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Montford Point Marine National Update January 2006

Jan 31, 2006

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Update
January 2006  

First, a very Happy New Year to you all!! 2005 has proven
to be a pivotal year for our Association. Your National
Executive Council has been extremely busy preparing for the
2006 Spring Council and National Convention. The Museum
Director has been working with the folks putting the final
touches on our Documentary film and Chapters have been very
busy closing out their calendar year events. As always,
please do forward this email to supporters and members that
may not be on my email listing.

230th Marine Corps Birthday Celebrations: Many Chapters
sponsored a Marine Corps Birthday celebration this past
year. I was fortunate to attend both the Philadelphia and
DC # 6 celebrations. Both celebrations were expertly
planned and executed. Brigadier General Ronald Coleman was
the guest speaker at the Philadelphia Ball and he gave a
rousing speech about the contributions of the Montford
Pointers. Originally from Darby, PA, the General had
about 20 family members and friends in the audience. The
Mayor of Darby, PA presented the General with a
Proclamation and he received a host of other awards and
gifts during the celebration.

The 15th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, John Estrada,
spoke at the DC-6 Ball which was well attended by many
active duty Marines. During this DC-6 Ball I had the great
honor of awarding a Chapter Charter to the reestablished
Quantico Chapter and its President, CWO-3 James Averhart.
I also attended a Veterans Day celebration in the DC area
that was coordinated by Senior Regional Vice President
Rueben McNair. That same evening I attended the Quantico
Chapter’s first Social event at the American Legion in
Quantico Virginia. That chapter has been partnering with
both the DC-6 Chapter and the Quantico National Naval
Officer Association to get the word out about our
Pioneering Heroes. We are looking forward to great
advancements for the Quantico Chapter.

In addition to the Marine Corps Birthday celebrations in NY
and LA, the Columbia, South Carolina and the Jacksonville,
FL chapters also held celebrations that were well attended.
Chapters are reminded to not only give the National Public
Relations Officers, Carmen Cordoba, advance notice of these
and other events, but to supply both Carmen and myself with
a synopsis of the event.

Some upcoming events of interest are;

PI LAMBDA LAMBDA Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc
presents the 1st Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Leadership Breakfast on Friday, January 15th, 2006
beginning at 8:00 AM at the Clubs at Quantico, Marine Corps
Base Quantico. Tickets are $10.00 and must be purchased in
advance. Major General retired Leo V. Williams III will be
the guest speaker. For tickets and information, please
contact Major Reginald Hairston
or 703-784-6663 or Brother Dwayne Patton or

Black History Month Program: The Association has the
opportunity to send representatives to Huston-Tillotson
University in Austin, Texas to be recognized by the
Historically Black Colleges and Universities during Black
History Month the weekend of 24-25 February 2006. Events
include a reception where HBCU Presidents, Senior
Department of Defense Leaders and elected officials will
convene and mingle. Scheduled to attend are original
Montford Pointers, Lieutenant Colonel ret Joseph Carpenter,
1stSgt retired Barnett Person, Ellis Cunningham and Jack
McDowell and I. Special thanks to Air Force Major Marvin
R. Jordan, Deputy Director, Military Equal Opportunity,
Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for
reaching out to the Association for participation. Also,
very special thanks to a dear friend of the Association,
James Love, Office of the Secretary of Defense for pointing
the Major our direction.

Quantico Black History Month Dinner Program: Will be held
on Saturday, 25 February 2006 at the Clubs of Quantico
starting at 5:00 PM. This has proven to be the premier
Black History Month event in the Greater DC area over the
past 6 years. I have attended the past four events to
present a gift from the Association to the Guest Speaker.
Last year we had a major display and at least a dozen
members at the event. Mrs. Betty Currie, Secretary to
President Bill Clinton, Retired Civil Service Employee and
Political Activist, will be the featured speaker. Tickets
are $40.00 for adults and $15.00 for children under 10
years. For ticket information, please contact retired
Master Sergeant Bill Jones at home 540-548-1203 or at work
301-342-8263 (DSN 342). Bill can also be reached via email
at or Please
get your tickets early; this event sells out every year!

The Metro-Missouri Chapter, St Louis, MO: Will host their
Ninth Chosen Few Memorial Banquet on Saturday, 11 February
2006. Banquet will be held at the St. Louis
Airport-Marriot Hotel (314-423-9700 or 800-228-9290). For
further information, please contact Bill Washington at
314-997-0374 or William Washington Jr. at 314-524-5296.

Camp Lejeune, Chapter #10: Will have their Annual Dr.
Martin Luther King Jr. Black and White Ball on Saturday, 14
January 2006 beginning with 6:00 PM cocktails at their
clubhouse in Jacksonville. Tickets for this event are
$25.00 each. Colonel Adele Hodges, slated Commanding
Officer MCB Camp Lejeune will be their guest speaker.
Colonel Hodges is scheduled to take Command on 23 January
2006. For tickets and more information, please call the
Camp Lejeune, Chapter #10 clubhouse at 910-355-1900.

Camp Lejeune, Chapter #10: Will hold their Heritage Dance
on Saturday, 25 February 2006 beginning with cocktails at
6:00 PM in their clubhouse. Camp Johnson (Montford Point)
Commanding Officer, Colonel Grover Lewis will be the guest
speaker. Tickets are $20.00 each and can be ordered by
calling the clubhouse at 910-355-1900. Both of these
events regularly sell out so please call the clubhouse very
soon for tickets and more information.

Chapters are encouraged to ensure the Montford Pointers are
included in Black History Month Programs scheduled in your
area. Sometimes just a mention from the Master of
Ceremonies of the presence of a Montford Pointer is enough
to generate interest in our Association. Be proactive and
take full advantage of these and other opportunities to put
our Association in the news.

Kudos and General Officer happenings:

Major General retired J. Gary Cooper was featured in the
recent Magazine of the National Naval Officers Association
for his very active role with the NNOA and the local
community in Mobile, Alabama. General Cooper’s current
efforts to ensure the story of Lieutenant General Frank
Petersen is told to the masses has been gaining momentum
across the Corps and the Country. General Cooper is also
very aggressively working to establish a Chapter of the
MPMA in Mobile, Alabama. AT age 69, the General refuses to
slow down and we are very grateful to him! Please visit
the following link for more information about General

Biography -- Lieutenant General (Retired) Frank E.

Welcome aboard to John Hopkins, Commandant of the Palmetto
Marine Detachment #829 of the Marine Corps League. Marine
Hopkins was named the 2005 National Marine of the Year at
the 82nd Marine Corps League National Convention in
Cleveland, Ohio. Marine Hopkins is a retired Major and
recently became a life member of the Association! We are
fortunate to have a Marine of John’s caliber in our ranks!

Also, welcome aboard recently to Former Gunnery Sergeant
Ernest Branch of Boston, MA. The Gunny is also working to
establish a MPMA Chapter in the Boston area! Keep up the
good work Guns!!

Retired Sergeant Major Lonnie Long has also reestablished
his membership with the Association. Sergeant Major Long
was one of many retirees who help guide my career in the
early 90s while I was stationed at MCRD, San Diego

ROTC Cadet Captain Josh Jackson of Romeoville, HS, just
outside Chicago, IL will be the 2006 recipient of the MPMA
Leadership Award at ceremonies on 18 May 2006. This award
will be presented by our National Sergeant-at-Arms, Master
Sergeant retired, Racine Wilson during their Awards

To the New York-Metropolitan Chapter for their work with
the local Marine Reserve Unit to collect Toys-for-Tots for
needed children in the New York Area. Chapters are
encouraged to establish a relationship with local Reserve
Units to provide this much needed assistance to families
and to gain exposure for the Association.

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: 22 rooms have been reserved
at the Conference Suites. The number is 910-346-8900 and
the room rate is $71.00 plus taxes.

Convention 2006: Convention 2006 will also be in
Jacksonville, North Carolina. Dates are July 26th through
the 30th with the 26th and 30th as travel days. Past
President Nathaniel James and the members of Chapter #10
are working hard to finalize events. Along with the
Conference Suites, the Holiday Inn, 910-347-1900 $85.00
plus taxes and the Innkeeper, 910-938-0800 $71.00 plus
taxes have been reserved. Please make your reservations
for both early. Please note that the incorrect dates have
been printed in previous updates, these are the correct

NAACP National Convention: Will be held from 15-20 July
2006 in Washington, DC at the Washington Convention Center.
More information will be passed as it is received. We
scheduled our National Convention purposely not to conflict
with the NAACP. To receive a registration for the
Convention call 410-580-5780 and leave your full name and
complete mailing address. Please visit for
the latest information with the NAACP.

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. It is important to have a site
locked down at the Spring Council. If your Chapter is
interested, please be prepared to present to the National
Executive Council at the Spring Council.

Appointments: I have made two appointments; the first to
Lieutenant Colonel retired Joseph Carpenter as our National
Historian. The Colonel worked diligently on a Power Point
Presentation he presents to veteran and civic organizations
throughout his travels. I have also appointed Past
National President, Nathaniel James as our Convention
Director. Nat brings his experience from the past six
conventions, one of which his chapter hosted, to this post.
I am confident these two long time members will bring
credit to the offices appointed. Congratulations to you

2006 Queens Contest Tickets: 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 or Chapter Presidents only, contact National
Special Projects Officer George Herring at 619-266-8180

National Chaplain: Reverend James Moore (Sergeant Major
retired) reminds us to contact him immediately upon the
death or notification of grave illness of a member.
Reverend Moore may be reached at home at; (843) 846-0881 or
via email at;

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. Coins make
a great presentation to speakers and folks that have
contributed to your Chapter’s mission.

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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