HE SAID THAT HE COULD DO IT.
HE SAID THAT HE HAD DONE IT BEFORE.
HE VOLUNTEERED TO DO IT,
AND BY JOVE, HE DID!!!
WHAT A FORMIDABLE TASK DICK JENNINGS TOOK ON WHEN HE VOLUNTEERED TO BECOME THE CHAIRMAN OF THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THE MCL DEPT OF CA STATE CONVENTION 2017.
DICK SURROUNDED HIMSELF WITH A GOOD GROUP OF VOLUNTEERS TO HELP CARRY OUT THE VARIOUS DUTIES NECESSARY TO PUT ON THE GOLF TOURNAMENT AND THE CONVENTION, AND HELP THEY DID!
ALL TEAM MEMBERS WORKED TOGETHER TOWARDS THE COMMON GOOD AND IT SHOWED IN THEIR POSITIVE ATTITUDE AND THE GLOW AND SMILES ON THEIR FACES AS THEY HELPED MAKE THE MCL DEPT OF CA CONVENTION 2017 A GREAT SUCCESS.
I WAS RECEIVING EMAILS FROM DICK AT PAST MIDNIGHT AND EVEN AT 0400; I REALLY DO NOT KNOW WHEN HE SLEPT, IF AT ALL. KUDOS TO YOU DICK JENNINGS!!!
IT WAS GREAT TO SEE FAMILIAR FACES AGAIN, AS THE MARINES AND THEIR BETTER HALVES BEGAN ARRIVING FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH. NEW FRIENDSHIPS WERE MADE; OLD FRIENDSHIPS WERE RENEWED, AND STORIES FLOWED AND EXPERIENCES WERE SHARED.
ALL IN ALL, EVERYONE THAT I TALKED TO EXPRESSED THAT THEY HAD A GOOD TIME.
OF ALL THEY EXPERIENCED DURING THE CONVENTION, TWO THINGS THAT STUCK WAY OUT IN THE MINDS OF THE CONVENTIONEERS WAS, ONE, THE SPEAKER ROBIN HUTTON. SOME WERE NOT AWARE OF THE WARHORSE, SGT RECKLESS. SO THEY LISTENED, BOUGHT BOOKS AND NOW THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT THE HORSE THAT WAS NOT A HORSE , BUT WAS A MARINE!!!
THE SECOND THING THAT BOTH THE VIETNAM VETS AND THEIR WIVES WERE VERY EMOTIONAL ABOUT WAS THE PRESENTATION OF THE LAPEL PINS FOR THE COMMEMORATION OF THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE VIETNAM WAR.
THEY MENTIONED THAT THEY WERE NOT AWARE OF THIS COMMEMORATION BEING “OUT THERE” AND ENJOYED THE “WELCOME HOME, VIETNAM VETS!!!” PRESENTATION.
THEY ACCEPTED THEIR PINS FROM DEPARTMENT COMMANDANT BOB VILLALOBOS AND PAST NATIONAL DIVISION VICE COMMANDANT, GENE RIVERS.
THE MC MENTIONED THAT THEY SHOULD WEAR THOSE PINS PROUDLY ON THEIR CAPS OR LAPELS FOR THEY SERVED THEIR COUNTRY WELL AND WITH HONOR, AND ON BEHALF OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE USA, THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE, THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, THEY WANTED TO THANK ALL VIETNAM ERA VETS AND SAY THANK YOU, AND “WELCOME HOME, VIETNAM VETERANS!!!“.
MANY OF THE VIETNAM VETS, INCLUDING MYSELF, ACCEPTED THEIR PINS WITH TEARY EYES OF GRATITUDE, FOR IT WAS THE BEST WELCOME WE HAVE HAD SINCE WE CAME BACK TO CONUS…THE GOOD OLD U.S.A.
ON BEHALF OF THE CHAIRMAN, DICK JENNINGS, A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO ALL WHO HELPED… ESPECIALLY THE COLOR/HONOR GUARD COMPRISED OF THE FOLLOWING MARINES AND ASSOCIATES: COLOR GUARD COMMANDER RUY PENA, FAUSTO GALVAN, BEN PFISTER, KEN ‘DOC’ HONAKER, LARRY FISCHER, DAVE OPFER, JOHN MILLER, JOHN COLEY, HARRY HODGES, RAMON AREVALO, AL LANSDALE, RAY VALENZUELA, AND WHOEVER ELSE I MAY HAVE MISSED; GOING FROM MEMORY.
I HAVE NEVER SEEN A HOSPITALITY ROOM RUN SO PROFESSIONALLY AS VALERIA’S TEAM DID ON THIS ONE!
ON VALERIA GALVAN’S TEAM WERE CHRIS KRONE, CINDY MERAGER, SUE PFISTER, AND TONI REED. THEY RAN AROUND MAKING SURE THAT EVERY ONE HAD AMPLE TO EAT AND DRINK AND HAD A SMILE ON THEIR FACE AND MADE ALL THAT CAME FEEL WELCOME.
VALERIA GALVAN BROUGHT FORTH SOME SUMPTUOUS HOME-COOKED TAMALES AND OTHER DELECTABLE GOODIES TO EAT. THE TAMALES WERE GOBBLED UP ALMOST IMMEDIATELY; I WAS LUCKY TO GET SOME ALONG WITH VALERIA’S HOME-MADE SALSA!!!
MR PHIL HERNANDEZ, THE BARTENDER, WAS ALSO VERY PROFESSIONAL. NEEDLESS TO SAY, THERE WAS PLENTY TO EAT AND DRINK.
THE PAYMASTER, TAJ O’TOOLE WAS AT THE RECEPTION DESK AND ALSO HAD ENOUGH HELP TO GET EVERYONE CHECKED IN AND READY TO GO. THANKS GO TO RUDY CORDERO, CINDY MERAGER, ALLISON MC KOWEN, MATT VALENZUELA AND OTHERS WHO STEPPED UP AS NEEDED.
RECEPTION AT DINNER TIME:
A HUGE BIG ‘THANK YOU’ GOES TO TAJ O’TOOLE AND MARY ANNE KREUTZ WHO MANAGED THE CHECK-IN RECEPTION TABLE AT DINNER TIME…IT WAS HECTIC, BUT PLEASANT. AND AND MAY I SAY, THE SALMON WAS PREPARED IN SUCH A CULINARY WAY AS TO MAKE IT A DELICIOUS AND TASTY DISH. I THOROUGHLY ENJOYED IT!
THE SHIP STORE:
THANKS TO LARRY FISCHER AND BEN PFISTER FOR HAVING ALL THE SHIPS STORE ITEMS ON DISPLAY AND READY FOR SALE.
SIDE TABLES AND YOUNG MARINES THANKS TO HARRY HODGES, JOHN COLEY, DR TONY SAUNDERS, AND THE YOUNG MARINES FOR MANNING THE SIDE TABLES WITH ALL THEIR PARAPHERNALIA AND HAVING IT READY FOR SALE.
LAST, BUT NOT LEAST, THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED IN SELLING THE GLOCK 17 RAFFLE TICKETS. THE GLOCK RAFFLE WAS A GREAT SUCCESS.
THANK YOU BEN PFISTER FOR DONATING THE 9MM GLOCK. THE WINNER OF THE GLOCK 17 WAS MARGIE NAVARRO FROM BAKERSFIELD, CA. CONGRATULATIONS, MARGIE!!!
AND THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING.
UNTIL THE NEXT BIG EVENT,
Matt E. Valenzuela
PresIdent Ronald Reagan Detachment 597
Marine Corps League
Department of Calfornia
FELLOW VETERANS AND FRIENDS IN BEAUTIFUL, SUNNY CALIFORNIA AND BEYOND,
The President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 of the Marine Corps League in
Simi Valley, California will be hosting its Annual Golf Tournament at the Tierra Rejada Golf Club in Moorpark, California as a Fundraiser.
THE TOURNAMENT IS OFFERING A ‘HOLE-IN-ONE’ FOR A LUXURIOUS BMW AND A ‘HOLE-IN-ONE’ FOR 7 DAYS/ 6 NIGHTS IN MAUI.
DETAILS AT WWW.MCL597.ORG.
The Chairman of this Annual Golf Classic Fundraiser, Dick Jennings,
requests your help and support.
The President Ronald Reagan Detachment 597 shares a common goal with our community to always remember the dedication and service of our Veterans.
These veterans have served in campaigns from WWII through the Gulf War and are
now returning from being deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan and other places abroad.
The primary means of fundraising for our resident Veterans will be through our Annual Golf Tournament which will held at various Golf Clubs throughout Ventura
This year’s event is on Wednesday, 14 June 2017, and we are seeking your support for sponsorship and participation. If you are not able to play in the golf tournament, then please consider the donation of a raffle or auction item which would be a tremendous addition to ensure another successful event for our deserving Veterans.
To register for this event, please go to www.MCL597.org and click on 2017 Convention and Golf Tournament. Here you will find all the information about
the Tournament and Sponsorship. Your Sponsorship will be publicly displayed
during the Tournament at a designated ‘hole’ and after the round of golf, during
the dinner and Auction.
Fill out the registration online form to participate in the Tournament.
Your prompt response is greatly appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your anticipated action and please contact one of the Marine Veterans listed below with any questions you may have or to coordinate
pick-up of your donations for auction.
Dick Jennings – 805-328-9817
Ben Pfister – 805-208-1095
Matt Valenzuela – 310-308-7015
Matt E. Valenzuela
This past November 10th at a luncheon celebrating the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps, Elk Grove Detachment 1238 unveiled their Challenge Coin and presented it to a small number of members that so generously donated time, money and ideas to make the coin a reality.
The Challenge Coin has a long standing tradition of symbolizing unit identity and esprit de corps. Bearing their revered symbols and motto’s the coin can be traced as far back as the Civil War when men would take with them, into battle, a special coin from home and keep forever as a remembrance of their wartime experiences.
These coins identify the bearer as a member of a particular unit with a well-defined history and mission. The Challenge Coin shares its popularity with all branches of the military as well with local fire and police departments. It expresses a unique identity and builds camaraderie and symbolizes pride of membership in an elite group.
Wherever warriors gather they challenge one-another by “coining.” Slamming one’s coin on the bar challenges others to display their coin. The last one to do so, or the one that has no coin must pay a penalty. Usually buying a round for the group.
A Challenge Coin is not merely a token. It is a tangible source of pride for America’s warriors at every level of command.
Jr. Vice Commandant
Elk Grove Detachment 1238