American Legion Post #70 Saratoga Springs, NY
Date: October 20, 2004
The regular meeting of the Albany-Saratoga Base was called to
order by CDR Singleman at 7:10 p.m. with 38 members and 3 guests present. This
month’s meeting was held at the American Legion Post 70 in Saratoga Springs
The Chaplain offered a prayer and the crew saluted the colors and
recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
The Muster List was passed around for all present to sign along
with a copy of the minutes of the previous meeting for all to read.
The Base bell was tolled for each boat lost during the month of
WWII Sub Vets were
asked to stand and be recognized. Ralph Folger, Walt Bydairk, and Ray Koch were
The Base Secretary
reported there was a quorum present. The
minutes of the previous months meeting has been either mailed or e-mailed to the
members and therefore the reading of these minutes of was waived. A motion to
accept the minutes as published was made by Fritz Feldhaus and seconded by Tom
The Base Treasurer gave
his report. The bank balance for the Base at this time is: $3021.07.
A motion was made by Walt Barden and seconded by Mike Stoneback to
approve the report.
on Standing Committees
Gasser gave a quick overview of the Convention.
Many, many positive
comments have been coming in about how enjoyable the Convention was.
A discussion was held as to
whether the Base should refund the registration fees of people who could not or
chose not to attend the convention. The registration form indicated that
registration fees were not refundable. Any fees in addition to the registration
fees have been fully refunded to anyone who did not attend the Convention and
requested a refund. After much discussion it was voted to refund the
registration fee for anyone who requests a refund but not to automatically send
refunds to everyone who did not attend.
Additionally it was
voted on to reimburse the vendors who suffered thefts during the convention.
This amounted to approximately $260.00 for the three vendors involved.
If was noted that the
Saratoga City Center charged us over $700.00 for security at the hospitality
tent when we had previously agreed to provide our own security. Also they
charged us $150.00 to move the Lost Boat Flags from inside the City Center to
the Lobby of the Prime Hotel. We are attempting to get those fees dismissed.
We still have a number
of patches, bags and shirts from the Convention. They will be offered for sale
at meetings and on the base web page.
Thanksgiving dinner for the sailors can be made through Groton Base
Ed Luther fell and
broke his hip, he is recovering in the Saratoga Hospital
Several amendments to
the Base By-Laws were proposed, they will be mailed or e-mailed to Base members
and voted on at the November meeting.
next major project for the Base will be monument for NY State Submariners. We
are working a getting a sail.
There is no planned
Base participation in any of the Veterans Day ceremonies in the area.
being no further business, CDR Singleman led the base in the Creed of the USSVI
and the meeting was adjourned.
next regular meeting will be on November 17, 2004.
This meeting will be held at the American
Legion Post 70 on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs NY.
Pride Runs Deep
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