March, 2011 Newsletter
Hope everyone is doing
well and looking forward to Spring – time for another update on the
Coordinating Council’s activities.
As you already know out
birthday luncheons have become an exceptional annual opportunity for
Oklahoma Marines to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday and reconnect with
old friends and make new ones. We
continue to marvel at the attendance from our supported units and
coin donors stepped up to the plate again and provided the coins that were
distributed at the luncheon – thanks to Jack Skaggs, Bob Lukeman, Rusty
Johnson, Phil Norton, Bob O’Bannon, Homer Paul, William G. Paul, Leigh
Ann Hardin, Lloyd Hardin, Gary Lumpkin, Mike McIntosh, John Oldfield, Roy
Sherry, Floyd Gilreath, and Glenn Reagan.
Many thanks for your contributions in continuing this valued
Our door prize donors
continue to provide outstanding prizes and kudos to
For this year’s
luncheon we are going back to the Northwest
Expressway Marriott at 3233 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
73112. While we don’t
yet have a committed Guest of Honor I assure you that we will have a great
speaker. We have scheduled the
luncheon this year for Friday
the 4th of November 2011.
More details to follow as we get closer to the luncheon, but I can
assure you that “Traditions and Lore” will continue to be part of our
This year the Council
has provided more than $11,000 in support of our Marine Units and
Organizations – examples include:
funding of the Community Service awards for both the AntiTank
Training Unit in
Fox 2/14 finance their OKC Zoo family day and Marine Corps Ball.
funding for a significant number of Marines from supported units to
attend the luncheon. We
continue to believe this is one of most valuable programs we provide to
allow as many active duty Marines as possible to attend the luncheons and
meet the guest speakers.
Fort Sill’s Devil Dog run by funding the medallions awarded
following the race. This
allows more of the detachment’s funds to be used for support of their
to provide a .45 caliber Ruger pistol to the Marine Corps League
for presentation to their Marine of the Year.
continue to provide Oklahoma City Thunder basketball tickets to Marines
from the Recruiting Station, AT Company, F/2/14, Fort Sill, Vance,
and OU’s NROTC. These
tickets are by far and away the most positively received program that we
have created to recognize outstanding Marines.
As you know one of our
Council goals is to grow our membership each 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.
Since our annual meeting last April the Council has added the
following new members:
also had a 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.
A reminder that the
Albert E. Schwab Detachment 857 Marine Corps League’s 2011
Medal of Honor Day Ceremony in Tulsa will be on 30 April 2011 at
Veterans Park, 21st and Boulder in Tulsa.
The financial support
which allowed us to provide the assistance noted above is only possible
because of your continued support of the Council.
Of particular interest
regarding the Council’s finances – while our membership numbers
continue to grow the percentage of members donating continues to decline.
For 2010 the percentage was just below 70% and this has an impact
on our ability to continue the level of support that we have historically
provided to our supported units and organizations.
I would encourage you to please make an effort to send an annual
donation to the Council in whatever amount you feel comfortable.
Thanks again to all of you -- we deeply appreciate your trust and
The Council’s annual
meeting is scheduled for Thursday 14 April 2011 at the Petroleum Club
North – this is the same location we have had it the past.
Please put this date and event down on your calendars and plan on
joining us for this great chance to enjoy your fellow Marines.
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
without question due to your generous and continued support.
Once a Marine, always a Marine
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