Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 20 December 2016

 1902: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for November 2016 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marines Art Anderson, Jerry Wachsmuth & Rick Crossley are all battling cancer. Marine Bob Barnes is going into the hospital tomorrow. Please keep them all in your thoughts and prayers. Chaplain Dan Cantrell announced that Marine Robert Legan has passed away. Chaplain Cantrell did a drawing and the two prizes were awarded to Marines Jack Bowen & Sam Phillips.

Report of Officers: Judge Advocate Joe Velasco said there would be a delay in getting the new roster book out as his router went out on him. He is also waiting to see if he receives any responses from some members who he has been attempting to contact. Kudos to Joe for making the pre-meeting calls. Commandant Walker also commended Marines Tim Brown & Rick Konz for doing the pre-meeting dinners.

Port of Anacortes Celtic Christmas: Marine John James reported on this concert. The concert was well received, some toys and monetary donations for Toys for Tots were collected and everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the concert. Marines Rodney Johnson & Ted Carney also attended the concert.

Toys For Tots: Marine Steve Blasdell gave a report that the League had another successful year supplying toys to the needy children of Skagit County. We are no longer allowed to sit inside at Walmart so Marines had to sit outside in the deep freeze. Marine Carney bought some propane heater and brought down tanks so there was some heat source. Marine Blasdell thanked the following Marines for braving the cold for the good of the children. Rick Konz, Tim Brown, Joe Velasco, Leonard Belisle, Ted Carney, Dan Cantrell and Dan Walker. A report concerning the number of toys collected, the number of toys distributed and the number of children served by our efforts will be given at the January meeting.

New Business: Commandant Walker advised a business owner approached him while he was working at Walmart and inquired about advertising on our T4T box truck and opened a discussion about this. After some discussion, Marine Tim Brown suggested the business owner pay for the lettering and $100/year for the advertisement. Also, it was suggested that we eliminate the business names that no longer support our efforts and replace them with the new ones. Commandant Walker also advised that a Christian Motorcycle Association wanted to help us out along with his daughter’s group, “Heart to Heart Charities”.

Boy Scouts: TJ Molendyk reported on an Eagle Scout Cord of Honor for Kaleb Slaatthaug. Marines Lee Schuirman & Ted Carney also attended.

Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney gave an update on this project. Bricks that are going in the walkway will all be inscribed with, “Thank You Skagit Veterans” and will be sponsored by businesses/people that don’t have a veteran that they want to put on the wall. We have 17,000 veterans who are registered through the VA hospital in this county. May have to add more walls as the numbers grow. The website (SkagitVets.org) is up and available. Honor Buckle is going to be part of raising funds for the park. Marine Jeff Murphy advised that Doyle Guffie is the guy along with John Schmitt who put up all the money and built the building at the park! Doyle was also our biggest supporter and made sure we had everything we needed to start our Marine Corps League Detachment and donated over $60,000.

1940: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant, Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 15 November 2016

 1857: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for October 2016 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Robert Barnes is going to have experimental back surgery on December 9th. They are going to put in two wires and a battery. Marine Murle Brown is currently in the Life Care Center in Sedro-Woolley. Marine Charles Higgins fell down and is recovering. Heard that Marine Robert Legan was in a nursing home possibly in Anacortes but, his current location is unknown. Marine Ed Grant has passed away but, there is no further information on him.

Officer’s Report: Marine Joe Velasco has been updating the detachment roster. He brought a copy of the roster and requested that all present members check their information and verify it or make the necessary changes.

Marine Corps Ball Report: Given by Marine Johnny James.

Certificates & Pins for Vietnam Veterans: For those who served from 1955-1975. Given out at the Marine Corps Ball but, Commandant Walker has some extras for those who didn’t receive theirs.

Toys For Tots: Marine Steve Blasdell advised of the upcoming events for our annual T4T program and passed around a signup sheet for those events. The shifts at Haggen (Burlington, Mount Vernon & Stanwood) and Walmart are 6 hours from 1000-1600 hours. We did our toy buy at Toys R Us in Everett and bought 1,360 toys for about $26,000. We also got several wood toys and homemade stuffed animals from one of the Woodworker groups. Marine Rick Crossley requested that each member sign up for at least one 6 hour shift. Marine James also advised of the “Celtic Christmas” concert to be held on December 14th @ 1800 hours at the Port of Anacortes Transit Shed. Santa Claus will be there. Admission is free but, the organizers ask that attendees bring a toy for T4T or a food item for the local Food Bank. Let Marine James know if you wish to attend and he can get you VIP seating.

Veterans Community Park: Marine Ted Carney advised the framework for the website has been created. It isn’t public yet. If anyone has suggestions for questions and the answers for the website, submit them to Marine Carney. A septic designer will be making an assessment of the property for the restrooms. This will also be done “pro bono”!

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney advised that on November 12th, the City of Mount Vernon held a Veterans Recognition Ceremony. About 35 veterans and their families were present along with Senator Barbara Bailey who gave a speech. Command Sergeant Major Jason Beirman (sp) also spoke to the crowd from his heart. Sgt. Major Beirman was previously a guardsman at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery. An Honor Buckle was awarded to a WWII veteran.

Boy Scouts: Marine Lee Schuirman advised he would be doing a short flag presentation for the Boy Scouts at the Central Methodist Church on Polte Rd in Sedro-Woolley on November 30th @ 1630 hours.

New Business: Commandant Walker asked for volunteers to act as a “Veterans Affairs” and “Public Affairs” Officers for the detachment. Marine Tommy Watson is the detachment armor and stepped up for Veterans Affairs Officer. He will be assisted by Marine JR Olivarez who also volunteered for Public Affairs Officer. Marine Ed Marlow who is the detachment Historian requested that photos be forwarded to him. Marine Richie Mejia volunteered to be the photographer for the detachment and there was a discussion about purchasing a camera for this purpose. Marine Olivarez mentioned a “Canon EOS” camera that costs between $200-300. Also need a volunteer for “Quartermaster” who takes care of uniform needs. Marine Sam Phillips volunteered for this position. Commandant Walker and the detachment thanked Marine Velasco for making the reminder calls for our monthly meeting. Marine Tim Brown advised next month’s dinner would be lasagna, garlic bread and salad & dessert. Dinner will be served at 1800 hours.

1932: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant, Steve Blasdell

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 18 October 2016

 1905: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All Present and/or accounted for.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Correspondence: Commandant Walker read a letter from the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation concerning the National Museum. The Medal Of Honor Theater will be opening soon to show a film to visitors to show them what it is like to be a Marine. They want to give each detachment an opportunity to sponsor a theater seat with a tax deductible donation of $2,500. Our Detachment can’t afford to make a donation of that amount.

M/S/P: Minutes for September 2016 approved.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Jack Bowen expressed his gratitude for the flowers he received from the Detachment during his hospital stay. Marine Ted Carney read a letter from Claudette Gubrud thanking the Detachment for taking part and attending Marine Jack Gubrud’s Celebration of Life.

Report of Officers: Marine Joe Velasco reported that he had spoken to a Marine who was interested in attending the Marine Corps Ball and possibly becoming a member of our Detachment.

Toys for Tots: Marine Rick Crossley reported that Marines Steve Blasdell and Mike Baier have been given information concerning the T4T program and been shown the Foundation website to familiarize themselves with their responsibilities. The first toy buy at “Toys R Us” in Everett will be on November 6th at 0800 hours. A list was passed around for volunteers for a work party at the warehouse on November 22nd at noon. We will start manning the T4T donation boxes at Walmart the Friday after Thanksgiving. The sign up schedule will be passed around at the November meeting.

Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Carney brought in some renderings of the park and gave an update of the progress being made.

Veteran’s Day: Marine Carney reported that all of Skagit County will be conducting ceremonies on November 12th. There will be a parade in Burlington in the morning. Mount Vernon’s celebration is in the process of being taken over by the Mount Vernon Parks & Recreation Department. There will be a free lunch on November 12th at 1300 hours at St. Joseph’s Church on 15th St. just north of Division. This will include speakers, flag salute and the National Anthem. One of the speakers will be Command Sergeant Major Jason Bern (sp?). Marine Johnny James reported that Port of Anacortes at the end of Commercial Street will be doing their celebration on November 11th at 1100 hours. He also reported that the Veteran’s dedication at Memorial Park was a very nice ceremony. Commandant Walker advised the celebration in Deming, WA is always held on the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour and it is usually held at the Mount Baker High School auditorium. Usually, there is a meal afterwards.

Marine Corps Birthday Ball: Will be held at the S-W Legion on November 12th starting with a cocktail hour at 1700 hours followed by dinner and the ceremony. Need volunteers to help set up for this event sometime after 1200 hours. Marine James is ordering glasses to commemorate the Corps 241st birthday. Each guest will be receiving one glass with their dinner ticket. Additional glasses may be purchased by the members. We need your RSVPs ASAP!!

Boy Scouts: Marine Tommy Watson reported there is a Veteran’s Scout Troop here in Skagit County for ages 14-20 and is geared for those who are interested in firearm safety, education and competition. The group meets at the Skagit Shooting Range.

1945: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant, Steve Blasdell

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 20 September 2016

 1905: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

Visitor: Joseph Bruck who was given a membership form.

Correspondence: Thanks to Marines Tim Brown & Rick Konz, our Marine Corps League was awarded the “Patriotic” trophy for the Cascade Days Parade in Concrete, WA.

M/S/P: Minutes for August 2016 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Rick Crossley has finished his third round of chemotherapy. Marine Jack Bowen was in the hospital, lost 50#, he went home and now his phone has been disconnected. Chaplain will check into his situation. Marine Jack Gubrud’s Celebration of Life is on Friday, September 23rd at His Place Church in Burlington at 1400 hours. A flag folding ceremony will be conducted by Marines Ted Carney, Lee Schuirman, Leonard Belisle & Shane Inman.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney gave a current update. In the near future, there will be a rendering of the park completed with the assistance of David Soul who is donating his time and equipment to complete this project. David’s father was a Seabee during the Vietnam War. Marine Carney said the rendering will be completed by our October meeting. The rendering will be put on the “Friends of Skagit County Veterans” website. The Facebook page for this is already up and running thanks to Marine JR Olivarez. Marine Carney also brought in samples of the placards which will be placed on the ‘wall”. William Wooding said the Shell Refinery is looking at putting some sort of veteran’s memorial at the refinery. The planning has just started and he will pass on any updates he receives. Marine Pat Mooney advised the Anacortes School District is going to rebuild their high school and memorial. The ballfield is already complete and there will be a dedication ceremony held on October 5th at 1630 hours.

Toys for Tots: Marine Steve Blasdell advised the credit card receipts for the food we served totaled $410 plus any cash we took in. The concert itself took in just over $40,000 but, the two bands and sound personnel haven’t been paid yet. Leroy Bell is $5,000, Rabbit Wilde is $1,000 and the amount for the sound is unknown. When all is said and done, the proceeds will be just over $30,000. That amount will be updated when the information is available. The Eagle Haven Winery is up for sale. It is unknown at this time, if it will sell so we may have to look for a new venue next year. Marine Brown advised the League served hamburgers, ribs & chicken at the concert and actually lost about $12. The ribs were served for dinner tonight and that brought in $130 and the remaining racks of ribs were sold at the meeting for $10/slab. Having two other vendors selling food severely cut into the profit margin. Last year the League was the only vendor and we made about $1,500. Commandant Walker thanked all who volunteered their time for the concert. He also suggested Marine Blasdell talk to Dan Hyatt so the League will be the only vendor. Marine Blasdell also spoke the members about committing their time to help with this event as it is only one Saturday out of the entire year.

Parades: The next parade will be the Veteran’s Day Parade in Burlington.

Marine Corps Ball: Marine Johnny James advised the Ball will be held at the Sedro-Woolley Legion on Saturday, November 12th. Marine Joe Velasco will be sending out invitations. There will be a cocktail hour at 1700 hours followed by dinner at 1800 hours. The ceremony will begin at 1900 hours. Appropriate attire consisting of a Marine or Marine Corps League uniform or suit and tie is requested. The menu is prime rib, beans, baked potato and a roll. There will also be a cake and a cake cutting ceremony. The price is $30/person. Marine Dan Cantrell requested that each person include their years in the Marine Corps on the returned invitation. If you were in the Marine Corps from 1955-1975, you will receive a pin and a letter of thanks from the President and there will be a ceremony. Please send the invitation back even if you are not going to attend so you can get your pin.

Good of the League: Marine Velasco advised he will be sending out the Marine Corps Ball invitations and will include a pre-stamped return envelope. Again, please return the invitation even if you are not going to attend. Marine Carney expressed thanks to Marine Velasco for making the phone calls prior to each meeting.

1950: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant, Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 16 August 2016

 1907: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

Report of the Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

New Business: Marine Jim Miller is back from Afghanistan.

Chaplain Report: Marine Rick Crossley has been diagnosed with lung and brain cancer and is undergoing treatment. Keep him and his family in your prayers.

Toys for Tots: The annual Toys for Tots benefit concert is on Saturday, August 27th and we will be serving ribs, chicken and hamburgers. Salmon was not available this year. Anyone who is able to help, please join us in our endeavor.

Veterans Community Park: Marine Ted Carney gave an update of the progress made and items that are still being developed.

League Activities: Marine Tim Brown outlines the community parades that the League participates in and invited all to take part if they chose to. All of the parades are in Skagit County with the exception of Seafair.

Boy Scouts: Marine Lee Schuirman reported he had done a flag presentation in June at the Methodist Church in Sedro-Woolley.

Devil Dogs: Marine Ted Carney said he has spoken to Marine Shane Inman and the “ball” got dropped along the way but, things are being put back together. Another “Growl” will be held in September or October.

Boys & Girls Club: Marine Schuirman gave a report about the golf tournament. The tournament was a success and our chipping contest was a fun event.

Good of the League: Marine Carney talked about a question that had come up which prompted a discussion on how to put your affairs in order in case of death. He suggested that each member have, not only a Will but, a “Disaster Letter” for your wife or other person who will be in charge of everything if you pass. This would include the location of all bank accounts, life insurance policies, your Will and other important documents. He offered a copy of his “Disaster Letter” to members to use as a model for theirs.

1945: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 19 July 2016

 1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for the meeting in June 2016 were approved.

Report of the Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Toys for Tots: Marine Rick Crossley advised the “Christmas in July” Poker Run was a success and $850 was raised. Toys for Tots concert will be held at the Eagle Haven Winery on Saturday, August 27th. Need volunteers for cooking and parking duties. A sheet was passed around for volunteers to sign up. Gates open at 4pm.

Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney gave an update concerning a redesign of the park. The paperwork for the “Non-Profit” status is in the works. After this is done, the website can be set up.

Meeting with County Commissioners about Veteran Affairs: Marines Carney and JR Olivarez attended. Marine Olivarez gave a short synopsis and voiced his concerns. Discussion about the difficulties with the VA medical benefits or lack thereof.

Yearly BBQ: This event has been cancelled this year and we will revisit it next year. Instead, we will have a regularly scheduled meeting on August 16, 2016.

Marine Corps Ball: Will be held at the Sedro-Woolley American Legion on Saturday, November 12th. Commandant Walker will contact Carol Wenrick to reserve that date. Marine Johnny James is still trying to procure sports tickets for a giveaway at the Ball. If anyone has any other ideas, don’t hesitate to speak up.

New Business: Marine David Arnold advised that he and his daughter, Debbra Ruffcorn, will both be donating $100/year to the Toys for Tots program in memoriam of his late wife and Debbra’s mother, Marlene Arnold.

Good of the League: Marine Joe Velasco donated the money for tonight’s dinner. Donations for the dinner brought in $160. Marine Velasco was also thanked for making the phone calls prior to our monthly meetings. Marine Olivarez has also set up a Facebook page for our league detachment and mentioned a website where veterans can get tickets to sporting events (www.vettix.org). Marine Frank Ripley advised he spoke to a group who supports the NJROTC program at B-EHS. The group would like to attend one of our meeting (possibly in October) to address the League to figure out how they could interact with us to help our cause. This could be a good source of manpower for some of our events. Discussion about this was positive. “Thin Blue Line” was discussed to support law enforcement personnel. Take a 2” strip of blue painter’s tape and place on the upper portion of your vehicle’s rear window. Marine Lonnie Shere advised of some internal problems at the Burlington American Legion. He was removed as Post Commander and new officers have taken over. He wanted to make sure that not everything that is heard about this, is the truth. They are trying to stop the rumors before they become a serious problem.

1940: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 21 June 2016

 1909: Meeting called to order by Commandant Dan Walker Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

Membership: Marine Rodney Johnson is requesting a transfer to our detachment from being a National Member­At­Large. A vote was held and it was unanimous for him to join our detachment.

M/S/P/: Minutes for May 2016 approved.

Correspondence: From the Boys & Girls Club. “Save the Day” event to be held at Dream Chasers RV off Old 99 in Burlington presents “Under the Big Top Dinner & Auction” on Friday, November 4, 2016 with 100% of the proceeds going to the Boys & Girls Club.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Joe Velasco advised that Mel & Gayle Mocabee are traveling and are currently in Denver, CO. Charles Higgens has pneumonia but is out of the hospital. He does have a hard time hearing so be patient if you speak to him. Robert Barnes is still getting shots in his back for pain. David Arnold’s wife, Marlene’s health is deteriorating and he is very distraught over this. Rodney Johnson is on a trip to Ireland. Bev Fitzgerald will be facing eye surgery in the near future. Please keep them in your prayers.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Toys For Tots: Marine Rick Crossley was absent but, the concert posters are supposed to be finished. North Cascades Harley Davidson Poker Run is still scheduled.

Scholarship: Marine Steve Blasdell again advised that no applications were turned in by the cut­off date of May 15, 2016. I was handed one unfinished application at the May meeting but, some of the criteria was not met.

Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney advised the groundbreaking ceremony went well and had several attendees including two WWII vets (our own Marine Jerry

Wachsmuth and Bill [last name not understood). An update of the progress of Legacy Park was also given.

Boys & Girls Club: Marine Ted Carney stated a golf tournament will be held on Friday, August 12, 2016 at the Avalon Golf Course off of Kelleher Rd. The League does a chipping contest during this tournament that lasts from 11am­5pm. Marine Lee Schuirman will head this event along with Marine Steve Blasdell and possibly TJ Molenndyk.

Honor Buckle: Marine Ted Carney advised the Honor Buckle program has come to a stand still. The cost to make the buckle is about $30 plus about a $15 administrative fee plus shipping of about $10 brings the cost to about $55 before anything else is added to it. Suggestions were asked for to keep the program moving. Marine JR Olivarez suggested a web page and volunteered to help set it up. Suggestion made for the proceeds of the sale of buckles going to a charitable organization. Suggestion also made to obliterate the SSN if you did not have just a “service number”.

Boy Scouts: Marine Lee Schuirman advised he was present for Eagle Scouts awards for three scouts at the Methodist Church on Polte Rd. in Sedro­Woolley on May 5, 2016.

Devil Dogs: A meeting was held after the League meeting in May and more information will follow.

New Business: We had a BBQ before this meeting and lost $11 before the $25 donation. We will have another BBQ before July’s meeting and the money for food was donated by Marine Joe Velasco. All proceeds from that BBQ will go to the League. Serving will start at 6pm.

Marine Johnny James advised that the League picnic that usually takes the place of the August meeting will be cancelled this year and readdress it next year due to low turnouts.

2002: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted, Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 17 May 2016

 1903 Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

Visitors: Samuel Phillips and Robert (JR) Olivarez who are looking to join.

Installation of New Officers: Past Commandant Ted Carney conducted the installation of new Officers as per ritual with the assistance of Sgt. at Arms Johnny James. Commandant Dan Walker took over the conduction of the meeting.

M/S/P: Minutes for April 2016 approved.

Correspondence: Golf Tournament on Friday, August 12, 2016 at Avalon Golf Links on Kelleher Road, registration 11am­12:30pm with a 1pm Shotgun standard scramble format with dinner and celebration to follow. After some discussion, Marine Ted Carney suggested the MCL do a Tee Sponsorship in the amount of $400. Past Commandant Shane Inman made a motion to do this sponsorship in the name of Jerry Shukis. The motion was seconded and approved. MCL also received a Thank You card from the Boys & Girls Club. Also received an Appreciation Card for the MCL’s participation in the Veterans’ Day Parade.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Jim Angell is home and recovering. Chaplain Dan Cantrell will be sending a card. Marine Carney gave a report of the Fly Over for Hubner. Marine Johnny James took several photos at the event. Marine Bill McCutchin advised he would be attending Marine Jerry Wachsmuth’s 95th birthday party.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Carney displayed a map and gave an update on the progress of the Legacy Park. The groundbreaking ceremony for the Plaza of Remembrance will be held on Friday, May 20th at 2pm.

Toys for Tots: Marine Rick Crossley reported that the poster for the annual concert has been approved and he will bring copies of that poster to the June meeting so it can be distributed. The Poker Run is still schedules for July 10th.

Scholarship: Marine Steve Blasdell advised that he had taken the MCL Scholarship application to area high schools but, none had been returned by the May 15th deadline. It was suggested that members who know of a relative in need of financial aid to contact Marine Blasdell.

Toys for Tots Van: Marine Tim Brown advised the Toys for Tots van will be in the Burlington Berry Dairy Days parade on June 12th, the S­W 4th of July parade and the Concrete parade in August. If anyone wants to ride in the vehicle, contact Marine Brown because the cities require that each person who is going to ride, must sign a “Hold Harmless” agreement.

Honor Buckle: No report.

Boy Scouts: No report.

Devil Dogs: Will be meeting after this meeting is adjourned.

Senior Past Report: Senior Past Commandant Inman thanked the MCL members for the past two years and discussed the pros and cons during those years.

New Business: Marines Carney and Brown discussed a missed opportunity at the Skagit Regional Airport Flight Museum. Marine Carney will contact them about the miscommunication and pending any conflicts, representatives of the MCL will attend the next one. Marine Brown advised the League has purchased new cooking equipment and it will be used to cook the dinner for the June & July meetings. This will help make sure all the equipment is working properly prior to the concert. Members who can assist with this are asked to show up around 4pm. Marine Jeff Murphy reminded all incoming officers to switch keys with the outgoing officers.

Good of the League: Sr. Past Commandant Inman addressed the medical problems and procedures that Melissa has or is going to have and asked that we keep her in our prayers.

1950: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted,  Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 19 April 2016

 1857 Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for March 2016 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Correspondence: Commandant Inman advised that it has been requested that Marines in red coats go to the Skagit Regional Airport on April 30th at 1000 hours to the Heritage Flight Museum for a Memorial Service for John Hubner. Even though he wasn’t a member of the League, he took an active part in some of our events.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Jeff Murphy reported that Marine Bob Legan passed away. Please keep his family in our prayers.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney gave an update on the progress of the park. Today, there was a meeting with the Skagit County Commissioners to kick off this project. Also present at this meeting was Brian Adams who heads the Skagit County Parks and Recreation Department. Also on the steering committee for this project is John Schmidt (Army veteran), Bob Hyde (Navy veteran), Rich Sundance (Navy veteran) and Marine Carney. There is now a non­profit organization called Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park and donations can be made to it. The address for this is: Doyle Guffie’s Rallye Auto Sales, 1010 Old Hwy 99, Burlington, WA 98233. The picnic shelter will be at the north end of the complex and all materials have been donated. Granite tiles can be purchased allowing four (4) lines to be lasered in for the name of the person honored along with their detachment, branch of service and so forth. A person will be able to go online and purchase the tiles for $100.

Toys for Tots: Marine Rick Crossley advised there was a concert committee meeting held. The headline band will still be Leroy Bell and His Only Friends. The opening band this year will be Rabbit Wild who seem to have a large local following. Following the bad weather during last year’s concert, all emergency supplies and equipment have already been procured.

Unfinished Business: Continuation of nominations for Officers to be installed by Past Commandant Ted Carney on May 17th. No other nominees for Commandant or Senior Vice. Marine Tommy Watson was nominated for Second Vice which was seconded and Marine Watson accepted the nomination. Marine Dan Walker accepted the nomination for Commandant. Marine Lee Schuirman accepted the nomination for Senior Vice. The rest of the Officers are appointed. Marine Crossley made a motion that the nominations be accepted as read. This motion was seconded and passed.

New Business: Marine Watson advised he was contacted by Boy Scout Troop Leader who asked if we had anybody who could come to the “Cord of Honor” which is held at the Central United Methodist Church on Polte Road in Sedro­Woolley. This will occur on June 5th.

Commandant Inman said he would talk to Marine Frank Ripley who has been the one who coordinates the “Cord of Honor” ceremonies. The Troop Leader is Bridget Montgomery.

 Good of the League: Marine Murphy encouraged League members to promote the League to anyone who asks questions about the MCL. Marine Johnny James advised the lady at Sea Bear in Anacortes advised they have 120 gifts to give out to Marines overseas. If anyone knows a Marine who is deployed overseas and would like a care package, supply Marine James with the name and address so the package can be sent to them. It was suggested people who have red coats should wear them for the installation of new Officers in May.

Announcements: Commandant Inman advised that there will be a Devil Dog Growl following the installation of new Officers in May. Anyone interested should attend that Growl.

1916: Closing ceremony as per ritual.

Respectfully submitted,  Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 15 March 2016

1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

No applications for membership.

M/S/P: Minutes for February 2016 approved. No correspondence.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Ed Grant has cancer and in back in the hospital at Swedish in Seattle. Ed is in “pretty bad shape”. Chaplain Cantrell passed out some cards for members of the league to sign and the obituaries for Jerry Shukis & Leroy Morton for the League to view. Commandant Inman confirmed that Jerry had died and shared some details about the Marine Corps service of Leroy. Commandant Inman requested that Marine Blasdell contact a live bugler to play taps at Leroy’s funeral at the Bow Cemetery on Saturday, March 26th at 1400 hours.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley advised we had a good volunteer luncheon with a record number of people showing up. Jim Perkins is recovering and told Dan Hyatt the T4T Concert is a “go” for August 27th. North Cascades Harley will be sponsoring a 7­Stop Poker Run for T4T on July 10th. The winner will be the best 5 cards out of 7 and the owner will be giving away a “bike”. In June, the JROTC Booster Club in Burlington are also going to be doing a motorcycle fundraising run but, he wasn’t sure of the exact date at this time. Marine Crossley also announced that 2016 was his last year to be Coordinator for the T4T program and that Marine Blasdell would be shadowing him this year and the roles would reverse next year so the transition would go as smoothly as possible. Melissa will still be running the warehouse so if she says something, believe it.

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney advised the he has done about everything he can do to promote the Honor Buckle program and reminded the League that all the proceeds come to our Detachment. It was requested that all members open up the SkagitValleyMarines.com website, go to the Honor Buckle page, copy that, put it in an email and send it to 10­20 friends and advise them that we are raising money and ask if they know anyone who would like to honor a veteran. He said that he could make up an email and send it to out for us to copy and forward to our friends. Marine Carney encourage all to help raise funds.

Skagit County Veterans Community Park: Marine Carney advised that there will be a walkway for visitors to walk down and on each side there will be concrete panels connected to pillars and black granite tiles that will have the person’s information lasered in. About four lines will be allowed and will cost about $100 each. There will be a website where you will be able to find the location of each specific person.

Unfinished Business: None

New Business: Commandant Inman called for nominees for the upcoming elections.

Commandant: Marine Crossley nominated Marine Dan Walker and it was seconded by Marine Murphy.

Senior Vice: Marine Crossley nominated Marine Lee Schuirman and it was seconded by Marine Murphy.

Junior Vice: No nominations.

Judge Advocate: Marine Joe Velasco has been filling in and volunteered to continue in that position.

Good of the League: Marine Mike Mitchell advised that he was the Service Officer for the American Legion in Stanwood and anyone needing his help could contact him there. Marine Cantrell advised that he was probably going to attend the MCL Spring Conference in April.

1928: Closing ceremony as per ritual

Respectfully submitted,  Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 16 February 2016

19:00 Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman Guest: Al Larabee­ Will join the League next month.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for January 2016 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “The League is solvent at this time”.

Chaplain’s Report: Marine Jeff Murphy reported that Eddie Gallego passed away on February 11th and Jerry Shukis will probably pass in the next day or two. Services for Eddie are pending. Marine Dan Cantrell reported that Dave Bryson’s daughter is in the hospital, Dave Piske’s wife, Lola has had several medical problems but, is doing better. Jim Angell is all clear of cancer but, has pneumonia so he couldn’t make the meeting. League also sent a card to Jim Perkins. He is currently in rehabilitation in Mount Vernon.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report.

Skagit County Veteran’s Community Park: Marine Ted Carney passed on some more information. The actual location is off Hwy 20 at Helmick Road and the park borders the west side of Helmick Road. The wall will be called the “Legacy” or “Plaza of Remembrance” and include the flags from each branch of the service. Skagit County Parks & Recreation are spearheading the development of this park. The first to go up is a very nice picnic shelter followed by the Plaza of Remembrance.

Boy Scouts: Marine Frank Ripley reported one Court of Honor in January 2016. This recipient has joined the Marine Corps. He and other recruits have been formed into a platoon and will be going to MCRD in San Diego for basic and then to Camp Pendleton for Recon training.

Upcoming Elections: Commandant Inman has nominated Marine Joe Velasco to head up a committee to elect new officers for this coming year. He will ask the questions when making the phone calls for the March meeting and the nominees will be announced at that meeting. Voting will take place at the April meeting and new officers will be“sworn in” in May.

Honor Buckle: No report.

Unfinished Business: None

American Legion Post 91 in Burlington: Marine Lonnie Shere who is the Post Commander advised of their stand ­down on March 18th from 0900­1500.

Also working on putting on an Agent Orange briefing and lining up guest speakers who are knowledgeable about this topic. This is scheduled for March 31st, starting with a social hour at 1700, a meeting from 1800­1900 followed by 2 hours of discussion. There will also be a gun show March 12 & 13. Also working on new storage for veteran supplies.

New Business: Marine Tommy Watson reported on a couple of Veteran Outreach Programs. One helps out injured vets who have traumatic injuries. Another one is out of Kitsap County and organizes get­aways for vets and their families. See Tommy for more details. Commandant Inman advised some others groups are Wounded Warriors and Outdoors For All who offer trips with no cost to the veterans. There will be a Vietnam Veteran’s celebration held at American Legion Post 43 in Sedro­Woolley on March 30th.

Good of the League: Marine Johnny James advised he is in contact with a man who is working with another in Seattle and they are trying to organize Ling Cod fishing trips for disabled veterans for no fee. More information to follow. Marine Richard Mejia advised he was a new father but, his son spent five days in the hospital with breathing problems but, is doing good now. Marine Ripley brought up the subject of being careful when donating to charities because of some of the fraud troubles. A suggestion was made to check Charity Navigator for details on those charities.

Tabled Business: Commandant Inman brought up the subject of destroying the torn and tattered flags that have been dropped off. Is requesting suggestions on how to do this and whether it should be the Saturday before or after Flag Day. This has not been done in a couple years. Perhaps, a day in June when we can have a festive ceremony and put these flags to rest.

1947: Closing ceremony as per ritual

Respectfully submitted,  Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043  Minutes 19 January 2016

1915 Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes for December 2015 approved.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent”.

Chaplain’s Report: No report but, Marines present inquired about the health of Marines Ed Gallego, Jerry Shukis and Bob McDaniels. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Membership: One application for membership. Arturo Ramirez is being sponsored by Marine Dave Wale. Marine Ramirez was approved for membership and took the oath for membership.

Report of Officers: Nothing to report. Marine Joe Velasco volunteered to make the phone calls for the February 2016 meeting.

Port of Anacortes Concert: Marine Johnny James reported that the concert went well. $600 along with 40­50 toys were collected.

Honor Buckle: No report.

Scholarship: Marine Steve Blasdell advised that he would be contacting area high schools in reference to the scholarship.

Toys for Tots: Marine Rick Crossley reported: 9,725 Website hits, 400+ emails handled by Marine Crossley; unknown how many total. Best start as far as toys in the warehouse at the beginning. 3,454 toys purchased in three purchases totaling $42,771.25. $31,092.97 in funds were raised but, we also have a carry over in our account through the Foundation. We handled 13,856 toys for 7,407 children. The thank you luncheon will be held at the Farmhouse on Sunday, February 21, 2016 starting at 1100 hours.

North Cascades Harley: Because of the inclement weather, this event will be changed to “Christmas in July” and hopefully draw 200­300 riders. They will also sponsor “1,000,000 Mile Year”. All M/C riders need to register at the dealership. Based on the number of miles, the dealership will make a donation to Toys for Tots or Burn Camp. The person who rides the most can pick their favorite charity. Commandant Inman will pass this information onto the American Legion Riders and Combat Vets.

T4T End of Summer Concert: Will be held on August 29, 2016. Marine Crossley advised that Jim Perkins, who owns the winery, had a severe heart episode 55 days ago and is still recovering. Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. At this time, Jim along with Dan & Corey Hyatt still plan to use the winery as the venue for this event.

Old Business: None

New Business: Marine Ted Carney advised he sat with the Skagit County Commissioners and was appointed as the Project Manager of the Veteran’s Park on the Northern State grounds. This is a large project and there is much work to be done. The property belongs to Skagit County and Brian Adams is in charge of that.

Marine Carney is just getting organized, getting a set of plans for the monuments, what the actual memorial is going to look like which will include bathrooms and a nice picnic shelter. Marine Carney advised he will keep the MCL apprised of the progress. Commandant Inman advised he would contact the VFW and the Legions in Sedro­Woolley, Concrete and Burlington to make sure they are aware of the project.

Good of the League: Commandant Inman advised of his new job which would make him more readily available to serve the MCL as he intended. He also advised of a MCL Spring Conference in April in Yakima. In a month or so, he will be appointing a committee for elections in May.

1945: Closing ceremony as per ritual:

Respectfully submitted,  Adjutant: Steve Blasdell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 15 December 2015

19:11 Meeting called to order by Past Commandant Johnny James

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

M/S/P: Minutes approved for November

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: By Marine Steve Blasdell. Member or member’s family sick or in distress: James Angell. Ed Grant, Charles Higgins and Dave Piske’s wife.   Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers

Honor Buckle: no report

 Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley reported: The three toy buy are complete. A MCL foundation toy shipment of 12 pallet were dropped off this week. Thanks to the JRROTC, now referred to as “little elves” the ware house is full. This week the local agency will start collecting toy from the ware house and deliver to family. Commandant Inman is at the Skagit Builder Association .annual Christmas Dinner tonight forT4T.

T4T fun run on at Stillaguamish Athletic Club located at 4417 172nd Street NE in Arlington, WA was a success and planning on next year.

T4T North Sound Toy Run was hit by monsoon rain and high winds but it didn’t stop 18 rider, from completing the run. With the help of North Cascades Harley-Davidson NCHD who donated $50 to Toys for Tots for every motorcycle sold by NCHD in October & November. T4t collect $1800.00. Next year’s ride is already in the works.

T4T will closed the program down 22 December.

Good of the League;

  • Marine James reported on the 16 of December, the Port of Anacortes will have its annual Xmas concert.6:30 to 8:30 at the ports warehouse located at the end of commercial street.
  • Marine McCutchin reminded us that LeRoy             Morton fought in the Battle of Iwo Jima.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 18 members

1924: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

 Submitted by Dan Cantrell, Adjutant

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 17 November 2015

19:01 Meeting called to order by Sr. vice Commandant Dan Walker

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Guest Introduction: Rodney Johnson,USMC 1965 -94. He joined the LA Sheriff Dept. in 1999. Retired in Anacortes

Welcome member James Miller, back from Iraq

Correspondent: Letter from Matthew Larson’s family, with appreciation for MCL participation in his memorial. Letter from Boys and Girls Club, thanking MCL for the support with the golf tournament in August and $300.00 donation.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: By Sr Vice Commandant Dan Walker, Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Ed Gallego has bladder cancer, give him a call and Murphy is on the mend & we expect him at the next meeting  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

M/S/P: Minutes approved for October.

Boy Scouts: Marine Frank Ripley reported a quiet month.

Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley reported: We have had two toy buys, purchasing 3,017 toys. One more buy for older children.

Six pallets arrived this week and the warehouse is full .

  • T4T North Sound Bike run will be held on 12 Dec.15, starting at Bellingham Best Western Hotel then riding 34 miles to North Cascades Harley-Davidson. NCHD will donate $50 to Toys for Tots for EVERY motorcycle sold by NCHD in October & November! Stop by and make a difference.
  • To Sign-up for the warehouse or Walmart, call Rick anytime to be a volunteer.

Birthday Ball: Thank you Johnny James for a successful Ball.

New Business:

  • Tim Brown will be setting up the Bar-B Q behind the Legion Hall 5 December 2015 for the Christmas parade and he is looking for a few volunteers. This is to help raise funding for MCL’s many charity programs such as scholarships, Boys and Girls Club ,, and many others. So far this year’s fundraiser have kept us from dipping into our savings account.

  1936: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:     Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 17 November 2015

19:01 Meeting called to order by Sr. vice Commandant Dan Walker

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Guest Introduction: Rodney Johnson,USMC 1965 -94. He joined the LA Sheriff Dept. in 1999. Retired in Anacortes

Welcome member James Miller, back from Iraq

Correspondent: Letter from Matthew Larson’s family, with appreciation for MCL participation in his memorial. Letter from Boys and Girls Club, thanking MCL for the support with the golf tournament in August and $300.00 donation.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: By Sr Vice Commandant Dan Walker, Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Ed Gallego has bladder cancer, give him a call and Murphy is on the mend & we expect him at the next meeting  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

M/S/P: Minutes approved for October.

Boy Scouts: Marine Frank Ripley reported a quiet month.

Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley reported: We have had two toy buys, purchasing 3,017 toys. One more buy for older children.

Six pallets arrived this week and the warehouse is full .

  • T4T North Sound Bike run will be held on 12 Dec.15, starting at Bellingham Best Western Hotel then riding 34 miles to North Cascades Harley-Davidson. NCHD will donate $50 to Toys for Tots for EVERY motorcycle sold by NCHD in October & November! Stop by and make a difference.
  • To Sign-up for the warehouse or Walmart, call Rick anytime to be a volunteer.

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 20 October 2015

19:00: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

 M/S/P: Minutes approved for September

 Report of Paymaster: Report by Commandant Inman “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: By Commandant Inman. Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Jeff Murphy is improving, Associate member TJ‘s sister is in Seattle hospital awaiting a heart transplant. Eugene Benson had leg surgery.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Judge Advocate: Joe Velasco will be conducting a survey on membership, from past and present members over the next few weeks.

Boy Scouts: Frank Ripley reported things have slowed down this month. Commandant Inman stated the Legion and MCL may work together on a few awards and programs.

Jr.ROTC: Marine Mocabee is waiting for Chief Hull at Burlington High School to get the program going.

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney has the newly crafted HB. Due to licensing difficulty with the 5 military branches the new buckle will only have USA HONOR printed on the buckle. One HB will be awarded at this year’s detachment 1043 Marine Corps Ball

The new Detachment web site has all information on the HB.

Guest: Lynn Postler of the SKAGIT VALLEY HERALD, stopped by to thank MCL for providing 7,282 toys for 1,919 family with 5302 kids, last Christmas.

Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley reported this was the best Leroy Bell concert ever, hoping for bad weather next year. Leroy Bell said it was his best concert and he will be back next year on the 27th of August, 2016.

Lt. Col. Rice of the Burlington JR ROTC program and his cadets will be helping T4T this year. The annual toy buy will be 1 Nov. 15. Sign-up will start the next meeting or call Rick anytime to be a volunteer

Upcoming events for T4T

T4T Fun Run on 5 Dec 15 at 11:00 am.   Start at Stillaguamish Athletic Club located at 4417 172nd Street NE in Arlington, WA

T4T North Sound Toy Run 12 Dec.15,  Starting at noon from Bellingham Best Western Hotel then 34 miles to North Cascades Harley-Davidson.    NCHD will donate $50 to Toys for Tots for EVERY motorcycle sold by NCHD in October & November! Stop by and make a difference

NW MCL Conference: Past Commandant Careny attended the October State conference in Yakima. Good news from National MCL that there is a major shake-up of staff and new leader ship.

 Birthday Ball: 42 tickets sold so far. New this year is that each dinner purchased will receive a raffle ticket. The raffle winner will receive 2 tickets donated by John James, to the Seahawks vs Cleveland game at Century Field on December 20, 2015. In addition, Ted Carney has donated an HB.

Cocktail hour starts 17:00.   Contact John to help set-up.

 New Business: Commandant Inman reported:

The Skagit County Commissioners approved plans for a Veterans Park to be located at the Northern State Recreation Area. . Contact Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt for more information

Chaplin Bruffy will be substituted by Chaplin Steven Basdell

Vice Commandant Dan Walker stated Mt Baker High School in Deming will be having a Veteran’s Day ceremony on the 11 hour 11 day 11 month followed by lunch.

Sgt. at Arms,Johnny James, reported Anacortes will also have Veteran’s Day ceremony.

Good of the League:

  • Commandant Inman is looking for a PR volunteer for #1043.
  • Thank the Cook for another incredible dinner.
  • The Devil Dog’ of Detachment 1043 is being resurrected . There will be a 5 minute meeting tonight or call Marine Inman.
  • Stand Down reported by Lonnie Shere for the Burlington American Legion Post 91 will open at 9:00am 5 November2015 until 3:00pm
  • Marine for Life Program is on the state MCL web page . Please read about “Marine helping Marine”

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 19 members present ,with 1 guest.

1956: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 15 September 2015

19:00 Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

 M/S/P: No minutes for August/ Detachment picnic.

 Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

.Chaplin’s report: By Commandant Inman. Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Jack Gubrud, Jeff Murphy and Jack Bowen is on the mend.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Toys for Tots: Marine Crossley reported: with a major storm raging through Skagit County the Marines stood there post, even when high voltage power lines exploded and flashed like incoming. Wind puffs strong enough to lift canopy off the ground even with 3 or 4 guys holding on, and trees were crashing to the ground on adjoining lot.   There was no power or water service The 1043 team carried on and the Skagit folks proved if there is wine and Leroy Bell music, they would brave the elements. . Crossly is still counting the money -it could be the best year yet.

 Birthday Ball: Email and snail mail invites will go out this week. New this year is that each dinner purchased will receive a raffle ticket. The raffle winner will receive 2 tickets to the Seahawk vs Cleveland game at Century field December 20, 2015. Donated by John James

Email to Cantrell, your personal photos of fun times in the Corps. Some will be selected for a slide show at the Marine Corps Ball.

 Annual Picnic: A big thank you to Lee and Jan Schuirman for hosting the fun picnic at their Big Lake property.

 New Business: Commandant Inman reported

  • The Skagit County Commissioners will have a meeting on the Veterans Park to be located at the Northern State Recreation Area.. A meeting is scheduled September 22, 2015. Contact Commissioner Ken Dahlstedt.with comments

Fall Washington State MCL meeting in Yakima on October 2-3, 2015 ;contact Marine Inman

         Detachment 1043 will donate a shadow box to American Legion 43. If you have anything USMC to contribute or bequeath, contact Shane Inman.

  • Chaplin Bruffy will be taking a year off from his MCL duties
  • A thank you to the Flag Folding Team and detachment member for your attendance at Matt Larson’s funeral.

 Good of the League;

  • Eugene Benson is having his 85th birthday this week.
  • Mark Gorman, from Puget Sound Detachment 336, has MCL patch for sale at $5.00 each.
  • Thank the Cook for another incredible dinner.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 14 members present with 1 guest.

1926: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 21 July 2015

Commandant Shane Inman called the meeting to order at 1905:

 Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

 M/S/P: No minutes for June.

 Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s Report:. A Graveside Service with Military Honors will be held on Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:00 AM at the Sedro-Woolley Union Cemetery for Marine Mathew Larson.

Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Dave Piske, Jeff Murphy, Jerry Shukis,Ed Grant. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Toys for Tots: T4T Chairman Crossley stated we need 8 or more for parking attendants for the LeRoy Bell Concert on 29 Aug.2015. Gates open at 4:00pm with The Hwy 9 band starting at 5: 15pm followed by Le Roy Bell. . Head cook, Tim Brown is looking for a few good cooks. With team work, this could be the best year yet for Skagit Valley MCL fund raising.

MCL Picnic: John James will be emailing maps for the picnic location at Lee Schuirman property on Big Lake. Starting time 11:30 am, 8 August 2015

Introduction of Quest: Pat Mooney introduced his (former Marine) wife of 57years Betty Mooney.

Thank the Cook: Melissa did an outstanding meal once again. This was also her birthday.

Commandant Shane Inman: Reported Bellingham MCL will be having a picnic Saturday 25 July. Call or text Shane for info.

American Legion Post 43 will have a picnic and installation of officers at the Hamilton Park on 26 July at 11:00am Shane Inman will be the new Post Commander.

All Korean Vets, contact Shane as he has an author who would like a Korean Vet to review his book.

Honor Buckle: At our MCL Dept. Convention in Puyallup, Marine Carney presented John “Moose” Moysiuk a gold HB.

  • Lonnie Shere has been elected Commander of Burlington American Legion
  • Steve Blasdell will be calling for Jeff Murphy
  • Sgt. at Arms: Stated 19 members present and 1 guests
  • Closing Ceremony 19:29 as per ritual.

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 19 May 2015

Commandant Shane Inman called the meeting to order at 1900:

Introduction of Guests:

Mark Gorman, Jr. Vice Commandant of Puget Sound Detachment #336, and web Sgt. Mark reviewed the Rose program.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Officer Installation: Installing Officer Bill McCutchin administered the oath for 2015/2016 MCL Detachment #1043 Officers.

  • Commandant:    Shane Inman.
  • Sr. Vice :            Dan Walker
  • Jr. Vice :             Lee Schuirman
  • Judge Advocate: Joe Velasco
  • Adjutant:             Dan Cantrell
  • Paymaster:          Tim Brown
  • Sgt. At Arms:      Johnny James
  • Chaplin:               Steve Bruffy

M/S/P: To accept the April minutes.

Boys & Girls Club: Commandant Inman report on the annual B & G golf tournament.

 Report of Paymaster:  Reported by Tim Brown “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s Report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Jeff Murphy   please keep him in your thoughts and prayers. Good to see Randy Pepper back after hip replacement.

Toys for Tots: T4T Chairman Crossley stated the LeRoy Brown Concert is 29 Aug.2015.  Gates open at 4:00pm with The Hwy 9 band starting at 5; 15 pm followed by Le Roy Brown.  Posters will be handed out the next meeting. We are the only food vender this year. Head cook ,Tim Brown   (Not related to LeRoy) is looking for a few good cook and helpers. With team work, this could be the best year yet, for Skagit Valley MCL fund raising.

Boy Scouts: Marine Frank Ripley has been presenting at Courts of Honor for ten years. But this month’s scout was the most squared away person Frank had ever met. The fact that he had signed up for USMC boot camp in July may have helped sway Frank’s opinion.

Jr.ROTC: Marine Mocabee is waiting for Chief Hull at Burlington High school to select the candidates for a MCL Community Citizenship Ribbon.

We have everything ready to present this year and next year if the candidate is not selected. .

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney will have the newly crafted HB. Donations start at $75.00, payable to the #1043. Two forms will need to be filled out for donations.

Stand by for E-mail from Ted on special price for member of #1043 only.

Scholarship: Marine Blasdell has received 3 scholarship applications from area high schools. One applicant will be attending WSU this fall pursuing a degree in veterinary medicine. Randy Pepper reported on Bailey Starey who received a scholarship 4 year ago, just graduated from OBBC with honors.

Mark Gorman informed us of the Marine Corps foundation Scholarship program.

New Business: 

  • . MCL National convention is in Scottsdale AZ 8-15 August 2015.
  • The MCL state convention is in Puyallup the 25-28 June 2015.
  • Bob McDaniels talked to us about tradition.

For the good of the League:

  • Marine Buffy traveled back to Quantico for the 50th anniversary of formation of 3rd and 4th recon battalion.  He then attended the  8th and I parade, ceremony for a Medal of Honor recipient, Marine Corp museum and banquet where USMC Commandant Dunford was present.
  • Flag Folding: The FF team performed at the Son of Norway for Bill McCutchin.
  • Memorial Day the FF team will conduct flag ceremony  at the three local cemetery
  • 9:00 am@ Pleasant Ridge cemetery with Marine Schuirman reciting flag poem.
  • 11:00am@ Hawthorne Memorial Park with Chaplain Buffy conducting the prayer ceremony
  • 1:00pm @Mt.Vernon Cemetery with Marine Inman conducting F.F ceremony.  
  • Lonnie Shere has been elected Commander of Burlington American Legion
  • Tim Brown is the Marine of the Year for #1043
  • Steve Blasdell will be calling for Jeff Murphy
  • Sgt. at Arms: Stated 22 members present and 2 guests

Closing Ceremony 20:12 per ritual.

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

Skagit Valley Detachment #1043

Minutes 21 April 2015

Commandant Shane Inman called the meeting to order at 1905:

Introduction of Guest: Michael Turnbull, USMC 2003-2007, was a 0351 and military police. He resides in his hometown of Stanwood with his wife and two sons.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Commandant Inman presented Nominations for MCL Detachment #1043 Officers for 2015/16

  • Commandant:   Shane Inman.
  • Sr. Vice :           Dan Walker
  • Jr. Vice :             Lee Schuirman
  • Judge Advocate: Joe Velasco

M/S/P: To accept the March minutes.

Report of Paymaster: Reported by Commandant Inman “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s Report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress : Jeff Murphy Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Jr.ROTC: Marine Mocabee is waiting for Chief Hull at Burlington High school to select the candidates for a MCL Community Citizenship Ribbon.

Scholarship: Marine Blasdell has recently sent scholarship applications to area high schoos. He promptly received one completed application back.

Flag Folding: The FF team is scheduled for 4 May 7, 2015 at the Son of Norway for Bill McCutchin. Memorial Day the FF team will conduct flag ceremony at the three local funeral homes.

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney will have the newly crafted HB next week. Donations start at $69.00 payable to the MCL.

Veterans Assistance: Marine Walker reported on the success of the last stand down. The Bellingham American Legion will have a program honor Korean Veterans

Toys for Tots: Commandant Inman presented USMC Reserve T4T COMMANDER AWARDS to Bill McCutchin and his wife

New Business:

  • Marine Carney reported on the MCL spring conference. One topic was the new Cold War ribbon being awarded to military personnel enlisted between 1945 and 1991. MCL National convention is in August. The MCL state convention is in Puyallup the 25-28 June 2015.
  • .Commandant Inman passed out MCL business cards
  • The new commander of American Legion Post 43 is Shane Inman
  • Motioned and passed : To give American Legion Post 43, $500.00 for flag pole with eyelets to be used at the Sedro-Woolley cemetery. Joe Velasco will also give a private donation.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 19 members present and 2 guests

Closing Ceremony 19:48  per ritual.

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 21 April 2015

Commandant Shane Inman called the meeting to order at 1905:

Introduction of Guest: Michael Turnbull, USMC 2003-2007, was a 0351 and military police. He resides in his hometown of  Stanwood with his wife and two sons.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Commandant Inman presented Nominations for MCL Detachment #1043 Officers for 2015/16

  • Commandant:    Shane Inman.
  • Sr. Vice :            Dan Walker
  • Jr. Vice :             Lee Schuirman
  • Judge Advocate: Joe Velasco
  • M/S/P: To accept the March minutes.

Report of Paymaster:  Reported by Commandant Inman “We are solvent.”

 

Chaplain’s Report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress : Jeff Murphy   Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.

Jr.ROTCMarine Mocabee is waiting for Chief Hull at Burlington High school to select the candidates for a MCL Community Citizenship Ribbon.

Scholarship: Marine Blasdell has recently sent scholarship applications to area high schoos.   He promptly received one completed application back.

Flag Folding: The FF team is scheduled for 4 May 7, 2015 at the Son of Norway for Bill McCutchin.  Memorial Day the FF team will conduct flag ceremony  at the three local funeral homes.

Honor Buckle: Marine Carney will have the newly crafted HB next week. Donations start at $69.00 payable to the MCL.

Veterans Assistance: Marine Walker reported on the success of the last stand down. The Bellingham American Legion will have a program honor Korean Veterans

Toys for Tots: Commandant Inman presented USMC Reserve T4T COMMANDER AWARDS to Bill McCutchin and his wife

New Business:

  • Marine Carney reported on the MCLspring conference. One topic was the new Cold War ribbon being awarded to military personnel enlisted between 1945 and 1991. MCL National convention is in August. The MCL state convention is in Puyallup the 25-28 June 2015.
  • .Commandant Inman passed out MCLbusiness cards
  • The new commander of American Legion Post 43 is Shane Inman
  • Motioned and passed :   To give American Legion Post 43,  $500.00 for flag pole with eyelets  to be used at the Sedro-Woolley cemetery.  Joe Velasco will also give a private donation.
  • Sgt. at Arms: Stated 19 members present and 2 guests

Closing Ceremony 19:48  per ritual.

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 20 January 2015

1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

M/S/P: To accept the December minutes summarized by Commandant Inman.

 :RecessMarine Murphy called for a recess of the meeting. Chaplin closed the Bible and we celebrated with cake and congratulation to Commandant Shane Inman promotion to E9.

Chaplin’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Francis Simon, Jerry Shukis, Art Anderson Eugene Benson.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Marine of the Year; Marine Walker is sorting through nominations. He would like to elect more than one.  Commandant Inman will check with state MCL.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

 

Boys Scouts: Marine Ripley” It will be quiet this month.”

TOYS for TOTS: Melissa Crossley reported the” Thank you” lunch for volunteers will be in February at the Farm House Inn.

  • This year’s campaign provided 6000+ toys to children and donated an additional  6000 toys to Skagit  Herald for placement.
  • T4T needs a new larger ware house, double the current building size.
  • The cramped space only allows 1 or 2 people to work at a time.
  • That meant Melissa, her two roommates, Shane, or Rick did most of the warehouse       work.
  • T4T is a mult-million dollar business run by volunteers.
  • .We need to focus on educating  businesses and the public about the operation of T4T and avoid  misguided information from organizations such as Les Schwab , etc.
  • If you  know of a club or any organization that we can speak with for T4T,  contact Marine Crossley or Inman
  • Marine James worked the Anacortes Concert for T4T, collecting $1000. cash and 49 toys. The T4T Marines at the Concert will have their photos in their next newsletter.

Veterans Assistance: Marine Shere informed us of the American Legion Post 91 of Sedro-Woolley will have a Stand Down on 26 March 2015. CBI will go up river to contact vets. Lonnie thank Melissa for toys and Shane for attending last week’s American Legion meeting.

New Business:

Commandant Inman explained how to take in new members than cannot attend evening meeting. Also Devil Dog recruiting and retention .meeting at the Farm House Inn Saturday 21 February 2015.  Breakfast at 11:00 meeting at 12:00

Marine Schuirman discussed the Mason ROTC program at 6 area high school. It involves recognizing outstanding student in the ROTC program with medals, awards and/or certificate. We are working to be part of this community program

A vote was taken to have the Big Red Truck involved in any PR event in the county to advertise MCL

Good of the League: 

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  • Marine Richard Mejia is getting married in two week,
  • Melissa Crossley and Shane Inman are engaged wedding 2016.
  • For name badges contact Shane Inman.
  • Robert Barnes sells guns

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 26 members present.

1958: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

 

                       Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 16 December 2014

1900: Meeting called to order by Vice Commandant: Dan Walker

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for November meetings.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: Acting Chaplin Lee Schuirman reported member or member’s family sick or in distress: Francis Simon, Jerry Shukis, Matthew Larson, and Art Anderson

and Murle Brown.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Correspondent: Catholic Community Services sent a letter thanking us for T4T.

Boy Scouts No report.

Veterans Assistance: Marine Lonnie Shere stated The Stand Down was” so so “probably due to weather. This Saturday, December 20, 2014 a (Dinner to Honor Our Veterans in Need) held at Burlington American Legion 5 p.m.-8 p.m.

Honor Buckle. No report

Birthday Ball:  Bob McDaniel’s offer to organize the Ball for next year to be held Thursday 10 November 2015

Flag folding: no report

Thank the Cook: Chef Melisa will be with us next month, hooray...

TOYS for TOTS : Melissa Crossley ask the members to be ready to help with the close up (Count Night) for T4T.  An e-mail will go out for the time and date. Fifty nine bikers showed up for the December 6, 2014 Harley –Davidson T4T ride (now referred as the First Annual) to bring in $2000.00

.T4T concert is Saturday 29 August 2015.

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Introduction of Guest:    Melissa’s guests were Bryon and Darla who are a tremendous help at the T4T warehouse and assisted with tonight dinner.

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 Good of the League: Marine James announced the Anacortes Christmas concert is Saturday 20 December 2014  with the early concert scheduled @ 4:30 and last concert  @7:00 PM.. He will be there for T4T.

.Marine Walker asked members to bring items for a raffle next month.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 24 members present with 2 guests

1918: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 18 November 2014

1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for October meetings.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplin’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Francis Simon, Jerry Shukis, Matthew Larson, Bob Legan and David Arnold.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Boys Scouts: Marine Ripley is conducting a  Court of Honor on Saturday 22 Nov. 2014 starting at 2:00 PM at the Conway Lutheran Church. Since August, Frank has done 8 Courts of Honor.

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Veterans Assistance: Lonnie Shere reported for Luke Mize. No stand down or C.V.I The last one had a low turnout by Vets and providers.

Honor Buckle. Commandant Shane presented a HB at his Reserve Unit USMC Ball to their guest speaker, (A GOLD STAR FATHER) Mike Anderson. His son,

  1. Michael Anderson Jr was KIA in 2004 at Fallujah….

Birthday Ball:  Marine James reported that  the Marine Corps Ball had 67 paying guests. A special thanks to Lee Schuirman for the flag narration.

Flag folding: Lee Schuirman has stepped up to become a new member of the Team.

Thank the Cook:  Chef Melisa will honor us one more month before heading off to school.

She will be missed and as we search for a replacement, it will be difficult to match her service  to us.

Good of the League: Marine McDaniels stated Lt. Col. Davis Manning took command of the 4th Tank Battalion in Yakima WA. Bob first encountered 1st LT Manning in Korea, in 1954.

TOYS for TOTS: Marine Crossley reported the firstT4T toy buy, purchased 2600 toys. T4T lost out on the new warehouse location announced last month. The newest site is 1309 Bouslog, unit 108, located near the new gun range and a short distance from the Cascade Harley–Davidson Dealer, Our new location is serviced with heat and bathroom.

Work parties will start after Thanksgiving on Sunday nights at 6:00PM

On 6 December 2014, the North Cascade Harley –Davidson Dealer at 1337 S Goldenrod Rd, Burlington will host a T4T ride and donate $50.00 from every bike sale through the end of the year.  The following highlights a summary:

  • The T4T web site is up and running.
  • We will go 4 weeks at Wal-Mart
  • 97.3 % of fund goes to toys.
  • 2015 T4T Concert is 29 August.

Shane picked up toys and money from MCL member Eugene Benson & wood workers group.

Application for Membership: M/S/P to accept for membership. Jim Miller retired from “Marine Aviation” 1987-2008 & grew-up in New Jersey, stationed at Whidbey Island, and decided the West Coast would be his home. Jim’s current occupation is civilian contract work– training the Afghanistan defense force.

New Business: Vice Commandant Walker will chair “The Marine of the Year” awards Assisting with be Bill McCutchin and Jeff Murphy. Any suggestions, contact committee.

 Good of the League: Chaplin Bruffy report Whidbey Island NAS annually have a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony. December 7, traditionally at the Sea Plane Base. MCL member Jerome Wachsmuth is Skagit Valley Det.1043 & only Pearl Harbor survivor in our league.

Marine Inman encouraged MCL member to join this American Legion– they could use a “few good men “

Marine Mel Mocabee announced the passing of artist and Vietnam Vet Norm Bergsma. Norm assisted in  the visitation of the Vietnam Traveling Wall to Skagit .His wife Kathy, would like to sell a few of his prints, many have a Vietnam theme. Mel also recommended a book by author Robert M. Poole Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery: Where War Comes Home. Mel and Gayle’s son, who is buried in Arlington National Cemetery is part of the book’s story.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 28 members present with 1 guest.

1958: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 21 October 28, 2014

1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Guest introduction: Lynn Postler administrator at Skagit Valley Herald and Christoptler Brock 2nd Dist. Commander of the American Legion

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for September meetings.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

.Chaplain’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Jerry Shukis and Past member, Larry Vandyke.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Flag folding: Lee Schuirman has stepped up to become a new member of the Team...

Honor Buckle. Commandant Shane will present a HB at his Reserve Unit USMC Ball, to their guest speaker (A GOLD STAR FATHER)

Birthday Ball:  We have 52 tickets sold.

  • 17:00  Social hour
  • 18:00 Dinner,
  • 19:00 Ceremony.

Email Adjutant Cantrell, your personal photos of fun times in the Corps.  Some will be selected for a slide show at the Marine Corps Ball.

TOYS for TOTS: Marine Crossley reported we have a new T4T location at 1590 Port Dr. Burlington. The building has room to store the MCL truck inside, it’s heated and has a bathroom.

On 6 December 2014, the North Cascade Harley Davidson Dealer at 1337 S Goldenrod Rd, Burlington, will host a T4T ride at 9:00 am with lunch and till the end of this year and donate $50.00 from every bike sale. Lady’s night at the H-D dealer is 15Nov2014 & looking for two Marines in dress blues.to participate.

  • The three Haggen’s stores are signed up.
  • The T4T web site is up and running.
  • The annual toy buy is 2 November.
  • We will go 4 weeks at Wal-Mart
  • 97.3 % of fund goes to toys.
  • $25,000.00 +/- from T4T Concert
  • $35,000.00+/- will be spent on toy

Veteran Assistance: Marine Luke Mize reported Elks will have a Stand Down on 1 November

2014 and 13 November 2014 at the Burlington American Legion.

New Business: Commandant Inman presented Certificate of Appreciation with MCL ribbon to

Tim Brown, Johnny James, Dan Cantrell, Leonard Belisle, Dan Walker and Steve Bruffy for 2 plus years MCL Detachment Officer’s duty. Frank Ripley was also awarded for Boy Scout Court of Honor duty and Lonnie Shere for the Oso slide relief.

Marine Ted Carny was presented his MCL Commandant ribbon.

 Christopher Brock 2nd Dist. Commander of the American Legion presented Skagit Valley Detachment 1043 members with a grand , looking plaque thanking members that voluntary for relief effort and use of the MCL truck for moving over 9000#of  food and supplies for the Oso mud slide disaster. (The plaque is hanging on our meeting room wall)

Good of the League; Thank the Cook another great dinner, Sad for us but Melissa will be in school starting 2015.

McDaniels standing in his Corp issued 1920-1930 combo dress/combat boot stated the” Corp issued boondocker are the best footwear ever”.

Chaplain Bruffy was presented a heavy gauge steel sign (NO U-TURN except USMC) by a grateful man that Steve assisted after he was in a car wreck near Steve home. After finding out Steve was USMC, He said his grandfather (who he consider his guarding angel) was a Marine also. He said, grandfather must have wanted him to meet Steve.  Why else would he have had the wreck? .Grandfather was Thomas Holder, Silver Star recipient on Tarawa  and the brotherhood lives on.

Marine Crossley and Brown will drive the MCL truck in the Burlington Veteran Day Parade. If you would like to join them call Tim Brown.

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 36 members present with 2 guest.

1958: Closing Ceremony per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043

Minutes 15 October 2013

1900: Meeting called to order by Commandant Ted Carney.

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Introduction of Guests: Bob McDaniel‘s guest was his daughter, Shelly Farney. A big thanks for escorting Bob to the meeting. Lynn Postler from the Skagit Valley Herald. Lynn covers the Herald’s Christmas Fund in conjunction with our Toys for Tote.

M/S/P to accept the minutes of 17 September meeting, as posted on web.

Adjutant report: Updated roster available.

Correspondents: Bulletin for the Washington State Convention June 6, 7, & 8, 2014 in Vancouver, Washington. The National Convention will be in Charleston, West Virginia.

Chaplain’s report: Marine Leonard Belisle was stand-in chaplain tonight. Ronald Erickson and James Perin need our prayers. Take a few minutes and give them a call.

Report of Paymaster: We are solvent.

Boys and Girl Club report: Marine McDaniels had no report.

Boy Scout report: Marine Ripley informed us each flag cost the detachment $29.00. He estimates we will need a budget for 25 scouts per year. The detachment budget meeting is in January. Frank is looking for a member he can mentor in this program.

Scholarship: Marine Brown advised us one recipient of our scholarship went into the military.

Toys for Tots: This year’s concert raised $4,000.00 more than last year. The first collection event this year is 9 November 2013 at the Harley Davidson dealer. Starting at 10:00 and continuing to 4:00. Call Marine Cossley to help. If you need to get in warehouse, call Rich or Shane.

Veteran Assistance: 50 Veterans are enrolled at Skagit Valley College. On 20 Dec.2013, the last Stand Down of the year, will be hosted at Burlington American Legion, with the Dental Van and medical care for Veterans.

Marine Corps Ball: Saturday 9 November 2013 at 5:00pm for cocktails 6:00pm for dinner. Get your name in early for name tag and $100.00 door prize. Decorating the hall will start at noon.

Chef Cavanaugh will be serving prime rib, baked potato and salad.

Flag folding: No report.

For the Good of the League: Mel passed around photo of the FREEDOM FLIGHTS, returning WWII veterans from recent Washington D.C. tour of WWII Memorial Monument.

Lynn Postler stopped by to thank the Skagit Valley detachment for all the work we did to help 1931 families in Skagit and delivered 5211 toys to children.

Marine Jerry Shukis submitted a photo with Seattle cheer leaders posing with the Toys for Tots truck that was in the Seattle parade.

New Business: Bob McDaniels acknowledged members for their visits, cards, and calls while he was recuperating.

Marine Shane Inman enlightened us on professional development and recruiting

Sgt. At Arms: 24 member present, 2 guests and The COOK.

1957: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

                   Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 – Minutes 17 February 2014

 

Call to Order: At 1900 hours: Meeting called to order by Sr. Vice-Commandant, Dan Walker

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Adjutant’s report: Mike Mitchell, the stand-in, for the month and ready for duty.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for January’s meetings.

Report of Paymaster: 2013 income was from sale of Honor Buckles, food sales, Women Auxiliary, Kern Funeral Home, Pleasant Ridge Cemetery, Life member’s dues, and other donations. “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s report: Marine from our detachment to keep in our thoughts and prayer; Ted Carney, Mike Lamb with cancer, Bennie Clark is in the VA hospital, Ed Gallego’s wife is ill, Michael Vogen with MS. Randy Stewart’s  memorial service will be Saturday, 1 March 2014 at the Fire Hall  next to Campbell Lake at 3:30. The Detachment Chaplain will be reading the MCL Ritual for deceased Marines.

Marine Inman: Explained the process for receiving the Marine Corps formal burial service.

Boy Scouts: Starting SaturdayMarine Frank Ripley will be conducting seven Courts of Honor” this month. It was decided that flags are cost prohibitive at this time, but certificates will be presented.

Boys and Girls Club: No report.

Scholarship: Marine Shukis has sent out all request letters. Waiting for their return.

Veterans Assistance: This month the “Stand Down” will be Wed., 19 March in Burlington.

Honor Buckle: Paymaster Tim Brown reported the Detachment will be issuing a check this month.

Web Master:  Marine FitzGerald will  post meeting minutes this month.

Toys for Tots:  Marine Crossley reported this year’s appreciation dinner at the Farm House Inn was well attended. Planning for this August concert will start next month. Salmon and burgers will be served this year. Certificates of Appreciation were passed out to members who volunteered at T4T events.

Sr. Vice – Commandant: Ask for a moment of silence for Deceased members.

Closing Ceremony: At 1943 hours: Closing Ceremony as per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

                                        Minutes 15 April 2014

At 1858 hours: Meeting called to order by Marine Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Initiation Ceremony: New membersMark Benson was given the oath.  Marine Inman declared a 5 minute recess so that we could welcome Mark into our detachment.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes from the March’s meetings.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s report: Marines from our detachment to keep in our thoughts and prayer; Murle Brown, Mat Larson, Pat Moon, Earl Myers, Bob and Rosemary McDaniels and Ted Carney

Sr.Vice-Commandant: Walker announced the Department of Washington State MCL annual convention will be 6-8 June in Vancouver WA. Marine Inman: Explained the important of attending and the fun of Devil Dogs.

Adjutant’s report: New Rosters are available. One new addition to the roster is a page dedicated to promote member business.

Boy Scouts: Marines Frank Ripley and Jerry Shukis conducted a” Courts of Honor” for 7 Eagle Scout this month. The MCL purchased thirty Eagle Scout certificates.

Veteran Assistance: Marine Mize reported the Stand Down in Burlington had a low attention. Although the hiring event went quite will. Marine Mitchell announced U.S. Senator Patty Murray will be in Skagit and Whatcom Counties next week. Mitchell and other Veteran agencies will be meeting with her. He will report back.

Boys and Girls Club: No report.

Scholarship: Marine Shukis has sent out all request letters. Waiting for their return.

Honor Buckle: no report.

Web Sergeant:  Marine FitzGerald reported web page will be updated for new officers next month.

Thank the Cook:   The Detachment applauded Melissa for her scrumptious dinner and diligent effort for the MCL in preparing the meals for our meeting and the American Legion Post Friday night Dinner. THANK YOU MELISSA

Toys for Tots:  The T4T concert will be 23 August 2014.

New Business :Marine Lonnie Shere has been putting in long hours driving the MCL truck to the Darrington staging area for the Oso mudslide, carry tons of need supply. His effort did not go unnoticed The MCL truck was featured on the front page of the Everett Herald.

The MCL # 1043 officers will meet to discuss if any more funds are  need for the Oso mud slide disaster. It was voted to cap fund at $1000.00

A “Quilt of Valor” was presented to John James and Gene Benson at the Fidalgo Island Quilt show. Contact John if you know of any Veteran that would like or needs a quilt.

Marine McCutchin reported on the MCL meeting in Yakima. Stating our Detachment 1043 has done an outstanding job with the Boy Scouts and T4T

Commandant: Asked for a moment of silence for Deceased members.

Sgt.at Arms: 31 members and one visitor present.

At 1951 hours: Closing Ceremony per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

                                        Minutes 15 July 2014

1900 hrs: Meeting called to order by Commandant Shane Inman

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

Introduction of Guests: Cpl. Sanchez from Commandant Inman’s reserve unit and GySgt. Jim Miller retired;  both are new to the Skagit area.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for June’s meeting.

Commandant Report: We have raffle tickets for sale benefiting the MCL Headquarter women’s auxiliary.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Mat Larson, Jeff Murphy, Bob McDaniels and Jack Gubrud.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Toys for Tots:  Marine Crossley reported: Poster for the concert are available and on the web site. Please pass them outContact Rick to volunteer for parking and serving at the BBQ. 

Scholarship: Marine Pepper has approved two applications. Will contact newspaper for stories.

Oso mudslide: This month was Marine Lonnie Shere’s last drive to Darrington staging area for the Oso mudslide, delivering over 9000 pounds of food and supplies. Outstanding job Lonnie.

ANNUAL PICNIC: Starts at 11:00 am 9Aug 2014 on Big Lake at Lee and Jan Schuirman home. Pot luck MCL will supply beer, soda, hot dogs and hamburgers. Check web site for map.

Marine Week: 26 July- 3 Aug. Marine Inman Reserve Unit color guard will participate in Magnolia Seafair Parade. Marine Brown and Pepper will be driving the Detachment truck.

New Business: Commandant Inman requested members to report any news worthy Detachment community activity.

Marine Luke Mize communicates the next stand down will be 26 July at the Whidbey Island American Legion Post. Please contact Luke for more information.

Good of the League; Marine Inman passed a sign-up list for members to help Mel with the once a month American Legion Post dinners. Thank the Cook, Melissa Crossley Reed, for  another incredible dinner.

Sgt. At Arms: 29 members present plus 2 guests

1935 Hrs: Closing Ceremony per ritual.

Submitted by Dan Cantrell, Adjutant

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

     Minutes 17 June 2014

 1900 hour: Meeting was called to order by Sr. Vice-CommandantDan Walker.

Introduction of Guests: Richard Nord’s friend, Paul Mitchell and John Forgette, Life Member of the Captain Daniel B. Bartle Det. 1335.

 Application for Membership: Steve Blasdell. M/S/P to accept for membership. Steve took the oath for membership. Short recess was called to welcome Steve into the Detachment. Steve was an MP in the Corps and just retired from the Burlington Police Dept.

 Roll Call of Officers: All present and/or accounted for

 Adjutant report: The new rosters are ready. Please report any changes of your personal status. For the Marine Ball we need you to make a cd or email me your USMC photo’s to show at the Ball.

 Thank the COOK:  Melissa’s heaping plates of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad and 2 huge chocolate chip cookies were delicious.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for May meetings.

Chaplain’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Tarrence Molendyk ( TJ ) and Jerry Wachsmuth. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.” Tim Brown is back from Italy.

 Marine Corps Birthday Ball:  Marine James reported Saturday 8 Nov. 2014 is the date, the American Legion Post is the place.

Toys for Tots: Look on Facebook at John James or Rick Crossley’s pages for the flyer of the 23 Aug Concert. Jack Bowen has the fish, so the BBQ is on.

#1043 Annual Picnic: 9 Aug. TIME: starting at noon. PLACE: Jan & Lee Schuirman home on Big Lake. Bring your favorite dish.

New Business: Discussion on funding the current Commandant’s trip to national convention. Member to research cost and follow up next meeting.

Boy Scouts: Marine Frank will do one Court of Honor this month.

Honor Buckle:  Ted met with ”IT” guy to connect the HB  web page with the Detachment web page. This will allow customers to donate money online for any person to obtain the HB.

Flag folding: Marine Walker and members Thanked Commandant Shane Inman and his team for  performing three memorial services in Mt. Vernon.

For the Good of the League;

Marine Lonnie Shere made his last two runs with the MCL truck to the Darrington staging area for the Oso mud slide. Thank you Lonnie.

Marine Bob McDaniels filled us in on his absence and a letter he is sending to Commandant Amos asking to be reenlisted.

Marine Brown listed the parades the T4T truck will be in 21st of June Berry dairy. Sedro Woolley 4th July Parade on 3th July, 2 Aug SEATTLE SEA FAIR, 16 Aug. Concrete WA. Call Tim Brown for more info.

Sgt. at Arms: 31 members and 2 visitors on deck.1946 hour: Closing Ceremony per ritual by Acting Commandant Walker 

Submitted by Dan Cantrell.

Skagit Valley Detachment No. 1043 

Minutes 16 September  2014

1856 hr: Meeting called to order by Sr.Vice Commandant Dan Walker

Roll Call of Officers: All present and or accounted for.

M/S/P: To accept the minutes for July’s meetings.

Report of Paymaster: “We are solvent.”

Chaplain’s report: Member or member’s family sick or in distress: Jerry Shukis and Past member Larry Vandyke.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Toys for Tots:  Marine Crossley reported:  “THE BEST YEAR EVER. Toys for Tot concert is now a Skagit Tradition.”

   T4T barbeque was a success THANK YOU to Tim Brown and the old crew Shukis, Cavanaugh, Murphy

The Herald building has been sold. We need to move T4T by the end of Oct. Looking for 2,000 to 3,000 sq. ft of storage space.

Honor Buckle. Eugene Benson was presented the HB at the T4T Concert. Much deserved, Eugene.

Birthday Ball: Email and snail mail invites will go out this weekBob and Rosemary McDaniels volunteered to help out. Email to Cantrell, your personal photos of fun times in the Corps.  Some will be selected for a slide show at the Marine Corps Ball.

Annual Picnic: A big thank you to Lee and Jan Schuirman for hosting the fun picnic at their Big Lake home.

Marine Week: Marine Pepper reported it was a success. Lots of great TV coverage.

New Business: Sr. Vice Walker presented Ben Mercado his life membership pin and coveted simulated gold plated card

   Commandant Inman requested members wanting name badges to sign sheet being passed around.  Marine Brown has T-shirts from Inman “Combat logistics Battalion 23” for sale.

Fall Dept. of Washington MCL meeting in Yakima on October 11, 2014 contact Marine Inman.

Good of the League; Thank the cooks, Dave Cavanaugh, Tim Brown and TJ for another incredible dinner.

McDaniels standing in his Corp issued boondocker stated his” Corp issued boondocker the best footwear ever”. The Secretary of Defense in 1954 ordered the military a new style boot and he has been xxx ever since.

Marine Velasco secured a box placement for T4T with Ashley Furniture store.

The consummate Recruiter Murphy reminded us” Get the name and phone number then

call, Call, CALL”

Sgt. at Arms: Stated 29 members present with 1 guest.

1927 hr: Closing Ceremony per ritual:

Submitted by Dan Cantrell

 

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