April 15, 1999


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


Other members in attendance were:

Joe Long Mark Myers Bob Shaffer Ron Albert
Bob Yeager Phil Jones Russ P. Jones Carl Miller
Dan Arthur (Jr. Member) Frank Keenan (Jr. Member) John Hart Don Cahoon


The minutes from the March  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:

     87 Members have paid their dues.

     March ticket winner - Mary Mazzaccaro

     Help members fund $245.00.

     Interest on CD’s - $61.19

     End Balance as of April - $2, 442.02


A motion to accept the Financial report was made by Bob Shaffer and seconded by Bob Yeager.   All were in favor and the report was referred to the audit committee.


The meeting was then turned over to Camp Member John Hart for discussion on the restoration of the Soldiers and Sailors Monument.  As stated, the monument is in deplorable condition and is in need of repair.  Commissioner Joe Corcoran has stated he will be supportive in the effort for restoration.  Not exactly sure of price (either $10,000 or $100,000) for Conservator to come in to appraise monument restoration cost.  They are looking for a grant.  Commissioner Corcoran has said that it will be private not public dollars used for project.  Can raise money several ways, one of which is creating a Blue Ribbon Committee comprised of high profile local leaders.  Then sub-committees will be organized.  Should have a committee from the Camp (3 - 4 members).  Another Camp Member, Alan Sweeney (not present) will be contacted for exact cost of conservator.  Will try to get him to make next meeting to answer more questions.



Joe Long requested the names of all members attending the Department Encampment.


Secretary Shaffer handed over the Essays from the West Scranton Middle School to Commander Lindberg for his review.  Since only one Essay was received from the 7th grade class, a discussion was held as to how to handle the award.  If the entry is a very good essay, the first prize should be given, if not, reduce the award.


Don Cahoon suggested the following individuals for Guest Speaker at Memorial Day: Attorney Frank Brier, Assistant D.A. Andy Jarbola, Attorney Joe Grady or Attorney Pete Loftus.  Don will also check on the chairs.  Joe will check on Bugler.  Commander Lindberg will contact re-enactors.  Father McLaughlin will be there according to Secretary Shaffer.


The following issues were tabled until future meetings: Museum Inventory and By-Laws.



Frank Keenan reported that the Newton Cemetery had 15 Civil War graves that had no markers or flags.  Joe will help out with this matter.  He also reported that he was working on replacing head stones on 2 graves


The cannon issue is still on hold.


Applications for three (3) new members were presented: Perry T. Fuller, Adam Fuller and Mark Storm.  Committee members: Russ P. Jones, Bob Yeager and Phil Jones.


Joe Long reported that Frank Keenan will automatically become a full member on his birthday.


Ron Albert reported that Union Defenders Day was celebrated on September 12 up until 1950.


Russ P. Jones won the 50/50 drawing.


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


Respectfully Submitted,

Robert C. Shaffer