January 17, 1997


The meeting was called to order by Commander Russell P. Jones, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


Other members in attendance were:

Joe Long Phil Jones Bob Yeager
Mark Myers Russ W. Jones Ron Albert


The minutes from the December  meeting were read.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Joe Long and seconded by Phil Jones.  All were in favor.



Joe Long read the financial report with the following information:

     Not much information because he had not received a statement for January.

     Joe reported on December balance $886.05.

     57 members have paid their dues.

     8 members were dropped for non-payment of dues: Conrad Kwolek, Lee Davis, Edgar Neville, Donald Price, John Ronk, Joseph Rychwalski, Fred Smith & Charles Mercer

     1 member was dishonorably discharged: Phillip Clifford

     The members help fund has a balance of $131.60.


A motion to accept the Financial report was made by Ronald Albert and seconded by Russ W. Jones .   All were in favor and the report was referred to the audit committee.



Inventory to begin on Saturday, January 18th at 8:00 in the morning and will go to noon that day or longer if anyone would like to stay.


Joe Long brought in a copy of the C & R to be kept in the Museum.


Medal of Honor Statue: Joe talked to Rocco Valvano and we will not donate.


Norma Reese Deposition took place on January 3rd at 12:00.  Not much new information was learned.



Essay Contest: Joe Long made a motion to hold an Essay Contest at Pittston Area as well as the West Side Middle School.  Each school would have a winner in the 7th and 8th grade.  A $100 Bond would be awarded to each winner.  Bob Yeager seconded this motion and all were in favor.


Due to lack of attendance because of the poor weather conditions, the Swearing in of the New Officers will be the first order of business at the February meeting.


Joe Long and Russ P. Jones completed the requisition for marker flags for 1997.  Joe ordered 400 flags and 40 G.A.R. markers.


With no further business, questions or discussion, a motion to adjourn was made by Ron Albert and seconded by Mark Myers.  All were in favor.


Respectfully Submitted,

Robert C. Shaffer