March 18, 1999


The meeting was called to order by Commander Bill Lindberg, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.


Other members in attendance were:

Bob Yeager Joe Long Russ P. Jones Carl Miller Mark Myers
Frank Keenan (Jr. Member) Bob Shaffer Earl Folk Phil Jones  


The minutes from the February  meeting were approved as read.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Bob Yeager and seconded by Joe Long.  All were in favor.



Joe Long read the financial report with the following information:

     End Balance as of March - $1,931.69

     Help members fund $245.00

     75 Members have paid dues

     No ticket winner for January

     February winner was Vince Andreola

     March winner was Mark Baskovsky


A motion to accept the Financial report was made by Earl Folk and seconded by Russ P. Jones.   All were in favor and the report was referred to the audit committee.


A discussion was held on non-payment of dues.  It all centered around what the stopping point would be and when we would drop such members.  A motion was made by Russ P. Jones and seconded by Bob Shaffer that if dues were not paid by the June meeting (1999), members not paid at this time would be dropped.



Commander Lindberg reported that the annual Department Encampment will be held in Lancaster, PA, June 25-27, 1999.  Any member attending should pre-register and also make their banquet reservations.  He also reported that the National Encampment will be held in Indianapolis, IN, Aug 19-21, 1999


A motion to take out a half page ad in the Encampment Book was made by Joe Long and seconded by Bob Shaffer.  All were in favor.


Joe Long reported that an Essay Contest will be held at the West Side Elementary School on April 9, 1999.  His class will be held on April 27th and awards will be presented.


Commander Lindberg read a letter from Mrs. Palmisano, the teacher from the Choconut Elementary School thanking us for holding the Essay Contest and the awards that were presented.



Commander Lindberg asked about preparations for Memorial Day.  Don Cahoon will be contacted about getting the chairs.  No Bugler to date.  Frank Keenan will give the Gettysburg Address.  Chuck Mercer will be contacted for the re-enactors.  Don Cahoon will be contacted about a potential speaker.  Mark Myers, Camp #8 Chaplain, will speak.  Secretary Shaffer will contact Father Neil McLaughlin about singing the Lord’s Prayer.


Commander Lindberg reported that Camp Member John Hart is soliciting ideas about the restoration of the Soldier & Sailors Monument and possibly the General Sheridan Monument.  He is looking for a local organization to host this endeavor.  Mr. Hart did not make it to the meeting and the more technical questions that arose could not be answered.  It was recommended that we wait until Mr. Hart could be at the meeting to answer questions before any decision would be made.  The actual proposal was to get local businesses and schools to help out with fund raising.  It was related that this could also be a good avenue of publicity for the Camp.            


A copy of three (3) sets of By-Laws were handed out to each member.  It was asked that they all look over and make recommendations to a new set of By-Laws.


Commander Lindberg presented the Camp with some old documents (from the 1890's) and books he received from his son-in-law and a man they met at the Soup Kitchen, Mike Picar.


A question was brought up about the Museum inventory.  Will bring up at April meeting.


Frank Keenan, our Junior Member, brought up the idea of the Camp adopting a Monument in Gettysburg.  There are two ways of doing this: (1) Cost of Maintenance-what it would cost right now to preserve and (2) Endowment-what it would cost in the future.  Subject tabled until next meeting.


Applications submitted for two new members: John F. Storm and Norman L. Hall


Secretary Shaffer reported on the passing of Camp Member Perry G. Fuller.  He also reported that Camp #14 in Johnstown, PA is soliciting donations for the restoration of a Civil War Monument.


With no further business, questions or discussion, a motion to adjourn was made by Bob Yeager and seconded by Russ P. Jones.  All were in favor.


Respectfully Submitted,

Robert C. Shaffer