San Francisco Bay Area, USMCCCA | Chapter President Dale Cook | Vice President Bill Wasson | Secretary Norbert Malecki | Treasurer Earle F. Holt
MINUTES of the Joe Rosenthal – San Francisco Bay Area – Chapter, U. S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn. Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, CA on 21 September 2011. Lunch 1130 to 1300. Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 16 persons in attendance (6 members, 9 supporters/patrons and one guests). He asked Connie Guaraglia to lead the Chapter in the Pledge of Allegiance and asked for a moment of silent prayer for those Chapter members who have passed on, fallen Marines and all Marines in harm’s way.
Cook called for introduction of guests: LaVerne Marts introduced Betty Lieser from San Jose. Betty said she was a Woman Marine from 55 to 58, served almost all of her time at Camp Lejeune and enjoyed every minute of it. Bruce Campion reintroduced Gary Phipps, a former Corpsman who attended his initial meeting in August and who now paid his dues and became a Chapter Supporter. In turn, Gary introduced Irving A. Biron, a former Navy man who was a 2nd Class Gunners Mate 42 to 46 and a ship sinking survivor. His ship the USS Block Island went down but Biron claimed he was a great swimmer and stayed afloat. Biron filled out an application, paid his dues and became the third Navy man in the Rosenthal Chapter. The other Navy man is George Martin an Iwo Jima survivor who served as it Gunnery Officer (ANGLICO).”
Minutes of the previous meeting presented, approved and accepted. Secretary Norb Malecki reported one more persons had paid dues leaving a balance of 10 unpaid.
President Cook reported for Treasurer Earle Holt who is visiting Russia. The general fund balance is at $1358.55 and the Hampton Toys for Tots Fund at $400. He read a letter from the lawyers handling the living trust of Carlos and Lee Rubalcava, and announced the amount of the bequest that was paid 12 September to the Chapter. In the future this sum will be known as the Rubalcava Trust for record tracking purposes.
Secretary Norb Malecki suggested that since we had two new supporters aboard We go around the table with self introductions to allow them to learn about their fellow Chapter members and supporters… Each member gave a short and in some cases a long saga about themselves. ‘
President Cook noted the Jingle Party is booked at Sharp Park Golf Course Restaurant in Pacifica at 1300. Wednesday 14 December 2011. Six menu choices include: Chicken breast, Beef Teriyaki, Roast Turkey, Pacific Salmon, Breaded Veal Cutlet or Vegetarian Plate at a complete cost of $25 (includes tax & tip). Meals include: wine, salad, roll &.butter, hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and coffee or tea. Free parking & an ample cash bar is available. Quality & Quantity, according to Jingle Party Chairman Ed Fulwider will have you hauling leftovers back home. “Reservation slips are included in the last issue of the Bay Area Marine Corps Reporter to book a seat for the event and make menu choices,” Cook told attendees.
.Bill Clark, Rep. USMC Coordinating Council of N.Calif. reported on local events scheduled at the Marines Memorial Club and in either local places, the Korean War Veterans Luncheon 27 September at the MMClub, and Fleet Week 6 to 11 October in San Francisco as well as various Marine Corps Birthday activities in November and 12 Jan 2012 Marine Day Luncheon w/ MajGen. Ronald L. Bailey, USMC Guest speaker.
Survey of those at August meeting who intend to attend 18 Sept. Marine Day Picnic in Yountville showed a dozen indicated they would attend. President Cook reported that only seven of those showed up and two additional who were not at the August meeting, for a total of nine. Connie Guaraglia was the only Chapter raffle winner. Early arrival, Jack Withington held two long picnic tables for about 20 persons from the Chapter expected to attend. One of those tables was given, up to other picnickers ..
A discussion developed over the potential money raising project of a knife sale (knife is donation of Guarglia daughter & son-in-law) which Bob Stanley dubbed a knife raffle. Stanley and Guarglia will present a plan at the October Meeting.
Announced that the’ next meeting would be 19 October 2011 at, the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda. Meeting adjourned 1410.
MINUTES of the Joe Rosenthal- San Francisco Bay Area – Chapter, U. S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn.,
Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, CA on 16 June 2010.
Lunch 1130 to 1245. Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 16 persons in attendance ( 7 members, 7 supporters/patrons and 2 friends/guests present. He reminded attendees about the USMCCCA Conference in Reno at the Silver Legacy starting 24 August. Bill Clark, Chapter Rep. on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California reported on six upcoming events: 28 June Korean War Veterans Dinner, 12 August Guadalcanal Commemorative J.,uncheon, 15 August Korean War Inchon Landing Commemoration (all at the Marines Memorial Club), the Yountville, CA Marine Day Picnic on 19 Sept. beginning at 1000 to 1600 (vice the noon time previously reported), 6 November Marine Corps Birthday Ball at the MMClub, and Fleet Week Celebration in San Francisco featuring ship visits, static displays and air show flyovers from 7-11 October.
Chapter Treasurer Earle Holt reported the Chapter bank account at $1102 after deduction for a half-page Chapter ad in the Reno USMCCCA conference journal. President Cook read a card of thanks from the niece and nephew of their great uncle John Hampton for helping him celebrate his 103rd birthday. They reside in Texas and were here for John’s 100 birthday when they met Chapter members and supporters. Bob Stanley noted that the USMCCCA needed memorabilia type items for their silent auction. He volunteered to take any items to Reno to help out the national scholarship fund. Supporter Connie Guaraglia reported that she and Laverne Marts would represent the Chapter as Women Marines riding in the First Marine Division jeep at the annual 4th of July Redwood City Independence Day Parade.
Secretary Norb Malecki passed around a proof sheet of the upcoming year membership cards and said they would be mailed out with the Fall edition of the Bay Area Marine Corps Reporter together with a request for dues flyer. Malecki also reminded that nomination of officers for next year would begin at the July meeting with election at the August meeting. Announced that next meeting would be 21 July (3rd Wednesday) at Oakland Yacht Club. Meeting adjourned at 1330.
MINUTES of the Joe Rosenthal – San Francisco Bay Area – Chapter, U. S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn.,
Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, CA on 19 May 2010. Lunch 1130 to 1245.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 19 members. supporters, friends and guests present. He noted it was
another good turnout. Ken Goulacdt introduced his guest Mike Aubry. Vice Commandant of the Marine Corps League Reasoner
Detachment #919. Aubry is a Vietnam era Marine who served in that war. He hails from San Leandro.
Bill Clark. Chapter Rep. on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of North em California reported on three upcoming events:
the anniversary of the Marines Memorial Club on 29 May; the USS San Francisco Tribute at Lands End at noon on 30 May and the
Yountville Marine Day Picnic on 19 Sept. beginning at 1100 (vice the noon time previously reported).
Chapter Treasurer Earle Holt reported the Chapter had $957 in the bank after deduction for a half-page Chapter ad in the Reno
USMCCCA conference journal.
Secretary Norb Malecki passed around a 103rd Happy Birthday card for the Oldest CC, LtCol. John L. Hampton, for signatures by
attendees who had not previously sign the card. After the luncheon/meeting attendees would reconvene at Hampton’s Lafayette
assisted living facility and celebrate his 24 May birthday five days early. Eleven persons volunteered to make the trip to Lafayette.
They were given driving directions to the facility.A card of thanks from the widow of Bill McDuffie was read by Pres. Dale Cook who also read an E-mail from former Chapter
supporter Ray Hall thanking Malecki and the Chapter for sending acopy of the latest newsletter to Ray .
. Tom Graves reported that his contactsfor the JoeRosenthal’photo exhibit discussed at previous meetings was hitting paydirt with
referrals.whoall expressed interest when told of the project. One such contact, Kevin Leary has provided three pages of anecdotes.
Rick Suarez who hobbled’into the meeting using a cane reported that he had undergone surgery at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco
at the end of April where he was recapped with a new knee. Tom Graves, who drove Rick to the meeting, noted that Rick was a day
early on his recovery schedule because he wanted to attend the Chapter meeting and Hampton’s birthday bash
Meeting adjourned at 1330 and was reconvened in Lafayette, California at 1400 where II attendees celebrated LtCol. John L.
Hampton’s 103rd birthday in a traditional cake, ice cream and camaraderie party visit that adjourned at 1500.
MINUTES of the Joe Rosenthal – San Francisco Bay Area – Chapter, U. S | Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, CA on
Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn., 21 April 2010. Lunch 1130 to 1300.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 20 members. supporters, friends and guests present He noted it was
a good turnout for another rainy day in the Bay Area. During the luncheon a former Chapter supporter, Ray Hall of Belmont, CA,
docked at the OYClub a large sail boat he was crewing on and joined the CCs where he announced that he and his wife, Natalie, were
in good health. The Hall’s wide-spread involvement in other activities and organizations forced their withdrawal from active
participation with the Chapter in 2006.
Cook announced that Guadalcanal veteran Larry Padrnos and his wife Phyllis who were at the luncheon had to leave. Larry said
that his hearing problems caused him to miss most of what was said during the meetings. He said his doctsrs were attempting to cure
that problem with medical procedures soon. It was the first time that Larry and Phyllis had attended a Chapter function this year and
to top it off Larry presented a $20 bill to Chapter Treasurer Earle Holt for next years dues and donation (2011-12) making him the first
supporter to reup.
Bill Clark, Chapter Rep. on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of North em California moved that $100 be donated to support
Marine Day picnic activities at the Yountville Vets home on Sunday, 19 September. The motion was carried and approved for
Chapter Treasurer Earle Holt reported the Chapter had $1459 in the bank. That included Larry Padrnos early renewal and with the
$100 donation to the Marine Day picnic would bring that down to $1359 balance.
Secretary Norb Malecki passed around a 103rd Happy Birthday card for the Oldest CC, LtCol. John L. Hampton, for signatures by
attendees. A discussion of plans for his birthday party by the Chapter resolved that after the 19 May luncheon/meeting attendees
would reconvene at Hampton’s Lafayette assisted living facility and celebrate his 24 May birthday five days early.
Malecki asked for input on William McDuffie who died early this month. He was a long time supporter last seen at Carlos
Rubalcava funeral 24 May 1999. Suggestion by Bill Wasson to contact Lee Rubalcava for info.
NOTE: Secretary contacted Barbara McDuffie, widow of William, who supplied following: He had a gradual form of ALS (Lou
Gehrig disease) that eventually took his life. He entered the Marine Corps V-12 program in 1942 attended College of the Pacific and
was commissioned and served at Quantico and Camp Lejeune. He participated in the Okinawa campaign as the IstMarDiv Photo
Officer. McDuffie and his wife married 66 years ago. Barbara said, “Bill and I enjoyed reading your Bay Area Marine Corps
Reporter newsletter from the first story on page I to the last one on page 4.” “He really looked forward to getting that publication each
quarter.” she added. McDuffie was recruited into the San Francisco CC Chapter early in its formation by his Uncle Charlie, better
known to CCs as Carlos Rubalcava.
The subject of publicity for Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville Vets Home 19 September was discussed and President Cook
passed out a first draft flyer that would be provided to Marine Corps organizations to improve attendance at that event.
Tom Graves reported that the Japanese American Group presented a Certificate of Appreciation to him for his photo/interview
exhibit of Japanese Americans serving in World War II. He also reported that he had contacted Carl Nolte regarding the Joe
Rosenthal photo exhibit discussed at previous meetings. Nolte offered some ideas and referred him to two other contacts for
suggestions and input Graves will follow-up on the leads and he suggested that we begin collecting stories on Rosenthal that would
contribute to an exhibit of Joe’s wartime photos.
Cook reminded attendees to watch HBO’s Pacific War series, that produced discussion on errors spotted regarding color of
T-shirts, weapons, etc. in previous episodes that have been telecast.
Cook announced that all attendees who served on Iwo Jima during WWII could pick up a free bottle of wine at the club bar. the
wine was donated by an anonymous donor.
Meeting adjourned at 1355.
|Minutes of the Joe Rosenthal-San Francisco Bay Area-Chapter, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn., Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, Ca. on 17 February 2010. Lunch 1130 to 1300.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 15 members and supporters present. He welcomed back to the chapter John M Brenneis of Berkeley, Ca. Brenneis was a Marine Corps photographer during WWII (1942-46) and at wars end served in Sasebo, Japan with our Treasurer, Earle Holt.
Treasurer Earle Holt indicated the Chapter bank account was $1482.00 after Secretary Malecki handed over a $50 check from Patrick Brent of Honolulu who thru the efforts of Bob Stanley was recruited as a paid up Chapter member. Brent was a Marine Corporal field Marine. Brent is a freelance writer and is a life member of the USMCCCA National Organization. Holt also reported renewal of dues from James J Wilson and John Brenneis and another donation from Greg Farrell, a great chapter supporter.
Tom Graves exhibit of photographs and interviews of WWII veteran Japanese-Americans who served with the Military Intelligence Service and the 100th and 442nd RCT closed at the end of January. A Japanese group is interested in publishing a book on the subject and has asked Tom to lead an effort in that direction. Graves was told that Lee Rubalcava, widow of Carlos and a generous chapter supporter, would like to attend our next meeting. Graves offered to provide transportation for Lee to next months meeting.
Bob Stanley, Website Administrator, reported that the Chapter Website was experiencing continued troubles. He is attempting to work with Google to get it back in full operation as soon as possible. Stanley also noted that we were running short non hats and should think about ordering another gross. No decision made on reorder.
Secretary Norb Malecki reported the $50.00 joining check from Patrick Brent in Hawaii. Norb said he had changed the Chapter Welcome Aboard letter to a pamphlet that contained the letter and other important information for a new supporter or member. The pamphlet was presented to our rejoiner John Brenneis. Malecki noted he mailed a similar one to LtCol. Humm with an invitation to join the Chapter (Feb. 8) with no reply yet. Malecki also noted that we , the Chapter, should appoint a Historian to outline a history of the group, its leaders and notables before all who hold the memories pass on. He suggested Bill Wassom start making notes on recollections of the early days of the chapter.
Chapter President read a letter of appreciation for Chapter support of Toys for Tots from the Commandant, Marine Corps League Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, Brentwood, Ca. who noted that more than 70,000 toys were collected last season.
Cook noted that the National Conference USMCCCA will be at the Silver Legacy in Reno Aug. 2010 and urged attendance by all who could make it over the mountain to the conference.
The subject of publicity for the Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville Vets Home in September was tabled for a later date since Cook did not have any new information about how broad the publicity coverage should be .
At the January meeting Cook closed the meeting by presenting an item for members to ponder at a future meeting. He suggested the Chapter host an event that would bring in and tie us closer to local civilian media reporters, photographers and reps. Something that would be a service to them and a vehicle to tie the Chapter to our local media and provide a possible source of membership. He added to this goal or objective by questioning whether we could get Joe Rosenthal’s war picture collection from his daughter to reproduce as a permanent exhibit at the Marines Memorial Club. He said he would further explore the idea.
Respectfully submitted, Norbert J. Malecki, Secretary
Minutes of the Joe Rosenthal-San Francisco Bay Area- Chapter,U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Meeting at the Oakland Alameda Yacht Club, Alameda Ca. on 20, January 2010. Lunch 1130 to 1240.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 10 members and supporters present. He applauded the nine other members who braved the stormy weather to attend the meeting today when many schools were closed due to electrical power outages, downed trees and flooded highways. “A little rain never kept Marines from their appointed place in war or peace time,” he smiled.
Cook noted that the Jingle Party Toys for Tots collection was a bonanza of toys thanks to those who attended and Bob Stanley’s individual effort setting up a toy collection barrel at his favorite neighborhood watering hole where customers quickly filled the barrel to its brim.
According to Cook, the 65th Anniversary of the Iwo Jima Battle will be commemorated on Iwo by a larger than usual contingent of Marines including Washington DC parade units. Locally the anniversary commemoration will be at the Marines Memorial Club on Tuesday 9 March. Speakers and Guests of Honor will be LtGen. Larry Snowden and John C. Shively, author of “The Last Lieutenant”, a stirring account about his uncle, Lt. Jim Craig and his 26-day blood and guts foxhole account of the battle for Iwo Jima.
Treasurer Earle Holt indicated the Chapter bank account was in the green moneywise but recently in the red as the credit union declared bankruptcy and was taken over by Safe American Credit Union. Holt gave a history of how the no charge account was set up many years ago. He said the new credit union needed proof that the chapter exists and presented a letter to support its existence for the Chapter Presidents signature. Cook immediately signed the letter after it was read.
Tom Graves’ exhibit of photographs and interviews of WWII veteran Japanese-Americans who served with the Military Intelligence Service and the 100 and 442nd RCT at the Presidio will be open until the end of January. Cook told attendees it was well worth the trip to San Francisco to view its content.
Bob Stanley, Website Administrator, reported that the Chapter Website had suddenly vanished in part. He will work with Google to get it back in operation as soon as possible and improve it at that point.
The subject of publicity for the Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville Vets Home in December was discussed. Norb Malecki asked Cook to determine how broad the Marine Corps Coordinating Council wanted to advertise the event. “If they are prepared to feed 300 and we draw 10 times that number by extensive advertisement of the picnic, we could put the event planners in a terrible bind.” Malecki noted. Cook will contact Don Reid to determine how broad publicity of the event should be spread to the general public or limited to Marine Corps organizations.
VP Bill Wasson presented a thank you note from Anne Rosenthal, daughter of Joe Rosenthal who thanked the chapter for the cap and photo of her father(taken by Bill Clark) that she had never seen before. She said the cap was” a treasure”. She appreciated the items and thanked all for remembering her dad, “long after he was gone…Gone but not forgotten,” she concluded.
Cook closed the meeting by presenting an item for members to ponder at a future meeting. He suggested the Chapter host an event that would bring in and tie us closer to local civilian media reporters, photographers and reps. Something that would be a service to them and a vehicle to tie the chapter to our local media and provide a possible source of membership.
Meeting adjourned at 1325.
– Respectfully submitted, Norbert J. Malecki, Secretary
Minutes of the Joe Rosenthal-San Francisco Bay Area-Chapter, U.S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn.,meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda Ca. on 18 Nov.,2009. Lunch 1130 to 1255.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 13 members, supporters and guests present. He welcomed back his second meeting Sgt Jason Storck of the I&I Staff, 4th Force Recon Co. in Alameda, and announced the Chapter Vice President Bill Wasson was absent because he recently tripped, fell and struck his head against concrete at his home and was hospitalized for a day. A get well and birthday cards were passed around to attendees for their signatures and personal greetings.
Minutes of the previous meeting presented, approved and accepted.
Discussion led by Dale Cook about next months meeting coming on the heels of the Marine Corps Birthday and Veterans Day events. It was decided that the Nov. meeting will be held as usual on the third Wednesday, 18 Nov., at the Oakland Yacht Club.
President Cook told attendees that the Marine Corps Band Concert at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco on Oct. 19 was a great success with 2700 in attendance and that the Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville California Veterans Home was equally successful with a great turnout by Marines who served their time with the Corps. Cook said that the Yountville Marine Day Picnic in the future will become the responsibility of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern Ca.
Tom Graves announced that he will exhibit his photographs and interviews of WWII veteran Japanese-Americans who served with the Military Intelligence Service and the 100 & 442nd RCT. His exhibit honors the patriotic Nisei soldiers who fought in the Pacific with their dictionaries, maps and radios and their brothers who fought gallantly and heroically through Europe. The exhibit will be at the Presidio of San Francisco Officers Club, opening on Veterans Day and will run thru Jan. 31st., 2010. Admission is free. The gallery is located at 50 Moraga Ave. in the Presidio.
Cook reported on various Marine Corps Birthday Balls planned in the Bay Area. Ken Goulardt reported that the Marine League SOS breakfast will be held in San Leandro on Saturday, 7 Nov. at 0800. Cost is $17.00. Cook urged CC attendance.
Bob Stanley, Website Administrator, reported that the chapter website had 834 hits with the viewer spending an average of 5.5 minutes on site viewing 2009 pages of material.
Secretary Norb Malecki announced that Sgt. Jason Storck has been selected for Staff Sgt and expects to be promoted in Nov. or Dec.. Well done Sgt Storck was signaled by a round of applause from attendees.
Sgt Storck gave a short talk explaining how Marine Reservists handle the distribution of Toys for Tots in reply to a question about it from an attendee. A discussion about the distribution of money and toys from the Joe Rosenthal Chapter to the Marine Reserve units in our area for the Toys for Tots Drive resolved that the Chapter Donation of $75.00 would go to the Concord Marines and a check for $125.00, from LtCol. John Hamptons Texas kin would go to the Alameda Recon Co. as soon as the Chapter Treasurer returns from a trip abroad. Toys brought to the Jingle Party at Dino’s Restaurant in December will go to the Alameda unit Marines attending the Jingle Party (at the chapters invitation) for delivery to the Reserve Unit.
It was resolved that the Jingle Party will be held at Dino’s Italian Restaurant in Castro Valley on Dec. 16 replacing the usual meeting at the Oakland Alameda Yacht Club. Dale Cook and Bill Wasson will arrange details and confirm date of the event.
Meeting adjourned at 1400. –Respectfully submitted, Norbert J Malecki, Secretary
Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, Ca on Sept. 16, 2009. Lunch 1130 to 1300.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 14 members and guests present. He introduced the Chapter Guest of Honor, Cpl. Ryan Andrews, 23, Supply NCO for the I&I Staff, 4th Force Recon Co., in Alameda. Andrews, from St. Louis Mo., related that he has been a Marine for three years and has completed a two year tour of duty at Camp Fuji, Japan where he worked in the supply section at the maneuver, training and weapons firing range base 2200 feet up the approaches to Mt. Fuji He said it was a great place to start his Marine Corps service and that he enjoyed Japan during his tour at Fuji.
Minutes of the previous meeting presented, approved and accepted.
Motion made, seconded and approved that $75 be donated to the Toys for Tots campaign. That amount, added to the donation from LtCol John L Hampton’s Texas kin, would bring the total donation to $200 for the local Marine Reserve Toys for Tots annual drive.
Chapter Treasurer, Earle Holt, reported that the bank balance was about $1360 after the $75 donation, above, $50 to the Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville California Veterans Home on this coming Sunday, and about $250 more for the Chapter ad in the Conference Journal. The balance is from chapter dues, donations and sale of Chapter caps during our recent drive to keep the Chapter in the black ink according to Holt.
President Cook told the attendees that the Marine Day Picnic was worth the trip to Yountville and reminded that everything was free to anyone who served their time in the Corps. Cook recounted events at the 4th Marine Division Reunion at the Circus/Circus in Reno where he said 228 enjoyed the highly successful event last week. Cook noted that the youngest attendees were 83 years old and the oldest were in their 90′s.
Cook reported on various Marine Corps Birthday Balls planned in the Bay Area. Ken Goulardt reported that the Marine Corps League SOS breakfast will be held in San Leandro on Saturday, 7 Nov. at 0800. Cost is $17. Cook urged CC attendance.
Bill Clark, Chapter Representative on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California reported the schedule of events upcoming at the Marines Memorial Club including the Korean war Memorial Commemoration Dinner on 23 Sept. with recognition of Man J Kim, Korean restraunteur, and noted military historian Patrick LLoyd Hatcher, Ph.D to speak on the Korean War, “Yesterday Today and Tomorrow.” The Marine Day luncheon at the Club on 8 Oct. featuring the club CEO MajGen. Michael Myatt; and the 19 Oct. concert by the Marine Corps Band at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Bob Stanley, Website Administrator, reported that the Chapter Website had 765 hits with the viewer spending 90 seconds average on site viewing 1972 pages of material. Stanley displayed and passed around recent pages from the website. Stanley noted that he had recently been aboard the SS Jeremiah Obrien, a WWII Liberty Ship ported in San Francisco, and would check on availiability of the ship as a meeting site , but noted that parking cost $20 and did not know if a catered lunch was availiable.
President Cook donated a bottle of wine and a Marine Corps tote bag to a free raffle . Bill Wasson went home with the wine bottle and Ken Goulardt won the tote which he presented to his wife ,Dorothy.
Next meeting scheduled for 21, October 2009 at Oakland Yacht Club.
Meeting adjourned at 1400.
Norbert J Malecki
Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, Ca. Lunch 1130 to 1300.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 14 members, supporters and guests present. He welcomed back home and to the meeting Sgt. Jason Starck, a member of the I&I Staff, 4th Recon Co. Alameda, who has served 28 months in Iraq during 3 tours, including the initial invasion. A nine-year Marine Veteran, Sgt. Starck claimed, “I spent a long time in Iraq, but didn’t invest in any real estate.” Sgt. Starck was welcomed aboard as the Guest of Honor and given a Chapter cap. He was brought to the meeting by Ken and Dorothy Goulardt.
Cook opened the meeting to any further nominations for Chapter Offices. None were forthcoming. Motion made, seconded and carried that nominations be closed. Since the present slate of officers were the only nominees a voice vote reelected the slate of, Dale Cook-President, Bill Wasson- Vice President, Norbert Malecki-Secretary/Editor, and Earle Holt- Treasurer.
Minutes of the previous meeting presented, approved and accepted.
Bill Clark, Chapter representative on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California reported the schedule of events upcoming at the Marines Memorial Club including the Korean War Commemoration Dinner on 23 Sept. with recognition of Man J Kim, restauranteur and noted military historian Patrick Lloyd Hatcher, Ph.D., to speak on the Korean War,” Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” The Marine Day luncheon at the club on Oct. , featuring the Club CEO MajGen Mike Myatt, Ret. and the Oct. 19 concert by the Marine Corps Band at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Bob Stanley reported that the Chapter website had 716 hits with the viewer spending an average of 52 seconds on site. He also reported that he had sold 4 caps to friends and turned over $40.00 to the President since the Treasurer was not present.
A discussion initiated by President Cook concerning guest speakers, especially newsmen, to be invited to meetings will be carried over to future meetings after members have time to come up with creative ideas.
Secretary Norb Malecki said that the next issue of The Bay Area Marine Corps Reporter will be distributed in September and will contain a half page list of actions to take before the Commandant Almighty calls us for guard duty-to help your next of kin cope with your departure- a who to contact list. He also passed around a copy of the Chapter ad dedicated to John Fondahl that will appear in the USMCCCA Conference Journal.
Malecki moved that $50.00 be donated to assist Marine Day at the California Veterans Home in Yountville, George Martin seconded the motion and it was carried. The Marine Day Picnic will be held 20 Sept. at the Yountville location.
Dale Cook reminded that the 4th Marine Division reunion will begin 7 Sept. at Circus-Circus in Reno. He invited attendees to drop in if they are headed in the direction of Reno Nevada.
Connie Guaraglia asked that CCs collect for her pulltabs from drink cans. She turns them in for cash donations to shelter parents of children who are undergoing serious medical treatment.
Next meeting scheduled for 16 Sept. at Oakland Yacht Club. Meeting adjourned at 1350.
–Respectfully submitted, Norbert J Malecki, Secretary
Minutes of the Joe Rosenthal San Francisco Bay Area Chapter- July 15 2009
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 20 members, supporters and guests present. He noted that this was the most attendees to a Chapter meeting in at least two years. He welcomed back three new supporters Robert Wilson, Dorothy Goulardt and Keiko Malecki who paid chapter dues and made donations to support USMCCCA and other efforts of the Joe Rosenthal Chapter. He also welcomed back Ed and Lorelie Fulwider and Rick Suarez and Bobbi Nanini who hadn’t attended a meeting in several months, noting their attendance surely pushed the number to 20.
Cook noted that a representative from Wounded Warrior Fund scheduled to brief the Chapter at today’s meeting but did not show, reason unknown.
George Martin reported that the contributing editor to Leatherneck Magazine that was invited to be a Chapter Guest speaker was on jury duty and not available.
Minutes of the previous meeting presented approved and accepted.
Bill Clark, Chapter Representative on Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California reported the schedule of events upcoming at the Marine Memorial Club, including the Guadalcanal Commemorative Dinner on 12 August and the 19 October concert by the Marine Corps Band at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.
Ken Goulardt reported that the 4th Recon unit from Alameda will attend the August meeting.
Treasurer Earle Holt reported that the Chapter balance stands at $1312 due to the sale of Chapter Caps and members and supporters paying their dues and making donations. He noted that only seven of the 37 persons on the Chapter roster had not paid dues and made donations which are due by September 2009. He added that the balance will be less when the chapter is billed USMCCCA for our half-page ad in the Conference Journal.
Chapter covers (caps) continue to sell but at a slower pace to members, supporters and friends according to Bob Stanley who noted that after posting the caps on the Website , no orders were received. A few more caps were sold to meeting attendees.
Ed Fulwider reported that his China Marine Assn. was busy working on their 21-24 September, Chattanooga TN Reunion.
Bob Stanley reported that the Chapter website had 664 hits with 1664 pages of material viewed.
Dale Cook opened the meeting to Nomination of Officers for the new year. The present board of officers: Dale Cook- President, Bill Wasson- Vice President, Norbert Malecki- Secretary/Editor, and Earle Holt-Treasurer were the only persons nominated for the upcoming year. Cook announced that election of officers will be held at the next meeting in August 2009.
The next Chapter meeting will be on the third Wednesday in August (19 August) at the Oakland Yacht Club in Alameda Ca.
Meeting adjourned at 1420
Norbert J Malecki
|MINUTES of the Joe Rosenthal – San Francisco Bay Area – Chapter, U. S. Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Assn., Meeting at the Oakland Yacht Club, Alameda, CA on 17 March 2010. Lunch 1130 to 1255.
Chapter President Dale Cook called the meeting to order with 16 members. supporters and guests present. He welcomed Paul Poirier, guest of Floyd Hunter. Poirier served in Marine Corps Amphibious Tractor Units in WWll.
Bill Clark, Chapter Rep. on the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Northern California reported that major events covered at the most recent meeting were: 3 May grand opening of the renovated Marines Marine Club theater @$150 per person; 30 May Lands End Ceremony; and the Yountville Veterans Home Marine Day Picnic on Sunday, 19 September.
Cook inquired to determine how many planned to attend the USMCCCA National Conference in Reno at the Silver Legacy in August. Bob Stanley, Tom Graves and Norb Malecki indicated that they intended to attend.
Chapter Treasurer Earle Holt reported the Chapter had roughly $1400 in the bank.
Bob Stanley, Website Administrator, reported that the Chapter Website was experiencing continuing troubles. He suggests that members just type in Joe Rosenthal Chapter and something will come up — or — go to the USMCCCA website and click on the Joe Rosenthal Chapter.
Secretary Norb Malecki reported he received a phone call message from Patrick Brent in Honolulu with kudos for the Spring issue of the Bay Area Marine Corps Reporter who said, “What a neat newsletter – someone puts a lot of work in it – thank you for the good work you’re doing for a lot of people – I hope they appreciate it – I do.” He said that he hopes to get to the Bay Area to attend a meeting soon to meet the group.
The subject of publicity for Marine Day Picnic at the Yountville Vets Home 19 September was clarified by Cook who stated they could accommodate up to 600 – normal turnout is 200 – which means publicity would be restricted to Marine Corps organizations to pass on to members.
Tom Graves reported that 5000 persons viewed his exhibit in 10 week. He further noted that the Historical Society is negotiating with him to write a book on the subject of Japanese Americans serving with the U.S. Armed Forces and the U.S. Government during World War II.
Cook read from a newspaper article covering the death 9 March of long-time Chapter member Gerald R. Flamm., a reporter, book author, mayoral press secretary. who after he moved to an assisted living facility in Palo Alto about 3 or 4 years ago became an inactive member and dropped out. Flamm died from pneumonia at 93 at Stanford Hospital. Persons who knew him well told funny stories about the man who was too tall and rejected from enlisting in the Marines at the start of World War II. He finally was granted a waiver, was commissioned, assigned to the 22nd Marines, 6th Division and made the landings and fought in Guam and Okinawa.
Norb Malecki related that Flamm introduced himself to the members at a long ago meeting and told how he asked his Division commander’s wife to dance at a Marine Corps Birthday Ball. He was smoking a cigar at the time and neglected to put it in an ashtray.
While dancing with the General’s wife the ash from his cigar fell off and dropped in her gray hair-do. He got what he called “an angry stem look” from the General as he returned the lady to her table. Tom Graves related a story about Flamm serving as an assistant to a press association reporter in Mexico awaiting the death of Leon Trotsky, the Russian revolutionary and writer who was exiled in 1929. The reporter had the story written – all that was needed was a time, date and cause, etc. Instead of sticking with the story, the reporter went out and had a few too many to drink, fell asleep and missed the awaited announcement. Flamm learned, “never walk away from breaking story coverage or you will miss the boat.”
Tom Graves suggested that we (the Chapter) start collecting stories like these about our members and supporters for historical purposes. He indicated that he would contact reporter Carl Nolte for some ideas to get the ball rolling on the project. Meeting adjourned at 1345.