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MPMA February 2006 Newsletter Update

Feb 15, 2006

Montford Point Marine Association Inc. National Update
February 2006

Greetings supporters and members! We are right in the
middle of Black History Month and a lot of our Chapters
have already celebrated their events as well as supported
events in their communities. I have been fortunate to
attend a few Chapter events so far this month and I still
have a few to attend in the coming weeks.

Chapter Events

Quantico Chapter #32 celebrated their very first Black
History Month Heritage Ball in a big fashion. Retired
Lieutenant General Frank Petersen was the guest speaker. In
attendance were Major General Walter Gaskin, Major General
select Ronald Coleman, Major General retired Clifford
Stanley and Brigadier General select Ron Bailey. This may
very well have been the first MPMA Chapter event were five
African American General Officers (or General selects) have
attended, The sold out crowd of at least 250 enjoyed a
great meal, African Story Telling and a remarkable (no
notes) speech by General Peterson. General Petersen also
revealed that his book, Into the Tiger’s Jaw, will finally
be on the Commandant’s reading list. The General patiently
signed dozens of copies of his book and posed for pictures
with Chapter members. Many other MPMA Chapter members were
on hand to support Quantico #32 in their first major event.
MPMA Hall-of-Fame member Joe Davis made the trip from the
New York Chapter. Past National President Sam Saxton and
his wife, Past Ladies Auxiliary President Sylvia,
represented Maryland #22. MPMA Museum Director Finney
Greggs and his lovely wife Louise, of Chapter #10
Jacksonville made the trek from North Carolina. Also in
attendance were Marine Corps Association President Major
General retired Leslie Palm and MCA Assistant Director of
Professional Development retired Sergeant Major Ron
Featherson. Quantico also had the very first Marine African
American Female Pilot Captain Vernice Armour and her Mom in
attendance. Captain Armour is a Southside of Chicago Native
and flies the Marine Corps AH-1W Cobra Attack Helicopter.
Many guests became members for the first time at this
event. The Quantico Chapter members all were in the MPMA
uniform and the entire event was professionally organized
and executed. Congratulations to Chapter President CWO-3
James Averhart and his officers and members for a
spectacular event!

The Quantico Chapter will partner with the Quantico Chapter
of the National Naval Officers Association (NNOA) for their
Spring Golf Tournament. Tournament is scheduled for March
24 with an 8:00 AM shotgun start. Tournament will be held
aboard MCB Quantico at the Medal of Honor Golf Course.
Tourney fee is $60.00 and covers 18 holes, lunch,
beverages, goodie bag and many raffles. To reserve a
player/team slot, contact Mr Charles Latimer (MPMA) at
540-729-8401 or Lieutenant Colonel Tommy Scott (NNOA) at

Metro-Missouri Chapter: I also attended the Metro-Missouri
Chapter’s Chosen Few Banquet on 11 February at the St Louis
Airport Marriott Hotel. Retired Admiral and current Senate
Chaplin Barry C. Black was the featured speaker. Over 300
members and guests attended this event. Central Region Vice
President and National Treasurer Charles Stallard and his
wife Jane were in attendance. There was also a large
contingent of Chicago Chapter #2 members including MPMA
Hall-of-Fame members John Vanoy and Wendell Ferguson along
with past National Queen Valerie Neal and her husband,
Chicago Chapter webmaster Howard Neal. Also attending from
Chicago was Essie Wilson and Housing Committee Chairman,
Harry Hamilton. Representing the San Francisco Chapter was
Percy Corke. There were many members from St. Louis Chapter
#13 to include the Chapter President Anthony "Tony"
Chestang and a group of members including past Chapter
President Jack Frison.

Admiral Black, in his extremely elegant delivery (also with
no notes), told of the perseverance of the Montford
Pointers and elaborated on his simple message of "Never
Quit". The Ladies Auxiliary’s National President Melcine
"Daisy" Henderson attended with her husband, past National
Treasurer Johnny, as well as many members of both the St
Louis and Metro Missouri Chapters. Congratulations to
William Washington Jr. and Chapter President Robert L.
Hawthorne, II for a tremendous 9th Chosen Few Ball!

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. The event regularly
sells out so please call the clubhouse very soon for
tickets and more information.

Louisville Chapter #22 is hosting its 2ND Annual
Covington-Hagan Scholarship Banquet and Dinner Show in
honor of John T. Covington and John W. Hagas, founders of
the Louisville Chapter of the MPMA. This formal event will
take place Saturday, March 11, 2006 at 6:30 PM at
Materson’s which is located at 1830 South Third Street,
Louisville, Kentucky 40208. The guest speaker will be
Colonel Kenneth Dunn USMC retired a graduate of the United
States Naval Academy. The Dinner Show will be provided by
International Jazz song stylist Ms. Janis Carter, both of
whom are native Louisvillians. Tickets for this event are
$50.00 each. For additional information for this event and
ad information for their Journal, please contact Central
Region Vice President Charles Stallard at 502-231-0132 or
502-550-2423 (cell) or by email or
Mr. Thomas Cork at 502-423-0040. As with most MPMA events,
this will sell-out so get your tickets early!

Chicago Chapter #2 the following events will take place the
Chicago Chapter clubhouse at 7011 South Vincennes in
February 18th – Salute to African American Veterans 10:00
a.m. – 12:00 p.m.Keynote Speaker will be Attorney William
H. Hooks, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret), USMC

March 18th- Salute to Women in Defense of our Nation
(ceremony and panel discussion) 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N.,
Ed.D, Major General (Ret)
Panelist include – Dr. Irene Trowell-Harris, R.N., Ed.D,
Major General (Ret)
Command Sergeant Major Michele S. Jones
Dr. Jeanne Douglas, Oak Park Vet Center
Dr. Janet M. Kamer, PhD, Colonel, US Air Force
Lane Knox, Program Manager, IDES

For more information, please contact Rochelle Crump at

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 1stSgt
retired Jack McDowell, retired Master Gunnery Sergeant
Robert Reid and myself. 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

Special thanks to Jerry Anderson wit the Secretary of
Defense Office for thinking of the Montford Pointers. The
very next day I will attend the below event sponsored by
the Quantico Black History Month Committee. I will report
on these events in March’s update.

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 William Jefferson Clinton, Retired Civil Service
Employee and Political Activist, will be the featured

National Historian and MPMA Hall-of Fame member retired
Lieutenant Colonel Joe Carpenter was the featured speaker
at the United States Department of Justice’s Black History
Month Program. US Assistant Attorney June Jefferies, who
became aware of our Association during a visit to Detroit,
made the following comments about their program

"Col. Carpenter and his colleagues came to the office today
and did a wonderful presentation. People here really
learned something about America's history. Thank you for
your assistance in making this program happen".

Thank you June for thinking of the Montford Pointers!

As we continue through Black History Month please get our
MPMA Chapters and individuals involved in not only Chapter
events, but community events. Both the Quantico and
Missouri Chapters proved that our motto "Working Together
Works" is more than a motto, it’s our mantra.

Semper Fi For Life: Executive Director of the Semper Fi for
Life Foundation (not to be confused with the Marine for
Life) MPMA member and retired Lieutenant Colonel Charles
"Charlie" Boyd would like to introduce his foundation to
members. The Semper Fi foundation is a non-profit
organization committed to helping Marines and veterans of
all Services, re-enter, re-establish and re-claim their
place in the civilian community. More information on this
worthwhile program may be found at
or you can reach Lieutenant Colonel Boyd at

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. Chapters are reminded
that award recommendations are due at the Spring Council.

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. National
Convention Director and 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.

Museum Director, Finney Greggs has announced that the
premier of the Montford Point Documentary Film will be on
Saturday, 29 July. More details will follow as they are
received. Finney will send a special letter to Chapter
Presidents encouraging Original Montford Point Marines to
attend this much anticipated premier.

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.

National Quartermaster: National Quartermaster, Elijah
Abram has the brand new 51st and 52d Defense Battalion
coins for sale now. 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.
Additionally, Abe has the pullover golf shirts for $35.00
plus lettering and shipping. Abe has reduced the price of
previously issued coins to $5.00 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.

National Chaplain: Reverend James Moore is asking Chapter
Presidents or representatives to bring with them a list of
members who have passed since our last Convention to the
Spring Council so he may begin planning the memorial
portion of the National Banquet. Reverend Moore also would
like to remind us to contact him immediately after the
death or serious illness of members so that he may provide
prompt communication with the family. Reverend Moore may be
reached at 843-846-0881 or email at:

National Public Affairs Officer: Carmen Cordoba would like
to thank all the chapters for continuing to send her the
latest Chapter happenings. Look for a link to your chapter
very soon on our official website.

National Recording Secretary: Regina Lawrence would like to
remind Chapters to submit update rosters at a minimum of
twice a year or when there are significant changes,
especially after local elections. In order to save on
postage, we need current addresses. Additionally it is
requested that all requests for membership cards go through
your local Chapter President to prevent duplicate mailings.

Special Thanks: To National Veterans Affairs Officer Leo
Taylor, who regularly sends stamps to help me spread
information to those who do not have E-mail. Thanks also to
the first African American Female Marine Officer and the
first African American Woman Marine to retire with 20 years
service Annie Graham who, from time-to-time, also sends
stamps to me. Stamps of any denomination are always

Queens Tickets: Please see your chapter representative for
your Queens Tickets. The Queens Contest is the National
Office’s premier fundraiser for the year and funds our
scholarship efforts as well as our operating costs. It is
also an excellent opportunity for the local Chapters to
raise money for their local initiatives. Just a few years
ago Camp Lejeune Chapter #10 took home over $4,000.00 in
rebates!!! Chapters are required by our National by-laws to
raise a minimum of $500.00 to remain financial and to keep
their voting rights at the National Convention. Tickets
sale for $1.00 each or $25.00 for a book of 25. The raffle
takes place at the National Convention and the winners need
not be present. My offer to fill out the raffle tickets for
those who purchase through me still stands.

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.

As always, please continue to check our official website
for more information throughout 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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