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Commandant's Message for July & August 2017

At the Summer Convention in Orlando our Detachment again was awarded the Department Meritorious Unit Commendation for 2016 — 2017, all members are entitled to wear a ribbon or another star on their uniform.

The Fall Conference will be held at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott October 5-8, 2017. I hope some of our Officers will be able to attend the Friday Leadership School on Friday October 6th.

Several of our members are behind in their dues, starting August 1st all dues will be due at the same time for the Detachment, please help us obtain 100% for the year.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for May & June 2017

Congratulations to Cliff Handerhan and Gad Aflalo, at the 2017 annual V.A.V.S. recognition awards luncheon Gad received his 300 hours award, Cliff received his 3185 hours award and Joe Motes received his 5000 hour award.

April and May have been very busy with our JROTC awards to 29 high schools, 2 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons and the Naval Sea Cadets.

Cliff Handerhan attended the Golden Age Game and we hope to have a report and photos for our next issue.

Elections were held for 2017-2018, the officers are Commandant Joe Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Gad Aflalo, Jr. Vice Commandant Cliff Handerhan and Jr. Past Commandant Tony Gutierrez.

Don't forget, we are now ordering pizza at all our meetings so please don't eat before attending our meetings.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for March & April 2017

January and February have been slow months, but in February we started the nominations of officers, nominations will continue in March and April with elections on April.

We are now ordering pizza at all our meetings so please don't eat before attending our meetings.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for January & February 2017

I hope everyone had a very Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. The Detachment enjoyed a great Marine Corps Birthday at Sharkey's Bar with the attendance of 16 Detachment members.

New Renewal Dates for Current Members (Important) 

All memberships will thus expire as of Midnight 31 August of each year. Any membership dues due between March 1st and August 30th, 2017 will owe $35.00. Remember, all cards will show the 1 st of the month of September.

New members joining between September 1st and February 28th will pay $55.00, between March 1st and August 30th would pay $35.00. Regular renewal will remain $50.00 due by August 30th.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for November & December 2016

New Renewal Dates for Current Members (Important) 

All memberships will thus expire as of Midnight 31 August of the year.

For those members whose dues are due between July of 2016 through December of 2016, they will pay $20.00 we will simply update their new expiration date to that of 31 August 2017 (Cards will be dated 1 September). Members with expiration dates between Jan through June will pay $10 and their Dues will be due on 31 August 2017. Once a member is paid up through 31 August of 2017, you can submit their annual

dues any time prior to August 31 st of 2018. The same will then be applicable for all years; you can have the member pay anytime you wish and the dues are extended one additional year to the 31 st of August.

Only this year will be affected by the $20 or $10 depending on the date of their renewal; all other years will be the amount of the annual dues and they are due on the 31 st of August. Remember, all cards will show the 1 st of the month of September.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for September & October 2016

The last two months have been slow because of Summer and many folks on vacation so no news to report.

We will need to make a decision on what we want to do on November 10th which will be our monthly meeting this year, right now plans are to celebrate our birthday at Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill, but pleasebring your ideas to the meeting.

I am asking all Detachment members if you have articles you would like to be printed, please submit them to me, I look forward to publishing them.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for July & August 2016

During the month of June we said goodbye to Vice Commandant Adam Falise who has transferred to Anchorage Alaska to take charge of 18 airports over there.

Past Detachment Commandant and 10th District Commandant Tony Gutierrez was in attendance at the MCL Summer Convention in Orlando.

This month we were notified that National has started to pay out the yearly PLM dues to all Detachments, more to come during our July meeting.

We will need to make a decision on what we want to do on November 10th which will be our monthly meeting this year, please bring your ideas to the meeting.

I am asking all Detachment members if you have articles you would like to be printed, please submit them to me, I look forward to publishing them.

Commandant's Message for May & June 2016

Last month Past Commandant Tony Gutierrez attend the MCL Spring conference as I was not able to attend. Our Detachment was awarded a 100% membership certificate for 2015.

Sr. Vice Commandant Adam Falise advised us that he was promoted in the TSA and will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska were he will be taking over 28 airports, we wish him good luck at his new position and hopefully Adam will be packing plenty of cold weather clothing. Adam plans on staying as a member of our Detachment and plans to keep visiting us every year.

Congratulations to Cliff Handerhan on his V.A.V.S. 2500 volunteer hours award.

We need to start putting are thinking caps on for this November 10th, out Marine Corps birthday, which happens to fall on our meeting night. Please bring your ideas so we can start planning now.

Please remember, we definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join our Detachment

Commandant's Message for March & April 2016

During our February meeting, Lou Annacone and Hy Finkelstein about their trip to South Plantation and the Virtual Honor Flight sponsored by the school's JROTC Battalion. Afterwards, Commandant Joe Motes present Lou Annacone with a ribbon set of all his World War II and Korean awards. The meeting was ended with pizza for our members.

Next month our Detachment will be represented at the Spring Conference by Past Detachment Commandant Tony Gutierrez.

This month we will start the nomination of Officers, Past Detachment Commandant Cliff Handerhan will chair the nominating committee.

I want to thank Gad Aflalo for getting us a new full page ad from Pompano Ford, which is also up on our website.

Scholarship tickets are now available, I would like to sell them all this year, we have 64 booklets to sell. If every person buys $20 worth (4 books), we would need 16 people to help sell them, I've already started with 8 books.

Our RollCall newsletter has spaces for 6 business cards spaces available at $50.00 per business card, the top back page is also available for $250, lets help sell these spots, and we could also put the ads on our website.

Marines, please, if you are a Life Member, please check the PLM box on page 13 to see if you are up to date. And on the Boosters also on page 13 there are only 10 Marines out of 61 members who have donated, please make an effort to help our Detachment.

Commandant's Message for January & February 2016

It is with sadness that I have to report Sumner I. Warshaw passed away 12/30/2012, Raymond T. White passed away 7/11/2015 and David Collins passed away 11/29/2015.

We welcome 3 new Marines into our Detachment, new member Retired Maj. Robert Romanowski Jr., and transfers Marvin Lippman and David Benner.

Our RollCall newsletter has spaces for 6 business cards spaces available at $50.00 per business card, the top back page is also available for $250, lets help sell these spots, and we could also put the ads on our website.

Marines, please, if you are a Life Member, please check the PLM box on page 13 to see if you are up to date. And on the Boosters also on page 13 there are only 10 Marines out of 61 members who have donated, please make an effort to help our Detachment.

If anyone has any ideas on what our Detachment should get involved with or address any particular subject, please let us know.

For the last several years we have been active with the Broward JROTC programs, with the Eagle Scout certificates, and with the Troop Care Packages, but we probably could get more involved some how within our community.

We definitely need new and young blood to join our Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

I would like to wish you and your family a Happy New Year.

Commandant's Message for November & December 2015

The Fall Conference was attended by Joe Motes, Cliff Handerhan, Dale MacCutcheon and Marilyn Steitz and Joe, Dale and Marilyn attended and completed the Leadership Training Coarse.

This year we did not receive National Detachment Commendation Award, it was claimed we have been awarded too many times in the past, which I personally disagree with, but a point of interest for all you Marines, our Detachment has been awarded the National Detachment Commendation Award in 1992, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014.

We have been awarded the Department Detachment Commendation Award in 1998, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 and the Department Distinguished Service Award in 2003. Each of these years earned you a ribbon for each year.

This November 14th & 15th we will have our Troop Care Packages at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, we need Marines in Uniform, on Saturday there will be a free dinner for Veterans, please contact Dale MacCutcheon if you can make it.

For our December meeting we would like to have a Christmas party, I am asking that each member attending contact Dale MacCutcheon with what food you can bring, if you know of a needy family needing help with Christmas toys, lets see about helping them out.

I want to thank Murray Wolf for his check of $100 to cover his PLM and Boosters for the next few years.

Our RollCall newsletter has 4 business cards spaces available at $50.00 per business card, the top back page is also available, lets help sell these spots.

Marines, please, if you are a Life Member, please check the PLM box on page 13 to see if you are up to date. And on the Boosters on page 15 there are only 10 Marines out of 61 members who have donated, please make an effort to help your Detachment.

We definitely need new and young blood to join the Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

I would like to wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays. Semper-Fi, Joe Motes

Commandant's Message for September & October 2015

I want to personally thank Gad Aflalo for stepping up and becoming our Detachment Jr. Vice Commandant.

Our picnic is coming up this month September 26th, please join us and bring your family and friends and lets have a great day.

We also need to start planning on our Christmas Party which will be help on December 10th, 2015 after our regular meeting.

Our RollCall newsletter has 4 business cards spaces available at $50.00 per business card, lets help sell these spots.

Marines, please, if you are a Life Member, please check the PLM box on page 13 to see if you are up to date. And on the Boosters on page 15 there are only 10 Marines out of 61 members who have donated, please make an effort to help your Detachment.

We definitely need new and young blood to join the Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for July & August 2015

I want to thank every for having the trust and confidence in reelecting me your Commandant for 2015-2016, Adam Falise again my Sr. Vice Commandant and Lou Annacone my Judge Advocate. Dale MacCutcheon will remain my Adjutant and Marilyn Steitz my Paymaster and Chaplain, Angelo Noberto my Color Sgt. Some positions are still open.

We have been doing great since our recovery and been busy with awards. In May we awarded 196 Eagle Scout certificates to new Eagle Scouts in the South Florida Council area.

We also awarded 58 Gold, Silver, and Bronze Sprit de Corps medals to deserving JROTC cadets in 29 high schools within Broward County.

Cliff Handerhan submitted his VAVS report to Department of Florida. Total volunteer hours were 218. Donations, books, and magazines submitted were valued at $2705.

Our Fall picnic is currently set for September 26th at Tradewinds Park, specially looking forward to members and their family that are unable to attend our meeting.

On May 24th, the official Rolling Thunder “Ride for Freedom” to the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall took place. Gad Aflalo rode his bike 24 hours from his home in Margate to Washington, D.C. in order to participate. Over 500,000 riders and non-riders attended. He rode in memory of his brother-in-law whose name is inscribed in the wall.

We definitely need new and young blood to join the Marine Corps League to insure our survival, so remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for May & June 2015

The last four months have been difficult for our Detachment with the theft of our money in December. In January it was further discovered that the annual dues for ten of our members had not been paid for the past two years. In one member's case, dues had not been paid for three. As a result, I immediately made payments of $445 to renew and make their memberships current. I sincerely apologize to these ten members. Since issues of Semper Fi were not received during this time, I requested that back issues of this magazine be sent to them. While I was told that only a limited number of back issues were kept, they did agree to investigate.

In the past month I have attended the S.E. Division Conference in Orlando and the Department Spring Conference in Safety Harbor. Since the topic discussed at both events has been detachments and theft, apparently, we have not been the only one infected with this problem.

Now we move forward! I am pleased to say that we are off to a good start. Please check your ads, your PLM's, your Boosters, and your membership renewals. If they are past due, please help us by catching up on these dues.

In the past two years we had to scale back on our biggest program, our JROTC program, if our finances keep improving, I would like to get it back up and running as in the past.

Luckily we have been doing great with the Department of Florida with the Eagle Scout program, we keep leading most of the detachment in Florida with Eagle Scout certificates issued.

Remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for March & April 2015

This year we got off to a rocky start for our Detachment with the theft of all our funds. But Marines and friends of Marines have come through with donations and we are getting back on our feet slowly but surely. We will survive as a Detachment, which is what Marines do best.

I like to personally thank Daniel Levin for his generous donation of $1,500 that has helped us in our recovery.

Please, one way you can help us in our recovery, check the PLM and the BOOSTERS sections in this newsletter, if you are not current, you would be helping us by supporting us that way, also several Ads are not current, the ad prices are listed below and the expiration dates are posted on your personal ads.

We are now getting ready for spring and our JROTC awards to 29 high schools, one Naval Sea Cadets and several Civil Air Patrol squadrons.

The S.E. MCL Region Convention will be held later this month in Orlando and the MCL Spring Conference will be next month in Safety Harbor and I will be attending both.

Commandant's Message for January & February 2015

I hope you and your families had a great holiday and Happy New Year.

Several members of our Detachment celebrated the Marine Corps birthday at Sharkey's Bar and Grill and at the Ball at Post 142 in Pompano Beach.

Our Detachment held a Holiday party during our December meeting, everyone brought a cover dish and a great time was had by everyone in attendance.

We welcomed in new member James Kaufman in our December meeting.

Remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Semper-Fi, Joe Motes

Commandant's Message for November & December 2014

In the past two months, we had to have another Installation of Officers as the first one was invalidated. On October 12th we collected 24 Priority Mail boxes from the Swamp Fox Society Children of the American Revolution, to be shipped to our troops overseas.

On November 10th, Cliff Handerhan and myself attended the cake cutting ceremonies at the Sunrise V.A. clinic and later that evening at Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill on Coral Springs, which was attended by several members from our Detachment. Cliff turned out to be the oldest in attendance.

I'm hoping we will have a Holiday party at our December meeting, it would be a covered dish, please call Adjutant Dale MacCutcheon on what you would be planning on bringing, please email her ozaginax@mac.com or call me at 954-559-3202.

I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Years.

Remember, if you meet a Marine, invite him or her to join the League.

Commandant's Message for September & October 2014

I like to start by wishing Marine David Collins a speedy recovery. Last month several of our members which included three WWII Marine Veterans had a nice dinner to celebrate the 70th anniversary of V-J
Day. Past Detachment Commandant Tony Gutierrez accepted our National Unit Commendation 2014 Detachment Award from National Commandant Jim Tuohy at the National Convention. This past month our Detachment personally presented three Eagle Scout certificates, and the Esprit de Corps to the Pembroke Pines Civil Air Patrol squadron. This month we will be holding our final nomination of officers and election of officers, please make an effort to attend.

We are in the planning stages for another picnic in late Fall and also having a Christmas party for our December meeting. If there are any Marines needing a ride to the meetings, please call the closest member listed on the officer roster or call me and I will put you in contact with a near-by Marine. If you meet a Marine, please invite them to our meetings.

Commandant's Message for July & August 2014

During the last two months our Detachment has been busy with end of year JROTC awards to 28 High School, including Miami Beach High School; the Commander asking us if we would award to his school as Miami-Dade schools do not receive our awards. We also awarded to the Boca Raton Civil Air Patrol and the Fort Lauderdale Naval Sea Cadets.

For the past 12 months we also awarded 50 Eagle Scout Certificates, the most of any Detachment in the State of Florida.

Now for the bad news, this month, June and next month July we with will be holding nominations again and nominations and elections in August, because our nominations and elections were not held in accordance to our By-Laws due to the Past Department Judge Advocates failure to do his job properly. More about this will be in this month's minutes. Please try and make it to this meeting if you don't want to miss the fireworks.

If there are Marine needing a ride to the meetings, please call the closest member listed on the officer roster or call me and I will put you in contact with a near-by Marine.

If you meet a Marine, please invite them to our meetings.

Commandant's Message for May & June 2014

I want to start off by thanking the Detachment for re-electing me again as your Commandant.

Last month I attended the Spring Conference in Safety Harbor on behalf of Tamarac Detachment, and I will be looking forward to the Summer Convention next month in Altamonte Springs.

The weekend of May 3rd and 4th we collected over 350 pounds of health care items along with goodies and snacks during this two day event. Also money was donated to cover the cost of shipping of these boxes to our troops in harms way. As always if anyone knows of a serviceman or woman in harms way and if you have a mailing address for them, we at Tamarac Detachment 755 would be honored to send them a care package reminding them that we at home support them and are thinking about them.

If you meet a Marine, please invite them to our meetings.

Commandant's Message for March & April 2014

It saddens me to report the death of another Past Commandant, Leonard R. Zargo, Sr. Len was Command 1993-1995.

A memorial service will  be  held on April 5th from 1pm to 4pm at the Polish American Club on Prima Vista Blvd., in Port Saint Lucie. The ceremony will probably take about 45min to an hour. Food and beverages will be catered in. Len wanted a big send off and I hope we can do it.

On March 8th our Detachment had it's first picnic in several years, we had 29 Marines, Associates, family and friends. I really want to thank every one that attended, but specially Adam Falise, James Ruggiero, Dale MacCutcheon and Marilyn Steitz for their help in making the picnic a success. I would like to do another in the Fall.

As of the printing of this newsletter I still have (18) $5.00 Scholarship Fund tickets unsold, please help me sell these last tickets so we can report to Department of Florida that we are 100%.

Our next Troop Care Package Drive will take place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca from May 3rd to May 4th.  Volunteers are needed before and after each mass: Saturday  (4:00 pm) and Sunday (8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:15 am).

Please remember to mention our Detachment when you meet a Marine in your travels, keep a registration form in your wallet.

Also, our website address is: www.tamaracmcl.us , and our FaceBook page is: Marine Corps League Det 755 Tamarac.

Commandant's Message for January & February 2014

Well, another year has gone and now on to 2014, Happy New Year to you and your family.

Last month we lost one of our original charter member and Honorary Detachment Commandant Jacob Joseph
Mirsky who passed away on December 1st. His funeral services were very well attended by several
Detachment members. Joe Mirsky was laid to rest by his wife Lucille at the Star of David in North Lauderdale.

Wreaths Across America was held on December 14th at the South Florida V.A. National Cemetery in Lake Worth.
There was over 1000 Veterans and Youth Groups from every organizations from South Florida. 11,500 wreaths were
laid on almost all the graves in the cemetery. This is a very moving event and it would be nice to see more people in
attendance. A wreath was also laid for Joe and Lucille Mirsky.

Our Detachment Picnic is set for Saturday March 8th, people to be invite could include: perspective new MCL members,
MCL donors, Children of the American Revolution, Young Marines etc. Marilyn Steitz reported on the Troop Care Package
Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes in West Boca. May 3 - 4 was approved by the church.

Thank you very much in advance.

Commandant's Message for November & December 2013

Last month four Marines participated in the MCL Shooting Contest at Pro Bass Shops in Davie for the Marine Corps League. Jorge Bebelagua, Ramon Arriaga, Adam Falise and Joe Motes , congratulations to all.

On Saturday October 12th several members met for a luncheon and birthday party at the Bone Fish Grill in Coral Springs, a great time was had by everyone.

The Department of Florida has just sent us 82 Scholarship raffle tickets valued at $5 per book, one book per each member in our Detachment, for a total of $410. I'm asking each member to please help support the Detachment meet this quota. If you could please buy one, two, three or four books, we could accomplish this task. I have already started by buying the first 4 books. I know that not everyone in the Detachment has email, or is able to attend meeting, so I'm asking you if you can buy more than one, please mail me you check payable to the Marine Corps League and how many books you would like to buy.

I will be the first to say that this scholarship has helped my daughter in the last four years of her college. We in our Detachment will have future children or grandchildren that may be in need of help from the Department scholarship. Remember that 100% of the proceeds go to the scholarship funds given to our children.

Commandant Message for September & October 2013

The last two months have been slow due to the summer months; our last meeting in August we had another social after the meeting, something that seem to be catching with those attending the meetings. A new Young Marines has been formed in Broward, now known as South Florida Young Marines, and will be meeting every other Saturday in Pembroke Pines.

Jessica Operle is now running the Ship's Store and doing a GREAT job with sales; Jessica is also planning another luncheon at Bonefish Grill for Oct. 12th; Sr. Vice Commandant Falise had not yet received feedback from any corporations or companies regarding donations to our Detachment for Poker Night.

I would like to make our meeting for interesting and fun, as the socials are really catching on, if anyone has ideas on what extras you would like to see, please send me an email detailing your ideas. Congratulation to Lou Annacone who celebrated his 88th birthday on July 30th.

Remember, if you meet a Marine, tell them about us, they just might be interested and join.

Commandant Message for July & August 2013

I must start off by saying we have lost three members, Cathy Pacini who will always remain in our hearts, Louis Gesualdo and William Eckerth . Our May meeting was short and followed by a social with Pizza. Our next social will be after our August meeting, with covered dish. Dale MacCutcheon will make the arrangements, so please let her know what you would like to bring. Our next meeting after that will be our Christmas party December 12th.

This past June 28th, Brandon Gac, Jessica Operle and myself did a complete clean up and inventory of our storage facilities and rifles. I thank Brandon and Jessica for their help in this endeavor.

Cliff and I attended the Golden Age games in Buffalo NY., and congratulations to Cliff for winning the Silver Medal in Shooting.

At our May meeting the detachment voted to donate every year $219 to the Wounded Warriors Project.

Our school program came to an end with 27 High Schools JROTC Battalions, 4 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons and the Naval Sea Cadets were awarded our JROTC Sprit de Corps Medals.

In June both Tony Gutierrez and I attended the Summer Convention in Orlando, our Detachment was awarded the Detachment Meritorious Unit Commendation (Department Level) and the Boy Scout Certificate of Appreciation for awarding more than 40 Eagle Scout certificates during 2012-2013.

Sr. Vice Commandant Adam Falise is working on scheduling a picnic in the next few months. Historian Jessica Operle is planning a luncheon for the 3rd Saturday in July at a location to me announced.

Remember, if you meet a Marine, tell them about us, they just might be interested and join.

Commandant Message for May & June 2013

A new year with a new elected staff full of ideas and some new young blood. As your newly elected Commandant I wish to thank the membership in entrusting me as your Commandant. During the past several weeks I have spoken with the staff and members to put together a game plan in thing we would like to do.

The ten week club in under way and we are search for locations to have the rose program. Three times a year we will conduct short meetings and having a dinner social gathering following the meeting, We may be asking members to bring a covered dish or take a collection the month before and order food from outside.

Things we are considering doing are, a SOS Breakfast, Spaghetti Dinner. Outdoor BBQ and dinner night out. We are currently seeking bids to host the 2014 Spring Conference.

Having a Marine Corps Birthday party and a Holiday party in December.

Joe Motes, Commandant

Commandant Message for March & April 2013

Marines of the Tamarac Detachment, it's that time of the year again, Ladies and Gentlemen for electing a staff to lead our Detachment in the coming year 2013-2014. These next two meetings will be crucial to the Life of the Detachment. If there are no members willing and able to serve in the elected and appointed positions, then there is nobody to carry out the Mission of the Detachment of the League and the Detachment will lose its Charter by default. It's pretty simple, if No Members volunteer to do the Work, no Detachment. Thus far there have been 3 nominations. Myself having accepted to run for a 3rd term because our Senior Vice Commandant Joe Motes will be moving out of town and no other member has been nominated as of yet to serve as Commandant. Marine Brandon Gac one of our newer members was nominated for Senior Vice Commandant and willingly accepted and Marine Gad Afalo has been nominated for Judge Advocate and has willingly accepted. There is a current opening for Junior Vice Commandant and numerous appointed positions are in need of your responsible participation. What I need as your Commandant is for you, the card carrying members of this Detachment to act like members. I need you to show up and act like Members and do the work necessary to carry out our Mission as Marines and members if the Marine Corps League. Your presence and involvement at the next two meetings is very crucial. The Life of Our Detachment depends on it. Our Meeting nights have changed to the 2nd Thursday of every month at the same location the American Legion Hall #157 on Mears Parkway in Margate at 7:30pm. That will be March 14th & April 11, 2013. Please Attend.

Also our Detachment will have a Color Guard marching in the St. Patrick Day Parade on March 16, 2013 at 9:30am in Margate at the Oriole Gardens Community. And we will be hosting a Troop Care Package Drive again at Our Lady of Lords R.C. Church in Boca Raton, Lyons Rd. and Palmetto Park Road, on Saturday, April 13th from 3pm-6pm and Sunday, the 14th of April from 8am-12pm.

The MCL Department of Florida will be holding its Spring Conference at the Safety Harbor Resort & Spa, which is in the Tampa area of Florida that same weekend April 12-13 offering an Excellent Leadership School Professional Development Course on Friday April 12th for any members interested in attending.

Please attend our meetings, purchase your Scholarship raffle tickets, patronize our advertisers and supporters and remember everyone is a Recruiter.

Commandant Message for January & February 2013

It is my Sad Duty to report on the death of Marine Robert Pastor who was a Charter member of our Detachment and passed on November 23rd, and Marine Carl Crouch also a Tamarac Detachment member who attended our meetings regularly and was an Iwo Jima veteran He passed on November 27th. The Detachment provided to both Marines Honor and Respect and to their families with the Eagle, Globe & Anchor remembrance ceremony at their Funerals.

I hope you have all enjoyed the Holidays. It's always a busy time of the year for everyone with seemingly not enough time in each day of this season to get everything we would like to do done. I hope everyone's mission has been accomplished with no casualty to our health or fortune.

We're coming into our second half of the year and there's much work ahead to be done. As mentioned previously our Department Scholarship allotment of raffle tickets have been received and need to be sold. There is a $5.00 book of chances for each member of the Detachment. So It would be appreciated if you are a member of the Detachment that You purchase your lot even if you don't attend the meetings you can call, mail or email myself or any other Detachment Officer to make arrangements to purchase and support the Scholarship Program. Our Troop Care Package Program will be having a Drive at Our Lady of Lords in Boca Raton on April 14th & 15th 2013 sign up to volunteer we need your participation. Also beginning in April we will have our JROTC Awards presentations to 28 Schools JROTC Programs, 3 Civil Air Patrol Units and the Broward Sea Cadets. Think about being the Marine volunteering to make the presentation of these awards to One or Some of these Units. It is an Honor and a Privilege to do so.

Still in the Planning would be a Picnic or Mess Night for the Spring after the Installation of New Officers. If any member is interested in heading off the planning committee for one if these please attend our upcoming meetings and let us know.

I'll close for now and look toward to seeing you at our future meetings. Remember everyone is a Recruiter sign up a neighbor or friend and help our Detachment grow.

Commandant Message for November & December 2012

Happy Birthday my Brother Marines. November 10,2012 marked the 237th Birthday of Our Illustrious Corps. The Detachment held a Birthday celebration at our American Legion Post 157 on November 10th. And had a Dinner and Cake Cutting Ceremony of which many of our members were in attendance. Those of You who could not attend were surely missed. So Semper Fidelis and "Happy Birthday Marines"  

The day after November 11th we all Celebrated Veterans Day hope all remembered those Veterans who gave the Ultimate Sacrifice.  

Our 10 Week Club held it's 1st Drawing on Wednesday November 7th and will continue to draw a Winner each week on Wednesday evening until January 9, 2013 with the winner of each drawing winning $100.00. A special Thank You goes out to all who purchased tickets for this Detachment Fund Raiser. I have received from the Department of Florida MCL our Detachments allotment of Scholarship Fund Raffle Tickets and will be distributing them at our Detachment Meetings until they are all sold. One again Marines "Happy Birthday" and Happy Veterans Day. I Hope all our members and their families have a Joyous Christmas, Chanukah and Holiday Season a Happy and Healthy New Year. And please if You are a Member of Our Detachment if You could Kindly Grace us with Your presence at some of OUR Meetings that would be Out-____-Standing. We could use Your support by Your presence.   Thank God Bless You and Your Families

Commandant Message for September & October 2012

I hope all Our Members enjoyed their Summer spending quality time with family and friends.

Just to let all of You know Our Detachment Fund Raiser 10 week Club has been kicked off as of our August meeting. The first drawing will be on November 7th and continue for 9 continuous weeks with the winner each week winning $100.00. It is also possible to win multiple times in the 10 week period. Please purchase and help raise funds for the Detachment by selling some tickets also. They are available at the Detachment meeting or by contacting me via phone or email the numbers are in the front of the newsletter.

Please attend Our September 19th meeting where we will decide how Our Detachment will be celebrating Our Beloved Corps Birthday this November. So come on out so we can plan together another Grand Ole Time together OohRahh.

The Department of Florida will be having the 2012 Fall Conferance on October 18-21. it will be hosted by the Riverview Detachment #1226 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Riverview FL.

I hope that all had a Happy and Safe Labor Day weekend and hope to see at our future meetings.

Commandant Message for July & August 2012

Our Detachment and Officers began our New Year in Service to Our Community by having a Color Guard participate in a Memorial Day Ceremony at the Boca Raton Veterans Park. We also presented Our Detachment Gold, Silver and Bronze Certificates and Medals awarded to 3 Individuals selected by their Commander at each of the 31 JROTC Units, 5 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons, and Navy Sea Cadet Units throughout Broward County.

I attended the 2012 MCL Department of Florida Convention held June14-17 at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando where I am proud to report I turned in for the second consecutive year the proceeds of the Department Scholarship Funds tickets sales of which our Detachment sold all our allotted tickets 96 books. Thank You for your tireless effort in the sales for this Fund. Our Detachment Historian Trevor Wharton was the lucky 3rd prize winner in this year's drawing. Both our National Commandant Vic Voltaggio and National Sr. Vice Commandant James "Jim" Tuohy were in attendance. A Honor to be there with them both it was. Our Detachment was awarded a Meritorious Unit Commendation (Department Level). The Department also held elections and the Elected and Appointed Officers can be found on the Departments Website mclfl.org .

I hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July and a great summer too. Please attend our meetings during the Summer months if your around. They will be July 18 and August 15. Also in August is the MCL 89th National Convention being held in Mobile, AL. 12-18 August.

Tony Gutierrez, Commandant

Commandant Message for May & June 2012

Since my Last report Nominations and Election of Officers were Held at our April meeting. I would like to thank our members for turning out and showing their support and confidence in reelecting me for a second term as Commandant of our Detachment, Joe Motes as Sr. Vice, Adam Falise as our new Jr.
Vice, and Joe Mirsky as Judge Advocate.

There will be a Color Guard representing our Detachment at a Memorial Day Ceremony on May 28th at 9am at the Boca Raton Veterans Park on Lyons Rd. & Palmetto Pk. Rd. in Boca Raton. All are invited to attend. Don't forget your Uniform your Red Cover.

We almost have our allotted number of Department Scholarship Fund tickets sold please continue to support this program we still have Two months to go.

This month and next Our Detachment will be presenting Our Detachment MCL Gold, Silver and Bronze Medals and Certificate awards to 29 JROTC Units 5 Civil Air Patrol Squadrons and Naval Sea Cadet Units.

I would like to thank all the members for all the help and support they have given me during my 1st term in office as Commandant. I couldn't have done all that is required without You. I hope that You will continue to support our new slate of officers this coming year 2012-2013.

Please try to attend our meetings. And continue Your efforts to recruit new members.

A Happy Mothers Day to all Our Mothers. And remember all those who have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our Country this Memorial Day.

Tony Gutierrez, Commandant



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