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September 21, 2016
It has been one month since we were all in Tulsa, Ok. enjoying ourselves at our National Convention, and its time to fill everyone in on what we are doing to improve the League.
A little info to pass on about the Banquet at the Convention. In attendance at the Convention we had a total of 840 members, or delegates, in attendance who were very active in attending all business sessions, as well as teaching modules, as they were conducted at daily sessions, for the membership. They were well received and a great many questions were asked for clarification and open dialogue for future classes. These classes will continue into the future and if there are fields of instruction that you wish to see conducted, please make your Division Vices aware of them so they can be put on the agenda.
In connection with our strong relationship with the "Young Marines" of the MCL, your Board of Trustees attended a instructional course that was presented by officers of that affiliate, to update them on the requirements and responsibilities to sit on a Corporate Board. This is all part of our efforts to bring the league into the 21st Century and better represent you at board meetings. It was very well received, and i assure you that there were tons of questions asked and a lot of relevant answers forwarded to our board. The blinders were in essence taken off, and reality checks absorbed by all. It was a great session and my thanks to those in attendance. All for the good of the league.
Chief C.O. Smith has advised me that the dogs had a great growl and many new pedigrees were initiated and earned the gold dog collar. I did hear a lot of barking and growling going on but fortunately not many wet spots were seen on the carpets in the hotel. From me to all dogs, thank you for all you do. I understand there are many children in Tulsa who are also very appreciative for your big bone donation, to the hospital. "It's great to be a dog".
Within the next few weeks we will have made the transition into our new HQ, in Quantico, Va. "The Crossroads of the Corps". We are in the business of recruiting and assisting Marines and we will be able to fulfill that mission where the Marines are. "QUANTICO". We are hoping to have the "Tree of Lights" ceremony held at our conference center in the new HQ and there will be plenty of room for attendance. Boxes are being packed and the move is set to take place. We ask your indulgence as the computers have to be moved and set up, so there may be some delays. We have a great IT team and it should not take long. Phone calls may still be made as the lines will be set in place.
I would like to thank all of you who were in attendance at the banquet on Friday night for being there to meet and greet the Commandant & Sgt/Maj. when they arrived. We had 523 people in attendance at the banquet and i believe a good time was had by all. Commandant Neller's remarks and presentation were outstanding and we, as Marines, were very fortunate to have both with us at one time. I can assure you that he is now very aware of our capabilities to assist him with transitioning Marines.
To the Albert Schwabb Detachment. I do not believe we can put into words our expressions for the great work you did on this convention. It was indeed a pleasure to have you share your world with us and make us aware of who you are and why our nation is so great. It is indeed my great pleasure to call you brothers and sisters and understand the hardships you endured and the sacrifices you made to ensure America remains great. "Thank you my Friends and Brothers". You gave us great honor.
From Sept. 25, to Sept.29 we will be attending MDM at MCB Quantico, where we will be meeting with the leaders of industry who will present the latest tools with which our Corps will have available to use in future engagements. If you are in the area come on out and join us during this time. We will be happy to see you and show you around.
Richard D. Gore, Sr.
Marine Corps League