Newsletters & Information > MPMA NATIONAL UPDATE March 2005

Mar 5, 2005

Fellow members, friends,

Our Annual Spring Council again tops the lists of items in
this month’s update. The Spring Council will be held in
Chicago from 7-10 April 2005 with the 7th and the 10th
being travel days. Business will be conducted on the 8th
and 9th of April. Please call now to reserve your rooms.
Chicago has blocked out 50 Rooms at the Hyatt Regency (312)
567-1234 or 800-233-1234, for the spring council meeting.
Rooms cost is $109 per night plus appropriate taxes. Point
of contact is Chapter Vice President MSgt Retired Racine
Wilson at 312-217-4162. Be sure to mention that you are
part of the Montford Point Marine Association. If you are
a retiree, ask for the military or government rate.

Chapter Presidents, Regional Vice Presidents and select
National Officers are expected to submit reports of their
activities detailing any monies spent. If you are not
attending, please ensure your reports are forwarded prior
to the Council. Please bring enough copies for the
National Executive Council (about 40 copies).

Also, chapters are reminded to provide a detailed chapter
list to our National Recording Secretary, Regina Lawrence.
Regina works diligently on the National Roster, but she can
only put out what we give her. Please make the effort to
give her an accurate roster prior to the Spring Council.
Regina may be reached at: or

All National Award recommendations are due at the Spring
Council. The Awards Chairperson, Nathaniel Hosea, recently
sent award criteria to all Chapter Presidents. Please
coordinate with your Chapter President the submittal of all
award recommendations.


The dedication of the “Brooks Elbert Gray Jr. Consolidated
Academic Instructional Facility” will be Friday, April 15th
at 10:00 AM aboard Camp Johnson (Montford Point) North
Carolina. The recommended hotel is the Hampton Inn, 474
Western Blvd, Jacksonville, NC 28546 (910) 347-6500. Rooms
are $69.00 plus tax. Please contact our National
President, Nathaniel James at 910-455-5393 for additional


February was African American History month and a number of
chapters participated in local and National Events that
helped promote the history of Montford Point. I had the
honor to sit on a panel at the Baltimore Social Security
Office on February 17th and every give-away article I had
was swept up by the persons in attendance.

Additionally, I had the great pleasure to travel to
Quantico for their Black History Month Program on 26
February. In attendance was Past National President, Sam
Saxton and a contingent of folks from the Connecticut Area
to include Original Montford Pointers Howard Hunter and
Leroy Pitman, members Deacon “Doc” Michael Szumigalea and
Paul K. Young (SSgt & Vietnam vet). All are new members
and wore the appropriate MPMA Uniform and looked quite
impressive at the event. I made a presentation on behalf
of the Association to the guest speaker of one of our Coins
and various publications listing the history of Montford
Point. Special thanks to retired Master Sergeant Bill
Jones, who always includes MPMA in this event! Quantico
Black History Month Committee member, MPMA member and 2004
James Calendar award recipient Master Sergeant Donna
Coursey was also in attendance with various members of DC
Chapter #6. When the Montford Pointers were announced,
they received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd.
Thanks to all who ensured that Montford Point was included
in this event!!!

Special Thanks to Marine Lance Corporal Shaahn Williams, a
Public Affairs Marine with the Quantico Sentry. Shaaha
wrote a series of articles about Montford Point and the
Association during the month of February. Carolyn Ferren
contributed greatly to these articles. Carolyn is the
daughter of a Montford Pointers and has for years has had a
website detailing not only her Dad’s experiences but good
information about Montford Point before we had any National
or local websites. Thanks Carolyn and Shanna!!!!

Visit Carolyn’s site at .

Looking for Heroes: Frank Carroll, Chairman Korean War
Memorial Committee in Worcester, MA, is looking for African
American Veterans of the Korean War and Wars and conflict
since. Frank is attempting to include these forgotten
Americans in their Memorial and possibly other media events
in the near future. Please contact Frank directly at
800-343-0939 ext 110 or by email at
Please do not be shy about calling. Frank has the support
of some very influential individuals that can help give a
much deserved recognition to these veterans.

Commemorative Coins: The third and final coin of our
trilogy of commemorative coins has arrived!!! Coins depict
the 40th anniversary of our Association and are brilliant
in color on both sides. Coins are only $8.00 and may be
purchased from the National Quartermaster, Elijah Abram.
Mr. Abram may be reached at or 843-838-5475.
Special note that some chapters have purchased coins for
resale and may charge a slightly higher price in efforts to
raise funds for their operating expenses. Coins make an
impressive gift for new members. Special thanks to former
National Public Relations Officer, Master Gunnery Sergeant
Gilbert Taylor, for the design and ordering of our
Commemorative Coins!!!

Queens Contest.: Chapters should have received their
compliment of Queens Raffle Tickets to sell by now. 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. Tickets
are $1.00 each for a grand prize of $2500.00 cash with 2d
place receiving $500.00 and 3rd place getting $300.00.
Please see your chapter representative for tickets.

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 a memorable event! Registration packages
have been sent out to Chapters detailing the events and
cost. This year Chicago is offering a discount for those
who purchase packages for the events in the amount of
$25.00. Also members will be allowed for the first time to
purchase tickets by phone utilizing their credit cards.
Please contact John Vanoy at 773-487-1922 or at the Chicago
Clubhouse at 773-873-6600. Also, Chicago has set up a
website at to help
communicate the latest convention information. Please
visit this site for the very latest on Convention ’05.
We’ll see you in Chi for 05!

Convention Journal: The Convention Journal serves as a
great reminder of the convention and Chicago is now taking
orders for ads in the Convention. Please see your Chapter
representative for the proper forms and prices or contact
Rochelle Crump at the Chicago Chapter at 773-581-6540.
Deadline for submissions is June 19th 2005. Please get
your ads in early!

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.

Scholarships: Past National President and National
Scholarship Director, Gene Doughty, is now accepting
Scholarship Applications for Academic year 2005-2006.
Chapter Presidents have received the information. Deadline
for submittal is 30 April 2005. For Criteria and more
information contact Gene at 718-882-1251.

New York Chapter Newsletter: The New York Metro Chapter
publishes a very informative newsletter that includes
Senior Citizen information. Chapters are encouraged to
follow their lead with information from this newsletter and
from the websites below to keep their members informed.
Kudos to the NY Metro Chapter for not only their newsletter
but for their website!!

Please continue to check the following websites for more
information concerning the Montford Point Marine
Association; and

We not only ask that you visit these sites, but please
take just a few minutes to make comments on the guestbook.
All folks involved in maintaining these sites do so on a
volunteer basis and a note of encouragement goes a long way
in continuing to motivate these dedicated individuals
Many thanks to those who send emails and letters informing
me of MPMA events. Please continue to feed me information
so that I can inform the masses. Please do not forget to
also inform our National Public Relations Officer, Master
Sergeant Carmen Cordoba, of events also. Carmen may be
reached at or 703-497-3598.

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


Joe Geeter
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468

610 495 3619 Hm
610 337 7000 ext 7797 wk



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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