Marshalltown Legionnaires set structured program

Marshalltown American Legion Post 46 Legionnaires began its Thursday meeting in a completely restructured operation as Commander Larry DeCamp and executive staff took their seats for the 2014-15 year.

DeCamp, who was elected Frank Lewis Glick Post 46 commander in July, had directed printed copies of the meeting agenda, post bylaws and the Legion Preamble to the Constitution for each of the 27 veterans in attendance. Also he directed Finance Officer Larry Warnell to provide printed copies of up-to-date profit and loss figures, for which Warnell’s complementing report indicated generally favorable finances compared with the past year.

DeCamp also voiced intentions for conducting both general membership and executive board sessions with tightly-structured rules during his reign, including improved rules of conduct. His hopes are to end meetings within an hour. He said plans are underway for the post to participate in the youth oratorical program, also to again establish a post website.

Chaplain’s prayers were read by Don Bailey, and Larry Larson, as sergeant-of-arms, placed the POW-MIA banner. Paul Heckman’s adjutant’s report indicated that Dennis Richards will serve as membership chairman. Richards’ trustees report noted membership at 332, toward quota of 653. He reported gains in the past commanders trust via the Stocks investments.

Ron Estabrook presented the golf course report, noting the recent city tourney was down in participants from the previous year, and revenue is down slightly.

Various reports also included: Jeff Heiden saying plans are intended to paint the F-4 jet plane and monetary donations are sought for costs; Bill Baltisberger, reporting for the Veterans Memorial Coliseum Commission, noting funds are needed for ceiling repairs; Steve Storjohann reporting the All Veterans Committee meetings schedule, reminding that it is time for payment of the $25 dues by participating military organizations. Storjohann reminded that Post 46 will participate in the Marshalltown High School Homecoming Parade.

DeCamp introduced Brandon Ruopp as the new Post 46 judge advocate. Ruopp, a local practicing attorney, served in the U.S. Army during the 1990’s, including deployment in Korea.

Ken Breinig reported that the joint Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion Honor Guard served in a record 12 funerals during July, on three occasions participating twice on the same day. He encouraged more veterans to serve on the Honor Guard. Heiden reported that both Harry C. Harter Post 839 and American Legion Post 46 veterans will participate in the Iowa State Fair veterans parade on August 11.

Participation is also planned for the annual Marshalltown Oktemberfest Parade.

Mike Gowdy’s Sons of the American Legion report told of SAL donating funds to the Navy Sea Cadets, Special Olympics, a Cancer Cure Golf Rally, Child Welfare and a National Disaster Fund. A golf club raffle is planned by the local squadron.