On November 4th, the Slattery Detachment held their monthly meeting in the American Legion Post 155 hall with about 25 members in attendance. It started a few minutes past the 1930 start with the roll call of officers. Most officers were there except the Junior Vice Paul Brown and the new paymaster, Debbie Burkland.
Commandant Neas introduced two special guest from the Department of New Jersey Marine Corps League. They were Department Commandant, Joseph DeAngelo Jr. and Aide-de-Camp, Matthew Veprek. Commandant Joseph DeAngelo gave a talk on the Military Order of Devil Dogs, which is an organization within the Marine Corps League. He gave a rundown on who they are, what they do, where they meet and why they would like to recruit our members.
Normal business took place with the Senior Vice, Michael Lewis, talking about ideas for gaining new members. He also suggested that all the members take some of the new cards that Tom Miller had printed up and utilize them to attract new members.
There was talk on how well the golf outing went and the amount of approximately $15,000 was brought in. Next year it is going to be suggested that a September date be kept. Our Quartermaster Steve Ferman was there with all the wares laid out over two tables. These items ended up in a beautiful cabinet that John Andrews picked up at Lowes. The cabinet will remain at the Legion in the table room for storage.
Adjutant Jim Loizides gave his report and stated that we are doing good moneywise. Bob Stalzer said we would not be having any Rose Outings for the remainder of this year and early next year depends on the outcome of the virus. So, all future fund-raisers for the year have ended.
First Sgt. Brian Dillon, the I&I First Sgt from Golf Company attended the meeting and brought 30 Toys for Tots boxes and posters. He presented a short summary of T4T for this year and answered some questions.
The lead member in the Scholarship Committee, Richard Bordonaro talked about the application being on the web site and all applications for the upcoming Spring would have to be in by December 2. No essay, but three recommendations will be needed. Two $1,000 scholarships will be given out.