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It’s Saturday morning, 10 Nov. 18 and all Marines wake up to celebrate 243 years of our United States Marine Corps. We will check the uniform, polish the brass and make sure our shoes shine like diamonds.
I would like to wish all Members of the Marine Corps League a very Happy 243rd Birthday! May you, your family and friends take time to celebrate the birth of the greatest military organization in the world.
Take a moment to look at the EGA emblem and reflect back to the day it was presented to you and feel the pride that will be with you through life. OORAH
Ray Valenzuela, Commandant
Department of California
Marines, FMF Corpmen/Chaplains, Associate Members and friends, greetings.
Once again the Department had a very successful Spring Conference. Van Nuys was the venue ad the accommodations were great. The Conference was hosted by the San Fernando Detachment and I believe all who attended would agree that they did an outstanding job. The Devil Dog growl was also very successful, as evidenced by my almost empty bone locker. We are all looking forward to the Department Convention in Clovis in June. All the relevant information is on the website. Make your reservations early as we anticipate very good attendance. The staff and I will have a schedule published in the next couple of weeks. We plan to have break-out training sessions on Friday afternoon so please plan to attend both Friday and Saturday in order to get the most out of the Convention.
The new Detachment in San Francisco has been approved and the Charter will be presented as soon as possible. We are also working on two new Detachments in Southern California. On 26 April 2018 I will be in Redlands meeting with a very active former gunny who anticipates more than 20 interested Marines eager to participate. We will be ready! Just a reminder: we all know Marines & FMF Corpsmen/Chaplains and if each of us recruits just one, we will double our strength. We are all recruiters!
One other reminder: at our June Convention you will be electing new officers/trustees. There will be two additional trustees elected, one for Northern California and one for Southern California, giving the red hats two additional voices on the board. Plan to attend and participate in the process. Your voice is important and needs to be heard.
This is my sunset cruise as Commandant. It has been an education and an honor to serve you. I know the newly elected officers will also serve you and will certainly strive to improve the Department as the membership grows.
See you all in June in Clovis. Semper Fidelis!
At the Department Convention in Simi Valley, California in June of 2017 numerous by-law changes were adopted that will enhance our ability to involve our members in the League and it’s activities. All twelve Regions now have active and aggressive Coordinators. Three are now involved with helping establish new Detachments in their respective Regions. One of the by-law changes approved in 2017 will establish two additional elected Trustees as Area Vice Commandants primarily responsible to enable the Regional Coordinators in Northern and Southern California recruit Marines and eligible Navy personnel into the League.
In order to attain the ultimate goal of doubling our membership in California I have also appointed a new Public Information/Communications Officer, Marine Mario Blandini. He will have carte blanche authority to work with the Detachments, Coordinators and Area Vice Commandants to improve communications both within the membership and with the public. It’s about time everyone knows who we are and wants to join us! Just as important after they join us they should want to stay. We intend to reach both goals and we will!
Last November Past National Vice Commandant Gene Rivers and I were invited and had the opportunity to attend the dedication of the first Gold Star Memorial dedication on the west coast in Hayward, California. The coordinator of the event was Marine Michael Emerson, a MCL member. The guest speaker was Marine “Woody” Williams, MOH, also a member of the MCL from West Virginia who, I’m sure, we all know. Woody had recently participated in the naming & dedication ceremony of the USS Williams, an innovative amphibious support ship, in San Diego. OORAH, Woody, Bravo Zulu!
I’ll be attending the National Midwinter Conference in Fredericksburg, VA, 1-5 March 2018. Shortly after that, 23-25 March will be the Department Spring Conference in Van Nuys, hosted by the San Fernando Detachment. All the info is posted on this website, so plan to attend and make your reservations asap.
Bob Villalobos, Commandant.