I know that this is an extremely busy time for all of the Detachments with Toys-For-Tots and various other seasonal humanitarian activities. Add in the family holiday events and there is little time for much else (except some football). I hope all of you had a nice Thanksgiving and that you will have a wonderful Christmas.
The October fall Conference was a rousing success. Santa Rosa is a great venue and PDD Steve Bosshard, as usual, did an outstanding job as host and coordinator. Steve always comes through in true Marine Corps style. OORAH! Also a great Pack Growl, with advancements to DD and a WWII veteran to PDD. (If you’re not a Devil Dog you wouldn’t understand).
The next events in 2017 will be the Marine Expo West at Camp Pendleton in February, the MCL’s Midwinter Conference in Virginia in March, and the Department of California’s Spring Conference in Clovis, CA in March. I encourage all of you to try to attend one of these activities, especially the Department Spring Conference. This is where your input for our future is solicited and discussed. All the info for these activities are on the Department website, which I know you are using or you wouldn’t be reading this letter, or on the National website, which is linked from the homepage.
Until next year, Marines, FMF Corpsmen & Chaplains and Associates: Semper Fi and Happy Holidays!
PDD Bob Villalobos
Commandant, Department of Californis
FROM THE COMMANDANT
Marines, FMF Corpsmen & Chaplains, I salute you and was honored to represent you at the National Convention in Tulsa, Oklahoma this year. It was a very active and very busy convention , with numerous by-law changes discussed and enacted on. All the changes were posted on both the National & Department websites very shortly after they were acted on. I encourage all of you to check them out, as some are major changes to the way we do business. I won’t go into detail as what I consider one of the more important changes regarding the membership renewal date because further guidance on that change will be promulgated by National very soon, and I don’t want to confuse anyone. Just watch for more info.
I strongly encourage each Detachment try to send at least one representative to the spring conference in Santa Rosa 14-15 October. By then we may have all the details and info on the above change(s) and will also have some important items up for discussion by the members present. We’ll also have a good time, at least that’s a promise Steve Bosshard, Santa Rosa’s conference coordinator, has made.
I had the privilege recently of visiting three outstanding Detachments, Victor Valley, San Fernando, and Eureka. SWDVC Gene Rivers was with me on the first two and Jr Vice Commandant Matt Valenzuela met us in San Fernando. Sr. Vice Commandant Ray Valenzuela was with me in Eureka. I’ll tell you that all three are very active and involved and were very receptive. God willing I plan to try and visit more Detachments during the year.
California Leaguers, I salute you! Keep up the good work. Remember, “make it fun & they will come.”
PDD Bob Villalobos
Commandant, Dept of Califirnia, MCL
Marines, I could not feel be more honored than I feel right now after having been elected to serve as your Commandant for 2016-2017. Our future looks bright because the Department of California is now growing and leaning forward in the foxhole. Looking at our membership I see younger Marines, Corpsmen & FMF Chaplains willing to take the helm and keep us on course. I’m proud of that, very proud. We have a new Detachment in Oceanside that Jr Past Commandant Fernandez, SWDVC Rivers & yours truly will be presenting a Charter to 24 June. That will be 2 Detachments in the Camp Pendleton area. They should be growing leaps & bounds in the near future.
As your new Commandant I will try to visit as many Detachments as I can, in the tradition of my predecessors, which will be a challenge. You will also see a revision of the Department’s Regional Coordinator program, which JPC Fernandez has agreed to supervise., and a thorough review of the duties of the Staff, all with an eye to better serve the “red hats”-YOU!
Don’t hesitate to contact me or any of the staff with your positive ideas. I guarantee we’ll review every suggestion & see if it will work.
Enough for now. Stay well & Semper Fi!
PDD Bob Villalobos
MCL Dept of California