August, 2011 Newsletter


Hope everyone made it through the hottest summer in Oklahoma history. Thought Iíd update you on the Coordinating Councilís activities. Our annual meeting on 14 April at the Petroleum Club North in Edmond brought out 50 members and guests. During the meeting the Council officers updated the membership on the Councilís efforts over the past nine years since our inception to provide support to Marine units and organizations. Our efforts are presently focused on programs such as the Reserve Unit Community Service Awards, Family Day Support, Fort Sill Devil Dog Run trophies & medallions, season tickets to Thunder games, Marine Corps League Marine of the Year Ruger Pistol award, and a variety of miscellaneous requests for support.

One of the objectives of our annual meetings is to announce changes to our Board and officers. This year the Board re-nominated Gary Lumpkin and Lloyd Hardin to new three year terms. We also welcomed Tom Goldsworthy as a new member of the Board to replace John Priddy. The Board also appointed Lloyd Hardin to the new position of Executive Vice President and John Priddy as the Vice President. All of the Board members are honored to serve you and look forward to the continued success and growth of the Council. I would encourage you to try to attend both the annual meetings and our luncheons to stay informed on the operations of the Council.

We canít say often enough how thankful we are for your membership donations that continue to finance our support programs. We are also grateful to those members who provide support to our units in the form of a "gratis" basis - support of any kind is always welcome.

This yearís annual Marine Corps Birthday luncheon is set for Friday Ė 4 November 2011 . We will be having the luncheon at the Northwest Expressway Marriott at 3233 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City , Oklahoma 73112 the same location as last year. The Assistant Commandant of the Marine Corps Ė General Joseph Dunford, Jr USMC Ė has accepted our invitation to serve as our Guest of Honor and Guest Speaker and we are expecting a great crowd. Be sure to put this date on your calendar and invite your friends to join us at this great annual event. We will have another custom designed coin for this year. Be looking for your invitation Ė hope to see you there.

Two of our Council members recently passed away and our condolences go out to their families. Jack Skaggs one of the Councilís Charter members and the originator of the Councilís Coin program passed away on 3 August. Karl Mueller a former Commanding Officer of the Marine Detachment at Fort Sill and a regular member of the Council passed away on 3 September. We will miss these Marines.

We would like each of you to know that while your Council Board works very hard to accomplish the Councilís objectives, we never forget that whatever success we have is absolutely dependent upon your generous and continued support. Once a Marine, always a Marine.

Semper Fidelis,

Phil E. Hughes


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