KULPMONT — American Legion Post 231 unanimously approved at its Nov. 29 meeting a $200 donation to the Kulpmont Fire Department’s annual drive and the purchase of gifts for the Toys for Tots program.

The body agreed to the monetary donation following a Phillip Meyer motion. Frank Rakowski made the motion to purchase toys to place into a Marine Corps Toys for Tots box located in the post’s lobby. Rakowski made the motion to kick the donation drive into full swing.

The meeting was called to order by Commander David Shinskie. Members saluted the colors while Chaplain Andy Bednarchick offered a prayer. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Sergeant at Arms E.W. “Ace” Puddy. The Preamble to the American Legion Constitution and Resolution 288 POW/MIA was also read.

Previous minutes were read by Adjutant Joe Meyer and approved. All purchases, disbursements and account balances were read and approved on a motion by Meyer. He gave a report on membership and recruiting, pointing out that several veterans had transferred in recent months into the Kulpmont Post. Shinskie remarked that all prior Post 231 and members of other posts are welcome to transfer into or become active again, if appropriate.

Under new business, the commander appointed Puddy as Sergeant at Arms to replace Robert Javelle, who was commended for a job well done.

Shinskie tapped the bell with his gavel as departed member Charles Mannello’s name was read. He also reminded attendees of the recent loss of active post members, Chester Gard and Al Kase, from the roles. Along with Javelle, who is still active, Mannello and Gard served as officers and on the Post 231 Funeral Detail for many years.

Bednarchick gave the closing prayer.

There is no meeting scheduled for this month.

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