August 18, 2014
The American Legion Warffemius-Seider Post 381 membership meeting opened at 7:38 pm
at 14313 Brandywine Heights Road, Brandywine, MD by Post Commander Ron Fisher.
A quorum being met by the following
members in attendance or excused absences: Visitors:
Convocation from Post Chaplain, Chris Marshall
Minutes from 21 Jul 2014, are to be amended in regards to the Grounds Committee Report
changing the word “support” to “assistance” referring to the presentation of the Certificate
of Recognition and Commander’s Coin. MSP
Treasury Report: Finance Officer (FO) Pam Neal-Robinson presented the bank balances.
Paypal donations are not being direct deposited to the bank and FO Neal will be looking into
the issue. Commander Fisher has selected Judge Advocate Jeremy Foster to be added to the
Paypal account with FO Neal as back up. MSP
Commander’s Report: Commander Fisher wanted to reiterate the point that Post 381s bi-
laws clearly states that only 5 members are needed to make a quorum. This point was to be
made clear as one of the American Legion Posts in MD are having issues with quorums not
being met for their monthly meetings.
Grounds Committee Report: Committee Chair Jeremy Foster reported the Grounds
Committee met with Councilman Mel Franklin, his Chief of Staff and Nikita Reed on 31 July
2014 in regards to the 20 acres of land being donated to Post 381 by Prince George’s
County’s Park and Planning Commission. The meeting was promising with the possibility of
issues dealing with the Historical Society and their preference for Park and Recreation to
improve the grounds of Wilmer’s Park. However the land has not been tended to for some
time. Post 381 has expressed interest to put the land to use. Post 381 has expressed the
desire to restore the land and preserve the artifacts and buildings located on the premises.
The current state of the grounds is as follows: overgrown grass fields, buildings needs
maintenance, and camp-sight on the property needs up keeping.
Land Report: Commander Fisher urged First Vice Commander Henry Turner talk to his
management group to provide a proposal to Post 381 as soon as possible, as Cmdr. Fisher is
willing to front $15,000 in order to begin the business relationship between the Post and the
management group that will be bringing in sponsors for The Post. Cmdr. Fisher also charged
Service Officer Dan Dorrance to devise a plan for living quarters on the proposed land as
SMECO representatives has suggested to donate the time and materials to bringing
electricity to the land once Post 381 is awarded the property. First Vice Cmdr. Turner
advised that the letters which were created for members to request donations from friends,
families and businesses needs to be tailored to Post 381’s current sights on the newly
suggested land. It is 1st Vice Cmdr. Turner’s professional opinion that the Post should hire an
organization to help in raising the large amount of cash needed to rehabilitate the land. First
Vice Cmdr. Turner is appealing to all to bring in management companies to vet and compete
for Post 381’s service. Cmdr. Fisher further advised once Phase 1 of acquisition and
development of land has been accomplished, Post 381’s relationship with Ms. Reed will be
visited as she has expressed her desire to no longer conduct business Pro Bono.
Commander Fisher requests that everyone should try to attend one of the District Meetings
and has passed around the scheduled dates for the months leading into 2015.
Conmander Fisher is recommending Post 381 meetings be held at his residence (14313
Brandywine Heights, Brandywine, MD) as Denny Lavallee has sold Denny’s Place. Cmdr.
Fisher also needs hands in obtaining the remainder of Post 381’s belongings (flags, flood
lights, Post 381’s signs, etc.) from Denny’s Place. Finance Officer Pam Neal-Robinson
reached out to Mr. Lavallee (once Post 381 became aware of the selling of Denny’s Place)
for compensation of work conducted on Denny’s Place by Post 381, while monthly meetings
were held between 2012-2014 (per the agreement signed by Post 381 and Mr. Lavallee),
and no response has been returned as of yet. Cmdr. Fisher also advised that the Adopt-A-
Highway signs have not been printed with Denny’s Place as Post 381 Headquarters, and will
be placed on hold until further notice.
Chris Marshall brought to the table the sponsorship of Post 381 to Ebenezer AME’s
5k/10/50k Walk, Run, Bike race on 4 Oct 2014. Cmdr. Fisher has submitted a donation of
$100 on behalf of the Post. MSP
Adjourn: MSP to adjourn.
Benediction given by Post Chaplain Chris Marshall.
Next meeting will be Monday, September 15, at 7:30pm, at Commander Fisher’s residence,
14313 Brandywine Heights Road, Brandywine, MD.
Meeting adjourned at 8:40 pm.
Erle Ross Ronald F. Fisher
Post 381 Adjutant Post 381 Commander