April 13, 2000


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

Other members in attendance were:

Joe Long Bob Yeager Bob Shaffer Ron Albert
Russ P. Jones Russ W. Jones John Conforti Chris Conforti
Mark Myers Howard Lane Don Cahoon  


The minutes from the March meeting were approved as read.  A motion to accept the minutes was made by Ron Albert and seconded by Russ W. Jones.  All were in favor.



Joe Long read the financial report with the following information:

     End Balance was $2,961.14

     Balance on CD’s $4,805.50

     Help members fund $253.00

     104 Members have paid their dues

     March ticket winner was Jim Carey


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



Joe Long reported that he picked up 50 more books at the Miller home and will call about the remainder.  One of the books, “Pickett and his Men” written by his wife is valued at about $125.00 according to Ron Albert.


Bob Yeager reported that the estimate on the cabinets was $7,275.00.  A discussion will also be held at the Association meeting.  Ron Albert also suggested about checking on grants.


Memorial Day: Chris Conforti (Junior Member) will give the Gettysburg Address.  Father McLaughlin will sing the Lords Prayer.  Charles Mercer and Conrad Kwolek will represent the Civil War.  Robert Mishak and William Burns will represent WWI and WWII respectively.


Joe Long reported that the flagpoles, flags and stands are in the Museum.  Joe also reported that he had been contacted by the Department about our By-Laws.  He suggested that the Commander appoint a committee to make recommendations.  Commander Jones volunteered along with Ron Albert and Secretary Shaffer.


Discussion was held on a Camp Dinner to be held on September 23rd.  Joe will check with area restaurants to see which one would be most suited for the affair.  The ones suggested were the Family Affair, Radisson, Trillo’s and the Tripp House.  He also brought to the Camps’ attention that Don Cahoon will have 50 years in the Sons by this time.  He suggested getting a plaque made and he will also get a 50 year Badge to be presented then.  A suggestion was made to invite Camp #15 from Harrisburg and Camp #273 from Bangor.  Joe will check with these camps.


Secretary Shaffer was given information on the phone for the Museum.  It stated: $75 to have someone come in and hook it up and $18 for every quarter hour they have to stay there.  The monthly basic charge is $19 and .07 for each outgoing call and no charge for incoming.  A long distance carrier would have to be setup if needed.  Listings in both the white and yellow pages.  No listings in any phone book for a cell phone.



Russ P. Jones suggested that we get a list of E-Mail addresses for the members so that we may send a copy of the minutes of our meetings to people having computers.  He also suggested working on a web site to have this information available also.


Secretary Shaffer passed along to all members to read Department Order #3.  Secretary Shaffer also suggested we get the red, white and blue ribbons for the Memorial Day Program again this year.  A motion to get them was made by Russ P. Jones and seconded by Bob Yeager.  All were in favor.


Joe Long reported that he talked to the secretary upstairs (Mary Anne) about renting next door.  She approached her employer and it was stated that we could use the area for nothing until it is rented.  All we have to do is pay for the electricity we use.


Joe also reported that he, along with National President MaryJo Long, attended the Department of Rhode Island Encampment.  It was held at an old armory with a lot of old Revolutionary and Civil War memorabilia.  The auxiliary has 25 members and department has 76 members.


Joe Long will be selling  belt buckles with the Sons insignia for Camp #15 for $20.00.


Commander Jones suggested that we pick a night and start getting the inventory of the new books accomplished.  April 27th was set for the first night.  Joe said that Ron Albert would act as appraiser and he should get travel pay for coming down to the museum on these nights.  Members attending will be Commander Jones, Joe Long, Ron Albert, Bob Shaffer, Russ P. Jones, Russ W. Jones and Bob Yeager.


Don Cahoon reported that our case with the cannon will be published in all the Law Libraries throughout the state.  They will publish the complete opinion.  


The 50/50 drawing was won by Russ W. Jones who donated his winnings to the Camp.


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


Respectfully Submitted,

Robert C. Shaffer