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Detachment Commandant Jim Hastings presents a check to Geoff Coffin to support the Blackstone Valley Young Marines

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

May Meeting Notes:

The May meeting was convened as scheduled on May 15 at 7:30 PM.  Commandant Jerry Blanchette called the meeting to order with ten members in attendance.   Motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes of the previous meeting as published.    There  was nothing to report from any of the officers.  Paymaster Bill Costello reported on the detachment finances.  Fiscally, the detachment continues to be in good shape.  Motion was made and seconded to accept the Paymaster's report as presented.
Under new business, it was presented that the Scholarship Committee has awarded 3 scholarships to local high school graduates and three scholarships to internal candidates.  This is in excess of the budgeted five scholarships.  A motion was made and seconded to approve funding for the additional one scholarship on a one time basis.  This was approved by vote.  
It was discussed that the MA State MCL convention will be held from 31May to 2 June.  the New Bedford Detachment has arranged numerous activities to offer something for everyone.  Attending members will be able to vote.  
It was also announced that dues are payable on 1 September.  This is to comply with national requirements.  
The Flag Day parade in Framingham will be held on 10 June.  Commandant Blanchette thanked the detachment for the donation that was made on behalf of the detachment.  Members are welcome to participate.. 
There being no further business, Commandant Blanchette adjourned the meeting at 8:05.  The next meeting will be held on 19 June.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

New Officers Installed

The April meeting was conducted as scheduled  on 17 April at the Natick Amvets.  Commandant Jim Hastings called the meeting to order in the proper fashion at 7:30 PM. 
  • Motion was made and seconded to accept the minutes of the prior meeting.  This was voted affirmatively.  
  • Roll call of officers was conducted with all officers present. 
  • Paymaster Bill Costello provided detail of the detachment financial status which continues to be positive.
  • Judge Advocate John McEntegart provided information on two pending changes to by-laws.  One pertains to the tenure of elected officers.  The other pertains to the date on which officers are installed.  The changes were put to a vote and both approved.
  • Commandant Hastings announced that registrations for the golf tournament are coming in and raffle ticket sales have started.  Members are reminded to support the tournament with ad sales and raffle prizes.
  • Jr. Vice Commandant Jerry Blanchette discussed the upcoming Flag Day parade in Framingham.  A motion was made to contribute $100 to the parade.  This was voted in the affirmative.
  • Commandant Hastings closed the normal order of business so that the new slate of officers could be installed.  MA MCL Department Commandant Dave Porter was in attendance to conduct the installation.  The new officers are:
                Commandant:  Jerry Blanchette
                Senior Vice Commandant:  Dave Gentes
                Junior Vice Commandant:  Jim Hastings
                Judge Advocate:  John McEntegart
                Adjutant:   Warren Griffin
                Paymaster:  Bill Costello
                Chaplain:  Mike Whelan
                Sergeant at Arms:  Dave Barth  

State Commandant Dave Porter swears in Detachment Commandant Jerry Blanchette

When the installation was completed, incoming Commandant Jerry Blanchette reopened the meeting for normal business.  As his first act as Commandant,  Blanchette presented a plaque to Jim Hastings, the outgoing Commandant.  The detachment acknowledges true gratitude to Jim Hastings for his service and continued commitment to the detachment.
Outgoing Commandant Hastings receives a plaque from incoming Commandant Blanchette.

Following brief comments, Commandant Blanchette closed the meeting.  Attendees adjourned to enjoy a meal and camaraderie.  The detachment congratulates the incoming leadership team and appreciates their efforts.

Members are reminded that the May Meeting will occur on Tuesday May 15 at 7:30 PM at the Natick AMVETS.  All are encouraged to attend.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

From the Commandant:

The February meeting was held as scheduled on 20 February with 15 members in attendance.  We appreciate that attendance was up and look for this to continue.  The meeting was convened in the proper format at 7:30 PM.  The roll call of officers was conducted with 100% in attendance.  As there was no business conducted in January, there were no minutes to report.

One piece of correspondence was received from the US Marines Youth Foundation to express gratitude for the detachment donation at the Blue Light level in support of youth programs.

Paymaster Bill Costello provided an update on detachment finances.  We continue to have assets on hand to address needs and meet obligations.

Chaplain Mike Whalen reported that no members were reported to be sick or in distress.

Commandant Hastings reported that Iwo Jima Day at the State House was successful and well handled.  Detachment member George Vouros was one of the Iwo Jima veterans who was honored.  The Commandant and Mac McEntegart thank John Crisafulli for an expeditious ride into Boston for the ceremony.

Four of the battle’s survivors, above, George Vouros, Robert Lavoie, Walter O’Malley and Larry Kirby, attend Iwo Jima Day at the State House yesterday.
Iwo Jima Veteran George Vouros participated in the State House observance of Iwo Jima Day.

New Member:

The detachment welcomes John Tredein who was sworn in during the February meeting.  John served as an FMF Corpsman from 1977 to 1981 with 2/2 at Camp Lejeune.  After separating for eight years, he re-enlisted and served another tour with the First Marine Division.  During this time, he was deployed for Desert Storm and participated in the taking of Kuwait.  We look forward to sharing stories with John.

The Golf Committee will meet at 7:00 PM on 28 February to plan the tournament that will be played on 20 August.  Members and supporters are encouraged to arrange for raffle prizes, ads, and other donations.  This is our major fundraiser and the efforts of all are needed.

Judge Advocate McEntegart raised the point that a by-laws change is needed to eliminate the limitation of two consecutive one year terms for Commandant.  With a small pool of potential candidates for leadership roles, this change will provide more options going forward.  The change must be posted in two monthly newsletters prior to being voted upon.  National Judge Advocate Warren Griffiin raised the point that we must install officers prior to 15 May to comply with National MCL By Laws.  This change will also be implemented prior to implementation.

Registration materials for the MA State MCL convention have been distributed.  This will be from June 1-3 in New Bedford.  Members are encouraged to attend and be heard.
The MCLNational convention will be in Buffalo, NY.

Commandant Hastings reflected that he recently laid a wreath on the grave of the Marine who pulled  him to safety during a firefight in Viet Nam 50 years ago.  The same Marine died in the medevac helicopter on the way to medical facilities.  This reminds us of the bonds between Marines and the commitment to remembering our history.  These are objective of the Marine Corps League

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

From the Commandant:

The January meeting was deferred due to the lack of the required quorum to conduct business.  Member are encouraged to attend meetings when possible to insure that there is opportunity to address detachment plans and issues.  Meetings are your opportunity to make yourself heard.  Meetings occur on the third Tuesday of the month at 7:30 PM at the Natick Amvets.   Participation is appreciated.

PFC Elizabeth OBrien is sworn ns an MC member
On January 25, a contingent of detachment members including Jim Hastings, Warren Griffin, Mac McEntegart, Mike Whelan, Dave Gentes and Chip Fagan visited the Blackstone Valley Young Marines.  The Metrowest Detachment is a long time supporter of the Young Marines.  Young Marines have helped with parades, cemetery observances, and the Toys for Tots drive over the years.  To continue this relationship, Commandant Jim Hastings presented a check for $1000.00 to Geoff Coffin, the leader of the Young Marines.  We look forward to a long partnership.
A highlight of the visit was the chance to meet PFC Elizabeth OBrien, an alumna of the Young Marines and a recent graduate of Parris Island.  PFC OBrien spoke with the current Young Marines and was able to relate how her training with the Young Marines was a benefit to her as she completed boot camp.  She is on leave and will next report to Camp Geiger for AIT, followed by Intelligence School in the Washington DC area.  PFC OBrien was sworn in as a member of the Metrowest Detachment by Commandant Jim Hastings.  Welcome Elizabeth.

Please plan to attend scheduled meetings at the Natick AMVETs, 1 Superior Drive , Natick at 7:30 PM.   Upcoming meeting dates:  20 February ; 20 March ; 17 April ; 15 May ; 19 June

Saturday, December 23, 2017

From the Commandant:

The December meeting was held as scheduled with 18 members in attendance.  After an abbreviated opening and a brief report on the status of the Toys for Tots campaign, the normal order of business was suspended to recognize three brothers who have recently been awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.  Dave Berry and Al Schiff coordinated the presentation with the boys parents in attendance.  Following the presentation,  meeting attendees adjourned to enjoy a meal and camaraderie in preparation for the upcoming Christmas holiday.
We have again been successful in assisting the Toys for Tots Campaign in their mission to provide Christmas presents for children in need.  We appreciate the efforts of the detachment members who have contributed to this effort.  We also commend Chip Fagan and Richard Douglas for coordinating the activity and keeping all apprised of the logistics and progress.  Once again, the Marines have landed and the situation is well in hand.
On behalf of the detachment leadership, I wish all a happy and safe holiday and a prosperous and healthy new year.

Semper Fi
Jim Hastings

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

November 2107

From the Leadership Team:

We are back fully into the swing of things with a full plate of activities and plans.  The Marine Cors Birthday observation was held on 10 November at the Framingham Elks.  With advanced planning from Junior Vice Commandant Jerry Blanchette,  the attending members and guests were called to order to observe the traditional sequence of events.  Following the playing of the National Anthem and the Marine Corps Hymn,  a moment of silence to reflect on those who gave all in their service was held.  The proclamations of General LeJeune and General Nelles were read just prior to the cutting of the cake, which was provided by Mac MacEntegart.   Paymaster Bill Costello, the oldest Marine present, cut the first piece of cake and served it to the youngest, a recent enlistee who will report to Parris Island in August. This sequence symbolizes the passing on of the experience and knowledge of  the old Corps to the new Corps.  The second piece was cut by the youngest Marine and served to Bill Costello to symbolize the respect of his predecessors and acknowledgement of their service.  Following these traditional actions, those in attendance continued with the meal and camaraderie.

Detachment Commandant Hastings was in Washington, DC to participate in the observations for Veteran's Day and the Marine Corps Birthday.  A Viet Nam veteran who was severely wounded himself, Jim was invited to participate in the reading of the 58, 318 names of those service members who lost their lives in the Viet Nam war.  The reading of these names to 65 hours.  As a poignant reminder of his own service and the sacrifices that many made during that war, one of the names on the list read by Jim was that of Wayne John Spare.  This Marine was killed in same action during which Jim was wounded and died of top of Jim while they were being medevaced.  That death occurred just 11 days before Wayne John Spare was due to rotate home.  It behooves us as a nation to never forget those who suffer injury and death while serving and to support them regardless of the prevailing views of the conflict in which they are called.

 November Meeting Notes:

Commandant Hastings convened the meeting in the proper format at 1930 on 21 November with 11 members in attendance.  The Chaplain and the Junior Vice Commandant were excused.   Motion was made and seconded to accept the Paymaster's report as published.  There were not further reports from officers.

Correspondence was received from Rick Seguin of the New Bedford Detachment to outline details of the  Mass MCL Department Convention, scheduled for 30 May to 3 Jun.   A full slate of activities and tours is planned.  Members are encouraged to plan on attending.

There was discussion of the Metrowest Detachment  hosting the 2019 convention.  Jim Hastings, Warren Griffin, and Dave Gentes agreed to participate in a committee to prepare a proposal to present at the sate meeting on 30 January.
Toys for Tots is fully geared up.  Pods are in place and supplies are available as needed.  The Natick tree lighting ceremony will be on Sunday, 26 November.  Detachment members will be there to facilitate toy collection and donation receipt.  Pods will be emptied as the near the halfway full point and there is still discussion of the format for locking them.  The Marlboro Fire Department will be active in managing collections for that area.

The December meeting was discussed.  A presentation will be made to area Eagle Scouts and they have been invited to attend with their families.  A group of younger Marines will be invited to discuss ways to get them involved with the detachment, even informally.  Menu for the collation at that meeting was discussed.

With all business and discussion being completed, the meeting was adjourned at 1930.  The detachment wishes all members and supported a Happy Thanksgiving.


Sunday, October 22, 2017

October Meeting Notes:

The detachment met as scheduled on 17 October with 14 members in attendance.   The meeting was brought to order in the proper fashion at 1930 by Commandant James Hastings.  The Chaplain and Sergeant at Arms were excused, all other officers were present.  Minutes of the September meeting were accepted as published.  There was no correspondence to present.
Paymaster William Costello outlined the current financial situation.  The detachment assets are in good shape.  The paymaster presented the details of expenditures and receivables.  Motion was made to accept the report of the paymaster. This was seconded and approved.

Committee Reports:
The Golf Committee reported that final accounting is in process.  Net profit for the tournament is in excess of $14000.  Committee Chair Hastings has requested that members consider getting more involved in leading the tournament activities as it is a large and complex task.  

Toys for Tots Chair Richard Douglas reported that planning is well under way for the upcoming campaign.  Boxes and posters will be available soon.  This is the time to coordinate with contacts at drop off points. Art Enos will be leading the campaign and brings many years of experience.  The annual kick-off event in Natick will be announced.  The campaign will end on 14 December so that toys can be delivered.

Marine Corps Rose Program lead Warren Griffin announced that roses are available for any members who are available to participate.  This occurs around Veterans Day and is very profitable for the detachment.

The Marine Corps Birthday will be observed on 10 November at 1800 at the Framingham Elks.  Food will be provided.  Members are encouraged to attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 2015.  Member are encouraged to plan to attend the November meeting on the third Tuesday at 1930.