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Fallen Heroes Mandarin Post 372
General Membership Meeting
November 9, 2017



The General Assembly meeting of American Legion Post 372 of November 9, 2017 was held at the Mandarin/St Johns Elks Lodge #2866.  


The meeting was promptly called to order at 7:00pm by Commander Painter.  


Opening ceremonies were conducted. 


The Charter was draped for Comrade George D’Ambrosio who recently passed away. Comrade D’Ambrosio served during Vietnam as a member of the United States Air Force and was an eleven year member of the American Legion.


The Commander recognized Harrison Conyers, Operations and Development Manager, City of Jacksonville, Military Affairs, Joe Maltese, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 372 Commander, Past Commander Franklin Hunt, and Past Commander Dan Hempsall.


Commander Painter invited Harrison Conyers to speak and he explained what the roles and responsibilities are for the City of Jacksonville’s Military Affairs Department. The brochure and flyer he handed out are attached to the minutes.


Roll Call of Officers


Roll call of Officers was held, and it was determined that a quorum was present. Service Officer Litsky was absent.


Reading in of New or Transferring Members


James Snellen            Navy               WWII               Transfer from Post 400

Dennis Brown             Army              Vietnam            Transfer from Post 147 (NC)

Jason Snyder             Navy               Vietnam            Transfer from Post 400


Motion to approve transferring members was made and seconded. The motion passed unanimously. 




Motion to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2017 meeting as posted on was made and seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


Finance Report


Motion to approve the Finance Report, subject to audit, was made and seconded. he motion passed unanimously.




  1. Resignation letter from Tony Jenkins, Chaplain due to a job transfer to another state.

  2. Resignation letter from Dr. Buck O’Connor, Executive Board so that he could assume the position of Chaplain if elected.

  3. Thank you letter from Elks Lodge #2866 for our Table Sponsorship at their Casino Night.

  4. Article from Mandarin Newsline about the presentation of the Scouting Square Knot Award to Dean Phillippi.

  5. Letter from Middleburg Post 250 asking for members to support the Post by visiting while the bridge is out. The bridge was destroyed during Hurricane Irma and traveling to the Post is difficult. 3


Officer’s Reports


The Commander noted that there is a hot dog giveaway on November 11th and that the Post depends upon this funding for programs such as Boys State and the Oratorical competition.


The Vice Commander’s report is attached.


The Adjutant and Service Officer Rodriguez's report is attached.


Service Officer Litsky had one contact.


Committee Reports


Branding Committee


Chairman Nichols reported that the Committee was working on a solution to the Post’s image issues and would have a report at the next Executive Board meeting.


Car Show


The Car Show is in the discussion stage. Do we want to change the location or do we even want to have a car show? We need a lot of volunteers and donations to make the event successful.


Executive Board


Commander Painter reported that the Executive Board meeting date has been changed to the Tuesday before the General Meeting. The location remains the same.




Chairman Rodriguez polled the membership to see if there was interest in having another social event and the answer was yes. She will work on scheduling another cookout.


PROJECT: VetRelief


Chairman Rodriguez reported that there is now a jar located on the bar for donations. PVR is even in more dire need because National has changed the rules on their Temporary Financial Assistance (TFA) Program. Where a Veteran could once get lifetime assistance capped at $2,500, the program now restricts Veterans to a one-time gift capped at $1,500. The means that while 49 other states now need to send their Veterans to social services for assistance, Florida can send their Veterans to PROJECT: VetRelief.


Old Business  


Joe Maltese, Sons of the American Legion Squadron 372 Commander spoke about the proposed Riders Chapter at Post 372. He stated that the Riders are a major source of fundraising for the Post and the Community. He added that a Riders Chapter is a great source for new Post members because all Riders members must be a member of the Legion, Sons of the American Legion, or the Auxiliary.


Motion to approve the formation of a Riders Chapter at Post 372 was made and seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


Post Vacancies


Gene Kivett has accepted the position of Oratorical Chairman.


The Vice Commander reported that the Post is now covered by Liability Insurance.


The issue of surety bonds for Officers with access to the Post’s finances was discussed. The Judge Advocate was tasked with finding out what the bonding requirements are for the Legion.


The Commander reported that the Post received a lot of exposure at the Chili Cook-Off and that we received many leads for new members.


The Vice Commander reported about the Department’s Fall Conference.


New Business


The Vice Commander reminded everyone about the November 11th hot dog give away. Volunteers are needed from 10am to 2pm or until the hot dogs are all given away. He noted that all supplies have been donated.


The Commander reported that the Department Commander will be visiting Post 372 for lunch on Monday, November 20th at 12:30pm. All members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to the Adjutant.


The Vice Commander reported that the website has been redesigned. He asked that everyone take a look and see if there is anything they would like to see added to our page.


The Commander reiterated that the Executive Board meeting date has been changed to the Tuesday before the General Meeting. The location remains the same.


The Commander reported that the American Legion Extension Institute has been revamped and has been renamed “Basic Training”. It is highly recommended that all Legionnaires complete the 2-hour online course that is now free to all Legionnaires in good standing.

Everyone from Post 372 who submits a Certificate of Completion will be entered into a drawing for a 43” LED Vizio TV to be held at the December 14th General Meeting.


For the Good of the American Legion 




The Commander reminded everyone that due to the resignation of Tony Jenkins, the Chaplain position is open. He called for nominations for the position of Chaplain.

Vice Commander Severns nominated Dr. Buck O’Connor and he accepted. Nominations were then closed.


The Commander then noted that with Dr. O’Connors’ resignation there was a vacancy on the Executive Board. He called for nominations for Executive Board Member.


There were no nominations and the nominations were then closed.


Motion to elect Dr. Buck O’Connors as Chaplain was made and seconded. The motion passed unanimously.




The Commander installed Dr. O’Connor as Chaplain.


Upcoming Events


The next Executive Board meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.


The next General Membership meeting will be held on December 14, 2017. 


The next District meeting will be held on Sunday, November 12, 2017 at Post 202 in Keystone Heights.




There is a new Post Volunteer Opportunity Form on your chairs. If you are interested, please fill it out and return it to the Adjutant.


The Elks Lodge is now an Official drop site for Cell Phones for Soldiers. Place your Cell Phone or Tablet (ANY CONDITION) in the drop box located in the Lounge.  They are then recycled and used to buy phone cards for all Active Duty Military.

The Elks Lodge is having a Thanksgiving Food Drive. They are collecting non-perishable goods to make baskets for approximately 9 families in the Mandarin-area, baskets will be delivered the weekend before Thanksgiving, please bring any donations to the Lodge by Saturday, November 18th.

Donation list for items needed by residents of the Clyde E. Lassen Veterans Home is posted on the website at: Please take a look and consider donating items to our Veterans. If we work together and deliver the items, this will count as part of the Post Excellence Award’s Veteran requirement. We would have to put together an official visit and host an activity with them when we deliver the goods. We could host a small brunch and visit with the Veterans. Or we could host a special holiday Bingo afternoon. Other suggestions are welcome. Please send them to the Adjutant.


Closing ceremonies were conducted. 


The meeting adjourned at 8:30pm. 



Sheri Rodriguez