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National Update October 2005  

Oct 22, 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.

Major General Walter Gaskin was frocked to his current rank
in ceremonies on 7 October aboard Quantico, Virginia. The
Commandant of the Marine Corps conducted the ceremony.
Many General Officers and dignitaries were in attendance.
Major General retired Clifford Stanley, Major General
Willie Williams, Brigadier General retired Jerome Cooper,
Brigadier General Ronald Coleman was in attendance as well
as Original Montford Pointers Reuben McNair and Lieutenant
Colonel retired Joe Carpenter. Also 2005 James Calendar
Award recipient and retired Master Sergeant Donna Coursey
was in attendance. General Gaskin spoke warmly of the
Montford Pointers paving the way for him and others.

After the ceremony, it was my great pleasure to re-stand up
the Quantico Chapter of the MPMA! Chapter President
Appointee Chief Warrant Officer-3 James Averhart turned in
14 applications with dues to get the chapter restarted.
The gunner was a former drill instructor who supported the
Beaufort Chapter while stationed at Parris Island and is
moving very fast to learn the by-laws and make Quantico a
viable part of the Association. They will be working in
concert with DC-6 Chapter as they continue to grow.

Also after the ceremony I met with Lieutenant Colonel
Rickie Childs. Colonel Childs is the Senior Policy Advisor
in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. The Colonel was
instrumental in the Montford Point Marine Association being
nominated for and receiving the Secretary of the Defense’s
“Citizens Patriot Award”. I will travel to Arlington on
the 25th of October with members from DC-6 Chapter to
receive this great honor.

Congratulations and very special thanks to Major General
Cornell Wilson and his wife Mary on the occasion of their
25th Wedding Anniversary. The Wilson’s asked their guests
to consider a donation to the Montford Point Marine
Association Scholarship Fund. To date we have received
over $500.00 in donations! Donations were received from;
Flora Hollard, Syeeda Wilkens, Arlean Hallums, Robert and
Gretel James, William and Margaret Scurry, Mae White
Little, Walter T. and Dawn Chesley, N. H. and Hestella B.
Primus and Anthony and Sandra Fox. Thank you General
Wilson for your continued support of the Montford Point
Marine Associations programs!!

Chapter Happenings

New York Metropolitan Chapter; recently held elections and
their new President is Master Gunnery Sergeant retired
James Carr, Vice President Charles Smith, Financial
Secretary James Maillard, Secretary Lillian Braxton,
Sergeant-at-Arms Terry Salley and Chaplain Reverend Steve
King. Additional congratulations to the newly elected
President who recently wed the former Vickie Stokes of
Anderson, Indiana. We wish you both a lifetime of

St Louis #13 held their elections on 21 September and
elected Anthony Chestang as their Chapter President.

Los Angeles Chapter #8 also recently held elections and
National Vie President Mike Johnson is the new Chapter

230th Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations: The ball season
is now officially upon us and these chapters have
celebrations planned;

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 person. Brigadier General Ronald S. Coleman
will be the guest speaker. 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
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 Sunday, November 13th at 4:00 pm at Antuns,
9643 Springfield Boulevard-Queens Village NY 11429. Major
General Cornell Wilson will be the honored guest. For
tickets and more information, contact the NY MPMA office at
212-267-3319 email
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, and a lifetime Association member.
The cost is $45.00 and tickets must be purchased no later
than 1 November 2005. DC 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.
Please notify National Public Relations Officer, Carmen
Cordoba of these and any chapter events. Carmen may be
reached at; or (703) 497-3598.

Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Thank you to those who
donated money for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita families. I
have received approval for a donation of $500.00 to retired
Master Sergeant Jacqueline Bazile to assist her efforts in
relocating many family members.

I have spoken with our Parliamentarian, Aaron German and he
and his family has returned home to New Orleans and they
are putting their home and lives back together. Aaron and
his family thank all for their prayers and calls.

I have also recently spoken to our Credentials Director,
Gus Willis. Gus has returned to his home in San Diego and
is fast recovering. Gus also thanks all for their concern
during his recovery.

Fall Council was held telephonically on Saturday 22 October
2005. The National Office has received all the pertinent
reports to close out the Association’s books for our
Association year. Thanks to all the National Officers who
submitted timely detailed reports. Copies of the report
will be sent to National Executive Committee members and to
those Chapter Presidents who request copies.

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
26th through the 30th with the 26th and 30th 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. Please note
that the incorrect dates have been printed in previous
updates, these are the correct dates.

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: Our membership year runs from 1 September to
31 August. Annual and Chapter membership are due for all
members. 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

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. Mr. Abram
wants all Chapters to use our preferred vendors when
ordering MPMA Uniform Items. Chapter Presidents and
members are requested to order these items through the
National Quartermaster.

For Uniform Caps our Vendor is: For Pocket
Badges our Vendor is”
Keystone Uniform Cap
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 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 or 804-739-2885

As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information through the Association at . Please also check chapter
sites at: , and

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



Historical advisor Byron Stewart PhD


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