Upcoming May Events

2015BDay01Don’t miss the Awards and recognition dinner on Monday the 11th. The event starts at 6:00pm in the Jim Boyle Hall. Make your own sandwiches with all the fixin’s and we’ll eat as the program goes on. All legionnaires, Auxiliary members, SAL members and Legion Riders at the post are welcome with guests.

Officer elections will be held at the regular meeting (7:00 pm) on the 18th.

The attached picture is from the Legion Birthday Party we celebrated in March. Don’t you wish you had been there?

American Legion 96th Birthday Party

LegionBdayCakePut March 23 on your calendar. Come to the Post Home at 6:00pm and join us to celebrate the American Legion’s 96th birthday. We will have a birthday meal with cake. All Post 5 legionnaires are welcome with their guest. There is no charge for the party!

Minutes 2/26/2015

FourChaplainsATTENDANCE – 16

The regular meeting of Bourque-Lanigan Post #5 American Legion was called to order at 7:00 P.M.by Commander Ernie Paradis.

Following the formal opening the post did a Four Chaplains memorial ceremony.

After the ceremony Adjutant Carl made a motion to dispense of reading the minutes and officers’ reports except for the reading of new member application. The motion was seconded by Finance Officer Butch Berard. Motion passed.

Sickness and distress

Commander Ernie gave a report on Real Cyr and mentioned that he seems to be doing OK.

Jim Rogers mentioned that his brother Paul is not doing very well. His legs are not doing very good.

Correspondents and application or transfer of new members

Adjutant Carl read the transfer application of Christopher Rosenbloom. Elmer Prentiss made a motion to accept the application. Butch Berard seconded it. The motion passed.

Second Vice-Commander – Charles Shoudy – assumed temporary command of the membership, for the purpose of leading the membership, in a salute toward the charter in memory of Leon Audet who passed away since our last meeting.

Recessed for prizes

Names drawn for $50 were John Mitchell, Frank Alley, Philip Bard, Patrick Poulin, and for $35 William Lindie. None were present. The door prize was won by Mike Coyne who donated it to the post.

Meeting reconvened and under Good of the Legion

  • Pearley Lachance reported that the Knights of Columbus did operation wheelchair at Togus, where they bring veterans to Mass.
  • Margaret May asked for prayers as she put in job applications and one of them was for Togus.
  • Floyd Smith mentioned the work that the Dirigo Rangers are doing for the Veteran’s Memorial park in Winslow.
  • Real Trepanier mentioned that the post had a nice article in the Maine Legionnaire.
  • Larry Mitchell gave a power point presentation on different charities, where the monies came from and where they went. Commander Ernie thanked Larry for the fine job he did on this. Larry mentioned that if anyone would like to see things like this or other things he could do presentations on those also.

The next Executive Committee meeting is March 4th at 3PM.

The next regular meeting is March 2nd at 7 PM.

There being no further business to come before the membership the meeting was closed in proper form at 8:10 P.M. Respectfully Submitted, Carl Paradis, Adjutant

Minutes 01-19-2015

 ATTENDANCE – 25

The regular meeting of Bourque-Lanigan Post #5 American Legion was called to order at 7:00 P.M.by Commander Ernie Paradis.
Members that have not been at a meeting for a long time: Elmer Prentiss and Bonnie McGann

Meeting01Reports:

Finance – Butch Berard – Gave the finance report for the month of December.
1st Vice-Commander – Mike Coyne mentioned that since the last meeting we would be transmitting 15 national direct and 25 others who paid by mail. This brings us to 89.66% and we have 70 members needed for our 100%.

2nd Vice Commander – Charles Shoudy – No Report. As canteen manager he gave the canteen report.

House Chairman – Floyd Smith – No Report

Chaplain – Herb Brock – No Report

Sickness and distress – Commander Ernie went to see Real Cyr and mentioned that he waiting for an appointment to see what they can do at the cancer center.

Service Officer – Jim Ware – No Report. He did talk about the possibility of doing his post officer service work one Saturday a month at the post. Commander Ernie asked how we will notify the members. It was mentioned that we could put this in the newsletter, Facebook etc.

Charity Committee – Gil Pelletier – Absent

Americanism – Larry Mitchell – Reported that he received a response from the Winslow High School speech coach and that he is interested in doing the oratorical contest next year. Commander Ernie commented on this.

Athletic Officer – Eric Blier – Absent
Historian – Real Trepanier – No Report.

Correspondents and application or transfer of new members:

Adjutant Carl read the transfer application of Marc Veilleux. Jim Rogers made a motion to accept the application. Butch Berard seconded it. The motion passed.

Unfinished business:

Commander Ernie mentioned that he and Mo Prentiss went to the 9th District meeting that was held at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta. He made comments on this meeting.

New business:

Bonnie McGann talked about the charity project that St. Johns school is doing during Catholic school week. They are doing Valentines Hearts and are going to give them to the veterans at the Maine Veterans Homes.

Second Vice-Commander – Charles Shoudy – assumed temporary command of the membership, for the purpose of leading the membership, in a salute toward the charter in memory of David Heath and Armand Bourque who passed away since our last meeting.

Recessed for prizes: Names drawn for $50 was Michael Pellerin, Ernest Moulton, Clement Boulette, Douglas Cooper, and for $30 Gerald Michaud. None were present.

The door prize was won by Real Trepanier who donated it to the post.

Meeting reconvened and under good of the legion:

1st Vice Commander Mike was asked by some members if there was going to be a meeting tonight as it is Martin Luther King holiday. He was also asked if we were going to have a meeting on February 16th which is Presidents Day holiday. Mike told them that we would be having meetings on those days.

Pearley Lachance mentioned that the Knights of Columbus are doing operation wheelchair at Togus. This is where they bring veterans to Mass.

Larry mentioned that there is a new trend to have different organizations give $19.99 per month to help support them. He mentioned that the Legion is doing this also. The big question is what happens to the money that the Legion is collecting. Commander Ernie mentioned that it is going towards the Wounded Warrior project. There was some discussion on this. Margaret May made some comments regarding the wounded Warriors Project as to how much of the money actually goes to the veterans. There was some discussion on this as well as on other organizations that collect money. Larry committed to provide information on charity giving efficiency at the next meeting

Real Asked about the furnaces and how they were helping the post. There was some discussion on this.

Commander Ernie commented on the Mid-Winter conference that was held at the Gray post.

The next 9th District meeting is February 11th at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

The next Executive Committee meeting is at the Commanders call.

The next regular meeting is February 2 at 7 PM.

There being no further business to come before the membership the meeting was closed in proper form at 8:10 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, Carl Paradis, Adjutant

MINUTES 1/5/2015

ATTENDANCE – 21

The regular meeting of Bourque-Lanigan Post #5 American Legion was called to order at 7:00 P.M.by Commander Ernie Paradis.

Following the formal opening, the post presented a Blue Star certificate to Kaleen DeVogt as well as Service to America certificate and blue star banners to Mr. and Mrs. Cory DeVogt and his grandfather Robert Sweet.

Following the blue star ceremony, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved without alterations or corrections.

Report of Officers and Committees:

Finance Butch Berard – Gave the finance report for the month of November and he stated that the one for December will be read at the next meeting. He also talked about the status of the Thursday night Beano.   Commander Ernie told the membership that the closure of the Thursday night Beano is not a permanent thing, meaning that if conditions change we may have it again. He mentioned that all of the local organizations are struggling with the same issues we are facing.

1st Vice-CommanderMike Coyne mentioned that since the last meeting our membership went from 76.81% to 84.19% paid members lowering the unpaid members. The Adjutant will transmit 25 renewal and 5 national direct renewals. This will bring us up to 88.62%. This leaves us with 91 unpaid members.

2nd Vice Commander Charles Shoudy – No Report. As canteen manager he gave the canteen report. He commented that members are coming into the canteen and it is helping the bottom line.

House ChairmanFloyd Smith mentioned that the wall is done and he is re-installing the electrical outlets. Commander Ernie thanked him for the fine job he is doing.

Chaplain Herb Brock – No Report

Sickness and distress

  • Commander Ernie received a call from Real Cyr and mentioned that he is not doing well. His pituitary gland has cancer and if he has it operated on he has a 50/50 chance of survival. He will go to the cancer center to see what they can do as far a radiation is concerned. Armand Dutil also mentioned that if Real doesn’t do anything he will go blind.
  • Eric Blier mentioned that his wife Carol had a bad time and hopes she will get better.

Service OfficerJim Ware – Excused

Charity CommitteeGil Pelletier – Excused

AmericanismLarry Mitchell – Reported that the district held their oratorical contest today. He also mentioned that he has not heard anything from the schools.

Athletic OfficerEric Blier – No report

Historian Real Trepanier – No Report. He did give a report on the rebuilding of Lac Megantic.

Correspondence and application or transfer of new members: Adjutant Carl read some Christmas cards from our vendors. He also read a thank you from Richard Bouchard which included a donation for $100, and one from Senior Spectrums for our donation to their ice fishing derby to benefit the meals on wheels.

Unfinished business:

Commander Ernie made comments of the current financial situation. He stated that the changes we have made are starting to pay off and reduce our expenses.

Adjutant Carl mentioned that that we are having the Special Olympics participants for soup and sandwiches on Friday January 16th at noon.

New business:

Salute to Charter: Second Vice-Commander – Charles Shoudy – assumed temporary command of the membership, for the purpose of leading the membership, in a salute toward the charter in memory of Roland Bourgoin, Merle Proctor, Patrick Parker and Richard Harmon who passed away since our last meeting.

Recessed for prizes: Names drawn for $50 were Clarence Soucy, Robert Bourassa, Paul Dutram, for $45 Donald Cassavant, and for $25 Mickey Adair. None were present.

The door prize was won by Bob Sweet who donated it to the post.

Meeting reconvened and under Good of the Legion:

Commander Ernie mentioned that the Mid-Winter conference will be held in Grey on January 16.

2nd Vice Commander Charlie made some comments on the Blue Star Banner ceremony.

Upcoming Event Dates:

The next 9th District meeting is January 14th at the Maine Veterans Home in Augusta.

The next Executive Committee meeting is at the Commanders call.

The next regular meeting is January 19th at 7 PM.

There being no further business to come before the membership the meeting was closed in proper form at 8:15 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted, Carl Paradis, Adjutant

Blue Star Banners Presented

L-R: Adjutant Carl Paradis, Commander Ernie Paradis, Kaleen DeVogt, Bob Sweet, Mrs. & Mr. Cory DeVogt

L-R: Adjutant Carl Paradis, Commander Ernie Paradis, Pvt Kaleen DeVogt, Bob Sweet, Mrs. & Mr. Cory DeVogt

Commander Ernie Paradis with the help of Adjutant Carl Paradis presented Blue Star banners to the parents, Mr. & Mrs. Cory DeVogt, and the grandfather, Bob Sweet, of Kaleen DeVogt a Marine just out of Parris Island boot camp on January 5, 2015 during our regular meeting. Bob Sweet is a long-time member of the post. Kaleen was sponsored by him and voted in as a member last meeting.

 

 

 

MINUTES 12/15/2014

ATTENDANCE– 32

The regular meeting of Bourque-Lanigan Post #5 American Legion was called to order at 7:00 P.M.by Commander Ernie Paradis. Following the formal opening, the minutes of the previous meeting were read and approved without alterations or corrections.

Guests in attendance were: SAL Commander Jerry Berard and SAL 2nd Vice Commander Ed Wilshusen II.

Members that have not been at a meeting for a long time: Pearley Lachance, Lucien Lubier, Jeff Flye, Randy Gerry, Ty Perry, Bob Sweet, Elmer Prentiss, Eric Blier and Charles Shoudy who is back from Florida.  Charlie mentioned that he is also the Squadron Adjutant.

Commander Ernie asked Eric how his wife, Carol, was doing. Eric mentioned that they removed her eye as it was cancerous and that she is doing fine.

Officers Reports

FinanceButch Berard – No Report

1st Vice-CommanderMike Coyne mentioned that according to Department we are at 78.14% and that is 529 paid members with 148 unpaid members. As of 5 days ago the adjutant transmitted 41 memberships which brings us to 570 paid and 107 unpaid for a total of 85%. January 1st is coming up and anyone who has not paid their dues will be delinquent. They will lose their privileges from the post. The LIT will lapse sometimes in February.

2nd Vice CommanderCharles Shoudy – No Report. As canteen manager he mentioned that the dry wall in the canteen is up and needs to be mudded. There will be new molding and the electrical outlets needs to be put back in. It will be painted eggshell white. Business is good right now and we need to keep it up. He mentioned that he appreciates everything the members do for the post and that he is glad to be back from his trip to Florida. Commander Ernie mentioned that it was the best appointment he could have made to make Charlie our canteen manager and thanked him for the fine job.

House ChairmanFloyd Smith – Mentioned that he is working with Cayford on the canteen wall. He mentioned that he will be putting the electrical boxes back in the wall. He mentioned that they are now working in the center room and that they will be working on making a small partition between the center room and the pool room. Commander Ernie thanked him for the fine job he is doing.

ChaplainHerb Brock – No Report

Sickness and distressElmer Prentiss mentioned that everything went well with his shoulder surgery. Commander Ernie mentioned that he was told that Roland Bourgoin has passed away. There will be no visiting hours and his funeral will be this Saturday at 11AM.

Service OfficerJim Ware – Excused

Charity CommitteeGil Pelletier – No Report

AmericanismLarry Mitchell – Reported that he called on the high schools and left literature on the oratorical contest. At the Waterville high school he left them with the receptionist. At Winslow high school he talked with a speech teacher named Gerry Goldsmith who seems interested. 1st Vice Commander Charlie mentioned that we should hold our oratorical contest 2 weeks before the district does theirs.

Athletic Officer Eric Blier – No report

HistorianReal Trepanier – mentioned that he covered the Ken A Set Christmas party and they had a good turnout. The ornaments they were given was a hit. They enjoyed Santa Clause. Commander Ernie thanked the members for helping out with this event.

Correspondents and application or transfer of new members – Adjutant Carl read a couple of Christmas cards from our vendors. He also read a thank you card from Linda Voss. He also read a letter from Wendy Dorr who is one of the Ken A Set people.

The application of Keelan DeVogt was read. Keelan just finished his basic training for the Marine Corps. He is also the grandson of Bob Sweet. Bob Sweet proudly made a motion that we accept his grandson as a member to the post. The motion was seconded by Armand Dutil. The motion passed.

Unfinished business

Adjutant Carl reported that we collected $660.20 for our bell ringing for the Salvation Army. He mentioned that he will be sending them a check for $200 as a matching fund. Commander Ernie thanked all of the members who rang the bell this year.

Adjutant Carl mentioned that he is waiting for a call from the person running the Special Olympics. He has left messages.

New business

Margaret May mentioned that she had a troubling situation at Thomas College in regards to her doing the mid-term exams or participating in the Veterans Day parade. It seems that the college would not accommodate her as she wanted to march with the veterans on Veterans Day. She stated that the college was supposed to have something on Veterans Day but they did not. She was very upset. Commander Ernie made comments on this and he thanked her for speaking up for the veterans.

2nd Vice Commander Charlie mentioned that he is holding a raffle with the proceeds to go towards the bartenders Christmas bonus. He mentioned that he has the best bartenders around. He asked the members to please help out to this cause. Commander Ernie also commented on this.

Second Vice-Commander – Charles Shoudy – assumed temporary command of the membership, for the purpose of leading the membership, in a salute toward the charter in memory of Gerard Nadeau, Joseph Quirion, Peter Joseph and Maurice Gilbert who passed away since our last meeting.

Recessed for prizes, names drawn for $10 gift certificates were Real Trepanier, Armand Dutil, Mike Coyne, Gil Pelletier, Rudy Landry, Don Breton, Larry Mitchell, Herb Brock, Craig Bailey, and Charles Shoudy.

Meeting reconvened under good of the Legion:

Adjutant Carl mentioned the funeral for Joseph Quirion.

Commander Ernie thanked the 1st Vice Commander for getting the Maine Veterans Home calendars from Augusta.

House Chairman Floyd went to Home depot and they told him they have the list and will meet with us after the first of the year.

Commander Ernie mentioned the process for getting the grant from Home depot.

Larry mentioned the newsletter and he also mentioned the new website for the Veterans Park that is in Winslow.

Gil Pelletier asked 1st Vice Commander Mike if he had a list on members who had not paid their membership. Mike told him he had no list yet but expects one at the first if the year. Adjutant Carl mentioned that he is working on the list but as it is near the end of the year it is updated daily.

Commander Ernie thanked those who attended the memorial for Albert Poissonnier.

Commander Ernie asked the SAL Commander Jerry Berard to approach the podium for a presentation. The SAL Squadron 5 presented to the post a check for $600 to help pay for the canteen wall. Commander Jerry also mentioned that the SAL is donating to homeless veterans families that are at the shelter.

Legion Rider Chapter 5 Director Jeff Flye also approached the podium for a presentation. The Legion riders of post 5 presented to the post a check for $300 to help pay for the canteen wall. Director Jeff also mentioned that they are adopting a family for Christmas. Commander Ernie made comments of this and thanked the units for their donations. It is very much appreciated.

Commander Ernie asked Adjutant for an update on the natural gas installation. Adjutant Carl mentioned that we have been fully converted including the kitchen. The bill for October for $160 and the last bill for November was $890 which is much better than last year when we were putting an average of $750 a week of oil.

Craig Bailey mentioned that the Waterville High school select chorus went to Togus Building 207 to sing Christmas Carols.

Commander Ernie mentioned that the Mid-Winter conference will be held in Grey on January 16th.

The next Executive Committee meeting is at the Commanders call.

The next regular meeting is January 5th at 7 PM.

There being no further business to come before the membership the meeting was closed in proper form at 8:10 P.M.