Third Quarter, Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, September 10, 2014, Oceanside, CA
Meeting called to order by Chapter President James “Red” Carpenter.
Secretary: Minutes of the 2nd Quarter were accepted as having been read.
Treasurer: It was reported that the Chapter now has a balance of $987.58 in its Treasury.
Old Business: President Carpenter reported that income from the Foundation’s (Florida Chapter) Golf tournament was down from previous years due to fewer players signing up and fewer auction items being available to bid on. Regardless, after expenses, the tournament raised $4,000 that will be sent to the Foundation.
New Business: President Carpenter said that his negotiations with Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club for an acceptable contract for the 2015 Tournament had failed. Instead, he was recommending that we move the tournament to Sanctuary Ridge in Clermont where a contract in our favor was available. The motion to accept Sanctuary Ridge as site of our 2015 was made, seconded and passed. The 2015 tournament will be held on Friday, May 8, 2015.
Carpenter then recommended that the $4,000 proceeds from the 2014 tournament be sent to the USMCCCA Foundation for distribution as follows: $2,000 to the Foundation Scholarship Funds, $1,000 each to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA and to Support The Troops, Tampa, FL. The recommendation was made in the form of a motion, then seconded and passed.
As there was no further business Carpenter adjourned the meeting.
1st Quarter Meeting, March 8th, 2014, Sanctuary Ridge, Clermont, FL
Meeting Called to Order at Noon: James “Red” Carpenter, President, Presiding
Treasurer’s Report: Tom Kerr reported a Treasury balance of $725.77
Secretary’s Report: Jack Paxton. Motion made and carried that minutes be accepted as having been read.
Old Business: None
New Business: Chapter contributions: President Carpenter echo’d National Foundation President Don O’Neal’s request for increased scholarship funding. He proposed that the Chapter allocate $600 out of the Treasury for the Foundation Scholarship Fund. After discussion, Carpenter amended his proposal to wait until after the May 9 golf tournament to decide how much to allocate to the Foundation for the fund.
Golf Tournament: President Carpenter reported having problems with Ridgewood Lakes new management over a previously written contract that could affect this year’s tournament. While the dispute has been resolved in our favor, Carpenter feels we should probably be looking at a new venue for future tournaments. Gene Smith said he would canvass several Orlando-are venues and report his findings to Carpenter. This year’s tournament will be held May 9.
National News: National Executive Director Jack Paxton reported on a number of activities nationally, including Marine Corps newspapers, Public Affairs offices, problems with HQMC, and the current Merit Awards situation. He also asked that attendees give consideration to attending the national conference, September 8-11 at Oceanside, CA.
Foundation Report: Foundation VP Tom Kerr reported that President Don O’Neal will step down as President at the Oceanside conference. There was some discussion about lines of succession and terms of office but these will be addressed at the Foundation Board meeting in September.
There being no further new or old business, the Chapter meeting was declared closed at 1:25 p.m.
4th Quarter Meeting: December 7, 2013, Sanctuary Ridge CG, Clermont, FL
Meeting Called To Order at noon: James “Red” Carpenter, President, Presiding
Secretary Report: Jack Paxton. Reading of the minutes from the 3rd Quarter at Andrews AFB approved as having been read.
Treasurer Report: Tom Kerr in absentia. The opening balance for the quarter was $820.50. An expenditure of $99.80 was made during the quarter for a floral arrangement for Chapter Member Charlie Ross who died. Balance at quarter’s end: $725.77.
Old Business: USMCCCA Webmaster Kate Stark reported that the website continued to get good “hits” but the website’s Facebook page was more popular with members and others. She reminded all that to access the Facebook page you do not need a username/password. Simply go to Facebook.com/usmccca.
Chapter Donations: President Carpenter reported that, thanks to the annual golf tournament, the Chapter was able to send $7,000 to the USMCCCA Foundation with the recommendation that $4,000 be allocated to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA; $2,000 to the USMCCCA Foundation Scholarship Fund, and $1,000 to the Support the Troops Fund, Tampa, FL. Carpenter said the chapter would consider funding to other worthy organizations if any were brought forward. There was discussion but no recommendations.
New Business: National Executive Director Jack Paxton reported that the 2014 Conference will be held at the Holiday Inn Marina, Oceanside, CA September 8-11, 2014. He said that room reservations could now be made on the USMCCCA Website and that registration would be announced in January. Paxton commented on certain revisions that are being made to the USMCCCA Merit Awards program. Currently, there are more than 50 categories of awards which has become unwieldy. HQMC is currently examining all awards and will make certain recommendations after the first of the year. It is expected that the program will focus on individual, rather than unit awards in the future.
Golf Tournament: President Carpenter announced that the 2014 Foundation Golf Tournament, run by the Chapter, would take place at Ridgewood Lakes GC, Davenport, FL on Friday, May 9. He encouraged all members to seek donations for the “goody bags” AND golfers.
As there was no further business, President Carpenter declared the meeting closed at 1 p.m.
Minutes of Florida Chapter Meeting at Andrews AFB during annual USMCCCA
Conference- 3rd quarter 2013
Meeting called to order by Chapter President, Red Carpenter at 3:45 pm, 24 July,2013. Tom Kerr, Chapter Treasurer, reported that final arrangements had been made with Coastal Bank and Trust of Niceville, FL. We are withdrawing all funds ($584.54) from the 1st Navy Bank in Pensacola, as they have not been responsive to our needs.
Carpenter reported that Golf Tournament funds were turned over to the Foundation for distribution, as the Chapter had requested i.e. $4000.00 to the Semper Fi fund, $2000.00 to the scholarship fund and $1000.00 to Support the Troops fund. Red also reported that negotiations with the Golf Tournament venue, Ridgewood Lakes, had gone slowly because of new management. However, it appears now that we will be able to have the tournament a month earlier to avoid weather problems. We are still working out details on Heineken beer, lunch menu and soft drinks.
Jack Paxton, Secretary and Kate Stark, webmaster, could not be at the meeting because of rehearsal for the awards banquet but Red Carpenter reported on the website and National conference. The website is going great and Kate deserves kudos for its operation. Everyone is encouraged to view the website usmccca.org daily. Featured are daily happenings of the National organization, jobs and COMCAM in the field.
This year’s conference held at Joint Base Andrews, in the Wash. D.C. area had some problems. The conference facilities were outstanding. Getting attendees not retired from the services through the gates and housing was a problem. All of the above was worked out by our National President, Bill Hauptfliesh, Manny Pacheco (conference chair) and Jack Paxton, Executive Director.
Mawk Arnold had several ideas about membership and paying for award winner’s attendance at conferences. Mawk is working on those initiatives.
Tom Kerr had some ideas about the next meeting in the Niceville/Ft.Walton Beach area and will continue to work on those ideas.
Meeting was adjourned at 4:30.
–Submitted by Red Carpenter
4th Quarter Minutes | Florida Chapter, USMCCCA | Dec. 3, 2011
Meeting was called to order at 12:09 p.m. at the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course clubhouse restaurant in Clermont, Florida. Chapter President Red Carpenter presided over the meeting.
Call for reading of the 3rd Quarter minutes: Motion was made, seconded, and approved to accept the minutes as previously published to members via email.
Treasurer’s report: Balance of $408.31 in an account at the 1st Navy Bank in Pensacola, Florida.
Golf Tournament sponsorship – During the 3rd Quarter meeting, a motion was made and approved to have the Florida Chapter’s annual golf tournament sponsorship changed back to the chapter, instead of the USMCCA Foundation, as it was in 2011. It was discovered that all proceeds from the tournament had to be turned over to the Foundation, and the chapter couldn’t keep part of the proceeds to distribute to charities it considered worthy in Florida. However, since no opposition is expected from the Foundation for funds requested in the future for such worthy Florida charities, a motion was made and approved to have the Foundation as the sponsor for the 2012 annual Chapter golf tournament again.
Executive Director and Florida Chapter member Jack Paxton described the current fundraising efforts to erect separate memorials for CC-founder Gen. Robert L. Denig and former national president Bob Morrissey. Gen. Denig’s memorial is estimated to cost $19,000 and will be erected at the USMC Museum in Quantico, Va. The $1,200 cost of Bob Morrissey’s planned memorial at Mount Soledad in San Diego was raised in four days. More information about both efforts can be found on the USMCCA website.
Director Paxton also discussed the cost-cutting suggestions of the Secretary of the Navy as it relates to military conferences, which would include the national CC conference. Live video streaming of conference presentations is suggested as a way to include more military members around the world as a less expensive alternative to attending in person. This would obviously reduce the attendance at conferences if implemented. Director Paxton also stated that the USMC Division of Public Affairs has asked that the annual conference be conducted on the West Coast in 2013.
National Treasurer and Florida Chapter member Tom Kerr announced that although final reconciliation of the costs of the last national conference in New Orleans isn’t complete, he believes that the conference may have made a slight profit.
Chapter President Red Carpenter announced he received word on the possible closing of the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club where we have conducted our annual golf tournament the past several years. He said the chapter also received an invitation to return to Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course in Clermont. President Carpenter said he would try to determine the validity of the possible closing of Ridgewood Lakes, and would entertain bids from other golf courses in the area to host our tournament in 2012. Suggestions from members for suitable golf courses in the area are appreciated.
President Carpenter spoke on the possible Tarawa exhibit being planned for the USMC Museum in Quantico, Va. CC member Norm Hatch is involved.
National Treasurer Tom Kerr reiterated the new IRS requirements for chapters to turn in periodic financial statements to their parent organization.
President Carpenter urged members to gather goody bag items and to seek sponsors for the 2012 annual golf tournament.
Member Hank Ehlbeck is going to research the location for our next meeting, possibly at an air museum in Titusville on March 3, 2012.
Meeting adjourned at 1:56 p.m.
Respectfully submitted, Kevin Doll. Chapter Secretary
3rd Quarter Minutes | Florida Chapter meeting during National Conference | New Orleans, LA
Meeting was called to order at 1215, 15 Sept. 2011. Pizza and Coke had been served. Cal Openshaw was welcomed to the meeting. Cal is moving to Florida in May.
Call for reading of minutes of last meeting; Motion made seconded and approved to eliminate reading of minutes as having been published.
Treasurer’s report; We have $408.31 in 1st Navy Bank, Pensacola, FL.
2011 Golf Tournament. Red Carpenter reported that the tournament raised $11,481.00, all of which was given to the USMCCCA Foundation, since the tournament was sponsored by the Foundation. No money was held back as previously reported.
Kate Stark the webmaster reported the website was going great and had contributed substantially to membership growth and she was displaying ComCam material of interest for two purposes. One – interest and two- eligibility for Merit Awards as display on the web-site constitutes DOD requirement for publication. Red added the National web-site was initially the Florida Chapter web-site ran by Zane Wilson and taken over by Kate after Zane’s death. The Florida Chapter web-site eventually became the National web-site, thanks to Kate’s good work.
Jack Paxton reported the article he wrote about Gene Smith and submitted to Leatherneck magazine had been published and the money he received for the article along with his own contribution led to his sponsorship of a team for the 2011 golf tournament.
Red Carpenter reported that efforts/offer to review stories written by Afghanistan deployed PA Marines had not worked out. Phil Mehringer, the Master Guns, enlisted head of the unit had indicated everything was a “go” but evidently hadn’t worked out.
2012 Golf Tournament; Red reported because in 2011 the tournament was sponsored by the USMCCCA Foundation, all of the money had to go to the Foundation. This was due to IRS regulations. Accordingly Red suggested the tournament be sponsored by the Chapter, as it had been previously so that some monies (only $2 or $3 hundred dollars) could be used for local charities. This suggestion was put into the form of a motion and approved. The Tournament will be Tuesday 12 June, 2012. Hopefully our main supplier of golf equipment used for prizes and auction, Gene Smith, will be home from the Champions Tour and able to attend.
Jack Paxton reported that he and Don O’Neal had met with BG select Kennedy, who will be the Director of Public Affairs, and various others and determined we are on safe ground re conferences and PA will continue to support. San Diego is a go for next year. Probably Las Vegas in 2013.
Red Carpenter made a motion that we again give $200.00 to Lea’s Prayers and Postage to send Christmas goodies to deployed service men and women in Afghanistan and Iraq. Motion approved.
Tom Kerr reported that IRS regulations, already in place, were now being enforced. These regulations will require a fairly simple report be submitted to Tom, who is the National Treasurer, for further submission to IRS if required. If not required, Chapter reports become a part of Tom’s files and available in case of audit.
Tom reported the next meeting will be in the Panhandle on 28- 30 Oct., 2011. The host hotel will likely be the Country Suites, which has a rate of $60. Tom is looking into some sort of military demonstration to compliment the usual meeting and social events. More as we know it. As you know, we move the meetings around the state to accommodate members. North Florida is more convenient for those who live in the Panhandle and close by in Alabama.
Hank Ehlbeck reported the spring meeting, probably in March, will be held on the East Coast of Florida. Details will be forthcoming.
Florida Chapter, USMCCCA
Minutes of 1st Quarter Meeting
Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Meeting Called to Order at 12 noon by President James “Red” Carpenter.
Secretary’s Report: Motion made and carried to dispense with the reading of the minutes of the 4th Quarter 2010 Meeting.
Treasurer’s Report: Jack Paxton reported a balance of $653.31 in the Chapter’s Bank Account. Motion to accept made and carried.
Old Business: President Carpenter reported on the Lea’s Prayers and Postage Christmas Fundraiser that the Chapter contributed $200.00 to. Red explained that a barber shop was the collection location for donated items of “Christmas Goodies” for the troops in Afghanistan. Over 1000 items were collected. The $200.00 the Chapter donated to Lea’s was for postage to mail the many items.
Carpenter also called attention to the continuing success of the USMCCCA website (formerly the Florida Chapter web-site) presided over by Chapter member Kate Stark. In particular the recent death of World War II CC Cy O’Brian caused the site to record the greatest number of hits since its inception two years ago.
New Business: Carpenter called on National Executive Director Jack Paxton to report on his story in the March issue of Leatherneck Magazine on Chapter member Gene Smith, Assistant Tournament Director of the PGA Champions Tour. Smith who was a CC in Vietnam in the late 60’s left the Marine Corps in 1970 and began a highly successful career as a golf professional under Arnold Palmer in Orlando. Rising through the PGA hierarchy Smith became an expert on the rules of golf and ultimately was hired by the Champions Tour. Smith, through his contacts with the Champions tour, also provides all of the items used for the Florida Chapter golf tournament prizes. In addition to the many prizes Gene already supplies, this year he has made arrangements for a $10,000.00 hole in one prize, a pitching wedge mail in certificate for every player and a weekly pass (2012), including parking, to the Players Championship Tournament held in Ponte Vedra Beach. The value of this package is $345.00, if you could get in. The hole in one package, along with the insurance cost $380.00 which Gene paid for.
Paxton also reported on happenings on the national scene. He reminded members of the 2011 Annual Conference in New Orleans September 12-16 and that the Association has partnered with Continental Airlines for discount air fares and with the New Orleans Airport Shuttle for discounted transportation to the Westin Hotel. He also reminded members of the Merit Awards program and that sponsorships were still available at $200. A reminder was also given about member quarter page ads in the annual conference Journal at $150. These must be contracted for by July 15.
President Carpenter reported that the Chapter will once again mentor active duty CCs by critiquing stories submitted during the deployment of Il MEF which will begin March 1. It is likely the same procedure will be followed as when the Chapter provided the same services before. The stories will come into Carpenter who will then forward them to members for their comments. The stories will then be returned to 11 MEF with something about the reviewer for authentication.
Carpenter outlined the planning for the upcoming Annual Foundation Golf Tournament which will take place Friday, June 3 at 8 a.m. at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club, Davenport, FL. He asked all Chapter members to seek players, items for the goody bags and for business card ads in the Tournament Program. Red also asked as many members as possible be at the tournament because there is much to do that day. He said that the Orlando Marine Color Guard is already committed and that the Quality Inn Motel nearby, would be available for those who want to come to Davenport Thursday evening. The hotel is offering a special reduced rate of $47.00.
There being no further business the meeting adjourned at 1:45 p.m.
Sanctuary Ridge Golf Club, Clermont, FL, October 16, 2010
The 4th Quarter Meeting of the Florida Chapter, USMCCCA was opened by President Red Carpenter at 11:50 a.m.
Secretary’s Report: In the absence of Secretary Kevin Doll, Jack Paxton moved that the minutes of the previous meeting be accepted as having been read. The motion carried.
Treasurer’s Report: Treasurer Jack Paxton reported that a total of $842 remained in the Chapter’s Treasury. The report was accepted.
2010 Golf Tournament: President Carpenter reported that, because of economic conditions the number of players this year was down from 2009. He said that 79 players signed up and a profit of $4000 was made.
The chapter also had received $300 from the profits of a Chapter cruise earlier this year. A decision was made to take $500 from the Chapter Treasury., add the $300 cruise profit and $4,000 from the golf tournament and make a gift to the USMCCCA Foundation in the amount of $4,800. Of this amount, the Chapter asked that $$2500 go to the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the remainder to the Gladys McPartland Scholarship Fund.
President Carpenter thanked Platinum sponsor (and member) Gene Smith for his tireless effort in obtaining equipment for the Tournament.
National Report: National Executive Director Jack Paxton reported that the National Conference in Reno, NV August 23-27 was one of the best ever with 220 Marines, members and guests attending. The Denig Award was accepted by Life Member Dale Dye in Hank’s absence. Dale also chaired a panel on Hollywood and the Marines and served as guest speaker at the Business Breakfast on Friday. Carpenter, Paxton and four others participated in a Heritage Panel that described CC activities from World War II through our current operations in Afghanistan.
Paxton also reported a new method of approaching potential advertisers that resulted in increased ad revenues this year as well as enough money to permit the Association to offer morning coffee at the conference.
The National Exec also told members that a Combat Photographer, Cpl. Ralph Fabbri of Pennsylvania, was killed in Afghanistan very recently. He also said that Cpl. Eugenio Montenez, a combat correspondent, was now recuperating in Bethesda after being wounded in that country.
President Carpenter showed members a photograph that Paxton took on a recent trip of our Chapter brick at the National Museum of the Marine Corps at Quantico. A photo of the brick is currently on our website www.usmccca.org.
President Carpenter reported that future Chapter golf tournaments would be under the auspices of the USMCCCA Foundation in order to be more attractive to some. He explained that this would not change anything other than all checks collected for sponsor and, or entry fees, would be made out to the Foundation, rather than the Chapter.
Carpenter reported on meeting with two potential sponsors, a large insurance company and a law firm, both in St. Petersburg. Together they tentatively agreed to donate $2000.00.
Carpenter encouraged all members to seek out sponsors for the tournament as this is where we can make the most profit, especially when the player count is down.
Gene Smith reported that the economy would definitely hamper his ability to continue offering golf gear for our auction and door prizes. Gene stated that a major donor Callaway had already been lost. He was optimistic however that things could change before the June 3, 2011 tournament.
President Carpenter asked VP Hank Ehlbeck to continue his efforts in finding articles for the Tournament “ditty bags.”
Carpenter reported on his visit to speak to the Combat Camera Conference in San Francisco in early August. His purpose in speaking was to encourage greater cooperation between ComCam and the CCs.
He then made a proposal that the Florida Chapter consider getting more involved in local area projects. He said that one such involved the barber shop he uses and, whose owner is the mother of an active Marine that had deployed several times. She and a friend who lost a Marine son in Iraq, are sponsoring a Christmas drive to assure that our Marines receive foodstuffs in time for Christmas. Carpenter said that money was needed to help defray the cost of mailing the foodstuffs and asked the Chapter to consider donating $200 to assist. A motion was made and accepted to approve this contribution.
Election of Officers: The biennial election of officers was the final piece of business on the agenda. Paxton made a motion that the current set of officers continue in that position for two more years. The motion was accepted.
Submitted by Jack Paxton for Kevin Doll.
MINUTES: 2010 2nd Quarter, Florida Chapter Meeting, April 3, 2010
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Clermont on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at the Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course Clubhouse. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The 2009 4th Quarter minutes were not read and a motion was made and approved to accept them as previously published. Note: A 1st Quarter 2010 meeting was not conducted.
Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $1,312.31 in the chapter treasury. President Carpenter noted that he had $850 from registration fees from the upcoming chapter golf tournament to add to the treasury, bringing the total to $2162.31. Jack noted that chapter dues of $5 were due and several members paid at the meeting.
Under Old Business, Red commented on the combined CC/Mustang cruise, as did Charlie Ross. An amount to be donated to the chapter from the cruise proceeds was not available at the present time.
Charlie Ross noted that the Orlando Marine monument was still in the development and fundraising stage. The Florida Chapter has donated $600 to the monument fund amount collected.
Jack Paxton noted that the early bird registration for the national conference was underway and the agenda is coming together. The theme for the conference is “Our Heritage.” President Carpenter stated that the 2011 conference in New Orleans had selected an excellent hotel. The 2012 conference is scheduled for San Diego, and the 2013 conference is scheduled for Tampa. Jack noted that the quarter page cost for conference journal ads for members would be $150 until June and then $180 thereafter.
Jack asked members to determine the name and contact information for their local Wal-Mart stores “giving coordinators” so that the chapter can ask for grants for the chapter’s goals.
Jack displayed two new types of CC shirt for members to purchase and plans on selling them at the national conference. There is a t-shirt and polo shirt styles to choose from.
Kate Stark noted that the national CC website now has a Facebook “fanbase” connection and has gained about 20 fans a month. These are non-members who may be supportive of the organization. Jack described a project to videotape members describing why they belong to the CCs to be posted on the website and everyone agreed it was a good idea.
President Carpenter noted that a donation of $3,000 was made to the Semper Fi fund in December, which is a stated goal of the chapter’s annual charity golf tournament. Red also stated that he played in the Army Ball charity golf tournament in Tampa and distributed flyers for our tournament. He also plans on playing in the Central Florida Marine Tournament in April for the same purpose and should have players from that event play in our tournament.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter emphasized that sponsorships would be key for another successful chapter golf tournament, scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2010 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport. He urged all members to actively pursue sponsorships and ad sales, no matter how small. As usual, goody bag items and players are also needed. Florida chapter and PGA Senior Tour member Gene Smith commented that he was already collecting items to support the tournament.
President Carpenter asked members for comments on any additional goals we could have as a chapter. Ideas included funding children of Marines to a local camp, providing care packages for deployed DivPa and ComCam Marines, providing support for local Marine Reserve units, and mentoring or high school or college students in journalism, public relations, and Internet classes.
The next chapter meeting date and location will be announced at a future date. The meeting was adjourned at 1:50 p.m.
— Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
MINUTES: 2009 4th Quarter, Florida Chapter Meeting, December 12, 2009
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Clermont on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at the Diamond Players Golf Course Clubhouse. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The 2009 3rd Quarter minutes were not read and a motion was made and approved to accept them as previously published.
Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $1,312.21 in the chapter treasury. Director Paxton noted that $8,510 was presented to the National CC organization at the 2009 national conference in Hampton, Virginia. Jack also noted that individual national dues are owed and $5 chapter dues will be payable by the next meeting in February.
Under Old Business, Red noted that the national conference was extremely successful and the Florida Chapter was well represented. Florida Chapter member Alan Moore’s DJ participation was excellent and well received. Red noted that the conference was one of the most well attended in recent memory. Jack stated the next national conference is Aug. 23-27 in Reno, Nevada and he will take over the hotel review responsibility of future conference sites.
Red noted that Florida chapter member Kate Stark was unable to attend today but is doing an excellent job maintaining the national CC website.
The next CC cruise is scheduled to sail on Feb. 28. At the time of the meeting, 21 members were scheduled to attend. The deadline for guaranteed rates has passed, but members can still sign up for the cruise.
Jack was looking into the Wal-Mart giving program as a possible sponsor for our scholarship fund.
Charlie Ross noted that the Orlando Marine Memorial was still collecting funds. About $12,000 has been collected towards a goal of about $30,000 unless the project is scaled back. The Florida Chapter has donated $400 towards that goal.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter emphasized that sponsorships would be key for another successful chapter golf tournament, scheduled for Friday June 4, 2010 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport. He urged all members to actively pursue sponsorships and ad sales, no matter how small. Red noted that Leatherneck Magazine is always a good sponsor. As usual, goody bag items and players are also needed. Florida chapter and PGA Senior Tour member Gene Smith commented that he was already collecting items to support the tournament.
Due to his generous support since the beginning of the Florida Chapter tournament, President Carpenter presented Gene with a new mounted K-Bar knife, which he greatly appreciated.
The next chapter meeting date and location will be announced at a future date. The meeting was adjourned at 1:18 p.m.
–Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
Florida Chapter Meeting, Third Quarter 2009
Thursday, September 17, 2009 – Hampton, VA
President Red Carpenter called the meeting to order at 11:30 a.m.
Secretary Report: In the absence of the Chapter Secretary Jack Paxton assumed these duties. The minutes of the 2nd Quarter were accepted as having been read.
Treasurer’s Report: Jack Paxton reported that $9,217.31 is currently in the bank. The report was accepted.
There were no other reports.
Tom Kerr reported on the cruise held months ago in conjunction with the Mustang and the Chosin Few organizations. He reported that $380 in profits (their share) would be turned over to the Florida Chapter. He also reported that a new cruise, leaving from New Orleans is being planned in February involving both the Mustangs and the Combat Correspondents’ Association. This venture will include a couple of days in New Orleans prior to sailing, with tours of the French Quarter and the WWII Museum, plus plenty of time for special dinners and other activities.
Red Carpenter reported on the progress of the Central Florida Marine Monument committee. He said that, while the Chapter had previously given $200 to the monument committee and recently another $200, he would leave it up to the recommendation of chapter members as to further involvement.
Kate Stark reported on the success of the USMCCCA website. Since the beginning of the site last year 266 stories had been processed and 62 pages developed. The site has increased in “hits” from an initial month of 152,678 hits to more than a million and a quarter by the end of August.
Red Carpenter reported on the success of the 5th Annual Florida Golf Tournament held this past June. The tournament continues to grow each year and this year realized a profit of $7,830.11. He will present a total of $8,510 to the USMCCCA Foundation at the annual meeting of the USMCCCA September 18, which includes cruise and other donations. Of this amount, the Chapter is recommending $2,000 to the Scholarship Fund; $3,000 to the Wounded Marines Semper Fi Fund and the remainder to the Foundation’s Sunshine Fund.
Carpenter also reported that the Chapter ad for the annual Conference Journal was several dollars short, but the remainder was taken from Chapter Funds.
New Business: There was also discussion of Chapter sponsorship of annual cruises. Most have already been to the Caribbean as it is the most convienent and offers the best prices. Other locations are more expensive and more difficult to get to. It was also suggested that the Foundation should investigate the feasibility of sponsoring cruises as part of their fundraising approach.
Red Carpenter reported that, because of the success of the Chapter Golf Tournament, he has been contacted by several other organizations requesting various forms of support.
In other new business there was considerable discussion about the Chapter’s/Foundation relationship. While no conclusions were reached, the Foundation was requested to continue to investigate the legality of a possible “umbrella” relationship.
Red Carpenter announced that the 2010 Chapter Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, June 4.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 1 p.m.
MINUTES: 2009 2nd Quarter, Florida Chapter Meeting, May 2, 2009
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Clermont on Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Sanctuary Ridge Golf Course. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at noon. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The 2009 1st Quarter minutes were not read and a motion made and approved to accept them as previously published via email.
Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $2,722.45 in the chapter treasury. President Carpenter noted that he had an additional $945 in golf funds had yet to be deposited in the account, with an additional $500 expected from a corporate team.
Under Old Business, President Carpenter noted that checks from the recent CC cruise would be presented at the National Conference.
President Carpenter and Director Paxton also detailed how Florida Chapter Kate Stark continued to do a great job on the CC website. Chapter management suggestions had been included on the site.
Director Paxton noted that advertising was being solicited for the conference journal, which is an important fundraiser for the national organization. With expected reductions in corporate national ads, Director Paxton urged members to consider purchasing full-color quarter page ads for $180 or business card ads for $70. Quarter page ads and larger will be featured on the website for a period of one year. It is expected that the Florida Chapter will again purchase a full-page ad.
Director Paxton stressed the need for member registrations at the 2009 National Conference site, the Hampton Crown Plaza in Hampton, Virginia, September 14-18, 2009. The registration fee is currently $120 a person, but raises to $135 on June 1.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter emphasized that sponsorships and registrations are still needed for the chapter golf tournament, scheduled for Friday June 5, 2009 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport. As usual, goody bag items and players are also needed. Florida chapter member and PGA Champions Tour Assistant Director Gene Smith continues to supply outstanding prizes and goods for the tournament, bringing the amount of merchandise to about $10,000. Director Paxton and President Carpenter both played in a recent Marine-based tournament in Orlando, and stated that event could not compare to the prizes, food, and fast play that our tournament offers.
The next chapter meeting time and date is scheduled at the National Conference, if enough members attend. The meeting was adjourned at 1:35 p.m.
– Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
The first quarter meeting of the Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, was called to order at 11:30 a.m. in the dining room of the LPGA Golf Club, Daytona Beach, FL by Chapter President James E. “Red” Carpenter. Attendees included Hank and Trudi Ehlbeck, Charlie and Elva Ross, Chuck and Mary Beveridge, Bob McEwen, Kate Stark, Allen Moore, Jack Paxton and Ann and Red Carpenter.
In his opening remarks, Carpenter thanked Hank and Trudi Ehlbeck, residents of near by Port Orange, for acting as hosts for the social events surrounding the weekend meeting. The couple had made arrangements at the NASCAR Speedway for a Friday afternoon tour and attendance at the Speedway’s IMAX Theater as well as motel arrangements for out of town members and the meeting luncheon at the LPGA National Golf Club.
Minutes of the 4th Quarter Chapter Meeting: Minutes of the 4th Quarter Meeting, December 13, 2008 at Gator’s Dockside Restaurant in Clermont, FL were accepted as having been read.
Treasurer Report: Chapter Treasurer Jack Paxton reported a balance of $1671.45 in the Chapter Treasury.
Cruise: Tom Kerr reported via e-mail that the recent Carribean cruise was a great success. This was supported by the remarks of Charlie Ross and Bob McEwen who both sailed. There were a total of 23 members from the Mustang and Chosin Few associations, as well as our Florida chapter who went aboard. It is estimated the Chapter will realize about $500 from this venture.
National Report: National Executive Director Jack Paxton briefed attendees on various programs underway with the national association. He indicated that pre-registration for the Annual Conference at Hampton, VA September 14-18 was going well and 44 members had taken advantage of the early registration special that ends March 31. The annual Dedicated Members Campaign was launched March 15 on schedule and that early returns were promising. He reminded chapter members that the deadline for nominations for two national director positions and all officer positions of the Association will be May 15. Paxton also expressed concern over the failing of some members to renew their membership. He indicated that a postcard mail out would be used this year to remind members. The national advertising campaign for the Annual Conference Journal had begun he encouraged members to seek advertisers.
Website Report: Chapter member Kate Stark, also National Webmaster, told attendees about various innovations being made at www.usmccca.org. She encouraged members to continue to send photos and articles for posting. The website is currently receiving thousands of “hits” each week. The site will also showcase advertisers in the National Conference Journal. Each person or corporation placing an ad will also see it shown on the website which definitely gives our advertisers a bigger “bang” for their ad dollars.
Central Florida Marine Monument Report:
Charlie Ross, Chapter liaison to the Central Florida Marine Monument Committee, reported that the final design for the monument had been made by the Committee and fundraising was underway. The monument is located adjacent to the Veteran’s Clinic on Orlando’s Lake Baldwin. The chapter had made an earlier contribution of $200 for the memorial.
Annual Golf Tournament: President (and Tournament Director) Carpenter gave a financial report on the progress of the 2009 edition of the annual Florida Golf Tournament, scheduled this year on Friday, June 5 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport, FL. To date, several corporate sponsorships had been obtained but more were needed. Especially needed were players and chapter members were asked to recruit as many as they could. Chapter member Allen Moore will schedule a visit to a prominent Orlando radio station in the next few weeks to hype the tournament. Chapter member Gene Smith was lauded for his annual contribution of golf gear from various sources. Gene is the Tournament Director of the Champions Tour (the Senior PGA tour) and, through his many contacts, is able to furnish the tournament with thousands of dollars worth of prizes.
CC Cruise: A proposal by absent Chapter Member Tom Kerr was read concerning a 4-day cruise out of Mobile, AL in February. The cruise goes to Cozumel, Mexico and offers very attractive rates. Additional details will be on the website www.usmccca.org and in the newsletter, Now Hear This.
Central Florida Marine Corps Monument: Charlie Ross reported that the committee to design and seek funds for the monument is now in the process of requesting funds. A motion was made, seconded and passed to provide $200 towards that effort.
Chapter Projects: Carpenter asked members if they felt the chapter was doing enough with the golf tournament as its central project. He called attention to the fact that the Maryland Chapter had begun its own golf tournament in 2008 and that the New York Chapter was involved in revising the book, Last to Know, First to Go, as a project. In the discussion that followed, Webmaster Stark encouraged Carpenter to develop an outline for other chapters to use that might help them become successful in attracting members and provide a worthwhile environment for meaningful accomplishments.
There being no other new business, the meeting was adjourned at 2 p.m.
Submitted by Jack T. Paxton for Secretary Kevin Doll.
MINUTES: 2008 4th Quarter, Florida Chapter Meeting
December 13, 2008
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Clermont on Saturday, December 13, 2008 at the Gators Dockside Restaurant. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at 12:09 p.m. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The 2008 3rd Quarter minutes were not read and a motion made and approved to accept them as previously published.
Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $1,859 in the chapter treasury. Director Paxton noted that $7,500 was presented to the National CC organization at the national conference in San Antonio. Jack also noted that individual national dues are owed.
Under Old Business, Tom Kerr reported that the scheduled CC/Mustang Eastern Caribbean cruise had to change its departure date to March 1 due to problems with the Carnival Cruise ship. This resulted in some cancellations but that 10 cabins of 20 people were still scheduled to participate. Tom noted that there is still time to book a cabin for any members interested.
National webmaster and Florida chapter member Kate Stark noted that the new and improved CC website is up and running and had her laptop handy to show members its sleek and clean features. Kate plans on adding features to make it more user-friendly, including a “members only” section, links to Facebook and MySpace sites, active duty content, and veteran content. Additional plans include dues payment via PayPal.
President Carpenter noted that the 2009 National Conference site, the Hampton Crown Plaza in Hampton, Virginia, was still a go, although active duty leadership from HQMC questioned the viability of the site for active duty members. The date for the conference is September 14-18, 2009. The site for 2010 is at the Silver Legacy Resort in Reno, Nevada from August 23-30.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter emphasized that sponsorships would be key for a successful chapter golf tournament, scheduled for Friday June 5, 2009 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport. He urged all members to actively pursue sponsorships, no matter how small. As usual, goody bag items and players are also needed. Florida chapter and PGA Senior Tour member Gene Smith presented a list of professional golf items he has already gathered for the tournament, which again puts us ahead in prizes and auction items.
Treasurer Paxton commented on the website Together We Served, which can be a good tool to network with members whose MOS is CC-related.
Tom Kerr outlined changes to the USMCCA Foundation, which should improve fundraising and accounting for tax purposes.
President Carpenter made a motion to provide the funds from the chapter golf tournament to the Wounded Marines Career Foundation, which trains wounded Marines for work in the television and film industry. The motion passed. He also mentioned making contact with a member of the Wounded Warrior Mentor Program, which needs volunteers to assist Marines during their hospital stays. He hopes to provide more information about that organization at a later date.
A photo was taken with President Carpenter presenting the 2001 Donald Dickson Award to Kate Stark, a delay due to events after 9-11 and the schedule of the world-traveling webmaster.
Member Charlie Ross presented an artist’s rendition of the Orlando Marine Memorial, scheduled for construction. The Florida Chapter has given $200 to the organization coordinating the construction.
The next chapter meeting time and date is to be announced. The meeting was adjourned at 1 p.m.
Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
3rd Quarter Meeting, Florida Chapter, USMCCCA
San Antonio, TX (during National Conference)
13 August, 2008
The meeting was called to order by Chapter President, Red Carpenter at 1140 in the Hospitality Suite at the USMCCCA National Conference.
The 2nd Quarter minutes were not read as there was a motion, second and vote to dispense with the reading in lieu of the published minutes.
Jack Paxton, Chapter Treasurer reported there was a bit over $9000 in the Chapter treasury.
Red Carpenter reported the golf tournament was a success and profit from the tournament was about $7500. He also reported profit was down a bit from the previous year because one sponsor had reduced his contribution by $1000 and expenses had increased. There was also a little less interest in silent auction items this year, which resulted in lower profit from that source. Everything considered, a very good tournament.
Tom Kerr reported there were 27 Chapter/CC members and Mustangs signed up for the Chapter sponsored cruise leaving Ft. Lauderdale, FL on Feb. 25th for an 8 day cruise to St. Lucia, St. Kitts and St. Maarten. Tom also reported there was still space available but he could not guarantee the same cabin prices. For more info contact Tom at 850-897-7743. Last year the cruise netted the Chapter about $1000 and next years cruise is expected to do equally well.
Bob McEwen reported we collected almost enough money for the Chapter ad in the Journal and a Merit Award Sponsorship. He said we were only $40 short and the shortage was made up out of the Chapter treasury.
Jack Paxton, National ExDir. reported the National web-site has been a continuing problem and the National Board of Directors would like to ask the Florida Chapter webmaster, Kate Stark to take over the National site, with links to those Chapters having web-sites. Kate was not present because of a serious injury to her foot but it was believed she would agree. The Florida Chapter agreed to see if Kate could and would make the necessary arrangements.
(Note from Kate: I am honored to work on the National site.)
Under 0ld Business the design of the Florida Chapter ad was discussed and it was agreed to continue with the cartoon gator as the ad principle.
Carpenter reported the $200 donation, previously agreed to, had been made to the USMC monument foundation in Orlando, FL.
Jack Paxton reported that a check/donation in the amount of $2000 had been made to the Injured Marine Semper Fi fund. This donation from the National Foundation was made possible by tournament and cruise funds donated by the Florida Chapter.
Carpenter mentioned the Voo Doo Lady fishing boat is still available for our use/auction/whatever. This is an excellent fishing charter, sailing out of Ft. Pierce. Suggestions anyone?
Under New Business, the serving Chapter officers were re-elected. The officers for 2009 and 2010 will be; President, Red Carpenter. Vice President, Hank Ehlbeck. Treasurer, Jack Paxton. Secretary, Kevin Doll.
Chapter members voted to donate $7500 to the National Foundation with the suggestion that $2000 be further donated to the Wounded Marine Careers Foundation, $2000 to the Scholarship Fund and the balance to be deposited in the Sunshine Fund (emergency fund).
Members voted to continue the annual golf tournament at Ridgewood Lakes Golf and Country Club, provided Gregg Gagliardi, who has been the very effective auctioneer, will continue in the same capacity. Gregg has agreed. The tournament will be Friday, 5 June, 2009 (date amended 9/9/08) with an 0800 shotgun start.
There was no other new business and the meeting was adjourned at 12:45. Pizza and sodas were served following the meeting.
— Submitted by President, Red Carpenter
MINUTES: 2008 2nd Quarter
Florida Chapter Meeting, May 17, 2008
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Davenport on Saturday, May 17, 2008 at the Perkins Restaurant. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at 12:35 p.m. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The 2008 1st quarter minutes were not read and a motion made to accept them as previously published. Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $4,527.82 in the chapter treasury.
Under Old Business, President Carpenter noted that information concerning the chapter golf tournament would be postponed pending a tournament meeting after the chapter meeting. The tournament is scheduled for Friday June 6, 2008 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Club in Davenport.
President Carpenter noted that the combined CC/Mustang cruise raised $1,000 for the chapter. Many members have already signed up for next year’s cruise, which is scheduled for the eastern Caribbean.
Although the Mentoring program was successful last year, the 1st Division has declined our services this year.
President Carpenter noted that the 2009 National Conference site has been selected, the Hampton Crown Plaza in Hampton, Virginia. The date for the conference is September 14-18, 2009.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter noted that USMC Headquarters Divison of Public Affairs had a new senior enlisted Marine, MGySgt. Phil Mehringer.
Florida Chapter member Kate Stark took over the duties as webmaster for the Florida Chapter CC website.
For the journal ad, $480 has been collected, but $1,000 is needed for funding. A motion was passed to draw money from the chapter treasury to make up the difference.
A photo was taken with Chapter President Carpenter presenting the cruise money check to National Executive Director Jack Paxton for the Wounded Marines fund.
A motion passed to give $200 to the construction of a USMC monument in Orlando near the VA Medical Center.
The next chapter meeting time and date is to be announced. The meeting was adjourned at 1:15 p.m.
— Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
MINUTES: 2008 1st Quarter,
Florida Chapter Meeting, March 1, 2008
The Florida Chapter, USMCCCA, met in Davenport on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Course Clubhouse. President Red Carpenter called the chapter meeting to order at noon. The following minutes outline discussion topics during the meeting.
The fourth quarter minutes were read and a motion made to accept them as previously published.
Jack Paxton, National Executive Director and Florida Chapter Treasurer, reported a total of $2,018.82 in the chapter treasury. Director/Treasurer Paxton noted that Red Carpenter was appointed by President Keith Oliver as the national conference committee chair to direct the search for the best conference sites over the next few years. Director Paxton noted that CC members should forward their registration to national headquarters soon to receive the reduced price for the San Antonio conference scheduled for 12-17 August 2008, and also to send in their reservation to the hotel to ensure they did not have to bed at an overflow hotel site. Former Florida Chapter member Don O’Neal is the Texas conference chair. President Carpenter noted that the search for the best cost-effective city/hotel for the 2009 conference is still ongoing and Myrtle Beach, S.C., was a possibility.
Under Old Business, President Carpenter noted that the Mentoring Program was looking for additional CC members to critique active duty articles from Iraq. It was proposed that CCs review articles before they were published, but the deadline time constraint could be a prohibiting factor.
Treasurer Paxton provided an update on the efforts to provide additional monies to the Wounded Warrior and Semper Fi fund from the chapter proceeds from the upcoming golf tournament and the recently concluded USMCCCA/Mustang cruise to Central America. Funds raised from the cruise were still pending from CC member Tom Kerr.
The Voodoo Lady Fishing Charter is still available as a fundraising opportunity and it was decided to auction off the charter at the upcoming Florida Chapter golf tournament. Ship owner Gerald Keller is sponsoring part of the charter costs, which can hold up to six anglers and ships out of Ft. Pierce, Florida. Estimated cost of the charter is about $1,350, without the costs of the gas, gear and bait, which is being donated by Keller. For more information, visit the voodoolady.com website or the Florida Chapter website at usmcccafl.com.
During New Business discussion, President Carpenter outlined the progress of the 2008 Florida Chapter golf tournament, scheduled for June 6 at the Ridgewood Lakes Golf Course. CC member Gene Smith again stepped up to the tee and delivered approximately $4,500 in golfing merchandise to support the tournament. President Carpenter reiterated that there was still plenty of work to do, including signing up players, increasing publicity about the tournament, and gathering additional sponsors, prizes, brochure ad revenue, and goody bag items.
The next chapter meeting time and date is to be announced. The meeting was adjourned at 1:30 p.m.
— Submitted by Florida Chapter Secretary Kevin Doll
Minutes – Florida Chapter, USMCCCA,
March 28, 2009
LPGA Golf Club, Daytona Beach, FL