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National Update September 2005  

Sep 4, 2005

Fellow members, friends, Welcome to the many new
individuals on this update list. For the benefit of the
first timers receiving this update, this email list is to
be used exclusively for the passing of information
concerning the Montford Point Marine Association. Please
do not forward the names on this list for any other
purpose. Please do forward this information to anyone you
determine appropriate. Your passing of this information
helps get the word out about our efforts.

Hurricane Katrina: has affected many of our lives and the
lives of our family and friends. Chicago Chapter Norman
Brown has suggested that we call on members to lend a hand
to those in need. The below message comes from a dear
friend and former Marine. Master Sergeant (retired)
Jacqueline Bazile and I attended the Defense Equal
Opportunity Management Course together 10 years ago and we
both served as Equal Opportunity advisors in the Marine
Corps. The Master Sergeant and her Church and Blood family
are in dire need of monetary assistance. Please read her
message and send what you can. This horrific event has
touched many of us but few as directly as Master Sergeant
Bazile and her family.

My name is Jacqueline J. Bazile, US Marine Corps Retired.
The Bazile/Britton/O’Conner families have over 100
displaced family members who live in New Orleans.  As you
know these loved ones have lost EVERTHING.   Through
my church, we are raising funds to assist these family
members in starting their life over.  We currently have
8 new family members in our home and we have converted our
garage.  As I type, another 6 are on the way.  We have
immediate, as well as distant relatives still unaccounted
for.  ANY ASSISTANCE IS APPRECIATED.  Some children have
already been admitted to schools in my area of Houston
(actually a suburb, Pearland).  Anyone donating will
receive a receipt from New Life Temple Church, Inc which
has official and legal non-profit status.  Anyone wishing
to speak to any victims please call my home at
281-489-1943.  The following information is provided:
New Life Temple Church, INC                My Name and
address:
ID: 742168508                                   
Jacqueline Bazile
(Attn:  BZF)                                        
3518 Whitestone Dr.
4828 Almeda Genoa Rd,                        Pearland, TX
77584
Houston, TX 77048                             (281) 489
1943 (home)
(713) 991-5972                                    (281)
627-3070         FAX (713) 991-2694

If members prefer to send a check via the Association
please send to me and make check out to MPMA and put
“Hurricane Relief” in the memo section. I will ensure
monies received are routed through the National Financial
Secretary and to our National Treasurer before dispensed.
My contact information is at the bottom of this update.

I have spoken with our Parliamentarian, Aaron German and he
and his family have evacuated from New Orleans and they are
in good health in Mississippi. Aaron may be reached at
662-843-9300 Room 303. He expressed to tell all that he
and his family appreciate all the prayers. Also, New
Orleans Grandville Alexander Chapter member Ken Streeter
has also evacuated and is in Alcorn, MS. Ken may be
reached at 601-877-2836.

Many of you have been inquiring about the health of our
Credentials Director, Gus Willis. I have spoken to Gus
very recently and he is in great spirits. Gus is
recuperating from his surgery at the home of his Daughter,
Valerie, in Menifee California and expects to be back at
his San Diego home by late September. Gus asked me to
thank all of you for your thoughts and prayers while he
works hard to get his health back so he can continue his
work with the San Diego Chapter and the National Office.

Fall Council: The National Office will be conducting a
fall council this year. Council is for the National
Executive Council members. Our tentative date is Saturday,
15 October. Our National Recording Secretary, Regina
Lawrence, and I are working on the particulars. Please
look for more detailed information via us Mail soon.

Spring Council: The dates for the Spring Council have been
set. The Council will be held in Jacksonville, North
Carolina April 6th-9th 2006 with the 6th and the 9th being
travel days. Hotel information will be forthcoming. Please
block these dates on your calendars now.

Convention 2006: Convention 2006 will also be in
Jacksonville, North Carolina. Tentative dates are July
19th through the 23rd with the 19th and 23rd as travel
days. Past President Nathaniel James and Chapter #10 are
working hard to finalize dates and events. As soon as more
information is received, it will be passed.

Convention 2007: We are still looking for a Convention
site for Convention 2007. Chapters are asked to work
together for a possible joint convention and to also look
into non-chapter sites. As soon as all convention 2005
reports are received, a new Convention Director will be
named to assist with Convention 2007.

MPMA Memorial Fund: Past National President, Dr. Herman
Rhett, has sent out reminders to the members who made
pledges for our National Monument Project. Members pledged
over $14,000 in donations at this year’s Convention in
Chicago!!! Many members wrote checks on the spot, others
promised to make payment later. We are asking those
members to follow through on their pledges. This is the
most activity we have had with the monument project in
years. A special thanks also to Past National President
Nathaniel James, who called for the pledges and to National
Recording Secretary Regina Lawrence and James Carr from our
NY Chapter in capturing all the pledges. Proving yet again
that working together works!!!

MEMBERSHIP: September is the beginning of our Association
year and is also the time that membership dues are due.
Please emphasize to your members/prospects that this is the
perfect time to get maximum bang for their bucks. Having
your existing members become current early in the year
makes the process easier accounting for your members for
delegate votes and will help facilitate a more accurate
roster for our members. I encourage all to take advantage
of having your members become current in your membership.
For those of you who have been sitting on the sidelines for
so long, it’s time to get the game (or back in the game).
Five years ago we were nearly 5000 strong, now we can’t
boost 1200. If we are to survive as an Organization we
must replenish our ranks. I ask all of you to rededicate
yourselves to help rebuild our Association. ‘Nuff said!

General Stanley’s Dining Out: I had the great honor to
attend a Dining Out in honor of Major General retired
Clifford Stanley at the Spates Club aboard Ft Myer on 27
August. The General was honored with an “Order of the
Sword Award” from the SNCOs in the Capital Beltway. Also
in attendance were Major General select Walt Gaskin,
Commanding General Marine Recruiting Command and New York
Chapter President Bert Ferrer. General Stanley was
accompanied by his lovely wife, Roz and a host of friends
and family members. General Stanley has time and time
again supported both me and the Montford Point Marine
Association, so on behalf of us all we say CONGRATULATIONS
in receiving this great honor!!!

230th Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations: As we approach
the Marine Corps Ball season, we have many chapters that
are planning events to celebrate the 230th birthday of our
Corps. I have been reminding members for months to
request, in writing, your preference for a guest speaker.
If you have not done so, please do immediately. The demand
for General Officer presence is great at this time of the
year so please do not delay any longer requesting the
speaker of your choice. Please notify National Public
Relations Officer, Carmen Cordoba of any chapter events.
Carmen may be reached at; cordobac@aol.com or (703)
497-3598. Some events happening throughout the
Association are;

Philadelphia Chapter #1: the Philly Chapter will celebrate
their Marine Birthday Ball Saturday, 12 November at the
Sheraton on 36th and Chestnut in Philadelphia. Cost is
$55.00 per. Point of contact for tickets is Joe Geeter
610-495-3619. This event sold out last year with General
Stanley speaking. We expect a similar crowd this year with
a special memorial to Captain Frederick Branch.

Los Angeles Chapter #8: will celebrate its 40th
Anniversary and the 230th Marine Corps Birthday, from 6:00
p.m. to midnight Saturday November 12, 2005. The
celebration takes place at Los Angeles Air Force Base, 2400
El Segundo Blvd Building #120. Dress for the evening is
After Five Attire. Please join us as we pay tribute to the
United States Marine Corps. Ticket Donation $45.00. For
ticket reservation and information contact: L. E. (Mike)
Johnson President LA (909) 815-1972.
New York Metropolitan Chapter: will conduct their Annual
Dinner Dance on November 13th at 4:00 pm at Antuns, 9643
Springfield Boulevard-Queens Village NY 11429. For tickets
and more information, contact the NY MPMA office at
212-267-3319 email mpma42@verizon.net
Washington, DC Chapter #6: will celebrate their ball on
Friday, November 18th beginning at 7:00 pm at La Fontaine
Bleu Restaurant, 7963 Annapolis Road, Lanham, MD. The Key
Speaker is the Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, Sergeant
Major John L. Estrada, a lifetime Association member. The
cost is $45.00 and tickets must be purchased no later than
1 November 2005. Chapter #6 always puts on a first class
event that sells out. For tickets and reservations, please
contact Pernel Houston 908 Logwood Road, Capital Heights,
MD 20743 or call at: 901-808-6012.
Captain Frederick Branch Honor: The Philadelphia School
district is currently in the process of renaming one of its
schools the Captain Frederick Branch Military Academy. If
all goes according to plan, we hope this will take place on
10 November 2005 at the school located at 13th and
Susquehanna. We are encouraging those who can attend to be
in MPMA Uniform (or your military uniform) at the ceremony
which again is tentatively scheduled for 10:00 am that
morning. More details will be passed as I receive them.
I’d like to thank Lieutenant Colonel retired Russell
Gallagher, Director of JROTC for the Philadelphia School
District, for all his efforts in making this happen!

Kudos: Chicago Chapter Secretary and 2005 MPMA Woman of
the Year Recipient, Rochelle Crump, was featured in the
current American Legion Magazine article concerning Veteran
Care Facilities in the Chicago Area. American Legion has a
distribution of over TWO MILLION! Rochelle is the Deputy
Director for Veteran Affairs for the State of Illinois.
Keep fighting for Veterans Rights Rochelle!!!!

Sergeant-at-Arms: Master Sergeant retired Racine “Tree”
Wilson is our interim Sergeant-at-Arms. Tree wants all
Chapters to use our preferred vendors when ordering MPMA
Uniform Items.

For Uniform Caps our Vendor is: For Pocket
Badges our Vendor is”
Keystone Uniform Cap
CopShop.com
801 North Front Street       38240 Saba Way
Philadelphia, PA 19123    Umatilla,
FL 32784
Voice: 215-922-5493
Voice: 315-697-5100
Fax: 215-922-5161
Fax: 315-697-9919

Pocket Badges come in three colors; Gold for Original
Montford Pointers; Silver for Lifetime members and Bronze
for Annual Members. Please ensure you indicate which color
background you want when ordering.
Per our Chapter Guidelines, no other adornment (pins,
medals or badges) should be affixed to your MPMA Cap.
Members should adhere to this or be prepared to be fined at
Chapter and/or National Meetings.

National Quartermaster: National Quartermaster, Elijah
Abram still has the 40th MPMA Association Commemorative
Coins for sale. Coins are only $8.00 plus shipping and
handling. Abe also has the official MPMA patch that can be
either worn or displayed. Patches are $10.00 each. Please
contact Abe at 843-838-5475 or for more details.

National Recording Secretary: Regina Lawrence urgently
needs your most up-to-date Chapter Rosters to include
current phone numbers and email addresses. If we are to
timely communicate with our members, we must have current
information. Please get this information to Regina ASAP.
You may contact Regina at reginab2@aol.com or 804-739-2885
Thanks!

As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information through the Association at
www.montfordpointmarines.com . Please also check chapter
sites at: www.mpma28.com , http://www.mpmanyc.com and
www.montfordpointchicagochapter2.org

Please continue to do all that you do to Preserve the
Legacy of our heroes!

Semper Fidelis!

Joe Geeter
Master Gunnery Sergeant (retired)
National President
Montford Point Marine Association
27 Red Tail Court
Limerick, PA 19468
geeterj@yahoo.com
610-495-3619

 JAMES E STEWART JR PRESIDENT

JOHN TILLMAN VICE PRESIDENT

Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD

 

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