February, 2003 Newsletter
you may remember our last newsletter provided a glimpse of how we
envisioned the Council would operate.
This newsletter will bring you up to date on Council activities
over the past six months and a snapshot of things to come.
major accomplishment early in the year was the IRS approval of our
petition to be designated a charitable organization effective 7 May 2002.
I’d like to thank all those who helped us achieve this status,
especially Charter Council member Mike McIntosh.
November 2002 birthday luncheon was an outstanding success with the visit
of the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps --SgtMaj McMichael.
We had a standing room only crowd of more than 250 folks to hear
the motivating remarks of the Sergeant Major.
We were delighted to have a superb display of USMC memorabilia
provided by Chuck Gregg of Strang, OK.
Despite our best efforts to break even at the luncheon we actually
made money – primarily due to the donations following the luncheon.
This allowed us to actually increase the amount of support that was
planned for the year – thanks to your assistance – and a special
thanks to Jack Skaggs a Charter Council member who donated the Council
coins that each of you received.
we created the Council our intent was to support all Marine activities in
the state with available funding, while maintaining a minimal reserve for
unexpected requirements. In
other words – meet the requirements of our supported Marine units so
that they would have flexibility to award their Marines with incentives
that would not otherwise be available.
We also desired to assist the many other Marine organizations (WMA,
MCL, etc) in the state in their support efforts for our Marines.
are some of the ways we have assisted Oklahoma Marines:
free hockey game, OU basketball, and Senior Tour Golf Championship
tickets provided to the Recruiting Station as incentive awards. The
reserve units in Oklahoma City (F/2/14) and Broken Arrow (Anti-tank
Company) asked us to establish annual community service awards for their
outstanding active duty and reserve Marine—these awards were presented
at their respective Marine Corps Balls.
We were also able to assist the Anti-tank Company in Broken Arrow
in funding the meals for their family night function after they were
notified that some of their Marines were deploying to Kuwait and the unit
was short on funding. In
support of the Marine Detachment at Fort Sill we provided funding for the
trophies that were awarded at their 9th annual Devil Dog run on
14 September 2003 – an annual run used to raise money for their birthday
ball – the net effect was that they were able to reduce the costs of the
ball for their Marines. We
were also able to reduce the costs of the birthday ball for the Marines
stationed at Vance AFB. The
Marines and Marine option Midshipmen at the University of Oklahoma’s
NROTC unit attended the Council’s birthday luncheon without charge in
order for them to meet the Sergeant Major and have a chance to hear his
remarks. Finally, we provided
a match air rifle and several spotting scopes to the JROTC units at Bixby
have also been able to provide a monthly hotel room (thanks to the efforts
of Charter Council member Tim Carpenter) and welcome basket comprised of a
certificate for a free meal (courtesy of the Council initially), a bottle
of wine (thanks to Stan and Mary Stack of Beau’s Wine Bin and Spirit
Shoppe), and some USMC cookies (courtesy of Connie Beesley, wife of
Council member Ed Beesley). This
superb incentive award is being rotated among the Recruiting Station, the
Marine Detachment at Fort Sill, and the Marines at Vance AFB.
Council members were able to attend the June 2002 traveling Vietnam Wall
display in Midwest City that was arranged by Council member Ed Beesley.
The occasion also marked the reunion of Delta Company, 1st
Bn, 4th Marines (Vietnam) and we were honored to meet Marines
from Ed’s company.
Council also had several members available to greet the Marines of 3d
Battalion, 5th Marines (Korea 1950-1953) in early September
2002 as they checked in for their Oklahoma City reunion. Charter Council member Chief Justice Gary Lumpkin provided
welcoming remarks to these outstanding Marines and their wives as they
kicked off their activities. The
Council was also able to coordinate with the OKC Memorial to allow these
Marines to place memorial wreaths at the chairs of Captain Guzman and
of the Council officers were privileged to attend the 22 February 2003
Oklahoma City luncheon commemorating the 60th anniversary of
women in the Marine Corps. The
local Women Marines Association chapter sponsored Colonel Angie Salinas
– Commanding Officer, 12th Marine Corps District – as their
speaker for the luncheon and she was terrific.
The Heartland Chapter of the Women Marines Association deserves
kudos for this outstanding event.
are also working with representatives of Able Company, 1st
Battalion, 7th Marines on their planned Oklahoma City reunion
in October 2003. If you
know of any future Marine reunions in Oklahoma, help us get the word out
that we can assist in their activity planning.
I mentioned in out last newsletter, we are setting up our annual meeting
in May 2003. We have not yet
decided on a specific location as we have invited the new Commandant to be
our guest and do not yet know if he will be able to attend.
Once we are certain about our guest of honor we will be able to set
a date and location. In any
case we will use the occasion to conduct the annual meeting, confirm
renewal of existing Council members, hand out membership certificates to
new members, and to meet prospective members.
More details will be published as soon as we have them.
will be conducting our annual membership renewal drive in a couple of
months and would like to remind everyone that while donations are not
required to participate in the Council, we could not exist without your
believe we have established a solid foundation in accomplishing the
Coordinating Council’s stated mission as reflected in our charter
documents. However, we are
more aware than ever that whatever success we have is absolutely dependant
upon your generous support and annual contributions to the Council.
The Board would again like to thank each of you for your unselfish
contributions. Once a Marine,
always a Marine.
Phil E. Hughes
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