February 2022

Manhattan American Legion Post 935
Minutes for the February 2022 meeting

Call to order

The meeting of The Manhattan American Legion Post 935 was called to order by Bob Metzger at 7:00 PM at the Manhattan Township Meeting Room on 24 February 2022. The meeting date originally scheduled for Feb 17 was postponed to this date due to weather-related safety concerns.  The meeting began with a salute to the flag followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.  John Kestel offered a prayer for our group.  Sergeant-At-Arms Larry  Smith gave verbal instructions to the group about the meeting protocol. All present recited the American Legion Preamble, “For God and Country”. Dick Smerz reminded everyone of the POW/MIA empty chair commitment and a minute of silence was observed for POW/MIA’s.

Attendees included:  Dick Smerz, Rodger Bradley, Bob Metzger, Jim Romain,  Bill Weber, Brian Podest, Leonard Seltzer, John Kestel, Neal Latham, Larry Smith, Chuck Umgelder, Rich Wendt and introduction of new member Ken Dearing.


  • Jim Romain read the Adjutant-provided minutes from the January meeting. Minutes approved by everyone. 
  • Finance Officer Roger Bradley gave the finance report. The finance report was approved by everyone.


  • John Kestel gave a report on Abe Lincoln Support Committee and VAC operations.
  • Rich Wendt provided a handout with telephone numbers and web addresses for VA related assistance programs.

Old Business

  • Honor Guard Coverage from January Meeting up to the February meeting totaled 40 ceremonies.


New Business

  • Operation Care is closing its doors on March 1, 2022. Adjutant prepared a document and thank you letter for their outstanding service.  The letter and document was shown to the members present.
  • Post has received a total of $1550 donations in memory of Leo J Barnes Sr. from 10 individuals and groups.
  • Moving wall discussion followed with several members interested and Roger Bradley volunteering to contact Ron Adamski to coordinate some of the logistics with the village.. Proposed construction date is July 29, 2023.
  • Post purchased Four Gross of graveside flags for our supported cemeteries and for Service Officer distribution.
  • The ALNC Memorial Squad has been temporary suspended and banned from appearing in uniform at the cemetery.  The stand down is continuing beyond February 28th due to face mask usage disagreements.
  • Irish Fest Parade will be at 11 AM on March 5th. Members will gather on Saturday Feb 26 to prepare and decorate the hay rack for the parade.  Bob Metzger will arrange a military truck to transport our members in the parade.

Sick Call

  • Jim Baskerville. Please remember Jim in your prayers.
  • We lost Leo Barnes and Bob Collins in the past month
  • Matt Huffnus led a prayer at the Leo Barnes wake and was looking improved.



  • Our web site has 2022 schedule information  www.americanlegion935.com
  • John Kestel thanked the Honor Guard for their ongoing volunteer efforts during the ALNC Memorial Squad stand down.
  • Prior to the meeting, Ken Dearing conducted training on flag folding and flag presentation along with hands-on practice for 10 members.  We now will be able to cover this operation if the military  cannot attend a memorial ceremony.



  • Motion to adjourn by Bill Weber, 2nd by Chuck Umgelder
  • A closing prayer lead by Dick Smerz and a flag salute @ 7:50 PM