In Memory of Jeannie “Bunny” Gray

Jeannie "Bunny" Gray

Past Assistant North West Division National Vice Commandant, Past Department of Oregon Commandant, and Past USS Oregon Commandant passed away May 1, 2018 following several strokes at 89 years of age.

Bunny retired from the military (Marines and Navy) and then served with the Veterans Administration. After her retirement she joined the Marine Corps League where she served for twenty-five years. Bunny was a hard working member of the League and will be dearly missed.

Internment will be at the Willamette National Cemetery.

Honor Guard Facebook Page

Marines,
I have started a closed group Facebook page for members interested in our Honor Guard. This is a way to share pictures, thoughts and ideas and a way to be involved.  Just go to the FB search bar and enter Marine Corps League Honor Guard and ask to join. I or another admin will approve you.
TJ Morgan, NVC Northwest Division

2019 Department Winter Conference

The Daniel E Crockett Detachment 1228 located in Warrenton, Oregon will be hosting the Winter Conference in 2019. Hotel accommodations, location and date to be announced. Commandant Gene Strong at genes@wwest.net. Mailing address is P.O. Box 516, Warrenton, OR 97146-0516.

Department Commandant, Dave Romanowski

 

2018 Department Summer Convention

The 2018 Department of Oregon Marine Corps League Summer Convention will be held in Albany, Oregon at Phoenix Inn Suites hosted by Santiam Detachment #374. The convention date is June 22-24, 2018. Friday June 22nd from 4-9 pm is convention registration check in and hospitality in the Phoenix Inn Conference Room. Saturday June 23rd will be the business meeting in the Phoenix Inn Conference Room from 9 am until 4 pm, with the formal dinner beginning at 6 pm that evening. Sunday June 24th there will be a Devil Dog Growl 8-11 am in the Phoenix Inn Conference Room. Refer to "Schedule of Events" linked below for additional information.

Saturday June 23rd during the business meeting time there will be a guest tour for our significant others of scenic downtown Albany to include a stop at the Albany Carousel. Transportation provided by the Albany Visitors Association Trolley Car. Refer to "Guest Tour" linked below for additional information.

Phoenix Inn Suites is located at 3410 Spicer Road SE, Albany, Oregon 97321 and the phone number is 541-926-5696. Please make room reservations as soon as possible but not later than May 25, 2018. Let them know that you are with the Marine Corps League for the special rate of $93 per night for the room, tax exempt. Refer to "Registration Form" linked below.

Our guest of honor will be Alek Skarlatos US Army National Guard veteran who, along with fellow Americans Spencer Stone and Anthony Sadler, stopped a gunman on a Paris-bound train travelling from Amsterdam via Brussels in August 2015. Alek is a native Oregonian from Roseburg, Oregon and played himself in a Clint Eastwood directed movie the "The 15:17 to Paris', the true story of a terrorist, a train and three American heroes,"

Links:     Registration Form     Schedule of Events     Guest Tour

NW Division 2018 National Midwinter Report

This report is a culmination of activities at National Midwinter, from 28 February through 3 March, 2018. First off I can report that this was one of the most attended midwinters on record. A well-attended conference with around 300 attendees.

Click this link to view entire report.

I will address more at each department convention so this is most of the highlights. See you all in the coming months.

Please do hesitate to email me if you have questions!

Semper Fidelis

TJ Morgan

NVC Northwest Division

New Department Jr Vice Commandant

At the 2018 Winter Conference held in Brookings, Oregon it was announced that Wes Edmunson would be moving to Los Vegas, Nevada within the month. Department Commandant Dave Romanowski has appointed “AJ” Davila from Crater Lake Detachment 373 as the new Jr Vice Commandant for the Department of Oregon Marine Corps League.

Scuttlebutt from TJ Morgan

Marines,

I have seen a lot of work this year on the Toys for Tots drive. You have all done a great job and should be commended, I salute you!

I am on my way out the door in a couple of weeks to start my yearly travel for the Marine Corps League. First up I head to Marine West in Camp Pendleton CA. I always love to go down and support our expos and the MCL members in the SW Division. I then leave for the East coast for this year’s Midwinter conference n Fredericksburg VA. We have a lot of work to get done there. Besides the regular BOT meetings and such, I have been tasked by the National Commandant to work on and deliver recommendations for standardization of our uniforms and SOP for the Funeral detail. I will present the committee’s findings and recommendations to both the BOT and to the floor.

Next are the 2018 Department conventions. I will attend each one again this year not just so you can see my face but to pass on to you what the BOT and others are doing for you the membership of the league. I will be seeking your support for my last tour starting at the National convention in Buffalo NY, So a busy year again with a hell of a lot of travel and comradery with al l of you.

See you all very soon.

Semper Fi

TJ Morgan

NVC NWDIV

Fishing Poles for Youth Giveaway Schedule

“Hooked on Oregon”

(Fishing Pole Giveaway Schedule)

December 7, 2017 at 3:00 pm

450 Fishing Poles

Where: MP Auto and Rigging (Carquest Auto Parts) at 725 Ash St, Myrtle Point, OR 97458

December 14, 2017 at 3:00 pm

450 Fishing Poles

Where: Englund Marine at 91146 Cape Arago Hwy, Coos Bay (Charleston), OR 97420

December 15, 2017 at 3:00 pm

Thanks to a $2400 grant from Wild Rivers Alliance all students at Driftwood Elementary School in Port Orford

Oregon will be receiving a fishing pole today.

Listen to "Hooked-on-Oregon" on KWRO Radio - 630 AM and 101.1 FM

Toys for Tots

Toys For Tots

Marines,

It’s that time of year again where we work our tails off for the Toys for Tots program making children less fortunate than us happy. The reserves in your area may be requesting a little more help from us so they may have a “be ready to fight” mindset and work on a bit more training. This is being asked from them by their top general and the CMC. There will also be a push on the Honor guard end of things.

I have been tasked by the National Commandant to head up the funeral detail Committee and look at a more standardized uniform as well as a possible certification program Nationwide. We are unique in the fact that we have the 4 seasons to deal with so I challenge you all to shoot me an email about how your Honor guard deals with the cold/rainy and windy weather. What do you wear? What adornments would you like to see on your uniform? I get a lot of comments on the triangle folded flag pin. Do you have a state certification program? If so who administers that. I am not sure if we will have a one size fits all program, but I think we sure could have some options for our area due to the seasons.

Have a great holiday and cherish the time with you loved ones.

TJ Morgan

NVC NWDIV

tmorgan@mcleague.org