The 2023 Mid-Winter Conference will be hosted by the Rogue Valley Detachment #386. The Conference will be held Oct. 20-22 at the Rogue Valley Inn in Medford. Please complete and submit the attached form to attend.
The Marine Corps League now has a mobile app in the
Apple Store and Google Play Store. The app is free. This
exciting advancement is long-overdue, and we are so
happy to finally make it available to our membership.
We have been working to continuously improve and enhance the
app. We hope you find it interesting and helpful. The news feed comes
directly from the Department of Defense as well as Department of
Veterans Affairs. This avoids using news feeds and getting information
directly from the sources we need.
The Department of Oregon was recently awarded a Second Place Plaque and Citation for exceeding our previous year’s membership by 114.38 percent. The award was presented at the recent Marine Corps League National Convention. As Department Commandant Benjamin Quen noted, “this award could not have been achieved without the efforts of each of the state’s Detachments. So, congratulations to all Oregon MCL Detachments.
Quen further noted that this second-place award helped the NW Division achieve a second-place award as well.
MCL USS Oregon #470 has been named Detachment of the Year.
The Detachment has participated in a diversity of activities befitting the community at large. To name a few, the Detachment supports the Tualatin Valley Young Marines, Portland Honor Flights, Quilts of Valor, Veterans Home, NROTC at Oregon State University, and the Marine Corps Coordinating Council. The Detachment participates in several standing community events and makes it a point to recognize First Responders, presenting Certificates of Appreciation for their service to the Community.
USS Oregon’s contributions and conduct reflect favorably on and brings credit to the Department, the Marine Corps League and the United States Marine Corps.
William “Bulldog” Sump, George C. Leber Detachment #1481, has been the driving force behind many Detachment and community events in Lincoln City and has been named the Department of Oregon’s Distinguished Citizen at the Department’s Summer Convention.
Sump efforts range from MCL National programs to Flags of Honor, to Outreach and other activities that benefit the community. Sump was also instrumental in standing up a new Devil Dog Pound in Lincoln City.
Sump’s leadership and outstanding contributions reflect favorably on and bring credit to the Marine Corps League, the Department and the United States of America.
Anthony Morello, Crater Lake Detachment #373, has consistently dedicated countless hours of service to the many programs and projects of the Crater Lake Detachment and has earned him the title of Associate of the Year at the Department of Oregon’s Summer Convention.
His company, Morello Construction, has donated thousands of dollars of materials, equipment operation and man hours in support of the Detachment’s many community projects. Specifically, Morello has been the driving force behind the patio upgrades to the Leatherneck Club and the vast upgrades to the Marine Corps Barracks Memorial. He has also been the creative mind and provider of equipment for the Detachment’s participation in several of the city’s parades.
Morello’s actions reflect great credit upon himself and are in the highest keeping with the traditions of the United States Marine Corps and Marine Corps League.
Junior Vice Commandant Tamara Wilson, Crater Lake Detachment #373, has been the driving force in the significant increase of new members in the Crater Lake Detachment over the past year and for her efforts, Wilson received the Recruiter of the Year Award at the MCL Department of Oregon Summer Convention.
Under Wilson’s dedicated and dynamic leadership, the Detachment has seen 20 new Regular Members. 16 new Associate Members and 3 new Life Members join the Detachment. The Detachment now boasts an incredible 39 new members in just one year.
Wilson’s consistent professionalism and total dedication to the mission reflect great credit upon herself and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League.
Mel Huffman, Santiam Detachment #374, received a Distinguished Service Award at the MCL Department of Oregon Summer Convention.
Huffman was honored for his leadership and distinguished contributions to the Department of Oregon while serving as the Department Commandant for the 2021-2022 period.
Huffman’s personal conduct reflects favorably on and brings credit to the Department, the Marine Corps League and the United States of America.
Derral Hunt, Santiam Detachment #374, was presented a Distinguished Service Award at the MCL Department of Oregon Summer Convention.
Hunt served as the Department’s Web Sergeant for more than 8 years, where he demonstrated leadership and exceptional expertise.
His work has made a profound and lasting impact to the Department and the Marine Corps League and is in keeping with the highest tradition of the United States Marine Corps.
Sarah Callen’s, MCL Crater Lake Detachment, #373, exceptional leadership in the many community service organizations and civic projects she supports has been nothing less than outstanding. Callen was presented with the Community Service Award at the MCL Department of Oregon’s Summer Convention.
Throughout the year, Callen has served as the Chairwoman of the Klamath County Veteran’s Advisory Board, ensuring the synchronization of the many federal, state, county and municipal support programs and organizations that exist to benefit servicemembers and their families. She has personally been a primary force in our region in connecting veterans with housing, food, support services, therapy and many other basic essentials for living.
Callen’s actions reflect great credit upon herself and were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Marine Corps and the Marine Corps League.