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, SC 29940
Or email at: email@example.com
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 well!!
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 www.montfordpointmarine.com and the Maryland Chapter website at www.mpma.com. 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 III has been named NATIONAL YOUNG MARINE OF THE YEAR! 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: www.angelfire.com/nc3/cjym/ or: http://www.jacksonvilledailynews.com/SiteProcessor.cfm?Template=/GlobalTemplates/Details.cfm&StoryID=19617&Section=Liberty to read more.
The Maryland Chapter #28 website continues to be a great source of information, please visit www.mpma28.com 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 301-725-0111.
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. Street.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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: email@example.com. Carmen has assumed our website responsibilities and needs this information to keep our site current.
Please continue to visit the official MPMA site regularly at www.montfordpointmarines.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 Fund.