Newsletters & Information > MPMA NATIONAL UPDATE OCTOBER 2004  

Oct 5, 2004

Fellow members, friends,

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, 703-784-6407, and National
Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence,
804-279-3589, as well as myself, the particulars of
birthday celebrations and any other activities in your
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
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

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

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.

Please visit the following links for stories relevant to
the Association:

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!

Semper Fidelis!

Joe Geeter
Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired)
National Vice President
Montford Point Marine Association
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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