Location American Legion Post #2 on Capital Street Augusta.

Present at meeting:

Terry Schmidt, Steve Adler, Dennis Gallant, Harlan Brown, Maurice Scribner, Bob Sawyer, Perley Shover, Brian Spaulding, John Starbird, Chris Smith and prospective member Pat Roche from Brunswick, Maine.

The meeting was called to order at 12:35:

Remarks were made regarding the new facility all of which were very positive.

Post Adjutant Al Donnell was present and introductions were made.

Jan Bunnell, Hall Coordinator, introduced herself and she was provided with our schedule.

Post Commander Howard Betts introduced himself and spoke for a few minutes about the post.

Chris suggested that if you qualify to be a member of the American Legion this would be a good time to join this Post. Also, if you are a current member and not active at your Post maybe you should consider changing your Post to this American Legion Post.

Pledge Allegiance to the flag.

Invocation by Base Chaplain Terry Schmidt.

Reading of the USSVI Creed by Commander Chris Smith.

Preamble to the Tolling of the boats was read by Chris.

Tolling of the Bells for the five boats lost in January performed by Chris and COB John Starbird.

Around the room introduction by all present. Name, Qual Boat and year, city/town of residence


Base Commander Chris Smith performed a swearing in ceremony of Base Chaplain, Terry Schmidt, Base Webmaster, Brian Spaulding, and Base Storekeeper, Harlan Brown. These three members are significant contributors to the success of the Base.

Review and approve the 2018 schedule. Several changes were made including the date of the summer picnic baseball game and the month of the Pumpkin Parade. The updated schedule is attached.



Base Treasurer Perley Shover had a tough winter and also moved. Chris met with him on Friday, January 19 at his home. Chris will be assisting him in taking care of some banking and financial matters. First and foremost is getting dues payments up to date and preparing the 2017 financial data for submission to USSVI National Treasurer.

Membership payments or other financial matters shall be addressed to:

          Chris Smith

          USS Maine Base Commmander

          199 W. King St., Apt. 1-2

          Malvern, PA 19355

You can also email Chris at or call him at (610) 787 1046.

Chris with Terry's help will get a message out to all members regarding dues. Following the message Chris will make calls to members as required.

Base information on USS Maine website has been updated frequently by our Webmaster Brian Spaulding. Thank you Brian for the terrific job you are doing.

Review and validate membership list.

All members on the Base Roster were reviewed to determine if their information is correct or any changes are required.

Members should submit any required changes to both the Base Ssecretary John McCutcheon and Base Chapain Terry Schmidt.

There being no further business the meeting was adjourned.