There are a great number of Chapter events happening during the month of November. If you are in the area, please support these efforts. Chapter members have worked extremely hard to plan and organize these events. November Chapter Events
New York Metro Sunday, 7 November 2004. Annual Dinner Dance at Anton’s Caterers 96-43 Springfield Blvd, Queens Village, New York. Lieutenant Colonel Denice Williams will be recognized for an outstanding military career and her contributions to the Montford Point Marine Association. The affair is semi-formal and tickets are $70.00. Ticket information MPMA 212-267-3318; Joe Davis 718-978-7631, Regional Vice President, Kenneth Rollock 201-569-7113.
Philadelphia #1 Friday, 12 November 2004. 229th Marine Birthday Celebration. Holiday Inn, City Avenue, Philadelphia. A celebration of all who have served. The event is semi-formal and tickets are $40.00. Tickets available from National Vice President, Joe Geeter, 610-495-3619 or Holsey Gillis 215-474-0669
Los Angeles #8 Saturday, 13 November 2004. Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Los Angeles Air Force Base, 5250 West El Segundo Blvd, Hawthorn. California 90250. Phone 310-536-9800. Ramada Plaza Hotel Room rate $59.00 per night. Tickets are $45.00. Tickets available form National Sgt-at-Arms, Mike Johnson 909-815-1972.
DC #6 Friday, 19 November 2004. Birthday Ball Celebration at La Foutain Bleu 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, Maryland 301-731-4333. The affair is semi-formal and tickets are $45.00. Tickets & information contact Southern Region Vice President, Reuben McNair, 202-269-4121. Group tables may be purchased upon request.
Chicago #2 Saturday, 20 November 2004. Annual Presidents Ball, 7011 South Vincennes Avenue, Chicago, IL. The affair is Black-tie and tickets are $45.00. A table of ten may be reserved for $450.00. Tickets, Chapter President, Norman Payne 773-873-3585 or Chapter Vice President, Racine “Tree” Wilson, 773-264-7679.
As we approach the Marine Birthday Ball season. Please inform both the National Public Relations Officer, Carmen Cordoba, email@example.com 703-784-6407, and National Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence, firstname.lastname@example.org 804-279-3589, as well as myself, the particulars of birthday celebrations and any other activities in your area. St. Louis #13 held their banquet on September 9, 2004 to present Mr. Walter Maddox, an original Montford Point Marine, with the "President's Special Meritorious Award". Unfortunately, Mr. Maddox was unable to attend the National Convention due to illness and confinement to a care facility. Chapter President, Mr. Jack Frison, presented the award to Mr. Maddox at the banquet, which was well attended by family members, Montford Point members and numerous friends. Mr. Maddox was both surprised and elated. The MPMA Banners can be ordered from, Flags by Lynn at the coast of $630.33. Your point of contact will be Valerie Scott, which is located near San Diego, California. “Flags by Lynn” has the measurements set forth by the MPMA By-Laws
Flags by Lynn 150 W. Chase Ave Suite #F El Cajon California 92020 (619) 249-0826 E-mail scottvy38aol.com
The maker of the MPMA Pocket Crest is "Book'em Production" point of contact is Dennis Wayne at (315) 697-5100. Badges are GOLD for Original Montford Pointers, SILVER for paid-up life members and BRONZE for paying annual members. Crest is approximately $30.00 plus shipping.
Montford Point Covers are available from Keystone Uniform Cap, 801 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123. Voice 215-922-5493, Fax 215-922-5161. Keystone knows our regulations and the point of contact is Edith. Caps are approximately $27.00 plus shipping.
In order to be a viable Veteran’s Organization, we must look the part! Please encourage your members to comply with our regulation dress.
General Officer Happenings
Brigadier General Cornell Wilson was promoted to Major General on 2 October at ceremonies aboard Camp Lejeune, North Carolina by Lieutenant General James F. Amos. General Wilson has been a staunch supporter of the Association during the past five years. Immediately after relinquishing his first command as a General Officer, he attended our National Convention at Camp Lejeune and has attended conventions in Atlanta, Detroit and this past year’s convention in the DC area. The General has spoken at many events including the Beaufort Chapter’s Awards luncheon and the 2004 NAAP convention in Philadelphia. We wish General Wilson continued success in his career!!!
Retired Major General Arnold Fields has taken a position working for the Department of State. The General was sworn in to the Department of State on 18 August 2004 and since 2 September he has been performing his duties as Chief of Staff of the Iraq reconstruction and the administering of 18.4 Billion (with a “B”) dollars appropriated for this effort. The General also works in support of the US Ambassador to Iraq. General Fields was our guest of honor at the 2000 convention at Camp Lejeune and has always answered the call to support our efforts. We wish the General a successful and SAFE tour of duty over in Iraq!!
Retired Major General Charles Bolden and MPMA Hall of Famer recently had the Laurel Bay, South Carolina Intermediate School named in his honor. General Bolden is a South Carolina native and 34 year Marine who flew on four space shuttle missions as a NASA astronaut. The General is currently a Senior Vice President for Tech Trans based in Houston Texas. Congratulations General on this great honor!!
Brigadier General Walter Gaskin was recently installed as the Commanding General, Marine Corps Recruiting Command in Quantico Virginia. The General’s awesome responsibilities will include the recruiting and training of the future Marines for our Corps. The General will be considered for his second star this year and we all are hoping the best for him.
Convention Chicago 2005 The dates for our 40th Annual Convention are 13-17 July 2005 with the 13th and the 17th being travel days. Chicago is hard at work to make our 40th Convention as memorable as the DC Convention, which set the bar high!! We’ll see you in Chi for 05!
Spring Council Dates The National President has given two dates in April to the Chicago Chapter for the Spring Council. Once finalized, they will be sent to the masses. A reminder that Award Recommendations are due in writing at the Spring Council. Please refer to your by-laws for the awards available. Reports from Regions and National Officers are also due during Spring Council. It’s never too early to start on these reports. Please bring enough copies for the Executive Council.
We are still searching for a Chapter or Chapters to host Convention 2006. If you are interested, please contact the National President or myself as soon as possible.
I had the opportunity to sit in on the September monthly meeting of the DC Chapter. As with most chapters, they are busy with both short and long range plans for the Association year which began on 1 September. Chapter President William Wilbur manages to balance his extremely busy personal life with his dedication to the Marines of Montford Point. The efforts of all the chapters is not going unnoticed. I sincerely believe the Association is on the verge of Nationwide recognition and it’s due to the hard work of each and everyone of you in the trenches doing the grunt work to help Preserve the Legacy of the men we represent. Please take time during the ball season to rededicate yourselves, as I will, to continue to do this most important work.
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Finally, as we begin our chapter year I would be remised if I did not encourage all to become current in their membership and to get a current chapter list to our National Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence.
Please continue to do all that you do to Preserve the Legacy of our heroes!
Joe Geeter Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired) National Vice President Montford Point Marine Association 27 Red Tail Court Limerick, PA 19468 610-495-3619