Newsletters & Information > MPMA UPDATE MAY 2004

May 5, 2004

Fellow members, friends,

The first item this update is our National Chaplain,
Reverend James Moore, who underwent open heart surgery last
month. Reverend Moore has recovered very well and is back
at work both at the bank and in the pulpit. Both Reverend
Moore and his wife Gwen would like to thank everyone who
sent notes of support and prayer during his illness.
Reverend Moore still plans to make the convention but will
not arrive until Saturday, 24 July. He has asked that
Chapter Presidents and members send him the names of any
member who has passed away since Convention Detroit so that
they are included in our Memorial Tribute at this year’s
National Banquet. Please send to:

Reverend James Moore

Post Office Box 357

Seabrook Drive

Seabrook, SC 29940

Or email at:

I recently returned from the Chicago Area presenting an
Award on behalf of the Association to a very deserving
JROTC Cadet at Romeoville HS. While there, I visited the
Chicago Chapter Clubhouse. The clubhouse has been
undergoing renovations over the past year and is looking
very good. The business office and the conference room are
very professional looking. Members were preparing for the
journey to Washington DC Memorial Day weekend for the
dedication of the WWII Monument. Chicago is also very busy
preparing for Convention 2005. A special thank you to all
the Chicago members who treated both my cousin & I very

We are less than two months from our National Convention in
the DC area. If you are planning to attend, please make
your hotel reservations soon. Please register and
purchase tickets for the event(s) you are planning to
attend. A complete list of events and prices is available
at our official website at and
the Maryland Chapter website at If you are
in need of a registration form, please email me separately.
DC #6 Chapter President, William Wilbur is the convention
point of contact and may be reached at 571-642-0465.

Chapters are also busy submitting their final reports for
the Queen’s contest. All the tickets that I had have been
distributed. Thank you to those who have already submitted
their stubs and checks. My promise to fill out the stubs
for you remains. If you fill out the top ticket, I’ll make
labels for the others. I’ve noticed that many of you used
the many labels that we get in the mail for your Queens
tickets. Great idea, so do I. All Chapters are required to
sell a minimum of $500.00 worth of Queen’s tickets to
remain in good standing with the National Office.

If you’ve been waiting to the last possible minute to
submit your sales, this is it. Please get the stubs into
your respective chapter ASAP.

The NAACP National Convention will be held in Philadelphia
this year from 10-15 July. The Marine Corps always has a
set-up on the convention floor. If you attend the
convention, please stop by the Marine Corps’ set-up and
spend a few minutes with the present day Marines.
Convention will be held at the Philadelphia Convention
Center at 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA. We are busy
working with our friends at Uni-World to have Fred Branch,
the first African American Commissioned Officer (Nov 1945)
recognized during the convention. To register for the
Convention, please call 410-580-5780.

Normally the NAACP Armed Services & Veterans Affairs Awards
Dinner is during NAACP Convention Week. This year will be
different. The NAACP Convention will be in Philadelphia
but the Armed Services Dinner will be at the Hyatt
Regency-Crystal City (Arlington, VA) on Thursday, 10 June
2004. For ticket information please call 410-580-5683.
The US Air Force is the lead service this year. The Dinner
is where the Roy Wilkins Award is presented to one member
of each branch of service. The Marine Corps recipient has
not been announced yet.

It gives me great pleasure to inform you that Edgar Huff
Edgar is of course the grandson of the late Sergeant Major
Huff. As you would expect, his dad, Edgar Huff Jr., and
his Mom are very proud parents. This honor was not a
cakewalk; Edgar III had to compete at many levels before
winning this award. I know that his Grandparents are both
beaming from the heavens at his accomplishments. Please
visit the North Carolina Young Marine website at: or:
to read more.

The Maryland Chapter #28 website continues to be a great
source of information, please visit and
don’t forget to leave comments in the guest book. Chapter
President, James Stewart, does a great job in keeping this
site current. The site has a brand new look so visit soon
and often and tell friends to visit too.

Past National President (PNP), Dr. Herman Rhett has been
working tirelessly on his Final Roll Call Project. This
book tells the story in pictures and words of over 250
Original Montford Pointers who responded to his request for
information. Book will be unveiled at the National
Convention and can be ordered in advance by mailing a check
for $35.00 plus $6.00 for S/H to: Herman Rhett, PNP PO Box
3266 Laurel, MD 20708. Please call Dr. Rhett directly at

The Indianapolis Chapter of the MPMA will hold it’s
Inaugural President’s Ball on Saturday, 26 June 2004
beginning with cocktails at 6:00 PM. Event will be at the
American Legion Post 249, 2523 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This is a Black Tie Affair and for more information, please
contact Indianapolis Chapter Financial Secretary, Hubert H.
Hatchett, Jr. at 317-571-8632 or by email at

Please continue to send me information about what is
happening in your area but also send the same information
to our National Public Affairs Officer, Carmen Cordoba.

Carmen can be reached at 703-784-6407 or by email at:
cordobac@aol.col. Carmen has assumed our website
responsibilities and needs this information to keep our
site current.

Please continue to visit the official MPMA site regularly

Chapters please be sure to give our National Recording
Secretary, Regina Lawrence, your current Chapter Roster so
that she in turn can update the master roster. Regina can
be reached at

Finally, the second of our trilogy of coins has been forged
and Beaufort Chapter President, Elijah Abram, has coins now
for sale. Please contact Beaufort Chapter President Elijah
Abram at for further information. The coin
depicts the first 6 African American Marine Drill
Instructors and has color on both sides. Cost of Coin is
still only $5.00 each with $2.00 Shipping and Handling for
the first coin and $1.00 S/H for each coin thereafter. I
also have some coins for sale. For those interested, please
send checks to me at 27 Red Tail Court, Limerick, PA 19468.
Make out check or money order to “Joe Geeter MPMA” and put
“Coins” in the memo section. 100% of the profit for the
coins I sell goes to the Philadelphia Chapter Operations

Semper Fidelis!

Joe Geeter

Master Gunnery Sergeant (ret)

National Vice President

Montford Point Marine Association


Joe Geeter
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468

610 495 3619 Hm
610 337 7000 ext 7797 wk



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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