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Report To Be Read:  November 14, 2019        Minutes From:  October 10, 2019

Opening Ceremony:   The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Gutierrez.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Gannon, Sr. Vice Commandant Toro, Jr. Vice Commandant/VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate/Chaplain Gutierrez, Jr. Past Commandant/Paymaster Motes, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Color Sergeant Norberto, and Deputy VAVS Rep. Aflalo

Guests/Applications for Membership:   Nelson Bruce

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  There were no additions or corrections.  The minutes were accepted by Commandant Gannon.

Correspondence:   (1) Marine of the Year nominees from each Detachment will be voted on in November with results forwarded to the Dept. of Florida.  (2) MCL National is seeking Grant Writers.  If interested or know of anyone qualified to apply, please contact Joe Motes.  (3) MCL National is seeking volunteers for its 2020 Convention in Daytona Beach.  An estimated 2800 participants are expected.  Volunteer opportunities are available at registration, at the banquet, and in transportation of guests to and from the airport.  (4) Raffle tickets will be made available for an M-1 Carbine (not an M-1 Garand).  Each ticket costs $10 with the drawing June, 2020 at the DOF Summer Convention.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Motes reported on monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Motion to accept the report was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  An audit was also completed and showed no discrepancies between bank and Detachment records.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Harvey Ellenthal, Marvin Lippman, Walter Smolka, and Angelo Norberto remain positive despite ongoing health issues.  (2) Commandant Gannon is recovering from a broken leg sustained while attending the Fall Conference in Melbourne.

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:  Pete Gannon reported on the following:  (1) Flag Appreciation Committee - No certificates were issued since the last meeting, (2) Vietnam War Commemoration Committee - 15 pins were presented to qualified veterans at the VA Clinic in Sunrise, and (3) the Marine4Life Committee - 3 Marines from the VA Clinic were referred to possible employers.

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   Below is a timeline of upcoming events reported by Commandant Gannon:               

                11/3           Plantation BBQ at Pine Island Park, 11am-4pm   (Volunteers are needed to man a table and distribute pins, flags, MCL information.)   

                11/6          Veterans Day celebration at Veterans Park, Lauderhill, 4pm  (Volunteers are needed to man a table and distribute pins, flags, Info.)

              11/8            Celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  (Connie Francis is expected to appear between 10am and 10:30am.  Food, refreshments, and cake will be served.)

               11/10          USMC birthday celebration at Sharkey's in Coral Springs (10365  Royal Palm Blvd.), 6pm                                

               11/11          Veterans Day celebration at Tamarac Veterans Park, 10:30am (Volunteers are needed to man a table and distribute pins, flags, Info.)

               11/17          Troop Care Package Drive, along with the Knights of Columbus, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca (intersection of Lyons and Palmetto Park Roads).  Details will be forthcoming.

              4/2-5/20    Spring Conference at Safety Harbor, Tampa In addition, several Detachment by-laws need to be changed and approved by the DOF:

               (1) Tony made a motion that the Detachment pay two nights lodging at the advertised rate for the Det. Commandant when he attends a conference/convention.  The motion was seconded by Jaime Toro.  All were in favor.  (2) Tony made a motion that Detachment meetings occur on the second Thursday of each month.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.

Good of the League:   As a fundraiser, Commandant Gannon suggested that poppies be sold by the Detachment at approved locations.  Pete will get permission from local businesses, as Publix, to promote the program.  (Volunteers would work in two hour shifts, 10am-noon and noon-2pm.)

Announcements:   Flags will be brought from the Detachment for events at Pine Island Park (11/3), Sharkey's (11/10), and Tamarac Veterans Park (11/11).

Closing Ceremony:   A final prayer was offered by Chaplain Gutierrez.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Read:  October 10, 2019        Minutes From:  September 12, 2019

Opening Ceremony:  The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Gutierrez.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Gannon, Sr. Vice Commandant Toro, Jr. Vice Commandant/VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate/Chaplain Gutierrez, Jr. Past Commandant/Paymaster Motes, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-at-Arms Manno, Color Sergeant Norberto, and Deputy VAVS Rep. Aflalo

Guests/Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meetings:  The minutes from July and August had been posted online.  Since PRINTED minutes from the July meeting were unavailable at the meeting in August, the minutes could not be evaluated.  When both reports did become available at the September meeting, Commandant Gannon accreted them with no corrections or deletions.  (The minutes are included in a mailed copy of the newsletter.)

Correspondence:  (1) Lou Calleja, chairman of the Vietnam Commemoration Committee in FL wrote: “It is the committee's pleasure to report that recognizing our Vietnam Veterans has been both an honor and humbling experience.”  Each detachment should be recognized with a certificate of commendation from the Department of FL.  (2) A report was sent from District 10 Vice Commandant Charles “Newt” Schneider to FL Commandant Glassford regarding each detachment's overall performance within District. He praised Joe Motes for his leadership as Commandant for the past 6 years and for helping to lead the local Dog Pound.  “If I were required to name a successor for my current position, Joe would be the man I'd name….Their last Quarter's activities included the following accomplishments:

                         — Issued and distributed (10) Flag Certificates

                         — Issued and distributed (65) Vietnam Commemorative Pins

                         — Issued and distributed (50) Stars from retired flags

                         — Issued (13) Eagle Scout Awards and Certificates

                         — Issued (86) JROTC Medals to cadets at High Schools, Sea Cadets

                              and Civil Air Patrol units

The Tamarac Detachment continues to function at a very high degree and is to be commended for their continuous hard work and efforts.”

(3) Paymaster Motes discussed a proposal by National that Life Membership dues be increased in the near future.  

                                          CURRENT DUES -  PROPOSED DUES

                                           Age               Cost  Now            Future                                                     

                                          0-35                  $500                  $1500                                 

(4) Included below is a timeline of upcoming events reported by Commandant Gannon:

           9/18       cake to be served at the VA Clinic in Sunrise to celebrate the birthday of the Air Force

                         Honor Flight South Florida (HFSF) meeting at Broward College, Building 22, Rm. 136, 6:30 pm

           9/21       HFSF flight to D.C. (return expected about 8:00 pm, Spirit Airlines, Terminal 4, Fort Lauderdale Airport)

          10/3-5     Dept. of FL Fall Conference in Melbourne

          10/8        cake to be served at the VA Clinic in Sunrise to celebrate the birthday of the Navy

          10/12      Veterans Expo, Broward College, North Campus, 1000 Coconut Creek Blvd., Coconut Creek, 10:00 am

                        Train expo at Westfield Broward (formerly Broward Mall) until July, 2020; set up and operated by veterans, including Joe Motes, along with other interested participants

          10/16      Honor Flight South Florida (HFSF) meeting at Broward College,  Building 22, Rm. 136, 6:30 pm

           10/19     HFSF flight to D.C. (return expected about 8:00 pm at the Spirit Airlines, Terminal 4, Fort Lauderdale Airport)

Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Motes reported on monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to accept the Treasurer's Report pending an audit.  The motion was seconded by Jaime Toro.  All agreed.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Angelo Norberto has upcoming doctor appointments for lingering health issues.  (2) Charles Manno will continue treatments for a neck injury.   (3) Joe Motes will have cataract surgery at the VA in Miami, 7:00 am on Monday, September 16th.  (4) Harvey Ellenthal, Marvin Lippman, and Walter Smolka remain positive in spite of ongoing health issues.  (Marvin was very appreciative of a call from Detachment 755 regarding preparations for Hurricane Dorian.)

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gannon reported on volunteer opportunities available at the 2020 National Convention in Daytona.  Examples include drivers and greeters.  Additional opportunities will be forthcoming.  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Toro gave the Status Report.  (3) Paymaster Motes stated that only 2 detachments in District 10 - Tamarac and Intracoastal - have 100% of their dues paid.

Standing Committees:  Chairman Gannon reported that the Vietnam War Commemoration and Flag Recognition programs are a success.  Veterans at the VA are particularly moved when receiving a star from a retired flag, along with a moving message that begins: “I am a star from a tattered, faded and worn flag that was ready to be retired….”   (Included is contact information for Tamarac Detachment.)

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  (1) Several members have requested, but not yet received, their detachment shirts.  The appropriate person will be contacted about the order.  (2) Information will be forthcoming about the Veterans Expo, Broward College, North Campus in Coconut Creek, scheduled for October 12th.  (3) Commandant Gannon was present at the funeral of a Marine who recently died in an auto accident.

New Business:  none

Good of the League:  (1) Jr. Past Commandant Motes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Gad Aflalo for his service as Deputy VAVS Rep.  (2) It is hoped that our annual Troop Care Package Drive can be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton.  Adjutant MacCutcheon will contact the church for available dates.  (The Knights of Columbus independently asked to participate in the drive.)

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  A final prayer was offered by Chaplain Gutierrez.  A moment of silence was offered for a Marine who lost his life in Afghanistan.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2019.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Read:   August 8, 2019         Minutes From:  July 11, 2019

Opening Ceremony:   The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Gutierrez.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Gannon, Sr. Vice Commandant Toro, Jr. Vice Commandant/VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate/Chaplain Gutierrez, Past Commandant/Paymaster Motes, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-at-Arms Manno, Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests/Applications for Membership :  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  (For those who do not have e-mail or who are not able to attend Detachment meetings, the minutes are included in a mailed copy of the. newsletter.)  There were no additions or corrections.  The minutes - as written - were accepted by Commandant Gannon.

Correspondence:  (1)  A proposal to increase Life Membership dues is expected in the near future.

              CURRENT DUES                                           PROPOSED DUES

             Age               Cost                                           Age                 Cost

            0-35               $500                                         0-35                  $1500

            36-50             $400                                         36-50                $1200

            51-64             $300                                         51-64                $ 900

            65+                $200                                         65+                    $ 600

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(2) Even though MCL dues are due by September 1st, Paymaster Motes  encouraged members to pay by August 1st.  (Postcards were mailed by Paymaster Motes to remind Detachment members of the payment due date and $50 renewal fee.)

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Motes reported on monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Motion to accept the report was made by Walter Smolka and seconded by Charles Manno.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:  none

Report of Officers :  Refer to “Special Committees” for report from Cdt. Gannon.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:   Commandant Gannon reported on the following:  (1) Flag Appreciation Committee - Certificates of appreciation will be presented to residences, businesses, etc. recently identified as flying the American flag with dignity and respect, (2) Vietnam War Commemoration Committee - 30-40 pins have been awarded through the VA Clinic in Sunrise; the City of Tamarac is interested in participating in this program, and (3) Marine4Life Program - Jobs ARE available, but lower than expected pay deters some Marines from applying for these positions.  (Marines are also referred to the VA for assistance.)

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   On July 11th, the day of this meeting, General David Berger became the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Good of the League:   (1) Through the efforts of Joe Motes, GoDaddy is now the Detachment's new webhost.  The Detachment's webpage has been completely updated and is currently active.  (According to Smoke, the original founder of GoDaddy - Bob Parsons - is a Marine Corps and Vietnam War veteran.  GoDaddy was sold, but Parsons still continues to serve on its board.  The company is currently valued at $2.5 billion.  Parsons also owns a golf club company.  Not forgetting his military background, golf clubs are uniquely named, for example, the putter is identified as an O3.)   (2) Cliff Handerhan thanked the Detachment for its cards, e-mails, and phone calls during his recovery from illness.  (3) Commandant Gannon distributed Hurricane Call Lists to members in attendance willing to contact listed Marines prior to and after hurricanes or other emergencies.  (4) Pete also distributed to each member, a card that started “I am a star from a tattered, faded and worn flag that was ready to be retired….” A star accompanied each card.  (5) As VAVS Rep. from our Detachment, Cliff Handerhan accepted the Department of FL's “Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Award to Tamarac Detachment 755” for the period July 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019. (6) Three appointed or elected officers were not present during last month's installation due to illness - Jr. Vice Commandant/VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Sergeant-at-Arms Manno, and Color Sergeant Norberto.  All were present at July's meeting and sworn in by Commandant Gannon.  Installation was followed by a prayer offered by Chaplain Gutierrez.  (7) Past Commandant Motes awarded certificates of appreciation to Angelo Norberto (2018 Troop Care Package Drive, Color Sergeant during 2018-2019), Charles Manno (Sergeant-at-Arms for 2018-2019), and Cliff Handerhan (VAVS Rep. 2018-2019).

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   A final prayer was offered by Chaplain Gutierrez.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, August 8, 2019.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Read:   July 11, 2019   Minutes From:  June 13, 2019

Opening Ceremony:   The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Gutierrez.

Roll Call of Officers (before installation of new officers):   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Gannon, Jr. Vice Commandant Toro, Jr. Past Commandant/Chaplain/Paymaster Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Deputy VAVS Rep. Aflalo

Guests:   (1) District 10 Vice Commandant Charles Schneider and (2) Sam Williams

District 10 Vice Commandant Schneider conducted the Ceremony of Installation for the Detachment's 2019-2020 elected and appointed officers:

           In Attendance:  Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Pete Gannon, Sr. Vice Commandant Toro, Judge Advocate/Chaplain Gutierrez, Jr. Past Commandant/Paymaster Motes, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Deputy VAVS Rep. Aflalo           

                   Excused:  Jr. Vice Commandant/VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Sergeant-at-Arms Manno, Color Sergeant Norberto

Chaplain Gutierrez offered a prayer after the installation was complete.

(Excused officers will be installed at the July 11th meeting.)

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  (For those who do not have e-mail or who are not able to attend Detachment meetings, the minutes are included in a mailed copy of the newsletter.)  There were no additions or corrections.  The minutes - as written - were accepted by Commandant Gannon.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Giving his last report as Paymaster, Tony Gutierrez reported on monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Motion to accept the report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Cliff Handerhan became ill after his return from the Golden Age Games in Alaska .  (2) Angelo Norberto is expected to undergo surgery on June 24th.  (3) After the meeting, we learned that Charles Manno had undergone neck surgery.

Report of Officers:   In the absence of our VAVS Rep. Cliff Handerhan, who is ill, Joe Motes gave the VAVS Report for the Detachment.  From January to June, 2019, there was a total of 1,041 volunteer hours.  Non-monetary donations were valued at $3,115.  

(Because of the Detachment's continuous presence at the VA in Sunrise , it was suggested that each volunteer have applications available for any Marine expressing interest in MCL membership.)

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   Commandant Gannon reported on the following:  (1) Flag Appreciation Committee - no certificates were distributed this past month.  (2) Vietnam War Commemoration Committee - many pins have been distributed at the VA in Sunrise along with certificates and stickers.

Old Business:   Tony reminded members that (1) the Department of Florida's Annual Convention will take place in Maitland (near Orlando ), June 20-23.  (2) The 2020 National Convention will take place in Daytona.  (Opportunities will be provided for Devil Dogs interested in advancing up the chain.)

New Business:   (1). Forms are now available for businesses, individuals, etc. who choose to place ads in the Detachment's newsletter.  (See Commandant Gannon for these forms.). (2) Joe reported that the Detachment's website will be moving to a different server GoDaddy.

Good of the League:   (1) Facebook continues to have a lot of traffic.  There are 785 likes and 765 followers.  (2) Jr. Past Commandant Motes awarded Certificates of Appreciation to his 2018-2019 staff of elected and appointed officers present at the meeting.  (For those who were ill, their certificates will be presented at next month's meeting.)  (2) Newly-installed Commandant Gannon presented a certificate of appreciation to outgoing Commandant Motes for his leadership over the past SIX years.  (3) Unsold scholarship tickets will be purchased by the Detachment and turned in during the Department's annual convention mid-June.

Announcements:   (1) It is recommended that annual dues be paid by August 1st.  (2) Detachment supplies are in the process of being transferred from Jr. Past Commandant Motes to newly-installed Commandant Gannon.

Closing Ceremony:   A final prayer was offered by Chaplain Gutierrez.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2019 .

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given :  June 13, 2019               Minutes From:  May 9, 2019

Opening Ceremony:   The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Gutierrez.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant/Deputy VAVS Rep. Gannon, Jr. Vice Commandant Toro, Jr. Past Commandant/Chaplain/Paymaster Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-At-Arms Manno, Deputy VAVS Rep. Aflalo

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership :  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  (For those who do not have e-mail or who are not able to attend Detachment meetings, the minutes are included in a mailed copy of the newsletter.)  There were no additions or corrections.  The minutes as written were accepted by Commandant Motes.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   As of April 30, 2019 , Paymaster Gutierrez reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Jaime Toro.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:   Angelo Norberto will be having surgery in June.

Report of Officers :  Jr. Vice Commandant Toro gave the Status Report for May. 

Standing Committees:   none