Marines, the future is looking brighter. Since my last letter I’ve had the opportunity to participate in two Department of California Conferences and the National Midwinter Conference in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Let’s talk about the Department Conferences first. The Fall Conference in Santa Rosa last October was well attended, though not as well as it should have been. There was a slight improvement in attendance at the Spring Conference in Clovis, though more were expected. My sincerest thanks to both the Santa Rosa and Fresno Detachments for graciously hosting these events. Bravo Zulu!

 Unless a Detachment is in dire straights there is no reason that at least one member, preferably a Trustee or an officer, should not be in attendance at a Conference. They are a little less formal than the Conventions, with no elections, by-law changes, guest speakers, etc., and much shorter. It’s my policy not to drag the business agenda out, and we were successful at that at both the Fall and Spring Conferences. My preference would be to schedule a Trustee meeting in the morning and a general meeting in the afternoon of the same day, but we have to allow for unforeseen items or issues that may occur. So far having the Trustees meet on Friday afternoon with the Commandants’ Council and business meeting on Saturday is working well. When the business meeting concludes early it allows some free time before the Growl. Feel free to make suggestions for improvement and they WILL be considered.

 The Department Convention this June in Simi Valley promises to be a great one, with a golf tournament on Wednesday and Vietnam War 50th anniversary commemorative service at the Ronal Reagan Library on Thursday. Two-hour break-out training sessions are also planned for Friday. The schedule will be posted on the Department website shortly, as well as hotel info, etc. Every Detachment should be familiar with the number of delegates that each Detachment is entitled to and the registration requirements. All that info is in the by-laws, which are also on the website. ALL Detachments are emphatically encouraged to have delegates in attendance.

The National Midwinter Conference was, by all reports, the best attended Midwinter ever. Some major changes to the way the Marine Corps League does business is currently in the works, as are some major by-law changes. I anticipate that some of these changes will be enacted, or at least reported on, by our annual convention. The current leadership is strong AND smart. They will get ‘er done! Let’s do the same—recruit AND participate!!!!

PDD Bob Villalobos


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