The first topic on this month’s update is the National Convention 2004. There have been a few extra hotel rooms allotted to us for the convention. If you have not made your reservations, I highly encourage you to do so immediately. The Crystal City Marriott’s phone numbers are; 888-236-2427 or 703-920-3230. We have a great hotel rate and if you miss that rate, it will increase dramatically. The DC area is always very tight on hotel space. Information has been out on this for months. Please pass this to your members and others that are considering attending this year.
The following are specific points of interest for this year’s convention.
Election of Officers The following National Offices will be up for election (reelection) at this year’s National Convention;
Public Relations Carmen Cordova
Special Projects George Herring
Veterans Affairs Leo Taylor
Sergeant-at-Arms Mike Johnson
Scholarship Director Gene Doughty
If you are interested in either running for or nominating a member for these positions, please make contact with the Election Officer, Regional Vice President, Charles Stallard at email@example.com or at 502-231-0132. Nominations can be made from the floor, but we do encourage advance notice so that the election officer may go over procedures with the candidates.
Queens Contest At this point please do not send any reports to George Herring, National Special Projects Officer. Reports should be hand carried to the convention. Chapter persons in charge should bring copies of previously submitted reports and the stubs to match. Chapter representatives should meet with George Herring as soon as they arrive to ensure all stubs are separated and included in the raffle drawing. Chapters are reminded that in order to participate in the election and voting process, they must be financial with their Scholarship obligations ($500.00 from each Chapter). For further information, Please contact George Herring at 619-263-1146.
Chapter Rosters Please bring current chapter rosters to the National Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence. I cannot emphasize enough how important it is for the National Office to have a current listing of your members.
It is preferred that rosters be on a disk in Microsoft Excel or Word Format. Regina will accept in any form.
Memorial Recognition Chapters and members should contact National Chaplain, Reverend James Moore at 843-846-0881 to notify him of members who have passed since the last Convention so that they may be recognized during the Memorial portion on the National Banquet. Reverend Moore will be a late arrival this year at the convention so please do not wait until then to give notification.
Chapter President DC6 and 2004 Convention Coordinator, William Wilber, has been working extremely hard to ensure we have a memorable convention. There will be many surprises and opportunities for the Montford Pointers to talk to influential leaders in government and the military. One of the Montford Pointers goals is to include the history of Montford Point in Recruit Training, Officer Training and the Marine Corps Professional Military Education (PME). All members are encouraged to talk on this issue when in conversation with these leaders. There is no script, just say what comes natural to you. Your individual efforts will help out overall plan to make this happen.
Bennie McRae always forwards interested information about African Americans that have served in the military and recently sent these sites.
WWII Veterans: do you remember a film called "The Negro Soldier"? Documentary producers would like to talk with you. Lumiere Productions is producing a public television series that traces the history of documentary film. One crucial episode explores the 1944 film "The Negro Soldier."The first US army training film to depict African-American servicemen favorably, "The Negro Soldier" was mandatory viewing for all soldiers and was released in 5000 cinemas after the war. Criticized by some as mild, it is viewed by others as a landmark in the struggle to desegregate the military. To tell this story, we need to hear veterans' accounts – both positive and negative -- of seeing this film. If you are willing to share your memories of "The Negro Soldier," please contact us. Thank You, Ali PomeroyLumiere ProductionsNew York City212-807-0796 http://us.f415.mail.yahoo.com/ym/Compose?Tofirstname.lastname@example.org&YY=22308&order=down&sort=date&pos=0 Thanks Bennie for continuing to keep us informed!
A huge congratulation to Brigadier General Ronald S. Coleman. General Coleman recently finished up his tour as the Commander of the Joint Task Force in Haiti and was awarded the Gold Medal of French Defense on June 3rd for his leadership during peacekeeping and stabilization operations in Haiti. This awards makes General Coleman an honorary French infantryman. General Coleman is also the Commanding General of 2d Force Service Support Group at Camp Lejeune, NC. CONGRATULATIONS GENERAL COLEMAN ON A JOB WELL DONE!!!
Chapter Presidents and members are reminded to please consult with our National Public Relations Officer, Carmen Cordoba, on any issues that would reflect on the Association as a group. As always, Chapters are allowed to use their discretion when talking to the press about local events, however, if the situation deals with the Association as a whole, please consult with or refer the press or group to Carmen. Carmen can be reached at 703-784-6407.
I am personally looking forward to this year’s convention and seeing dear friends and conducting the business of Montford Point. We still have the momentum of what I think was a very productive Spring Council to build on.
Joe GeeterMaster Gunnery Sergeant USMC retiredNational Vice President, Montford Point Marine Associationgeeterj@yahoo.com 610-495-3619