August, 2004 Newsletter
Hope everyone had a great summer and is looking
forward to another great fall and football season.
There has been a lot of Council activity over the past few months
and it’s once again time to update everyone on what is going on in
On a sad note members of the Council attended two
funerals of active duty Marines who lost their lives in
Our annual meeting on 20 May at the Petroleum Club
As you know one of our original intentions was to
establish relationships with each of the Marine units and organizations in
the state and identify the best way to support them given their individual
requirements. Since I last
undated you we have provided support (along with significant contributions
from the Marine Corps League and the Women Marines Detachments) to the
Marine Detachment at Fort Sill to remodel the Marine Corner of the primary
instructional building and sponsored their annual Devil Dog Run for the
third year in a row by purchasing the trophies and medals awarded to the
participants. The Council also
provided funding (again in concert with the Marine Corps League) for the
shooting team from the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
A couple of personnel changes have occurred since
our last newsletter. Captain
Jimmie Johnson USMC has taken over as the Inspector-Instructor at F/2/14
Another personnel change occurred in the Marine For
Life program where Capt Chris Mayfield returned to active duty and has
been replaced by Major Drew Salkeld. He
has been snapping in over the summer and is hard at work establishing all
the contacts that are needed to succeed in this critically important
assignment. If any of you know
of businesses or have contacts in companies that would be interested in
hiring Marines coming off active duty, please contact the Council and we
will provide that information to Drew.
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In my last newsletter I mentioned the members of the President’s Advisory Committee and I want to again thank them publicly for their support and time. Their recommendations have been well thought out and I believe will greatly assist the Council in the future. Another step we have taken to better support our units and organizations is the addition of contact information for each of them on our website homepage – check it out at oklahomamarines.org.
We were delighted to announce at our annual meeting in May that Council Charter member Donald Dickey has been selected for induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame on the evening of 18 September. We have sent out emails and flyers with all the information needed to make reservations for the ceremonies and would be delighted to have you attend. If you have any questions please call me at 405-850-9542. The Council has offered to sponsor Marines from our supported units who would like to attend and we hope to have representation from several units across the state.
As you know one of our Council goals is to grow our membership by ten new members a year. If you know of someone who would like to join our ranks please get in touch with us. It is important to our long term goals to continue to bring in new members.
We are thankful for your membership donations that continue to finance our planned unit support. So far this year the Council has received more than $5000 from 46 of our 83 Council members. We have also been very fortunate that a lot of support to our units is provided on a “gratis” basis from Council members. Thanks again to those who have provided these gifts and if you would like to provide support in this manner please let us know. Support of any kind is welcome and those Council members who can contribute financially to our efforts are deeply appreciated, we could not exist without your continued support.
We have scheduled our annual Marine Corps Birthday luncheon for Friday – 5 November 2004. It will again be held at the Oklahoma City Homebuilder’s Association building. Our Guest of Honor will be General Spider Nyland – the Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps – and we are really looking forward to visiting with this great leader of Marines. Be sure to put this date down on your calendar and invite your friends to join us at this great annual event. Our Tradition & Lore presentation will focus on the 60th anniversary of June 1944 - May 1945. See you there.
We would like each of you to know that while your Council Board works very hard to accomplish the Council’s objectives, we never forget that whatever success we have is absolutely dependant upon your generous and continued support. Once a Marine, always a MarineSemper Fidelis,
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