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Commander Stimmler called the regular 16 May 2022 meeting of the Benton-Sherburne County Council to order at 7:30 pm at the Big Lake Post 147 with 20 present.

            Minutes of the 21 March 2022 meeting were read and accepted. Finance report: Bank balance was 1394.08.  Zimmerman paid 2022-23 $20.00 dues at the meeting.

            Roll call of Posts: Becker-1, Big Lake-3, Clear Lake-1, Elk River-7, Foley-1, Rice-0, Sauk Rapids-2, Zimmerman-3.

            Roll Call of officers: Cmdr Stimmler-p, 1st Vice Riebel-p, Sgt@Arms Johnstone-p, Chap/Fin Kulkay-p, Adj Takle-p.

            Thanks to and congratulations for their new Post home on Hwy #10 were given to Big Lake members.

            ALA training session at Elk River on 30 April reported by Michele Smith. Among other topics were where and when to get the forms that are needed by the Units for their reports. The Department Auxiliary is looking for other Units to host the training sessions in the future.

            A discussion was held on problems with the membership reporting. Misty, at Department, assures me that the process has been reviewed and with new access the membership will be able to fix problem areas. The problem with members signing up on line to Post 1982 is a National system and will need to be addressed by National.  

            The American Legion College session was held at Ft Ripley on 30 April with 30 attendees. Greg Artman and Greg Crow from Elk River attended and received graduation certificates. The session was conducted by Past 6th District Commander Paul Edwards.

            Election of Officers: The present officers – Cmdr Stimmler, 1st Vice Riebel, Sgt@Arms Johnstone, and Chap/Finance Kulkay were reelected.

            A discussion of the upcoming District Convention in Ironton on 4 June was held. The topics included: Resolutions, voting, Post delegate strength and delegates to National Convention.

            Guest Karen O’Bar, the candidate for 6th District Commander for 2022-23 discussed several topics. The Consolidated Post Reports (CPR) should have been sent in, with the District Adjutant to have gotten a copy; the list of Post officers should be sent in as soon as it is available, even if all officers are the same; the packet of membership cards will not have a list of the members, the list will be available on line for the Post Adjutant to download; Karen’s projects will be the Eagles Healing Nest and the St Cloud Stand Down.

            Becker, Big Lake, Clear Lake, Foley, Rice and Zimmerman have reached or exceeded membership goal.

            Post activities:

Becker - Memorial Day honors will be presented at cemeteries and an Auxiliary lunch; 14 June ceremony for Flag Day; Freedom Days in June with a Boy Scout Rib-Fest.

Big Lake – Memorial Day at the Memorial on Hwy 10 at 9:00 am honoring new members to the wall, Big Lake cemetery at 10:00 am with dinner to follow at Lions Park; Spud Fest parade on 25 June; bingo on Wednesdays at 7:00 pm and Saturdays at 1:00 pm and meat raffle on Sundays at the Friendly Buffalo.

Clear Lake – A Memorial Day observance.

Elk River – Riders will have a ride every Saturday.  Aux will participate in Memorial Day with Rock-on-Trucks, a tent with children’s activities, Girls State citizens helping, and food at the Post.  On Memorial Day the Post will make presentations at 10 cemeteries (the Honor Guard now has 18 members), short parade, program at the Rivers Edge and noon flag ceremony at Post; Flag Day at ERX; J Walz Scholarship presentation at High School; Rogers H.S. graduation flag presentation; Rogers parade; Sherburne County Fair parade.   Legion family sponsored 4 students to Legionville.

Foley – Memorial Day at 8 cemeteries.

Sauk Rapids – Memorial Day program; meat raffle at the Moose Lodge on 2 Fridays, and 3 parades.

Zimmerman – The Honor Guard will be at 6 cemeteries on Memorial Day, Wild West Days with parade on 20 May, SAL will serve burgers and dogs; Flag Day flag retirement at Liberty Park at 6 pm; bingo all summer.

S. Sub-Distr VP Ken announced Memorial ceremony at Little Falls cemetery on 29 May.

Distr Chaplain Frank thanked everyone for sending in list of deceased.

            Next meeting at Foley on 18 July at 7:30 pm.

            Meeting adjourned at 9:00 pm

Jerome A. Takle                                              Bud Stimmler

Adjutant                                                          Commander


Benton-Sherburne CC Officers 2022-23                                May 2022 CC Meeting at Big Lake

Takle, Johnstone, Kulkay Stimmler, Riebel


Big Lake Memorial                                                                 2022-2023 District Commander Karen O’Bar