Legion gains relief funds, hears Memorial Day slate

Marshalltown Legionnaires aired a wide range of business topics during its May 15 session, implementing procedures for future financial and decision-making operations.

Presiding Commander Jeff Heiden reported that his Frank Lewis Glick Post 46 has received $5,000 toward the Veterans Relief Fund. This benefit came from the April 27 Legion’s hosting of the Blessing of the Bikes charity event, and funds will be earmarked for community veterans and their families in need.

Also topics discussed by the 50 veterans in attendance were coming Memorial Day observances; election of 2014-15 officers; amendments for operations and makeup of the post executive board; and cooperating with local Veterans of Foreign Wars in sponsoring a Vietnam War era veterans picnic.

Steve Storjohann, chairman of the All Veterans Committee, reported that traditional Memorial Day ceremonies have been established. Services will be held at Riverside Cemetery at 8:30 a.m. on May 26, with Eric Goslinga, local Sea Cadets leader, giving the address; at Center Street bridge at 9:30 a.m. with Navy Mothers program; and at Rose Hill Memorial Gardens at 10:30 a.m. with Dennis Myers, Silver Star Medal recipient through U.S. Naval Security Group service, the speaker.

Roy Bradbury reported on plans for volunteers providing small U.S. flags at community sites May 22-24 for citizens to post on veterans’ gravesites. Don Bailey reported orientation and transportation plans are underway for Post 46 sponsorship of five local young men to next month’s American Legion Hawkeye Boys State encampment at Camp Dodge.

Jim Zacharias, Geneva, Third District commander, addressed the Legionnaires and stressed importance of strictly following bylaws, especially in relation to audits. The veterans voted to pursue acquisition of an outside auditing firm to assist post auditing of financial records.

Methods of the post newsletter distribution, also makeup of the executive board and posting of topics prior to meetings were also discussed. Meeting dialogue led toward bringing future executive board decisions to the general membership for approval.

Ken Breinig reported that the joint American Legion/Veterans of Foreign Wars Honor Guard participated in eight funerals during April, and totaling 19 this year.

Heiden urged veterans to volunteer for officer posts, and a roster was circulated for members interested in becoming candidates. Elections will be held toward installation of next year’s leaders during the July meeting

Beginning in July, Post 46 meetings will be moved a half an hour earlier, starting at 7 p.m. Pre-meeting snacks are available to the veterans.