Townsend Detachment supported the Troy University ‘Troy for Troops’ fund raiser in Troy, Alabama. The Troy for Troops program sponsored a 5K race to benefit the National Cemetery’s, in Montevallo, fundraising efforts to build a memorial walk way and overlook.
Detachment members traveled to Troy and set up a booth, to meet and greet Troy area USMC veterans, encourage the runners, and support the event.
Townsend Detachment Judge Advocate Chuck Moore presents Jefferson Davis High School JRROTC instructor Warrant Officer Laverne Cook with a $1,000 check from the Department of Alabama Tag Fund. Warrant Officer Cook will buy a pull along trailer to carry the equipment the cadets need when they travel to competitions and meetings. Jeff Davis High School Principle Bobby Abrams assisted in receiving the monies.
Townsend Detachment hosted a Welcome Aboard Party for Marines newly assigned to the Air Force staff colleges aboard Maxwell Air Force base.
Twenty-seven members of the detachment along with 20 spouses and family members prepared and hosted the event, which included a picnic lunch, door prizes for the Marines, their wives and children, and games for the children.
Twenty-four active duty Marines and their wives and children attended the picnic. After introduction of all the ‘old timers’ and all the active duty Marines we proceeded to enjoy a hamburger and hot dog lunch. Door prizes were given out, with the big prize being a WEEKEND DEER Hunt for 4, sponsored by member Joe Dawkins.
Children participated in games to include a Police Call; Grenade Toss; a Flight School simulation and Water Cannon event.
Some of the highlights of the afternoon included photo booth for each family as they arrived, with the pictures subsequently being framed and returned to the families; recognition of two Townsend Marines who are leaving the area this month; introduction of the Oldest Marine present, 97-year-old Tommy Davis, Pearl Harbor survivor, Korean conflict and Vietnam War veteran.
This is an annual event, hosted by Townsend Detachment.
Awards “Meritorious Service” to the Townsend Detachment Members. Department of Alabama Commandant, Jerry Cherne and National Judge Advocate Johnny Baker presented these awards to Townsend Members.
Receiving awards were Alice Cole, Adjutant; Charles Harris, Chaplain; Matt Gibson, Veteran’s Service Officer; Ken Duan, Sergeant at Arms; Dan Newcomer, Jr. Past Comm.; Larry Tuggle, Bill Nichols Veteran’s Home Liaison; Joe Dawkins, Veteran’s Day Parade supports; Brooks Barrow, Jr. Vice; Dick McClain, Toys for Tots Coordinator; Todd Kemper, Chair By Laws update committee; Richard Davis, Pay Master; Don Fisher, outgoing Commandant.
Townsend Detachment Marine of the Year, 2017 is Todd Kemper. Todd served the detachment as Judge Advocate, tasked with updating the by-laws and bringing them in sync with Department and National bylaws. Additionally, Todd coordinated our Welcome Aboard Picnic at Maxwell AFB along with a myriad of other tasks assigned throughout the year. Todd is flanked by previous detachment Marines of the Year.
Townsend Detachment Change of Command dinner, members and their guests, Old Corps versus New Corps, Member Everett Cole with his grandson Skyler; Colonel Duane Opperman and his wife, senior Marine at Maxwell Air Force Base, AWC, ACSC.
Townsend Detachment’s outgoing Commandant Don Fisher, emceed the Change of Command ceremonial evening for the detachment. In coming Jr. Vice Matt Gibson, tolled the Ships Bell in honor of each Detachment member who passed during the preceding year. Newly elected officers were sworn in by the National Judge Advocate, Johnny Baker, with remarks by Department of Alabama Commandant Jerry Baker. Outgoing Commandant Don Fisher passed the Detachment Colors to the newly elected Commandant Nancy Burtron.
Townsend Detachment honored 21 of the 56 Vietnam Veterans and Vietnam Era Veterans who are members of the Detachment on Saturday the 20th of May, 2017. Project Officer Paul Williamson arranged to honor these Veterans with the reading of the “50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War” Proclamation and with pinning each of these veterans with the 50th Anniversary commemoration pin.
Townsend Detachment members and their spouses enjoyed a picnic event for our June meeting. Hosts member Everett Cole and his wife, associate member Alice Cole hosted the picnic meeting at their home in the Hope Hull area. Target practice, fishing and swimming opportunities followed the business meeting and picnic lunch.
Members Richard Davis and his wife Linda; Willie Tarver; Charles Harris; Todd Kemper; Dan Newcomer and his wife Netta; Ken Duan; Chuck Moore; Matt Gibson; Dick McClain and his wife Sharon; and Nancy Burtron had a great afternoon of food and fun.
“OUTSTANDING” kudos to Everett and Alice Cole.
Townsend Detachment has instituted a Mentor program to assist new members to assimilate into the detachment.
When a Marine or potential associate member indicates an interest in joining the detachment, they are assigned a Member Mentor, usually the member who recruited them.
The Mentor presents the candidate for membership to the detachment. The mentor will provide and explain to the candidate the organizational structure, the symbols and mottos, the annual activities calendar, a copy of the by-laws and a membership roster for the entire detachment. The mentor will call, e-mail or visit the new candidate during the month, between meetings. The mentor aids the new candidate to locate resources and uniform items. Once the candidate is voted into the detachment and has taken the oath of membership, the mentor relationship continues for a minimum of six months, to ensure the new member has a buddy who is available to answer questions and to encourage the new member to remain active.
Townsend Detachment voted in and administered the oath of membership to two new members this past weekend.
Townsend Detachment members and their spouses, Nancy Burtron; Richard and Linda Davis; Paul & Janet Williamson; Dick and Sharon McClain; Chuck Moore; Todd Kemper; Jim Fulks; Don and Karen Fisher; Patsy Brookshire; attended and represented the Townsend Detachment at the Department of Alabama annual convention in Dothan Alabama.
Townsend Member Don Fisher has just completed his term as Department Judge Advocate; and member Dick McClain has finished his term as Devil Dog Pack Dog Robber.
During the business meeting the Townsend delegation, under the leadership of Senior Vice Commandant Richard Davis was able to secure financial assistance to aid in bringing Townsend member Tommy Davis back home, by assisting him in making accommodations to his home to meet his current medical needs. The Alabama Tag Fund staffed and presented the request to the general business meeting and the request was approved.
Townsend members had a great time at the state convention and returned home reinvigorated and motivated to continue to serve the members of the League in the river region.
Townsend Detachment held a grave registration event at a local Walmart Store. Detach members met local area residents and solicited grave / cemetery site locations for honoring veterans on Memorial Day Weekend. Townsend Detachment has flagged Veterans graves for many years, currently we are flagging 7 local area cemeteries in the Greater River Region. Saturday’s event raised sufficient funds to pay for all the flags to be placed this year. Job “Well Done” to Project Officer Chuck Moore and his band of merry HELMET HOLDERS.
Townsend Detachment participated in the Thunderbird Airshow at Maxwell AFB by hosting a tent representing the Marine Corps League. Our tent offered the general public a look into the Marine Corps League and cool drink of water on a hot day. Twelve detachment members and multiple spouses, took turns staffing the table over the two day event. Other members dropped by for a little time in shade and a cool drink. Highlights of the event were meeting other Montgomery area Marines and their families and of course the Air Show demonstrations. Five local Marines, who were not aware of the MCL presence in the River Region filled out applications for membership, and 4 others took applications home with them for consideration.