The March breakfast meeting of the 40 & 8 was held March 20 at 7:45 a.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Commander Tony Gallagher called the meeting to order after the Salute to the Flag, prayer and breakfast. He introduced the guests present. Including Chris Runkey of the Show-Me Christian Youth Homer in Lamont. Eighty Five members were present.
The minutes and financial report of the February meeting were read and approved. A $500 scholarship was presented by Mayor Elaine Horn and Don Barbour to April Rogers who is enrolled in the nursing program at State Fair Community College.
New member applications were voted upon and approved for Edward Cantey, USAF and Frank Walker, USAF. Stephen Galliher was reinstated as a member.
A discussion was held concerning the possibility of purchasing two computers for seniors at the Show Me Christian Youth Home. Chris Runkey, a staff member from the Home, provided background and suggestions concerning the needs of the seniors at the Home. After his input and various comments and suggestions, it was voted upon to establish a scholarship fund to be administered by the Home which will be used to provide needed items for graduating seniors. A committee consisting of Elaine Horn, Ernest Parker, Hank Laramie and Custis Mokshifski will meet with Mr. Runkey to prepare a written proposal for guidelines of the scholarships fund to be approved by the Voiture membership. Generous donations toward the establishment of this new fund were made by two members and the Cabane voted to provide a $200 sum for initial funding.
Lewis Bybee, Sweet Springs American Legion Commander and 40 & 8 member, invited all to attend a fund-raiser fish fry starting at 5 p.m. at the Sweet Springs Legion Hall, March 22.and also a breakfast auction on May 3. Funds and donations are being solicited to renovate the Sweet Springs Legion Hall.
New Veterans Administration ID cards are being prepared at the Columbia VA Medical Center. It is strongly advised that veterans arrive early for the best service.
Don Barbour asked for additional volunteers to sign up for the regular flag duty on Ohio Street and around the Court House. He also stated that the 40 & 8 has several walkers, a wheelchair and an aluminum ramp available for loan to people needing these medical items.
Jean Gallagher discussed the upcoming annual 40 & 8 bus trip which this year will be to Omaha on May 20 – 21. Tours included on the tour are Offutt AFB, the Strategic Air and Space Command Museum, the 1931 Union Station, the military Toilet Paper Factory and the German-American Club for dinner and entertainment. All are welcome.
Four bags of fresh pecans were donated by Jim Bilbruck and auctioned off by Tom Miller with proceeds going to the 40 & 8 projects.
The monthly luncheon fellowship meeting, held the first Friday of each month will be at the Golden Corral on April 4th. The next Voiture 40 & 8 meeting will be at 7:45 a.m. on April 17 at The Knights of Columbus Hall in Sedalia.
The meeting was closed with a prayer.