February 2007 Newsletter
Time to once again
provide an update on the Council’s activities and plans for the new
We were pleased with
attendance at last November’s luncheon featuring Major General Steve
Johnson. He is a huge
supporter of the Council and was quite complementary of our efforts, as
well as the quality of people he met at the luncheon.
Your Council leadership was delighted with the participation of our
supported Marine units – given their operational tempo it is always a
pleasure to have them join us. Thanks
again to the coin sponsors who make it possible for the Council to provide
the coins to all luncheon attendees without charge.
Thanks also to the donors who provided door prizes – especially
Ed and Connie Beasley, Don Whitton - Sgt Grit, and Mark Elgin, they always
go beyond the call to support our efforts.
We once again received many favorable comments about the “beer
and cigars” follow up to the Luncheon.
It continues to be a great chance for extended visits with friends.
Good job Marines.
We have a commitment
from General Jim Conway our current Commandant to be the Guest of Honor at
this year’s Luncheon scheduled for 2 November.
Currently we are trying to locate an appropriate facility to host
his visit that will accommodate the increased attendance we anticipate.
We are really looking forward to his visit and the opportunity for
our members to spend some time with the Commandant.
Provided financial support
for family days and pre-deployments for both the Anti-Tank Training
Company and Fox 2/14. Also
funded Community Service awards for both reserve units, which are
presented to both a reserve and active duty Marine in each unit.
Assisted Fox 2/14 in
procuring replacement wrestling mats for their physical training
Provided funding for JROTC,
NROTC, AT Co and F/2/14 Marines to attend the Council’s birthday luncheon.
Assisted the Marines at Vance
AFB in flying in their Guest of Honor for their Birthday Ball.
Paid for the Marine for Life
program luncheon when they invited business leaders and Marines in order
to assist in developing future job contacts.
Purchased two sets of season
tickets to the Hornets games and shared them among the Marines at Vance
Provided a pair of OU
football tickets for home games to the Recruiting Station,
Provided funding for 3 air
rifles for the new shooting team at U.S. Grant High School MCJROTC unit.
Continued to provide funding
for the Sapulpa MCJROTC unit’s trip to the National Shooting
· Assisted Young Marines financially in sending some of their great folks to summer leadership training.
Financial support which allowed us to provide the assistance noted above is only possible because of your continued support of the Council. Thanks again to all of you -- we deeply appreciate your trust and support.
We have mentioned
the Marine For Life program before and it continues to need our support.
The program, coordinated by Major Drew Salkeld, is intended to ease the
transition of deserving Marines from active duty back into the civilian
world. If you own any
companies 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. Email
us at email@example.com.
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.
During calendar year
2006 the Council had a banner year, adding the following new members:
We also had a considerable number of individuals who indicated a desire
to join but for one reason or another did not return the paperwork.
We hope they will eventually decide to finish the process.
The Council had
three members pass away last year – we lost Bob Lewis, Major Jimmie
Johnson, and Bob E. Manchester – all of
whom will be sorely missed.
A heads-up for the
Albert E. Schwab Detachment 857 Marine Corps League 2007 Medal of Honor
Day Ceremony in
Also want to
highlight Judge Lee West’s efforts as the Oklahoma Liaison to the
Governor’s Council of the
annual meeting is scheduled for
Thursday 26 April 2007 at the Petroleum
Club North – this is the same location we have had it the past two
years. Please put this date
and event down on your calendars and plan on joining us for this great
chance to enjoy your fellow Marines.
Again, just as a
reminder, we have scheduled next year’s Marine Corps Birthday luncheon
for Friday, November 2, 2006 with the Commandant of the Marine Corps as
our speaker. Be sure to put
this date down on your calendar and invite
your friends to join us at this great annual event.
The Council Board
would like each of you to know that while we work very hard to accomplish
the Council’s objectives, we never forget that whatever success we have
is absolutely due to your generous and continued support.
Once a Marine, always a Marine.
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