February, 2017 Newsletter
Greetings from your
Coordinating Council! This last year has been filled with many
opportunities to assist our state wide Marine community and support our
active duty and reserve Marine components.
It is my privilege to share with you some of the things we have
been doing. Our overall focus
has been and remains on supporting our Oklahoma Marine community and your
continued trust and confidence in our efforts allows us to achieve the
goals of the Council.
luncheon continues to be a highlight of the Councilís annual program and
each year we are thrilled with the support from the members of the Council
and the attendance which continues to grow each year.
Our goal is to bring in the very best speakers and leaders of our
Corps, and provide you the opportunity to hear the current news of the
Marine Corps from the most knowledgeable Marines available.
Just as important, we intend the luncheon to be a time of reflection on
the service and sacrifices of our veterans and their families.
We strive to remember our history and honor those who have gone
before. We also strive to pass on the lineage and spirit of the corps to
the next generations by including many young Marines, JROTC cadets, ROTC
cadets and junior enlisted Marines from BTRY F, 2/14 and the Artillery
detachment at Fort Sill.
yearís luncheon was exceptional. Our
topic for the traditions and lore portion was the Battle of Hill 488 which
took place 15-16 June 1966 in Quang Tin Province, Republic of Vietnam. We
were fortunate to have had Ray Hildreth who was one of the 16 Marines and
2 Corpsman who fought on hill 488 that night present with us for the
Luncheon. Thank you to
the many contributors who make the luncheon possible. Thank you
to our coin donors, who provide a unique coin each year to commemorate the
history recounted in our traditions and lore presentation.
We also owe a thank you to the members who donate the door prizes
each year that have become an anticipated surprise at the conclusion of
would like to thank the sponsors of the Council who have been very
generous in supporting our objectives.
BancFirst has been with us for a while and we are proud to be
associated with such an outstanding organization.
We also like to give a special thank you to Harold Copeland and his
family, who have contributed significantly to the Council.
We are truly blessed to have such honorable and generous sponsors.
yearís luncheon will once again be at The
Tower Hotel at 3233 Northwest Expressway, Oklahoma City , Oklahoma 73112 .
We have scheduled the luncheon this year for Friday,
the 27th of October, 2017. More
details will follow as we get closer to the luncheon, but I can assure you
that we will do our best honor our Marine Corps and Marines during this
With the support the
Council is receiving, we continue to support our units/organizations and
Marines. Highlights of
the Councilís support of our Marine Units and Organizations
∑ Sponsoring a significant number of Marines from supported units to attend the annual luncheon, including our JROTC cadets from local high schools. We continue to believe this is one of most valuable programs we offer to allow as many Marines as possible to attend the luncheons and enjoy the experience.
Sponsoring the Community
Service awards for both the Anti-Tank Training Unit in Broken Arrow and
BTRY F, 2/14 in Oklahoma City, which are presented to both a reserve and
active duty Marine in each unit in recognition of outstanding community
the award for the Marine Corps League ďMarine of the YearĒ, who is
recognized each year at the annual birthday luncheon.
Support for our three
Marine Corps High School JROTC program in the state through sponsorship of
transportation to drill and marksmanship, unit t-shirts and sponsored
seats at the annual luncheon.
Sillís Marine Detachment Devil Dog run by funding the medallions awarded
following the race. This
program directly enhances the detachmentís efforts to raise funds for
their Birthday Ball.
one of our most sought after incentive awards, sponsorship of Oklahoma
City Thunder basketball tickets to Marines from the Recruiting Station,
Anti-Tank Training Company, F/2/14, Fort Sill , and OUís NROTC in
recognition of their outstanding Marines.
These tickets are by far and away the most positively received
As you know one of
our Council goals is to grow our membership each year in order to continue
supporting our Marines in the state of Oklahoma. We would like welcome our
newest member, Scott Fomin to our ranks. Scott has attended several
luncheons in the past and joined the Council this past November.
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 success that we continue to bring in new
On behalf of the
Council leadership Iíd like to thank each of you for your generous
donations that allow for us to benefit the Oklahoma Marine Corps
community. I would
encourage you to please make an effort to send an annual donation to the
Council in whatever amount you feel comfortable.
We deeply appreciate your trust and support.
The Councilís annual meeting is scheduled for
Thursday, 20 April 2017. This
yearís annual meeting will be held at the
Petroleum Club North. It
is located at 1 N Sooner Rd, Edmond, OK.
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 Councilís 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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