A much belated Happy Birthday to our Marine Corps to all!!! I hope everyone had a reflective Veterans Day also. Also, this update will serve as my November/December update so I’ll take this opportunity to wish all of you and your families, a very Happy Holiday Season and a Prosperous 2005!
There were many events happening from coast to coast throughout the organization in the past 45 days and here is an update on a few of them;
The LA Chapter celebrated the Marine’s Birthday on 12 November. Maryland Chapter 28, President James Stewart made the trip cross-country to help them celebrate.
The Philadelphia Chapter held their first event in over 4 years on 12 November. There was a packed house of nearly 250 that came out to hear Retired Major General Clifford L. Stanley speak. General Stanley is currently President of Schoalrship America.
The DC Chapter held their celebration on 19 November to a great crowd. Sergeant Major Ronald Featherson captivated the crowd with a motivating speech about heroes of Montford Point like Sergeant Major Louis Roundtree.
The Chicago Chapter held their annual President’s Ball on 20 November at their clubhouse. National President Nathaniel James was in attendance.
Former National Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert Taylor, went out of his way to ensure an Original Montford Pointer Spoke at the Fort Leonard Wood Marine Detachment Ball. Mr. Bill Washington spoke eloquently in front of over 600 attendees!
The word is really getting around that the Association is in the midst of resurgence! Thank you to all the Chapter members that are still in the trenches doing the grunt work to ensure the legacy of our heroes is not forgotten!
Our official website is also in the midst of its new look. National Public Relations Officer, Master Sergeant Carmen Cordoba, has begun giving our site its new look. Please provide her with the necessary information she requests to keep this site current. Check out the site at:
Real soon chapters will receive their compliment of Queens Raffle Tickets to sell. The Queens Contest is our premier National Fundraiser. Besides raising money for our National Scholarship commitment and to help with operating costs, this fundraiser should be viewed as an excellent opportunity to raise money and awareness of our individual chapters. Chapters are required to raise a minimum of $500.00 each to remain financial with the National Office. Chapters that are not financial will not have any voting privileges at the National Spring Council or National Convention.
Spring Council dates in Chicago are; 6-9 April 2005. Chicago has blocked out 25-30 Rooms, for the spring council meeting. Point of contact is Chapter Vice President MSgt Retired Racine Wilson at 312-217-4162
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!
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.
The NY Chapter MPMA Website has been updated. Please visit and take a look. The New York Chapter is working hard to share local information and activities involving the Chapter, as well as that of the National, or sister Chapters as it is made available. Point of Contact in New York is;
MGySgt James Carr (USMC-Ret)Communications-Website. http://www.mpmanyc.com http://leatherneckball.org
Master Gunnery Sergeant Gilbert Taylor received and award from the Col Choike,Battalion Commanding Officer of the Fort Leonard Wood Marine Detachment, for raising $1,000,00 in coin sales! 3rd Marine Division New Jersey Chapter Secretary Frank Hall recently received a certificate from VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi for his work in preserving the oral history of all Veterans. Frank has interviewed Regional Vice President Ken Rollock for a local cable TV show and is a good supporter of the Montford Pointers.
Former National Vice President and Beaufort Chapter President, Elijah is our new National Quartermaster. “Abe” may be reached at 843-838-5475. Please coordinate all official MPMA items for sell through Mr. Abram. Abe and Former National Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery Sergeant Taylor, are busy working on the final of our trilogy of coins for the 2005 Convention in Chicago. Additionally, for the first time there will be a Special Coin minted for the Ladies Auxiliary.
Maryland Chapter 28 President James Stewart contiues to update his chapter’s website. Please visit and sign the guestbook at: http://www.mpma28.com/. This website continues to provide information to the thousands of folks who have already surfed this site.
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.
Please continue to do all that you do to Preserve the Legacy of our heroes!