ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | January 2019
Thank you for your continued membership and support of our chapter. Below you will find the “scuttlebutt” on recent accomplishments, upcoming missions, and other valuable information. We look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.
Happy New Year
Upcoming Chapter Meeting
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING
JANUARY 17 2019
Please make your reservations early by calling
760 901 5494
Speak slowly, loudly and clearly.
Or email Jim Olson at
Jim Olson to make a reservation.
As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club in Palm Desert.
WELCOME ABOARD - Newest Member
Welcome Aboard to Hugh McFarlane and his wife Catherine. Hugh was a cannon cocker sergeant with the 11th Marines from Feb 1989 to May 2009 and is currently employed as a Corrections Officer with the State of California. Hugh was recruited by Vince Mast when they met at a Marine Corps Ball sponsored by a Marine veterans’ organization.
7th REGIMENT FAMILIES
A working party composed of Chapter members Vince Mast, Dave Dangwillo,
Bob Shepard, Charlie Garbarini, Jim Irwin, Dorothee Irwin, Quint Villanueva and
Matt Zack delivered 180 boxes of turkey dinners to 7th Regiment families at 29 Palms Marine Base on Friday Dec 21 in time for Christmas.
Each box contained eight to ten fully prepared, complete turkey dinners.
Do the math, that’s at least 1440 meals. Good work, folks!
Pictured to the left, Jensen’s CEO, Matt Zack, preparing to off load turkey dinners for 7th Marines. Matt drove the delivery truck from Palm Desert to base. He participated in every Christmas dinner delivery since the beginning of the program more than five years ago.
Owing to generous donations from shoppers at Jensen’s Palm Springs and Palm Desert markets and the support of Jensen’s top management and staff our Chapter received enough in donations to increase the number of meals we provided to 7th Regiment families this year over last year.
Jensen’s once again allowed our Chapter to set up donation tables at the entrance to the Palm Desert and Palm Springs stores which were staffed by a handful of Chapter members for eight weekends. Special kudos to members who volunteered to work multiple shifts to get the job done, especially to Jim Irwin and Jim Olson who worked multiple shifts solo.
Of course, without support of the Regimental command staff our program would never get off the ground. Hats (covers) off to to Gisela Lemon, Regimental Family Resource Officer for a job well done organizing and coordinating delivery of the meals to recipient families.
Bravo Zulu to honorary Chapter member Matt Zack, CEO of Jensen’s Fine Foods, who drove the delivery truck from Palm Desert to the Marine base, with Board member Bob Shepard riding shotgun.
Pictured: the Turkey Preparation and Boxing Party
A PICTURE IS WORTH 1000 WORDS...or more
WWII Marine Corps veteran Dorothee Irwin, Bob Shepard, Vince Mast and a Marine’s young daughter atop a box full of turkey dinners
OUT WITH THE OLD, IN WITH THE NEW
AND...THE GOOD NEWS IS - ANNUAL DUES ARE DUE IN JANUARY
ANNUAL DUES: $50.
FOR TUN TAVERN SWASHBUCKLERS
ANNUAL DONATION IS $100.
SUBMIT PAYMENTS TO: FMDA DESERT CITIES
P.O. BOX 10856
PALM DESERT, CA 92255
OUR TREASURER HANK MONAHAN WOULD APPRECIATE EARLY PAYMENT SO GET HOT.
UPCOMING EVENTS - SAVE THE DATES
DID YOU KNOW...
Did you know…
Marines landed at Guantanamo Bay Cuba in 1741? No, not the Continental Marines of the Revolutionary War days.
These Marines were led by Colonel William Gooch, Royal Lieutenant Governor of colonial Virginia. These colonial Marines were securing a forward base in Cuba for the British fleet.
Four decades later these same colonial Marines would fight yet again but this time against the British mighty fleet in the American Revolution fight. They saw action in the Caribbean, at Trenton, at Princeton on Manhattan Island and New York City. down the Mississippi River to New Orleans and on Lake Champlain and even on mother country England’s own soil. And…these Continental Marines preceded the Declaration of Independence.
Pictured: Sir William Gooch
UP NEXT: TUN TAVERN CLUB MEETINGS
CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS
TUN TAVERN GROUP MEETING
The Tun Tavern Club meets several times a year for dinner, fellowship, camaraderie, to swap sea stories and to pig out on food and grog. The few shekels accumulated by the club, if any, are turned over to the Chapter to use at its discretion. There are no club officers or rules or regulations guiding the demeanor of members and guests other than military courtesy extended to each other.
From time to time members may be tasked with sharing their military experiences with the members. Tun Tavern meetings are open to guests both military and civilian.
The next meeting of the Tun Tavern Club is January 9, 1730 at the Firehouse Grill, Palm Desert.
CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS
Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memoriam)| Harry Covert| Joe Daily | Dave Dangwillo Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Bob Ferris | Frank Gillette | Charlie Hall |Sam Huttenhower| Jim Irwin | Franz Jevene Howard Lehman | Jimmy Martin | Vince Mast| Gene McClendon | Jack Mennis | George Moffatt | Hank Monahan | Gene Mooring | James Olson | Mike Ostrom | Marilyn Paige | Richard Partee | Henry Sanchez | Sandy Sandoval |Ray Schum | Bob Shepard | Buddy Sklar | George Stettler | Dale Turner | Quint Villanueva | Mike Walker | Michael Walker | Myrl Wallace | Linn Wiley
|CHAPTER BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT | Vince Mast
VICE PRESIDENT | George Stettler
SECRETARY | Quint Villanueva
TREASURER | Richard Partee
SERGEANT AT ARMS | James Olson
Michael Holquin, Robert Shepard, Harry Covert, Hank Monahan,
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | Joseph A. Daily 2002-2006 | James Sullivan (RIP) 2006-2009
Quint Villanueva 2009-2012 | Richard Partee 2012-2014 | George Stettler 2014-2016
THANK YOU FROM THE EDITOR