The prayer was given by Chaplain Jim Gaertner and the buffet breakfast was eaten. Commander Tony Gallagher called the meeting to order at 8:30 a.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and the POW/MIA chair cover was placed by Chris Smith.
A special presentation of appreciation was made to outgoing Mayor Elaine Horn. The 40 & 8 was pleased to give her a brick at the Trail’s End Monument, a plaque in appreciation of her continuing support of the 40 & 8 and a 40 & 8 cap. A standing ovation concluded the ceremony.
The membership voted to approve the financial statement and minutes of the March meeting. Don Barbour informed the Voiture that the Knights of Columbus were providing today’s breakfast free of charge in appreciation of the 40 & 8.
Don Barbour announced that 25 new American flags have been placed on Ohio Street and around the courthouse replacing any torn flags. Commander Gallagher recognized the members who faithfully unfurl and check the flags on a daily basis.
The annual recognition of all JROTC Cadets of the Month and the Cadet of the Year at the Heckart Performing Arts Center beginning at 6 p.m. on April 17th. Ernie Parker will attend to represent the 40 & 8 and present the Cadet of the Year trophy.
A discussion was held concerning local churches which do not fly the American flag. Many voiced concern that this is becoming a trend and as veterans we do not approve.
Lewis Bybee announced that the Sweet Springs American Legion will host a breakfast and auction starting at 7 a.m. on Saturday, May 3rd.
Ernie Parker announced that annual reports are due to National by June 15th. He will be contacting OPRs for the various reports during the next 6 weeks and complete the reports.
Lewis Bybee announced that 452 small American flags were presented to the first graders at the Saline County and Sweet Springs schools.
Latisha Koetting announced that the Volunteer Assistance League at the Warrensburg Veterans Home is sponsoring a Scramble for Freedom Golf Tournament on June 1. Individuals and organizations can sponsor a golf cart in honor of a veteran for $50.
Jim Gaertner announced that the next Honor Flight, which will be the 14th conducted by the Sedalia Chapter, will be on April 28.
Commander Gallagher reminded the membership of the monthly Knights of Columbus Family Dinner costing $7 each which is always held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month at the Knights of Columbus Hall. He stated that the food and fellowship are great.
Three new members were voted upon and approved. They are Tom White, Larry Chancellor and Larry Potter who are all US Army veterans.
The membership voted to donate and maintain a flag at the Trail’s End Memorial. Two 5’ x 8’ flags have been purchased and are stored with the flagpole ready for installation.
Commander Gallagher reported that the National 40 & 8 headquarters in Indianapolis, Indiana have relocated to another address in Indianapolis. A request for donation to help defray the cost of relocation and updating the facility has been received. The membership voted to make a donation.
Jean Gallagher reported on the upcoming 40 & 8 annual trip which this year will be to Offutt Air Force Base, the Strategic Air and Space Museum and other sites in Omaha, Nebraska.
A written summary was provided of the meeting held at the Show Me Christian Youth Home between Chad Puckett, Youth Home Director, Chris Runkey and Judi Crawford, Path to Purpose Coordinator and the 40 & 8 committee consisting of Elaine Horn, Ernest and Susan Parker and Curtis Mokshifski. The procedure for a student o request scholarship funds was outlined and will be refined as the program matures.
The meeting closed with removing the POW/MIA chair cover by Billy Neff and a prayer by Chaplain Jim Gaertner. Commander Gallagher led the membership in reciting the 40 & 8 catechism.
The next 40 & 8 fellowship meeting will be Friday, May 2 at 11:30 at the Golden Corral and the next regular Voiture meeting will be at 7:45 a.m., May 15th at the knights of Columbus Hall, Sedalia.