase efforts with you at the helm. Based on tonights "standing room only" new member sign ups the bar as been set. The standard to be achieved for membership must be at least one member greater than the previous year and one officer must attend the Ohio District meeting. I will statify the district meeting requirement and support your membership efforts where needed. Enjoy the upcoming administrative year and thank you.
Youth Activities, John Zarlino - You are appointed as the American Legion Baseball Head Coach "Coach Z" and Liason between our post and every surrounding organization that supports Youth Baseball for our Post 107 service area for Etna, Kirkersville, and Pataskala. This highly competive arena will require masterful negotiating skills with Athetic directors and Head Coachers to ensure quality play not only on the field but amongst your peers. You are also charged to report back to me any post member wanting to lead the open chair yet to be filled by post members. Don't let your zeal cloud the mission and include all post members the opportunity to serve the community in which they live. The fact that you understand there is no "amigo in ego" will boad well with your appointment. Seeking out post members to head up other committee's based on individual interests and willingness to help saddled with your unique abiltiy to respect other's time will support your efforts. Please include the following open postions for the record as open to post members to "step up to the plate" and take on a portion of the process to reach our common goal of post excellence every year. My goal is to establish a solid foundation for each succeeding commander to follow and tweak based on current best practices among all posts. As we approach the one hundredth anniverary of "The American Legion" it's important to me that you follow the past leaders suggestions and accept thier mentorship as you will do mine. Encourage other post members to lead the following committee chairs.
Boys State-OPEN, Oratorical-Open, Boy Scouts-Open, Junior Shooting Sports-Open. American Legion Baseball-"Coach Z" Filled
Community service - This next appointment is the conduit for all post activies. Your postion will also include being on the excutive committee for the post. You must accomplish a community service project with members of the Legion family actively working in the community outside the post home. A wide range of potential projects exists, such as a project centered on one of Children & Youth’s emphasis areas to fulfilling a strictly local need. Seek out the post member that serves at the parent coordinator for the Children's and Family first counsil for Southwest Licking Schools. This position is a mandate from the State of Ohio Governor under house beil one. Use his resources to reach those in need in a private confidential manner. A monetary donation may be part of the project but may not constitute the entire project. Your time is the role is more valuable than money.
Service to troops/veterans. - Aurelio Lopez - Service Officer - This next appointment must accomplish a project supporting troops or veterans in the community with Legion family members outside the post home. Potential projects include the Family Support Network, Heroes to Hometowns, or simply helping a local veteran with needed updates to his or her home. Again, a monetary donation may be part of the project but may not constitute the entire project.
The 6th District Commander is responsible for our post and will certify us as having achieved the four specified criteria for post excellence every administrative year. When directed the district commander will submit our entry to the department headquarters. That list will include our new post name if we chage the current name, post number 107 which we will never change, Post Address P. O. Box 5 Etna, Oh 43108. and my name. Ideally, the last two criteria are accompanied by copies of press releases submitted to the local media about the projects. That method ensures the projects were not only accomplished but that an attempt was made to enhance the image of The American Legion through local media. I ask each appointed post member to keep copies for the adjutant to include a date-time stamp showing receipt by the media outlet. Once we have done our part the department adjutant will transmit information to:
The American Legion National Headquarters
P.O. Box 1055
Indianapolis, IN 46206-1055
Post 107 Adjutant