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Report To Be Given:  11/09/17     Minutes From:  10/12/17

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain/Paymaster Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests: Charles “Newt” Schneider, District 10 Vice Commandant made the following comments after introduction to the Detachment:  (1) If any problem occurs within the Detachment, follow the proper chain of command.  If the problem cannot be resolved at the Detachment level, contact him directly at District.  (2) He has been a member of the MCL for 15 years and has held many offices, including those at his own Intracoastal Detachment in Pompano.  As with other Detachments, retaining and finding new members has become challenging.  (3) Marathon Devil Dog Detachment experienced severe damage during Hurricane Irma.  Marathon's allotment of scholarship tickets was divided among other detachments.  These tickets will be bought in the name of the Marathon Detachment.

Applications for Membership:  none

Ceremony of Initiation:  Commandant Motes conducted the ceremony of initiation for two new members Joseph “Pete” Gannon and Jaime Toro.  After congratulations were offered by members of the Detachment, the meeting continued.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  Since no meeting occurred during September because of Hurricane Irma. no minutes were recorded for that month. The minutes reviewed by the membership, therefore, were from the previous month, i.e., August. These minutes had been presented online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Tony Gutierrez made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  This motion was seconded Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:  (1) A letter was received from Marvin Lippman.  Included in this letter was a check for $20 to the Detachment and a special thank you to Chaplain Steitz for her monthly calls to check on his welfare and to remind him of the upcoming meeting. Commandant Motes also contacted National to check on the processing of Marvin's transfer from NJ to the Tamarac Detachment.  (2) Commandant Motes received a letter from National relating to proper procedure for renewal of MCL membership.  This information will be passed along to Detachment members.  (3) Chief Warrant Officer 5 John Salgado USN (Ret) sent a letter of thanks from the Naval JROTC program at Nova High School.  He expressed appreciation for the presentation of awards.  “Nova High School Titan Battalion truly recognizes the encouragement you provide and your continuing support.”   (4) The Department of FL is encouraging the sale of scholarship tickets.  Based on membership, the Detachment is responsible for the sale of 60 books.  (5) A letter was received by Commandant Motes relating to rifles previously held by the Detachment.  Angelo Norberto was designated to respond.

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements of September, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records .  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Pete Gannon and seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.  In addition, according to Detachment policy, a committee will be formed to audit the Detachment's finances.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Because of his son's illness, Gad Aflalo was absent from our meeting.  (2) Marvin Lippman continues to deal with health issues.  (3) Harvey Ellenthal is doing well but is recovering from damage due to Hurricane Irma.

Report of Officers:  Ray Arriaga gave the Status Report.

Standing and Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:  (1) Walter “Smoke” Smolka, a charter member himself, made a motion to make room in our newsletter for a list of charter members, and placement of a star next to those deceased, to be published in every newsletter henceforth. The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.  Smoke also stressed that all members of the Detachment be notified - either by e-mail, phone or word-of-mouth - when a member has passed away in order for greater visibility of Detachment members at services.  (2) Leadership School at the Fall Conference was attended by Pete Gannon, Dale MacCutcheon, Joe Motes, and Marilyn Steitz.  (3) Scholarship tickets were made available to sell.  (4) Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church is hosting its Annual Troop Care Package Drive on November 11th and 12th before and after selected masses.  Since people respond to the presence of Marines at this event, volunteers are being sought from the Detachment.  The schedule is as follows:

                                                                DAY                                   TIMES (before and after these masses)

                                           Saturday, November 11th                                            4:00 pm

                                          Sunday, November 12th                          8:00 am, 9:30 am, and 11:15 am 

                                  (Packaging of items will take place on Sunday during and after collection times.)

Good of the League:  (1) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez made a motion that the Detachment donate $500 to the Marathon Relief Fund.  The motion was seconded by Angelo Norberto.  All were in favor.  (2) Pete Gannon reported that the city of Tamarac is seeking the names of military veterans.  Upon acceptance via application, these names will be placed on the city's wall of honor.  (Applications are available from Pete.)  (3) Pete also mentioned that special pins have been made to honor the service of Vietnam War veterans from any branch of the military.  These pins can be presented at public functions to veterans who qualify.  This could be another opportunity to increase awareness of the MCL and its mission.  (4) Pete reminded us that certificates of merit can be given to people who properly fly the American flag.  The presentation of certificates by Detachment members is another way of increasing the presence of the MCL within the community.  (Joe will make these certificates available.)  Pete has been tasked by Commandant Motes to chair a committee to address this suggestion.

Announcements:  (1) Commandant Motes awarded Certificates of Merit to Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez and Color Sergeant Norberto.  (2) G. W. Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill once again has invited Detachment members to attend its celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday on Friday, November 10th.  (G. W. Sharkey's is located at 10365 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs 33065. Their number is 954-341-9990.)

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

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, November 9, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

September's was canceled due to Hurricane Irma.

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Report To Be Given:  9/14/17     Minutes From:  8/10/17

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster/Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   (1) Joseph Gannon and (2) Jaime Toro

Balloting on Applications for Membership:   Applications for both Marines were approved by those in attendance. 

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   If any Life Member had passed away, National needed to be informed.  After reviewing the list received from National, several corrections needed to be made by Commandant Motes.  An updated list was returned.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of July, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress :  Cliff Handerhan was at home recovering from gall bladder surgery on August 7th.

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   (1) The position of Judge Advocate was still available.  (2) Gad Aflalo checked with a local magazine to see if information about the Detachment could  be placed free of charge.  Only if another ad was placed and paid for could a community service ad be placed at no cost.  (3) Pompano Ford needed to be contacted about renewal of their full page ad in Roll Call.

New Business: With the beginning of the new school year - 2017-2018 - Commandant Motes planned to order medals for his annual JROTC presentations. 

Good of the League:   (1) Chaplain Steitz is responsible for calling members, who do not have e-mail, to remind them of monthly Detachment meetings.  One such person has been contacted for many months and has never responded to voice messages or attended any meeting.  After discussion, it was decided that this member be removed from the “Call List”.  (2)  When a Detachment member passes away, Commandant Motes relies on e-mail to inform the membership.  In order to insure that ALL members of the Detachment are aware, Chaplain Steitz will contact those on her “Call List” as well.  (3) Commandant Motes was contacted by the family of a recently deceased Marine.  Because of insufficient paperwork, this Marine could not be buried at the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.  As a result, the burial was delayed.  After Joe assisted them in following proper procedure, the wishes of both the Marine and family were finally satisfied.  (4) Because of this experience, Commandant Motes learned about VA Form 40-10007 “Application for Pre-Need Determination of Eligibility for Burial in a VA National Cemetery”.  This form can be completed and, along with a DD214, be sent to the VA in Washington, D.C.  When a veteran passes away, a family member, friend, etc. can contact the VA to verify eligibility.  All appropriate forms would then be sent to the requesting party, who would then give to the funeral home handling the requested burial at a national cemetery.  (5) Commandant Motes presented Certificates of Appreciation to those elected officers and appointed staff who assisted him during 2016-2017.  (Since some members were not in attendance, the remaining certificates would be presented at the next scheduled meeting in September.)  (6)  Commandant Motes acknowledged Chaplain/Paymaster Steitz and Adjutant MacCutcheon for their support and assistance throughout the years.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   A final prayer was offered by Chaplain Steitz.  A special prayer was also said for 3 Marines who lost their lives in an aircraft accident.

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 14, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  8/10/17      Minutes From:  7/13/17

The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  A special prayer was said for the 8 Marines and 1 Navy sailor who passed away in an airplane crash this month in Mississippi.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep Handerhan, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz

Guests:  none

Applications for Membership:  (1) Joseph “Pete” Gannon and (2) Jaime Toro  (Applications were reviewed by members in attendance.)

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  According to Detachment bylaws, the number of officers needed to conduct business were not available.  As a result, no minutes were recorded for the month of June.

Correspondence:  (1) A thank you letter was received from Team South Florida Renegades for the Detachment's contribution of $200 toward its participation in the National Veterans' Golden Age Games held this year in Biloxi, MS.  (2) A thank you letter was also received from Broward County JROTC for the Detachment's donation of $100 toward their 16th Annual Broward County Superintendent's Pass in Review.  (3) Printed copies of Department e-mails were made available to those in attendance.  The most time-sensitive e-mail was related to payment of MCL membership dues.  Commandant Motes asked members to refer to Semper Fi , Summer issue, 2017, page 10 for detailed information.

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements for the month of June, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:  none

Report of Officers:  none

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  The position of Judge Advocate is open.

New Business:  (1) For the year 2016-2017, the Detachment presented 79 JROTC awards.  (2) For the year 2016-2017, the Detachment awarded 48 Eagle Scout certificates, the most of any Detachment in Florida.  (3) Because of changes in the payment date for membership dues, Commandant Motes suggested that the Detachment pay the dues of 5 members with renewal dates of August 1st.  After discussion, Tony Gutierrez made a motion that the Detachment pay $200 for the dues of these five members, then by September 1st, the new due date, each of these members would pay his/her own dues.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  (4) Commandant Motes had already registered participants for the National Convention taking place in Kansas from August 13-18.  (5) The Fall Conference is scheduled for Oct. 5-8 in Palm Beach Gardens (Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, 400 RCA Blvd., Palm Beach Gardens).  Members were encouraged to attended Leadership Training, scheduled for Friday, October 6th from 8am-4pm.  (6) Gad Aflalo made a motion to donate $500 to American Legion Post 157 for use of its facility and their continued hospitality and consideration of the Detachment's needs.  This motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.  (7)  Gad discussed the importance of promoting attendance in the Detachment through advertising in local newspapers and magazines.  (Information about press releases has been made available by the Department.)  Gad will check on the availability of free publication.

Good of the League:  (1) There are 678 likes on the Detachment's Facebook page, with some even coming from “outside”.  (2) Commandant Motes presented the MCL Distinguished Citizen Bronze Award (dated 6/24/17) to Antonio Gutierrez “in appreciation and gratitude for distinguished service in the interest of the United States of America, the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League as District Vice-Commandant”.  (2) Jr. Vice Commandant Gutierrez presented the Meritorious Unit Commendation (dated 6/24/17) to Tamarac Detachment 755 “in appreciation and gratitude for meritorious service in the interest of the United States of America, the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League.”  Commandant Motes accepted the award. (The Department's Meritorious Unit ribbon may be worn.)

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

No Report to be Given on 7/13/17

The number of officers needed to conduct business - according to Detachment bylaws -  was not met for the June 8, 2017 monthly meeting.  As a result, all information will be presented at the next meeting on July 13th. 

Report To Be Given:  6/8/17      Minutes From:  5/11/17

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 Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   Jaime Toro

Applications for Membership:   noneMinutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   Registration for the National Convention needs to be completed.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of April, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:   none

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   Installation of officers will take place month next month at the June 8th meeting.

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   Lou Annacone has resigned from his position as Judge Advocate as well as his membership in the MCL.  If anyone is interested in assuming his position, please notify Commandant Motes.  (A knowledge of the Detachment's bylaws is required.)

Good of the League:   Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez presented information from the Spring Conference recently held in Safety Harbor:  (1) When purchases are made on amazon.com , a portion of those sales can be directed to the MCL Foundation.  In order to do so, go to smileamazon.com and click on the MCL Foundation.  (2) According to the Paymaster at the Dept. of FL, the MCL is sound financially.  (3) Scott Westerveld, a former Jr. Vice Commandant at the Dept. level, will participate in the Leadership School  in spite of his illness.  (4) The timeline for paying annual dues was changed with September being the month all renewals were effective.  In order to avoid the inevitable backlog in September, it is recommended that dues be sent now.  (5) The Injured Warriors Fund of FL has raised $56,000.  To locate qualified veterans from any branch of service, go to MCLfl.org .  (6) If scholarships monies are not turned in by a Detachment, any applicant from that Detachment will not be considered for a MCL scholarship.  (7) The Summer Convention will take place from 6/21-6/24 at the North Orlando Hilton in Altamonte Springs.  (8) The Fall Conference will take place from 10/5-10/8 at the Palm Beach Marriott.

Additions to Good of the League:   (1) Tony made a motion that the Detachment donate $200 to the Young Marine program in order to sponsor a Young Marine for summer camp.  This motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  (2) Adjutant MacCutcheon reported on Honor Flight South Florida.  This included the mission of HFSF as well as upcoming fundraising events - a Golf Classic (August 12th) and a Military Gala (October 14th).  For additional information on participating in a flight to Washington, D.C. or attending either event, please contact Honor Flight at honorflightsouthflorida.org or 1-855-359-1838.  (3) Tony made an additional motion that the Detachment split the cost ($100) of a full page ad for the June convention.  The Detachment and Pound would each pay $50.  The motion was seconded by Ray Arriaga.  All were in favor.

Announcements:   Commandant Motes invited Detachment members to attend Broward County Superintendent's Pass and Review at Pompano Beach High School on May 12th.  Beginning at 5:30 pm 600 JROTC cadets will be presented to the Superintendent of Schools and march in formation.  Volunteers are needed to prepare food for these cadets prior to their performance.  If available, preparations will take place between approximately noon and 4:30 pm.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, June 8, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:   5/11/17    Minutes From:  4/13/17

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 Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting :  The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made a motion to accept the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.

Correspondence :  none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of March, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Hy Finkelstein and seconded by Lou Annacone.  All were in favor. 

Sickness and Distress :  (1) A family member of Gad Aflalo is ill.  (2) Marvin Lippman is recovering from the flu.  (The current status of Ed Weber was unknown, but it was hoped that contact could be made.)

Report of Officers:   In the absence of Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Commandant Motes read the Status Report.

Standing Committees:   none 

Special Committees:   Jr. Vice Commandant Gutierrez, chairman of the Nominating Committee, opened up nominations for elected Detachment officers for the third time.  (Nominations for each position were requested 3 times.)  Since nominees remained unchanged for each position, Tony cast one vote for each of the nominees in his respective position.   The results were as follows:

                       POSITION                                                  NAME

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            Commandant                                               Joseph Motes

            Sr. Vice Commandant                                  Gad Aflalo

            Jr. Vice Commandant                                  Cliff Handerhan

            Judge Advocate                                           Lou Annacone

The slate of officers for 2017-2018 will be sworn in at next month's meeting.

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   Since Commandant Motes will be unavailable to present JROTC awards at local high schools on 4/19, 4/20, and 4/26, he asked for volunteers to do so. Tony Gutierrez stepped up for the 4/19 and 4/26 events.  Another volunteer was still requested for 4/20 (Fort Lauderdale High School, 7:00 pm).

Good of the League:  (1) Walter Smolka (Smoke) offered a suggestion in which greater visibility could be given to the Detachment.  By collecting flags no longer in use from family, friends, and community, a public event might be created to dispose of these flags in the proper ceremonial manner.  With an appropriate site and sufficient backing by a community leader, sufficient interest might be created so that the community, local press, and TV station attend.   Guest speaker(s), a Detachment Color Guard, and the playing of taps could be included in the program.  Detachment information could be passed out during the event.  (The yearly collection of flags from the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton would be added to those needing proper disposal.)  (2) Merging with another Detachment was mentioned again, since attendance makes it difficult to spearhead and/or participate in many events.  No further discussion ensued at this time.  (3) Jr. Vice Commandant Handerhan made a motion to donate $100 to the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation.  The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.  (4) If anyone would be attending the Spring Conference, Tony reported that all rooms reserved for members of the MCL had been sold out.  Rooms, however, were available at the Fairfield Marriott not far from the conference site.  (5) Determining whether or not a Detachment should continue to exist, according to Tony, is based upon one question: Does the Detachment meet the mission of the MCL?  (6)  Mary Castillo, a member of Detachment 755, had moved to North Carolina but now plans to return to Broward County.  She will be seeking employment in Miami-Dade, Broward or southern Palm Beach Counties.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.  A special prayer was said for a member of the Aflalo family.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  4/13/17     Minutes From:  3/9/17

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online and also read at the meeting for those who did not have computer access.  Tony Gutierrez made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of February, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  No one opposed.

Sickness and Distress:   From her monthly phone calls, Chaplain Steitz reported that (1) Marvin Lippman was not feeling well and expressed his regrets that he could not attend the meeting, and (2) Harvey Ellenthal was taking it “one day at a time” and so appreciated the call from the Detachment.

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   Jr. Vice Commandant Gutierrez, chairman of the Nominating Committee, opened up nominations for elected Detachment officers for the second time.  (Nominations for each position were requested 3 times.)  The slate of officers remained unchanged from the previous month's nominations:

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                              POSITION                                          NAME

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                     Commandant                                       Joseph Motes

                     Sr. Vice Commandant                          Gad Aflalo

                     Jr. Vice Commandant                          Cliff Handerhan

                     Judge Advocate                                   Lou Annacone         

            Commandant Motes closed the nominations until next month.

Unfinished Business:   Gad Aflalo, Cliff Handerhan, and Joe Motes attended the Veterans' Appreciation Day at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  (Pictures were posted on the Detachment's Facebook page.)

New Business:   (1) Lou Annacone made a motion to donate $200 to a Detachment member to help defray his cost of attending the Golden Age Games in Biloxi, Mississippi this May.   The motion was seconded by Angelo Norberto.  All were in favor.  (2)  Commandant Motes reported that the last troop care package was shipped overseas.  (3) Jr. Vice Commandant Gutierrez made a motion that unsold scholarship tickets be purchased by the Detachment at a cost of $195.  The motion was seconded by Ray Arriaga.  All were in favor.  (4) Tony also made a motion that the Detachment and Pound purchase an ad for the Spring Conference in Safety Harbor at a cost of $100.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Good of the League:   Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez informed the Detachment that interest in attending the Spring Conference was less than expected as evidenced by the  decreasing number of registrants, purchase of ads, etc.  This lack of interest seems to be reflective of decreasing attendance at Detachment meetings statewide.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  3/9/17         Minutes From:  2/9/17

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

Roll Call of Officers :  Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guest:   Pat Dotoli

Applications for Membership :  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Lou Annacone.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   Since an excess of toiletry samples had been collected during the Detachment's Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, the Detachment decided to donate the excess to Forgotten Soldiers Outreach in Lake Worth.  A thank you letter was received acknowledging this donation.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of January, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Hy Finkelstein and seconded by Angelo Norberto.  No one opposed.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Cliff Handerhan attempted to contact Sam Bittar, but unfortunately, Sam could not be reached.  (2) Cliff and Marilyn Steitz both spoke with Harvey Ellenthal who was extremely appreciative of calls from the Detachment.

Report of Officers:   Jr. Vice Commandant Handerhan received several letters from the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic, extending their appreciation for (1) the Detachment's donation of Hooters Buffalo Wings for the veterans and (2) a 2016 donation of books and magazines totaling $4630.  Additionally, Cliff volunteered 464 hours at the clinic during the year 2016.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:   Since the chairman of the nominating committee for elected officer positions was unavailable, Commandant Motes initiated the process.  Nominations were opened up to the Detachment for the first time.  (Nominations for each position were requested 3 times.)   The results were as follows:

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    POSITION / NAME                   MOTION           SECONDED               ACCEPTED/

                                                   TO ACCEPT                BY                        DECLINED

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Commandant/Motes                 C. Handerhan      H. Finkelstein                 Accepted

Sr. Vice Cdt./Aflalo                   C. Handerhan      L. Annacone          abs., but would accept if nominated                                                                                                  

Jr. Vice Cdt./Handerhan           L. Annacone        H. Finkelstein                Accepted

Judge Advocate/Annacone      C. Handerhan      H. Finkelstein                Accepted

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Commandant Motes closed the nominations until next month.

Unfinished Business:   Commandant Motes shipped 3 more care packages/boxes overseas.  One box is waiting to be shipped.

New Business:   (1) Commandant Motes made a motion to donate $100 to the Sunrise VA Clinic to assist in the purchase of wings from Hooters for its Veterans' Appreciation Day.  The motion was seconded by Angelo Norberto.  All were in favor.  (The event is scheduled for Monday, February 13th.  Suggested arrival time is between 10:30 and 11:00.)  (2) Ray Arriaga asked if any decision had been made regarding the merging of our Detachment with Intracoastal.  As a result, an informal vote was taken, and no one present was in favor of the change.  If any merger actually did occur, it was felt that Intracoastal should join #755.  (3) At the January meeting, it was reported that a member (not in attendance) was looking for a new place to live.  Cliff recalled, that at a quarterly meeting he had attended, a representative had been available to help with housing for veterans.  Cliff suggested that this person or group might be of assistance to the member in need.

Good of the League:   Commandant Motes presented the “Distinguished Citizen Bronze” to Angelo Norberto “In appreciation and gratitude for distinguished service in the interest of the Unites States of America, the United States Marine Corps and the Detachment of Florida Marine Corps League and specifically for service rendered to deployed Marines and Marines in need.” (Oct., 2016)

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 9, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  February 9, 2017          Minutes From:  January 12, 2017

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant

MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Walter Smolka.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   (1) Former Detachment Sr. Vice Commandant Adam Falise visited from Alaska during the holidays.  (He had been transferred from Fort Lauderdale to Alaska by his employer TSA  mid-2016.)  (2) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez reported that (a) applications can be submitted online for “Marine of the Year” at both Department and Division levels, (b) because of illness, the District III Vice Commandant was replaced by Bill Carter, and (c) scholarship tickets were available for sale with the expectation that monies for ALL tickets will be sent to the Department prior to deadline.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of December, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  No one opposed.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) After speaking with Harvey Ellenthal, Chaplain Steitz learned that he was not well and could not attend Detachment meetings.  He was very pleased, however, that a member of the Detachment had contacted him and offered support if needed.  (2) Marilyn also learned via phone conversations that Walter Lippman was looking for a new place to live and would appreciate any leads from the Detachment.  (3) She also learned that Sam Bittar had been in a nursing home for two weeks.  (4) Walter Smolka's daughter was recovering from surgery.  (5) The Forum in Deer Creek would be contacted to see if Ed Weber was still in residence.

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

New Business: (1)  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez stepped up to chair a Nominating Committee for the Detachment's 2017-2018 slate of elected officers.  Volunteers were requested to assist him during the February, March, and April nominations with final selection/voting completed by the end of the April meeting.  (2) After prior consultation  with Commandant Motes who was unable to attend the meeting, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo brought two items up for discussion: the need for increasing membership and consideration of a possible merger with another Detachment, as Intracoastal.  He suggested that 90 days be given before a decision was made.  (Please note that Angelo Norberto thought discussion should not take place at the meeting until Commandant Motes was in attendance.)  (3) Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo presented Certificates of Appreciation to Detachment members who had participated in/contributed to the Troop Packages Program last November.  These members included: Gad Aflalo, Ramon Arriaga, Tony Gutierrez, Cliff Handerhan, Dale MacCutcheon, Phyllis and Mark Simon, and Marilyn Steitz.  A certificate will also be awarded to Angelo Norberto.  Commandant Motes participated as well.

Good of the League:   none

Announcements:   none

Before the Closing Ceremony, representatives from the American Legion Auxiliary sold raffle tickets to Detachment members with the drawing to take place on Friday, January 13th, the following day.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  January 12, 2017    Minutes from:  December 8, 2016

The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  A special prayer was said for John Glenn - a Marine aviator, astronaut, and senator - who had passed away earlier in the day.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez,  Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz

Guests :  none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting :  The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.

Correspondence :  Commandant Motes received a thank you letter from the VA Clinic in Sunrise acknowledging the Detachment's donation of $100 to the VA Coffee Fund.  (In total, the Detachment has donated $400.)

Paymaster Report:   (1) Reading from the bank statements for the month of November, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.  (2) At the meeting, a check was received - via Bill Smith -  from Daniel Levin for $1500.  This check will be included in next month's Paymaster Report.  (3) In keeping with the custom, it is hoped that Joe Motes - as Commandant - will select a watch to recognize his years of service in that elected position.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Gad Aflalo and Cliff Handerhan were heartily welcomed by Ed Weber, who is recovering from a boating accident and currently in residence at The Forum in Deerfield Beach.  Conversation included the importance of tradition and protocol at the Detachment meetings, as well as ways in which to increase attendance, for example, by offering free food at the meetings each month.  If you plan to visit Ed, please do so in the afternoon.  His address is The Forum, 3001 DC Country Club Boulevard (Rm. 203), Deerfield Beach, FL 33442.  The Forum's phone number is 954-698-6269.  (2) Trevor Wharton is at home but still recovering.

Report of Officers:   Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo gave the Status Report.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:  Paymaster Steitz reported on the 7th Annual Marine Corps Troop Package Drive that took place November 12th and 13th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton.  Toiletries, food, etc. donated by parishioners filled 7 boxes for our servicemen and women serving overseas. The $932 from cash and check donations paid for shipping (approximately $400) with the remainder put into an account for future use exclusively for the military.

New Business :   New Renewal Dates for Current Members (Important) from National:

“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 Au- gust. 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.”

Contact Commandant Motes for clarification if needed.

Good of the League:   (1)  There are 669 likes on the Detachment's Facebook page.   (2) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez attended a District Vice Commandant meeting on November 12th in Altamonte Springs near Orlando.  The following information was highlighted. 

A The Spring Conference will be run by the Department and will take place April 27 - 29, 2017 at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa near Tampa.  (Contact Tony Gutierrez for more details.) 

B For the next 3 years, the Department Convention will take place at the the Hilton in Altamonte Springs.  The next convention will be held form June 22 - 24, 2017.  (Contact Tony for more details.)

C Scholarship tickets were made available to Detachment members.  Scholarships are awarded to MCL members, their dependents and grandchildren. 

D Commandant Motes accepted from District Vice Commandant Gutierrez  the “Meritorious Unit Commendation Award” for the Detachment, dated 10/2016.  (4) Dale MacCutcheon, Marilyn Steitz, Angelo Norberto, and Bill Smith were presented with “Distinguished Citizen Bronze” awards.   (5) Jr. Vice Commandant Handerhan received a thank you from the VA in Sunrise thanking the Detachment for its donation to purchase the cake for the Marine Corps' birthday celebration this past November.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, January 12, 2017.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  Dec. 8, 2016             Minutes From:  October 13, 2016

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

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Jr. Vice Commandant and VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:  None

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made the motion to accept the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:  (1) The Fall Conference, scheduled for Oct. 6-9 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, was cancelled because of Hurricane Matthew.  (2) Adam Falise sent well wishes from Alaska, saying he was “with us in spirit” and if he could help in any way, he would.

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements for the month of September, Paymaster Steitz reported on monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Commandant Motes will have surgery on Oct. 18th at the VA Hospital in Miami and is expected to return home the same or following day.  (2) Walter Smolka (Smoke) is recovering from a viral infection and is hoping to rejoin us next month.

Report of Officers:  none

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  none

New Business:  (1) Detachment 755 has been invited to celebrate the 241st birthday of the Marine Corps at G. W. Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill, 10365 Royal Palm Blvd. in Coral Springs on November 10th.  Since this is the same date as our November meeting, the Detachment decided to meet at Sharkey's rather than at the American Legion Post in Margate.  (2) The Annual Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will be held the weekend of Nov. 12-13.  Marines are encouraged to be present before and after each mass:                    

                    DAY                               TIME OF MASS

           Saturday, Nov. 12                           4:00pm           

           Sunday, Nov. 13                             8:00am

                                                                  9:30am

                                                                 11:15am

If you are interested in participating in the Troop Care Package Drive, please contact Marilyn (561-488-3785) or Dale (561-445-4192).

The Knights of Columbus at Our Lady of Lourdes is also inviting veterans to a free dinner on Saturday, Nov. 12th.  Please contact John Smith at 954-579-6511 or jbs2658@comcast.net for tickets.  (Flyer is included at the end of the minutes.)

Good of the League:  (1) There are 654 likes on Facebook.  Pictures have been posted of Eagle Scout presentations by Commandant Motes.  (2) The next Devil Dog Growl will take place on October 27th at Post 142.  (3) Jim Galvin, a Life Member, will be visiting our area from Oct. 17-21 with the hope of relocating here in the future.  (4) To celebrate the holidays, a pizza party will be held after our December 8th meeting.

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The November 10th “meeting” will be held at Sharkey's in Coral Springs.

The December 8th meeting will take place at its usual location.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report to be given:  October 13, 2016          Minutes From:  Sept. 8, 2016

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

(Commandant Motes added that Hugh O'Brian of movie and TV fame passed away on September 5th. He was the youngest Drill Sergeant in the Marine Corps, )

Guests:  none

New Member:  Commandant Motes introduced Colonel Alvah (Al) Ingersoll who is currently head of the Marine JROTC program at Olympics Heights High School in West Boca Raton.  Col. Ingersoll spoke of his military background prior to his current position.

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting (July):  The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:  The Department of FL MCL will present its Fall Conference from October 6- 9 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.  Leadership School will be held on Friday, October 7.  Since payment needs to be made in advance of the conference, Cdt. Motes requested that members notify him if interested.Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements for the month of August, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the paymaster's Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  (An audit will be completed by the October meeting.)

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Joe Motes will be having surgery on Tuesday, Sept. 20.  (2) Trevor Wharton is recovering at the VA Hospital.  (3) Joe Aiello dealing with ongoing health issues.Report of Officers:  Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo presented the Status Report.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez reported on the Summer Conference:  (1)  Department staff changes were made.  (2) The 2016-2017 Department of FL slate of officers was presented:

                      Commandant:  Ronald Ashley

                      Sr. Vice Commandant:  George LaMont

                      Jr. Vice Commandant:  Scott Westervelt

                      Judge Advocate:  Frank Glassford

                      Jr. Past Commandant:  Bill Cona

                (Bill Cona is also the new Leadership School Director.)

•  Leadership classes may “travel” to a variety of Detachments in order to give more members a greater opportunity to participate and learn MCL procedures.  (d) Attendance at the Fall Conference in Palm Beach Gardens (Oct. 6-9) was encouraged.

New Business:  (1) In order to make the payment of PLM dues less burdensome, it was suggested that a predetermined amount of money be paid every three months, as an example, until the total payment was made.  (2) Detachment 755 was invited to celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday at G. W. Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill (10365 Royal Palm Blvd., Coral Springs) on November 10.  (Since our monthly meeting would be on the same day, the Detachment meeting would be canceled to allow members to attend the celebration.)  (3) Colonel Ingersoll informed us that another celebration would be held at Olympic Heights High School in West Boca Raton, also on November 10, from 2:00-2:50 in the school's theater.  The school is located at 20101 Lyons Road, Boca Raton, just north of Glades Road.  (4) Commandant Motes made a motion that the Detachment place a 1/2 page ad in the Fall Conference book at the cost of $100.   Tony Gutierrez seconded the motion.  All were in favor.  (5) Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo made a motion that the Detachment donated $100 to the Coffee Fund at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  No one opposed.  (6) Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo made a motion that the Detachment donate $100 for the purchase of food from Hooters for the Veterans' Day celebration at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  The motion was seconded by Col. Ingersoll.  All were in favor.  (7) The Annual Troop Care Package Drive will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton November 12 and 13 before and after all masses.  Volunteers - in uniform - are needed.  Names and addresses of deployed military personnel were also requested.  (7) If any member was interested in contacting Adam Falise, Chaplain Steitz had his current address in Alaska.  (8) Cliff Handerhan is the Detachment's VAVS Representative.  Gad Aflalo recently received official approval to be his Deputy at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  (9) Tony Gutierrez presented a certificate to the Detachment for its voluntary service hours at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  These hours were accumulated from July, 2015 through June, 2016 by Joe Motes and Cliff Handerhan.  The Detachment was also acknowledged for its monetary donations.

Good of the League:  (1) FaceBook had 653 likes and was still getting a lot of traffic.  (2) The next Devil Dog Growl will be September 29th at Post 142.

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 13, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  9/8/16      Minutes From:  7/14/16

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 Steitz.  A special prayer was said for the Dallas police officers who were killed.  (It was noted that two of them were Marines.) 

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, and Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Ray Arriaga.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) Commandant Motes received a letter from the South FL Renegades of the Golden Age Games thanking the Detachment for its $100 donation.  (2) Adjutant MacCutcheon received a newspaper clipping from H. A. Dowd, affectionately known as Dowdie, showing her participation in a Memorial Day ceremony at the GAR Hall in Scituate, Massachusetts. 

Paymaster Report:   (1) Reading from the bank statements for the month of June, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Ray Arriaga.  (2) Gad and Linda Aflalo stated that arrangements would be made with Paymaster Steitz to conduct an audit of Detachment accounts and to report their findings to the membership when completed.

Sickness and Distress:   none 

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees :  none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business : Commandant Motes will continue to work on creation of a Detachment T-shirt since most members do not own a MCL uniform.

New Business:   As an alternative to a one-time, PLM payment, Commandant Motes suggested that these dues be paid in increments with a predetermined schedule for payment.  This method has been successful with several groups within the American Legion and DAV and eliminates the need for annual membership renewals. 

Good of the League:   (1) There were 646 likes on Facebook.  (2) Honor Flight of South Florida needs WWII and Korean War vets for its October 8th flight to Washington, D.C.  (3) Commandant Motes made additional Detachment recruitment cards available to its members.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  7/14/16     Minutes From:  6/9/16

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color

Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of May, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  No one opposed.

Sickness and Distress:   Phone calls and personal invitations had been extended to Ed Weber to show continuing support from Detachment members.

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Aflalo read the Status Report.  Possible new members and the use of Detachment “recruiting cards” were discussed.  (2) VAVS Rep. Handerhan gave his six month report (January-June).  Donated books and magazines had an estimated value of $2,230.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:  (1) A design is being created for Detachment T-shirts since most members do not own a MCL uniform.  (2) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez will be attending the Summer Convention in Orlando from 6/16-19.  He will represent the Detachment's wishes when voting takes place for Judge Advocate.  The Fall Conference will be held at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott from October 6th through October 8th.  Leadership School will be held on Oct. 7th; it will be an all-day event.

New Business:   Contact with Sharkey's in Coral Springs needs to be made. Hopefully,  they will continue to host the celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday with our Detachment.

Good of the League:   Cliff Handerhan will be attending the Golden Age Games in Detroit from July 10th through July 15th.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  6/9/16      Minutes From:  5/12/16

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Erin McGaugh

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) A thank you was received from the VA Clinic for the Detachment's donation of $50 to sponsor one youth for its summer program.  (2) For the Department's Summer Convention in June, a check will be written from Detachment funds for $20 to cover the cost of 4 members.

Paymaster Report:   (1) Reading from the bank statements for the month of April, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, members of the Detachment were invited to review her records.  A motion to accept the  Paymaster Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  No one opposed.  (2) A quarterly audit needs to be completed.  In the past, Adam Falise and his mother Barbara were responsible for this task.  Gad and Linda Aflalo will replace them, however, since Adam will be leaving for a new position with the TSA in Alaska at the end of the month.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Since Ed Weber is not feeling well, phone calls and visits were strongly recommended.  (2) Cliff was contacted by Jim Galvin, who is also under the weather.  Once his address is obtained, a card will be sent from the Detachment.

Report of Officers:   Commandant Motes called for final nominations and elections for elected MCL positions.

Standing Committees:   (1) As chairperson of the nominating committee for elected officer positions, Cliff Handerhan opened up nominations for the third time.  Since there were no changes to the previous nominations, the following candidates remained for consideration:

POSITION                                           NAME

Commandant                                   Joe Motes

Sr. Vice Commandant                     Gad Aflalo

Jr. Vice Commandant                      Sebastian Gallina

Judge Advocate                               Lou Annacone

As Jr. Past Commandant, Tony Gutierrez cast one vote for each of the following nominees:                           

- Marine Joe Motes for Commandant

                            - Marine Gad Aflalo for Sr. Vice Commandant

                            - Marine Sebastian Gallina for Jr. Vice Commandant    

                            - Marine Lou Annacone for Judge Advocate

Elections were then closed by Commandant Motes.

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   (1) Several companies will be contacted to determine the best purchase price for shirts with Detachment logos.  (2) Tony will attend the Department's Summer Convention, June 16-19, in Orlando.  Since the Detachment has a voting strength of 4, a $20 check will be sent to the Department.   (3) Tony made a motion that the Detachment pay $50 for the purchase of a 1/2 page ad for the Department convention.  (The other 1/2 page will be paid for by the Pound.)  Cliff seconded the motion.  There was no opposition.

Good of the League:   (1) VAVS volunteer hours for this past year were reported to Nat'l:                    

                                       Cliff Handerhan - 459 hours

                                       Gad Aflalo          - 271 hours 

                                                                    730 total hours!

Proud students, parents, and instructors attended a MCJROTC awards ceremony at Olympic Heights Community High School in Boca Raton on May 6th.  In addition to awards given by the school, Commandant Motes was invited to present the MCL Gold, Silver, and Bronze medal awards as well as the Vietnam Veterans of America to four deserving cadets.  Congratulations to Colonel Ingersoll and Master Sergeant Barham for providing such excellent opportunities to its Marine cadets during their first year of operation!  (3) On May 13th Pompano Beach High School hosted Broward County's annual Pass and Review, a formal event in which all high school JROTC programs were represented and showcased in military fashion.  Superintendent Robert Runcie of Broward County District Schools gave the opening remarks.  He stated that Broward County has the largest JROTC program in the country.  Graduation rates, college admissions and entry into the armed services were all positively affected by JROTC participation.  (Of note, over $1,000,000 in scholarship monies were received by cadets in this program.)  (4) Our current Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Adam Falise has accepted a position with the TSA in Alaska.  Since this was his last formal MCL meeting, he thanked the Detachment for its support and hard work over the years.  As a wonderful example of what a Marine should be, he has made us proud to be among his MCL friends. 

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant 

Report To Be Given:  5/12/2016       Minutes From:  4/14/2016

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity 

Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Zachary Donofrio, a new recruit from RS Margate

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meetin g :   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   A note was received from Karen Moreno thanking the Detachment for its support and donation of $150 to assist her family.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of March, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.

Sickness and Distress:   none

Report of Officers:   Sr. Vice Commandant Falise presented the Detachment's Status Report.

      (Commandant Motes presented a Detachment 755 Challenge Coin to our guest, a new recruit, Zachary Donofrio.)

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   As chairperson of the nominating committee for elected officer positions, Cliff Handerhan opened up nominations to the Detachment.  (Nominations for each position were requested 3 times.)

Since there were no changes to the nominations, the following candidates remained for consideration:

    POSITION / NAME                   MOTION           SECONDED               ACCEPTED/

                                                   TO ACCEPT                BY                        DECLINED

______________________________________________________________________

Commandant/Motes                    A. Gutierrez         H. Finkelstein               Accepted

Sr. Vice Cdt. /Norberto                 A. Gutierrez         R. Arriaga                    Declined

Sr. Vice  Cdt./Aflalo                      A. Falise              A. Gutierrez                 Accepted*

Jr. Vice Cdt./Gallina                      A. Falise              L. Annacone                Accepted

Judge Advocate/Annacone           A. Falise              H. Finkelstein              Accepted

______________________________________________________________________

*This nomination was accepted verbally through Commandant Motes after the March meeting since Gad was sick at the time of the nomination.

Elections will take place at the May meeting.  Installation of officers will follow.

Unfinished Business:   As per Adam Falise's selection, Sebastian Gallina will assume chairmanship of the rifle competition committee.

New Business:   (1) Commandant Motes suggested that polo/golf shirts be ordered for each member.  Shirts would display the Detachment logo and be worn to Detachment meetings and functions.  (2) Continued effort needs to be made to locate another site for our monthly meetings since extra space is needed at the American Legion hall for its own members.

Good of the League:   (1)  Facebook has 638 likes and is still receiving much traffic.  (2) Broward County has the largest JROTC program in the United States.  The graduation rate for JROTC students enrolled in Broward County schools is 97% and for non-members, between 75% and 80%.  Since the MCL presents certificates and ribbons to members of 29 JROTC  programs within Broward County, Commandant Motes asked for assistance from the Detachment to do so.  (3) District 10 Vice Commandant/Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez attended the Spring Conference in Safety Harbor last month.  Prior to the District Vice Commandant meeting he was asked to address - in writing - delinquent membership and ways to attract and retain new members.  Since Marines have exceptional pride in who they are, Tony suggested that uniforms be worn more frequently to show this pride in the Corps and comraderie amongst its members.  High visibility may encourage conversation among the public, other Marines, and MCL members with an end result of joining the “team”.  (4) By using smile.amazon.com , a certain percentage of each sale will go back to the Marine Corps League Foundation. (5) The Department of FL June Convention will be held from June 16-19 at the Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs.  (6) The Fall Conference will take place October 6-9 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott.  (7) Fleet Week  is scheduled for May 2-9 at Port Everglades.  If you are interested in taking a tour of one of the ships, you must register to do so.  While an e-mail was sent to Detachment members with links to individual tours, you may contact Tony Gutierrez for information if needed.  (8) McSorley's in Fort Lauderdale is offering a reception to MCL members and others during Fleet Week.  For information, contact Tony.  (9) Commandant Motes must submit Detachment names to the Department of FL by May 15th in order for these nominees to be considered for Department awards.  (10)  District 10 Vice Commandant Gutierrez presented Commandant Motes with a citation from the MCL National Jr. Vice Commandant for 100% Detachment membership through August, 2015.  (11) The MCL - not individual Detachments - will pay the dues for any member on active duty.  A special form needs to be completed and submitted to National.  (12) Commandant Motes awarded the Detachment's Marine of the Year Award to Angelo Norberto for his continual service to the MCL and his positive response to volunteering when Marines were needed for a variety of events.  (13) On May 13th, Pompano Beach High School will host Broward County's Pass and Review, a formal event in which all high school JROTC programs are showcased in military fashion.  The event is open to the public at 4:00 pm.  (Joe has asked for volunteers to prepare food for the participating students.  These people should arrive at noon.)

Announcements:   Sr. Vice Commandant Adam Falise will be moving to Anchorage, Alaska for three years.  Congratulations to Adam for a well-deserved promotion!  While next month will be his last meeting with us, he will continue to be part of our Detachment and receive all updates regarding the MCL.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, May 12, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  4/14/16       Minutes From:  3/10/16

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   A motion was made by Adam Falise to accept the minutes as read online. The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   Commandant Motes reminded Detachment members that the Spring Conference at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa would be taking place from April 7th to April 14th.

Paymaster Report:   (1) Reading from the bank statements for the month of February, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  (2) After completing a quarterly audit for the months of October, November, and December, 2015, Adam Falise and Barbara Falise reported that all records were accurate.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's report for February, as well as the quarterly audit, was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Adam Falise.  All were in favor.  (3) In order to continue with quarterly audits for 2016, Adam and Barbara will review statements from January, February, and March before the next meeting. 

Sickness and Distress:   (1)  Gad Aflalo was absent from the meeting because of sickness.  (2)  Cliff reported that Ed Weber was not feeling well.

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise presented the Detachment's Status Report.  (2) VAVS Rep. Handerhan received a thank you letter from the VA Outptatient Clinic in Sunrise for his donation of books estimated at $768.

Standing Committees:   (1) As chairperson of the nominating committee for elected officer positions, Cliff Handerhan opened up nominations to the Detachment.  (Nominations for each position were requested 3 times.)   The results were as follows:

______________________________________________________________________

    POSITION / NAME                   MOTION           SECONDED               ACCEPTED/

                                                   TO ACCEPT                BY                        DECLINED

______________________________________________________________________

Commandant/Motes                    A. Gutierrez         H. Finkelstein               Accepted

Sr. Vice Cdt. /Norberto                 A. Gutierrez         R. Arriaga                     Declined

Sr. Vice  Cdt./Aflalo                      A. Falise              A. Gutierrez                 Pending (sick)

Jr. Vice Cdt./Gallina                      A. Falise              L. Annacone                Accepted

Judge Advocate/Annacone           A. Falise              H. Finkelstein              Accepted

______________________________________________________________________

(2) The Marine of the Year committee will be chaired by Tony Gutierrez, a former recipient.  He will be joined by other Detachment winners, including Cliff Handerhan and Joe Motes.  Their choice will be presented at the April MCL meeting.  

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  Commandant Motes encouraged the sale of scholarship tickets.  For $5, one book of tickets can be purchased.

New Business:   (1) Cdt. Motes bought a full-page ad for the Spring Conference:  half of the cost ($50) has been paid for by our Detachment, the other half ($50) has been paid for by the Pound.  (2) Joe asked for a volunteer to present JROTC awards at a Deerfield Beach High School off-campus event on Thursday, March 17th.  Tony Gutierrez stepped up to do so.  (3) Cliff Handerhan made a motion to donate $50 to sponsor a student in the summer youth program at the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic in Sunrise.  This motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  All were in favor.

Good of the League:   (1) Facebook has 637 likes with over 1000 hits.  (2) Approximately 40% of members receive Roll Call via e-mail or website.  Since no postage is needed, there is an annual savings of $132.06.  (3) Adam Falise reported on National's rifle competition and the Detachment's involvement.  Topics included the types of ammo to use, individual costs of each selection, suggestions on how to pay for the ammo, and team formation.  Additionally, once a logo is determined for the Detachment team, shirts will be printed.  (4) Joe made a motion that the Detachment donate $100 to Veterans United of America.  It is understood that this money will be earmarked for a Detachment member to help defray the cost of his airfare to The Golden Age Games in Detroit this July.  This motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All were in favor.  (5) Last month, Tony supplied the Detachment with post cards that included information about the MCL.  Since specific Detachment information was not included at that time, Joe printed labels with meeting dates, location, website, etc. and affixed to the cards.  The completed cards were made available at the meeting.

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given:  3/10/16    Minutes From:  2/11/16

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Aflalo, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Col. Michael Snyder, former member.

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with printed copies available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) A thank you letter was received from Anthony Ghezzi to thank the Detachment for items received as a result of a Troop Care Package Drive held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church last November.  (2) A note was also received from Karen Moreno thanking the Detachment for its prayers and donation when her husband Manny passed away.  (3) The Spring Conference is scheduled for April 7-14 at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa near Tampa.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of January, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Tony Guiterrez and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  In addition, a quarterly audit was requested for the months of October, November, and December, i.e., for the last quarter of 2015, in accordance with previously discussed procedures.  Paymaster Steitz will form a committee to do so.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Adam Falise is recovering from back surgery.  (2) Joe Motes had surgery on his nose.  (3) Mike LaBozzetta underwent heart surgery.  (4) Chaplain Steitz inquired into the health of Ed Weber.  A Detachment member said Ed's needs were being met.

Report of Officers:   Due to back surgery, Sr. Vice Commandant Falise was not in attendance and, therefore, could not give the Status Report.  Commandant Motes presented the information in his place.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   (1) Scholarship tickets were still available to sell; each book sells for $5.  (2) A Day of Honor is being held at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale on March 5th.  It is a day to “show appreciation to the military servicemen, servicewomen and their families, and to provide organizations that support them with an opportunity for community outreach and awareness”.  This opportunity was presented to the Detachment.  (3) It was suggested at a previous meeting that post cards be designed for MCL members to distribute when specific situations arose.  For example, if a Detachment member noticed a car with a USMC license plate, a post card could easily be left in the window explaining the purposes of the MCL as well as location and meeting times of our Detachment.  At this meeting, Jr. Past Commandant Guiterrez provided the post cards to which Commandant Motes will affix labels with specific Detachment information.  Tony was asked to supply the Detachment with additional cards.

New Business:   (1) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez made a motion for Detachment 755 and the Pound to split the expense of a $100, 1/2 page ad in order to show support for the Spring Conference in April.  This motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  (2) Commandant Motes asked Cliff Handerhan to chair the nominating committee for elected Detachment positions (2016-2017) beginning next month.  Cliff agreed to do so; Gad agreed to assist him.  (3) Commandant Motes asked Tony Gutierrez to chair a committee to select a Marine of the Year.  Tony accepted and agreed to enlist the help of previous MOY recipients.  (4) Joe asked Lou, Gad, and Tony to update the Detachment's bylaws to reflect the correct date of Detachment meetings, i.e., the second Thursday of each month.  Other bylaws could be discussed by the committee if necessary.

Good of the League:   (1) The Detachment's Facebook page has 637 likes.  Joe stated that one of his long lost friends from Camp Lejeune (1972-74) was reacquainted with him through Facebook.  (2) The report on the rifle competition was postponed, because Adam Falise is recovering from back surgery.  (3) The historian book has been updated from 2005 to the present.  Contributions were requested.  (4) Hy Finkelstein and Lou Annacone reported on their participation in the Virtual Honor Flight held at South Plantation High School on January 22nd.  Of this event to honor WWII veterans, both Hy and Lou remarked that the event made this day one of the best in their lives.  The outstanding service and respect given by the JROTC cadets was also noted as restoring their confidence in the youth of today.  (5) After receiving a list of awards that Lou Annacone had received while serving in both WWII and Korea, Commandant Motes proceeded to accumulate the appropriate ribbons, stars, etc. and present them to Lou during the meeting.

Announcements:   (1) Gad was given a brand new 22” flat screen TV by a man at the VA with the understanding that it would be given to someone who served.  Detachment members will find a suitable person.  (2) In honor of Fleet Week in May, the General Manager of McSorley's in Fort Lauderdale has invited Detachment members to enjoy dinner at his restaurant on May 5th between 6-10pm.  (3) Because Detachment meetings are held at the American Legion Post, Tony asked us to support them by purchasing hearts for Valentine's Day.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:   Feb. 11, 2016   Minutes From:  Jan. 14, 2016

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests/Returning Member:   Walter Smolka, a charter member of Tamarac Detachment 755 (1991)

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The minutes were posted online with a printed copy  available the day of the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   Ten troop care packages were sent overseas.  Three letters of appreciation were received.  One was delivered as priority mail from Baghdad from the Office of Security Cooperation, US Embassy-Baghdad.  Another was sent from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment.  The third was received from a former recipient of a JROTC award at Everglades High School in Broward County.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of December, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  (Deposits included a check for $1500 from Daniel Levin, an acquaintance of Detachment member Bill Smith.)  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  As always, Paymaster Steitz invited any Detachment member to review her records.  After Adam Falise suggested that a quarterly audit be made, Paymaster Steitz agreed that time would be set aside to do so.  Motion to accept the Paymaster's Report was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Gad Aflalo. 

Sickness and Distress:   The daughter of David Collins said that her father would be buried up north but that a ceremony might take place locally as well.  Commandant Motes will be informed of any arrangements.

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise gave the Status Report.  (2) Commandant Motes installed Gad Aflalo as our new Jr. Vice Commandant.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   none

Old Business:   none

New Business:   (1) Books of scholarship tickets were made available by the Commandant.  If 16 people bought four books each at a cost of $5 per book, all 64 books would be sold.  (2) Gulfstream Park is having a “Day of Honor” on March 5th to honor veterans and to showcase services available to them.  Tamarac Detachment has been offered space at the event if it chooses to participate.  (3) Commandant Motes suggested that a Detachment post card be designed to use as a hand out or to place on the window of cars with USMC tags or stickers.  This printing was endorsed by the Detachment.  (4) Our Commandant will place an order for JROTC medals and ribbons. One member believes that a donation will be made to help defray the cost of these awards. 

Good of the League:   (1) Facebook has 624 likes.  (2) Commandant Motes updated our history book from 2005 to the present.  It is available at each Detachment meeting.  (3) Adam Falise discussed National's rifle competition.  Topics included: the need for team members, the cost of ammo, the purchase or donation of ammo, and the types of Marine Corps issue firearms accepted for competition.  Team members now include Adam, Cliff, Ray, Sebastian, Gad, Walter, and Joe.  (4) Gad Aflalo was presented a Certificate of Appreciation by Commandant Motes for his participation in the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Church last November.  (5) Since so many members now use the internet to receive the Detachment's newsletter, Joe suggested that monies usually donated for boosters be used instead to pay for their PLM dues.  (6) Cliff was approached by the Commander of the American Legion to thank the Detachment for its generous donation.  Cliff had hoped to present a hat to Frank Cannon but did not realize that Frank had passed away several days before.  Frank's widow was very appreciative and decided to place the hat on top of his urn. 

•  With the painting of the American Legion building, the outdoor sign, which gave the time and day of our MCL meetings, was removed.  This sign needs to be located, taken for changes, then rehung.

Announcements:   Nominations for elected Detachment officers (2016-2017) will begin in  March.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 11, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  Jan. 14, 2016    Minutes From:  Dec. 10, 2015

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership: Major Robert Romanowski, Jr.  Motion was made by Adam Falise to accept the application after review of the Major's DD214.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   Since there was no November meeting, the minutes being reviewed were from October.  These minutes had been posted online, with printed copies available to members the day of the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) Cliff Handerhan reported that the VA Clinic in Sunrise had voted to donate memorial wreaths.  When the company was contacted, it was discovered that 30,000 wreaths had already been donated to Arlington National Cemetery.  (2) Meghan Lyons, the daughter of recently deceased David Collins, wrote, “Being a Marine was a very important part of his life and he loved being part of your group”.  She will notify the Detachment In January about arrangements.  (3) Mary Castillo, a Life Member who is currently residing in NC, wished the Detachment Season's Greetings.  She proudly reported that her son will be commissioned as a 2nd Lt. in the Marine Corps this month and that his twin sister is in her second year at Annapolis.

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of November, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Adam Falise made a motion to accept the Paymaster's Report as read.  It was seconded by Lou Annacone.

(After the reading of the Paymaster's report, Commandant Motes presented a check of $200 to from the American Legion to thank the Post for its hospitality during the year.)

Sickness and Distress:   It was recently brought to the Detachment's attention that Sumner I. Warshaw passed away (12/30/12) as well as Raymond T. White.  On November 29th of this year, David Collins also passed away.

Report of Officers:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise presented his Status Report for the month of December and mentioned the on-going effort to enlist new members.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   A Troop Care Package Drive took place at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on November 14th and 15th.  Donated items filled nine boxes and weighed 221 pounds.  (These boxes were sent several days after the event.)  Cash and check donations totaled $1000.  The generosity of the parish was acknowledged in the church bulletin by our Detachment.

New Business:   (1) Our newest member, Major Robert Romanowski, is an American Airlines pilot.  When his flight schedule does not interfere with Detachment meetings, he will be in attendance.  (2)  According to Detachment By-laws, a commandant may serve for more than three years.  Unless a Detachment member steps up to assume this position, Commandant Motes will remain in this position for 2016-2017.  (3) Scholarship books (64) are available for sale.  Each book contains 3 tickets and sells for $5.  If members buy 4 books each for a total cost of $20, it will take only 16 people to reach the goal.  (4) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez made a motion that the Detachment purchase a gift for Commandant Motes because of his service.  The motion was seconded by Sr. Vice Commandant Falise.

Good of the League:   (1) Facebook has 617 likes and is still getting traffic.  (2) More pictures have been added to the Detachment's history book representing years 2005 to the present.  (3) Adam Falise is requesting interested members to prepare for next year's Rifle Competition.  Practice sessions, cost of ammo, shirt design, etc. need to be discussed.  (4)  Commandant Motes presented an “Individual Meritorious Commendation” (Dept. Level) to Jr.Past Commandant Gutierrez in “Recognition of your Continual Professional Service, as an Instructor of the PDP Leaders School Program.”  (5) Commandant Motes also presented a Certificate of Appreciation to members who participated in the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on November 14th and 15th.  (6)  VAVS Rep. Handerhan received a letter of appreciation from the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic acknowledging a donation of books and magazines worth $168. 

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.  A moment of silence was observed for our friend David Collins who passed away Nov. 29th.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, January 14, 2016.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  Nov. 12, 2015   Minutes From:  Oct. 8, 2015

The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  A prayer was offered for Ida Gutierrez, the mother of Tony Gutierrez, who passed away the end of September.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Marvin Lipman, who will be transferring into Detachment 755

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The October minutes had been posted online.  A printed copy was made available the day of the meeting.  A motion to accept the minutes as read was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Adam Falise.  There were no corrections or additions.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of September, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Paymaster Steitz, once again, invited any member to review her books.  Adam Falise made a motion to accept the Paymaster's Report as read.  It was seconded by Lou Annacone.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:   The mother of Tony Gutierrez passed away the end of September.  Local services will be held in Merritt Island with her burial in New York.

Report of Officers:   Sr. Vice Commandant Falise gave his Status Report for the month of October.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   (1) The upcoming Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church will take place before and after most masses on Nov. 14th and 15th.  Topics included: the need for at least 3 Marines to represent the Detachment on each day of the event, supplies, packing, addresses of Marines deployed, and delivery to the Post Office.  The Knights of Columbus will offer a free dinner to any Marine participating in the Drive on Saturday, November 14th.  (2) Several contacts will be made with local businesses, e.g., Moody's Plumbing, to see if advertising space in Roll Call can be sold.

Old Business:   none

New Business:   (1) Commandant Motes made a motion that the Detachment make a donation of $200 to American Legion Post 157.  The motion was seconded by Cliff Handerhan.   (This motion was made by our Commandant since Detachment 755 is able to meet at Post 157 each month free of charge.)  (2) According to Detachment bylaws, Section 510B, “All elected officers shall serve a period of one year.  Elected officers may stand for reelection for additional years.”  If Joe Motes chooses to run for another term as Commandant, he would not be in violation of Detachment bylaws.  (3) VAVS Rep. Handerhan received an acknowledgment from the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic thanking him for his donation of books and magazines worth $456.

Good of the League:   (1) The Detachment's Facebook page had 596 Likes and is still generating traffic.  (2) A list of Tamarac Detachment awards was made available to all members.  This list goes back to 1991 and provides members the names of awards to which they are entitled.  (3) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise reported on the rifle competition.  A logo has been designed for T-shirts and, once a list of sizes is available, Commandant Motes will send them off to be printed if time permits.  (4) Joe Motes has also updated the Detachment's Historian Book.  It includes information from 2005 to the present.  If anyone has a contribution to make, contact Joe with the information.  (5) To ensure that ALL members receive important Detachment information, Chaplain Steitz will personally contact - by phone - members who do not have e-mail.  (6) The “South Florida 2nd Annual Young Marine Birthday Ball” will be held in Pembroke Pines on Sunday, October 18, 2015 from 12:00-4:00 pm.  The $40 per person charge will include a full sit-down dinner, DJ/dancing, and door prizes.  If interested, call 954-895-4137 or e-mail to Southfloridayoungmarines.org

Announcements:   none

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, November 12, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  Oct. 8, 2015           Minutes From:  Sept. 10, 2015

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

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  (1) South Florida Young Marines (Unit Commander Richard Barber, his adjutant, and 3 Young Marines).  Commandant Motes presented a check for $200 to Mr. Barber.  The unit was reminded of the Detachment picnic on September 26th.  Mr. Barber invited our Detachment to the Young Marine Birthday Ball on October 18th to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the Young Marines (Oct. 17th).  If interested in attending, see Commandant Motes for details and contact information.  (2) Ed Fitzmaurice, a neighbor of David Collins.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  Both the July and August minutes had been posted online.  Since a quorum was not available in August, printed minutes from both months were made available to members at the August meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made a motion to accept the minutes as printed.  It was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:  (1) A card was received from Carolann Caiazza thanking the Detachment for the certificate she received and for the involvement of Detachment members, especially Gad Aflalo and Angelo Norberto, in the funeral of John Palermo.  (2) Patty, and John Palermo, Jr., thanked the Detachment for “a valuable difference in the funeral services for our father, John....Knowing that you were on guard until the end meant so much to us.  Please know you have a special place in our hearts.”  (3) A thank you was also received from the VA Clinic in Sunrise, for the Detachment's donation of $100 to their coffee fund.  (4) A representative from Dignity Memorial asked to present pre-planning information to Detachment members.  Joe made a motion to give the speaker 15 minutes during the next meeting.  The motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  All were in favor.

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements for the month of August, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Paymaster Steitz, once again, invited any member to review her books.  Adam Falise made a motion to accept the Paymaster's Report as read.  It was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  No one opposed.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Adam Falise made a request that prayers be said for all law enforcement.  (2)  According to Cliff Handerhan, Jim Galvin's health has improved, and Jim will be returning to this area permanently.

Report of Officers:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise read the Status Report for the month of August.  He also stated that payment needs to be made to Tradewinds Park in order to reserve the same pavilion used by the Detachment last year for its annual picnic.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  (1) A Troop Care Package Drive will be held at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church on November 14th and 15th before and after each mass.  The Knights of Columbus has also expressed interest in working with us, since a dinner for veterans is being planned for the evening of Nov. 14th.  Contact will be made with the VA representative from the church in order to coordinate events.  (2) An update on the ad from Moody's was not available since the contact person from our Detachment was out-of-town.

Old Business:   none

New Business:  (1) Because of a vacancy for the position of Jr. Vice Commandant, Commandant Motes nominated Gad Aflalo.  Gad had accepted the nomination and was approved by the voting membership for the position.  Gad will be sworn in at the Detachment meeting this October.  (2)  Joe Motes is serving his third year as Commandant.  Since no other Detachment member is interested in this position, bylaws need to be amended to extend the number of terms currently allowed.  The change was authorized by the Detachment.  (3) The Fall Conference will take place Oct. 29 - 31.  Commandant Motes recommended that a full page ad be taken out at a cost of $100.  The cost would be equally split between Detachment 755 and Pound 192.  A motion to do so was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  All were in favor.  (4) As of September 2nd, with the submittal of Form 990-N, the Detachment became compliant with requirements of the IRS.  (5) Four members will participate in shooting competitions sponsored by National.  In preparation for this event, Adam Falise made a motion that range fees and shirt costs be paid from Detachment funds.  The motion was seconded by Ray Arriaga.  All were in favor.  (6)  Cliff Handerhan won a Bronze Medal at the Golden Age Games.  (Miami VA did offer support financially.)  (7)  It is important to know how many people will be in attendance at the Detachment picnic on September 26th since the proper amount of food, drinks, etc. need to be purchased.

Good of the League:  (1) A list of Department and National awards was compiled by Commandant Motes with the assistance of Lou Calleja.  (2) An album showing the history of the Detachment was also completed by Joe.  It includes certificates from the year 2000 to the present as well as pictures of each Commandant and when he served.  (Pictures of those no longer in good standing have not been included.)  Also included are group pictures taken during Detachment functions.  (3)  Facebook has 585 likes and is still getting continued traffic.  (4) Happy Birthday was extended to Hy Finkelstein and Ray Arriaga.

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  Prior to the Closing Prayer offered by Chaplain Steitz, Angelo Norberto asked for a moment of silence to remember his fellow officers and friends who passed away during the events of September 11th. 

Prayers were also said for others affected by 9/11.

The next meeting was scheduled for October 8, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To be Given:  Sept.10, 2015        Minutes From:  Aug. 13, 2015

(According to Detachment bylaws, official business could not be conducted. A quorum of the membership was not in attendance.  Only one officer was available.)

The meeting was called to order by Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The July minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting.  The minutes were also read by Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to accept the minutes as read.  It was seconded by Angelo Norberto.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of July, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Paymaster Steitz invited any member to review her books.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to accept the Paymaster's Report as read.  It was seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  All were in favor.

Sickness and Distress:   None

Report of Officers:   Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez stated: (1) the National Convention was in progress and that the Executive Director had stepped down because of improper actions, (2) attendance at the Detachment picnic should be encouraged, and (3) representatives from the Young Marine Program will be in attendance next month to accept the Detachment's donation.  (Because it was known ahead of time that Detachment attendance would be low for the August meeting, the Young Marine invitation was moved from August to September.)  To give the Young Marines an opportunity to attend the picnic, the director was contacted with the appropriate information prior to the September meeting.

Standing and Special Committees, Unfinished and Old Business:   none

New Business:   (1) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez stated that Commandant Motes received confirmation from Gad Aflalo that Gad would step up and assume the position of Jr. Vice Commandant upon approval.  (2) Gad wanted to acknowledge Angelo Norberto and Ray Arriaga for their assistance during arrangements for one of our Past Commandants John Palermo who passed away earlier this month.  (3) Chaplain Steitz also acknowledged Gad Aflalo for his dignified presence during the viewing and memorial service for John.  She and Adjutant MacCutcheon were visibly moved with the respect shown to a fellow Marine. (4) Angelo received a letter from John Palermo, Jr. expressing his thanks to Angelo, Ray, Gad , and other Detachment members for their heartfelt participation in all services planned for his dad.

Good of the League:   none

Announcements:   Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez encouraged Detachment members to attend the picnic on Sept. 26th and to invite those who do not often attend MCL meetings.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.  A special prayer was said for our friend John Palermo who passed away July 21st.

The next meeting was scheduled for September 10, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:   August 13, 2015   Minutes From:  July 9, 2015

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan.

Guests:   (1) Manny Moreno, District 10 Vice Commandant and Dept. of FL Chaplain and (2) Tony Gutierrez, Jr. Past Commandant of Det. 755 and member of the National Uniform Committee.

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The June minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were also made available the day of the meeting.  A motion was made by Gad Aflalo to suspend reading of the minutes.  This motion was seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  All agreed.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   Reading from the bank statements for the month of June, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the savings and checking accounts.  This month's total included reimbursement from the Rust Insurance Agency, a company used by the Marine Corps League to handle claims related to theft.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Tony Gutierrez's mother was hospitalized.  He will be attending an out-of-state funeral for his aunt. (2) Ed Weber's good friend and one of the original founders of our Detachment - Peter Minicucci - recently passed away.   Ed was concerned with the lack of attendance at this funeral.

Report of Officers:   (1) District 10 Vice Commandant Moreno reported on the State Convention:  (a) proposed changes may be made to PLM bylaws, (b) 46/50 Detachments participated in Boy Scout programs, (c) 110 attended the Leadership School at the Spring and Fall Conventions, (d) 42 scholarships were awarded last year at $400 per recipient.  (There were 53 applicants this year but, with funds low, it is undetermined as to how much money will be awarded to each student), (e) the Fall Conference is scheduled for October 29 - Nov. 1, 2015 at the Palm Beach Gardens Marriott, (f) Since the roses need to be put together and a minimum of 10 gross must be ordered, participation in the Rose Program has been reduced, and (g) THE GOAL  OF THE DEPARTMENT IS TO REDUCE DELINQUENCIES.  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise reported that the Detachment is on track with planning for the picnic at Tradewinds Park scheduled for September 26th.  He also gave his Status Report for the Detachment.

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees: none

Unfinished Business:   The Detachment is now 100% in membership at both the National and Department levels.

Old Business:   The Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton is scheduled for November 14th and 15th.  Volunteers, especially those in uniform, are needed.

NEW BUSINESS:   (1) The Knights of Columbus from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church has invited our Detachment to attend its Veterans' Day dinner on November 14th.  (The cost is $20 per person.)  The Knights are also interested in using this dinner as a way to increase donations to our Troop Care Package Drive which occurs on the same day.  (2) Angelo Norberto volunteered to contact Moody's Plumbing to discuss continued placement of an ad in our newsletter Roll Call.  (3) Commandant Motes asked Detachment members to contact local Publix stores to see if they would support our Rose Program by allowing set up in front of their stores.  (A Letter of Solicitation will be made available to Detachment members.)  (4) Discussion occurred regarding donations to groups that had received monies from our Detachment in the past, e.g., the Sunrise VA Clinic and South Florida Young Marines.   (a) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez made a motion that $100 be donated to the coffee fund of the Sunrise VA Clinic.  This motion was seconded by Ed Weber and approved.  (b) Another motion was made by Tony Gutierrez to donate $200 to the South Florida Young Marines.  It was seconded by Angelo Norberto.  An additional motion was made by Ed Weber and seconded by Tony Gutierrez that this donation be subject to discussion.  After consideration of the pros and cons of doing so, a vote was taken and the motion passed.  Since this program is part of the MCL, Commandant Motes suggested that these Young Marines be invited to our Detachment meeting on August 13th to receive this donation.  At this time they will also be invited to our Detachment picnic scheduled for September 26th.  (c) Another motion was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Adam Falise to donate $100 to the Leathernecks.  After discussion, it was decided that money could be donated as the situation arises.  For example, if a Detachment member passes away and the Leathernecks participate in his/her services, a donation can be made from our Detachment at that time. (d) JROTC medals and ribbons will be purchased in the fall after school commences.

Good of the League:   (1) Commandant Motes reported that there are 564 Likes on Facebook with 40 new Likes this month.  Using his e-mail contacts, Joe requested a motor scooter for John Palermo to be used after rehab and when he returned home.  Within 20 minutes one was donated by Lester Barr from Tamarac.  Within 48 hours, 7 were made available!  The scooter has already been delivered.  (2) District 10 Vice Commandant Moreno and Det. 755 Jr. Past Commandant (and member of the National Uniform Committee) Gutierrez awarded a Department Meritorious Unit Commendation and Ribbon to our Detachment.  (3) A Certificate of Appreciation for 2014 - 2015 was presented to Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez.  (4) Honor Flight South Florida, Inc. is seeking veterans from WWII and Korea as well as veterans who are terminally ill to participate in its free trip to Washington, D.C. “to visit and experience the memorials built to honor their service and sacrifice”.  (See attached flier for information.)  (5) The new address of Jeanette Eno, a Detachment member, was made available: 5100 Cresthaven Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415-8128.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:   (1) As representative of Detachment #755, Cliff Handerhan received 4 letters of appreciation from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Broward VA Outpatient Clinic, for its donation of books and magazines as well as the Marine Corps Birthday Cake for Bruce W. Carter's 65th birthday observance.  As of June 1, 2015, donations totaled $3100.  (2) District 10 Vice Commandant Moreno said “for all the Devil Dogs” that Dave Sargent's grandson had been shot and killed in CA.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 13, 2015.

Report To Be Given:  7/9/2015   Minutes From:  6/11/2015

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

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  none, but Commandant Motes acknowledged the return of Ed Weber to our meetings

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  (1) The May minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were also made available the day of the meeting.  A motion was made by Cliff Handerhan to accept the minutes as written.  It was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  (2) Angelo Norberto addressed the minutes from the April meeting since his motion to put a freeze on Detachment spending for the next six months was not included.  (He was not in attendance in May when the April minutes were presented.) After a discussion of expenditures and Miami VA assistance for the Golden Age Games, Commandant Motes said the April minutes would be amended.

Correspondence:  Thank you notes were received from two cadets at Nova High School after the presentation of JROTC awards by our Commandant.  Jared wrote:  “.....I will wear this (Esprit de Corps Medal) with pride on my uniform, and I am proud to represent the American people.”  Caelan wrote:  “.....The look on my parent's face made all of this year's hard work worth it.  I hope to serve my country like yourselves one day in the Marine Corps.....” 

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statements for the month of May, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Bank statements were shown to members in attendance at the meeting.  Chaplain Steitz also stated that the accounts can be checked in four different ways to verify balances.

Sickness and Distress:  John Palermo is currently in rehab after suffering a heart attack.  When John's grandson visited from Annapolis, John was reminded that he was expected to pin on his grandson's wings at the graduation ceremony next year!   After visiting with John, Gad Aflalo reported that John is in good spirits, apologizes for not attending the meeting, and hopes to be in attendance next month.  Commandant Motes said he would send out a request for a motorized scooter.

Contact Information:       

John Palermo

Margate Health Care

5951 Colonial Drive

Margate

Room #506, Bed 2

(c) 561-716-2334

Report of Officers:  (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise discussed plans for the upcoming Detachment picnic.  Once a confirmed count becomes available, he will reserve a space at Tradewinds Park.  Hopefully, the pavilion used for our previous picnic will be available at the end of September, preferably Saturday, September 26th.  (2) Cliff Handerhan submitted his VAVS report to Commandant Motes.  Total volunteer hours were 218.  Donations, books, and magazines submitted were valued at $2705.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  none

Unfinished Business:  none

New Business:  (1) Since the newsletter for Jeanette Eno was returned, the Commandant is asking for help in finding where she currently lives.  (2) Adam Falise is hoping for Detachment interest in forming a Rifle and Pistol Team to participate in National's competition once again.  Once members sign up for the event, a schedule for practice times at the range can be made.  (3) Angelo Norberto requested that Detachment members consider changing the name of the Detachment since the group does not meet in Tamarac and internal problems have possibly undermined its reputation.  (It was suggested that the name of a Medal of Honor recipient replace the word “Tamarac”.)  Discussion ensued, and the following points were made:  (a) Ed Weber stated that a former mayor and Marine from Tamarac had endorsed the formation of the Detachment and, thus, the name.  Even when the group no longer met in Tamarac, the group was still known as the “Tamarac Detachment”, (b) Joe Motes discussed the good standing our Detachment has with both State and National.  The Department was satisfied with the way internal problems were handled.  National was pleased with the presentation of so many Eagle Scout Certificates during the year, ranking Florida second IN THE  COUNTRY for doing so, (c) a name change was discussed years ago, according to Cliff Handerhan, but was rejected because the cost of doing so was prohibitive, and (d) Hy Finkelstein expressed concern that a precedent might be set for changing the name whenever something unpleasant occurred.  (4)  Ed Weber has invited Detachment members to help him sort through papers, pictures, etc. related to the Detachment and accumulated over the years.  (5) Marilyn Steitz had received a note from Dowd, a former member now relocated to Scituate, MA.  Dowd is doing well and continues to send good wishes to members of our Detachment.

Good of the League:  (1) Facebook has 524 Likes and is still getting continuous traffic, (2) 58 gold, silver, and bronze medals were given to deserving JROTC cadets in 29 high schools within Broward County, (3) Certificates of Appreciation were presented to elected and appointed officers for 2014-2015 by Commandant Motes.  (4)  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 FL 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.

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 9, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  6/11/15    Minutes From:  5/14/15

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

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz,  VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  none

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  The April minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were also  made available the day of the meeting.  A motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Cliff Handerhan.  The motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  All approved.

Correspondence:  In honor of her late husband Robert Hoover, Jr., Elizabeth Hoover donated $50 to the Detachment.  “He was a very proud Marine.”

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statement for the month of April, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  There was no discrepancy between her records and the bank's.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  All approved.

Sickness and Distress:  Lou Annacone reported that John Palermo had been hospitalized at Holy Cross Hospital because of heart problems.  Follow-up will be made to determine John's current condition.

Report of Officers:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise reported on the costs for shelter at Tradewinds Park in Coconut Creek.  It was suggested that the Detachment picnic be scheduled for September.

Standing and Special Committees:  no reports

Unfinished Business:  (1) Commandant Motes reported that no monies have become available from outside sources to help defray the costs for participation in the Golden Age Games this August.  If no monies are forthcoming before the games, it was suggested that, as Commandant, he use his discretionary funds to reduce out-of-pocket expenses for the one Detachment member attending.  (2) Commandant Motes has handed out end-of-the-year awards to approximately 90% of his schools with JROTC programs.

New Business:  (1) Joe was contacted by Pompano Lincoln Mercury to discuss placement of an ad on the back cover of the Detachment's newsletter Roll Call.  While price of the ad and delivery options were discussed, no information has yet been received.  (2) Some individual purchases of Scholarship Books have been made but are very limited.  It was suggested that the Detachment make no donation from its funds to buy the remaining tickets, since financial issues this year have reduced the number of activities in which the Detachment can participate.  (3)  Commandant Motes has handed out 200 Eagle Scout Good Citizenship Certificates this year, helping to make Florida #2 in the nation for its involvement in this program.  John Marsh, Sr., the Eagle Scout Liaison for the Dept. of FL, sent Joe a check for $100 to help defray Joe's personal contributions toward the purchase of these certificates.  Joe then donated this money back to the Detachment.

Installation of New Officers:  Elected and appointed officers were sworn in for 2015-2016 by Past Detachment Commandant Cliff Handerhan.

Good of the League:  Cliff reported that Jim Galvin is in town and plans to relocate to our area.  Unfortunately, because of another commitment, Jim was not able to attend our MCL meeting.

Announcements:  none

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.  Special prayers were offered for six Marines who died in a helicopter crash in the mountains of Nepal.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, June 11, 2015.

(David Collins won the 50/50, then donated his winnings back to the Detachment.)

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

MCL Report To Be Given:  5/14/15    Minutes From:  4/9/15

The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  A prayer was also said for the wife of Hy Finkelstein who passed away earlier in the week.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:  none

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  The March minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were also made available the day of the meeting.  A motion was made by John Palermo to accept the minutes as written.  It was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:  none

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the bank statement for the month of March, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  She also reported that the quarterly, in-house audit was completed by the audit committee.  This committee found no discrepancies between her records and the bank's.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Cliff Handerhan was ill and could not attend the meeting.  (2) Joe Motes will undergo surgery on May 12th.  (3) The wife of Detachment member Hy Finkelstein passed away earlier that week.

Report of Officers:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise will contact Tradewinds Park to get information about reserving an area for a Detachment picnic.  He will also find out the cost of placing an ad in a local newspaper to promote membership in our Detachment.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  Nominations for elected Detachment officers were continued by John Palermo in the absence of Cliff Handerhan.  Nominations were called for three times for each position.  This was the third and final call.  Since no new nominations were made, the final list of elected officers for 2015-2016 is as follows:

                  Commandant - Joseph Motes

                  Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise

                  (Jr. Vice Commandant - open)

                  Judge Advocate - Lou Annacone

The swearing in of these officers will take place at the May 14th meeting.

Unfinished Business:  Commandant Motes discussed the renewal of MCL memberships.  While monies paid by some members were never sent to the Department by the previous Paymaster, Commandant Motes felt that these costs should be paid from Detachment funds.  Once memberships are up-to-date, these individuals will be responsible for their own renewals.

New Business:  (1) The Department Spring Conference will be attended by several Detachment members from 4/10-11 in Safety Harbor.  (2) Renewal of the Pompano Lincoln-Mercury ad was discussed.

Good of the League:  (1) Facebook has 418 Likes and continues to be very active.  (2) Joe and Cliff will be attending the Golden Age Games from August 8-12 at the University of Omaha, NE.  After speaking with a representative from the VA in Miami, Joe is hopeful that part or all of the costs to attend these games will be defrayed by the VA.  John Palermo made a motion that Joe use the $150 available to him each month as Commandant for the next 3 months to help pay for travel and hotel expenses.  The motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  Not all were in agreement.  It was decided that a final decision would be made after further communication with the VA in Miami prior to the event.  (2) JROTC medals will be purchased for next year's award ceremonies with money generously donated by the Falise family.

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for May 14, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

MCL Report To Be Given:  4/9/2015    Minutes From:  3/12/2015

The meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  A prayer was also said for the 7 Marines and 4 Soldiers who were killed in a helicopter crash in the Florida Panhandle.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  Joe Schuimmer

Applications for Membership:  David Benner, a Life Member transferring to our Detachment.

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  The February minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were also made available the day of the meeting.  A motion was made by John Palermo to accept the minutes as written and to  suspend their reading.  This motion was seconded by Adam Falise and approved by all present.

Correspondence:  After hearing of the Detachment's dilemma from Bill Smith, David Levin once again donated $1500.

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the monthly bank statement, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Her account registers for the Detachment were in agreement with totals from the bank.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report - pending audit - was made by John Palermo and seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  All approved.

Sickness and Distress:  Cliff reported that Ed Weber had returned home after a hospitalization of 4 days.

Report of Officers:  None

Standing Committees:  None

Special Committees:  Nominations for elected Detachment officers were continued by Cliff Handerhan.  Nominations were called for three times for each position.

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           POSITION/                       ACCEPTED/            MOTION         SEC.

               NAME                            DECLINED          TO ACCEPT       BY

____________________________________________________________

Commandant/Motes              (no new nominations)

Sr. Vice Commandant/                   accepted 

Adam Falise

Jr. Vice Commandant/none       (no nominations)

Judge Advocate/Annacone    (no new nominations)

____________________________________________________________

Nominations will be reopened at the April meeting.

Unfinished Business:  The Life Membership status of David Collins needs further investigation since payment was made but no notification of Life Membership was received.

New Business:  (1) Joe Motes and Cliff Handerhan will attend a hearing concerning Jim Ruggiero in Spring Hill on Monday, March 16th at 1:00 pm.  (2) The SE Division Conference is scheduled for March 27 - 28 in Orlando.  (3)  The Spring Conference will take place at Safety Harbor from April 10 - 11.  (4)  Gad Aflalo will be contacted concerning the ad placed in   the newsletter by Pompano Lincoln Mercury.   (5) At least two members are needed to assist Paymaster Steitz in the Detachment's first quarter audit.   Adam Falise, Barbara Falise, and Dale MacCutcheon are available.   (6) Ways to recruit members and increase income were discussed.   One fundraiser has been scheduled: a Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton on the weekend following Veterans' Day in November.

Good of League:  (1) Adam Falise will check with Tradewinds Park to determine a date for an upcoming picnic.  (2) At the March 16th hearing it will be determined how much money has been stolen from the Detachment.  Once a final figure has been reached, Rust Insurance will be notified of the amount.  It is hoped that, after a $1000 deductible, the Detachment will be reimbursed for most of its losses.  (3)  The Detachment Facebook page has 390 likes.  (4)  The Golden Age Games will take place at the University of Omaha August 8-12.  Cliff Handerhan and Joe Motes will be attending.  (5) Cliff made a motion that Joe be reimbursed for gas during his trip to and  from Spring Hill to attend the hearing on March 16th. This motion was seconded by Adam Falise.   All members present agreed.

Announcements:   (1) Joe Schuimmer, an MCL member from Baltimore, summarized his military experience.  (2)  After receiving a request from another MCL member, Adam Falise contacted the family of a Vietnam War veteran.  As a result, Adam will include this Marine veteran in a small group that meets for lunch on a regular basis.  (3) John Palermo and the family of Adam Falise made generous donations to our Detachment.

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for April 9, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  3/12/15     Minutes From:  2/12/15

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

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster and Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  (1) Colonel Mike Snyder and his wife and (2) Tom Johnson

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  The January minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting and also read to Detachment members.  A motion to accept the minutes as read was made by John Palermo and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  There were no corrections or additions.

Correspondence:  (1) A generous financial donation was received from Mary Castillo with the  enclosed message: ”Lace up the bootstraps, and we will rally together and overcome this obstacle.”  She also offered her regards to Detachment members.  (2) Betty and Rahl Price made a generous donation as well.  (3) A thank you letter was received from Lt. Col. Green for the Detachment's “generous donation of condiment and food service equipment in support of Broward County JROTC.”

Paymaster Report:  Reading from the monthly bank statement, Paymaster Steitz reported on the monies available in both the checking and savings accounts.  Motion to accept the report was made by Gad Aflalo “subject to audit” and seconded by Hy Finkelstein.  Commandant Motes suggested that the savings account become the Troop Care Package account as more funds become available to the Detachment.  Additionally, in order to eliminate any service charge, a monthly transfer of $150 can be made from the checking to savings account.  This money can be transferred back to checking if needed.  It is recommended that this $150 remain in the savings/Troop Care Package Account in order to build up available monies.  Paymaster Steitz and one to two Detachment members will complete the first audit of the year by March 31st.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) The sister-in-law of Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez is battling cancer.  (2) Trevor Wharton is receiving treatment for his leg.  (3) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise is also having difficulty with his leg.

Unfinished Business:  (1) Since January, 2012, Jim Ruggiero has stolen at least $7795 from the Detachment's accounts.  (Amounts could be higher if statements were made available prior to 2012.)  (2) The storage facility is now empty with contents either donated or divided among members‘ homes.  (3) Color Sergeant Norberto gave an updated report on rifles still in possession by the Detachment.  It is expected that at least 5/9 rifles will be returned to the Army.  (4) All cups, plates, knives, forks, and spoons donated to the Broward JROTC will be used for the Pass in Review.  (5) Regarding debt obligations, there are none.  All bills have been paid in full.  (6) Check for one Life member needs to be investigated.  (7) While membership dues were paid by 11 members for the past several years, monies were never received by National.  As a result, monies have been taken from Detachment funds to renew these memberships.  (8)  The yearly obligations are as follows:  3 conferences per year ($300 plus approximately $60 in registration), Eagle Scout certificates and Certificates of Appreciation ($100), Rollcall Newsletter (6 issues $450, postage $210 or

4 issues $300, postage $140), and the Florida Department of State Corporation fee ($61).  Therefore, operating capital per year is $961 with 4 issues or $1181 with 6 issues plus $200 for miscellaneous costs.

New Business: (1) Charges against James Ruggiero have been completed and mailed to the appropriate officials.  (2) The SE Division Conference will be held in Orlando from March 27-28.  (3) The Department Spring Conference will be held in Safety Harbor from April 10-11.  (4) Gad Aflalo suggested that a calendar of events be added to the Detachment's website.

Good of the League:  Commandant Motes extended a special thanks to Ray Arriaga, Cliff Handerhan, Dale MacCutcheon, and Angelo Norberto for their help in closing the storage facility last month.

Announcements:  (1) Gad Aflalo and Hy Finkelstein both made generous financial donations to the Detachment.  (2) Commandant Motes sold several baseball cards with a profit to the Detachment of $114.  (3)  Books of scholarship tickets were made available.  (4) Nominations for elected Detachment officers were initiated.  Cliff Handerhan and John Palermo comprised the Nominating Committee with Cliff calling for nominations three times for each position.  The results are listed below:

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           POSITION/            ACCEPTED/            MOTION             SEC. BY             

              NAME                 DECLINED            TO ACCEPT

____________________________________________________________

Commandant/Motes               yes                    J. Palermo          G. Aflalo

Sr. Vice Cdt./Falise              pending                     ------                  ------

Jr. Vice Cdt./none                  ------                         ------                  ------

Judge Advocate/Annacone     yes                   J. Palermo       H. Finkelstein

____________________________________________________________

Nominations will be reopened at the March meeting.

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 12, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  2/12/15   Minutes From:  1/8/15

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

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   While minutes had been presented online for Detachment review, printed copies were not available at the October, November, and December meetings.  After copies were distributed for all three months, a motion to accept the minutes was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Ed Weber.

BECAUSE OF THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS MEETING, THE ORDER OF BUSINESS WAS MODIFIED.   “NEW BUSINESS” WAS THE NEXT TOPIC TO BE ADDRESSED.

New Business:   (1) Because of financial concerns, Commandant Motes discussed the amount of money currently available to the Detachment, our debt obligations, and yearly expenses.  (2)  Commandant Motes appointed Marilyn Steitz to fill the position of Paymaster.  (3) Generous donations to the Detachment were made by Ed Weber and Phyllis Simon, the daughter of Joe Mirsky.

Additional New Business:   (1) Scholarship tickets were made available at $5 per book.  (2) VAVS Rep. Handerhan received a thank you letter from Broward VA Outpatient Clinic for his donation of books and magazines with an estimated value of $1312.  For the year of 2014, he totaled 464 hours of volunteer service.  (3) Marilyn Steitz was sworn in as Paymaster by Commandant Motes.  (She was also sworn in as Chaplain since her formal installation had not yet taken place.)

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 12, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  1/8/15        Minutes From:  12/11/14

Meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by John Palermo.  (Chaplain Steitz was excused.)

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   James Kaufman

Balloting on Applications for Membership:   James Kaufman was approved for membership in Tamarac Detachment 755.

Ceremony of Initiation:   Commandant Motes conducted the initiation ceremony for James Kaufman.  After a prayer by acting chaplain John Palermo, Mr. Kaufman was welcomed into the Detachment.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   While minutes had been presented online, printed copies were not available at the meeting.  Because the minutes from November were also unavailable in print form, both November and December minutes will be presented in January for approval.

Correspondence:   none

Paymaster Report:   The Paymaster was not available to present the report.

Sickness and Distress:   none

Report of Officers:   none

Standing Committees:   none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:   none

New Business:   (1) Paymaster Ruggiero will be contacted by Commandant Motes to procure the monthly financial reports.  (2) The Golden Age Games will be held in Omaha, Nebraska from August 8-12, 2015.  Joe Motes and Cliff Handerhan will be in attendance.

Good of the League:   none

Announcements:   (1) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez received information from National stating that, effective January 1, 2015, any cancellation made at a Hilton or Marriott hotel must be made at least 24 hours before the day of occupancy.  Otherwise, a one day charge will be assessed.  (2) Commandant Motes stated that he would e-mail a copy of the IRS 990 Form (top page only) to Tony.  (This form is e-mailed to Joe at the beginning of each new year.)

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was delivered by acting chaplain John Palermo.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, January 8, 2015.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  12/11/14   Minutes From:  11/13/14

Meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Antonio Gutierrez.  (Chaplain Steitz was excused.)

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Annacone, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  none

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  While minutes had been presented online, printed copies were not available at the meeting.  As a result, acceptance of the minutes was postponed until next month's meeting.

Correspondence:  A letter was received from Murray Wolf informing the Detachment that he is relocating to The Isles of Vero Beach to be closer to his daughter.  He said he will “miss going to the Detachment 755 meetings and seeing all the Marines there.  Please give them my fondest regards.”

Paymaster Report:  The Paymaster was not in attendance.

Sickness and Distress:  none

Report of Officers:  none

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:   none

Unfinished Business:  (1) Commandant Motes and VAVS Rep Handerhan attended a Veterans' Day program at American Heritage in Plantation.  Joe spoke to several classes about his experiences and handed out MRE's, C-rations, and other items of interest to the students.  (This was the seventh year in which he has participated.)  (2) Additional Veterans Day events included cake cutting ceremonies at the VA Clinic in Sunrise, Sharkey's in Coral Springs, and American Legion Post #142 in Pompano Beach.

New Business:  Since the Leathernecks meet on the same day as Detachment 755, i.e., the second Thursday of each month, Commandant Motes explored the possibility of changing our meeting date to accommodate members of both groups.  Unfortunately, no alternative dates were available at American Legion Post #157.

Good of the League:  (1) Past Commandant Gutierrez reported that senior veterans will be bussed from their nursing homes to the Coconut Creek Casino on Monday, November 24th from 10am - 12pm.  Volunteers will be needed to shadow these veterans and assist with wheelchairs if necessary.  A free luncheon will be provided.  (2)  On November 17th from 4pm - 7pm, the Golden Corral will celebrate Veterans' Day by offering All-You-Can-Eat meals to veterans.

Announcements:  (1) Tickets were made available by the Department of FL to raise money for its Scholarship Fund.  Since the Dept. considers the Detachment to have 80 members, 80 books have been issued, that is, one book per member.  Sales were encouraged by our Commandant.  (2) Since our Paymaster Jim Ruggiero could not be contacted by phone or e-mail, it was suggested that someone visit his home.  A note could be left if he was not available.  Also, David Collins needed to contact Jim to discuss continued difficulty in completing his transfer to Detachment 755.

Closing Ceremony:  The Closing Prayer was delivered by Past Commandant Gutierrez.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, December 11, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  11/13/14  Minutes From:  10/9/14

Meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Richard Stacy (applying for membership)

Applications for Membership:   William DeJesus, a National Member-at-Large transferring to our Detachment

Balloting on Applications for Membership:   After the application of William DeJesus was reviewed, he was accepted for membership by all present who were eligible to vote.

Minutes of Previous Meeting:   The September minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting.  After review, a motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Lou Gewirtz.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) Three letters were received from the Department of Veterans Affairs /Broward VA Outpatient Clinic for our donation of books to their veteran patients.  Estimated value of all books donated was $1312.

Paymaster Report:   In the absence of Paymaster Ruggiero, the Paymaster Report was presented by Commandant Motes.  Motion to accept the amended August report was made by Lou Gewirtz and seconded by Cliff Handerhan; no one opposed.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report for September was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Lou Gewirtz; no one opposed.

New Business:   (1)  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Falise, and Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez would be attending the Fall Conference.  Joe and Adam were leaving for Riverside October 10th to join Tony already in attendance.  (2) The General Manager of G. W. Sharkey's Raw Bar and Grill (10365 Royal Palm Boulevard, Coral Springs) has invited the Detachment to attend a celebration of the Marine Corps' 239th birthday.  On November 10th at 6:00pm, a complimentary buffet and cake will be provided.  (Reservations are not required.)  (3.) A patient at the Sunrise VA Clinic where Cliff volunteers mentioned a local Moose Lodge that also plans to honor the birthday of the Marine Corps.

Good of the League:   (1)  A letter was received from American Heritage School (12200 West Broward Blvd., Plantation) inviting our Detachment to attend a Veterans Day Program on November 10th at 8:30am.  Commandant Motes has attended 7 or 8 years and has been impressed each time with the heartfelt presentation made by students from grades 3-6.  (3) The new address of Jeanette Eno was made available to members in attendance:  5100 Cresthaven Blvd., West Palm Beach, FL 33415-8128.  (4) Commandant Motes reported that the Detachment's Facebook Page continues to get many hits.  (5)  After Cliff was given a Marine Corps Bible at the VA Clinic, it was recommended that this Bible be included with items arranged on the “Missing Man” table during certain Detachment functions.  (6) Chaplain Steitz suggested that a date be chosen for our annual Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton.  After discussion, it was decided that the weekend of April 11-12, 2015 would be appropriate.  Marilyn will check with Father Medina to see if this weekend meets with his approval and is available.  (7) New ID pictures can be taken, if needed for new ID cards, at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  Call ahead to insure that someone is there to do so.

Closing Ceremony:   The Closing Prayer was offered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, November 13, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  10/9/14  Minutes From:  9/11/14

Meeting was called to order with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by John Palermo.  (Chaplain Steitz was out of town.)

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Jim Kaufman and Charles Ceparano

Applications for Membership:   Charles Ceparano

Minutes of Previous Meeting:   The August minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting.  After review, a motion to accept the minutes as written was made by John Palermo and seconded by Cliff Handerhan. There were no corrections or additions.  All were in favor.

Correspondence:   (1) Jim Ruggiero was contacted by Cree LaBozzetta regarding her husband Mike.  Mike would be celebrating the 50th anniversary of his graduation from Parris Island on Friday, September 19th.  Since he and Cree were planning to return to Parris Island on the actual day, Cree was hoping that Mike might be honored in some way, as with a handshake to honor his return.  After speaking with the Public Relations and Protocol Offices, Jim wrote a summary of Mike's achievements for their review.  As a result of Jim's efforts on behalf of Cree, the following events will occur. (1) During Morning Colors Mike and Cree will be seated in the VIP section. He will be acknowledged by name during the Morning Address and asked to stand for recognition. (2) During graduation, Mike and Cree will be seated behind the general in the VIP section.  He will be recognized for returning to Parris Island the day of his 50th anniversary.  A Staff Sergeant will also acknowledge Tamarac Detachment 755 for bringing the story to his attention and that, because of our Detachment, Mike is being honored.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero noted some inaccuracies when presenting his report.   A motion was made by Adam Falise not to accept the Paymaster Report until corrections were made.  This was seconded by John Palermo.   A revised report will be presented at next month's meeting.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Jim reported that the intensity of his migraine headaches continues to lessen after the necessary surgery to remove the cause of the pressure. (2) David Collins continues to improve during rehab.  Prayers were requested for his continued improvement.  If interested in contacting him, please write to:

Morse Life, Katz campus, Room 1123, 4847 Fred Gladstone Drive, West Palm Beach, FL 33417

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise recommended making reservations at Trade Winds Park for the Detachment picnic in November.  Paymaster Ruggiero encouraged members to have a fundraiser to pay for the cost of the site/food, etc.  A committee should be formed to do so. (2) Paymaster  Ruggiero recommended that Ray Arriaga and Adam Falise be reimbursed for the cost of ammo used during a MCL sponsored competition. (Before the end of the meeting, both Ray and Adam agreed to donate any reimbursement back to the Detachment.)  After speaking with representatives from two different Walmarts (441/Hillsboro and 441/Palmetto Park Road), Jim was asked to submit dates prior to Veterans' Day in which he would like to promote the Rose Program as well as membership in the MCL.  To fundraise he suggested a joint car wash with a JROTC program.  Since the 10-Week Club has been canceled due to lack of interest, reimbursement will be made to those who had purchased tickets.

Standing Committees:   Jim opened up the nominations from the floor for elected officers.  Nominations were called for three times for each position.  Nominated members remain the same:  Commandant - Joe Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant - Lou Gewirtz, and Judge Advocate - Lou Annacone.  After each closed nomination, 1 vote was cast for the nominated member:

        Position/Nominated Member                  Person Casting 1 Vote to Elect ____________________________________________________________

 Commandant - Joe Motes                                     Angelo Norberto

 Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise                    Angelo Norberto

 Jr. Vice Commandant - Lou Gewirtz                     Angelo Norberto

Judge Advocate - Lou Annacone                           John Palermo

Elected and appointed officers were sworn in by Cliff Handerhan for the 2014 - 2015.  (Chaplain Steitz, who was out of town, will be sworn in at the next MCL meeting in October.)

Closing Ceremony:   The closing prayer was offered by John Palermo.  A moment of silence was taken to remember those affected by the 9/11 tragedy.  Taps was played by Jim Ruggiero.

The next meeting was scheduled for October 9, 2014.

Report To Be Given:  9/11/2014   Minutes From:  8/14/2014

Meeting was called to order by Sr. Vice Commandant Falise with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  (Since the Sergeant-at-Arms position is open, Adam assumed the position for the August meeting.)

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz (late arrival), Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Ed Brittain, former member approximately 10 years ago

Applications for Membership:   None

Minutes of Previous Meeting:   The July minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting.  After review, a motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Cliff Handerhan, then seconded by John Palermo. There were no corrections or additions.

Correspondence:   (1) Commandant Motes reported that three Detachment members - Tony Gutierrez, Adam Falise, and himself - would be attending the Fall Convention.  If anyone else was interested, Joe could be contacted for information. (2) A donation has been requested from the Injured Warriors Fund of FL.  (This group is sponsored by the MCL of the Department of FL and has been chartered by the U.S. Congress.)  Joe suggested that we wait till next month's meeting to discuss a donation since more members are expected to be in attendance.  (3) John Deitle, one of the original founders of Det. 755, has requested an exact count of the number of Unit Commendations received from both State and National since the Detachment was chartered.  As a result, the correct number of stars will be affixed to his ribbon.  (4) Howard Sweitzer, a Lifetime Member, is interested in donating artwork from Leatherneck Magazine to Det. 755 with the understanding that the item will be auctioned off at a local Marine Corps Ball and that the proceeds will be returned to the Detachment.

Paymaster Report:   Because of illness, Paymaster Ruggiero had to leave before the report was officially read.  Commandant Motes reported on the monies in both the checking and savings accounts but left the official interpretation of figures for next month's meeting when Jim was expected to be in attendance.  As a result, a motion was NOT made to accept the report.

Sickness and Distress:   None

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise discussed the upcoming dinner on Friday, August 15th, at LaPizzeria. This dinner was to celebrate the 70th anniversary of V-J Day and to honor three distinguished WWII veterans from our Detachment: Lou Annacone, Hy Finkelstein, and Ed Weber.  (2) Adam was tasked with securing a site at Trade Winds Park for a MCL birthday picnic this November.  (3)  Since Jessica Operle was no longer available to run the Ship's Store, Adam agreed to take on this responsibility.

Unfinished Business:   Cliff Handerhan opened up the nominations from the floor for elected officers.  Nominations were called for three times for each position.  Nominated members remain the same for 3 of the 4 positions:  Joe Motes for Commandant, Adam Falise for Sr. Vice Commandant, and Lou Gewirtz for Jr. Vice Commandant.  Since Gad Aflalo withdrew his name from consideration as Judge Advocate, Joe Motes recommended Lou Annacone for the position.  Lou accepted.  Final nominations will take place at the next meeting on Sept. 11th.  Elections will follow.

Good of the League:  (1) Joe reported that there are 182 Likes on the Detachment's Facebook page.  (2)  In March, 2013, The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles published a list of the total number of specialty license plates sold in the state of Florida.  Service-related plates were listed as follows:

         Coast Guard: 7,159                             Air Force: 19,222     

         Navy: 18,588                                       Army: 24,486

                                      Marines: 38,833

Proceeds from the sale of these specialty plates go to the “State Homes for Veterans Trust Fund”.  In the case of the Marine Corps, their proceeds are divided equally between this fund and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, Inc.  (3)  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez presented a “Meritorious Unit Commendation'' dated 8/8/14 to Commandant Motes.  Detachment members were authorized to wear the appropriate ribbon.  (3) After attending the National Conference, Tony gave a brief report on items of interest:  (a) The SE Division Jr. Past Commandant will be issuing an SOP to all Paymasters to insure that all Detachment Paymasters are operating under the same guidelines.  (b) A PLM audit is required annually and must be submitted to National by the end of the year.  (c) In 2015, the National Conference will be held in Scottsdale, AZ.  In 2016, this conference will take place in Tulsa, OK.  (d) Bylaws were discussed.  (e) White duty belts for Sergeants-at-Arms and Color Guards will be available in the Ship's Store.  (f) National officers were named for 2014-2015:  Commandant John Kovalcik, Sr. Vice Commandant Richard Gore, Jr. Vice Commandant Wendell Web, and Judge Advocate Dennis Tobin.  (4) Prayers were requested for Chief Devil Dog Ken Travis.  (5) Commandant Motes has 50 oversized stars from an American flag he recently received.  Ideas for their use are welcomed.  (6) On September 18, Intracoastal Detachment has invited a speaker to discuss Tarawa and the return of deceased Marines.  The Detachment has been invited to attend.

Closing Ceremony:   The closing prayer was offered by Chaplain Steitz.  Commandant Motes asked that prayers be said for Ken Travis.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, September 11, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  8/14/2014 Minutes From:  7/10/2014

Meeting was called to order by Cliff Handerhan with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  (Since the Sergeant-at-Arms position is now open, Cliff assumed the position for the July meeting.)

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan.

Preliminary Remarks:

Issue #1 - At last month's meeting it was suggested by one of the Detachment members that Tamarac's charter be surrendered.  It was felt by this individual that the Detachment was “floundering” and could no longer fulfill the mission statement of the Marine Corps League.  During the July meeting, Commandant Motes rebutted these claims.  (1) Commandant Motes wrote a two-page letter to Bill Cona, Dept. of FL Commandant, and spoke with George La Mont, Dept. of FL Judge Advocate.  Collectively, it was determined that no reason existed for the Tamarac Detachment to surrender its charter. (2)  In addition, Commandant Motes read the Mission Statement of the Marine Corps League.  Seven out of thirteen parts have been implemented by our Detachment.  According to George LaMont, other Detachments do much less.  (3) Commandant Motes read a lengthy list of activities in which the Tamarac Detachment has been involved during the past two years in support of the mission statement of the Marine Corps League.  (This list is on file with the Adjutant.)  (4) The Detachment was recently awarded a “Meritorious Unit Citation” from the State of FL.  (5) The Commandant just received notice that a “Meritorious Unit Citation” will be sent from National. For these reasons, Commandant Motes stated that the matter of surrender has been put to rest.  Regarding this same issue, Jim Ruggiero suggested that if any member is dissatisfied with the workings of the Detachment, then that member has a right to transfer to another Detachment.  In fact, if negative remarks continue, he will check to see if “defamation of character” charges can be taken against the member involved.

Issue #2:   Commandant Motes was told three times that the revisions for Tamarac's bylaws had been approved and had been mailed to the Detachment.  Joe recently discovered that he had been “lied to three times”.  The revisions had never been reviewed, approved or sent.  After George LaMont was appraised of the situation, the approval process was expedited.  Joe received written confirmation several days before our meeting authorizing the Detachment to operate under the newly-approved bylaws.

Minutes of Previous Meeting:   The June minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies were made available the day of the meeting.  After review, a motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Adam Falise, then seconded by Bill Smith.  There were no corrections or additions.

Correspondence:   Information was received from the Florida Keys Elks 1872 Vets on the Water program.  “It is the mission of Vets on the Water to provide an uplifting positive experience through outdoor, environmental and healthy activities that promotes the welfare and happiness of veterans showing that Elks care and Elks share.”  If interested, contact Dale for additional information and application.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero reported that the expected audit could not yet be completed because of an ongoing issue with BB&T.  (Reminder: Accounts were switched from BB&T to Wells Fargo this past June.)  Motion to accept the May report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Adam Falise.  Motion to accept the June report was made by Gad Aflalo pending an audit once the BB&T issue was resolved.  The motion was seconded by Tony Gutierrez.  (May and June financial reports are on file with the Adjutant.)

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Adam Falise asked for prayers for his Uncle Harry, a WWII war hero, who is suffering with Parkinson's Disease.  (2)  Joe Motes would be having surgery the Monday after the meeting.  Bed rest was expected to last a week.  (3)  In order to reduce/alleviate the nerve pain in his foot, several procedures have been discussed with Jim Ruggiero: 3 epidural shots in his spine, insertion of a spinal stimulator, and cauterization of the nerve going to his foot.  It is hoped that the first procedure will be sufficient.

Report of Officers:   (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise discussed observance of the 70th anniversary of V-J Day by inviting WWII veterans to a complimentary dinner at La Pizzeria in Pompano Beach (441 and Sample Road).  The recommended date is Friday, August 15th.  Adam will check on availability and approximate cost per guest.  (2) Paymaster Ruggiero reminded the Detachment that fundraisers are needed to generate income for the Detachment.  (3)  Commandant Motes asked Adam to organize a committee to plan a picnic at Tradewinds Park for this October.

Standing Committees:   Commandant Motes said that the 10-Week Club has been cancelled.  (Any monies already received will be refunded.)  Gad Aflalo suggested that an item, as a TV or gun, be donated, then raffled off as a Detachment fundraiser.

Special Committees:   Manager Crystal Levenger of the Walmart in Coconut Creek has requested a specific date from Jim Ruggiero to accommodate his request for a table(s) in support of the Rose Program and MCL. Saturday, November 8th, is preferred.  November 15th is an alternate date.

Unfinished Business:   (1)  Bill Smith was selected as a committee member to assist Jim Ruggiero in opening up nominations from the floor for elected officers.  Nominations were called for 3 times for each position.

      POSITION                 PERSON(S)              PERSON(S)       ACCEPT-                   

                                       NOMINATING         NOMINATED       ANCE

____________________________________________________________

Commandant                     Adam Falise                Joe Motes              Yes

____________________________________________________________

Sr. Vice Commandant      Tony Gutierrez             Adam Falise            Yes

____________________________________________________________

Jr. Vice Commandant        Adam Falise                Lou Gewirtz            Yes

____________________________________________________________

Judge Advocate                 Adam Falise                 Gad Aflalo             No

____________________________________________________________

Nominations will be requested from the floor at the next scheduled meeting on August 14th.

New Business:   (1) At Commandant Motes' suggestion, a motion was made by Adam Falise to spend $52 - $55 to EDCO Awards for a plate (5” x 6”) on which to engrave the names of all Detachment Commandants and the dates each served.  According to Commandant Motes, this plate would be attached to an appropriate box already owned by the Detachment.  This motion was seconded by Bill Smith.  All were in favor.  (2) Jim Ruggiero reminded the Detachment that changes of phone number and meeting days need to be made to the sign outside the hall.  (3) A motion was made by Tony Gutierrez that costs for both plate and sign changes be limited to $100.  This motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  (4) Paymaster Ruggiero reminded the Detachment that the checking and savings accounts have been combined and that the Troop Care Package Program, which serves Marines and their families, will have its own account.  (5) There are several Detachment positions available: Sergeant-at-Arms, Historian, Public Relations Officer, and Veterans Coalition.

Good of the League:   (1) Cliff reported on the Golden Age Games in Arkansas.  Four people attended from the VA Clinic in Sunrise, two of whom were Joe and Cliff.  While no medals were won this year, Cliff was able to show his silver medal (air rifle) which had previously been on display at the Clinic.  (2) At the Commandant's request, the hat was passed in order to help a member defray his costs for participation in the Golden Age Games.

Closing Ceremony:   The closing prayer was offered by Marilyn Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  7/10/2014            Minutes From:  6/12/2014

According to Detachment bylaws, official business could not be conducted since only two elected officers were present when the meeting began.

Roll Call of Officers after the Opening Ceremony:  Commandant Motes out of town, Sr Vice Falise running late Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan.  (Sr. Vice Commandant Falise arrived during the meeting and replaced Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz who had been conducting the meeting.)

Guests:   (1) Manny Moreno, Dept. of FL Chaplain, (2) Karen Moreno, Gen. A.A. Vandegrift Detachment Adjutant/Paymaster, (3) Guy Murphy, Gen. A. A. Vandegrift Detachment Sr.Vice Commandant, and (4) Antonio Gutierrez, District 10 Vice Commandant

Applications for Membership:   None

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   Copies of the minutes from the April and May meetings were distributed to members in attendance.  (Minutes from both months were available since official business could not take place during those months.)  A motion could not be made to accept or modify these minutes since only two elected officials were present at the time of discussion.

Correspondence:   (1) Jim Ruggiero received information about a Marine and his daughter in need of assistance.  A possible contribution would be discussed when more information was available and business could be officially conducted.  (2)  Marilyn Steitz received a letter from former member H. A. Dowd, affectionately known as Dowdie, who relocated to Scituate, MA over a year ago.  The Scituate Historical Society is honoring one female veteran during a special celebration.  Because she was chosen for this event, she wanted the Detachment to know that she is very proud to represent the Marine Corps.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on all accounts.  He also informed the Detachment that its elected officials and Adjutant conducted business in person or by phone with a Wells Fargo representative to: (1) complete paperwork for transfer of accounts from BB&T, (2) reduce the number of MCL accounts to expedite the distribution of funds - up to $150 per month - without waiting for Detachment approval at the next monthly meeting, and (3) authorize the Paymaster and Adjutant to write checks when necessary.  (Only one more account needs to be transferred from BB&T.)  (4) Upon completion of this last transfer, an in-house audit can be completed.  Jim also added that the remaining books of unsold scholarship tickets were purchased by the Detachment.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Jim Ruggiero was initially told that his entire toe would have to be removed.  After further testing, it was determined that a fracture had appeared on the X-ray and that the previous infection had not spread.  Therefore, surgery was not necessary.  (2) Lou Gewirtz requested prayers for his aunt who recently had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.  Since lymph nodes were clear from cancer, her prognosis is good.  She will be recuperating at home for 3-5 weeks.

Report of Officers:   (1) Judge Advocate Aflalo reported that thousands of people attended an Honor Flight from PBIA.  When he arrived with his motorcycle group, the Leathernecks, they were told to move to the front of the event.  (2) Paymaster Ruggiero asked Judge Advocate Aflalo to check on the status of the revised bylaws that were submitted to the Department last December.  In order to conduct official business, it is very important to have the approved bylaws in hand. (Note:  According to an e-mail sent to the Detachment, the revisions were approved by the Department of Florida J/A. However, the actual bylaws sent by the Department were never received by the Detachment.

Standing Committees:   Paymaster Ruggiero presented a certificate to Crystal Levinger, the store manager of Walmart in Coconut Creek, thanking her for her donation of a $75 gift card to the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes.  After discussing the Rose Program with her, it was agreed to meet again to establish a date and time during which the Detachment could promote the program.  Jim is awaiting her response.

Special Committees:   (1) Jim Ruggiero reported that two troop care packages were returned because of incorrect addresses.  When correct addresses are received, the packages will be resent.  In the future, mailing labels will show, that in similar situations, the chaplain can disperse the contents at his discretion.  (2) Chaplain Steitz reiterated information related to the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes.  She added that 113 flags were received, then given to the VFW for proper retirement.

Unfinished Business:   (1)  Amended bylaws need final proof of Department approval.  (2) Transfer of all monies from BB&T to Wells Fargo needs to be completed.

Good of the League:   (1) Manny Moreno presented a list of activities to be hosted by the General A. A. Vandegrift Detachment: a Bowling Tournament (6/15), a Quarter Auction (6/25), and a Golf Tournament (6/28).  (2) Tony Gutierrez retrieved information concerning 4th Anglico's request to assist a Staff Sergeant and his daughter who continue to be in need.

(NOTE: WITH THE ARRIVAL OF SR. VICE COMMANDANT FALISE, THE NUMBER OF ELECTED OFFICERS WERE PRESENT TO CONDUCT OFFICIAL BUSINESS.)

Good of the League (continued):   Regarding assistance for the Staff Sergeant and his daughter, Tony was now able to make a motion that the $75 gift card from Walmart be sent to the contact person in charge.  If the gift card was not accepted, the commandant could then write a check for $150 instead.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All were in favor.  (3) Tony Gutierrez - in his role as District 10 Vice Commandant - suggested that the Detachment was “floundering”, that it no longer followed the mission statement of the Marine Corps League, and that it was his responsibility to report this failure.  If the Detachment chose to surrender its charter, current members could still participate by joining other local detachments.  Detachment members disagreed with his assessment. Paymaster Ruggiero suggested to District Vice Cmdt Gutierrez if he wasn't happy and suggested other member's should join other Detachments that maybe he should transfer to another Detachment to set the example. Paymaster Ruggiero also stated that the current bylaws the Detachment has on hand were verified by the Department of Florida J/A stamp, signed and dated. Thus meaning that District Vice Cmdt was incorrect to state the bylaws were not in compliance with National. Chaplain Moreno suggested that Detachment members  visit other detachments for an infusion of ideas.  (He commented that Vandegrift Detachment had been in a similar position, took this approach, and saw positive results.)  (4) Tony also questioned the validity of the nominations and election of elected officers as well as the swearing in of all officers.  After debate between Tony and Detachment members, it was decided that the Department Judge Advocate should be contacted for clarification.  (As previously mentioned, the new bylaws were approved via e-mail but were not received in writing from the Department.  As a result, confusion occurs over which bylaws were actually in effect at the time of the nominating and election process.)  (4) According to Cliff Handerhan, Governor Scott will be passing out medals on July 1st to all veterans who bring their DD214s with them as verification.  Information will be presented regarding veterans‘ benefits and employment opportunities.  (5) This September is the 70th anniversary of V-J Day.  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise made a motion that the Detachment take WWII veterans out to dinner as a “thank you for not only being our predecessors but for the freedoms that you fought for and gave us in being the greatest generation.”  The motion was seconded by Bill Smith.  No one opposed.  Jim also suggested that the Adjutant send out thank you letters and dinner invitations to these WWII veterans.

Closing Ceremony:   The closing prayer was offered by Chaplain Steitz.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 10, 2014.

Report To Be Given:  6/12/2014       Minutes From:  5/8/2014

According to Detachment bylaws, official business could not be conducted because only 1 elected officer was present and a quorum of Detachment members was not in attendance.

Summary:

1.) Six members were in attendance:  Adam Falise, Lou Annacone, Jim Ruggiero, Cliff Handerhan, Lou Gewirtz, and Dale MacCutcheon.

2.)  Five members from the slate of elected/appointed officers for 2014-2015 were sworn in:

                          Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise

                          Jr. Vice Commandant - Lou Gewirtz

                          Adjutant - Dale MacCutcheon

                          Paymaster - James Ruggiero

                          VAVS Rep. - Cliff Handerhan

3.) As a result of the Troop Care Package Drive, May 3rd and 4th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, $1025 was collected in cash and checks, and 7 boxes were packed to be shipped overseas.

4.)  Because of Walmart's donation to our Troop Care Package Drive, it was suggested again that the manager be presented with information about the MCL's Rose Program. If her support can be obtained, a table would be set up at Walmart, Hillsboro and 441 in Coconut Creek.

5.)  Paymaster Ruggiero discussed the procedures necessary to transfer accounts from the current bank used by the Detachment to another.  Reduced fees and availability of branches were several reasons cited for this change.

6.)  The remainder of scholarship tickets will be purchased by the Detachment.  Money will be taken from the Rose Program, a program also earmarked to help military families.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, June 12, 2014.

Report To Be Given:  5/8/2014    Minutes From:  4/10/2014

According to Detachment bylaws, official business could not be conducted because only 3 elected officers were present and a quorum of Detachment members was not in attendance.

Meeting was called to order by Commandant Motes with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Falise, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Applications for Membership:   The application from Merbebe Salomon was accepted.  He was approved for membership.

Minutes:   Minutes from the previous meeting were distributed to members in attendance.  Motion to accept was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by John Palermo.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   (1) Commandant Motes received an e-mail requesting the Detachment to place an ad in National's magazine.  This request was put on hold until more members were present to vote.  (2) Commandant Motes received a letter of resignation from Brandon Gac.  Because of personal problems at this time, Brandon felt that he could no longer volunteer with the Detachment.  He thanked members of the Detachment for all they had done.  Brandon would be welcome to return any time as a member and, if he chose, to run for an elected position.  (3) The Department's Scholarship Program is raffling a Golden Boy “Military Service” Tribute Edition .22 LR Rifle.  Tickets cost $10 each; the drawing will take place at the Department Convention in June.  If interested, contact Bruce Marshall at 716-622-0143 for tickets.

Paymaster Report:   Because of a family emergency, the Paymaster was unavailable to give the report.

 

Sickness and Distress:   Mike Addesso passed away on April 7th.  At the time if this writing, his wake on April 11th and 12th at the Kraeer Funeral Home in Margate has taken place.  Burial will be in Calverton, NY.

Report of Officers:   Sr. Vice Commandant Falise gave the Status Report.

Unfinished Business:   (1) John Palermo, at the request of Commandant Motes, continued the nomination process for selection of the Detachment's 2014-2015 slate of elected officers.  The following chart reflects the results:

        Office                             Person          M - motion made by       S - seconded by

______________________________________________________________________

Commandant                 Joseph Motes                        no new nominations

Sr. Vice Commandant    Adam Falise                          no new nominations

Jr. Vice Commandant    Lou Gewirtz                  Adam Falise             Lou Annacone

Judge Advocate            Gad Aflalo                              no new nominations

(Note: With the resignation of Brandon Gac as Jr. Vice Commandant, the position became available.  Lou Gewirtz accepted the nomination for that position.)

Nominations were closed by John Palermo.  The next meeting will take place on May 8.

Marilyn Steitz reported on the upcoming Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (SE corner of Palmetto Park and Lyons Roads) on May 3rd and 4th before and after all masses.  Information regarding donations has been included in the church bulletin, on fliers distributed to students in the religious education program, and on the list of announcements read to parishioners at each of the four masses.  Included in the bulletin is a request for names/addresses of those currently serving abroad as well as an invitation to bring those “retired” flags in need of a respectful disposal.  Volunteers are needed on May 3rd from 3-5:30pm and on May 4th from 7am-noon.  (3) Scholarship and 10 Week Club tickets are still available to sell.  (4) The funeral of Len Zargo was attended by Joe Motes and Jim Ruggiero in Port Saint Lucie.  The family was very appreciative of the respect shown at his  funeral.  1200 people attended; a rifle salute was included in the ceremony.     

New Business:   (1) Commandant Motes discussed an ongoing concern.  Currently, when money needs to be transferred from one account to another, the Paymaster must make a motion to do so at a MCL meeting.  In some situations, however, money needs to be transferred PRIOR to the scheduled meeting.  When more members are present to take a vote, a motion can be made to give the Paymaster authority to do so without prior approval of the membership.  A motion can also be made to ensure that  overdraft protection is in place on all accounts.  (2) Arrangements were made to present certificates to JROTC recipients at an area high school.

Closing Ceremony:   The final prayer was said by Chaplain Steitz.  She also invoked a moment of silence for Mike Addesso, who passed away on April 7th.

The next meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

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Report To Be Given:  3/13/14                          Minutes From: 2/13/14

Meeting was called to order by Jessica Operle with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers: Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms and Historian Operle, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan. (Jessica Operle was sworn in as Sergeant-at-Arms and will continue as such until Jorge Bebelagua can resume this position.)

Guests:  Steve Mirsky and Robin Lloyd

Applications for Membership: Steve Mirsky and Robin Lloyd

Ceremony of Initiation:  After being approved for membership, Steve Mirsky and Robin Lloyd were sworn in as Associate Members.

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  Both the December and January minutes had been posted online.  Printed copies, however, were not available in January.  At the February meeting, printed copies for both months were distributed to Detachment members.  Motion to accept the minutes as written was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Lou Gewirtz.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:  Elizabeth Hoover donated $50 to our Detachment in memory of her husband Robert who passed away February 17, 2010.

Paymaster Report:  Because Paymaster Ruggiero was recovering from surgery, he was unavailable to give this month's report.  As discussed at a previous meeting, a quarterly report will be provided.  When Jim is able to do so, Marilyn Steitz will review the accounts with him and present the results to the Detachment.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) As an outpatient, Jim Ruggiero had a toe amputated at the VA Hospital in Miami.  The surgeon was pleased with the results and expected to see him the following Tuesday.  Adam asked that we keep him in our thoughts and prayers.  (2)  Mike Addesso was seen at the VA Clinic in Sunrise but planned to return to New York for treatment of cancer in his lungs and spine.  (3) Gerry Colbert passed away on January 27th in New York.  His obituary was read to the Detachment.

Report of Officers:  (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise reported on the MCL picnic scheduled for March 8th at Tradewinds Park.  The picnic will begin at 11:00 am; parking will be on the north side of the park.  Park admission is expected.  Note: If you are a disabled veteran, you can apply for free admittance.  If you are a veteran, you get get 25% off the entrance fee.  You can apply in person at any Florida state park, but it is suggested that you call ahead to ensure that proper paperwork is available.  (Joe stated that John U. Lloyd Beach State Park in Dania can supply the pass on site with proper identification.)  You can also go to flstateparks.org   (2) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac discussed several possible changes to the rules and regulations for the10-Week Club.  These changes are related to the length of time between 10-Week Clubs and the issue related to unsold tickets.  Working with a committee, proposed solutions will be presented to the Detachment at the next meeting for discussion and vote.  (3) Historian Operle reported on the Ship's Store.  3'x 5' USMC flags will be made available for purchase.  The flag is polyester and will sell for $10.  If interested, Jessica could be contacted at the end of the meeting.

Standing Committees:  Because of recent surgery, Jim Ruggiero was not available to discuss the flea market fundraiser.

Special Committees:  (1) Commandant Motes asked for volunteers to form a committee tasked with nominating a slate of Detachment officers for 2014-2015.  Ray Arriaga assumed the role of committee chair.  The call for nominations went out three times for each position.  Motions were made for each position and seconded.  All who were  nominated agreed to accept the nominations.  The chart below shows the results:

      OFFICE                              PERSON                  M - MOTION MADE BY

                                                                                   S - SECONDED BY

____________________________________________________________

  1. Commandant                    Joseph Motes                  M - Bill Smith

                                                                                      S - Lou Gewirtz

  1. Sr. Vice Commandant      Adam Falise                    M - Joe Motes

                                                                                      S - Lou Annacone

  1. Jr. Vice Commandant      Brandon Gac                   M - Adam Falise

                                                                                      S - Joe Motes

  1. Judge Advocate               Gad Aflalo                       M - Lou Gewirtz

                                                                                      S - Adam Falise

Commandant Motes closed the nominations until the next meeting, March 13, 2014.

Unfinished Business:  (1) Cliff and Joe attended the Veterans' Appreciation Day at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  Twenty JROTC cadets from Piper High School along with staff from Hooters greeted the veterans.  Over 800 wings were served.  (2) Commandant Motes encouraged sale of scholarship tickets.  Books sell for $5 each.

New Business:  (1) Joe Motes made a motion that Adam and Ray be reimbursed for ammo costs incurred for the MCL shooting competition.  The motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.  In the future, fundraisers could be planned to defray this cost.  (2) $150 was approved by the Detachment prior to this meeting to be used for purchasing medals and ribbons for JROTC awards.  Adam expects to get a check before the next meeting.  (3) Since he had been coughing throughout the meeting. Joe explained a recent diagnosis of COPD.  While his condition is considered “mild”, he does require use of an inhaler and medication every day.  Since Joe has always been a non-smoker, it was felt that his work environments, i.e., ones with asbestos, were probably the cause.

Good of the League:  (1) Jim will be contacted to see if any inroads have been made with Walmart regarding promotion of the Rose Program.  (2) Cliff and Joe will be attending the Golden Age Games at the University of Arkansas.  Since Joe had already received financial aid from several other organizations, he hoped that we could “pass the hat” to defray some of the expenditures Cliff will incur.  A moment was taken to do so.  It was also suggested that this be done again at the next meeting.

Announcements:  (1) Joe reported that there are 142 Likes on the Detachment's website.  (2) Marilyn Steitz reminded us that a 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).

In addition to the closing prayer, Chaplain Steitz asked for a moment of silent prayer for Gerry Colbert, one of our members who passed away on January 27th.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, March 13, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  2/13/14                         Minutes From:  1/9/14

Meeting was called to order by Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Historian Operle, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Phyllis Simon, the daughter of recently deceased Joe Mirsky.  As a representative of the family, she thanked the Detachment for its help when both parents had been ill and for the Detachment's respectful ceremony for and presence at her dad's funeral last December.  “He would have loved it!”  Jim Ruggiero made a motion that Phyllis Simon be made an honorary member of the Detachment.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo and approved by the membership. 

Ceremony of Initiation:   After an initiation ceremony by Commandant Motes, Phyllis Simon was welcomed by the Detachment.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   The December minutes had been posted online but were unavailable in written form at the meeting.  As a result, minutes from both the December and January meetings will be made available on February 13th.

Correspondence:   (1) Phyllis Simon had sent a thank you letter to the Detachment for its help in assisting her family and father Joe Mirsky.  Included with this thank you letter were donations from Mark Simon and Steven Mirsky.  (2) Additional donations were made by: Phyllis Jacobs, Abraham and Betty Baumel, John and Pam Lloyd, and Ricki Rusting.  Appropriate acknowledgments will be sent by the Adjutant.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and Troop Care Package accounts which included a $1500 donation made by Daniel Levin, a friend of Bill Smith.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Brandon Gac and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  No one opposed.  The Paymaster reported that he and Marilyn Steitz will complete their quarterly report and present at the next meeting.  Jim also noted that nominations for elections will begin next month.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Joe Motes had just been released from the hospital because of vertigo.  (2)  John Palermo was suffering from a severe earache.  He was also having a biopsy done on his cheek.  (3) Jim Ruggiero was having tests done in preparation for outpatient foot surgery, hopefully, within the month.  (4) Mike Addesso was diagnosed with terminal lung and spine cancer.  He will return to Sloan-Kettering in New York City for treatment.

Report of Officers:   (1) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac has several more rules that need to be discussed and confirmed before the 10-Week Club guideline is completed.  (2) Historian Operle will begin to assemble the Detachment's album with pictures made available from multiple sources.  (3) VAVS Rep. Handerhan has completed 472 volunteer hours at the VA clinic in Sunrise.  (4) Speaking on his behalf, Joe reported that Sr. Vice Commandant Falise will reserve an area at Tradewinds Park for the Detachment picnic scheduled for March 8th.

Standing Committees:   (1) Jim has an appointment to discuss a possible site for an upcoming garage/craft sale at the end of March.  He recommended that two tables be reserved for our Detachment - one for food sales (to be exclusive) and one for recruiting.  It is also hoped that tables and chairs can be donated.  (2) To encourage Rose Program sales, Jim suggested that the manager of Walmart in Coconut Creek be contacted since he is a former Marine and might support the Detachment's efforts to fundraise.

Special Committees:   (1) When Jim was recently invited to the Mirsky home, he was visibly moved when he found a box containing items from his former military memorabilia store and a picture of Chris.  Joe himself specifically asked that an embroidered flag be given to the Detachment. Jim suggested that this flag become our “meeting flag” and, of course, be displayed as a remembrance of Joe.  (2) Date of meetings and phone number need to be changed on the sign directly outside our MCL meeting location.

New Business:   (1) Jorge Bebelagua has been sent by his company to St. Louis for 6-7 months.  As a result, Jorge has asked that his position of Sergeant-At-Arms be temporarily held by another member.  Commandant Motes requested that Jessica Operle fill the position.  She accepted and will be sworn in at the next meeting.  (2) Next month Veteran's Appreciation Day will be celebrated at the VA Clinic.  A motion was made by Cliff Handerhan to donate $50 for the purchase of food.  It was seconded by Bill Smith.  No one opposed.  (3) Jim reiterated the increase in MCL dues.  New membership is $55; renewals are $50. Since dues will continue to rise, he recommends that Life Membership be considered if MCL membership is expected for many years.

Good of the League:   (1) An acknowledgment letter had been sent to Cliff regarding a troop care package that had been received.  (2) The Detachment was represented at the “Wreaths Across America” ceremony at the South FL National Cemetery this past December.  Gad Aflalo represented the Marine Corps. 10,500 wreaths had been laid, including ones for Dick and Doris Franchino.  (Pictures are online in the newsletter.)  Joe also brought a wreath to the Star of David cemetery in memory of Joe Mirsky.

Announcements:   (1)  Because sufficient time has passed since Jim mailed 11 troop care packages overseas, responses should be expected soon.  Most of the items for this shipping came from the Children of the American Revolution.  Artwork and personal letters were included as well.  As an aside, Jim suggested that we ask friends, teachers, etc. to provide these more personal touches.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, February 13, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  1/9/2014                      Minutes From:  12/12/2013

Meeting was called to order by Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.  The Chaplain also asked for a moment of silence to remember our recently departed friend Joe Mirsky.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Historian Operle, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   None

Applications for Membership:   None

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  Minutes were posted online.  Printed copies were also made available at the meeting.  Cliff Handerhan made the motion to accept the minutes as distributed.  It was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   (1) American Heritage thanked the Detachment for its participation in their Veterans' Day assembly.  (2) Daytona “The World Center for Racing” is offering specials for upcoming events to military veterans and military associated organizations.  For details, see Commandant Motes after the meeting.  (3) A former member of the Detachment, affectionately known as Dowdie, sent holiday greetings from MA wishing all of us a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Lou Gewirtz.  No one opposed.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)

Sickness and Distress:   (1) The Detachment was well represented at services for Joe Mirsky at the Star of David Cemetery in North Lauderdale.  The family was especially appreciative of the Detachment's success in providing military honors for this true patriot during the ceremony.  As per Joe's request, a podium as well as an easel and rug with the EGA have been donated to #755.  (2) Mike Addesso has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and is undergoing chemotherapy to slow the disease.  (3) Adam Falise asked us to pray for his Uncle Harry who is suffering from Parkinson's Disease.

Report of Officers:   (1) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac is finalizing the new rules and regulations for the 10-Week Club.  (2) Judge Advocate Aflalo asked Jim Ruggiero to update the Detachment on amendments to the bylaws.  Jim reported that the new amendments were sent to the Dept. of FL for their approval.  Several were turned down with suggestions for rewriting them.  Original revisions are in black.  Rewritten ones are in red.

SEC. 503               Election of officers shall be by a show of hands of regular members. There being no opposition for an elected office, the Adjutant may cast one (1) vote to elect.

Election of officers shall be by ballot of regular members. There being no opposition for an elected office, The Adjutant if a regular member or a regular member of the nominating committee may cast one (1) vote to elect.

SEC.701                The Board of Trustees shall be composed of all the elected and appointed officers of this Detachment. 

The Board of Trustees shall be composed of all the elected officers of this Detachment in accordance with the National By-Laws of the Marine Corps League.

SEC. 903               Quorum: 

A quorum consisting of at least 10 percent (10%) of the regular members in good standing, of which at least five (5) shall be members of the Board of Trustees, must be present in order to conduct official business at either a regular or special meeting  

A quorum consisting of at least 10 percent (10%) of the regular members in good standing, of which at least two (2) shall be members of the Board of Trustees, must be present in order to conduct official business at either a regular or special meeting.

Motion to accept the new revisions was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Brandon Gac.  No one opposed.

Special Committees:   (1) Since March 8, 2014 was chosen as the date for the Detachment picnic, Adam Falise can now proceed with a site reservation.  People to invite could include: perspective new MCL members, MCL donors, Children of the American Revolution, Young Marines etc.  (2) If anyone wished to purchase an item(s) from the Ship's Store, Jessica Operle could be contacted.  (3) 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.  Detachment members confirmed the date as well.

Unfinished Business:   Commandant Motes encouraged the Detachment to sell all scholarship tickets so that a positive report is made to the Dept. of FL.

Good of the League: (1) Adam Falise reported that results of the shooting competition have been sent to National.  The current team consists of Ray Arriaga, Jorge Bebelagua, Adam Falise, and Joe Motes, all of whom are now NRA rated.  (Additional members are being sought.)  To help defray the cost of ammo and suggested team T-shirts, different fundraising ideas were presented.  Once the actual cost of said items is given to the Detachment, discussion will be continued.  (2) Joe Motes made an Eagle Scout presentation at a church in Coral Springs.  (3)  For those interested in the Veterans‘ Crisis Line, Cliff Handerhan had magnets and business cards available.

Announcements:   The Detachment's Facebook page now has 140 Likes.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, January 9, 2014.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  12/12/13      Minutes From:  11/14/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Bebelagua with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Bebelagua, Historian Operle, Public Relations Officer Addesso, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:   Carl Gunther and Gary Mandieta

Applications:   Jorge Bebelagua

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   Minutes were posted online.  Printed copies were also made available at the meeting.  Brandon Gac made the motion to accept the minutes as distributed. It was seconded by Mike Addesso.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   Beginning Nov. 15th, two insurance companies are offering dental insurance to veterans who are 90% or less disabled.  The two companies are Delta Dental and Met Life.  Individuals interested in participating in this VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP) may complete an application online, over the phone or by mail through Dec. 31st.  Coverage begins on Jan. 1, 2014.  (See flyers on the front table for additional information.) 

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero clarified that $500 included in his report from last month was a donation from Moody Plumbing. He then proceeded to read the October report.  Motion to accept was made by Mike Addesso and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  No one opposed.  Marilyn Steitz stated that an audit is being done every 3 months.  The audit for July, August, and September was completed with no errors.  (A copy of the reports are on file with the Adjutant.)

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Angelo Norberto was hospitalized because of the flu.  He will have hip surgery when approved by his physician.  (2) At the time of this meeting, Joe Mirsky was in rehab at Stratford Court in Boca Raton.  (3) Jim Ruggiero is having lingering problems with his foot and legs.  Because of neuropathy in his legs, a scooter was recommended for use when possible.  (4) Mike Addesso was having a lung biopsy the day following the meeting.  (5) Cliff Handerhan spoke briefly with Jerry Colbert on the phone.  (6) Lou Annacone was not in attendance because people were visiting from out-of-town.

Report of Officers:   (1) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac stated that the rules and regulations for the 10-Week Club were being discussed and will be finalized in writing.  (2) Judge Advocate Aflalo read six current bylaws needing possible revision.  (These current bylaws can be viewed on the Detachment's website.)  He also read the revisions to these bylaws that needed discussion.  The chart below shows the revisions discussed, who initiated the motions, those who seconded them, and the approval/disapproval of the members.

    Sec.               Revised                        Motion          Seconded        All in

     No.             Amendment                   Made By              By             Favor 

____________________________________________________________

501(A)    Elected officers may hold

               an appointed office except      Addesso           Aflalo             Yes

               for the Adjutant and Pay-  

               master position.

____________________________________________________________

503         Election of officers shall

               be by ballot of regular mem-    Gutierrez         Addesso         Yes

               bers.  There being no oppo-

               sition for an elected office,

               a regular member may cast 

               one vote to elect.

____________________________________________________________

901         The Detachment shall meet      Addesso        Finkelstein       Yes

               regularly on the second (2)

               Thursday of each month at

               19:30 hours. 

____________________________________________________________

903        A quorum consisting of at          Gutierrez        Gac                  Yes

              least 10 percent (10%) of 

              the regular members in good

              standing, of which at least 

              three (3) shall be members

              of the Board of Trustees, 

              must be present in order

              to conduct official business

              at either a regular or special

              meeting.

____________________________________________________________

401        remains unchanged                     -------           -------                ------

____________________________________________________________

601(G)  1 - 6 remain unchanged;               -------           -------                ------

             7 - 8 added

•        The Commandant represent-         Addesso       Smith               Yes

           ing the Detachment at any 

           MCL Conference and/or Con-

           vention shall be reimbursed for

           one hotel night stay.

•      Quarterly audits shall be con-         Gutierrez       Addesso           Yes

          ducted and an Annual Audit

          shall be filed with the Adjutant.

____________________________________________________________

Report of Officers continued:

•  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez directed someone interested in the Toys For Tots Program to 4th Anglico in West Palm Beach for box pickup.  (4) Paymaster Ruggiero reported that there is one MCL renewal and 3 potential members when paperwork is completed.  Chaplain Steitz asked the Detachment if another Troop Care Package Drive should be requested from Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.  After receiving overwhelming support, an early May, 2014 date was preferred.  Marilyn will check with Father Reardon to see if the first weekend in May is acceptable.  Jim also remarked that care packages will be sent overseas before Thanksgiving.  (5) Sergeant-At-Arms Bebelagua requested a challenge coin from each member.  (6) Historian Operle reported on sales from the Ship's Store.  Invoices were available for all purchases.  (7) Public Relations Officer Addesso was requested to participate in a joint fundraising activity with the JROTC program at Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale.  The date is unknown at this time.  (8) A motion was made by Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez to submit the revised bylaws to the Dept. of FL.  The motion was seconded by Mike Addesso.  No one opposed.

Standing Committees:   A Christmas dinner is being planned for the next Detachment meeting on Dec. 12th.  Members can sign up with their food contributions either online or with the Adjutant.

Unfinished Business:   Because of a low balance, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez made a motion to move $1000 from savings to the operating fund.  The motion was seconded by Mike Addesso.  No one opposed.

New Business:   (1) Commandant Motes made scholarship tickets available to the Detachment to sell.  The number of books given to the Detachment is dependent upon total membership (82).  At $5 per book (3 tickets in each), sales of $410 are expected to be made by June.  (2) Paymaster Ruggiero discussed a flea market/garage sale as a fundraiser for the Detachment.  He is searching for a mini-mall that will have space available on weekends for this event.  Tables could be rented for $20-$25 each; food can be provided but only by our Detachment.

Good of the League:  (1) Commandant Motes asked Jim to visit Walmart to see if a table could be set up in support of the Rose Program.  Money raised would be used for contributions only and not become part of the Detachment's operating fund.  (2) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez reminded members of the Spring Conference at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa outside of Tampa from 4/10 - 4/13, the State Convention at the Hilton Orlando in Altamonte Springs from 6/8 - 6/14, and the National Convention in West Virginia from 8/3 - 8/9.  Because it is the 75th Anniversary of the Military Order of Devil Dogs, all degrees of Devil Dogs that register for the convention will receive a once-in-a-lifetime dog tag to commemorate this special anniversary.  (The dog tag may be worn on the collar.)

Announcements:   (1) Joe Motes said there are 133 Likes on the Detachment's Facebook page.  (2) Brandon Gac has raffle tickets available for purchase to support the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital in Hollywood.  Items to be raffled are a motorcycle, $2500. and $1000.  Jim Ruggiero made a motion to buy a raffle ticket for $20; it was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  Monies raised go to the South Florida President's Council for distribution.  There will also be a toy run for needy children on Dec. 8th.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, December 12, 2013.

Report To Be Given:  11/14/2013  Minutes From:  10/10/2013

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Bebelagua with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Bebelagua, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:   Minutes were posted online.  Printed copies were also made available at the meeting.  Gad Aflalo made the motion to accept the minutes as distributed. It was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:   (1) A Cancer Benefit will be held for Sgt. Sean Courtney in Sarasota, Oct. 27th.  If interested in attending, Commandant Motes or 1st Sgt. Clark from 4th Anglico can be contacted.  A motion was made by Jr. Vice Commandant Gac to take $50 from the Troop Care Account to assist Sgt. Courtney.  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez seconded the motion.  No one opposed.  (2) Dues for National will be increasing Jan. 1, 2014.  (New prices are listed in the current edition of our Roll Call Newsletter.)  Different rates apply to different age groups.  For those in their upper 60's, it might be more financially sound to become a Life Member before the Jan. deadline.  At this time, Dept. of FL dues have not increased.  (3)  VAVS Rep Handerhan made a motion to donate $50 to the Coffee Fund at  the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  Adam Falise seconded the motion.  No one opposed.

Paymaster Report:   In the absence of Paymaster Ruggiero, Commandant Motes presented the Paymaster Report.  Motion to accept was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.  In the future, Paymaster Reports will continue to be made at monthly meetings, but paperwork will not be given to the Adjutant until the quarterly audit is conducted.  

Sickness and Distress:   (1) An e-mail was received from Mike and Cree LaBozzetta.  On 10/25, Mike will undergo heart surgery with an expected 6-8 weeks for recovery.  Because the doctor gave them a 98%-99% success rate, their outlook is very optimistic. (See Commandant Motes for their cell phone numbers.)  (2) Murray Wolf is receiving care at home after rehab.  He extends “thank you” to the Detachment for its cards, well wishes, etc.  (3) Jim Galvin was scheduled for heart surgery the week following the meeting.  (4) Tony Gutierrez's mother was expected to have radiation after a scan was completed.  His son has recovered from a bad infection and is now healthy.

Report of Officers:   (1) Commandant Motes turned in his quarterly Eagle Scout Report for July, August, and September.  14 Eagle Scouts were acknowledged by the Detachment.  Three Detachment members recently attended an Eagle Scout ceremony during which certificates were presented by Jim Ruggiero to the honoree.  (2) Sr.Vice Commandant Falise felt that attendance at Bonefish Grill's luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 12th, would help determine the need to proceed with plans for an upcoming Detachment picnic.  Regarding the missing rifle, Adam reported that a police report has been filed with the Margate Police Department. (Discussion ensued as to what other avenues could be explored to locate the item.)

Special Committees:   (1) Judge Advocate Aflalo read the current amendments to the Detachment Bylaws along with revisions.  (Copies of both were made available to members in attendance.)  After discussion among the attendees, it was proposed that some revised amendments needed to be discussed.  For example, voting for elected officers should take place using paper ballots rather than by a show of hands.  The Board of Trustees should be comprised of elected officers plus any Jr. Past Commandant.  The Jr. Past Commandant would then be able to cast a deciding vote when the Board was split on an issue.

Unfinished Business:   Participation in the Margate fair was put on hold until next year, because such short notice for participation made the event too risky.

New Business:   (1) 4th Anglico has invited four different Districts to attend the 238th USMC Birthday Ball on Nov. 2nd at Broken Sound Country Club in Boca Raton.  The cost is $50 per person.  Reservations can be made online or by phone.  (See Joe for the number.)  Deadline for reservations is 0ct. 25th.  (2) A new Suspension and Reinstatement Protocol was effective as of 10/5.  After discussion about suspended members, Commandant Motes stated that he would contact National to see if anyone previously suspended was now officially in good standing.  (3) The website for “Wreaths Across America” is now available for ordering wreaths to be placed at the South FL National Cemetery in Lake Worth.  Tony Gutierrez made a motion that the Detachment contribute $150, i.e.,10 wreaths @$15.  The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.  All approved.  A ceremony will take place on Saturday, Dec. 14th at 10:00am.  (4) Joe Mirsky will inquire into the need for our Detachment's presence at Boca Raton's Veteran's Day Parade.  (5) A rifle team from the Detachment is being sought by Adam Falise.  (So far, six members have stepped up.)  Scores will be sent to National.  Participation in this event shows MCL involvement.  (6) By submitting the form IRS-990, he Detachment is now certified with the IRS for the year 2012.

Good of the League:   Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez provided the Detachment with the following information: (1) As of Jan. 1st, annual MCL dues will increase.  Detachment dues for new members will be $55; renewals will be $50.  (2) The Spring Conference will take place from 4/10 - 4/13 at Safety Harbor Resort and Spa outside of Tampa.  Rooms are available at $89 per night.  Leadership School is scheduled for 4/11.  During free time, a visit can be made to a military museum near the resort.  (3) The Department Convention will be held from 6/8 - 6/14 at the Hilton Orlando Altamonte Springs.  Rooms are available at a special rate of $92 per night but must be reserved early in order to receive this reduction in rate.  (4)  Because of the Affordable Care Act, all veterans are encouraged to register with the VA by 1/1/14.  Along these lines, Commandant Motes stated that Vietnam veterans who have received a Vietnam campaign medal can register with the VA without a means test.  They will be considered a Category 6 and will be entitled to all medical benefits.  The VA would become their insurance carrier.  ALL VETS SHOULD REGISTER. The greater the number of vets, the greater the amount of money available to Miami-Dade and Broward Counties clinics.

Announcements:   (1) The Detachment's Facebook page has 129 likes.  (2)  On 10/20 Children of the American Revolution will hold a Troop Care Package Drive.  Addresses of those serving overseas are requested.  (3) American Heritage School is requesting our presence at their tribute to the military on 11/8 at 8:30.  Appropriate music will be sung, and veterans in attendance will be honored with a variety of activities.  Joe Motes has attended this program for many years and highly recommends our participation.  (4) A Detachment luncheon will take place at Bonefish Grill on Saturday, Oct. 12th at noon.  (5) Joe Mirsky reported that Len Zargo, a former Commandant, will be visiting.  Mike LaBozzetta sounded in good spirits despite his upcoming surgery; Cree sounded optimistic as well.  Harry Belford is chair-bound but doing well overall.  (6) The Detachment was awarded a National Meritorious Commendation Award.  The Detachment received this same award from the state earlier this year but has now received the ribbon associated with the honor.  Joe Motes personally received the National Distinguished Citizen Award from National.  He feels he was honored because of his continuous work with the Eagle Scout Program which ranks second or third in the country.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, November 14, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  10/10/2013  Minutes From:  9/12/2013

Introductory Notes:  According to Detachment Bylaws, five officers needed to be present in order for official business to be conducted.  Since only three officers were in attendance, official business was postponed until the October meeting.

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Jorge Bebelagua with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Bebelagua, Public Relations Officer Addesso, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  Minutes were posted online. Printed copies were also made available at the meeting.  Brandon Gac made the motion to accept the minutes as presented.  The motion was seconded by Cliff Handerhan.  No one opposed.

Correspondence:  (1) Commandant Motes stated that the Leadership School will be available at the Fall Conference (Oct. 3-6).  If attending the conference, Paymaster Ruggiero is to be contacted so that the registration fee can be paid by the Detachment.  (This fee will not be paid if registration takes place AT the convention.)  (2.) Jim Ruggiero will replace Joe Motes in the presentation of a certificate to Brian Blickle at an Eagle Scout ceremony September 28th in Boynton Beach.  (3) Robert Parrish (“Gunner”) was a Vietnam War veteran, a Past Commandant of the VFW, and a rider with the Leathernecks.  His mother-in-law contacted our Detachment about his recent death.  She also requested information about proper procedures for a military funeral including a Marine Corps presence.  She was told to contact her funeral director about these arrangements.  The ceremony is scheduled for Oct. 4th at the South Florida National Cemetery.  (4) On Oct. 20th the Children of the American Revolution will have their annual troop care package drive.  In the past, 20-25 boxes have been filled.  Commandant Motes will present a certificate to the group while Jim Ruggiero will be responsible for mailing the boxes.  The Children of the American Revolution are also interested in having a picnic, party, etc. for a local (NE Broward) family with one of its members serving overseas.  (5) Wishing to ship packages overseas, a woman contacted Jim about addresses of servicemen deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.  (6)  Past Commandant Gutierrez was contacted by 1st Sgt. Clark of 4th Anglico in West Palm Beach.  Because of illness, a Marine veteran of Iraqi Freedom is unable to work.  Now that his son is ill, a fundraiser has been scheduled in Sarasota for Oct. 27th.  Since our Detachment members are unlikely to attend because of distance, it has been suggested that a unit coin be purchased at the cost of $50.  (Tony can be contacted for additional information.)

Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Ruggiero reported that an audit had been completed by Marilyn Steitz.  All credits and debits were accounted for.  In the future, audits will be conducted quarterly rather than annually.  The Paymaster Report was read but a motion could not be made to accept because of an insufficient number of officers to conduct official business.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Cliff reported that John Palermo's friend Carol required additional and unexpected surgery.  (2) Jim Galvin has issues related to his heart and lungs.  (3) Jerry Colbert is ill with cancer and has returned to Florida after a stay in New York.  (4) Tony's mother is convalescing at home after a recent biopsy.   His son was released from the hospital (ER) because of a bad infection and is also recovering.  (5) Len Zargo and Harry Belford are both wheelchair bound.  (6) Jim's foot surgery was cancelled.  He was to visit his doctor as follow-up to and because of complications after cataract surgery.  At the time of this meeting, he had no vision in his left eye.  (7) Murray Wolf is at home and being taken care of.

Report of Officers:  (1)  Commandant Motes appointed Jorge Bebelagua to the position of Sergeant-at-Arms.  Angelo Norberto will remain as Color Sergeant.  (2) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac gave the Status Report in lieu of Adam Falise who was out-of-town.

Standing Committees:  Adam Falise and Jessica Operle were not available to discuss the upcoming picnic and Oct. 12th luncheon.

Unfinished Business:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise filed a Missing Weapon's Report with the Margate Police Department.  (The Detachment will continue its efforts to locate the missing rifle.)

New Business:  (1) Next month's meeting will be shortened because of a Detachment social.  (2) A Christmas party will be held in December.  Adjutant MacCutcheon will be responsible for setup.

Good of the League:  (1) Joe Mirsky has moved to a new location in Boca.  Contact the Adjutant for his new address.  (2) Jan Eno has moved to West Palm Beach not far from the VA Hospital.  Her new address will be available at a later date.  (3) Fire Rescue is having a Family Fun Day on Oct. 12th at the Sports Complex in Margate.  Mike Addesso proposed that our Detachment participate since approximately 10,000 people are expected to attend.  Since booths rent for $300, it was suggested that the booth be shared by our Detachment and the DAV, thereby, splitting the cost of the rental.  Questions arose relating to the items sold, if recruiting information could be included, etc. (4)  A committee will be formed to devise rules and regulations for the 10-Week Club fundraiser.  (5) Judge Advocate Aflalo will continue to work on the Detachment Bylaws update.  (6) It was suggested by Len Zargo that a Past Commandant of our Detachment be highlighted in our newsletter Roll Call each month.  Other members could also be considered.  Further suggestions included: military jokes, photos of members ”then” with identification occurring in the next Roll Call edition.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, October 10, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  9/12/13 Minutes From:  8/8/13

Meeting was called to order by Brandon Gac (in the absence of Sergeant-at-Arms Andres Perez) with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. The Opening Prayer was read by John Palermo in place of Chaplain Marilyn Steitz who was ill.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth  Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Historian Operle, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan.  Since Andres Perez is unable to hold the position of Sergeant-at-Arms at this time, Commandant Motes appointed Angelo Norberto to replace him.

Guests:  Nicholas Palermo (grandson of John Palermo), a Midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy; Ed Simmons, a Marine who served from 1976-1979; Jorge Bebelagua, a recruiter from Margate; and Rick Barber, a representative from the Young Marines Program, the youth organization of the Marine Corps League.

Rick Barber was given time by Commandant Motes to speak about the newly-formed “South Florida Young Marines” program.  It is open to children from age 8 to graduation from high school.  Meetings will take place on the grounds of Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines every other Saturday from 8am - 4pm.  (While not a public school program, it is endorsed by the School Board of Broward County.)  As Vice Commandant of District 10, Tony Gutierrez stated that he would promote this program at other Detachment meetings.  John Palermo suggested that a liaison be designated to coordinate information between our detachment and the program.  Additionally, donations are needed to pay for site usage, advertising, materials, etc.  Paymaster Ruggiero made a motion to take $250 from the Troop Care Package Account to fund the annual site fee required by Broward County.  This motion was seconded by John Palermo.  No one opposed.  For more information about the South Florida Young Marines, you could contact Rick Barber via his e-mail at msgtbarber@aol.com or go to the Unit website at southflyoungmarines@gmail.com   Commandant Motes also planned to add a link on Tamarac's Facebook page.

Applications for Membership:  Jorge Bebelagua

Balloting on Applications for Membership:  Mr. Bebelagua was approved.

Ceremony of Initiation:  This ceremony was conducted by Commandant Motes followed by a prayer read by John Palermo

Minutes of the Previous Meeting:  Since minutes from the previous meeting had been made available online and printed copies had been made available on each table, a motion was made by Judge Advocate Aflalo to waive the reading of these minutes.  The motion was seconded by Bill Smith.  A further suggestion was made to waive the reading of the minutes at future meetings since they are made available prior to and on the day of Detachment meetings.

Correspondence:  (1) 1st Sgt. Clark informed the Detachment that a homeless Marine was in need of assistance.  Commandant Motes approved a $150 donation.  (2) Intracoastal Detachment was looking for volunteers to assist with the installation of a 65' fence on the property of a disabled Marine.  It was expected to be a one-day project; refreshments would be served.  (3) Brandon Gac reminded members that a DD214 form was required in order for a Marine to be buried with full military honors.  The funeral home usually contacts Headquarters Marine (Casualty Department) at Quantico to satisfy the request.  (4) According to Commandant Motes, starting in August, IRS requirements would need to be met for non-profit military organizations.  For example, American Legion members must have served in the military during certain times, VFW members must have served in war, Vietnam Veterans of America members must have served in Vietnam.  Joe felt that some requirement would be attached to MCL membership, e.g., availability of a DD214 and proof of an honorable discharge.

Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  Motion to accept the paymaster report subject to audit was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Tony Gutierrez.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Chaplain Marilyn Steitz was ill and under a doctor's care.  She expressed regrets for her absence.  (2) Because of his battle with cancer, Jerry Colbert moved north to be with his son.  “No cards” needs to be respected.  (3)  Murray Wolf has been hospitalized again because of lingering throat problems.  “No visits” also needs to be respected.”  (4) Frederick Pratley, Jr. of Detachment 1045 passed away.  Tony was to be seen for funeral arrangements.

Report of Officers:  (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise had not yet received feedback from any corporations or companies regarding donations to our Detachment for Poker Night.  As a result, one of Bill Smith's associates was to be contacted to help with prizes for the event.  Adam also read the Status Report for the month of August.  (A formal report is on file with the Adjutant.)  (2)  Commandant Motes reminded us that the sign outside the American Legion Hall needed to be updated to reflect “the second Thursday of the month” for MCL meetings.  Any materials or photos related to the MCL need to be turned into Jessica Operle for inclusion in a Detachment memorabilia album.  (3) Judge Advocate Aflalo continued to work on Detachment bylaws, comparing them to those of state and national.  It was noted that a member can go to our website to update dates, phone nos., etc.  (4)  Paymaster Ruggiero received membership cards from National.  If a card had not yet been received, it was expected to arrive by next month.  (5) Historian Operle needed materials from the previous historian.  (6) Color Sergeant Norberto thanked Ramon Arriaga for participating in a Color Guard requested by Mike Addesso for a Margate community.  Only 2 members were available: Ramon and Angelo.  Angelo also mentioned that the bugle borrowed by Mike needed to be returned.  (Mike was not in attendance at this meeting.)

Special Committees:  (1) Adam Falise will chair a committee to handle details related to a future picnic.  (2) The July luncheon at Bonefish Grill was rescheduled for Oct.12th.

Unfinished Business:  (1) Jim Ruggiero reported that the lost rifle has not yet been located.  Attempts to find it will continue.  Adam Falise will file a “loss property report” with the Margate Police Department.

Good of League:  (1) Since all 10-Week Club tickets had not been sold (60/40), discussion occurred regarding pay out of monies when the ticket drawn had not been purchased.  Regarding the last two weeks of the 10-Week Club, John Palermo made a motion to continue “tonight and next month” to pull from the 100 tickets with no pay out for an unpaid ticket.  This motion was seconded by Bill Smith.  A vote was taken: in favor - 8, opposed - 2. The motion passed.  To avoid future confusion, a committee would be formed to devise rules associated with such fundraisers. (2.) Lou Annacone celebrated his 88th birthday on July 30th.

The next meeting was scheduled for September 12, 2013.

Report To Be Given:  8/8/13  Minutes From:  7/11/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call of Officers:  Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth  Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Historian Operle, Public Relations Officer Addesso, VAVS Rep, Handerhan

Guests:  Tom Gregory, a U.S. Navy veteran, spoke about a company he founded called VetserV.  VetserV provides information, helps with applications, and monitors the process for veterans and/or surviving spouses who qualify for the “Aid and Attendance Pension” through the Department of Veterans Affairs.  This pension can pay for private duty home health services as well as meal preparations, light housekeeping, transportation, mobility, bathing, dressing, etc.  Since Florida ranks second in the nation with approximately 1.1 million veterans, Mr. Gregory urged our Detachment to make other veterans and their spouses aware of this program.  (Print information about qualifications could be obtained after the meeting.  To speak directly with a representative, members could call 1-855-509-0107.)

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes from the Previous Meeting:  Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the July 11th meeting.  Two changes were made: (1) Under Sickness and Distress, Vic Voltaggio should have had added after his name “National Jr. Past Commandant” and (2) under Good of League, “9 or 10 ribbons” should have been “9 or 10 awards.”  Motion to accept the minutes after corrections was made by Judge Advocate Aflalo and seconded by Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez. 

Correspondence:  (1) Commandant Motes received a phone call from a Marine who is starting a Young Marine Program at Walter C. Young Middle School in Pembroke Pines.  His attendance at our July meeting had to be rescheduled for August 8th. (2) The Detachment received a thank you e-mail from Captain Brian Green, who commands an Army Aviation Company in Afghanistan.  He wrote, “I truly appreciate the care package sent and I distributed it throughout my company so everyone has a little piece of home.  Thank you again for the support you have shown me, it does not go unnoticed.”  (3)  Tickets were sent by Evelyn Joppa for a National Spring HQ Project at the National Convention in Michigan.  Five tickets could be purchased for $20.  Tony Gutierrez made a motion that the Detachment buy 10 tickets at a cost of $40.  Adam Falise seconded the motion.  The motion passed.  (Any monies won would be added to the Operating Fund of the Detachment.)

Paymaster Report:  Because Paymaster Ruggiero was unavailable due to illness, Commandant Motes read the report.  Motion to accept the Paymaster Report subject to audit was made by Tony Gutierrez and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  Tony also made the motion that $1000 be transferred from the savings to the checking account because of the 10-Week Club drawings.  This motion was seconded by Brandon Gac.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Angelo Norberto had knee surgery and was recovering in rehab.  (2) Jim Ruggiero's surgery on his toe was postponed until later in July because of several unexpected health issues.  (3) The wife of Bill Smith was recovering from spinal surgery last month.

Report of Officers:  (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise read the Status Report for the month of July.  (2)  Jr. Vice Commandant Gac reported that an inventory had taken place.  Appropriate items were disposed of, remaining items were better organized with some being offered at a Ship's Store before and after the July Detachment meeting.  Based upon a rifle inventory taken in October, 2008, nine rifles were accounted for.  Ongoing attempts will be made to find the missing rifle. If these attempts are unsuccessful, Commandant Motes will contact both the National Armory and Margate Police Department to report the loss.

Standing Committees:  none

Special Committees:  Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez spoke about the upcoming Toys for Tots Drive.  Tony will contact the representative from Miami who will be attending a Toys for Tots meeting this August in VA.  Tony asked Detachment members for the names of car dealerships, HOA's, etc. that might be interested in participating in the program.  These groups will be contacted when information becomes available.  (Registration must be done online.)

Unfinished Business:  Jessica Operle discussed food and payment choices for a Detachment luncheon at Bonefish Grill in Coral Springs, Saturday, July 20th at noon.

New Business:  Sr. Vice Commandant Falise will speak with the City of Margate to determine a feasible site for a garage sale hosted by the Detachment.

Good of League:  (1)  Joe Mirsky, a charter member of the Detachment and a Marine who has served the MCL for 22 years, was made an Honorary Commandant by current Commandant Motes.  (This honor has only been presented two other times in the history of the Detachment.)  A round of applause followed the bestowal of this honor.  (2) After reviewing several albums found during the inventory, Jessica noted that some annual events were not continued.  She suggested that we evaluate, then, perhaps, reinstate some of these traditions.

Announcements:  (1) Historian Operle invited members to look at pictures from the first two Detachment albums (1991 and 1992).  Joe Mirsky gave credit to his wife Sgt. Lucille Mirsky for spending hours in the creation of 8 beautiful albums.

The next meeting was scheduled for August 8, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  7/11/13  Minutes From:  6/13/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.  The Chaplain also asked for a moment of silence in remembrance of Cathy Pacini, “whom we all knew and loved”.

Roll Call of Officers:   Commandant Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Vice Commandant Gac, Judge Advocate Aflalo, Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Historian Operle, Color Sergeant Norberto

Guests:   none

Applications for Membership:   none

Minutes from the Previous Meeting :  Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 6/13/13.  The submittal date for the minutes was incorrect and was changed from 6/9 to 6/13.  After the change was noted, the motion to accept the minutes was made by Brandon Gac and seconded by Mike Addesso.

Correspondence:   (1) Marilyn Steitz received a letter from Dowdie, a past Detachment member, who is enjoying life in MA with her family.  She misses the Detachment and sends her love.  (2) Jim Ruggiero received an e-mail from the Department of FL requesting assistance for a Marine amputee who served in Afghanistan and who is now residing in Alabama.  A concert, with Trace Adkins as one of the main performers, was being held to raise money for the building of an adapted home.  Our Detachment purchased 4 tickets @$25 for a total of $100.

Paymaster Report:   Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.  (A formal report is on file with the Adjutant.)  Motion to accept the paymaster report subject to audit was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Mike Addesso.  John Palermo was opposed subject to audit.

Sickness and Distress:   (1) Jim Ruggiero was having a skin graft done on June 24th to solve a lingering, gangrenous problem with one of his feet.  (2) After visiting with Cathy Pacini earlier in the month, Gad Aflalo reported that she was in good spirits and making appropriate preparations.  She was “OK”.  (3) John Palermo's significant other was undergoing medical tests in preparation for surgery some time in August at Shands Hospital in Gainesville.  (4) Jim Ruggiero would notify members when final arrangements were made for Cathy.  Since Cathy was so respected and loved, Jim contacted a local MCL Detachment in MA and asked if they would represent us at a service approved by the family. The MA Detachment agreed to do so.  (5) Tony Gutierrez reported that Vic Voltaggio recently underwent bypass surgery and suggested that a card be sent from the Detachment.

Report of Officers:   (1) Commandant Motes discussed the 10-Week Club.  Since only 45/100 tickets had been sold, the first drawing was postponed until the July meeting.  He encouraged members to sell the tickets or buy some themselves.  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Falise had the letters of introduction needed to solicit donations from larger companies/corporations, e.g., Walmart and Best Buy.  (3) Jr. Vice Commandant Gac reported that inventories of supplies would be taken in June.  (4) Judge Advocate Aflalo was checking Detachment, State, and National bylaws to make sure Detachment bylaws were in concurrence. (5) Color Sergeant Norberto thanked those members who participated in the Color Guard and who attended the Memorial Day program at Veteran's Park in West Boca.  Historian Jessica Operle was acknowledged for posting pictures of the event on the Detachment's Facebook page.  (6) Paymaster Ruggiero consulted with National and was told that all memberships are up-to-date.  New members had been issued numbers; new cards with expiration date included would be arriving shortly.  Jim also reported that our Detachment roster is accurate.  Regarding social events, Jim discussed a “Dinner Night Out” for July 20th; the site had not yet been determined.  A potluck dinner was also discussed and would follow the Aug. 8th meeting here at the hall.  Jim said that a letter of solicitation was submitted for approval in order to conduct the Rose Program at suggested sites within the county since this program was no longer available through the VA clinics.  Mike Addesso added that Lowe's has been amenable to these types of programs in the past and should be contacted for possible participation.  Publix, Walmart, and Target were also suggested.

Standing Committees:   Concerning a question about the delivery of troop care packages overseas, Jim Ruggiero stated that the process from collection of items to their actual delivery was a long process.  If a package had not yet been received, it should arrive shortly.

Special Committees:   Jim Ruggiero posed several questions regarding the Marine Corps Ball in November.  Should our Detachment have its own celebration?  Should we attempt to join and celebrate with one or more other Detachments?  Possible choices will be discussed at a later date.

New Business: (1) Mike Addesso volunteered to be the Public Relations Officer for our Detachment.  Commandant Motes appointed him to this position with swearing in to occur at the July meeting.  (2) Color Sergeant Norberto assembled a small Color Guard for Mike Addesso who requested one for Paradise Gardens III in Margate the following Saturday.

Good of League:   (1) Commandant Motes presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Jim Ruggiero for his role as Paymaster and for his involvement in the Troop Care Package Program from 2012 to 2013.  (2) A Meritorious Unit Commendation was awarded by the Department of FL to Tamarac Detachment 755.  Each person who was a member from 7/2/12 - 5/31/13 became eligible to wear the Dept. Meritorious Unit Ribbon. It was noted that our Detachment has already received 9 or 10 of these ribbons.  (3)  Joe Motes received a MCL Certificate of Appreciation (Dept. Level) for promoting the Eagle Scout Program and for his service to both the Boy Scouts and the MCL.  He also received the Distinguished Citizen Award (Dept Level), and was recognized during a ceremony in OK, which recognized him for the number of disabled veterans who enrolled their children in the college scholarship program.  (4) At the Golden Age Games in Buffalo, Cliff Handerhan won a silver medal in a shooting competition.  Joe Motes came in fourth in a bicycle race.

Announcements:   (1) Jr. Past Commandant Gutierrez shared information from the Dept. Convention.  Intracoastal Detachment raised money for  the Injured Warriors Fund by setting up a booth for vets at the Isle Casino in Pompano Beach.  Monies raised at this event were presented to the funds chairman at the business meeting of the convention.  Because 699 members were in delinquency, retention and recruitment were encouraged.  The Mentoring Program on the Dept's. website was suggested as a resource.  The Scholarship Program is in jeopardy due to lack of participation by many Detachments but will continue for one more year.  A decrease in income to the Dept. has caused a reduction in stipends for certain MCL positions.  Tony Gutierrez has become the liason for the Toys for Tots Program and will continue to encourage participation from the various Detachments.  (2) John Palermo made a motion to contribute $219 annually to the Wounded Warrior Project with the money coming from the Troop Care Package account. This motion was seconded by Adam Falise.  No one opposed.  John also reported that his grandson “loves” the USNA and plans to become a Marine Corps fighter pilot in the future.

The next meeting was scheduled for Thursday, July 11, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  5/9/13            Minutes From:  4/11/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by John Palermo.

Roll Call:  Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-at-Arms Gac, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests:  Phil Maher
Applications for Membership:  None

Minutes:  A motion was made on the floor to waive the reading of the minutes.  After copies were made available to Detachment members, a  motion was made to accept the minutes that were provided on each table. The motion was seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence:  (1) The Veterans Coalition requested members from our Detachment to participate in a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in West Boca Raton.  (2) A letter of appreciation was received from the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic thanking our Detachment for its donation of books.  (3) Elizabeth Hoover, the widow of Robert Hoover, made a donation in his name.  He was “a proud Marine and member of Detachment 755”.  (4) A request was made for Marines and veterans to be present at PBIA on April 27th and May 25th to welcome home the military from Honor Flights to Washington, D.C.  (September and October dates would be announced at a later date.)  Commandant Gutierrez was to be contacted after the meeting for more specific details.  (5) Regarding the Rose Program, VAVS Rep Handerhan reported that Miami has discontinued any outside collections.

Paymaster Report:  Since the paymaster was called out-of-town unexpectedly,  Commandant Gutierrez gave the paymaster report.  Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  John Palermo was opposed until an audit was completed.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez was attending the Spring Conference that weekend.  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes reported that Jim Ruggiero requested a letter be written to the Dept. of FL about an incident that had occurred 10 years ago.  (3) Color Sergeant Norberto thanked those Marines who participated in the St Patrick's Day Parade in Margate.  Our members included: Brandon Gac, Jessica Operle, Cliff Handerhan, Ray Arriaga, and Angelo Norberto.  Angelo also asked for 4 Marines to participate in a Color Guard at Veterans Park in West Boca Raton on May 27th.  Volunteers would report at 9:00am.  (4) A benefit was to be held for a Marine drummer that Sunday at City Pub on SE 10th Street from 2:00-6:00.  Money was to be raised to help defray medical costs associated with his illness.  (5) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes encouraged members to take pictures of any event in which the Detachment participated.  Pictures could then be posted on the web, Facebook, etc.  They could also be included in the monthly newsletter.

Special Committees:  (1) Members were encouraged to participate in the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church that Saturday and Sunday before and after all masses.  A signup sheet was provided.  A copy of the church bulletin was made available with information about items to donate, acceptance of cash and checks, the need for specific names and addresses of the military overseas, and the request for flags needing to be retired.   A troop photo and thank you letter were sent to Jim after last year's drive.  It was appropriately framed and displayed to the Detachment.  It would be given to Father Reardon, the pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church for his 4 year involvement in our Troop Care Package Drive.  (2) Nomination Committee Chairman John Palermo conducted final nominations for each elected position:                               

for Commandant - Joe Motes

for Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise

for Jr. Vice Commandant - Brandon Gac

for Judge Advocate - Gad Aflalo

After the final list of nominations for elected officers was determined, the election took place with Judge Advocate Mirsky casting one vote for each nominee.  The Jr. Past Commandant would be Tony Gutierrez.  A list of appointed officers was also presented:                               

Adjutant/Secretary - Dale MacCutcheon

Paymaster/Treasurer - Jim Ruggiero

Chaplin - Marilyn Steitz

Sergeant-at-Arms - Andres Perez

Historian - Jessica Operle

Color Sergeant - Angelo Norberto

VAVS Rep. - Cliff Handerhan

Youth Activity Officer - Adam Falise

New Business:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez presented Certificates of Appreciation to members of the Detachment.  (2) He also presented the Detachment's “Marine of the Year” award to Jacob Joseph Mirsky.  This award was accepted with much humility.

Ceremony of Installation of New Officers:  Jr. Past Commandant John Palermo conducted the installation ceremony.  Joe Motes accepted the gavel, indicating his new position as Commandant of Detachment 755 for 2013-2014.  The rest of the meeting was conducted by our new Commandant.  
Joe Motes presented a certificate of appreciation to Tony Gutierrez for his his service as Commandant for the past two years and for his chairmanship of and commitment to the Toys for Tots Program.  Tony presented Joe with a “Commandant” patch which Joe then attached to his cover.

Good of League:  Jessica Operle officially signed her contract with the Marine Corps and would report for training this coming October.

Announcements:  John Palermo requested that Detachment members join the American Legion. “It would mean a great deal”.

The next meeting was scheduled for THURSDAY, May 9, 2013

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given:  4/11/13            Minutes From:  3/14/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with  a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call:  Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Gac, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan
Guests:  Mike Pollack, Mel Lane, and Manny Moreno

Applications:  None

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 2/14/13.  No corrections or additions were made.  Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence:  (1)  From the Mid-Winter Conference, the Commandant had information available for Korean War vets and those interested in battlefield tours.  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes was asked if any members would be interested in being interviewed as a combat action veteran.  The head of a local youth group of 7th through 10th graders has designated the month of May as a “remembrance” month and would like feedback from the Detachment.  (See Joe if interested.)  (3) A thank you note was received from Tony's mother in response to a card received from the Detachment.
Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.  A correction was made from the previous report's balance.    (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  Motion to accept the paymaster report subject to audit was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Brandon Gac.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Cathy Pacini was recovering from surgery and was expected to be transferred to a rehab facility the following week.  Cards could be sent, but no visitors were welcome at this time.  (2) Tom Collins passed away.  Visitation, funeral arrangements, etc. would be forthcoming.  (3) Len Zargo was “up and about” according to Jim.  (4) The wife of Murray Wolf reported that he is “a tough Marine and trying to help himself”.  Physical therapy was ongoing.  (5) At that time, Jim was awaiting results of laser surgery on his foot because of gangrene.  Results were due the next day.  Jim asked for our prayers that amputation would not be necessary.  (6) Jan Eno was not in attendance because of a pinched nerve in her leg.  (7) Addresses and phone numbers of those under “Sickness and Distress” were made available to members who were in attendance.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez reminded the Detachment that Scholarship Fund tickets needed to be submitted and that 10-Week Club tickets were available with the first drawing in June.  (2) Jr. Vice Commandant Falise gave the Status Report for the month of March.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  (3) Judge Advocate Mirsky missed last month's meeting because of illness.  He acknowledged the assistance of Andres Perez who drove him to the meeting.  (4) Paymaster Ruggiero will reconcile his list of members to the National Roster.  He expected any discrepancy to be corrected by next month's meeting.  New applications for membership were made available.

Standing Committees:  Chaplain Steitz reported on the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes this April 13th and 14th before and after each mass.  The announcement appearing in the bulletin and beginning the following Sunday will include: what items to donate, a request for names and addresses of those currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a request for American flags that need to be retired with dignity.  Chaplain Steitz reminded the group that assistance is needed on both days of the drive.

Special Committees:  (1) Paymaster Ruggiero encouraged the sale of 10-Week Club tickets.  (A profit was made from this event last year.)  (2) In the absence of John Palermo, chairman of the nominating committee, Jim Ruggiero assumed his responsibilities.  After following proper procedures for the nomination of elected officers, the results were as follows:

Commandant - Joe Motes                             

Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise                             

Jr. Vice Commandant - Brandon Gac                             

Judge Advocate - Gad Aflalo

Nominations were closed until the next meeting on April 11th.  Elections will take place next month with the swearing in of officers to follow.

New Business: Dept. of FL District Vice Commandant Manny Moreno discussed several topics including:  the mission statement of the MCL with its primary objective to help other Marines and their families, proper dress for elected officers at Detachment meetings, the formality of business meetings, the need for more social/fundraising activities, the reconciling of the National Roster to Detachment rosters, the Spring Conference at Safety Harbor  4/11-13 (applications available), an Elks Club auction 4/21, a bowling tournament sponsored by the Vandegrift Det. 4/28, flyers for recruitment, and a change in the communication of information.  (He will send information to each detachment's commandant who, in turn, will pass it on to his second in command then, ultimately, to its members.)

Good of League:  (1) Jim Ruggiero will be participating once again in the Rose Program at the VA Clinic in Sunrise on March 21st from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.  Proceeds go to the Troop Care Account.  If interested in “meeting and greeting”, Jim was to be contacted.  (2) District Vice Commandant Moreno will be attending Broward Law and Intracoastal Detachment meetings.  Members from 755 were encouraged to attend.  (2) Adam Falise presented information about a shooting competition among detachments. Rifle and pistol scores would be sent to National to determine the winner.   If interested, Adam was to be contacted.  (3) Cliff Handerhan shared information regarding fundraising totals to defray the cost of transportation to the Golden Age Games.

Announcements:  (1) Joe Motes reported that on Wednesday, March 20th, Appleby's in Sunrise would donate 15% of each bill to help defray transportation costs to the Golden Age Games. The bill needed to be accompanied by the appropriate flyer.  (2)  A fellow Marine needed help in transporting furniture to a new location since his home could no longer be occupied due to black mold. Tony, Jim, and Adam were available.  (3) As part of the Marines Helping Marines Program in Myrtle Beach, SC, a 1960 CJ Jeep is being raffled.  Tickets could be purchased after the meeting.  (4) 10-Week Club tickets and Scholarship Fund tickets were also available.

The next meeting was scheduled for THURSDAY, April 11, 2013

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given: 3/14/13           Minutes From: 2/14/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call:  Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Gac, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests: none

Applications for Membership:  none

Minutes:  Two corrections were made to the January minutes: (1)  Regarding dues from delinquent members, clarification was made by Jim Ruggiero.  Delinquent members are dropped from the roster after one year.  If delinquency is greater than one year, past dues can be paid with membership retained.  If dues are not chosen to be paid, the person can apply as a new member and retain his membership number.  (2) Regarding a Troop Care Package Drive, the Commandant stated that the HOA of his community - not a church - expressed interest.  Once corrected, motion to accept was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Joe Motes.

Correspondence:  none

Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Bill Eckerth, an Iwo Jima veteran, passed away.  (2) Len Zargo, a Past Commandant of this Detachment, suffered a massive heart attack.  He is recovering at home.  He wishes to thank those who contacted him after the attack.  (3) Murray Wolf broke a hip and is currently in rehab.  (4) The commandant's mother is recovering well from breast surgery.  She expressed thanks for the get well card she received from the Detachment.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez encouraged the sale of scholarship tickets.  He also spoke with Joe Motes about printing tickets for another 10-Week Club offering.  The first drawing will be on the second Thursday of June, i.e., June 13th.  
Standing Committees:  Jim Ruggiero was seeking members of the Detachment to participate in the Rose Program, February 21st at the VA Clinic from 9am - 1pm.

Special Committees:  (1) In the absence of John Palermo, nominating committee chairperson, Jim Ruggiero assumed his responsibilities. Following proper procedure, nominations for each elected position were presented three times. The results were as follows:  (a) Tony Gutierrez accepted the nomination by Joe Motes for Commandant, (b) Adam Falise declined the nomination by Joe Motes for Sr. Vice Commandant.  Brandon Gac accepted the nomination by Commandant Gutierrez for Sr. Vice Commandant, (c) Adam Falise respectfully declined the nomination by Ramon Arriaga for Jr. Vice Commandant as well as any other nomination, (d) Joe Mirsky was nominated for Judge Advocate by Adam Falise.  Since Joe was not in attendance, Jim would call to see if he would accept.  Brandon Gac was nominated by Tony Gutierrez; Brandon accepted.  The nominations were to be reopened at the March 14th meeting.

Good of the League:  (1) The Detachment's participation in the International Union of Operating Engineers convention was canceled.  Evidently, a Union representative had made previous plans with a VFW group to provide a color guard for the April event.  (2) Marilyn Steitz reminded members of the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Church this April 13th and 14th.  This year parishioners are encouraged to bring American flags that need to be retired with dignity.  They will be collected and taken to Brian Blickle, a soon-to-be Eagle Scout, whose project is to retire these flags according to proper procedures. Detachment volunteers will be needed on Saturday, April 13th from 3:00pm - 6:00pm and on Sunday, April 14th from 7:30am - 1:00pm.  Marilyn also reported that Dowdie survived Hurricane Sandy and extends her regards to us all.  (3) Tony was contacted by Ed Lombardi from PFC Bruce Carter Detachment in Miami about their 1st Annual Hero Challenge at Tropical Park in Miami from Feb. 16-17.  Participants will include retired military personnel, police officers, etc.  Tony will contact Ed for additional information.  (4) The Honda Classic is taking place from 2/28 - 3/3 at the PGA National Resort and Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.  This event is offering a Military Appreciation Pavilion for veterans and their families.  Admission to the event and pavilion are free with proper ID.  (5) DD 214 forms are available online.  (6) The Commandant attended the Mid-Winter Conference in Virginia.  He reported that the MCL is in good standing.  Despite sequestration, the 10-15-year vision for the Marine Corps remains unaffected.  The Secretary of VA Affairs spoke and acknowledged the Obama administration for authorizing increased monies for the improved care of veterans.  $140 billion has currently been allocated.  More money has been budgeted for mental health programs as well as for new building and upgrades for current VA facilities.  The number of employees has been increased.  Currently, there are 22,000 workers in the mental health area and over 324,000 at the VA Medical Center.  (7) Joe Motes reported that that the largest VA Hospital in the state of FL will be opening in Orlando.  Our Eagle Scout recognition program ranks no. 1 in the state and high nationally. (The Commandant gave credit to Joe for these rankings.)

The next meeting was scheduled for THURSDAY, March 14, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given: 2/14/13 Minutes from: 1/17/13

Meeting was called to order by Sergeant-at-Arms Brandon Gac with a Salute to the Flag and the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the Opening Prayer by Chaplain Marilyn Steitz.

Roll Call: Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Gac, VAVS Rep Handerhan

Guests: (1) Manny Moreno, Vice Commandant, District 10, Department of FL and (2) Mel Lane, Jr. Vice Commandant, Vandegrift Detachment
Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 12/19/12.  No corrections or additions were made.  Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: (1) A color guard had been requested by the International Union of Operating Engineers for their convention April 28th at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.  Tamarac was the only MCL Detachment in the District that asked to be considered.  Approval was recently given for participation in the event.  (2) Richard “Dick” Franchino passed away on January 4th of this year.  Marines offered condolences to his son Steven at the wake and were present for the EGA ceremony.  After the funeral mass which was attended by MCL members the following day, the Leathernecks were part of his escort from the church to the South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth.  They remained with other Detachment members for the ensuing ceremony.  (3) Paymaster Ruggiero was available to represent our Detachment the following Saturday in Miami at a District 10 meeting hosted by PFC Carter Detachment.  (4) The 10-Week Club was finalized and a list or winners was read.  (5) A thank you note was received from Eleanor Pastor, the widow of Bob Pastor, thanking the Detachment for the service it provided to herself and her family.  (6) A note was also received from the daughters of Carl Crouch.  In memory of their father and to thank the Detachment, a check for $500 was enclosed.  The  recommendation was made that two challenge coins be sent to his  daughters in appreciation for their generosity.  (7) Richard Franchino was not only a MCL member but also a past fire chief from NJ.  At a Chiefs‘ Professional Firefighters meeting earlier this month, the son-in-law of Marilyn Steitz reported that prayers were said on his behalf.

Paymaster Report:  (1) Before the report was given, Paymaster Ruggiero explained that National was in the process of updating its system.  As a result, the issuing of membership cards would be delayed.  If it is necessary to call National, wait until the end of January.  (2) The paymaster stated that, effective 1/1/2013, no reinstatement fees into the MCL would be incurred.  In other words, if a member had been delinquent in renewing his membership, he could rejoin without paying for those years in which he did not attend.  (3) The commandant informed us that only application forms from the current copy of Semper Fi and its later editions would be acceptable for processing.  (Copies can be made if necessary.)  (4) Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts.   Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)

Sickness and Distress:  (1)  After the meeting Commandant Gutierrez was traveling to Merritt Island to join his mother Ida who was having surgery for breast cancer.  (2) Murray Wolf fell and broke his shoulder.  He was recuperating at home.  (3) Joe Mirsky shared that his wife had lived 20 years after having a radical mastectomy.  His friend Evelyn and daughter-in-law were also doing well.  It was noted that members of the Detachment should call each other for support if needed.  (4) If anyone was interested in contacting Murray Wolf or the son of Richard Franchino, the adjutant would make their addresses and phone numbers available.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez' goal is to sell all books of scholarship tickets.  (The number of books to be sold is based on the total number of members, not just on those who attend the meetings.)  (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes had a Certificate of Appreciation for Daniel Levin who made a donation of $1500 to the Detachment.  Scholarship tickets were also expected to be sold at the Growl the following week.  In the absence of Adam Falise, the Sr. Vice Commandant Motes gave the current Status Report.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  (3)  Paymaster Ruggiero stated that when a check is written for either a booster ad or PLM,  “booster ad” or “PLM” should be written in the lower lefthand corner of the check.

Standing Committees:  Jim Ruggiero reported that the Rose Program, scheduled for Jan.10th, had to be canceled because of Richard Franchino's funeral.  The program will resume on Feb. 21st from 8:30 or 9:00 am until 1:00 pm at the VA Outpatient Clinic in Sunrise.  This program generates money for as well as interest in the MCL.

Special Committees:  (1) Jim Ruggiero, as part of the election committee, reported that there were no seekers for elected positions.  Nominating will begin next month.  If no one applies for the commandant's position, Tony said he would continue in that role if he was nominated.  He believes in the “spirit of rotation” and hopes that some members will seek nomination.  (According to Tamarac's by-laws, a commandant can not serve more than three years.)  Since Joe Motes has many roles, these positions will have to be filled before he moves in the summer.  The main focus, however, is to fill the elected positions first.  (2) Marilyn Steitz reminded us that a Troop Care Package Drive will be held on April 13th and 14th at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Boca Raton.  Volunteers will be needed.  Another church and Tony's community are also interested in collecting.

Unfinished Business:  Commandant Gutierrez mentioned the sale of scholarship fund tickets.

Good of the League:  (1) District 10 Vice Commandant Manny Moreno read the MCL mission statement.  He also discussed business, behavior, and events related to the MCL.  Topics included: quarterly reports, proper uniform requirements (e.g., salute when wearing a cover), website, Toys for Tots, communication and relationships, and VAVS questionnaires.  It was emphasized that each member represents the MCL in public and, therefore, should act in a manner becoming a member.  A District 10 meeting was to be held in Coral Gables the following Saturday.  It was hosted by PFC Bruce Carter Detachment.  Officers and other elected members were expected to attend.  Jim Roan, a motivational speaker, will be attending the Spring Conference from April 11-13 in Safety Harbor.  Leadership School will be available on April 12th.  (2)  Joe Motes and Cliff Handerhan will be attending the Golden Age Games in Buffalo this summer.  They will represent Broward County VA Clinics.  To help defray the cost of airfare, donations were made by passing the hat and matching the collection with MCL funds up to $150.  (3)  The Tamarac Detachment was asked to change its meeting date at the American Legion Post. A conflict occurred because of other scheduled events and not because of any dispute.  The MCL has met there for 19 years and will continue to do so.  Gad Aflalo made a motion to meet the SECOND THURSDAY of each month. It was seconded by Joe Motes.  The membership agreed.  (National will be notified of the change.)

Announcements:  Gad Aflalo said that the Leathernecks participated in the funeral of Richard Franchino several weeks ago.

The next meeting was scheduled for THURSDAY, February 14, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report To Be Given: 1/17/13         Minutes From: 12/19/12

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Steitz

Roll Call:  Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms Gac, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Applications for Membership:  One applicant for MCL membership was submitted and approved by the membership for Marine Andres Perez.  The applicant was instructed on the responsibilities of Membership in the MCL.  Upon acceptance of these responsibilities the Oath of Membership was administered by Commandant Gutierrez.  The new member was then welcomed into the Detachment by the members.

Minutes of Previous Meeting:  According to the detachment's by-laws, a quorum was not present at the Nov. 19th meeting to conduct business.  Consequently, no minutes were taken.  Motion to accept was made by Jim Ruggiero and seconded by Joe Motes.

Correspondence:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez received a holiday card from H. A. Dowd, known to us as “Dowdie”, wishing everyone a blessed Christmas.  (Her new address in MA was made available.)  (2) District Vice-Commandant Moreno received a request for one MCL color guard to open a convention of the International Union of Operating Engineers this April at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood.  Since this invitation was extended to several detachments, the first one that accepted the responsibility would represent all.  Volunteers from Detachment 755 stepped up and planned to participate if no other detachment had done so.  (3) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes requested the new address for Elvira DuNaier.  (The adjutant was able to supply the updated information.)  (4) He also received a request for a marine(s) to visit an 83 year old former marine who would be hospitalized indefinitely at Holy Cross Hospital because of a broken hip.  Believing in supporting fellow marines from “cradle to grave”, visitation was strongly encouraged.  (Contact information was made available.)

Paymaster Report:  Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Ramon Arriaga.

Sickness and Distress:  (1) Joe Mirsky stated that his friend Evelyn Miller had been hospitalized for 12 weeks and was now recuperating in rehab.  (2) Jim Ruggiero reported that Jan Eno had been ill with the flu and expressed her regrets that she could not offer holiday greetings in person.  (3) Both Jim and Christopher had been under the weather but were also recovering.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez encouraged the sale of scholarship fund tickets issued by the Department.  Since the number of books given to each detachment is based upon total membership, not just on those attending on a regular basis, the responsibility becomes greater for each of those attending members.  Sales need to be completed by June when the Department convention takes place.  (2) As per request by this American Legion Post, Wednesdays became no longer available for our monthly MCL meetings.  As a result, meetings have been moved to the third THURSDAY of each month beginning in January, 2013.  The time remains the same.  National will be notified.  (3) Because Jr. Vice Commandant Falise was not available, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes gave the status report for the month of December.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  (4) Judge Advocate Mirsky and Paymaster Ruggiero both received a call from Len Zargo, past commandant of our detachment.  He is in doing well overall and wishes the detachment a happy holiday.

Special Committees: Jim Ruggiero kicked off the Rose Program at the VA Clinic in Sunrise.  Roses were sold, and Information about the MCL was made available and distributed.  If interested in volunteering, the next date will be Jan.10th.  See Jim for more specific information.

New Business:  (1) The commandant discussed the upcoming election of new officers from this detachment.  He believes that a “spirit of rotation” should guide its members in deciding who should run and in electing its officers.  Generally, the commandant holds the position for two years.  John Palermo has agreed to chair the committee responsible for this process.  If interested in assisting John and/or running for office, see him as soon as possible.  Formal nominating occurs in February; elections take place in April.  (2)  Joe Motes will be moving to central FL this summer.  He will continue his membership in our detachment and be responsible for the detachment's website if no one else is available to do so.  (Because Joe will no longer live locally, he cannot run for an elected position.)

Good of League:  (1) A friend of Bill Smith's donated $1500 to Det. 755.  (2)  Jim Ruggiero spoke with Ed Weber who expressed his regrets that he has not attended meetings recently, but a smoke-filled environment is not advisable.  He extended best wishes to all for a happy and healthy holiday.  (3) Keeping in the spirit of “Wreaths Across America”, Joe Motes reported that a wreath adorned almost every headstone at the South FL National Cemetery.  A local AmVets organization donated 8,000 of the 11,000 wreaths placed at this memorial.

Announcements:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez wished all members and their families a happy and healthy holiday and New Year.  (2) If any member did not have his/her MCL application, he/she would have to pay a fine of $1.  (3) A 50/50 winner was selected.  (4) The 10-Week Club drawing was made.

The next meeting was scheduled for THURSDAY, Jan. 17, 2013.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given: 11/21/12 Minutes From: 10/17/12

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Steitz

Roll Call: Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms and Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Guests: Marine Jonathan Sosely

Applications: Two applicants for MCL Associate Membership were submitted and approved: Jessica Operle and Barbara Falise. Both applicants participated in the Associate Members Initiation Ceremony conducted by Commandant Gutierrez. The new associate members were welcomed by the Detachment.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 9/19/2012. No corrections or additions were made. Motion to accept was made by Kevin O'Callaghan and seconded by Joe Motes.

Correspondence: (1) A letter was received from American Heritage School requesting the presence of Detachment members at their “A Celebration of Veterans Day” on November 8th at 8:30am. The purpose of this PK3-6 grade musical program is to “instill in our students respect for and understanding of the meaning of Veterans Day”. If interested in attending, see Commandant Gutierrez after the meeting. (2) A request was submitted by the Veterans Coalition of South FL for a monetary donation from the Detachment to help defray the costs incurred for the celebration of this holiday. (3) PFC Bruce Carter Detachment of Miami invited our Detachment members to their Marine Corps Ball on Saturday, Dec. 17th. (Price was to be determined at a later date.) (4) At selected Appleby's locations, free meals will be offered to veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11th. Our Detachment was invited to their Cooper City location on Stirling Road to present arms or supply a Color Guard in honor of the holiday. (5) Robert Barker, Public Relations Officer of the Department of Florida, suggested a website - www.uniformswarehouse.com - for purchasing shirts, e.g., military, creased, white shirts for $8 each.

Paymaster Report: Commandant Gutierrez read the paymaster report e-mailed to him by Paymaster Ruggiero who was out-of-town. Since the paymaster was not present to explain an entry on the report, a motion was made by Joe Motes to “accept, subject to audit”. The motion was seconded by Adam Falise and opposed by John Palermo. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)
Sickness and Distress: (1) Sal D'Alessandro passed away the previous Sunday. Details on the viewing, mass, and burial were given to the Detachment. (2) Carl Crouch has been hospitalized with an expected transfer to a rehab facility. Dave Collins has attempted to contact the Crouch family for more details and contact information.

Report of Officers: Sr. Vice Commandant Motes turned in his first quarterly report for the months of July, August, and September regarding the Eagle Scout Program. 8 students became Eagle Scouts during this period. Joe has also been contacted about presenting a certificate to another student in Broward County. It was requested by the commandant that other Marines of the Detachment also participate in this program in the presentation of the MCL Good Citizens Award to Boy Scouts attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

Standing Committees: (1) Adam Falise discussed arrangements for celebration of the Marine Corps' birthday. The event will be held at the American Legion Post 157 on Saturday, Nov. 10th beginning at 18:00. The cost will be $15 per person with payment at the door. Casual dress was recommended. Invitations could also be extended to non-detachment marines. It is expected that this arrangement with the American Legion will generate money for both the Legion AND our Detachment. Bill Smith made a motion to have the Marine Corps celebration as described at the cost of $15 per person. The motion was seconded by John Palermo. Motion was passed. (2) Commandant Gutierrez stated that all 10-Week Club tickets had been sold. Special thanks were given to Jessica Operle and Brandon Gac for their outstanding commitment to the 10-Week Club Program.

Special Committees: Brandon Gac made information available to Detachment members concerning the Vietnam Wall Memorial and its arrival in Broward County. During the event, the MCL would be able to set up a table with the purpose of informing visitors about the MCL - its purpose, what we stand for, etc. A request for a color guard from our Detachment was also made. Additional information was provided: (1) names from the Wall will be read, (2) JROTC students from Broward County will be in attendance.

New Business: (1) Marilyn Steitz discussed our annual Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes. Several weekends in April were suggested: April 6-7 or April 13-14, 2013. Approval was dependent upon both Detachment and church agreement on dates. A confirmed date will be given at the next meeting. (2) Commandant Gutierrez would be attending the MCL Department of Florida's Fall Conference later that week from Thursday through Sunday.

Good of League: (1) A motion to purchase 500 roses and also accept contributions for these roses was made in order to support the Rose Program being held at the Broward County Outpatient Clinic on Nov. 8th. At this event, Cliff Handerhan, along with other Detachment volunteers, will explain the mission of the MCL, recruit new members, etc. A motion was made to purchase these roses by Kevin O'Callaghan and seconded by Joe Motes. (2) The RI Shop of the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Marine Corps Recruit Station (RS) contacted our Detachment to see if we could assist them in the defraying of cost for the purchase of materials to conduct a Couples Workshop to be facilitated by a Marine Corps Chaplin on the 9th of November as all Marines of that Command along with their Spouses will be in the Ft. Lauderdale, FL Marine Corps Recruit Station (RS) Commands Headquarters area for the Marine Corps Ball on Nov. 10th to be celebrated by that command at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood. Kevin O'Callaghan made a motion that the Detachment do so utilizing funds from the Troop Care Package Program. Joe Motes seconded the motion. No members opposed. (3) Joe Motes announced that the IRS is investigating the organization that has employees dressed in camouflage uniforms in intersections soliciting funds for veterans. The investigation continues in the actual use of the funds being collected.

Announcements: On Nov. 10th, Joe Mirsky's youngest son will get married.

The next meeting will be held on November 21, 2012.

Submitted by Adjutant Dale MacCutcheon

Report Given: 10/17/2012  Minutes From:  9/19/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Steitz

Roll Call:  Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms and Color Sergeant Norberto, Historian Wharton, VAVS Rep Handerhan

Guests:  Jessica Operle, friend of Brandon Gac, is attending FAU.  Upon graduation, she will be attending OCS in Quantico, VA.
Minutes of Previous Meeting:  Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 8/15/2012.  No corrections or additions were made.  Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence:  (1) The Riverview Detachment will be hosting the Fall Conference from Oct.18th to Oct. 21st.  Placement of a full-page ad in their conference brochure will be discussed under “New Business”.  (2)  Leadership classes will be offered at the conference on Thursday, Oct. 18th and Friday, Oct. 19th.  Topics will include: principles of leadership, tips on recruitment, types of service positions, etc.  As a member of the Leadership Committee, Commandant Gutierrez will present information related to uniforms and appropriate dress as a member of the MCL.  (3) A list of JROTC activities in Broward County (2012-2013) was given to the commandant by Joe Motes.  Interested parties could ask for this list after the meeting.

Paymaster Report:  The report was given by Commandant Gutierrez in lieu of the paymaster.  (Paymaster Ruggiero was not available at this time because of an injury.)  A formal report is on file with the adjutant.  Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Bill Smith.  
Sickness and Distress:  Adam Falise had spoken with one of our members Dick Franchino.  Dick had called to say that his wife Doris, another MCL member, was in hospice.

Report of Officers:  (1) Commandant Gutierrez encouraged members to sell 10-Week Club tickets prior to the first drawing in November.  He will also be attending the Fall Conference at The Hilton Garden Inn, Riverview, FL (near Tampa) from Oct. 18 - 21.  If interested in attending, see Tony after the meeting.  (2)  Jr. Vice Commandant Falise gave the Status Report for the month of September.  (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)  (3) VAVS Rep Handerhan stated that National VA Headquarters is requesting a formal report from him for the period of June 1st through September 30th.  This report will include: the number of detachment members, donations made by the detachment, the number of volunteer hours given, etc.

New Business:  (1) Adam Falise received a check for $150 from Wayne McConnell, Inc. to purchase gold medals presented to outstanding JROTC members from Broward County at their end-of-the-year ceremonies.  (2) Joe Motes reported that he will be stepping down as MCL representative at the Sunrise Veteran Clinic in order to take on his new role as treasurer of the organization.  Cliff Handerhan was asked to replace him; Cliff accepted.  (3) Debbie Wasserman Schultz has sponsored a bill in the House of Representatives to rename the Sunrise Veteran Clinic the “William ‘Bill' Kling Department of Veterans Affairs Clinic” because of his tireless efforts on behalf of veterans of ALL military branches.  (4) Gad Aflalo made a motion to donate $50 to the Coffee Fund at the Sunrise Veteran Clinic.  The motion was seconded by John Palermo with no opposition.  (5) Commandant Gutierrez opened for discussion plans to celebrate the birthday of the Marine Corps in November.  Adam Falise volunteered to head a committee to determine location of, cost per member, etc. with information to be presented at October's meeting.   Other members stepped up and joined Adam's committee.

Good of League:  (1) Joe Motes stated that the traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall be at Forest Lawn Funeral Home and Cemetery in Davie from Oct. 18th until Oct. 21st.  Gad Alfalo said his motorcycle group - The Leathernecks - will be one of the escorts for the Wall's jouney through Palm Beach County.  Brandon Gac reported that our detachment was asked to provide a Color Guard for any of the days the Wall is on exhibit.  He was tasked with getting more specific information regarding days still available, times, etc. 

(2) Fay Nicoll, owner of Sunshine Sewing and Quilting, was contacted to see if the volunteered quilts had been sent overseas for use at a medical facility at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan.  She confirmed that they had been sent some time between our August and September meetings. 

(3) Joe Motes reminded us that Facebook is up and running with the help of Brandon Gac.  To access the detachment's Facebook page, go to: www.facebook.com , sign in, then type: Marine Corps League Det 755 Tamarac

(4) Adam Falise made a motion to make a $50 donation to the Riverview Detachment, host of the Fall Convention in October.  This money will pay for a one-page ad to be placed in the convention's brochure.  The motion was seconded by Joe Motes and approved by the membership.

(5)Jim Ruggiero warned the detachment about computer viruses, since it was necessary for him to change his e-mail address as a result.  His new address is: james_ruggiero@aol.com  

(6) The commandant presented to Bill Smith “The Marine of the Year” award.  Certificates of appreciation were also distributed.

Announcements:  (1) Joe Mirsky was honored by his daughter and younger son who were planning to visit.  (2) Dick Franchino called Commandant Gutierrez during the meeting to inform him that Doris was being removed from life support.  Services were expected at Kraeer Funeral Home with interment at the South Florida National Cemetery.  (3) “Dinner Out Night” at LaPizzeria in Margate was a huge success, especially with a surprise 90th birthday celebration for Ed Weber.  Through Jim, Ed offered his “sincere appreciation for everyone being there”.  Because of such a positive response, other dinners were expected to be planned for the future.

The next meeting was scheduled for October 17, 2012.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given: 9/19/2012 Minutes From: 8/15/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Steitz

Roll Call: Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, and VAVS Rep Handerhan

Applications for Membership: None

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from 7/18/2012. No corrections or additions were made. Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Correspondence: (1) Commandant Gutierrez received notification from National Headquarters of the MCL that Cliff Handerhan has been recertified as a VAVS Advisor at the Broward County VA Clinic through Dec.18, 2014. (2) A NJROTC student at Taravella High is required to complete a service project in order to be considered for Eagle Scout. In order to complete a project with impact in both the community and world, he has contacted our detachment to see if he can be of service. Joe Motes will contact him with suggestions.

Paymaster Report: Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Joe Motes.
Sickness and Distress: (1) Dick Franchino said that his wife Doris is still in rehab and that her condition remains about the same. (2) Gad Aflalo thanked the detachment for its donation toward the purchase of a cranial helmet for his granddaughter. With additional donations from other sources, the helmet has been acquired. (3) Joe Mirsky, Cliff Handerhan, and Dick Franchino, as representatives from the MCL, attended the funeral of Bill Kling. Mr. Kling, a member of the Broward County Veterans Council, was heavily involved in all aspects of veterans' needs and for veterans of ALL services. In fact, it was primarily through his efforts that the new VA clinic in Sunrise was opened.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez hopes to attend a mid-winter conference in VA. The 10-Week Club tickets were made available. (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes gave the Status Report for the month of August in lieu of Jr. Vice Commandant Falise who was unable to attend. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) He also announced the creation of a Facebook page, designed by Brandon Gac, for the purpose of sharing information among those invited to do so. (3) Paymaster Ruggiero discussed the findings of the finance committee. It was suggested that the number of medals given out by the detachment to each JROTC program in Broward County be reduced from 3 to 1, i.e., only a gold medal would be presented at each event. After discussion, a motion was made by the paymaster to do so; it was seconded by Cliff Handerhan. No one opposed. Records will be updated to reflect the change. Note: A thank you goes out to Adam Falise who obtained sponsorship for the gold medals to be presented at future events.

Standing Committees: Jim Ruggiero gave information about the detachment's “Dinner Night Out” on Saturday, August 25th at LaPizzaria in Peppertree Plaza (SE corner of Sample Road and 441). The cost is $25 per person for a complete dinner. For additional information, see Jim after the meeting.

Special Committees: The commandant encouraged members to sell 10-Week Club tickets since this has been our main fundraiser for the last three years. Money must be turned in before the first drawing on November 7th. Cathy Pacini noted that the American Legion is selling its own tickets during the same period.

Good of League: (1) Joe Mirsky stated that his sister's granddaughter is dealing with PTSD which began early into her second deployment to Afghanistan. Joe also advised that a good look be taken at our prescribed medication and their interaction. After eliminating sodium bicarbonate from his list, nausea and difficulty walking have been greatly reduced. Through his ENT's office, a high pitch hearing loss was detected. Dizziness will be addressed through exercises scheduled to begin in September. (2) Joe Motes asked for any American flag that needs to be retired. These flags can be used by the JROTC classes to practice for events in which the flag is involved. (3) Several weeks ago, Dale MacCutcheon was asked by the owner of a quilting store if she knew of a medical field unit in Afghanistan to where her patriotic quilts could be sent.(Prior contact information had been lost.) The owner and her husband insisted that these quilts be used for soundproofing purposes in a medical facility. Dale contacted Jim about the request and within 24 hours a contact person and mailing address were secured and given to the couple. Before the next meeting, Dale will visit the couple to make sure that no mailing problems arose. (If mailing costs became an issue, the detachment is able to pay from its troop care package account.) (4) Commandant Gutierrez handed out certificates to several detachment members.

The next meeting was scheduled for September 19, 2012.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given: 8/15/2012 Minutes from: 7/18/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Marilyn Steitz

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant and Youth Activity Officer Falise, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Steitz, Sergeant-at-Arms and Color Sergeant Norberto
Guests: (1) Dianne Bradley - SE Division Adjutant and (2) Tom Totz - Commandant of Vandegrift Det. 068

Applications for Membership: None

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the 6/20/2012 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Motion to accept was made by Jim Ruggiero and seconded by John Palermo.

Correspondence: (1) A thank you note was received from the Hammond family for the detachment's donation toward the purchase of a cranial helmet for their daughter. (Haley is the granddaughter of the Aflalo's.) (2) Commandant Gutierrez attended the Department Convention in Orlando. A new commandant and roster of officers were sworn in. Our District 10 Vice Commandant is Manny Moreno. (3) The Department wants more active participation in the Eagle Scout program. Compliments go to Joe Motes, as a member of the MCL, for his continuing involvement in awarding these scouts.

Paymaster Report: Because Paymaster Ruggiero was not available in June, both May and June reports were given at the July meeting. (Formal reports are on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the May report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Ray Arriaga. Motion to accept the June report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Brandon Gac.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Addresses of sick MCL members as well as changes of address will be made available at all detachment meetings. (2) Ed Weber is doing well. (3) The status of Sal D'Alessandro and Murray Wolf will be updated for the next meeting.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez attended the Department convention in Orlando this past June and will attend the National Convention in Mobile, AL in August. His involvement with the National Uniform Committee is ongoing. (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes was asked to present an Eagle Scout award to a young man in Lighthouse Point this July 21st. It seemed appropriate that a member of the MCL make the presentation since the recipient's father and grandfather both served in the Marine Corps and he, the Eagle Scout, plans to join as well. (3) Jr. Vice Commandant Falise gave the status report for the month of July. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (4) Color Sergeant Norberto thanked those MCL members who were part of the Honor Guard at Veterans Park in West Boca Raton.

Special Committees: Paymaster Ruggiero met with his budget committee. A formal report on their recommendations will be given to each committee member for review. He also requested that a transfer of $1000 be made from the savings to checking account. John Palermo made the motion to do so; it was seconded by Hy Finkelstein. No one opposed. New Business: Commandant Gutierrez requested that the 10-Week Club tickets be printed now in order to be available at next month's meeting. 100 tickets will be printed with the selling price at $20 each. The first drawing will be in November.

Good of League: (1) The Intracoastal Detachment will hold a Marine Corps Ball on November 9th. The cost is $45 per person. (2) A scholarship program is available for children of veterans who are at least 10% disabled. This “Folds of Honor” program was started by an Air Force major approximately 7 years ago. The award is $5000 per year. For additional information, go to: foldsofhonor.org or contact Joe Motes for an informational brochure. (3) Tom Totz, the commandant of Vandegrift Detachment, discussed the need for increased membership. Their detachment is expected to have a barbecue and poker run September 20th. (3) Dianne Bradley is currently the SE Division adjutant. In the role of Jr. Past Commandant of Vandegrift Detachment, she is interested in visiting and supporting other detachments. She discussed the need for improving membership via Facebook, the most popular, social networking tool available and the one used by younger marines. SE Division information can be accessed at www.sediv.org

Announcements: (1) The Department has awarded a Meritorious Service Award to Detachment #755 for the period 7/1/2011 to 6/16/2012. (2) The Commandant presented certificates of appreciation to detachment officers and appointed staff who served during the 2011-2012 year.

The next meeting was scheduled for August 15, 2012.


Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given: 7/18/2012 Minutes from: 6/20/2012

According to the by-laws for Tamarac Detachment 755, Article IX, Sec. 903 states: “A quorum consisting of at least ten percent (10%) of the regular members in good standing, of which at least five (5) shall be members of the Board of Trustees, must be present in order to conduct official business at either a regular or special meeting.”
Since the number of officers present did not satisfy this requirement, official business could not be conducted June 20, 2012.

Report Given: 6/20/2012 Minutes from: 5/16/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by John Palermo

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon Paymaster Ruggiero, Sergeant-at-Arms Norberto, Color Sergeant Norberto, and VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Applications for Membership: Brandon Gac

Balloting on Applications for Membership: Brandon Gac was approved for membership.

Ceremony of Initiation: After Brandon Gac was escorted to the podium, the responsibilities associated with MCL membership were explained. Upon acceptance of these responsibilities, the oath was administered and a prayer was offered on his behalf. A few moments were given for individual members to welcome Brandon into Detachment 755.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the April 18, 2012 meeting. While the motion to accept was made by John Palermo, Jim Ruggiero noted that a correction needed to be made. The title “Past Commandant” needed to precede the name of Cliff Handerhan to show that the newly-elected officers and appointed members were sworn in according to MCL Bylaws, i.e., by a past commandant. The motion to accept the corrected minutes was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by John Palermo.

Correspondence: (1) The Dept. Jr. Vice Commandant encouraged members to attend the Department convention at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando from June 14-17. For information about registration, room rates, meals, etc., members could see the commandant after the meeting. (2) The Military Order of Devil Dogs, Pound 278 - FL Pack- is holding a spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday, June 10, from 4pm - 7pm at the West Palm Beach Elks Lodge. For more information or to pre-order tickets, Tom Totz could be contacted at 561-276-3346. Tickets can also be purchased at the door. (3) According to MCL policy, no member - while in uniform - is permitted to endorse a political agenda or become involved in issues related to labor unions, race, rank, etc. MCL members - in uniform - are non-sectarian, non-political and non-partisan. While each member can exercise his or her constitutional right to vote, the member cannot give the impression that the League supports or opposes any one candidate or political agenda. (4) The National Convention will take place in Mobile, AL from August 12-18. If any Devil Dog is moving up to Pedigree, applications are due by June 30. (Tony could be seen for additional information.) (5) The JROTC programs in Broward County were scheduled to have their Pass and Review on Friday, 5/18 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. Joe Motes needed volunteers to serve food to the participating cadets. (6) Angelo Norberto will participate with other detachment members in a Memorial Day ceremony at Veterans Park in West Boca Raton on May 28. Color Guard members were asked to arrive by 9am.

Paymaster Report: Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress: (1) At the April MCL meeting, Gad Aflalo stated that one of his friends Navajo had passed away in a motorcycle accident. Now, just this May, Gad had another death to report. His brother, a 20 year veteran of the Broward Sheriff's Office, had passed away as well because of a motorcycle incident. Gad expressed his thanks to all those members who offered their “attention and recognition of his brother” and to those who attended the funeral even throughout the tremendous downpour.

While recovering from these losses, the Aflalo family was also concerned for their granddaughter who is in need of a cranial helmet which costs between $3000 and $5000. (2) Jim Ruggiero planned to visit Ed Weber. (3) Jim visited Sal D'Alessandro at Avante of Boca. Since Sal was to undergo throat surgery, Jim planned to contact Sal's wife in a few days to check on the results.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez stated that 26 books of scholarship tickets were available for sale. Tickets will be turned in at the Dept. convention in June. Detachment members were also encouraged to seek new members. Membership flyers were made available for use when appropriate situations arose. (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes was not available, because he was presenting end-of-the-year JROTC awards in Broward County. Consequently, no status report was available, but no or minimal changes were expected. (3) Paymaster Ruggiero requested (a) that $50 be given to Joe Motes to help defray the cost of transportation to the high schools in which the awards were given. A motion was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by Gad Aflalo and (b) that a budget committee be set up to review expenses and determine ways to increase revenue. Three members volunteered with a report expected at the June 20th meeting.

Good of League: (1) While Joe Mirsky enjoyed visiting his family in VT and NY, he was still happy to return to a much warmer West Palm Beach. (2) Cliff reported that Tom Johnson's brother passed away and recommended that a card be sent from the detachment. Another friend, who is involved in the water study related to Camp Lejeune, was in town and doing well. Ed Weber will be celebrating his 90th birthday in August. Suggestions were made about special activities to honor the event. (3) John Palermo mentioned that he joined the detachment after a flyer had been left on his car. He also stated that once a Budget Committee makes suggestions, it is up to the membership to assist in implementing the ideas. (4) Sergeant-at-Arms Norberto was asked to escort the commandant out of the room so that a collection could be taken to thank him for his first year of service. It is customary that a check for $100 be given. (5) Sergeant-at-Arms Norberto was asked to escort the Aflalo's out of the room so that a collection could be taken for their granddaughter's cranial helmet. It was also recommended that a $50 check be given from the detachment. A motion was made by John Palermo and seconded by Angelo Norberto. (6) Cathy Pacini suggested that a network be set up to inform the membership of any death, funeral arrangements, etc. that occur between meetings. (7) Commandant Gutierrez presented monies to the Aflalo's to assist them in purchasing a cranial helmet for their granddaughter.

The next meeting was scheduled for June 20, 2012.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Report Given: 5/16/2012 Minutes from: 4/18/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Historian Wharton, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guests: Brandon Gac

Applications for Membership: 1 pending for Brandon Gac and 1 pending for transfer

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the March 21, 2012 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: (1) The detachment received an official letter from the Veterans Coalition of South Florida requesting a color guard May 28th for its Memorial Day services at Veterans Park in Boca Raton. (2) The Department of FL is holding its National Convention June 14-17 in Orlando. The department is requesting ads and promoting registration. If interested in attending, members were directed to see the commandant after the meeting. (3) 26 books of scholarship tickets were still available and needed to be sold before the June drawing. (4) In support of the National Convention in August, the MCLA will be holding a raffle in order to assist veterans' programs nationally. Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. Our detachment has been given 20 tickets to sell.

Paymaster Report: (1) The yearly audit was completed by MCL members Marilyn Steitz and Dale MacCutcheon. After presentation of audit information to detachment members, Joe Motes made the motion to accept. It was seconded by Adam Falise with no one opposing. All paperwork related to the audit (including bank statements) was turned over to the adjutant. (2) Paymaster Ruggiero continued with his paymaster report which is also on file with the adjutant. Motion to accept was made by Gad Aflalo and seconded by Joe Motes.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Stacey, the wife of Adam Falise, was being admitted to the hospital in NC the day after the meeting. The commandant said to keep her in our prayers. (2) Ed Weber has been ill but is hoping to attend the May meeting.

Report of Officers: (1) The commandant reiterated the need to sell the remaining 26 books of scholarship tickets. The tickets are $2 each or 3 for $5. (2) Joe Motes gave his status report for the month of April. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (3) Joe Mirsky reminded members that a second medical opinion is sometimes necessary if prescribed medication has unwanted side effects. (4.) Janet Eno stated that her medications were also changed, in fact, cut in half after the performance of her heart was monitored. (5) Cliff Handerhan gave his annual VAVS report. Jack Monas, Cliff's assistant, passed away during the year. Cliff was credited with 454 hours of volunteer service. Cash donations were made. At a volunteer luncheon, pins were distributed to two members of our detachment: Joe Motes for his 1500 hours of volunteer service and Cliff Handerhan for his 750 hours. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.)

Special Committees: Nominations for each elected position were made 3 times by Jim Ruggiero. The following nominations remained: for Commandant - Tony Gutierrez, for Sr. Vice Commandant - Joe Motes, for Jr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise, for Judge Advocate - Joe Mirsky. After each nomination, Cliff Handerhan cast one vote. No one opposed any of these nominations. The newly-elected officers and appointed members were sworn in by Cliff Handerhan. Additional directives were given to Tony Gutierrez as commandant of the detachment. Chaplain Finkelstein concluded this installation ceremony with a prayer.

Good of League: (1) Commandant Gutierrez handed out certificates to MCL members who participated in the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, May 17-18. Additional certificates honored Father Reardon, his parishioners, and the Knights of Columbus who contributed so generously for our troops overseas. (These certificates will be delivered directly to Our Lady of Lourdes.)

Announcements: (1) Elvira DuNaier, a MCL member, has been residing at Emeritus in Deer Creek. Some residents did not believe Elvira DuNaier's claim to be a marine. In no uncertain terms, Gad Aflalo firmly stated to these residents, “She is a marine!”. In order to eliminate any more confusion, Janet Eno brought Elvira a USMC lanyard to which a Marine Corps ID has been attached. (2) Due to the efforts of Gad Aflalo, his Leathernecks motorcycle group has donated $100 to the Marine Corps League. (3) A motorcyclist who rode with Gad was recently killed. Funeral arrangements for Navajo will be forwarded to the detachment when known. (4) Joe Motes reminded all Devil Dogs that a Growl will take place at Post 142 in Pompano, the following Thursday at 19:30. (5) Marilyn Steitz received a note from Dowdie who moved to MA at the end of last year. Dowdie enjoys being with her family but does miss the detachment and wishes us well. To quote her, “Semper fi!”

The next meeting was scheduled for May 16, 2012.

Submitted by Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of 3/21/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by John Palermo in the absence of Chaplain Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Historian Wharton, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep Handerhan, and Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guests: Dan Watson from northern Florida and Mike Pollack from NJ
Application for Membership: None at this time

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the Feb.15, 2012 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Sam Bittar.

Correspondence: (1) PFC Bruce Carter Detachment in Miami invited all marines to participate in fun shooting and fellowship on the last Thursday of each month. Contact George Tabor at 305-233-5379 for more information. (2) Vandergriff Detachment is also having a shooting get together. Information will be available at a later date. (3) Vietnam and All Veterans of Brevard County is presenting Florida's 25th Annual Vietnam and All Veterans' Reunion, the nation's largest reunion of veterans. This tribute to the military will take place from April 26-29 at Wickham Park in Melbourne. On Saturday, April 28th, participating marines will climb a hill within the park and sing - as a group - the Marine Corps Hymn. If interested in attending, contact Commandant Gutierrez after the meeting. (4) District Vice Commandant wants his detachments to implement the Dept. of FL's mentoring program. Marines, already members, would pair up and contact each other once a week. New MCL members would be paired with older members in order to learn more about league procedures, programs, etc.

Paymaster Report: Paymaster Ruggiero was not available but e-mailed the paymaster report to the Commandant to be read at the meeting. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the report was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Sam Bittar. John Palermo opposed until the audit is done. (The audit will be completed before next month's meeting by a committee consisting of Paymaster Ruggiero, Marilyn Steitz, and Dale MacCutcheon.)

Sickness and Distress: (1) Addresses and phone numbers were made available for Sal D'Alessandro, Elvira DuNaier, and Doris Franchino. (2) Cliff Handerhan spoke with Mrs. D'Alessandro who expressed her thanks to our detachment for the get well cards she received. Cliff also spoke with Dick Franchino. His wife Doris is improving after her stroke.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez encouraged detachment members to sell the remaining books of scholarship tickets; each book costs $5 with the drawing in June. (2) During Fleet Week, Intracoastal Detachment would like to host a get together for marines on ship. Because of procedures required to do so, it might be a “last minute thing”. Information will be made available at a later date. (3) Joe Motes gave his status report for the month of March. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) In addition, National's list of paid members through December of 2011 is not the same as the detachment's list. Joe Motes will check with the paymaster for clarification. (4) Angelo Norberto expressed the need for a color guard at Veterans Park in West Boca for a Memorial Day event on Monday, May 28th. Tony Gutierrez, Cliff Handerhan, Angelo Norberto and Dan Watson volunteered. Joe Mirsky will contact the person responsible for the event to ensure that a formal invitation is received. He also asked if Palm Beach County Schools were closed that day. (5) Judge Mirsky and Commandant Gutierrez stated that there had been no problems with non-compliance with MCL by-laws; consequently, there were no legal issues.

Standing Committees: Marilyn Steitz reported on the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca on March 17th and 18th. Twelve boxes of donated items were packed, with approximately $1707 raised from cash and checks. A thank you went out to detachment members who were able to attend: Tony Gutierrez, Cliff Handerhan, Joe Mirsky, Jim Ruggiero, Dale MacCutcheon, and Marilyn Steitz.

Special Committees: Commandant Gutierrez asked Cliff Handerhan to reopen nominations for election of officers for the upcoming year. There were no further nominations for any elected position. Since Lou Gewirtz and Lou Annacone had withdrawn their names, the following officers have thus far been nominated: Commandant - Tony Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant - Joe Motes, Sr. Vice Commandant - Adam Falise, and Judge Advocate - Joe Mirsky. Nominations will again be open for a third and final time at our April meeting with elections to follow the final nominations. Installation of officers will take place at the May16th meeting.

New Business: Joe Motes and Cliff Handerhan, as part of a 6 man team from the Sunrise VA Clinic, will be representing Broward County in St. Louis, MO at The Golden Age Games, May 30 - June 6. A donation of $100 was requested from the detachment to help defray the cost of airfare for the team. A motion was made by Bill Smith to donate the $100 to Veterans United of America Inc. for this purpose. The motion was seconded by John Palermo. By a show of hands, the motion passed.

Good of League: (1) Joe Mirsky was “flattered beyond words” at his 90th birthday celebration on Feb. 25th at the Colony West Golf Club. 91 people attended out of approximately 100 invitees. A thank you went out to his family, friends, Jewish War Veterans, and MCL members. (2) John Palermo proudly announced that his grandson will be attending Annapolis in June.
The next meeting was scheduled for April 18, 2012.

Submitted by:
Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of 2/15/2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Historian Wharton, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Application for Membership: None at this time

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the Jan. 18, 2012 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: (1) Commandant Gutierrez received a thank you letter from one of our members Dowdie who recently moved to MA. She thanked the detachment for everything it had done and said our detachment would always be remembered in her prayers. “God bless you.” (2) A certificate of thanks was received from the Wee Care Committee of Watergate Estates for donation of toys during the holiday season. (3) An e-mail was received from the PFC Bruce Carter Detachment in Miami, informing us that the original and past commandant of the Intracoastal Detachment Bob Powers had passed away. Information was given regarding dates and location of the visitation, funeral mass, interment, and reception. (4) Commandant Gutierrez will be attending the Spring Conference at the Wyndham Resort in Orlando from April 19-21. Interested members were asked to see the commandant after the meeting.

Paymaster Report: Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Cliff Handerhan. Paymaster Ruggiero stated that an audit of the books will be conducted and completed before the elections. (A committee has been formed to do so.)

Sickness and Distress: (1) Janet Eno's brother is recovering from a fall. (2) Doris Franchino suffered a stroke about 10 days ago and is currently in rehab. Her husband Dick will be contacted to see if visitations are appropriate at this time.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez received scholarship tickets from the Dept. of FL. (2) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes presented his status report for the month of February. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (3) VAVS Rep Handerhan received paperwork confirming participation in the Golden Age Games, scheduled from May 31 to June 5, 2012 in St. Louis, MO.

Standing Committees: Marilyn Steitz reiterated information about the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, March 17-18, before and after each of the masses. Saturday mass is at 4pm. Sunday masses are at 8am, 9:30am, and 11:15am. MCL members were encouraged to volunteer during times of donation and for the actual boxing of the items donated. 4th Anglico is being deployed in May, so some of these boxes will be sent to those marines serving in Afghanistan.

Special Committees: (1) Jim Ruggiero conducted nominations for elected detachment positions: The following nominees were approved and accepted their nominations with the exception of Lou Gewirtz and Lou Annacone who were not present but would be notified: for commandant, Tony Gutierrez; for Sr. Vice Commandant, Joe Motes; for Jr. Vice Commandant, Lou Gewirtz and Adam Falise; for Judge Advocate, Joe Mirsky and Lou Annacone. Nominations will be reopened at next month's meeting.

New Business: Based on the membership from 2011, 96 books of scholarship tickets were sent to our detachment from the Dept. of FL. Commandant Gutierrez encouraged each member to take at least one book of 3 tickets and return the $5 donation per book at next month's meeting. (Joe mentioned that his daughter has benefitted from the scholarship program for the past two years.)

Good of League: New addresses and phone numbers were made available for Elvira DuNaier and Sal D'Alessandro.

Announcements: (1) Sam Bittar was presented with a Life Membership Certificate by Commandant Gutierrez. (2) Trevor Wharton was presented with a certificate of appreciation for being the detachment historian from 2010-2011. (3) Retired Master Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Johnson has renewed his attendance at detachment meetings.

The next meeting was scheduled for March 21, 2012.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of January 18, 2012

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan

Applications for Membership: Ramon Arriaga will be transferring from Detachment 434 in New Jersey.

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the December 21, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Correspondence: (1) A letter was received from Elizabeth Hoover, the widow of Robert Hoover, Jr. She wrote, “He was a member of Det. 755 and a proud Marine.” In his memory, she donated $100. (2) Because Cliff Handerhan had posted the colors for the Men's Club of the Oriole Gardens III community, $100 was donated to our detachment as a way of saying thank you. (3) Commandant Gutierrez will contact the Elks in Oakland Park to see if a delegation of Marines from our detachment is needed in June for a Flag Day ceremony.

Paymaster Report: Paymaster Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Lou Gewirtz. It was opposed by John Palermo until an audit is completed.

Sickness and Distress: Ed Weber is recovering from surgery for cancer at NW Medical Center. Since his doctor and surgeon felt he was doing well, it was hoped that he would be released the night of our meeting or the next day. It was suggested that we keep Ed in our prayers.

Report of Officers: (1) Joe Motes presented his status report for the month of December. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (2) Cliff Handerhan spoke about his posting of the colors for the Men's Club of Oriole Gardens III. As mentioned under “Correspondence”, a donation of $100 was made to our detachment. He also mentioned that at least 4 people are needed for a color guard. If Marines in the detachment have the proper uniform, he was hopeful they would step up. Participation could be an additional source of income for the detachment.

Standing Committees: (1) Regarding the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Commandant Gutierrez reiterated the date, times, and location of the event: Saturday, March 17th from 1500-1730 and Sunday, March 18th from 0730-1430. (The church is located at the intersection of Palmetto Park Road and Lyons Road in West Boca Raton.) The names and addresses of service members overseas were requested by Joe Motes. He also suggested that 4th Anglico be contacted since they have a May deployment. Cathy Paccini mentioned AmVets as another source.

New Business: (1) Commandant Gutierrez requested volunteers to be part of an Elections Committee since nominations begin next month. Jim Ruggiero agreed to chair the committee; Dick Franchino agreed to assist. If interested in running for office, inform the commandant and plan on attending the meeting next month. Current officers will be running for another term.

Good of League: (1) Joe Mirsky spoke of an ongoing thyroid condition. Recently, his doctor doubled his medication causing dizziness, weakness, and nausea. Joe wanted to emphasize the importance of getting a second opinion. As a result, his medication was changed and would begin the day after our meeting. (2) Joe Motes mentioned the need to replace the deceased Jack Monas, who was our Deputy VAVS Rep. Responsibilities include attendance at 4 meetings per year and assistance in planning veteran's appreciation days at the VA Clinic in Sunrise. (3) Elvira (Vera) DuNaier, one of our WWII veterans, has recently moved. Her address and phone number will be given to detachment members either by e-mail or paper notice at the next meeting.

The next meeting was scheduled for February 15, 2012.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of December 21, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by H. A. Dowd. (Chaplain Finkelstein was unavailable because of illness in the family.)

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guests: Introduced when “Announcements” were made.
Applications for Membership: None

Minutes of Previous Meeting: Motion was made by Jeff Morgan and seconded by Angelo Norberto to suspend the reading of minutes from the last meeting. The motion passed.

Correspondence: (1) A card was received from Marge Monas, Jack's widow, thanking this detachment for its card of sympathy. She commented how pleased she was that Jack had the kind of sendoff appropriate for such a proud marine. (2) A Christmas card was received from Genevieve. (3) An e-mail was received from Paymaster Ruggiero stating that he could not attend this meeting because of a death in the family.

Paymaster Report: (1) Since Paymaster Ruggiero was not available for the meeting, he forwarded his report to Commandant Gutierrez who, in turn, read the report to the detachment. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Jeff Morgan; John Palermo opposed.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Joe Mirsky was still improving after a severe case of the flu. (2) Hy Finkelstein's wife was taken to the hospital. (3) Murray Wolf was back! (4) Adam Falise requested prayers for his uncle and his uncle's family. His uncle was a member of the Navy and currently resides in a retirement home. His address has been requested.

Report of Officers: (1) Sr. Vice Commandant Motes requested that detachment members check their Roll Call Newsletter - either paper copy or online - each month to see when membership renewals are due. If there were any discrepancies, he said to contact the paymaster first, since any updates or corrections can occur only when notice of payment is sent from the paymaster to him. When a dues sheet was circulated, Commandant Gutierrez suggested that people circle their name only if corrections needed to be made. He would then forward the sheet to the paymaster. (2) A full-page ad in the Roll Call Newsletter has been regularly purchased by an auto dealership. Gad Aflalo will check with this dealership to see if they wish to continue.

Standing Committees: (1) Marilyn Steitz reminded the detachment of the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Church on March 17-18. Since names and addresses are needed in order to mail the boxes, she mentioned that the church's bulletin lists the names of several military personnel abroad. She will mail the information to Joe Motes. Adjutant MacCutcheon mentioned that a list of names also appears in the bulletin from St. Joan of Arc in Boca Raton. (2) Box drop-off, pick-up, delivery to West Palm Beach, and e-mails related to the Toys for Tots program were discussed. A member suggested that donations of toys could also be made to the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office.

Good of League: An e-mail was forwarded to the detachment regarding the financial need of a 4th Anglico marine. While the sergeant's job will begin in the new year, the amount of his debt is currently $1100. A motion was made by Joe Motes to offer assistance; it was seconded by Adam Falise. John Palermo made a motion to send $150. The motion carried.

Announcements: (1) Several introductions were made. Adam Falise introduced his mother Barbara; Gad Aflalo, his wife Linda; and Murray Wolf, his wife Phyllis. (2) H.A. Dowd, affectionately known as Dowdie, will be moving to Massachusetts in two weeks. (3) Bill Smith was asked by the commandant to deliver a certificate of appreciation to Daniel Levin who donated $1500 to our detachment. (It was decided that Joe Motes will mail it.) (4) A certificate of appreciation will also be given to Mr. Hardy, a friend of Lou Annacone, who contributes $100 per month to Det. 755.
Closing Ceremonies: The detachment was asked to stand in silent respect for its deceased members.

The next meeting was scheduled for January 18, 2012.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of November 16, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Historian Wharton, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise
Guests: Mike Kleinman, a member of the Gator Detachment in Jacksonville, FL (He plans to complete the appropriate paperwork in order to transfer to our detachment.)

Applications for Membership: Commandant Gutierrez presented a point of order as it related to the reinstatement of a suspended member Mike Addesso. According to procedure, this former member must apply to our detachment as a new member. If the detachment accepted his application, he could be appointed and elected to a detachment position. If the application was denied, he could go to another detachment and seek membership or he could apply to National to become a member-at-large. If approved by National, he could attend detachment meetings but could not be appointed or elected to office. The previously suspended member applied to our detachment as a new member. A vote was taken at the November meeting with 14 members being qualified to vote. The results were counted by two different pairs of members with the results being 12 - no and 2 - yes for readmission. Commandant Gutierrez will notify Mr. Addesso that his application has been denied. Other options will also be presented to him.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the October 19, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. John Palermo motioned to accept, seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Correspondence: (1) Commandant Gutierrez received an e-mail from the general manager at G.W.Sharkey's, the host of our Renegade Party on Nov. 10th. He thanked us and hoped we enjoyed using his facility to celebrate the 236th birthday of the Marine Corps. (2) He also received a thank you note from Lou Annacone who expressed his appreciation to the detachment for attending his wife's funeral. (3) Membership dues were received.

Paymaster Report: Jim Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Ed Weber and seconded by Joe Motes. The paymaster asked approval to transfer $1000 from the savings to the operating account. Motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Richard Franchino. John Palermo was opposed.

Sickness and Distress: (1) The sister of Lou Gewirtz passed away. (2) Jack Monas suffered a mild heart attack. (3) Gene Culligan's long-time companion Juanita passed away. (4) The Commandant's mother was misdiagnosed. After a number of tests, it was determined that she does NOT have lung cancer. (5) Cathy was back!

Report of Officers: (1) Joe Motes presented his status report for the month of October. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (2) Lou Gewirtz made an attempt to recruit at the Renegade Party. The Commandant received a call from someone asking to attend next month's meeting. Jeff Morgan was recognized for this referral. (3) The members were reminded to sign a sympathy card for Lou Gewirtz. (4) VAVS Rep. Handerhan stated that Jack Monas was appointed Deputy VAVS Rep.

Standing Committees: (1) With its raffle, member donations, etc., the Renegade Party made a profit. (2) Regarding Toys for Tots, 4th Anglico in WPB was no longer distributing boxes based on detachment needs. Each site must contact 4th Anglico to request a box. Drop off and pick up of boxes will be handled only by 4th Anglico. (Accountability is responsible for this change in procedure.) For information go to:
www.west-palm-beach-fl.toysfortots.org

(3) Jeff Morgan stated that toys could also be donated at Markham Park on Dec. 11th when several bands would be performing.

Unfinished Business: (1) Eight tickets were unsold prior to the first drawing of the 10-Week Club. As a result, detachment members stepped up and bought the remaining ones. (2) Joe Motes was contacted about purchasing wreaths for “Wreaths Across America”. He made a motion that the detachment buy three wreaths @$15 for a total cost of $45. Ed Weber seconded this motion. All agreed, so the motion passed.
New Business: (1) Marilyn Steitz received permission from Our Lady of Lourdes Church to conduct a Troop Care Package Drive on March 17 - 18, 2012. (2) Commandant Gutierrez suggested a “Mess Night” some time after Easter and Passover either in late April or May. (3) It was agreed that the detachment would hold a potluck holiday dinner at its next meeting, Dec. 21st.

Good of League: (1) Lou Annacone was given a $50 check by John Hardy. Mr. Hardy expects to make a $50 donation every other week to our detachment. Lou was also given 50 Hess trucks by his friend. It was decided that these trucks would be donated to Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. A certificate of appreciation will be given to the donor. (2) Ed Weber thanked all those people who contacted him when he was ill. He also stated that all bodies that had been left at Tarawa have returned home with the exception of eight, whose families prefer them to remain at the site. A monument is being erected in honor of all the brave marines who fought there. Approximately 108 survivors remain. Since a WWII Second Division Reunion is being held, he requests that we help identify those who are eligible to attend. These names should be submitted to Ed who is also a survivor of Tarawa.

Announcements: The 10-Week Club had its first drawing. John Palermo was the first winner. The second drawing will be next Wednesday, November 23rd. The name of the winner will be posted on the detachment website; he or she will also be contacted by phone.

The next meeting was scheduled for December 21, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of October 19, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guests: District 10 Vice Commandant Manny Marino

Applications for Membership: A request for membership was submitted by a suspended member whose 5 year suspension was to be satisfied the day after our MCL meeting. Commandant Gutierrez explained that this person must apply as a new member and would only be accepted if our detachment voted him in. If accepted, he could be appointed and elected to a detachment position. If the application was denied, he could go to another detachment or apply to National to become a member-at-large. If approved by National, he could attend detachment meetings but could not be appointed or elected to office. A vote concerning this former member will take place at our next meeting on Nov.16, 2011.

Minutes: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the September 21, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Hy Finkelstein.

Correspondence: (1) The Veterans Coalition of South Florida requested that this detachment “lead us in the procession” on Nov. 11th at Veterans Memorial Park in West Boca. (Four members from this detachment volunteered.) Members agreed to donate $50 to the coalition to help with Veteran Day events. The motion to accept was made by Joe Motes, seconded by Cliff Handerhan. (2) An invitation was extended by Bob Palermo from American Heritage School and American Academy to attend a “program of appropriate musical selections performed by students in grades PK3-6”. Its purpose is to instill respect for and understanding of the meaning of Veterans Day. Joe Motes provided information to any interested MCL member.

Paymaster Report: Jim Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Adam Falise.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Adam Falise asked that prayers be said for Harry Ramsden who is currently in a VA hospital. (2) Commandant Gutierrez requested prayers for his mother who was recently diagnosed with lung cancer. (3) Cathy Pacini was receiving calls but requested no visitors at this time. (4) Lou Annacone thanked the detachment for its support; Tony asked that we keep him also in our prayers.

Report of Officers: (1) Joe Motes presented his status report for the month of September. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (2) The Swamp Fox Society of the Children of the American Revolution donated 30 priority mail, troop care boxes as well as a check for $150 to cover postage. (3) A discussion ensued concerning the ordering of ribbons and medals for JROTC. Jim Ruggiero made a motion to order them annually rather than every two years due to cost. The motion was seconded by Bill Smith. No one opposed; the motion carried. (4) The suggestion was made to purchase wreaths for “Wreaths Across America.” (5) Lou Gewirtz discussed declining detachment membership. He plans to call past members one-by-one and send out e-mails, flyers, and meeting reminders.

Standing Committees: (1) To celebrate the 236th birthday of the United States Marine Corps, a Renegade Party will take place on Nov. 10th at G.W. Sharkey's in Coral Springs. Members agreed to the cost. Joe Mirsky volunteered to donate the cake. (2) The Commandant asked the detachment to contact people who would be interested in participating in the Toys for Tots Drive. Working with 4th Anglico from WPB, boxes will be provided for those sites.

Unfinished Business: (1) Cliff Handerhan requested that all 10-Week Club tickets and money be turned in. Because the first drawing will be on Nov. 16th, selling of additional tickets was encouraged. (2) John Hardy gave $100 to Lou Annacone and expects to contribute this amount each month to the MCL. A certificate of appreciation was signed and will be given to Mr. Hardy by Lou Annacone.
New Business: After discussion, it was decided that an item be donated to the American Legion worth no more than $250. This amended motion was made by Jeff Morgan and seconded by Lou Gewirtz. The motion carried.

Good of League: (1) Jack Monas, a member-at-large, was asked to be the VAVS Deputy Rep. under Cliff Handerhan at the VA Outpatient Clinic. Joe Motes made a motion to nominate Mr. Monas; it was seconded by Jeff Morgan. The motion carried. (2) Jeff Morgan will be spending Thanksgiving at Camp Lejeune because of the birth of his first grandchild. (2) Adam Falise noted that Appleby's will donate money to the MCL when its members eat there on a specified day. “A Night Out” will be discussed in November. (3) Joe Mirsky raved about the classical and patriotic musical program performed by the Marine Band at FAU. (4) The Commandant made a motion to donate $25 toward the purchase of a cake for the VA Clinic during its Veterans Day celebration. It was seconded by Adam Falise. (5) Cliff Handerhan has “Born on Parris Island” challenge coins for $15 each. (6) Manny Marino spoke about the Fall Conference in Safety Harbor from Oct. 6 - Oct. 9. Topics included: donations to the Wounded Warrior Project, surveys sent out to non-attending MCL members, detachment elections, the scholarship program, e-mails sent directly from the Department, and informational cards for placement on car windows. (7) Commandant Gutierrez has the Fall Conference program and appropriate materials to place on cars indicating Marine Corps participation.

The next meeting was scheduled for November 16, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of September 21, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein.

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guests: Joseph Strycharz, Bill Gemayel, and Dave Collins

Minutes: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the August 17, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Louis Gewirtz.

Correspondence: (1) Murray Wolf thanked the detachment for its best wishes. He is undergoing outpatient therapy and hopes to attend MCL meetings in a few months. (2) New York City will host a Vietnam Veterans' Parade on Nov. 11th. For those attending, discounted tickets for lodging and events were made available through Commandant Gutierrez.

Paymaster Report: While Paymaster Ruggiero made his report available for the August, MCL meeting, he was not in attendance because of a family illness. While the report was presented, there was some information not understood by those reading it. At this current meeting in September, Paymaster Ruggiero clarified the information to the satisfaction of those present. (The formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Cliff Handerhan and seconded by John Palermo.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Cathy Pacini has returned home. She thanked the detachment for its prayers, cards, visits, and calls of interest. In a few days, she is expected to be strong enough to receive phone calls. (2) Prayers were requested for Harry Rosen who is currently living in a VA nursing home; it is hoped that he will return home soon. (3) A Life Member of our detachment, Sherry Heldman, has been reported to have a severe case of Alzheimer's and is a current resident of the Atrium in Boca Raton. Her niece appreciated the detachment's interest and our commitment to keep her aunt in our prayers. (4) Christopher Ruggiero was released from the hospital. (5) Angelo Norberto thanked all MCL members for the phone calls received during his several stays in the hospital. (6) At the “send off” for Marvin Schentzel, the detachment was well-represented.

Report of Officers: (1) The Fall Conference will be taking place at the Safety Harbor Resort and Spa outside of Tampa from Oct. 6-8. Contact the commandant if interested in attending. (2) Joe Motes presented his Status Report for the month of August. There are 21 regular members and 58 life members for a total of 79. The total voting strength is 5. (The formal report is on file with the adjutant.)

Standing Committees: Regarding the 10-Week Club, there were 32/100 tickets left to sell. The last date for the drawings should read Jan. 18th, not Dec. 18th.

Unfinished Business: Sharkey's, whose owner is a marine, has agreed to host a Renegade Party on Nov. 10th. Discounted food and drinks will be available. It is expected that a minimum of 20-25 people will be in attendance. Joe Motes will include information in his newsletter. Commandant Gutierrez will make the arrangements.

New Business: Adam Falise discussed “Honor Flights”, which fly WWII veterans to see the memorial in Washington, D.C. He suggested that the current list of detachment members be checked to see if these one-day events would be of interest.

Good of League: (1) Lou Annacone met John Hardy, an American Legion member, who expressed an interest in assisting marines. While he would support any program, he is very concerned with our homeless marines. He has already made a donation of $250 and has pledged to donate $50 every two weeks to the MCL. A certificate of appreciation was suggested for Mr. Hardy. (2) Broward Law Enforcement Det. #549 has invited all MCL members to attend their Marine Corps Ball, Nov. 10th, from 18:00-22:00 at the Dania Beach Det. of the American Legion. (Flyers were left with the necessary information.) Their regular meetings are on the third Thursdays of the month and begin at 5:00pm. (3) Joe Mirsky requested a color guard for a Nov. 11th event at Veteran's Park in West Boca. In July, Cliff Handerhan and Louis Gewirtz volunteered. At the August meeting, Angelo Norberto and Jim Rugierro stepped up. (4)

Regarding a suggestion about a change in meeting times, Joe Motes stated that National would have to approve. (5) Because of competing noise within the American Legion hall, it was suggested that a microphone be made available to the speakers. (6) Consideration will be given to making a donation to the American Legion. (7) Members from the detachment were available to perform a ceremony at the “send off” service for Michael Burns.

Announcements: Commandant Gutierrez handed out certificates of commendation and/or appreciation to William Smith and Angelo Norberto.

The next meeting was scheduled for October 19, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of August 17, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplin Hy Finkelstein.

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise

Guest: David Collins from Coconut Creek

Minutes: Adjutant MacCutcheon read the minutes from the July 20, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Hy Finkelstein motioned to accept, seconded by Louis Gewirtz.

Correspondence: (1) Applications for MCL membership renewals were available at the front table. (2) Commandant Gutierrez received a letter from the Scholarship Committee showing Detachment 755 responsible for $95 to cover the cost of unsold tickets. Since he thought all tickets were sold, he will check with Paymaster Ruggiero to resolve the discrepancy. A response will then be made to the committee. (3) A detachment in Stuart is selling table covers for $325 each. (4) A call was received from the South FL Veterans' Coalition concerning a color guard for November 11th. Two detachment members, Cliff Handerhan and Louis Gewirtz, volunteered. It is hopeful that two others will be able to assist.

Paymaster Report: Because of a family illness, Paymaster Ruggiero was unable to attend the August meeting. The Commandant read the paymaster's report. There was a question about the $250 for “check card (12 boxes)”. Since $250 were supposed to be withdrawn and combined with personal donations of $250 for Marine Chapman in NC, the commandant planned to check with the paymaster to clarify the report. (The formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Dick Franchini, seconded by Adam Falise.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Jim Ruggiero was not sick; his son was ill. (2) Murray Wolf is doing “okay” but is not driving at night. (3) Sal D'Alessandro had a massive heart attack and was in intensive care. (4) Elvira (Vera) DuNaier fell and hurt her knee and ankle. She is recuperating at Avante at Boca Raton. A phone number was requested and would be forwarded to the detachment. (5) Angelo Norberto has been hospitalized once again. (6) Cathy Pacini underwent surgery on Monday. (7) Bill Eckerth, grandfather of Adam Falise, fell and regrets that he will no longer be able to attend any MCL meetings. He expressed his gratitude to our detachment and would like us to keep him in our prayers. (8) It was reported that Mike Burns had a heart attack.

Report of Officers: (1) Commandant Gutierrez attended the National Convention in Boise, Idaho. By-laws were passed; some changes were made. Awards were given out, some Marine Devil Dogs went up for advancement to Pedigree Devil Dogs, and a variety of outings were offered. (2) Joe Motes presented his Status Report for the month of August. There were 22 regular members and 61 life members for a total membership of 83. The total voting strength was 5. (The formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (3) Joe Motes received a letter from the Dept. of Veterans' Affairs Medical Center in Sunrise. Appreciation was extended to Joseph Mirsky for his donation of shelves for a hat sale held by the Broward VA Outpatient Clinic.

Standing Committees: 27 out of 100 tickets have been sold for the 10-Week Club. Detachment members were encouraged to sell tickets or personally purchase them. It is hoped that early printing of tickets will allow more time for sales. The drawings begin in November and continue one per week. (The drawing dates do not necessarily coincide with the monthly detachment meetings.)

Unfinished Business: (1) No site has yet been found for a Renegade Party on Nov. 9th. Lou Gewirtz will check into a possible site and report back at the September meeting.

Jim Savage of the Broward Law Enforcement Det. invited us to a Marine Corps ball hosted by the Broward Law Enforcement Det. of Dania Beach on 11/10.

Intracoastal Det. is also having a ball.

Good of League: The wife of a deceased marine Terry Hall approached Cliff Handerhan and expressed her appreciation to the MCL for its turnout at her husband's funeral.

Announcements: (1) The commandant handed out certificates of appreciation to individual members. A Life Membership plaque was give to H. A. Dowd. (2) Carrie Novak gave us information about the Sonic Boom Box. This device awakens a person who can not use a normal alarm clock. At a predetermined or set time, this device will enhance an alarm's sound, flash lights, vibrate the pillow or mattress or cause the phone to ring. It is available through the VA's Audiology Department. For more information about the product, you can also go to www.sonicalert.com

The next meeting was scheduled for September 21, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of July 20, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, and VAVS Rep Handerhan

Minutes of July 20, 2011: Dale MacCutcheon read the minutes from the June 15, 2011 meeting. No corrections or additions were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept, seconded by Kevin O'Callaghan.

Correspondence: (1) A letter was received from National Sr. Vice Commandant Jim Tuohy, thanking Commandant Gutierrez and the members of Tamarac Detachment 755 for hosting an outstanding Department convention. (2) The Broward County VA Outpatient Clinic extended its appreciation to Cliff Handerhan and Tamarac Detachment 755 for their donation of books and magazines worth a total value of $582. Additional donations can be made directly to the Clinic; tax forms are available to document the value of any donation. (3) Commandant Gutierrez received an e-mail from Bill Backes, Commandant of the Dept. of FL, asking the MCLs within the state to assist a fellow marine Corporal Christopher Lapman. Both his wife and daughter passed away in a home fire while he was away. The MCL of Onslow, NC is accepting cash to be used for funeral arrangements, the purchase of uniforms, clothing etc. A discussion ensued concerning the donation amount from the detachment. Dick Franchino recommended $500. Marine Bittar personally donated $100, which then generated the motion to “pass the hat”. $150 was collected. To match this $250, it was agreed that an additional $250 be taken from the Troop Care Package Program and offered as assistance to Corp. Lapman. In all, $500 will be sent. Motion to accept was made by Jeanette Eno and seconded by Joe Motes.

Paymaster Report: Jim Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Sickness and Distress: Paymaster Ruggiero was hospitalized for torn ligaments in his right leg while recovering from surgery for an infected toe. Commandant Gutierrez commended Jim on “suiting up and showing up” for the current meeting. Jim expressed appreciation for the outpouring of well-wishes. He received over 130 cards as well as numerous phone calls and e-mails from around the state.

Report of Officers: (1) Joe Motes presented his status report for the month of July, 2011. There are 22 regular members and 61 life members for a total membership of 83. The total voting strength is 5. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (2) Jim Ruggiero reported that the reunion and convention generated a profit of approximately $2900. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) $1000 will be transferred from the checking to the savings account to maximize interest. There was no opposition to this transfer.

Special Committee: Tickets were made available for the 10-Week Club. Each of the 100 tickets sells for $20. It is hoped that each MCL member will personally purchase 2, then take some to sell. The first drawing is Nov.16th and then every week for the next 9 weeks. $100 is won for each of 10 weeks, resulting in a total payout of $1000. Since the MCL raises $2000 through ticket sales, the profit to the detachment is $1000.

Good of League: (1) Kevin O'Callaghan's nephew is attending recruiter school and is expected to report to a Fort Lauderdale recruiting station in October. (2) Cliff Handerhan was asked by the VA Clinic if our detachment would provide a sheet cake to celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday this November. The donation will be considered. (3) A motion was put forth by Joe Motes to donate $50 to the VA Clinic for half and half and donuts. It was seconded by Jeff Morgan. The motion carried.

Announcements: (1) Because of the reunion and state conventions, it was felt that enough time was not available to coordinate an MCL picnic this year. It will be considered at another time. (2) Commandant Gutierrez suggested a Renegade Party to celebrate the Marine Corps‘ birthday this November. Sites will be explored prior to next month's meeting. (3) Joe Motes requested the names of members who could receive the monthly newsletter via e-mail, thereby reducing the cost of postage. (4) In order to keep an updated and visual history of the detachment, Jim Ruggiero requested pictures from the recent reunion and convention. (5) Lou Mirsky attended a memorial service at the VA Hospital in WPB for Josephine Anton. She was honored both by the number of people who attended, the number of services represented, and the heartfelt speeches that were given. (6) Commandant Gutierrez attended a receiving service at Ft. Lauderdale Airport and a burial in WPB for a marine from Oakland Park who had served in Afghanistan. Because other detachments participated, the MCL was well represented. (7) At the state convention, Tamarac Detachment 755 was the recipient of a Meritorious Unit Commendation for the period 5/1/2010-4/30/2011. (8) Individual awards and certificates were presented to detachment members at the July meeting. (9) The next meeting was scheduled for August 17, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of June 15, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Sr. Vice Commandant Motes,Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Commandant Palermo, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Finkelstein, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise, Color Sergeant Norberto, VAVS Rep. Handerhan, and Youth Activity Officer Falise

Minutes of June 15, 2011: Dale MacCutcheon read the minutes from the May 18, 2011 meeting with no corrections or additions. Jim Ruggiero motioned to accept, seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Paymaster Report: Jim Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress: Commandant Gutierrez noted that Jim Ruggiero has a badly infected foot. Because Jim will still “suit up and show up” for the state convention, the commandant feels that Jim has gone “above and beyond”. After the convention, Ed Weber will assist Jim with his recovery.

Report of Officers: (1) Joe Motes presented his status report for the month of June, 2011. There are 21 regular members and 61 life members for a total membership of 82. The total voting strength is 5. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) (2) An e-mail was received from Sgt. Marianela Hoffer, US Army 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, KY. She thanked the detachment for the care package she and her soldiers received while deployed to Afghanistan this past year. (3) Civil Air Patrol sent a certificate of thanks to the MCL for its presentation of JROTC awards. (4) Joe Mirsky spoke of his attendance at a Memorial Day event sponsored by the Veteran's Coalition at Veteran's Park in West Boca Raton. As a speaker at the event, he apologized for the lack of MCL presence. (60 members had passed away.) He also spoke of his disapproval of people who “don't like or who want to change this country for the worst”. “Be vigilant” of certain people, e.g., SOME friends, relatives, clergyman, teachers who wish to undermine the morale of the United States. As a high school teacher himself, he observed this change in attitude. His own children noticed this change during their high school and college years. “Children are impressionable,” he said, “and believe everything their teachers say.” (His remarks were met with applause at the MCL meeting.)

Special Committees: Jim Ruggiero and Tony Gutierrez discussed the upcoming state convention, 6/16-6/19. An elaborate and detailed replica of the Iwo Jima statue has been brought from Naples for display at the convention. Members were encouraged to view the statue even if they were not attending the actual convention. Dinner tickets were still available. Volunteers were needed at registration and in the Hospitality Room this Saturday. A sign-up sheet was made available.

New Business: Tony Gutierrez notified Sr. Vice Commandant Joe Motes that tickets need to be printed for the 10-Week Club. Tickets could then be distributed next month with hopes that early availability would increase the number of ticket sales. The first drawing will be in November.

Good of League: (1) Lou Annacone expressed concern about representation from the detachment on Memorial Day at Veteran's Park in West Boca. Commandant Gutierrez clarified the lack of MCL involvement. Because of sickness there were not enough members to form the Color Guard requested by the Veteran's Coalition. There were, however, 6 members from the detachment present. (2) Joe Motes stated that Tamarac Det. 755 challenge coins were available for $5 each after the meeting.

Announcements: (1) Commandant Gutierrez encouraged members to attend the convention if only for refreshments. He reminded members that “Your cover is your uniform”. (2) The next meeting is scheduled for July 20, 2011.

NOTE: After the official close of the meeting, Marilyn Steitz brought to the commandant's attention that results of the troop care package drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church had not been discussed. The commandant informally reconvened the meeting with Jim Ruggiero giving the final report. 12 boxes were shipped weighing a total of approximately 735 lbs. Checks and cash contributions totalled almost $1455. Special thanks go to those who volunteered during the June 4-5 event: Jeanette Eno, Cliff Handerhan, Dale MacCutcheon, Joe Motes, Carrie Novak, Jim Ruggiero, and Marilyn Steitz. (Certificates of appreciation were suggested.)

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

Minutes of May 18, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Cliff Handerhan

Roll Call: Present included Commandant Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Commandant Gewirtz, Jr. Past Commandant Handerhan, Adjutant MacCutcheon, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sergeant-at-Arms Falise,VAVS Representative Handerhan, Youth Activity Officer Falise.

Applications for Membership: none

Guests: Genevieve Gallagher, an MCL member from upstate New York 

Minutes of May 18, 2011: Dale MacCutcheon read the minutes from the April 20, 2011 meeting. This meeting was reconvened on May 14th during which Detachment Officers and Standing Committee Heads for 2011-2012 were installed by Dept. of FL District Vice Chairman Manny Moreno. A correction was made by Jim Ruggiero. John Palermo's name should replace Cliff Handerhan's for the position of Jr. Past Commandant . Motion to accept the corrected minutes was made by Ed Weber and seconded by Louis Gewirtz.

Correspondence: (1) JROTC in Broward County is presenting a Pass and Review program on Friday, May 20th, 4:00pm at Lockhart Stadium in North Lauderdale. (2) An e-mail was received from Bill Backes regarding the June convention. Membership cards must be presented in order to attend conventions and conferences. ID cards imply that dues are paid up, making a member eligible to attend business meetings and to participate in elections. (3) Intracoastal Detachment will be having a recruiting exhibition outside at the Isles Casino, Pompano Park Race Track. It is scheduled for May 20th through May 22nd from 1100-1900. (4) Cliff Handerhan shared a packet of information he had received concerning hotels, sights, etc. for those visiting the Marine Corps Museum in VA. (5) Tony Gutierrez received numerous e-mails thanking Detachment 755 for an excellent 20 year reunion this past weekend. (6) Cliff Handerhan inquired about a renewal notice concerning the Solicitation of Contributions Annual Registration. (This allows the MCL, Detachment 755 to continue as a charitable organization.) He will check with Joe Motes.

Paymaster Report: (1) Jim Ruggiero gave an updated report on the savings, checking, and troop care package accounts. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Jim noted that the savings account balance will fluctuate because of incoming monies for the state convention. (2) The banquet has been paid for. (3) ALL scholarship tickets have been sold for a total of $335. This money will be sent to the Department of FL for their scholarship program. Motion to accept the paymaster report was made by Adam Falise and seconded by Bill Smith.

Sickness and Distress: (1) Louis Gewirtz told of the death and upcoming funeral of his close friend's father. (2) Angelo Norberto will be having surgery in June to correct hip and knee problems. (3) Mary Castillo and Dick Franchino are both ill and were unable to attend the reunion as a result. (4) Ed Weber will be undergoing treatment again. (The chaplain will be notified to mail appropriate cards.)

Report of Officers: (1) Cliff Handerhan presented the status report prepared by Joe Motes who was excused from this meeting. There are 20 regular members and 62 life members with a total membership of 82. The total voting strength is 5. (A formal report is on file with the adjutant.) Jim Ruggiero requested the names of the delinquent members. (2) Tony Gutierrez welcomed aboard the 2011-2012 officers previously read during roll call. (3) Louis Gewirtz thanked the detachment for its support in the past. He is looking forward to the year ahead, encouraging current members to enlist new ones. (4) The Veteran's Coalition had requested a Color Guard for a Memorial Day event, May 30th at Veterans‘ Park in West Boca Raton. Since Angelo Norberto is ill, only 2 of the 3 volunteers are available. The Coalition needs to be contacted ASAP about the shortage.

Standing Committees: (1) Regarding the state convention (June 16-19), Jim Ruggiero is requesting volunteers for Friday and Saturday to help with hospitality, registration, raffle ticket sales, etc. Regarding the hospitality suite, only snacks, soda, water, and beer are needed. Because of positive experiences at the reunion, several out-of-state members will be returning. Some charter and older members will also attend. (2) Any member attending the National Convention needs to see Jim. Present him with your membership card so that he can send in your MCL-paid registration fee. A strong turnout is expected because of elections. (3) Jim thanks everyone who attended the reunion and is asking that any photos be given/sent to him to be recorded as part of the detachment's history. (All information will be given to the historian when the position is filled.)

Special Committees: Marilyn Steitz updated the detachment on the Troop Care Package Drive at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in West Boca Raton. It is scheduled for June 4th, before and after the 4:00pm mass, and for June 5th, before and after the 7:30, 9:00, and 11:00 morning masses. A church bulletin containing information about the drive was made available. Marines from our detachment stepped up to volunteer on both days.

Unfinished Business: (1) Ed Weber expressed his disappointment at tonight's turnout and expects current members to step up and support the MCL, convention, and the detachment's new commandant. (2) A general at Camp Lejeune was given 100 bottles of sand found at one of the last gravesites uncovered at Tarawa. Ed shared one of these bottles with the detachment. He has it stored in a protective case along with a card that says “not as lean, not as mean, but still a Marine”. This case will always remain with the corps.

New Business: Adam Falise suggested that the “1st Annual Youth Fishing Tournament” be organized to raise funds and increase membership for the MCL. Volunteers agreed to form a committee to check on liability and insurance especially since children are involved. Cost would also be determined. 

Announcements: (1) Genevieve Gallagher will be returning to upstate NY. (2) The next meeting is

scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2011.

Submitted by: Dale MacCutcheon, Adjutant

May 14, 2011, Reconvened Meeting of April 20, 2011, Installation of Officers for 2011-2012

Detachment Officers and Standing Committee Heads for 2011-2012 took office installed by Dept of Fla.District Vice Chairman Manny Moreno Jr. at the 20 th Anniversary Reunion and Installation Saturday May 14, 2011 at the Marriott Hotel in Fort Lauderdale.

The following include:

Commandant Antonio Gutierrez

Sr. Vice Commandant Joe Motes

Junior Vice Commandant Louis Gewirtz

Judge Advocate Joseph Mirsky

Jr. Past Commandant John Palermo

Adjutant Dale MacCutcheon

Paymaster James V Ruggiero

Chaplain Hy Finkelstein

Sergeant-at Arms Adam Falise

Historian Trevor Wharton

Public Relations Officer open

Color Sergeant Angelo Norberto

VAVS Rep. Cliff Handerhan

Ship Store Joe Motes

Newsletter Editor/Webmaster Joe Motes

Fund Raiser Committee Angelo Norberto

VAVS National Representative open

Youth Activity Officer Adam Falise

Veterans Coalition Arvin Schecter

Toys for Tots Antonio Gutierrez

Cathy Pacini

Minutes of April 20, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Hy Finklestein.

Roll Call: Present include Sr. Vice Cmd't Gutierrez, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Jr. Past Cmd't Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, VAVS Rep Handerhan, Fund Raiser Norberto, Color Sgt. Norberto and Toys for Tots Gutierrez. Jr. Vice Motes attended after presenting his JROTC awards.

Applications for Membership:

Guests: Genevieve Gallagher and WW II marine Joseph Mancuso.

Minutes of March 16, 2011: Cathy read the minutes with no additions or corrections Ed Weber motioned to accept seconded by Hy Finkelstein.

Correspondence: Letter from Veterans Coalition in Boca requesting a color guard on Monday May 30 th at nine o'clock at West Boca Veterans Park and a detachment contribution of $50.00. Angelo motioned to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan.

The 20 th reunion is May 14 th . With about 42 in attendance at a meeting some time ago everyone's hands went up indicating they would be attending. Not everyone who raised hands replied to attend the reunion leaving the detachment responsible for the guaranteed meals. Tony G. said if it is unaffordable to some he would cover the cost. The reunion dinner is also the installation of new officers and they should all be in attendance.

Raffle tickets for the scholarship fund are available now benefiting children grandchildren and great grandchildren out of state.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave update on March 2011 savings, checking and troop care package accounts. With no additions or corrections Cliff motioned to accept seconded by Ed Weber.

Sickness and Distress: Bill Eckerth hurt his back, Marvin had cataract surgery and Murray Wolf returned home from the hospital, Gerry Colbert's son passed away and Jeff's daughter Jennifer was affected by the recent tornado and Bill McLain suffered a stroke.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes is attending High Schools presenting JROTC awards.

Joe received a letter to the detachment from Lt Col. Morris Commanding Officer on behalf of the 3d Battalion 5 th Marines-the Darkhorse-for the generosity to support his Marines and Sailors on the deployment to Afghanistan with the troop packages.

Color Sgt. Noberto asked for 4 volunteers for the Memorial Day ceremony. Cliff, Jim and Angelo will be attending.

Standing Committees: Scholarship fund tickets must be turned in for the convention. Anyone holding tickets must return the ones unsold as the detachment is responsible for the numbered tickets issued.

Reunion: Jim gave a rundown of the costs and what the detachment is responsible for paying regarding the meals. We had guaranteed 80 meals and so far there are 53 attending. And 25% are from out of state.

Honorary Cmd't Ed Weber spoke about the birth of Tamarac Detachment. It was said back then it couldn't be done. It was done and can grow when the membership starts supporting the detachment getting more involved.

Lou Gewirtz has a friend who is loaning his musical equipment for use at the reunion.

Convention money is starting to come in for meals and ads for the journal.

Joe Motes has four schools to present ROTC awards on Thursday.

Election of Officers: Marine Ruggiero conducted the election asking for nominations from the floor. Nominations were put to the floor three times for Cmd't. Hearing none Jr Past Cmd't Handerhan cast the one vote for Tony Gutierrez as Cmd't. Nominations were put to the floor three times for Sr. Vice Cmd.'t Hearing none Cliff cast the one vote for Marine Motes as Sr. Vice Cmd't.

Nominations were put to the floor three times for Jr. Vice Cmd't. Hearing none Cliff cast the one vote naming Marine Lou Gewirtz as Jr. Vice Cmd't. Nominations were put to the floor three times. Hearing none Cliff cast the one vote naming Marine Joe Mirsky as Judge Advocate.

Good of the League: Veterans awarded the Purple Heart or higher medal are able to return to school free in the State of Florida.

Associate Genevieve Gallagher received a Life member certificate.

Meeting is suspended until 1900 May 14, 2011 at the Marriott Hotel.

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of March 16, 2011

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Roll Call: Present were Cmd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Color Sgt. Norberto, VAVS rep. Handerhan, Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Applications for Membership: Adam Felice

Cmd't Palermo performed the Ceremony of Initiation swearing Marine Felice into MCL 755 Tamarac Detachment. Adam was warmly welcomed by the membership.

Minutes of February 15, 2011: Cathy read the minutes with no corrections or additions a motion to accept made by Kevin O'Callaghan seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Paymaster report: Jim gave update on February 2011 savings, checking and troop care pkg. accounts. No additions or corrects motion made to accept by Dick Franchino seconded by Ed Weber.

Special Committees: Election Chairmen Wharton and Gewirtz were out of town Past Cmd't Ruggiero opened the floor for nominations of officers.

Jim asked for nominations for Cmd't three times. With no nominations the position was closed. Jim asked for nominations for Sr. Vice Cmd't three times. With no nominations the position was closed. Jim asked for nominations for Jr. Vice Cmd't three times. With no nominations the position was closed. Jim asked for nominations for Judge Advocate. Cmd't Palermo nominated Joe Mirsky seconded by Jeff Morgan. Marine Mirsky accepted the nomination. Nominations were closed until next months meeting and the election of new officers.

Reunion: April 10 is the cutoff date for selection of meals. Ads for the journal will be appreciated. Hospitality suite will be open on Friday night to meet and greet. Donations only for liquid refreshments hospitality suite will open 12-4 on Sat. and reopen after the dinner. Cocktail hour is 1800-1900 hours dinner to be served appx. 7:15. If arriving late do not interrupt the installation. Dress for the evening requested is Red jackets or suit and tie. Musical entertainment provided by a D.J. Angelo to look into certificate to Ale House and Sweet Tomatoes.

Scholarship raffle tickets are available. The Dept. of Fla. has opened the fund to a child, grandchild or great grandchild living out of state. Drawing held at June convention.

Sr. Vice Gutierrez returned from SE Division Spring Conf. with streamer for the colors and two Marine Corps clocks one he donated to the detachment for a raffle. He will be attending the Nat'l Conv. in Idaho and invited anyone wishing to attend to share his room.

Unfinished Business: Joe Motes bought two Challenge coins of USS Jason Dunham. One will be raffled.

New Business: Angelo asked for volunteers for St. Patrick's Day Parade at O.G. 3 .

Sr. Vice Cmd't Gutierrez will run April meeting which will be the elections of officers in John's absence.

Good of the League: Joe Mirsky received a letter from the So. Fla. Coalition requesting the detachment attendance at the Memorial Day Ceremony in Boca.

VAVS representative Past Cmd't Handerhan logged 600 mi. and 378 hours of service, as the representative for the Tamarac Det. 755 at the VA clinic in Sunrise, for the year ending in Feb.2011. Cliff requested Jack Monas as deputy representative.

Announcements: Joe has challenge coin holders fitting one and one half inches coins.

Jeff received and e-mail asking for a moment of silence for the 3 rd Battalion 5 th Marines who lost their lives in Afghanistan.

Next scheduled meeting scheduled for April 20,2011.

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of February 16, 2011 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Roll Call: Present include Cmnd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, VAVS Handerhan, Color Sgt. Norberto Fund Raiser Norberto and Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Guests included Mike and Donna Snyder and a privilege to have Marine William J.Eckerth who was present for the raising of the flag at Iwo Jima, Jr Past Cmnd't Handerhan and National Uniform Committee Gutierrez.

Minutes of January 19, 2011: Cathy read the minutes and with no additions or corrections Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Paymaster: Jim gave updates on December checking, savings and Troop Care Pkg. accounts. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Loud Gewirtz. Jim then gave updates on January savings, checking and Troop Care Pkg. accounts. Bill Smith motioned to accept seconded by Joe Mirsky.

Sickness and Distress: Jim has returned and Mary Castillo is sick.

Report of Officers: Joe received thank you letters from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital for donation of toys, Troop Care Pkg. recipients for the boxes of chocolates donated and from Swamp Fox Society for the help given the children with the Support our Troops Care Package event.

Color Sgt. Norberto requested volunteers to march at the St. Patrick's Day Parade at O.G.3.

A thank you was sent to Mrs. Hoover.

Discussion on the generosity of Mr. Dan Levin's donations to the detachment and how to thank him. Mr. Levin prefers anonymity and would decline being made a perm. Associate Life Member as personal info would be needed. Jim suggested giving a pure silver commemorative coin. John recommended making a motion to present Mr. Levin with the coin thru Bill Smith. Bill motioned to present Levin with the commemorative coin seconded by Angelo Norberto.

Unfinished Business: Jim discussed the Reunion on May 14 th . Cocktail hour 1800 hours followed by dinner at 1900 hours. Jim put Reunion packets together for mailing.

Nominating committee co-chairmen Marines Trevor Wharton and Lou Gewirtz opened the floor for nominations of officers. Cmnd't Palermo nominated Sr. Vice Cmnd't Tony Gutierrez for Commandant. Tony accepted the nomination as Commandant. The nomination was put to the floor three times. With no other nominations for Commandant the position was closed until next month. Jim Ruggiero nominated Jr. Vice Cmnd't Joe Motes for Sr. Vice Cmnd't. Joe accepted the nomination as Sr Vice Cmnd't. The nominations were put to the floor three times. With no other nominations for Sr. Vice Cmnd't the position was closed til next month. Jim Ruggiero nominated Trevor Wharton for Jr.Vice Cmnd't. Trevor respectfully declined. Joe Motes nominated Lou Gewirtz as Jr. Vice Cmnd't..Lou accepted the nomination as Jr. Vice Cmnd't. The nomination was put to the floor three times. Jim nominated Jeff Morgan as Jr.Vice Cmnd't. Jeff declined. With no other nominations the position was closed until next month. Jim nominated Jeff Morgan as Judge Advocate. Jeff declined. Joe Motes nominated Joe Mirsky as Judge Advocate. Joe Mirsky accepted the nomination for Judge Advocate. Jim Ruggiero nominated Trevor Wharton for Judge Advocate. Trevor respectfully declined. The nomination for Judge Advocate was put to the floor three times. With no other nominations for Judge Advocate the position was closed til next month.

New Business: Joe Motes requested a donation of $50.00 from the detachment to help toward the cost of chicken wings of $135.00 for the Veterans Appreciation Day held at the VA recently. A discussion followed with Cmnd't Palermo recommending the detachment donate $50.00. Jim recommended the Devil Dogs donate $50.00 but will have to wait til the next growl. Tony G. motioned to have the detachment donate $50.00 seconded by Bill Smith. John has scholarship tickets from the Dept. of Florida.

Good of the League: Tony discussed his attendance to the mid winter conference in VA. The National Convention will be held in Boise Idaho and next year in Alabama. March is the SE Division Spring Conference in Lake Buena Vista. By special request the Motorcycle Club will be having a sale on Feb 19 at Daddio's to help a fellow Marine needing assistance. Info to be forwarded to Gad.

Tony G. suggested a good source to seek and recruit new member from colleges of Student Veterans of America.

Jim again reminded the detachment the uniform is the cover.

Angelo will be trying to set up a weekend for the Troop Care Package Program at the St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

Iwo Jima Marine William Eckerth closed the meeting playing the Marine Corps Hymn on his harmonica.

Next scheduled meeting March 16 2011 

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of January 19, 2011 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Cathy Pacini.

Roll Call: Present included: Cmnd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Adjutant Pacini, Color Sgt. Norberto, VAVS Handerhan and Toys for Tots Gutierrez. Judge Advocate Castillo has declined her position because of her work schedule.

Applications for Membership: Carrie A. Novak was approved as an associate member paid her dues brought in by Janet Eno.

Guests: Jack Monas and Joe Schivimmer, Jr Past Cmnd't Handerhan and National Uniform Committee Gutierrez.

Ceremony of Initiation: Cmnd't Palermo performed the ceremony swearing in Carrie A. Novak as an associate member of MCL 755 Tamarac Detachment. Carrie was warmly welcomed by the membership.

Minutes of December 15, 2010: Cathy read the minutes. With no additions or correction Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress: Jim Ruggiero had rotor cuff surgery and in pain.

Cmnd't Palermo asked for volunteers for the Nomination Committee.

Paymaster Report: None reported Jim was out sick.

Report of Officers: Tony G. reported on the Toys for Tots MCL 755 2010 Program. 12-15 members participated. 17 or so locations 100 man hrs. filled a 21/2 ton truck of toys picked up by the Reserves to be distributed. More toys were collected after the cut off date between the 12 th and 18 th . Joe Motes had two carloads of toys he brought to the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital. The Hospital sent a thank you to the detachment for the donation of toys.

Special Committees: Tony G. addressed the Anniversary dinner on May 14 th . Volunteers are needed and donations of bottles of alcohol water and snacks would be appreciated. He looked for more of the membership getting involved.

Next month begins the nominations for elections of officers. Jr.Vice Cmnd't Joe Motes said he would move up to run for Sr.Vice and Sr.Vice Gutierrez said he would run for Commandant.

Marine Ed Weber reported on the progress of the recovery of bodies on Tarawa, a joint operation. Two more bodies have been recovered & returned to the U. S. for DNA testing now. 39 have been recovered with only 5 or 6 bodies unable to do anything about. The families of a couple more want the remains to remain at rest.

Others recovered are awaiting DNA testing to determine identity. So far about 139 have been identified.

Discussion was held on the problem of suicide among active duty personnel & returning troops. Troops are having trouble readjusting to home life, & dealing with alcohol & anger management problems. The suicide rate is up 8% in the military.

Good of the League: Gad announced he is treasurer of the Leathernecks Mac's forming a new chapter the Jason Dunham Club. Bill Smith announced that his client Daniel Levin has donated a check to the Det .in the amount of $1500.00.

Joe Motes said WWII planes to be at Ft. Lauderdale airport next week. He also said some members were not getting their emails, he will be updating his list. If anyone needs an MCL cover contact Joe & let him know what size you need & he will place the order.

Joe requested that who ever he loaned the CD “ Taking Chance “ to please return it. Devil Dogs growl will be held on the 27th at Pompano American Legion.

Announcements: Tony will be attending the MCL conference in Arlington, VA. 10–13 Feb., the mid winter conference South East Division March 2 –6 Orlando and the Dept. of Fla. convention from 31 Mar. to 3 Apr.

Joe announced the Devil Dog Growl held on Thursday in Pompano.

Cliff announced that a nominating comm. must be set up for the up coming election of officers. Co- Chairmen Lou Gerwitz & Trevor Wharton were selected.

Meeting was adjourned at (2100) next meeting scheduled for 16 Feb. at 1930.

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of December 15, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Roll Call: Present were Cmnd't Palemo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Adj. Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, VAVS Handerhan, Color Sgt. Norberto and Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Guest included Jr. Past Cmnd't Handerhan, National uniform Committee Gutierrez and guest of the membership attending the Holiday Party.

Minutes of Nov.17, 2010: Cathy read the minutes. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Correspondence: Marine Corps. League Aux. sent scholarship tickets to be sold. Cliff announced Mike Burns was in ass't living and now living in Coral Springs having an address and a tel. number and it would be appreciated to give him a call for support.

Paymaster: Jim reported on the checking, savings and troop care pkg. accounts. Dick Franchino motioned to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Sickness and Distress: Christopher was home with a fever and Chaplain Morgan's sister passed away on November 20.

Report of Officers: Joe distributed membership status on the tables.

Marines Joe Motes and Ray Aguair were recognized receiving a Certificate of Appreciation by the American Heritage Society for their participation in the Celebration of Veterans Day.

Marine Gutierrez reported on the Toys for Tots drive. The reserves filled up a truck from the collection points to date. More locations need pickups and a huge Sat. night event with Sgt. Maj. Bennett heading that drive.

Jim has the contract with Marriott North for the 20 th Anniversary Installation Dinner dance scheduled for May 14, 2011. The dinner price and room rates are locked in as is the hospitality suite. He asked the membership to sell journal ads and asked for donations of water, bottles of alcohol and snacks. He anticipates a fun night for all attending.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Good of the League: About 86 cans of shaving cream were donated for the troop package program but can't be shipped because they are aerosol cans.

Announcements: Tony G. requested a bottle of alcohol be donated and brought to the meeting each month between now and May for the Anniversary party.

Next scheduled meeting 19 January 2011.

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of November 17, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Cathy Pacini.

Roll call: Present include Cmnd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, Jr. Past Cmnd't Handerhan, Adj. Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Fund Raiser Aflalo, Color Sgt. Norberto, VAVS Handerhan and Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Applications for Membership: none--a new transfer Bill McLaine.

Guests include Adam Felise, 10 th District Vice Commandant Manny Moreno and Nat'l Uniform Committee Tony Gutierrez.

Minutes of October 20, 2010: Cathy read the minutes. Motion to accept by Joe Motes seconded by Dick Franchino.

Paymaster reports: Jim gave reports on checking savings and troop care pkg accounts. Dick Franchino motioned to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Sickness and Distress: Evelyn's sister is very ill needing our prayers. Lou Gerwitz mother in law is scheduled for spinal surgery. Mike Burns is now in ass't living off Royal Palm Blvd and John has RA in his right hip. Gad is scheduled for eye surgery. Cliff had lunch with Jim Galvin who has health issues relating from water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Report of Officers: Sr. Vice Gutierrez reported all Toys for Tots boxes were distributed. Jr. Vice Motes had status reports on the tables. Cliff had more funds from the 10 week club to turn over but had five tickets sold but had not received payment. He had sold those five tickets out of state and was awaiting payment. It was decided that if a ticket drawn is not paid the 100.00 would go back to the detachment. Sr.Vice Gutierrez gave Cliff $100.00 to cover the unpaid tickets.

Standing Committees: Tony G. obtained the storage facility for the Toys for Tots donations. He is still looking for families of deployed Marines families for our Holiday party. Tony needs to know what contributions the membership will be taking to the party.

Jim announced the 20 th Anniversary Installation dinner is scheduled for May 14 at the Marriott.

Raffle tickets for the mid winter Conference are available for Marine Corps league Scholarship fund.

Unfinished Business: Cmnd't Palermo received an e-mail stating no Marine should wear a uniform at any political meeting. Manny confirmed the red cover is the Marine Corps League uniform and is never to be worn to support a candidate, anyone doing so may cause us to lose our charter.

New Business: None

Good of the League: District 10 Vice Cmnd't Manny Moreno feels communication is a big factor. Again he stated no red covers to be worn at any political meeting. No pins should be worn on a cover. Recruiters should mentor new members. Awards should not be expected for service performed but it is a nice way to say thank you. And the spring conference is scheduled for March.

Angelo thanked the color guards for attending the Boca Coalition on Veterans Day naming Marines Cliff Handerhan, Jim Ruggiero, Joe Mirsky and Jan Eno. And Cathy, Marilyn Dale and Christopher.

Adam Felise spoke to the membership on suicide. A lengthy discussion took place. He will put together a plan and present to the body at the Spring Conference.

The next scheduled District 10 meeting is in February at the Intracoastal.

Announcements: Cliff had the 1 st number drawn for the 10week club. He stated how impressive it was at the Commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham.

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of October 20, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Marine Ed Weber.

Roll Call: Present were Cmnd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Past Cmnd't Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, VAVS Handeran, Color Sgt. Norberto and Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Guest: Bill McLaine, Jr. Past Commandant Handerhan and National Uniform Committee Tony Gutierrez.

Sr. Vice Commandant presented Marine Ed Weber with A Certificate naming him Honorary Commandant for his 19 years of unselfish service and dedication to the Marine Corps League. And, Marine Angelo Norberto was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his service and dedication to the detachment.

Tamarac Detachment 755 were awarded Meritorious Unit Commendations from the Department of Florida in appreciation for meritorious service for the period June 1, 2009 to June 2010 and a National Jr.Vice Commandant's Citation was awarded Tamarac Detachment 755 with appreciation and gratitude for meritorious service to the Marine Corps League by exceeding previous years membership within twelve months of the beginning of the current Fiscal Year.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes from September 15, 2010. Motion to accept by Dick Franchino seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave update on Checking, Savings and Troop Care Accounts. Motion to accept by Ed Weber seconded by Dick Franchino.

Correspondence: Intracoastal Detachment 1058 will host a 2010 Marine Corps Birthday Ball on Saturday Nov 6 th at the Marriott Hotel. John commented on his bad experience last year. Ed Weber commented on his bad experience which was resolved months later.

The Veterans Coalition of So.Florida requested the Detachment Color Guard on Veterans Day Thursday November 11 at nine a.m. Commandant Palermo asked Jim to raise the flag at the ceremony. The coalition requested a $50.00 donation. Request tabled.

Vandergriff Detachment will hold a Holiday Ball on Saturday November 6 at the Hilton Inn in West Palm. Anyone wanting to attend should contact John to set up a table.

The commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham is scheduled for November 13. Commandant Palermo requested a $250.00 donation from the detachment. Jeff Morgan motioned to accept seconded by Bill Smith.

Tony G. was recognized for his dedication to the Toys for Tots.

National Auxiliary Chairperson Evelyn Joppa requested our assistance in selling raffle tickets for the Fall Headquarters Project.

Two ribbons awarded for 100% membership at the National Convention in Greensboro N.C.

Following a discussion on the discrepancy to the Veterans Coalition in Boca Tony G. motioned to make payment of $50.00 to the Veterans Coalition seconded by Joe Mirsky.

Sickness and Distress: Marine Mary Castillo underwent day surgery.

Standing Committees: Cliff turned in $180.00 to the paymaster collected from the 10week club.

Special Committees: Tony G. announced the kickoff for the Toys for Tots Drive to take place soon. He has boxes and posters ready and in his car.

Tony G. was delegated Chairperson for the Christmas Party and will seek families of those deployed in the military.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Good of the League: Joe Mirsky's sister's granddaughter is still undergoing treatment in California. His trip to Quantico has been postponed until the spring. And, Joe will play his drums at the Veterans Coalition in Boca on November 11.

Cliff had a table of Division covers for sale at $10.00 each.

Jim said his son Christopher would be doing a Fun Run Marathon the following day and asked for sponsors. The hat was passed aiding Christopher's cause.

Harvey Ellenthal expressed his strong disappointment in the Marine Corps League Scholarship Program denying his grandson scholarship money. He gave a lengthy account of why he was rejected having to do with the GPA not turned in on time when the GPA is not given out until the end of the semester. A copy of the report card and as a National Honor Society member he was still told they had to go by the book.

Jennifer Morgan and her new husband appeared to say hello.

The Devil Dogs meeting is October 28. John explained the Devil Dogs is the Fun and Honor Society of the Marine Corps. League.

Announcements: Marine Jeff Morgan said he is no longer affiliated with The Church by the Glades announcing Tony G. as Chairperson in the Marine Corps. League Troop Care Package Program.

Marine Weber spoke of the No Marine Left Behind and is now down to 131 as two more dog tags were located.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 17, 2010.

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

 

Minutes of September 15, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests include: District 10 Commandant Jim Ruggiero, National Uniform Committee

Tony Guiterrez and Jr. Past Commandant Cliff Handerhan.

Roll Call: Present were Comd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, r. Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Mary Castillo, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, VAVS Handerhan, and Toys for Tots Gutierrez.

Applications for Membership:

Minutes of August 18, 3020: Cathy read the minutes with a correction regarding the Vietnam Traveling motion to accept by Jeff Morgan seconded by Mary Castillo.

Sickness and Distress: Ed Weber had day surgery and Evelyn's sister Camelia Ramos is hospitalized.

Correspondence: A flyer for t-shirts at $8.95 when ordering bulk.

Paymaster: Jim gave his reports on all accounts covering July and August 2010. Motion to accept by Dick Franchino seconded by Joe Motes. Tony Gutierrez asked for a report on the recent Convention. Jim will have an update account for the next meeting.

Standing Committees: Joe Motes needed names and addresses of anyone intending to attend the Commissioning of the USS Jason Dunham. Dick Franchino inquired on handicapped access.

Marine Rep. Joe Motes received an FBI Certificate of Appreciation for assistance with the Soccer Soldier program.

MCL 755 Detachment will celebrate their 20 th Anniversary with a Reunion Party on May 14, 2010 and an Installation Dinner at the Marriott Hotel.

Tony Gutierrez had in hand Certificates of Appreciation for participants in the Toys for Tots Program.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Good of the League: Cliff will run a 10week club wanting to hold the first drawing at the November 17 meeting. He asked for help from the membership to take tickets to sell.

Jim expressed his appreciation to everyone expressing his or her sympathy in the recent loss of his mother.

Jim announced he would be resigning as District 10 Commandant at the District 10 meeting on Saturday.

Joe Mirsky was disappointed in the turnout of his Troop Care Package Program held at his complex. He turned what he had over to Jim for mailing.

A Certificate of Appreciation will be given to Ed Weber as an Honorary Commandant for his 20 years of unselfish service.

A Certificate of Appreciation will be given to Angelo Norberto for his service and dedication to the detachment.

Jack Moniz of the Baltimore Detachment works in the audiology department at the VA and issued hearing aid batteries. He said the VA will send a new supply every six months.

Tony G. asked John if he could volunteer for District 10 Vice Commandant.

Jim will need a quarterly report by Friday.

Next scheduled meeting November 17, 2010

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of August 18, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests include Broward County Navy League USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Committee Alan Starr, Randy Oetting, Tom Melville and Loretta Young and Jr. Past Commandant Cliff Handerhan.

Roll call: Present were Commandant Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Castillo, Adjutant Pacini, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan and Fund Raiser Aflalo.

Applications for Membership:

Minutes of July 21, 2010: Cathy read the minutes with no additions or corrections motion made by Gad Aflalo to accept seconded by Tony Gutierrez.

Paymaster: Tony Gutierrez motioned to waive the paymaster report seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Alan Starr of the Broward County Navy League spoke on behalf of the USS Jason Dunham Commissioning Committee. The commissioning is scheduled for Saturday November 13 at Pier 29 at Port Everglades in Ft Lauderdale. We were given details on Marine Dunham and why the ship is named in his honor. The committee is seeking the support of our membership at the commissioning and any donations we could contribute. Commandant Palermo donated his $250.00 towards the cause. Names of anyone wishing to attend should be given to Joe Motes and Tony G. will keep us updated.

Sickness and Distress: Evelyn thanked the membership for their support and prayers for her brother who is now home recovering. Joe Mirsky's sister's granddaughter is still in the hospital recovering following her second tour in Afghanistan.

Report of Officers: Commandant Palermo returned from the Nat'l Convention with booklets on Veterans Affairs, info on the National Cemetery and Marine urns and a brochure on the 50 th Anniversary of the Young Marines.

He also had the 2010 updated and voted on By-Law changes for anyone to look at.

Standing Committees: Cliff informed the detachment of the Traveling Vietnam Wall being retired at the VA clinic in October. Joe will get the date of the ceremony.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Good of the League: Tamarac Detachment was awarded two Meritorious Unit Commendations by the Department of Florida at the Convention. Commandant Palermo awarded Cathy Pacini a plaque on behalf of the Marine Corps League for her dedication and support given to Detachment. The award is very much appreciated.

Commandant Palermo awarded a Certificate to Jeff Morgan honoring him as Marine of the Year. Jeff began the Marine Troop Care Package Program at the Church of the Glades. Jeff was surprised and appreciated the honor bestowed upon him.

John Palermo is still Dog Trainer for the Department of Florida

Marines Joe Motes and Tony Gutierrez attended the National Convention and advanced to Pedigree Dogs. Sr. Vice Commandant Tony G. was asked by Nat'l Commandant Vic Voltaggio to be on the National Uniform Committee. Joe Mirsky passed out flyers to everyone in his community for his upcoming Troop Care Package Program being held at his house on August 31.

The unveiling of Marine Al Gardner will be held at Forest Lawn on Saturday.

Joe Mirsky would appreciate a color guard to show at one o'clock at the office. Tony G. needs at least 25 Certificates of Appreciation for his Toys for Tots Program.

Next Scheduled Meeting September 15, 2010.

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of July 21, 2010 Meeting

Sr. Vice Commandant Tony Gutierrez called the meeting to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by acting chaplain Hy Finkelstein.

Guests included District 10 Commandant Jim Ruggiero and Jr Past Commandant Cliff Handerhan.

Roll all: Present were Sr.Vice Cmnd't Gutierrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Fundraiser Aflalo, Color Sgt. Norberto and VAVS Handerhan.

Applications for Membership: Sam Bittar

Sr. Vice Commandant Gutierrez performed the Ceremony of Initiation swearing Marine Sam Bittar into the MCL 755 Tamarac Detachment. Marine Bittar was welcomed by the membership.

Minutes of June16, 2010: Cathy read the minutes. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Ruth Rand sent a thank you letter on behalf of her husband Milton for the military sendoff in N.C. Letters of thanks from family and friends with donations enclosed were received in memory of Marine Rand. Letters should go out to the donors.

Marine Bob Hoover's wife needs letter of recognition of donations in her husband's memory.

Paymaster: Jim gave reports on all accounts including checking, savings, troop care pkg, and convention. The convention account is incomplete but will be given a final figure next month. Motion to accept was made by Joe motes seconded by Hy Finkelstein. The detachment was awarded the convention for next year. A brief summary was given of changes to be made and new opportunities of adventure for those not attending meetings.

Members in Sickness and Distress: Gad was welcomed back after recent surgery.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes distributed the status report for the month of July 2010.

Standing Committees: Tony G. reported locations with boxes for Toys for Tots did not receive Letters of Appreciation. Cliff submitted his report on VAVS with total number of hours of his time volunteering at the VA.

Unfinished Business: Jim announced the 20 th Anniversary of Tamarac detachment to be held on Sat. May 14, 2011 at the Marriott hotel. Our Installation of Officers to be held the same night. Hospitality room will be provided. There is a reduced room rate for anyone staying over at the hotel. Jim gave a rundown of his intentions for a kick off drive for the anniversary party and convention.

New Business: Tony announced there is a meeting every month. Devil Dog meeting is scheduled for Thursday the 22 nd in Pompano. The staff meeting in August is rescheduled until before the August 18, 2010 meeting.

Good of the League: Joe Mirsky will be holding a troop care package program at his complex in the near future. The Intercoastal Detachment will be holding a Marine Corps League Birthday Ball at the Marriott hotel. Todd Renna received a call from his son Andrew saying he would like to have a care package. Joe Mirsky's sister's granddaughter who was serving her second tour in Afghanistan is still hospitalized. On Nov. 13 the USS Jason Durham will be commissioned. We will be looking for a contingency of Marines.

Discussion on Disabled veterans and veterans receiving free admittance to Florida state parks written up in an article in July and August newsletter.

Next scheduled meeting August 18, 2010 Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Minutes of June 16, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests include: Nat'l Ass't Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo, State Chaplain John Palermo, District 10

Commandant Jim Ruggiero, Jr. Past Commandant Cliff Handerhan, Adrian Kittner and Samuel Bittar.

Roll Call: Present were Cmnd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Castillo, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan and Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan.

Applications for Membership: under review Marine Samuel Bittar.

Correspondence: Three donations in memory of the late Marine Milton Rand with requests of notice to the family.

Paymaster: Report given on all accounts. Motion to accept by Tony Gutierrez second by Mike Burns.

Sickness and Distress: Evelyn updated her brother's progress in rehab, Cliff informed us Gad Aflalo is recovering at home but still weak after his bypass surgery. Ed Weber has medical issues. Mary Castillo is undergoing medical tests and John Palermo gave an update on his condition.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes received Certificates of Appreciation for the detachment from Boca Raton Civil Air Patrol and Miami based FBI Soccer for Soldier donations.

Jim reported his transfer of $5000.00 from savings to operating to cover convention expenses. He announced there would be money being bounced back and forth to stay on top of convention obligations. The journal was on the way to the hotel. Presently the detachment is netting $3200.00 from the journal and combined with the dinners the detachment should see about $4000.00. Jim said there were two warrior tables including Marines recently home and a Navy corpsman coming to the banquet on Saturday night.

Unfinished Business: Commandant Palermo awarded Mike Burns a Certificate of Appreciation for his boxes of donations for the convention and Certificates of Appreciation to Dale MacCutcheon and Marilyn Steitz for the Marine Troop Care Package Program held at Lady of Lourdes Church.

New Business: Jim looked to the detachment for approval to bid on next year's convention. The membership was in favor to go ahead and put in the bid during this convention. Jim would take the responsibility of hotel arrangements, the journal and the banquet. He said he would not take any responsibility for the hospitality suite.

This year the three V.I.P's attending the convention will be surprised to have their rooms upgraded with welcome refreshments waiting for them upon arrival.

Mary spoke of her recent trip to Washington D.C. for her friend's pinning ceremony at the National Marine Museum in Quantico. She brought two military addresses for troop package shipments.

Jim discussed times for registration and John asked for volunteers to let him know when they would be available for the hospitality room.

Next scheduled meeting is July 26,2010

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of May 19, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests include Nat'l Ass't Sgt.at Arms Mary Castillo, Fl. State Chaplain John Palermo and George Gencius.

Roll Call: Present were Cmd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Gutierrez, Judge Advocate Castillo, Jr. Past Cmd't Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan and Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan.

Applications for Membership: Jose Garcia

Sr. Vice Cmd't Gutierrez exercised his duty taking command as District 10 Commandant Jim Ruggiero Performed the ceremony of Initiation swearing in Commandant John Palermo and Judge Advocate Mary Castillo. Congratulations were extended by the detachment.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes of April 21, 2010 . With no additions or corrections Jim Ruggiero motioned to accept seconded by Hy Finkelstein.

Correspondence: Letter from Veterans Coalition of So Florida

requesting the detachment again take part in the Memorial Day Services on Monday May 31. Invitation was accepted. Dick Lee will lower and raise the flag at the ceremony.

In a letter the subject on Khaki shirts is not to be discussed at any meeting.

Mike Burns has donated gifts for the convention. Mike will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave his report of accounts for the month of April. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Mary Castillo.

Sickness and Distress: Marvin Schentzel is home from the hospital. Gad Aflalo underwent bypass surgery and is in ICU, will follow up on when he is able to have visitors. Jeff Morgan asked that the detachment go as a group to visit and asked for a show of hands as to who would participate.

Report of Officers: Tony G. said a caller left a message on the answering machine saying he had a 3 by 6 framed poster of Iwo Jima and would like to donate it to the detachment to display at our post and not to be given to an individual.

Cliff announced Ken from Marathon donated blank cartridges and he was given an ordering form when more is needed. . Jim too received 18 boxes of clips.

Standing Committees: Jim spoke of the June Convention requesting volunteers sign to assist in the hospitality suite or where needed. He asked for only two hours of a volunteer's time. The cut off date for dinners and ads has been extended from May 25 th to June 2 nd.

Jim announced Intercoastal's Installation of Officers is tomorrow night (Thursday). They are having an open house and spaghetti dinner. They will need to be informed of attendance so they can cook enough spaghetti. Pembroke Pines will be forming a detachment if they can get enough new members.Next months meeting is the night before the start of the convention whereas you can take any donated items.

Unfinished Business: Marilyn and Dale spearheaded a Marine Troop Care Package Program at Our Lady of Lourdes Church and with the assistance of our detachment members 11 boxes were shipped and $1179.69 was collected. A Certificate of Appreciation and a thank you letter will be given to Father Reardon.

New Business: The Marine Corps.League National Convention will be held August 8-14 in Greensboro N.C. Detachment members were asked who would be attending to support Vic Vultaggio from Florida as National Commandant.

Todd Renna announced his son Andrew has been promoted to Corporal.

Next meeting scheduled for June 16, 2010.

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of April 21, 2010 Meeting

Meeting called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Trevor Wharton.

Guest included Helen Ann Dowd

Roll Call: Present were Sr.Vice Commandant Guiterrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Jr Past Cmnd't Handerhan, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero and Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan.

Application for Membership: Marine Helen Ann Dowd

Sr. Vice Commandant Guiterrez presided over the Ceremony of Initiation swearing in Marine Dowd into the Tamarac Detachment 755. Marine Dowd was given a warm welcome

Minutes: posted on the tables. Dick Smith motioned to waive the reading seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Paymaster Report: posted on the tables. Kevin O'Callaghan motioned to waive the reading of the account seconded by Joe Motes.

Sickness and Distress: Jeff reported Evelyn's family members are not well and still needing our prayers. Joe Mirsky's niece is recovering from an illness originating in Afghanistan and Marilyn was having carpal tunnel surgery on Thursday.

Report of Officers: Joe announced a Devil Dog meeting in Pompano on Thursday.

Standing Committee: Jim covered the Convention June 17-24. Jim stressed the importance of the membership attending the dinner. Forms were available for meal choice. The necessity of the donations of items for the hospitality suite and assistance of giving time working the hospitality suite was covered. Jim is unable to solicit ads or funds for the journal and asked the membership for help.

A Color Guard is needed and JROTC cadets will be attending camp at that time. Other sources will be looked into.

Unfinished Business: Elections

Chairman Gad Aflalo delegated the duty to Jim Ruggiero.

Jim opened the nominations for Commandant. Last month John Palermo accepted the position of Commandant if elected. Nominations were put on the floor three times and with no other nominations Jr. Past Commandant Handerhan cast the one vote for John Palermo as Commandant.

Jim opened the nominations for Sr.Vice Commandant. Last month Tony Gutierrez accepted the position of Sr. Vice Commandant if elected. Nominations were put on the floor three times and with no other nominations Jr. Past Commandant Handerhan cast the one vote for Sr.Vice Commandant Tony Gutierrez.

•  Jim opened the nominations for Jr. Vice Commandant. Last month Joe Motes accepted the position of Jr. Vice Commandant if elected. Nominations were put on the floor three times and with no other nominations Jr. Past Commandant Handerhan cast the one vote for Joe Motes as Jr. Vice Commandant.

•  Jim opened the nominations for Judge Advocate. Last month Mary Castillo accepted the position of Judge Advocate if elected. Nominations were put on the floor three times and with no other nominations Jr. Past Commandant cast the one vote for Mary Castillo as Judge Advocate. The Elections Closed.

In order to be in compliance with National By-Laws the Detachment By-Laws needed to be suspended. We needed to have had three months of nominations of officers and in February we did not have a quorum. In order to hold the Installation Of Officers for 2010-20111 on April 19 th Joe Motes motioned to suspend the department by-laws seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Jim Ruggiero held the Installation of Newly elected officers and appointees swearing in Sr. Vice Cmnd't Guiterrez, Jr.Vice Cmnd't Motes, Historian Wharton, Sgt.at Arms Jeff Morgan and Fund Raiser Gad Aflalo.

Good of the League: Dale and Marilyn will be holding a Troop Care Package Program at the Lady of Lourdes Church on May 14 and 15 th . They would need volunteers in packaging the donated items for mailing. There was a show of hands of those available. The date was in conflict with the Marathon meeting.

With no other announcements the meeting was closed.

Next scheduled meeting is Mary, 19, 2010.

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of Meeting March 17, 2010

Meeting called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Roll call: Present include: Cmnd't Palermo, Jr.Vice Motes, Jr. Past Cmnd't Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, Sgt.at Arms Jeff Morgan, VAVS Handerhan and Color Sgt. Norberto.

Applications for Membership : Carl Crouch

Comandant Palermo presided over the Ceremony of Initiation swearing in Marine Crouch into the Tamarac Detachment 755. Marine Crouch was given a warm welcome by the membership.

Minutes of Feb. 17 meeting : Cathy read the minutes and with no corrections Mary Castillo motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Correspondence: 100 soccer balls donated by Miami FBI were deflated for the troop pkgs. thank you cards with 100.00 donations each from Elizabeth Hoover and William Marks. $100.00 donation for troop pkg program from American Legion Aux. and booster ck from Gerald Colbert.

Paymaster Report : Jim explained the addition error found in the recent audit transferring1000.00 from savings to operating which will be re written and given to the adjutant. He spoke on the budget problem. Cliff Handerhan motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Sickness and Distress : Evelyn brought us up to date on her brother. He is out of the coma doing better but has a long way to go and still needing our prayers. Jim's mother has taken two falls breaking a hip and dealing with heart and b/p issues needing our prayers and Christopher was ailing from a bug.

Special Committees : Jim stressed the importance of volunteers in different capacities for the hospitality suite at the June convention. It is equally important our members try to attend the dinner.

The District 10 Meeting has been rescheduled to May 14 and 15 in Marathon . Rooms will need to be booked if attending.

Marine Mary Castillo reported on the MCL SE Division Conference held March 4-7 in Mobile Al. The wearing of kahki shirts in ceremonies may be brought up again at the National Convention.

Jim spoke regarding the June convention to help out with water or booze for the hospitality suite.

And, the Tamarac detachment will be celebrating a 20 th Anniversary next year and would like to hold a reunion at a hotel with food somewhat comparable to that of our June convention. He will be checking the Charter for the exact date. The membership was in agreement for a party.

Unfinished Business: 

New Business: Elections—Jim opened the floor for nominations of Officers. 

Bill Smith nominated John Palermo for Commandant seconded by Jeff Morgan.

Jim brought it to the floor three times before closing the position of Commandant.

Cliff Handerhan nominated Tony Gutierrez for Sr. Vice Cmnd't seconded by Mary Castillo.

Jim brought it to the floor three times before closing position of Sr. Vice Commandant.

John Palermo nominated Joe Motes for Jr. Vice Cmnd't seconded by Angelo Norberto.

Jim brought it to the floor three times before closing the position of Jr.Vice Cmnd't.

Joe Motes nominated Mary Castillo for Judge advocate seconded by Angelo Norberto.

Jim asked three times for any other nominations and Cliff Handerhan nominated Joe Mirsky for Judge Advocate. Joe declined. The nominations closed.

John Palermo will accept the position of Commandant if elected. Mary Castillo will accept the position of Judge Advocate if elected. Joe Motes will accept the position of Jr. Vice Commandant if elected.

Joe Mirsky accepted the temporary position of Judge Advocate and sworn in by Cmnd't Palermo.

Good of the League:

Cliff, Jeff, Angelo and Tony were Color Guards at the Oriole Gardens III St Patrick's Day Parade March 17.

MCL and Auxiliary scholarship fund tickets are on sale.

Marine Care Package Program at Lady of Lourdes Church will be announced at a later date.

Cathy spoke on the Marine Corps League Care Package Program to be held at Oriole Gardens III March 20 and 21st.

Mary mentioned the Semper Fi magazine articles and photos on World War II veterans

Joe Motes donated an ice cream cake to celebrate the March and April birthdays of Harvey and Marilyn.

Closing Ceremony at 2030.

Submitted by: Cathy Pacini Adjutant.

Minutes of Meeting February 17, 2010

Meeting was called to order with a salute to the flag, opening prayer by Cmnd't Palermo and cancelled for lack of a quorum resulting in an open session discussion.

Guests included Marines Carl Crouch and Jack Monas.

Evelyn Miller was a ten week club winner donating $25.00 to the detachment.

Joe Mirsky and Cathy Pacini brought in addresses for the troop package program.

Thank you letter from the Leathernecks for recent donation.

Cathy spoke on Marine Care Package Program to be held at O.G. 3 Clubhouse on March 20 and March 21.

Jim Ruggiero spoke on the honored 42 Wounded Warriors flown in for the Super Bowl.

The Nominations of Officers was postponed for lack of a quorum.

Jim discussed the up coming June Convention held at the Marriott Hotel in June. He stressed the importance of ads for the journal and the help needed for the hospitality suite.

Marine Mary Castillo accepted as MC at the June Convention doing an outstanding performance at our last conference.

March 25, 26, and 27 is the State Conference in Kissimmee.

Cliff spoke on the recent 4 Chaplains Ceremony and the representation of the 29 Jr. ROTC program.

Discussion took place on the importance of the scholarship tickets. All proceeds do go to the applicants.

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of January 20, 2010 Meeting MCL 755 Tamarac Detachment

Mtg. called to order with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Treavor Wharton.

Roll call : Present were Cmd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Guiterrez, Jr Vice Motes, Jr. Past Cmnd't Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, and Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Historian Wharton.

Minutes of previous mtg .: Cathy read the minutes adjusted Murray Wolf present for the WW II photo motion to accept by Marine Cliff Handerhan seconded by Marine Morgan.

Correspondence : Scholarship tickets arrived with the drawing held at the June State Convention. Cmd't Palermo motioned to purchase tickets…Jim said with five months to go take the tickets to our meetings to sell and then deal with the purchasing of unsold tickets.

Letter from the Bd of Trustees regarding the regulation of khaki shirts. P.O.W. shirts can be ordered at a lower price.

Gad received thank you letters for generous donation of toys from Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital, Children's Home Society and JAFCO.

Paymaster : Jim gave the breakdown of funds and a motion to accept by Joe Motes seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Sickness and Distress : Evelyn Morgan's brother is still in a coma as a result of a stroke and Frank Kovacks passed away.

Standing Committees :

Special Committees : Cliff reported on the status of the 10week club. All tickets were sold with some money still in the mail. Discussion followed with the majority voting any unpaid number drawn another number will be pulled.

Unfinished Business : Joe asked Tony about status on Toys for Tots. Tony will inquire.

Dist.Vice Cmd't Ruggiero reported 42 Marine Wounded Warriors to be flown in on the 5 th for the Super Bowl. A pig roast will be held in their honor. Lou Slagle had acquired everything for the warriors except the food. All detachments assisted in making donations. Cmd't Palermo is authorized to spend 150.00 per month and without approval has approved the 150.00 to help feed the warriors. Jim Ruggiero made a personal donation of 100.00 towards the pig roast. On .Feb 6 th is a district meeting hosted by Vandergrift detachment in West Palm Beach with a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. It is also Marine Castillo's birthday.

Anyone planning to attend the Spring Conference in Orlando needs to let Jim know. The Devil Dogs and MCL 755 detachment will each take ½ page ad in the journal.

Our detachment will host the June Convention held June 24 thru the 27. Cmd't John Palermo will chair the hospitality suite and Vice Sr Vice Cmd't Tony Gutierrez will co-chair. Help will be needed.

New Business: $100.00 was approved for the VA coffee fund and $50.00 to the Leathernecks Motorcycle Club. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Mike Burns.

Churches need to push back on the Troop package program because of the pouring out for the Haiti disaster.

Cmd't Palermo will not be available for the April meeting. Vice Cmd't Gutierrez will take over.

Nominations will start next month. Gad will chair the nomination committee and will

require two others.

Respectfully submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

December 16, 2009 Minutes of MCL 755 Meeting

The meeting was called to order at with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Roll Call: Present were State Chaplain and MCL 755 Commandant Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, District 10 Chairman and MCL 755 Paymaster Ruggiero, Past Commandant Handerhan, Adjutant Pacini, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan , Sgt at Arms Jeff Morgan and Color Sgt Norberto.

Applications for Membership: Gy/Sgt Francisco Santos, S/Sgt. Rudinne Andron, Sgt. Jonathan Castro, Sgt. Erik Munoz and Sgt. Edgardo Rubin.

Commandant Palermo performed the Ceremony of Initiation of the applicants into the Marine Corps League Tamarac Detachment 755.

Many guests were in attendance for our Holiday Party.

Paymaster Report: Jim read the December report. Cliff Handerhan motioned to accept seconded by Hy Finklestein.

Minutes of previous meetings: Tony Gutierrez motioned to forego the readings because of the holiday party seconded by Jim Ruggiero.

Sickness and Distress:

Unfinished Business:

Correspondence: A thank you from Cpt.Rikki Opperman for the box of goodies boosting the morale of our soldiers. A thank you from the widow Lynn Hall wife of deceased Marine Terry Hall who was thankful of the presence of our Marines on short notice.

Good of the League:

Announcements: Cliff gave a date and time a news story would be aired on the Water Contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Tony gave a rundown on the progress and success of the Toys for Tots Program.

Meeting closed at 2000 hours for the Holiday Party,

Respectfully Submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

Holiday Party

The Holiday Party was well attended by families and friends of the MCL Tamarac Detachment 755 membership following the brief meeting on Wednesday December 16, 2009.

The children of Deborah Khan including Sultan and Omar and the children of Arlene Santiago include Ashley and Destiny and Jim Ruggiero's son Christopher were happy receiving presents distributed by a newly installed Marine Gy/Sgt. Santos.

World War II veterans including: Hy Finkelstein, Bob Hoover, Dick Franchino, Sherry Heldman, Lou Annacone, Joe Mirsky, & Elvira DuNair were recognized, honored and photographed. Missing from photo were: Janet Eno, Ed Weber, & Murray Wolfe.Joe Mirsky contributed a decorated cake cut by the oldest and youngest Marines at the party.

The food was in abundance donated by the membership.

Thanks went to the combined efforts of Dale MacCutcheon and Marilyn Stykes.

October 21, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests include State Chaplain John Palermo, Past Commandants Jim Ruggiero and Cliff Handerhan. Also Eric Sedlock and Jack Moran or Monan( unable to decipher last name)

Roll call: present were Cmd't Palermo, Sr.Vice Cmd't Gutierrez, Jr.Vice Motes, Sgt at arms Jeff Morgan, Adj't Pacini, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, Fund Raiser Gad Aflalo, Color Sgt. Norberto.

Minutes of previous meeting:: Cathy read the minutes of Sept. 16 meeting. Joe Motes motioned to accept the amended version scratching the 100.00 to the Church by the Glades. Seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Dale and Marilyn are spearheading a troop pkg. program at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Boca. The program will take place in February giving the parish an opportunity to make the necessary arrangements and announcements to the parishioners.

Marine Corps League Intracoastal Detachment 1058 will hold the 2009 Marine Corps Ball on Friday Nov 6, 2009 at the Elks Club in Pompano Beach.at 40.00 p.p.

West Palm Beach will be holding their Ball on Nov. 7 th at the Marriott Hotel.

Miami Marine Corp Birthday Ball to be held Tuesday Nov. 10 th at Jungle Island in Miami.

Received a letter from the Veterans Coalition in Boca with a request for the detachment to preside over activities on Veterans Day November 11 th . A second letter came from the City of Sunrise requesting the detachment to participate at their ceremony. It has been a policy to accept the first written request being Boca. Dick Lee had made unauthorized commitments for the detachment to participate at Boca Coalition. Commitments can only be made by the approval of the voting membership.

E-mail on a fundraiser from Applebee's. They will open for a breakfast supplying the cooks while we supply the wait staff. The detachment will benefit from a percentage of the tickets. Jim will get more info.

Paymaster Report: Jim read his August report. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Cliff Handerhan. He gave a report on September 2009 accounts with Joe Motes motioning to accept seconded by Cliff Handerhan.

Sickness and Distress: Marine Terry Hall passed away recently. Overnight our detachment had 7 Marines show up for the viewing and 5 at the cemetery. The Marine Corp Reserves had the incorrect date and failed to show up at the cemetery. Detachment 755 presided over the honors of a fallen Marine. The Reserves apologetic are having a placque made for the widow Lynn Hall.

Mike LaBozzetta's wife is sick and Mary Castillo has the flu. John Palermo's cousin passed away.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes gave the rundown of the Marine Corp Birthday Balls. He was looking for two Marines in uniform to volunteer on December 12 th at noon for The Wreaths Across America in Ft Worth. The American Heritage School in Pembroke Pines will hold a celebration of Veterans Day on Tues. Nov 10 with appropriate musical selections performed by the students. Applebee's invite all veterans to eat free on Veterans Days with proper identification. The Golden Coral restaurants will also provide free meals to our veterans who produce a military ID card. Simoniz Car Wash will honor veterans with a free full service car wash on Veterans Day with proof of a military ID card.

Joe requested the detachment buy a full page ad in his journal for the District Ball he hosts as District Commander. Gad motioned the detachment buy the full page ad at $75.00 with a second by Mike Burns.

The Christmas party is scheduled for our Dec 18 meeting night with a short business meeting followed by our Holiday party, Dale will contact the family in need to be present and provide us with their wish list. She will be the person to contact with what covered dish the members will be taking to the party. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Sr. Vice Cmd't Gutierrez volunteered to spearhead the Toys for Tots program. He needs to be provided with names of organizations having boxes, locations, addresses and contact persons with telephone numbers. The items will be brought to a centralized location with a request for a Dec 1 deadline.

Good of the League: Cliff presented Bob Hoover with a shirt for his assistance at our past conference. November and December the ship store will be open in its entirety. Our troop package program is a year round project. Any church or synagogue wishing to participate can. Mike Burns thanked the membership for all the care and kindness shown him during his recent illness.

Cmd't Palermo presented Bill Smith with a Meritorious Commendation for 2008-2009. And Marvin Schentzel with a Meritorious Commendation for 2008-2009 and 2007-2008.

Meeting closed at 2040.

Next scheduled meeting December18, 2009.

Respectfully submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

September 16, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 19:30 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests included: State Chaplain Palermo, Past Cmd't Handerhan, Nat'l Ass't Sgt at Arms Castillo and Marilyn Stykes.

Roll call: Present were Cmd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Adjutant Pacini, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Fund Raiser Gad Alfalo, Judge Advocate Gewirtz.

Applications for Membership: Eduardo Rubio, Jonathan Castro, Eric Munoz, Recruiters Elvis-John Baptiste, Lennon Rocha.

Jeff had spoken with Pastor Scott at the Church by the Glades regarding Toys for Tots at the church. Cmd't. Palermo motioned to donate $100.00 to the Church by the Glades for Toys for the Children. Mary Castillo motioned to accept seconded by Bill Smith.

Lady of the Lourdes Church in Boca would like to do a troop package program like the Church by the Glades.

Correspondence: Leadership School class on Friday October 23. Information on Camp Lejune Contamination of Water Supply, the National Museum of the Marine Corp. MCL Challenge Coins, the Northwest Territorial Mint Coins. Mary gave a recap of MCL MN . and TWS Reflection.

The ban on khaki shirts came under such debate it will be brought up again to bring them back.

Vic Vultaggio of Spring Hill will be running for National Commandant at the August 2010 Convention in NC. Support from MCL 755 would be appreciated.

Minutes of June 17, 2009 : Cathy read the minutes. Jeff Morgan motioned to accept second by Cliff Handerhan.

Paymaster Report: Jim was unable to attend because of sickness.

Sickness and Distress: Trevor had a death in the family and had been back and forth out of town for services. Jim Ruggiero has been having medical problems and Mike Burns has been in the hospital and Jeremy McGraw, the Marine killed in a parachute accident was scheduled for burial. Evelyn will send cards.

Report of Officers: Cathy read the Membership report.

Marine Stanley Kaplan died while Cmd't Palermo and Sr. Vice Gutierrez were en route to visit him in hospice. They were met by his wife and daughter and were told they would be advised of the funeral arrangement. West Palm was notified and within a 24 hour period the Leathernecks Motorcycle Group and Gad Aflalo escorted WWII Marine Veteran Kaplan.

Vice Cmd't Gutierrez recruited recruiters who will be here once a month.

He is looking at a Mess Night in 2010.

Gad was very proud of the 3 or 4 Marines in uniform besides the Leathernecks representing 75% who showed up for the Marine's funeral.

Unfinished Business:

New Business: Angelo had been in contact with Washington D.C. regarding the Contaminated Water Supply giving us the correct dates and pertinent information. He will be the contact person.

Good of the League: Past Cmd't Handerhan and Marine Motes are volunteers at the VA Clinic.

Announcements: Paper work is in progress to have Cliff VAVS representative.

As a sign of respect Salute and give your name when addressing the Commandant.

Mary's sons Boy Scout Troup is in need of replenishing tents and camping equipment. They will be holding a car wash looking for donations. Bill Smith motioned to donate $100.00 for the purpose of purchasing equipment. Tony Gutierrez seconded. Motion carried.

Meeting closed at 2040. Lou Annacone won the 50-50 and donated the money back to the detachment.

Next scheduled meeting October 21, 2009.

Respectfully Submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

June 17, 2009 Minutes of MCL 755 Meeting

Meeting called to order at 2000 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Morgan.

Guests included Scott Gibbons and John Patrowski financial planners for Ameriprise Financial and past Cmnd't Handerhan.

Roll Call: Present include Cmnd't Palermo, Sr. Vice Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Motes, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Judge Advocate Gewirtz, Adjutant Pacini, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Minutes: Cathy ready minutes of April 15 with amendment and minutes of May 20, 2009 . Cliff Handerhan motioned to accept seconded by Kevin O'Callaghan.

Paymaster: Cathy read paymaster report. Joe Motes motion to accept seconded by Jeff Morgan. Motion carried.

Cmdn't Palermo discussed a Marine collecting and forwarding troop pkgs requested a motion to donate $200.00 toward cause with funds coming from the troop package account. Lou Gewirtz made the motion to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Jeff Morgan discussed the collections for troop packages at the Church by the Glades. Flyers would be made up and passed out by volunteers from the league on Sat and Sun the 20 th and 21st and June 27 th and 28 th . The dates for the collection of donations is tentative for July 4 th and 5 th.

Members in Sickness and Distress: Jim Ruggiero is undergoing treatment.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes received a Certificate of Appreciate on behalf of the Marine Corps League from the Civil Air Patrol. Lou Gewirtz volunteered to attend the Awards Ceremony on the 25thof June.

Discussion took place on who would be making up the flyers for the collections at the Church by the Glades.

Special Committees:

Unfinished Business:

New Business: Discussion on Support our Marines Inc conducting the mailing of troop packages resulted in our own detachment sorting and mailing the troop package collections at the Church by the Glades.

Good of the League: Cmnd't Palermo presented Angelo Norberto with a Certificate of Appreciation as Color Sgt. during the year 2008-20090.and a Meritorious Commendation. Cliff Handerhan was presented a Distinguished Service Award and a Certificate of Appreciation.

Announcements:

Meeting closed at 2100.

No meetings will be scheduled during July and August. Staff meeting will be held the second Tuesday of the month.

Respectfully submitted

Cathy PaciniAdjutant

Installation of Officers May 16, 2009

Past Commandant Jim Ruggiero installed newly elected Commandant John Palermo and his staff at the Installation of Officers Dinner, on Saturday evening May 16, 2009 , at the Margate American Legion.

40 guests including MCL Detachment 755 members, friends and family attended the memorable ceremony as Commandant John Palermo and his newly elected staff including Sr. Vice Commandant Tony Gutierrez, Jr. Vice Commandant Joe Motes, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Adjutant Cathy Pacini, Chaplain Evelyn Morgan, and Color Sgt. Angelo Norberto took their oaths of office.

Commandant Cliff Handerhan presented the Detachment Colors to newly elected Commandant John Palermo and passed the gavel to him, as a token of the change of command.

Respectfully Submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

April 15, 2009 Minutes of Meeting - Amendmented on May 16, 2009

The meeting was called to order at 1900 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Evelyn Morgan.

Guests included National Ass't Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo, District 10 Commandant Jesus Pintos, Past Commandant of Vandergiff Detachment Carlos Rodriguez, Past Commandant Jim Ruggiero and State Chaplain John Palermo.

There was an oversight at the April 15 meeting regarding the elections of new officers. Adjutant Pacini is not a voting member and should not have cast the one vote in the election. Therefore Commandant Handerhan turned the floor over to Co-Chairman of the Nomination Committee Tony Gutierrez.

Nominations were opened on the floor for Commandant. Paymaster Jim Ruggiero cast one vote electing John Palermo as Commandant. Nominations were opened on the floor for Sr. Vice Commandant. Paymaster Jim Ruggiero cast one vote electing Tony Gutierrez as Sr. Vice Commandant. Nominations were opened on the floor for Jr. Vice Commandant. Paymaster Jim Ruggiero cast one vote electing Joe Motes as Jr. Vice Commandant. Nominations were opened on the floor for Judge Advocate. Mary Castillo declined at that time.

Nominations were closed adjourning the meeting at 1915 for the Installation of Officers.

Respectfully Submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

April 15, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting called to order at 1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guests included: State Chaplain Palermo, Ass't Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo, Marines Andrew Renna and Capt. Seth MacCucheon. 

Commandant Handerhan performed the Ceremony of Initiation swearing in active Marines Renna and Capt. MacCucheon to detachment 755. 

Roll Call: Present were Cmdn't Handerhan, Sr.Vice Palermo, Jr.Vice Motes, Sgt. at Arms Morgan, Paymaster Ruggiero, Adjutant Pacini and Chaplain Wharton. 

Minutes of previous meeting: Cathy read the minutes with Kevin O'Callaghan motioning to accept seconded by Joe Motes. Motion passed. 

Correspondence: Cmd't Handerhan received a thank you from Al Gardner's wife and grandson Capt. Adam Gardner on the support and large turnout with professionalism shown by all at the funeral. Adam's father who is not a Marine expressed his astonishment of Marines love for one another as so expressed by the Marine Corps League that day. And, a thank you from the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital for the donation of toys. Information on the Gateway Rifle and Pistol Club in Jacksonville Fl. sponsoring Spring 2009 match. PO Box due. Information on the National Convention to be held in Rochester MN . A letter from Jenalyn Arante, a student from Spring Hills requesting a donation to help defer the cost of her participation as a People to People Student Ambassador. Will check further for validity before making a motion. 

Report of paymaster: Jim gave his report for March 2009 on the checking, savings and troop package accounts. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Kevin O'Callaghan. Motion passed. 

Ed Weber and Tony Gutierrez performed an Internal Audit on the accounts with only a two cent discrepancy. Bill Smith motioned to accept the report seconded by Angelo Norberto. Motion passed. 

Members in Sickness or Distress: Bob Hoover recently hospitalized is now home.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes needed a volunteer for an ROTC Presentation on Friday night at 1900. He had two presentations slated for the same time and could make only one. 

Standing Committees: 

Special Committees: Co-chairman Tony Gutierrez took the floor for nominations of officers for the coming year. On the slate for Commandant are Marines Palermo , Ruggiero and Aflalo. Marine Gutierrez is on the ballot for Sr.Vice Commandant. Marine Motes is on the ballot for Jr.Vice Commandant and Marine Castillo is on the ballot for Judge Advocate. Nominations were put to the floor three times. John Palermo will accept the position of Commandant if elected. Jim Ruggiero and Gad Aflalo withdrew their names for the position of Commandant. Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for John Palermo for Commandant. Jim nominated Marine Weber for Sr.Vice Commandant but he declined the nomination. Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Tony Gutierrez for Sr.Vice Commandant. Nominations for Jr. Vice Commandant were put to the floor. Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Marine Joe Motes for Jr. Vice Commandant. Gad nominated Marine Wharton for Judge Advocate but he declined the nomination. Jim nominated Marine Smith for Judge Advocate but Smith declined the nomination. Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Marine Mary Castillo for Judge Advocate.

Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for John Palermo for Commandant.

Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Tony Gutierrez for Sr. Vice Commandant

Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Joe Motes for Jr. Vice Commandant

Adjutant Pacini cast one vote for Mary Castillo for Judge Advocate.

The elections closed for Tamarac Detachment 755. 

Special Committees: 

Unfinished Business: 

New Business: 

Good of the League: Marine Bill Smith presented the detachment with a check for $1500.00 from his friend Dan Levin. Bill asked to award Dan with more than a certificate for his continued generosity to the detachment. Kevin O'Callaghan motioned to award him with an engraved plaque seconded by Joe Motes. Motion passed. John approached in the legion for a donation of $50.00 for the March of Dimes. 

Mary Castillo thanked the membership for her support and announced she is officially a life member of the Tamarac detachment. And, she reinstated her membership with the Women Marines to represent them in presenting an award to the outstanding cadet at Deerfield Beach High School MCJROTC Awards Program. She was recently appointed as the Recruiter and actively taping a recruiter video that will be placed on the SE Division website. 

Jim announced the Installation Dinner is May 16 th at the Legion. He was promising a 35-40 count asking for the membership support.

Announcements: 

Closing ceremony at 2030. 

Next scheduled meeting May 20th 

Respectfully Submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

March 18, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guests included State Chaplain John Palermo, Past Cmnd't Ruggiero, Austin Davis and Ginny Gallagher.

Commandant Handerhan performed the Ceremony of Inititiation swearing in Genevieve Gallagher as an Associate member.

Roll Call: present were Comd't Handerhan, Sr.Vice Cmd't. Palermo , Sgt at Arms Morgan, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, and Chaplain Wharton.

Minutes of Feb. meeting: Cathy read the minutes. Jeff Morgan motioned to accept seconded by Tony Gutierrez. Motion passed.

Walter Smolka was presented with a Certificate of Appreciation for his contributions at the fall conference.

Correspondence: A report from Ass't Nat'l Sgt. at Arms Mary Castillo was read by Cmdt. Handerhan reporting on activities at the S.E. Div.Conference.

Cliff was in receipt of a letter from a lawyer on the passing of Mark Davis an associate member and the detachment piper. And, the Veterans Coalition of So Florida was requesting a $50.00 donation and for us to provide a Color Guard for the Memorial Day Service at Veterans Park in Boca Raton. Jeff Morgan motioned to donate the $50.00 and John Palermo seconded. Motion passed.

Letter and a booster check from Dr James Alexander: Betty and Rahl Price sent a check for a business card ad and booster. Check from Bob Hoover for PLM . A check from Nick Passanisi for PLM and booster. A check from Lenny Zargo life member PLM and booster.

Report of Paymaster: Jim gave his report for Feb 2009 on the checking, savings and troop package accounts. Ed Weber motioned to accept the report and Gad Aflalo seconded. Motion passed.

Members in Sickness or Distress: Al Gardner opened his eyes for the first time since being in a coma for two weeks following surgery. Joe Motes was excused from the meeting due to ill health. Jeannette Enos brother is scheduled for surgery next week.

Jeff Morgan said we are in need of names and addresses for troop packages.

Marine Allen was welcomed back.

John mentioned he, Cliff & Ray Aguair were Color Guards at the Oriole Gardens III St Patrick's Day parade.

Standing Committee:

Special Committees: Ass't Chairperson Tony Gutierrez took the floor for nominations of officers. Ed Weber nominated Jim Ruggiero for Commandant. Jim accepted the nomination. Jeff Morgan nominated Gad Aflalo for Commandant. Gad accepted the nomination. Nominations were put to the floor three times for nominations for Sr.Vice Commandant. . Tony Gutierrez nominated at the Feb. meeting is running unopposed. Nominations were put to the floor three times for nominations for Jr. Vice Commandant. Joe Motes nominated at the Feb meeting is running unopposed. Nominations were put to the floor three times for nomination for Judge Advocate. Mary Castillo nominated at the Feb. meeting is running unopposed.

Nominations and elections will be held at the April 15 meeting. On the ballot are Marines John Palermo, Jim Ruggiero and Gad Aflalo for Commandant. Tony Gutierrez for Sr.Vice Commandant. Marines Joe Motes for Jr.Vice Commandant and Mary Castillo for Judge Advocate.

The Installation dinner is scheduled for May 16. The cost is $15.00 p.p. for prime rib or chicken. There will be an in hall cash bar at a cost to the Det. of $40.00. Jim suggested we have a minimum of 35-40 to cover the cost. Discussion took place. Gad motioned to obtain donations from the members instead of a charge with guests paying the cost of $15.00 with the detachment paying any difference. Jeff Morgan seconded the motion to include guests to pay the $!5.00 cost. The motion was defeated with eight opposed and six in favor.

An Auditing Committee is needed to verify the books. Ed Weber will chair the Auditing Committee.

Unfinished Business: Ed Weber talked about Flight Assoc. Comm. attempting to recover & identify bodies of 140 American Marines buried on Tarawa during the fighting there during WWII.

Judge Advocate Mirsky turned over all his material stating it was his last assignment before retiring the position. Gad received a thank you from the Joe DiMaggio Hospital Attending a breakfast for the Women in Distress learning they are in need of assistance. A clothing drive was suggested. Cell phones could be donated to the Women in Distress for 911 calls. Tony distributed the remainder of the Certificates of Appreciation for the Toys for Tots program. John reported the Grand Opening of the AmVets on March 28.

Good of the League: Respect for the Flag. When entering or leaving the meeting hall render a salute to the colors.

Announcements: The Installation Dinner: Joe Motes will be sending out post cards to inform the membership of the Installation dinner. Pound 122 owes the detachment the money paid out for an ad in their journal not printed.

Closing ceremony: Meeting was closed at 2030

Next scheduled meeting is April 15, 2009 .

Respectfully submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

February 18,2009 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Among noted guests were Angel Pelletier entering into the Marine Corps with her application for MCL 755 membership, her mother Diane, James Pardee, B rian Mahoney, Mike and Donna Schneider, Hank and Sue Seppanen , Jack Monas and State Chaplain Palermo, and Ass't Sgt at Arms Castillo.

Roll Call: Present were Cmnd't Handerhan, Vice Cmnd't Palermo , Jr. Vice Motes, Sgt.at Arms Morgan, Paymaster Ruggiero, Adjutant Pacini, Color Sgt and Fund Raiser Norberto.

Minutes of Jan 21: Cathy read the minutes with Tony Gutierrez motioning to accept seconded by Dick Franchino. Motion passed.

Correspondence: A letter was read from Chaplain Lewis Alderman thanking the Det. for troop packages received from the Det. to troops in his command.

Paymaster: Jim gave his report on checking, savings and troop care accounts. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by James Savage. Motion passed.

Members in Sickness and Distress:

Report of Officers: John spoke on the upcoming Spring Conference March 19 th -March 22 nd . Anyone interested in attending should let him know by the first weekend in March.

Angelo looked for color guards for the St Patrick's Day Parade at Oriole Gardens 111.

Jim had an addition to the conference report noting neither he nor Cliff are able to attend wanting to split the allocated nights to John and Joe. Bill Smith motioned to accept seconded by Tony Gutierrez. Motion passed.

Special Committees:

Unfinished Business: Elections; Chairman Slater was accepting nominations from the floor for open positions of officers Commandant, Sr. Vice Commandant, Jr. Vice Commandant and Judge Advocate. John Palermo was nominated by Jim Ruggiero and accepted the nomination of Commandant. Tony Gutierrez was nominated by Bill Smith and accepted the nomination of Sr. Vice Commandant, Joe Motes was nominated by John Palermo and accepted the nomination of Jr. Vice Commandant and Mary Castillo was nominated by John Palermo and accepted the nomination of Judge Advocate. (Upon contingency of transfer.)

New Business: Joe doing volunteer work at new VA Clinic was looking for donations of $50.00 from different organizations to help buy half and half for the veteran's coffee instead of powdered creamer. John Palermo motioned to donate $50.00 from MCL 755 and $25.00 from the pound seconded by Jeff Morgan.

The Sun Sentinel ran a cover story with a photo of Joe Motes at the Four Chaplains Ceremony in Ft. Lauderdale . The Secretary of the Army wants to give a Certificate of Appreciation to Joe but Joe wants one to be given to all ten participants. The ceremony will take place in a couple of months.

Cliff had an article about the two fallen Marines posthumously awarded the Navy Crosses for action in Iraq in 2008.

Cmd't Handerhan presented Life Membership Certificates and membership pins to Col. Scott Slater and James Savage.

John reminded the member of the HBO showing of Taking Chance to be aired on Saturday night at 8 o'clock . Joe can make DVD 's from a VHS tape.

There was a call from Jesus Pintos about the weekend in Marathon being either the first or second week in May.

We are still waiting for Jim Pardee's DD 214.

Jim Ruggiero announced he would be moving out of Broward County to Wellington area.

Joe's website has been hacked into but currently under repairs.

Jim feels we need an external hard drive for future use for MCL 755. Tony Gutierrez seconded the motion. Motion was passed.

Scholarship tickets are available for the June drawing at the convention. See Cliff after the mtg.

Announcements:

Meeting came to a close at 2030. Next scheduled meeting March 18, 2009

Respectively submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

February 18, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Among noted guests were Angel Pelletier entering into the Marine Corps with her application for MCL 755 membership, her mother Diane, James Pardee, Brian Mahoney, Mike and Donna Schneider, Hank and Sue Seppanen, Jack Monas and State Chaplain Palermo, and National Asst Sgt at Arms Castillo.

Roll Call: Present were Cmdt Handerhan, Vice Cmdt Palermo , Jr. Vice Motes, Sgt at Arms Morgan, Paymaster Ruggiero, Adjutant Pacini, Color Sgt and Fund Raiser Norberto.

Minutes of Jan 21: Cathy read the minutes with Tony Gutierrez motioning to accept seconded by Dick Franchino. Motion passed.

Correspondence: A letter was read from Chaplain Lewis Alderman thanking the Det. for troop packages received from the Det. to troops in his command.

Paymaster: Jim gave his report on checking, savings and troop care accounts. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by James Savage. Motion passed.

Members in Sickness and Distress:

Report of Officers: John spoke on the upcoming Spring Conference March 19 th -March 22 nd . Anyone interested in attending should let him know by the first weekend in March.

Angelo looked for color guards for the St Patrick's Day Parade at Oriole Gardens 111.

Jim had an addition to the conference report noting neither he nor Cliff are able to attend wanting to split the allocated nights to John and Joe. Bill Smith motioned to accept seconded by Tony Gutierrez. Motion passed.

Special Committees:

Unfinished Business: Elections; Chairman Slater was accepting nominations from the floor for open positions of officers Commandant, Sr. Vice Commandant, Jr. Vice Commandant and Judge Advocate. John Palermo was nominated by Jim Ruggiero and accepted the nomination of Commandant. Tony Gutierrez was nominated by Bill Smith and accepted the nomination of Sr.Vice Commandant, Joe Motes was nominated by John Palermo and accepted the nomination of Jr. Vice Commandant and Mary Castillo was nominated by John Palermo and accepted the nomination of Judge Advocate. (Upon contingency of transfer.)

New Business: Joe doing volunteer work at new VA Clinic was looking for donations of $50.00 from different organizations to help buy half and half for the veteran's coffee instead of powdered creamer. John Palermo motioned to donate $50.00 from MCL 755 and $25.00 from the pound seconded by Jeff Morgan.

The Sun Sentinel ran a cover story with a photo of Joe Motes at the Four Chaplains Ceremony in Ft. Lauderdale . The Secretary of the Army wants to give a Certificate of Appreciation to Joe but Joe wants one to be given to all ten participants. The ceremony will take place in a couple of months.

Cliff had an article about the two fallen Marines posthumously awarded the Navy Crosses for action in Iraq in 2008.

Cmdt Handerhan presented Life Membership Certificates and membership pins to Col. Scott Slater and James Savage.

John reminded the member of the HBO showing of Taking Chance to be aired on Saturday night at 8 o'clock . Joe can make DVD 's from a VHS tape.

There was a call from Jesus Pintos about the weekend in Marathon being either the first or second week in May.

We are still waiting for Jim Pardee's DD 214.

Jim Ruggiero announced he would be moving out of Broward County to Wellington area.

Joe's website has been hacked into but currently under repairs.

Jim feels we need an external hard drive for future use for MCL 755. Tony Gutierrez seconded the motion. Motion was passed.

Scholarship tickets are available for the June drawing at the convention. See Cliff after the meeting.

Announcements:

Meeting came to a close at 1930. Next scheduled meeting March 18, 2009

Respectively submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

January 21, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1940 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Cmd't. Handerhan performed the Ceremony of Initiation swearing in Marine Todd Renna.

Roll Call: Present were Cmd't, Jr.Vice, Adjutant, Paymaster, Color Sgt. and Fund Raiser.

Guests: Ass't. National Sgt. at Arms and 278 Pound Keeper Mary Castillo and James Pardee.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes of Dec 19, 2008 meeting. Joe Motes motioned to accept second by Tony Gutierrez.

•  Correspondence: Jim read the letter received from Commandant of the Marine Corps. League in regards to Camp LeJeune Water Registry on the contaminated water between the dates 1957 thru 1987. The water was polluted with TCE and PCE (metal degreaser and dry cleaning agent). Register online or call.

•  Package was received on the Spring Conference being held March 19 thru March 22, 2009 at the Ramada Orlando Celebration Resort and Convention Ctr. Info on hand.

•  Thank you letter for packages received from Camp Bucca was read. And, Swamp Fox send letter of appreciation.

•  Paymaster Report: Jim gave his report on checking, savings and troop care for December 2008. Still need to transfer209.49 from troop care to the operating account as money for last months troop care shipping was taken from operating fund. A vote was taken at the staff meeting to transfer $2000.00 from savings to checking. Joe Motes motioned to accept report seconded by Hy Finklestein.

•  Report of Members in Sickness or Distress: Marvin is doing ok and John Palermo is recovering from Moh surgery. Mike Burns can no longer drive, has retired and sends his best.

•  Report of Officers: Cliff reported on the Rifle Inventory completed in October 2008. And, the 10 wk Club ended 11/19/2008 . There was $1963.00 in sales paying out $820.00 with a profit of $1143.00.

•  Standing Committees: Special Committees: Unfinished Business: New Business

•  Good of the League: Joe suggested forming a nominating committee and requested Col. Scott Slater as chairman. Scott accepted and will form a committee. The first nominations of officers will begin at next months meeting.

•  Tony asked about Certificates of Appreciate for the organizations sponsoring Toys for Tots. Joe to look into certificates.

•  Joe has been doing volunteer work at the new VA clinic and requested books or magazines for the facility.

•  The upcoming Air Sea Show having ships in port would like to see veterans organizations come on board in uniform.

•  Feb 7 at the Boca Elks the Vandegrift Detachment 068 will host a fundraiser to benefit two marines who are facing very hard times with traumatic events occurring within their families.

•  Jim Ruggiero announced he would be running for District Vice Commandant.

•  Mary Castillo has been elected the new Pound Keeper.

•  Announcements:

•  Meeting adjourned at 2030

Next scheduled meeting will be on February 18, 2009

Respectively Submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

December 19, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order 1t 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guests include: Nat'l Asst Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo, Austin Davis, Santiago Family, State Chaplain John Palermo, friends and family in attendance for the Holiday party.

Roll Call: Present were Cmdt Handerhan, Sr.Vice Palermo, Jr.Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Sgt at Arms Morgan, Color Sgt Norberto.

Minutes were left on each table for approval. Jeff Morgan motioned to accept seconded by Bill Smith.

Correspondence: Troops receiving packages sent cards of appreciation.

Families in Sickness and Distress: Frank Murphy and Cliff Handerhan were recently hospitalized and now recuperating.

Paymaster: Jim gave his report. Bill Smith seconded 1 opposed. An amended report was given for December 2008 and told 13 troop packages were shipped from the troop package fund.

Report of Officers: Membership reports were placed on all tables.

Good of the League: The newsletter was ready and up on the site. Mary mentioned the fundraiser spaghetti dinner in January in West Palm Beach . More info would follow.

Meeting adjourned at 1945 for The Holiday Party.

Respectively submitted

Cathy Pacini Adjutant

November 19, 2009 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guests included Nat'l Assistant Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo and State Chaplain John Palermo. Check presented to Cmdt Handerhan of $150.00 from Swamp Fox Society for shipping troop packages.

One application for membership: Todd Renna.

Roll Call: Present were Cmdt Handerhan, Sr. Vice Palermo , Jr. Vice Motes, Sgt at Arms, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Wharton, Fund Raiser and Color Sgt. Norberto and Jr. Past Cmdt Ruggiero.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Hy Finkelstein. Motion passed.

Correspondence: Letter from the Marine Corps League Aux. to sell raffle tickets to help defray the cost of running National Headquarters.

A card from Cumberland County Young Marines thanking the Marine Corps and the State of Florida for starting the Young Marine Program. A Letter from Rep for the American Legion Aux. regarding the Sandy Nininger State Veterans Nursing Home thanking the detachment for donation of cases of O'Doules used for a bingo party.

The attendance at Christopher's for Men in Uniform where Det. 755 would reap a benefit had a poor detachment showing of only three members.

Paymaster: Jim had been hospitalized for nine days delaying a complete financial report.

He will have a completed report at next months meeting. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Dick Franchino. Motion carried.

Members of families in sickness or distress: None

Report of Officers: Membership report was left on tables. Joe updated the membership On Toys for Tots Program. The reserves will be making pickups on December 15 and will call the contact person for an address. He needs a name, address and telephone number of contact person to put into reserves database. The next newsletter will be out for January and February. Motion to accept by Tony Gutierrez seconded by Jim Ruggiero.

Veterans Day Ceremony at Palmetto Veterans Park was well attended by our Detachment as was the service for the death of a Marine.

Life Membership dues will be increasing Jan 1, 2009 by National.

Special Committees: The 10 week club will have its final drawing at the end of the meeting.

Unfinished Business: Jim will be transferring funds to where they were first appropriated and to get the books back in line so everyone has full understanding of what is being done. The conference checking account began by transferring $5000.00 from the savings account. That $5000.00 will go back into savings. What is left in the conference account will go to the operating account; the conference account will be maintained as troop package funds.

New Business: None

Good of the League: Discussion regarding the death of a Marine. Requests for firing squad or Marine Corps Unit unless it goes thru Quantico and the only one able to do this is the family. The family sends a DD 214 to Quantico who dispatches it to locals who send it to the Unit. The funeral parlor makes all the arrangements when receiving a DD 214 in any branch of the service. We may help obtaining the DD 214.

Veterans Park in Coconut Creek was well attended by the detachment.

Discussion: DD2 14's: A copy is requested when applying for membership as proof they served but it may be requested back. Some are on file but not all.

Mary presented Robin his Appreciation Certificate for his help at fall conference. She is also intending to transfer her membership to our detachment next month. She was selling tickets for a spaghetti dinner on Jan 17 at Pound 278. Brought a copy of Las Vegas Ball journal for us to see.

There is a website to confirm your DD 214 and can order a DD 214 and DD 215 and can go to our website under links.

Next month as a tradition we will have a short business meeting followed with a holiday party. Jim wanted a motion from the body for the detachment to donate $150.00 to purchase an array of food not donated. Tony Gutierrez motioned to accept seconded by Hy Finkelstein.

•  The American Legion Aux. requested a $100.00 donation to aid in their Kids in Distress program via adopting a family in need. Discussion took place. John Palermo motioned to accept seconded by Tony Gutierrez. Motion carried.

•  Discussion took place on looking into assisting needy families with children in our community to bring cheer to the holiday season. Motion to spend (not to exceed) up to $400.00 for this purpose was made by Jim Ruggiero seconded by Dick Franchino, motion carried with one opposed.

Meeting adjourned at 1030. Next scheduled meeting is December 17, 2008.

Respectively submitted

Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Minutes of Meeting October 15, 2008

The Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guests included Nat'l Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo, Todd Renna, State Chaplain John Palermo and Selma Finklestein.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant Handerhan, Vice Commandant Palermo, Jr.Vice Motes, Sgt at Arms Morgan, Adjutant Pacini, Paymaster Ruggiero, Chaplain Wharton, Color Sgt. Norberto and Fund Raiser Norberto.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes of previous meeting. Sherry Helman motioned to accept seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Jim received complimentary and negative feed back on the conference. Enables us to where we can improve ourselves in the future. American Legion Post 227 in Boca was extending an open invitation welcoming home Marine Cpl John Gordon on October 26 th who will be home for a short time before being shipped out again to Afghanistan.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave his Sept 2008 report with a motion to accept by Joe Motes seconded by Hy Finklestein.

Members or families in sickness or distress:

Report of Officers: Joe, Commander of 9 th District American Legion, announced a ball in November honoring all past commanders. He requested the detachment buy a half page ad in their book for $45.00. Jim motioned to take a full page for$75.00 for the total support the American Legions gave our detachment on our conference journal. Bill Smith seconded the motion.

The Inter coastal detachment is hosting a Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the Coral Ridge Yacht Club on Nov. 8. Joe is looking to putting a table together. There are other Marine Corps Birthday Balls but further away. The Hard Rock is also hosting a Marine Corps Ball the same night with several hundred Marines planning to attend.

Joe said his American Legion Post 222 will be having a Commander's Ball a week later on Nov 15.

Jim received an e-mail life member Marine Chuck Molinari has 20 boxes of goods to be shipped to our troops in Iraq . He met with Chuck and filled up his car with the boxes of gear as did Joe. They will be meeting at the lock up at 9:30 tomorrow to repack boxes to be shipped overseas. Jeff asked for a show of hands for those able to help with the troop packages. There is no more room at the storage facility and Jim and Joe are unable to keep hauling these boxes around in their cars. Jeff mentioned these packages are going to frontline Marines who do not have the opportunity to go to a PX and we should be able to give an hour of our time for them. The troop packages will go to the Post Office in Coconut Creek.

Janet and Elvira are invited to a Marine Corps Ball at Lauderdale By the Sea.

Standing Committees:

Special Committees: On the closing of the conference Jim thanked the turnout of the members of the detachment et al for the total support at the conference. A Special thanks to Marine Castillo from Vandergiff Detachment who came out to help every day during the conference who also volunteered to be MC at the dinner. The other Marine was Robin Barker from Port St Lucie who helped out everywhere needed. Talked of the gas line break we weathered through and the applause the three high schools color guards received when presenting the colors. Gratitude to Colonel Scott Slater who volunteered to be guest speaker bringing us up to date what our Marines were doing in the Southern Hemisphere. High comments were made on Scott's behalf from department staff.

Unfinished Business:

New Business:

Good of the League: Cliff announced several members of the detachment attended the opening of the new VA Facility in Sunrise . He spoke of the state of the art equipment. While there he met past detachment member Marty Sukoff's wife. Marty had volunteered a lot of his time at the VA at Oakland Park and would love to have been there for the dedication. She was happy to be there and happy to see the detachment in attendance.

Commandant Handerhan presented a Certificate of Appreciation to Marines Mary Castillo and Scott Slater for grateful service at the 2008 fall conference. Col Slater accepted a certificate on behalf of the Flanagan High School ROTC cadets and Mary accepted one for Robin Barker.

Jim is hoping to have certificates at next months meeting for others who helped.

Joe said the newsletter is up on the website and the newsletters will be mailed the following week. The newsletter will be called October November and December issue. The next issue will be for January and February. Pictures taken at the conference can be viewed on the website by opening scrapbook – events scrolling to the bottom click on the button and like a slide show will be seen.

Mary said she has information for those registered voters in Palm Beach county copies of the amendment to be voted on in November.

Gad provided us with information on a Men In Uniform event going on at Christopher's on October 24 th Marines Army Navy Police Firefighters. Part of the proceeds will benefit the Marine Corp League 755.

American Legion Post 157 is short on revenue and Jim requested our purchasing two refrigerated wine cooler units. Motion seconded by Gad. Motion passed.

Joe will be checking on Toys for Tots Program and newest requirements. Via e-mail the new requirements mean the chairman needs to have a background check, fingerprinting etc. Joe was insulted but Jim pointed out as in any other charitable event there are those with sticky fingers in the funds donated and they are covering themselves making sure donations given go to the Toys for Tots Program. Our detachment only collects toys but there are others that do have cash donations.

•  At our conference we were presented with a certificate overlooked at the convention. It is the National Jr. Vice Commandant Citation in appreciation and gratitude for mentimorious service in the national objectives of the Marine Corp League 100% membership and a streamer for our colors. And at the conference we received a plaque from Joe Varsallone from the City of Margate in recognition for the Marine Corp League for integrity and courage displayed by many Marines of the past today and tomorrow and recognized as once a Marine always a Marine.• 

Sgt at Arms Morgan fined anyone not having a challenge coin in possession.

Tom Johnson won the 5 th week drawing of the 10 week club,

Meeting adjourned at 19:30 . Next scheduled meeting is November 19, 2008

Respectively submitted: Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

September 17, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a Salute to the Flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Wharton.

Guest included Marine Cpl. Robert Zematis

Roll all of Officers: Commandant, Sr Vice, Jr.Vice, Judge Advocate, Sgt at Arms, Adjutant, Paymaster, Chaplain, Color Sgt. and Fund Raiser.

Minutes of previous session: Jim motioned to waive the reading of the minutes because of a lot of business to be discussed. Seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Cliff received a check for a journal ad and registration

Paymaster: Jim gave his report. Ed Weber motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Sickness & Distress: Marvin Schentzel is resting at home and feeling better.

Report of Officers: Joe asked anyone willing to help out at the Ship Store to see him.

Jim said meal selections for conference had to be given to the hotel by 11 A.M. on Thurs the 18 th . He added help was needed at the conference if only for 2-3 hours. He announced the conference speaker Marine Colonel Richard Slater.

Standing Committees: John said the hospitality room was in need of nine more items and Renzo thought his bank would be helping out donating those goods. The money spent at Restaurant Depot was a donation from Gad. John is in need of help at the bar and selling tickets.

Unfinished Business: Bill Smith donated 14 books with proceeds going into the conference fund with the intention of placing a book on 14 wounded warrior tables. Jim spoke of the entertainment at the conference. Jim discussed the problems with filling the wounded warrior tables. His plans include the showing of a slide of the History of the Marine Corp. He announced the guest speaker as Colonel Slater.

Colonel Slater addressed the Marines stationed in So.America leading the charge to train folks to fight the war on terrorism and drugs. His idea is for a 10 minute pitch on just what the Marines are doing in So. America and Central America .. The ROTC cadets will be in attendance at the conference.

New Business: The 10 week Club is underway with the first drawing after the meeting.

Gad respectfully stepped down after holding a 6 year position as fund raiser. Angelo will now assume the position. Gad who would turn 66 the following day planned on jumping from an airplane to sky dive.

And, if you haven't already done so there is space available in the journal to support the conference fund. Two generous donations have come in. Marine Weber contributed $200.00 and $100.00 from Dale. Tony Gutierrez has donated a full set of books. There will be a silent auction at the conference

Good of the League: Jeff fined the membership $1.00 for those having applications on them and $2.00 to those without one with the proceeds benefiting the conference fund.

John asked for bartenders to help out 2-3 hours at the conference.

Meeting adjourned at 1030. Next scheduled meeting on October 15, 2008

Bill Gallagher won the first drawing of the 10 week club.

Respectively submitted: Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

Aug. 20, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll Call: Present were Comndt. Handerhan, Sr.Vice Palermo, Jr.Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Sgt. at Arms Morgan, Paymaster Ruggiero, Adjutant Pacini, Chaplain Wharton and Fund Raiser Aflalo.

Guests included Mary Castillo Nat'l Ass't Sgt at Arms and State Chaplain John Palermo.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes Ed Weber motioned to accept and Joe Motes seconded.

In regards to the Church by the Glades an additional $55.00 was collected for a total of $1749.97.

Correspondence: Cliff rec'd a check for an ad from Lynn Regional Cancer Center , a booster renewal from Marvin Schentzel, a letter and donation for the Troop Pkg. Program from Elvira and a check for an ad in the Journal from Sherry Heldman. Also an e-mail from a mother ( Elizabeth) saying there is a chance her son will be coming home in September as they are bringing the troops home early in hopes to send them back out to Afghanistan. She wanted an address for the church to send them a proper mama thank you. And there was a story in the newspaper about a local teen launching her own program to support the Marines collecting canned goods and non perishable donations calling it Brittany's Project.

Paymasters Report: Jim read his report and John Palermo motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Sickness and Distress: Joe had e-mail about a retired life time member of the Marine Corps League in Dania Beach and would like a visit from fellow Marines because he is almost deaf and cannot hear on the phone. Joe Mirsky suggested a few from the detachment get together and visit the housebound Marine.

Report of Officers: Joe had e-mail from a company called Totaline with 18 buildings in Fla. with Carrier a/c's wanting to work with the Marine Corps League on the Toys For Tots Program. A toy collection box will be delivered to the Pompano Beach location on Nov 1 st and picked up around Dec 15 th.

Standing Committees: The 10 week Club started off at last months meeting with tickets available now.

Special Committees: Jim said there was only 6 weeks until the fall conference. He again asked for volunteers to help where needed if only to give a couple of hours would be a big help. We are also in need of supplies for the hospitality room. A list of items needed and a sign up sheet was available. And volunteers were needed to canvass the nearby mall for ads and donations. Cliff, John, Joe Mirsky, Mary and Jim volunteered to meet at noon at the hotel.

John is chairperson for the hospitality suite and to get in touch with him if you could help out with your services or donations. We were asked to pick up soda or water when on sale while shopping.

•  Good of the League: Nat'l Ass't Sgt at Arms Mary Castillo thanked everyone for inviting her and volunteered her services whenever and wherever she is needed.

•  Announcements:

•  Closing Ceremony at 20:45

•  Next scheduled meeting is Sept 17, 2008

•  Respectively Submitted: Cathy Pacini Adjutant

July 17, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Guests included Louis Gewirtz and Past Commandant Kevin O'Callaghan and mascot Shamus O'Callaghan.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant Handerhan, Jr.Vice Motes, Judge Advocate Mirsky, Paymaster Ruggiero, Adjutant Pacini, Chaplain Wharton and Fund Raiser Aflalo.

Minutes: Cathy read the minutes with a motion to accept by Kevin O'Callaghan seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Commandant Handerhan received another letter from Past Commandant Mike LaBozzetta. It appears old friend Loreth who again is representing himself as a Marine veteran in No Carolina. Mike tried to contact the T.V. Station that showed the video but the station refused to send a copy and get involved in any on going suites claiming stolen valor. Under the New Stolen Valor Act the federal government has prosecuted some people. Jim added Alan Loreth of the U.S.Army he has been charged by the Department of No Carolina for Stolen Valor. He is presently incarcerated and it has been turned over to the FBI and the legal process has been begun. Jim faxed over to the Dept of No Carolina the original DD 214 that he submitted to this Detachment that he fraudulently altered to make himself look like a Marine. There was a video in Raleigh where he posed and said he was a retired marine and that he loved his country and had a tattoo on his forearm of the eagle globe and anchor. He has been on our roster with National for about the past ten years and we have just recently got him off our roster. There will be more discussion on this with Jim and the National Judge Advocate at the National Convention next month on this issue along with the Dept of No Carolina Commandant because he has a lot of paper work on Loreth gathered throughout the years and would be handing that over to them. It can soon be put to rest. Cliff continued stating that after initially being charged with falsifying his documents he wrote a letter of apology saying he would never do anything like this again.

Sickness and Distress: Joe Mirsky gave update on Harry Belford's progress after speaking with Harry and his wife. Harry can barely get around but is using a walker and is undergoing therapy.

Paymaster: Jim gave his reports with a motion to accept by Kevin O'Callaghan seconded by Louis Gewirtz. (Attached.)

Report of Officers: Joe said his newsletter is up on the website ready to be viewed. He also said at the Convention in Orlando he received a plaque for the Best Detachment of the Year Website.

Special Committees: Cliff reported on the outcome of the weekends of the 5 th and 6 th and 12 th and 13 th at the Church by the Glades troop package collections. Over the two weekends they were able to ship out about 26 packages and collected $1719.97 in cash donations from the generosity of the congregation still more boxes of items to be broken down and shipped. Almost 1,000 lbs. shipped this past week.

Cliff also presented a flag flown at Al Asad Air Base and flag display case to the pastor at the Church by the Glades and a Certificate of Appreciation to the Women of Mission who were most valuable to the Troop Package Program. Gad was in touch with a mother of a Marine going from Iraq to Afghanistan and Cliff asked to get names and addresses to be able to send packages. Presently we have only seven names and to get the info to Joe or to Cliff.

We are in need of names and addresses to send troop packages. The Chaplain at the Church by the Glades will make that request from the pulpit during the services.

Unfinished Business: Co-chairman Jim Ruggiero gave an update on the fall conference. He said it was going real slow. He reported on the attendance of detachments at the convention and profit from the Journal at the recent Convention in Claremont . Jim had paperwork on the table including program journal rates and different costs. Another sheet-listed items needed for the Hospitality Suite. Anything donated would be gratefully appreciated. Jim spoke about the Fisher House in the Miami area housing the spouses of our wounded heroes. He also would like the detachment to buy a table for the Wounded Warriors and to include a spouse if they were in town. He is hoping to show the State we are a strong detachment and can make this a successful conference. He said the detachment was committed to 80 dinners and was hoping our membership will be attending. He is still looking for help with hospitality goods. Jim spoke from his heart touching many areas for the Marine Corps and our veterans. He stressed being taught as a Marine honor, courage and commitment and looking out for each other covering each other's back. The Detachment needs everyone's help getting involved to make this conference a success.

Special Committees:

Unfinished Business:

New Business: Bill Smith corresponds with someone from Iraq now in Afghanistan . They give soccer balls to teenage kids. Because of those soccer balls intelligence comes back to them. He would like the detachment to send some soccer balls. Cliff requested that if there is something our troops need and not included in the packages to let him know.

Jim also said we have about 8-10 more boxes to be shipped out at a cost of about $200.00 with a balance of about 2800.00 left in the Troop Package Program. What comes to mind is Troop Care. He asked for a motion to sponsor a table for our wounded heroes and asked what other way is to honor them then to invite them to attend our conference and pay for their meal with the funding coming from the Troop Package Program. Joe Motes made the motion the detachment sponsor a table. Bill Smith seconded the motion. There was a vote not to exceed $500.00. Joe read e-mail received from Staff Sgt. Jessie Ramirez titled Message from Iraq . He is based out of Camp Pendleton in Cal . He says they get a lot of care packages and the remains go the passengers when waiting for their helicopters. He came across our Jan 2007 newsletter and starting reading through our site. He said getting a care package from home is like Christmas all over again. He said all the Marines here HLZ Ramadi thank us for all the support we give and to stay motivated.

Good of the league:

Announcements: Cliff said the 10 week Club will be starting in September and explained what the club was and said he does have tickets available now.

Meeting came to a close at 2030.

Next scheduled meeting is August 20, 2008.

Respectively submitted: Cathy Pacini

June 18, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The meeting was called to order at 1940 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Guest speakers were Richard Rash to speak on reverse mortgages and Phil Patlis on financial planning.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant, Sr.Vice, Jr.Vice, Judge Advocate, Adjutant, Paymaster, Chaplain and Fund Raiser.

Minutes: May 21 st minutes were read and with a correction adding the $5000.00 funds to open the Fall Conference checking account came out of the savings account Ed Weber motioned to accept seconded by Joe Motes.

Correspondence: Joe Motes gave Cliff letters from the kids from the school who painted the pillowcases to be included in the troop package.

Paymasters report: Jim gave his report on all three accounts. Dick Franchino motioned to accept seconded by Ed Weber.

Sickness: Jan Eno is in the hospital and Jim gave an update on Harry Belford in rehab.

Report of Officers: Joe distributed status reports to all tables and said there was no newsletter this month.

Paymaster: Jim clarified the scuttlebutt going around regarding account funds. Troop package money is in the regular account. Where was the $800.00 going to come from for the newly purchased rifles? Jim recommended a transfer from the savings to the operating fund. A discussion took place with John Palermo saying the ancillary fund money was supposed to be used or be taxed on it. Ed Weber recommended finding out at the conference regarding the building fund and ancillary fund. He recommended the rifle money be taken from the savings to the checking. Jim motioned to accept seconded by Bill Smith.

Joe Motes said we had to file form 990 staying under the $25,000 or lose the charter.

Standing Committee: nothing to report

Special Committees: Jim wanted everyone to take a pre-made package hoping to generate ads through businesses and members to help make the fall conference a success. Both speakers Richard Rash and Phil Patlis took tables for $150.00 per table. Dick Franchino was the winner of a book donated by Mr. Patlis on Marine Corps history.

Unfinished Business: nothing to report

New Business: nothing to report

Good of the League: John Palermo made an appeal to send post cards to all members asking for a $20.00 ad.

Announcements: Cliff, Jim and Joe boxed up seven troop packages and mailed them all. Three of the boxes were from the Weston Elementary containing the pillowcases.

Church of the Glades will be handing out flyers with a list of requested items for the troops on June 28 th and 29 th . Cliff is looking for volunteers for July 5 th and 6 th and 12 th and 13 th at the Church.

Jim recommended months ago to give the Church a plaque and flag from Iraq . We need to take the display case to First Sign.

Ed Weber announced the good news of the Marines detained in Cal. on the crimes in Iraq being acquitted.

Jim Ruggiero handed Sr.Vice Commandant John Palermo a gold watch to present to Commandant Cliff Handerhan serving the detachment for his third term and never endless work. The watch bears an inscription Det.755 Commandant 2006-2008 Commandant Handerhan presented Bill Smith his Life Membership.

Meeting closed at 2030.

Next meeting is scheduled for July 16, 2008.

Respectively submitted: Cathy Pacini

May 21, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The Meeting was called to order at 19:30 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant, Sr. Vice, Jr. Vice, Adjutant, Judge Advocate, Paymaster, Chaplain, Sgt. at Arms, Color Sgt. Commandant Handerhan is looking for a VAVS Rep. to replace recently deceased Marty Sucoff.

Minutes of March meeting were distributed on all tables. Joe Motes motioned to accept seconded by Jim Ruggiero.

Minutes of April meeting were read and with a correction John Palermo motioned to accept seconded by Jim Ruggiero.

Commandant Handerhan swore in appointed officers including Chaplain Trevor Wharton, Paymaster Jim Ruggiero, Adjutant Cathy Pacini, Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan, Color Sgt. Angelo Noberto, Fund Raiser Gad Aflalo.

Sgt at Arms Morgan asked to see a membership application from everyone fining anyone without one.

Correspondence: The City of Sunrise invited the detachment to attend the Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday May 26 at Welleby Park , Vandegrift Detachment 068 was holding their 4 th Annual Scholarship Mess Night on May 11 at the Marriott.

Cliff read a letter from a Marine unit in Iraq who received a troop package thanking the detachment and forwarded some photos of the group displaying the contents of their welcomed package. There was a last call for scholarship tickets.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave his report noting the amount of $5000.00 in funds transferred from savings into a new checking account for the fall conference. He requested Names, addresses, e-mail addresses and date of birth be included when sending in your membership renewals.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes had gone to Weston Elementary School and was given hand painted pillowcases for soldiers in Iraq so they could sleep with peace in mind. Channel 4 was airing the occasion on the six and eleven o'clock news. The school would like to be involved with the Tots for Tots Drive.

Joe received a Certificate of Appreciation for the MCL Tamarac Det. 755 from the Swamp Fox Society, Children of the American Revolution for assistance given to the Society's program for Supporting Our Troops helping them to achieve the State's First Place Award and the Stanley F.Legan Trophy.

The newsletter was ready to go and would be on the website tonight. This issue would be for June and July.

Joe Mirsky reported on his recent attendance at the West Boca Raton Community High School Awards Night. He spoke on Americanism and read to the detachment “IF”

Special Committees: Co-Chairmen for the fall conference Jim Ruggiero and Joe Motes gave an update on the details including dinner choices and costs. Volunteers are needed everywhere. A few hours a day would help relieve some of the workers giving them a break. Paper bracelets would be given to the workers for food and beverage. This is the 4 th Detachment conference and is looking for it to be successful. There is so much to do including ad solicitation. Jim said if we could make the conference a success he would like to see the Convention here.

Jeff showed the newly purchased rifle for the work he does with his troubled kids program.

Good of the League: Joe Mirsky spoke of the Veterans Coalition of So Florida for the Memorial Day Services and parade at 9 a.m. at Veterans Park in Boca.

Gad rose to say Tony Gutierrez had also received a personal challenge coin from Gen. James T. Conway.

Commandant Handerhan presented Bill Smith and Smokey with Gold Life Membership pins. They would have their certificates next month.

Commandant Handerhan issued Meritorious Commendation certificates to Gad Aflalo, Joe Motes, Jeff Morgan, Angelo Noberto, Cathy Pacini, John Palermo, Jim Ruggiero and Trevor Wharton.

Cliff presented Bill Smith with a Distinguished Service Award.

Sr.Vice Commandant John Palermo announced Commandant Cliff Handerhan as Marine of theYear. He was also given a Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards.

Jim asked Cliff to leave the room while he told the detachment of the traditional award to be given to Cliff as he has been Commandant for his third term and will be presented to him at the next meeting.

Jeff said the Church of the Glades will have their collections for the troops on July 5 th and 6 th.

Angelo spoke of the great turnout provided a recently deceased Marine.

Jim spoke to Ed Weber who is in California at Camp Pendleton and purchased a double sided Marine Corps flag.

Cliff announced only four members have volunteered as Color Guards at the Memorial Day Ceremonies at Veterans Park. Ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m.

Meeting closed at 8:40

Next scheduled meeting is June 18, 2008

Respectively submitted; Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

April 16, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

Guests included District 10 Vice Commandant Jesus Pintos, Nat'l Ass't Sgt of Arms Mary Castillo and State Chaplain John Palermo.

Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll Call: present were Commandant, Sr. Vice, Jr. Vice, Adjutant; Paymaster, Chaplain Judge Advocate, and Sgt at Arms.

Minutes of Meeting: Jim Ruggiero motioned to waive the reading of the previous minutes saving time for the elections and installation of officers.

Paymaster Report: Jim gave his account balances. And, notice has been received that our detachment has been awarded to host the fall conference and wants to hold down any expenses that may incur as the cost to run the conference will be heavy.

Report of Officers: The staff voted to publish bi-monthly newsletters to defray the mailing and publishing cost.

Correspondence: Gad received a personal challenge coin from Gen. James T. Conway accompanied with a letter of appreciation honoring him for his service in the promotion of Marine Corp. Recruiting.

Communications: Discussion took place on the pricing of drill rifles needed for Jeff's work with his troubled kids. Jesus will look at his inventory to see what he can donate to the cause.

Correspondence: Cliff told of a needy Marine in Ft Lauderdale area returning from Iraq seeking a job. Jim provided a name and phone number of a contact person.

Officers Report: Joe Motes asked for funds to purchase a plaque for D & M Levin for the generous donation of $1500.00. Membership status was placed on each table and copies of the by-laws were on hand. Joe spoke of the updated web site.

Sickness and Distress: Marty Sucoff passed away …no details on the service.

Smokey's wife was in the hospital to undergo open heart surgery in Miami .

New Business: Bill Smith donated his newly published books to the ships store for sale at $14.95 each with proceeds going to the detachment.

Jim Ruggiero chairman of the nomination committee went into elections and nominations from the floor.

First nomination was for Commandant. With no other nominations from the floor Gad cast one vote for Cliff Handerhan who accepted the position for his third term.

With no other nominations from the floor Jeff Morgan cast the one vote for John Palermo who accepted the position of Sr.Vice.

With no other nominations from the floor Ed Weber cast the one vote for Joe Motes who accepted the position of Jr.Vice.

With no other nominations from the floor Trevor Wharton cast the one vote for Joe Mirsky who accepted the position of Judge Advocate.

Sgt. at Arms Jeff Morgan escorted the newly elected officers to be sworn in.

Jesus Pintos District 10 Vice Chairman swore in installing Cliff Handerhan Commandant; John Palermo Sr. Vice; Joe Motes Jr. Vice, and Joe Mirsky Judge Advocate.

Jesus said District 10 received an award from the state and awarding the detachments making contributions to the wounded warriors table.

Jim Ruggiero said all appointed officers will be sworn in at next months meeting.

Standing Committees:

Special Committees: Joe Motes has spent the past two months fulfilling paper work needed for approval to host the fall conference. He now needs lots of help and is setting up committees for ship store, hospitality etc to show the District we can do the job.

Unfinished Business: Discussion took place about the rifles for the troubled kids. The school year was coming to a close and a need to expedite the money for the program. An immediate emergency staff meeting was to be held regarding the rifles.

New Business: Committees are needed to be formed for the fall conference.

Good of the League:

Announcements: John Palermo spoke of the District 10 Meeting taking place in Marathon in May.

Jim made note the paymaster and commandant are compensated for a nights lodging during the conferences.

Closing ceremony came at 1030.

Respectively submitted Cathy Pacini, Adjutant

March 20, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant Handerhan, Senior Vice, Jr. Vice, Judge Advocate, Sgt. at Arms, Color Sgt., and Adjutant.

Jeff Morgan announced guest Genevieve Gallagher in attendance and State Chaplain John Palermo.

Minutes of Meeting: Cathy Pacini read the minutes. Hi Finkelstein motioned to accept seconded by John Palermo.

Correspondence: Commandant Handerhan received an invitation to supply at least four color guards for Tamarac Coalition on April 29.

Paymaster: Jim Ruggiero was excused from meeting as he was returning home from VA hospital. Ed Weber gave the balances in savings and checking accounts per Jim.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes reported on membership status. His newsletter is done and will be up on line tonight for anyone to have a look. Angelo Norberto motioned to accept his report seconded by Joe Mirsky.

Commandant Handerhan talked about how impressive everything was at the Dedication of the New Veterans Cemetery . He was pleased with the many members of the detachment in attendance.

He also mentioned he and Angelo were Color Guards for the St. Patrick's Day Parade at a local complex in Margate.

Standing Committee: Nothing to report.

Special Committee: Joe Motes announced starting this year there will be ROTC presentations at every school therefore conflicting with some MCL and staff meetings.

New Business: Nothing to report.

Sickness and Distress: John Palermo received an e-mail regarding the Marine Lt. who died in an air crash. He is to be buried in Arlington cemetery but a service will be here at West Palm. He would like to have a showing from our detachment when the details are completed.

Commandant Handerhan and Chaplain Wharton attended a memorial service for Lt. Col. Joseph K. Griffiths.

Unfinished Business: Nothing to report.

New Business: Joe Motes said he had six tickets for the 2 nd Marine Corp. Band and Cliff had four. They were put on the table but Cliff suggested only take one if you are sure you would be attending so they did not go to waste.

Jeff Morgan was looking for the detachment to purchase dummy rifles at $114.95 each for the troubled kids he works with. It needs to go to the Bd. of Directors first. This was tabled until the next meeting.

Bill Smith announced he had a check for $1500.00 donated to the detachment from D & M Levin. Cliff said we needed to generate a plaque for D & M in appreciation for their generosity.

Bill Smith announced he is also a writer and is publishing a book Insight to Success. He plans on donating a certain percentage to the detachment.

Good of the League: Ed Weber wanted to thank the detachment for the turnout at the Dedication of the new Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth on March 9.

Commandant Handerhan announced it was time for the nomination of officers and the need for it to come to the floor three times. Joe Motes nominated Cliff Handerhan as Commandant seconded by Angelo Norberto. Gad Aflalo nominated John Palermo as Senior Vice seconded by Angelo Norberto. John Palermo nominated Joe Motes as Jr. Vice seconded by Gad. Joe said he would accept the nomination but there would be conflicts in meeting dates because he would be stepping up responsibilities with the American Legion. Gad nominated Joe Mirsky as Judge Advocate seconded by Jeff Morgan. Cliff said nominations would be held again at the next meeting with the installation by May 15, 2008 . Anyone wanting to assume appointed positions should notify John Palermo.

Announcements: The ship store was open. Gad was pleased to say he was now able to see with both eyes following his recent eye surgery. Angelo brought it to the detachments attention that the flag used at the recent parade bore only the Marine insignia having no lettering of U.S. Marine Corps. Joe Motes motioned to buy a new flag seconded by Bill Smith. Cliff said he would look at flags at the conference.

Bill Smith won the 50-50 and donated it back to the detachment.

Meeting closed at 20:25.

Next meeting scheduled for April 16, 2008.

Respectively submitted:

Cathy Pacini

February 20, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

Guests included Milton Rand and his wife, Past Commandant Leonard Zargo, Adjutant Jim Alexander of Conn. , and State Chaplain John Palermo. Included was USMC Cpl Joseph McMahon recipient of the Purple Heart, Global Terrorism, and Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Meeting was called to order at1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll call: present were Commandant, Sr. Vice, Jr. Vice, Adjutant, paymaster, chaplain, fundraiser, color Sgt., newsletter editor and toys for tots chairman.

Minutes of Jan. 16, 2008 meeting: after corrections were made. Joe Motes motioned to accept and Ed Webber seconded. Motion carried

Applications for Membership: none

Correspondence: Commandant Handerhan sought color guards for local St. Patrick's Day parade. Angelo Norbert volunteered. He also looked for four volunteers for the Veterans Coalition in Tamarac.

Paymaster: Jim Ruggiero read his report. Ed Weber motioned to accept. Joe Motes seconded. Motion carried.

Members in Sickness: Joe Mirsky was ill with the flu. Harvey Ellenthal was home from the hospital recovering. Jim Ruggiero updated the membership on his upcoming surgeries and his son Christopher was doing well. Lois Coil has recovered from her recent accident.

Report of Officers: Joe Motes gave status on membership. Joe would like to test putting the newsletter on e-mail hoping to cut the cost of postage and printing. Discussion followed. Gad asked about the advertisers receiving their copies and Joe satisfied all questions.

Standing Committees: Joe Motes reported on the fall conference. The contract was sent to Lou Collegiate and Bill Mayer. It is now in department hands and awaiting approval.

Special Committees: None

Unfinished Business: John Palermo asked about the $100.00 to cover 1/3 of a table for Wounded Warriors at the National Convention in August.

Ed Weber said the dedication of the new Veterans Cemetery in Lake Worth was scheduled for March 9, 2008 at 1400 hours. He again looked to have the detachment go as a group.

Bill Smith distributed flyers to provide more information on America 's Vet Dogs.

Jim Ruggiero needed the commandant's approval before he could write the check for $500.00 for the Vet Dogs transferring monies from the ancillary account to the checking account.

New Business: Newly elected Pound Keeper John Palermo announced anyone advancing in degrees in the Order of the Devil Dogs should complete paper work prior to the National Convention in August. Joe Motes was introduced as the new Pound Dog Robber.

New Business: None

Good of the League: Jim Ruggiero discussed the 2 nd Marine Band performing in Pompano on March 29. American Legion Commander Bill Gallagher agreed to combine efforts with the marine Corp detachment to host a luncheon. Ed Weber gave locations to pick up tickets for the concert available on March 3 rd . Several legion posts have offered to host meals. Our detachment will help wherever needed. Joe Motes to look into the matter.

Angelo asked for a vote to be taken before hand to be a cosponsor not to exceed $300.00. Bill Smith seconded. Motion carried.

Angelo noted the anniversary of the Imo Jima landing. State Chaplain John Palermo read his prayer for our troops.

The meeting closed at 20:20 . The next meeting is scheduled for March 19, 2008

Respectively submitted: Cathy Pacini

January 16, 2008 Minutes of Meeting

The Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Sgt at Arms Morgan announced the presence of guest Gene Wasserman.

Roll Call: Present were Commandant, Senior Vice, Jr. Vice, Chaplain, Adjutant, Judge Advocate, and Paymaster.

Minutes of the Dec.19,2007 meeting were read. Jeff Morgan made a motion to accept the minutes seconded by Hi Finkelstein.

Correspondence: The commandant received e-mail on a pending bus trip to the Marine Corp Museum . It should be a six day trip with a cost of $545.00 p.p.

And he received e-mail from Bill Backes on registration for March conference and was soliciting the detachment for an ad. Joe Motes motioned to purchase the usual ½ page ad at a cost of $50.00 seconded by Angelo Norberto.

And, the Commandant received books of chances from the Marine Corp League Aux. at National Headquarters. John Palermo motioned to back the aux. 100% by the detachment picking up the difference of what was not sold. Seconded by Jim Ruggiero.

And, tickets were sent from Dale Condy with proceeds going to the scholarship fund. Jim Ruggiero motioned to purchase unsold tickets seconded by John Palermo.

Paymaster: Jim gave his report as of Dec. 2007 with a motion to accept by Joe Motes seconded by John Palermo.

Members in Sickness: Jim was scheduled to go back into the hospital on the following morning. He thanked Ed Weber who was not in attendance as he was rising early to transport him to Miami . And, Joe Aiello made the meeting after being recently hospitalized. And, Donald Leo died on Jan. 1.

Report of Officers: Joe gave his membership report. He requested anyone having Toys for Tots boxes hold onto them to be used next year. Joe looked into the Marriott hotel to hold the fall conference. They require a $500.00 deposit and a fine of $10,240.00 if cancelled. The report would have to be sent to Lou Calleja for approval and returned to the detachment at a general meeting. Joe will need a response a.s.a.p.

Joe distributed certificates of appreciate to everyone involved with the Toys for Tots program.

Standing Committee: None

Unfinished Business: Joe Mirsky said he was in his 3 rd year as Judge Advocate. He said he would like to look into taking the train to Quantico from Deerfield and picking up a bus on arrival. H e felt the bus trip alone could be hard on a person.

Bill Smith discussed two men in Boca succeeding in organizing Vet Dogs for the blind and disabled veterans. He said they have collected donations of $700,000.00 toward the dogs. Bill made a motion to have the detachment donate $300.00. Jeff Morgan suggested the use of troop package monies for the donation. John Palermo discussed taking the monies out of the ancillary fund. Smith then made the motion to donate $500.00 for the specific use of the Service Dogs for Veterans Organization.

Good of the League: The commandant requested color guards for a local St Patrick's Day Parade on March 17 and Veterans Coalition at Tamarac Community Center at six o'clock on April 30 th .

Jim Ruggiero thanked everyone on his son Chris's behalf for the special attention given him at the holiday party.

John Palermo told the new cemetery was breathless and a sight to go visit. It was suggested to make a date and the detachment go as a group.

Jeff Morgan said his daughter Jennifer said hello to everyone.

Cliff said there was still no information on the pending picnic between the league and the legion.

Joe Motes would like to have members submit pictures of their younger days to put into the newsletter with before and after photos.

Jeff Morgan discussed his having 19 troubled kids in his program.

He is looking for volunteers for drill instruction and leadership training. He would like ideas on obtaining non-firing rifles.

Will Smith talked on the value of the program giving these kids a chance.

The meeting closed at 8:20 . The next meeting is scheduled for February 20, 2008 .

Respectively Submitted: Cathy Pacini

December 16, 2007 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1930 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll call: Present were Commandant, Sr. Vice, Junior Vice, Adjutant, Fundraiser, Judge Advocate. Meeting was halted briefly to welcome the surprise appearance of Lance Cpl Jennifer Morgan and guests.

Minutes of November 21 meeting were suspended as copies of the minutes were placed on each table for everyone to go over for corrections and or additions.

Sickness: Paymaster Jim Ruggiero was in hospital to undergo removal of kidney stone

Report of Officers: Joe Motes reported on Toys for Tots. Boxes were insufficient receiving only 25 boxes to distribute. Reserves were supposed to pick up toys at the locker at 11:00 a.m. He noted toys were down 50%. Jeff et al discussed trying to keep distribution to local kids in Broward County . Church by the Glades had donations of toys, donations for troops and money donations to help defray the cost of shipping.

Commandant Handerhan said a troop who received troop packages returned a flag flown over their unit with a thank you letter. Discussion took place to have a box made with their emblem to encase their flag to be presented to the Church at the Glades for their generous support for troop packages and donations. Jeff Morgan took on a new job working with troubled kids and was looking for volunteers to help teaching the drill, flag folding etc.

Standing Committee: None

Special Committee: Commandant reported the 10 wk drawing had the final drawing on Nov.12 yielding a $1045.00 gain for the detachment. A $25.00 donation was made toward the troop packages.

Unfinished business: Ed Weber reported on the Wreaths Across America. He was especially disappointed he was the only Marine in attendance of the beautiful ceremony. The dedication of the new cemetery is scheduled for March 9,2008 and would like to have better attendance if at all possible.

Good of the League: Feb 3 is the official date of the Four Chaplain Ceremony. to be held at the U.S. Coast Guard Station John Floyd Park Dania Beach Florida at 2 P.M. and Sunday Feb 10 th the First Baptist Church of Fort Lauderdale.

Lance Corporal Morgan thanked everyone for the troop packages and support.

Vice Commandant Palermo reminded everyone the PLM donations of $10.00 were due Jan 1.

The meeting closed at 19:50 followed by a Holiday party.

Next meeting scheduled Jan.16, 2008.

November 21, 2007 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1935 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Trevor Wharton.

Roll call: Commandant, Senior Vice, Junior Vice, Adjutant, Fundraiser, Judge Advocate

Cmdt Handerhan swore in Richard Scott Slater as a new member and Dale MacCucheon as an associate member. A break was taken to welcome the newly installed members.

Adjutant: Minutes were read on the October 17 meeting and with the correction made on the number of boxes picked up for distribution Joe Motes made a motion to accept the minutes as amended seconded by Hy Finklestein.

Paymaster: Jim Ruggiero gave his report with special thanks to Jeff Morgan coordinating the weekend at the Glades Church for collections for the troops and cash donations.

Members in Sickness: Marvin Schentzel not doing well but hanging in there.

Membership: Joe Motes reported total membership 103. Newsletter was ready to go to the printer on Friday. Toys for Tots boxes have been hard to get. Joe said we were lucky to get 15 boxes. Discussion took place regarding the Reserve Unit not supplying the boxes for the Toys maybe having to do with the surplus of toys from last year. Jim suggested talking to someone at U Hall about maybe donating some and Ed Weber said the company across the street always has throw away boxes. Jim strongly urged to prepare for the Toys for Tots program in August and learn from the mistakes.

Cliff said the collections at the Glades Church yielded enough to ship 11 packages including a check to help with the shipping cost.

Standing Committee: Cliff said it was the 10 th week of the 10 week drawing. It was a sellout and a good fund raiser.

Unfinished business: None

New Business: Jim asked about ordering the pamphlets on Flag Etiquette. Palm Lakes Printing couldn't print them without a program, will need to look into another way.

Good of the League: Jim said the cost of Life Membership dues will be going up Jan 1 2009 . He reported the new price according to the age breakdown. He also suggested the Permanent Life Members make their $10.00 donation to the detachment. He would like Joe to start adding death notifications to the newsletter.

Cliff was pleased with the Veterans Day observance in Boca having a full color guard and three members in attendance.

Cliff asked the members if they would like an end of the year party at the next meeting Dec. 19. It was agreed and those who could to bring a covered dish.

Joe Motes wanted to place orders for covers and accessories. Because of discrepancies in sizes anyone interested should order their own at the Marine Corp Exchange. Joe would like to have some help with the ship store transporting to and from the lockup on meeting nights.

Next meeting scheduled Dec. 19.

October 17, 2007 Minutes of Meeting

Meeting was called to order at 1945 with a salute to the flag and opening prayer by Chaplain Trevor Wharton.

Roll call showed Cmdt. Cliff Handerhan, Judge advocate, Jr. Vice commandant Joe Motes and paymaster Jim Ruggiero are present. Cmdt. Handerhan expressed the need of a volunteer adjutant to replace Dick Lee who has been unable to make meetings. Joe Motes nominated Cathy Pacini to fill the position seconded by Jim Ruggiero. Cliff was holding four applications for membership and one transfer Rick Davitt from Intracoastal. He made a motion to accept the applications seconded by Joe Motes. Cmdt. Handerhan swore in Nabil E. Gemayel, Harold Loewy, Ramon Aguair, Jr. and Renzo Colmenares followed by a ten minute recess to welcome the new members.

Cliff read the minutes of the Sept 19 meeting .A motion to accept was made by Joe Motes and seconded by Gad Aflalo.

Correspondence: Cliff received an invitation to the Sunrise Veteran's Day ceremony on Sun Nov 11. There was already a commitment to the Boca Veterans Coalition of So. Florida . We would accept the invitation only if we could get another color guard together.

Paymaster report was given by Jim Ruggiero. Joe Motes mad a motion to accept and Rick Davitt seconded.

Members in sickness: Marvin Schentzel had a stroke; Angelo was feeling better recovering from hip surgery in rehab and would enjoy receiving a phone call. Jim Ruggiero was scheduled for day surgery on Thursday. He thanked Ed Weber for all his help standing by him from day 1.

Report of officers: Joe Motes gave his membership report. He and Cliff had picked up over 25 boxes for distribution to Toys for Tots program. He also received a donation of 225.00 towards troop packages. Washington Mutual has given permission to display boxes at their branches. December 19 will be the final date for pickup. The newsletter would be going out on Thurs. with a little revision. On page 4 there will be notification when member's dues are due. Joe responded to a controversial article appearing in the September newsletter regarding politicians who have and had not served in the service. He replied by stating he was an Independent voter and meant no ill to either Democrats or Republicans. Jim made the motion to accept Joe's report seconded by Rick Davitt.

Joe Mirsky had copies of the Veterans Day Observance program on all the tables. The Tamarac Detachment would be leading the procession of color Guards and would be participating in the lowering and rising of the Flag. Cliff said he needed at least four for Color Guard.

New Business: Cliff held a pamphlet on Flag Etiquette obtained at the host detachment at the fall conference. Ed Weber said they had a program in effect years ago to give a pamphlet to anyone flying the Flag incorrectly. Jim Ruggiero made a motion to purchase 1000 copies. Joe Motes seconded.

Good of the League: Ed Weber received an announcement on Wreaths across America So Florida VA National Cemetery sponsored by the Civil Air Patrol/ United States Air Force Aux. The wreath laying ceremony begins at noon on Saturday Dec 15 at the So Florida VA National Cemetery in Lake Worth Fl. He said he was donating 5 wreaths at 15.00 each. Ed asked permission to use the bugle on that date. Jim made a motion for the detachment to donate five wreaths. Gad seconded.

A color guard was needed to participate in at St Vincent 's Church Margate on Dec 1 at 1700.

Joe Motes told of several Marine Birthday Celebrations around and had applications for anyone wishing to join in the celebration.

The next meeting is scheduled for November 21.



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