1st MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION REUNION 13-19 August 2012
Reunion Registration: The 1st Marine Division Association (FDMA) Reunion will be 13-19 August 2012 at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel located at 1401 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97201. 1st Recon Battalion Association members should register on line with the FMDA at: www.afr-reg.com/1stMarine2012/ or use the mail in FDMA Reunion registration form included in the Patrol Report. FDMA Registration closes 15 July 2012!
Lodging: The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront Hotel is the official reunion site for 1st Marine Division Association and 1st Recon Bn Association. Reunion accommodations are available at a rate of $113.00 + tax per night. The Marriott will offer attendees a daily parking rate of $15.00 per day. Reserve your rooms early; call the Marriott at (503) 226-7600 or (877) 901-6632 and ask for the 1st Marine Division Association Reunion rate.
Transportation. The Marriott does not provide complimentary shuttle service to/from Portland Airport. Blue Star Airport Shuttle offers airport-hotel service; for information and reservations call (503) 248-1837 or visit: http://www.bluestarbus.com. The Marriott does not have RV parking; however, the Portland Fairview RV Park, located at 21401 NE Sandy Blvd, Fairview, OR 97024, provides full hook-up services and is approximately 20 minutes from the hotel. Call (877) 777-1047 for RV information, reservations and directions. The FDMA will provide bus transportation for all reunion tours. Downtown Portland has an excellent bus and light rail system.
1st Mar Div Association Events. FDMA’s Portland Reunion Committee has done a superb job planning and organizing reunion events and tours. Visit Portland area wineries, museums, and gardens, the Columbia Gorge, take a river cruise and enjoy the Reunion Banquet. Although the FDMA Reunion registration form, event information and hotel reservation forms are included in the Patrol Report, go on line to http://www.afr-reg.com/1stMarine2012 for FMDA Reunion Registration and Event forms and detailed Reunion information and a schedule of events.
1st MarDiv Registration Form
1ST RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION ASSOCIATION REUNION
1st Recon Bn Assn CP/Harbor Site: The 1st Recon Battalion Association Reunion CP and hospitality suite at the Portland Marriott Downtown will be open to reunion attendees from 15-19 August. Recon Battalion Association members and guests are requested to sign in at our hospitality suite following their arrival at the Marriott.
Volunteers. As Always, we need volunteers to help with reunion registration, raffle ticket sales, raffle and silent auction item donations, and manning/maintaining the hospitality suite. Help us make this reunion succeed- donate some of your time to 1st Recon Battalion Association.
Fund Raising. The reunion is your Association’s primary source of income. The raffle, silent auction and Hospitality Suite refreshment donations keep the Association operating through the year. Help our Association. Donate raffle and auction items, buy raffle tickets and bid generously at the silent auction.
1ST RECONNAISSANCE BATTALION ASSOCIATION REUNION LUNCHEON AND MEMBERSHIP MEETING
1st Recon Battalion Association Luncheon will be Friday 17 August, from 1:00 pm -4:00 pm, at the Old Spaghetti Factory, 0715 SW Bancroft St. Portland, OR 97239. The luncheon will be buffet style and includes salad bread & roll, entrees and coffee, tea .. Any soft drinks and alcohol will be at the individual’s expense. Guests with special dietary requirements should contact Charlie Kershaw as soon as possible. The luncheon will cost $16.00 per person. Make your luncheon reservations early. RSVP to Charlie Kershaw and send your check or money order to: 1st Recon Battalion Association, c/o C. Kershaw, 2527 Unicornio Street, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Email or call with questions at: 760 402-8638 or firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP for the luncheon not later than 13 August 2012.
1st Recon Bn Association General Membership Meeting and Election of Officers is Saturday 18 August at 10:00 am in our Hospitality Suite. Members will be briefed and vote on revised, updated. Association By Laws, Association support for charitable organizations assisting Marines and elect our Membership Coordinator, Chaplain, an Associate Director and the 1st MarDiv Unit Director.
OFFICERS AND COMMITTEES 2009-2011
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE- ALL ELECTED OFFICERS ARE MEMBERS OF EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE PLUS TWO APPOINTMENTS
PRESIDENT - Sgt Mike J. Carone "Carol", 493 Sunset Drive Village of Lakewood, IL 60014 (815) 477-8063 e-mail: email@example.com
VICE PRESIDENT - Denny Weisgerber "Marianne", 195 Casper St., Milpitasca, CA 95035-4842 (408) 262-1776 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPUTY VP EAST - Elmer Hawkins, 450 Basin St., Dayton Beach, FL 32114 (386) 679-3814 e-mail: email@example.com
DEPUTY VP CENTRAL - 1stSgt Lee Rux "Judy", 15111 Sun Spur, San Antonio TX 78232-4624 (210) 499-0707 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DEPUTY VP WEST - Ed Brundage "Barbara", 4019 Via Serra, Oceanside, CA 92057 (714) 448-1299 e-mail: EBrundage@ocsd.org
SECRETARY- Marlin Gill "Patricia", 424 Yale Dr., San Mateo, CA 94402 (650) 615-6976 e-mail: email@example.com
TREASURER - Jerry Reed "Debbie", 21307 Cypress Rose Hill, Tomball, TX
*Chairman:STS3 Tom McLeod, 306 Forest Lake Dr, Texarkanna TX 75503 (903) 793-1452
WARRIOR LIAISON COMMITTEE:
Chairman: SgtMaj Marty Vazquez Chila, 1764 Fire Mountain Dr, Oceanside CA 92054 (760) 757-6981 Cell (760) 271-1672
*James Lee "Corkie" *Tom Vetter *William Becker
FUND RAISING COMMITTEE:
Chairman: Jerry Bakke "Bernie", 14466 W. Clarendon Ave, Goodyear, AZ 85338 (623) 535-0064
Vice Chairman: Cpl Jerry Johs "Cheryl", 26965 W. Mohawk Lane, Buckeye, AZ 85396 Cell (503) 784-7697
CHAIRMAN:1stSgt Lee Rux "Judy", 15111 Sun Spur, San Antonio TX 78232-4624 (210) 499-0707
*Dave Franklin*James Allison *Richard Jones *John Stevens
Chairman: Richard A. Partee "Susan", 297 Paseo Primavera, Palm Desert CA 92260 (714) 504-6717
Vice Chairman: D. T. Hargraves Jr, PO Box 826, Helena AZ 72342 (870) 338-3303 Work (870) 338-3425
HQ BN 1st Marines5th Marines
*??? *Steve "Doc" Lakernick*James Fairbairn
7th Marines 11th MarinesEngineer BN
*Jimmy Clendennen *??? *???
Recon BNTank BNDefense BN
*??? *??? *???
Blue Diamond Committee
1ST MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATIONOFFICERS 2007-2009SCHOLARSHIP FUND INC.
President Appointed: Robert Henderson
President: Michael Carone
Secretary: Marlin Gill
Treasurer: Jerry P. Reed
VP Appointed member: ???
DVPW Appointed member:John N. Bastian
DVPC Appointed member:Richard Jones
DVPE Appointed member: Michael Galyean
Administrative Director: Col Len Hayes
* To be elected by Board of Directors at future meeting.
Message from the President
1ST MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION Sgt Mike J. Carone "Carol"
Email July 24, 2011
Echo Company 2/7
Echo Company 2/7 Vietnam Veterans Chapter members attend the dedication of a monument memorializing the 87 Marines and FMF Corpsmen killed in action during the Vietnam War 1965-70.
They came from everywhere.
They came from Alabama and Florida and the hills of North Carolina. They came from New England and New York, Long Island, Connecticut and Ohio. They came from the Mid-West, Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee. From the open ranges of Kansas and Oklahoma to the Rocky Mountian States. From Oregon and the Pacific Northwest to the deserts of Arizona to the shores of California. They came from everywhere. The Marines of Echo Company 2/7, 1st Marine Division. Some drove from Texas, others came by bus, airplanes and by train. Some walked many miles coming together to honor our fallen heroes. But it was not just the Marines of E 2/7. Also coming from around the country was the next-of-kin of many of the fallen. They came to pay tribute, together, as one Company, one family, to honor our fallen, and uncover a Monument in their honor. It was a most hallowed and honored occasion. They all stood together as they did during the Vietnam War.
On cannot express enough gratitude to Marty Higgins, Bill Dyer, Skip Johnson, Randy Patterson, and the monument committiee. And wifes who worked so hard, without compensation, to make this event possible. They showed commitment and unselfish donation of time. They asked nothing in return except for us to attend.
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The Monument is beautiful and inspires anyone who has seen it. When in DC go to Quantico and visit Semper Fidelis Park where the Echo 2/7 Memorial Monument. Visit the Museum of the Marine Corps adjacent. It will be a day you'll always remember.
The week of June third will always be remembered. It was a time of friendship, reflection, and inner peace knowing the brave, fallen heroes of Echo Company, Second Battalion, Seventh Marines will never be forgotten. One would stand before the Monument in awe, looking at its beauty and craftsmanship. To be there and touch the smooth granite with names etched in, gave an electric experience never to be forgotten. A honored experience to say the least..
The Monument committiee did a outstanding job. Their hard work and devotion deserves a heart-felt thank you and a OhRaaah from all of us.
TIME TO PLAN FOR SAN ANTONIO!!! Get Ready for a Texas Style Reunion!!
2010 1st Marine Division San Antonio Reunion
THE RIVER WALK Where: The El Tropicano Hotel (Holiday Inn) San Antonio, Texas When: 23-29 August 2010
I just received an email from Tex Stiteler our Reunion Co-Chairman in San Antonio. Interest is building and our members are already asking about reserving tables at the banquet.
Tex wants all to know that Armed Forces Reunions Inc. ( AFRI) is handling all registrations. Banquet table assignments will be handled on site at the reunion. I have posted a link to the AFRI Registration Web Site well as the El Tropicano Hotel below.
All questions on the Reunion go to AFRI. (Registration, Tours, Banquet etc.) If they have a problem or cannot satisfy the caller they will call Tex. Please refer any and all questions to AFRI.
We have hired AFRI to run the mechanics of this reunion and we need to rely on their experience and use their services.
GREETINGS FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE 1st MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION!!
The 1st Marine Division Public Affairs Office publishes an excellent "On Line" Newsletter called The Blue Diamond. It is the official newsletter of the 1st Marine Division and provides great info on what the Division is doing here in the States as well as the Front Lines.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE LATEST BLUE DIAMOND:
GREETINGS FRIENDS AND MEMBERS OF THE 1st MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION!!
As you know, I have been forwarding The 1st Marine Division "On Line" Newsletter called TheBlue Diamond and I have received many positive comments from our friends and members. The Blue Diamond provides great info on what the Division is doing here in the States as well as the Front Lines. I want you to know that Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton also produces an excellent "On Line" Newsletter called "The Scout". This Newsletter is the only official news site for Marine Corps Base Cam Pendleton.
CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO READ THE CAMP PENDLETON SCOUT:
The chairman of the fund raising committee is holding a national golf tournament on February 20, 2010 in Sun City, Arizona. If you would like to contribute or send in a donation, anything would be greatly appreciated. The proceeds will go to the General Fund of the 1st Marine Division Association. The link below is a copy of the flyer with all the information you will need to make a donation for this worthy cause.
2010 San Antonio Reunion:
THE ALAMO CHAPTER WELCOMES THE 63RD ANNUAL1ST MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION REUNION
AUGUST 23-29, 2010
It has taken us 13 years but it is time to WELCOME you back to San Antonio. Join us at the El Tropicana Hotel on the famous San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy our unique city and the historic Alamo.
The Alamo Chapter will be working with Armed Forces Reunions Incorporated (AFR) as our Reunion Organizer and Planner. AFR is providing pre-planning, pre-registration, on-site management and reunion tours. More information to follow in the next OBN. We are in good hands!
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE PACIFIC WAR
Enjoy a scenic ride to Fredericksburg to tour the National Museum of the Pacific War which is dedicated to everyone who served in the Pacific under Admiral Nimitz. The Museum includes over 34,000 square feet of indoor exhibit space including the George Bush Gallery, Admiral Nimitz Museum, Plaza of Presidents, Veterans’ Walk of Honor, Japanese Garden of Peace, Pacific Combat Zone, and the Nimitz Education and Research Center. A 43,000 square foot expansion is new in 2010! Explore the impressive display of Allied and Japanese aircraft, tanks, guns and other artifacts made famous during the Pacific War campaigns and enjoy lunch at one of several restaurants or delis located on Fredericksburg's downtown Main Street. There is shopping nearby on Main Street for those interested.
From the earliest Spanish Missionaries in 1691 to today’s traveler, San Antonio’s appeal continues to draw attention. Relax and enjoy a fully narrated tour of San Antonio’s unique blend of rich heritage, traditions and natural beauty. Points of interest include stops at the San Jose Mission which is still an active church and is part of the National Park service, the largest of the missions; the Alamo, the city’s first mission; San Fernando Cathedral, the original church of the Canary Island settlers. From there you’ll enjoy some time at the San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy lunch on your own, possibly at Casa Rio, the first Mexican Restaurant on the River Walk. Its beautiful location and colorful umbrellas have come to symbolize the serenity and romance of the San Antonio River Walk. Enjoy shopping in the many shops or at the Rivercenter Mall. Consider boarding a barge for a cruise down the river (fee to be paid by the individual). At least two shuttle times will be offered, based on your hotel location.
Even better than 1997!!
Historic Ft. Sam Houston, home of the 5th Army.
Explore the San Antonio River and downtown by boat from the hotel.
Visit the Institute of Texan Cultures on the site of the 1968 HemisFair.
Buckhorn Saloon and El Mercado (Mexican Market).
Sea World of Texas
YOU WILL BE ABLE TO: REGISTER ONLINE AND PAY BY CREDIT CARD!
Information will be on line soon and in the next issue of the Old Breed
STATUS OF THE 1st MARINE DIVISION ASSOCIATION
AS OF OCTOBER 1, 2009
AN OPEN LETTER TO THE MEMBERSHIP
(Under President's Message are Action's Taken thus far)
My sincere thanks and appreciation to the membership for electing me President of the 1st Marine Division Association. As you know, this Association is based on the camaraderie of members who have served in the 1st Marine Division since its founding on February 1, 1940. We, of the 1st Marine Division Association, are a band of brothers of the most decorated Marine Division in the history of the United States Marine Corps.
In taking on the responsibility of President at this particular time, I have inherited a host of challenges, most dealing with the weak financial position that the organization has been struggling with for several years. However, the mission is quite clear and requires change, re-organizing and the establishment of new policies that will allow the Association to gain new financial independence and at the same time, accumulate growth.
Many have asked the question, how did the Association inherit all these financial problems? The answer is in two parts. A number of years back, financial mismanagement of a large portion of the Association's operating funds were dramatically reduced, which we have never truly been able to fully recover.
Also, today, we have 3,464 annual dues paying members who are trying to support an organization of 10,816 members. This is due to the fact that out of 10,816 members, 7,344 are life members and through no fault of the life members, past administrations did not anticipate the huge future inflationary reduction in the fund that also led to our present problem. The simple fact is that 3,464 dues paying members cannot support an association of 10,816 members.
Our dues have not been changed in years and will be increased for all dues paying members to $35.00 per year, to partially offset the operating expenses of the Association.
In addition, I am asking all members to make a yearly contribution to the General Fund for whatever amount you can afford.
We are in the process of obtaining some significant fund raising contributions; however, until that becomes a reality, I feel the aforementioned request will carry us through the present financial shortfall, while future fund raising efforts, if fully supported by Association members, will generate the necessary revenue to support operations once and for all.
I promise financial prudence during my administration and appreciate your assistance. If we, an Association of Brothers, pull together in the same direction, we will solve these problems.
Michael J. Carone
The Association is moving into a severe financial situation and we are scaling down the operation. The Executive Committee has taken the following actions:
1. Executive Committee members are meeting weekly via eleconference to discuss and resolve the critical financial situation.
2. We are exploring the possibility of sending the Old Breed News electronically to known e-mail addresses. If e-mail addresses are not available, members would access the Association web site to secure the newsletter.
3. The Oceanside office is operating on reduced costs
a. Executive Director's time has been reduced to 20 hours per week.
b. Office Manager's time has been reduced to 20 hours per week.
4. Oceanside Office Phones reduced to one line - 760-967-8561
b. Fax line will remain open - 760-967-8567
5. High Volume copy machine has been returned.
6. Director Meeting will not be held in San Antonio but in Oceanside, CA in conjunction with the Division Anniversary to save expenses. It will be held approximately the last week of January 2010.
The above actions are necessary for the Association to be solvent in January 2010.