ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | January 2018
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 hope to see you at the upcoming lunch meeting and we wish you a most excellent 2018.  Happy New Year
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: JANUARY 18, 2018 1130 Hrs
January  18, 2018
Chapter Meeting  |   1130 hours
The Chapter starts its New Year schedule on Janurary 18 with its first monthly meeting.  Members can start their new year off by  making your reservations early. 
Call   760 901 5494 to make a reservation.  
Please speak slowly, loudly and clearly. 

Or email Jim Olson at olsoncj@aol.com to make  a reservation.
As usual, our meeting will take place at the Classic Club  in Palm Desert.

Guest Speaker to be Announced
TAPS
MICHAEL LOGAN BALES
FEBRUARY 25 1948---DECEMBER  2 2017

WILLIAM L. ROSS III
JULY 15 1941----DECEMBER 19 2017
AFTER ACTION REPORT
Chapter Members Deliver 180 Boxes of Christmas Dinners to  7th Marines' Families
Chapter members delivered 180 boxes of fully prepared Christmas turkey dinners to families of the 7th Marine Regiment and supporting units on December 29 for the tenth
successive year. The fully prepared dinners were provided by Jensen's Markets which has been the mainstay of our Chapter's Christmas dinner program since its inception.

Each box contains all the trimmings for eight full dinners.
A quick calculation of simple arithmetic will show that our program is providing the equivalent of 1440 meals.

This year members of the delivery team included  several spouses and family members.  Once again, as is year's past, Matt Zack, CEO of Jensen's markets drove the delivery truck from Palm Desert to the Marine Base at 29 Palms and assisted in unloading the truck.
Members who participated in making the delivery were Vince Mast, Dick Partee, George Stettler, Bob Shepard, Jim Irwin, Dorothee Irwin, Ken Brooks and 
Quint Villanueva.
CHAPTER CHRISTMAS LUNCHEON
The Chapter Christmas luncheon, held on December 
21 at the Classic Club,was well attended by members and their spouses and a few unaccompanied male members.

Pictured L to R: Vince Mast, Carol Lehman, Santa, Mayor Jan Harnik, and Yolanda Villenueva 

We were honored to have among our guests Palm Desert Mayor Jan Harnik and Jensen's CEO Matt Zack.  Both Jan and Matt made an impromtu presentation lauding the work and accomplishments of our Chapter.  In turn President Vince Mast thanked Jan and Matt for their tremendous support over the years making it possible for our Chapter to accomplish its mission of supporting Marines, JROTC, Devil Pups and other Marine related projects.

Guests were surprised by the unannounced arrival of Santa Clause who entered with a hearty HO HO HO, gave a synopsis of his experiences with Japanese business executives who were not familiar with Santa and led the holiday celebrants in singing a  handful of traditional Christmas Carols.

This was Santa's third or fourth surprise visit to our annual Christmas luncheon and each year he seems to be a bit more jollier than the previous year.
ADMIN NOTICES
FORM DD214

Every Marine receives a form DD 214 upon being separated from the Marine Corps.
It is one of the most, if not the most, important document a Marine is issued.  It is the authentication of a Marine's bonafide. Any contacts with the Marine Corps and other governmentatl agencies may require that you produce a copy of your  DD 214.  In some cases  providing a copy of your DD 214 is mandatory.
If you lost or misplaced your DD 214 you can order one from the Marine Corps via the following offices.

Any former Marine who was released prior to 1999 wanting copies of their service records or DD Form 214 or any other service record documents must write to the following address: 
Director
Navy Personnel Command Pers-312D2
Room 5409
9700 Page Avenue
St. Louis, MO  63132
Tele:  314-592-1150, 4009, 4085, or 4086

Marines requesting a copy of their service record, DD 214 or any other documents who were discharged from the Marine Corps after 1999 must write to MMSB at the following address:
Headquarters US Marine Corps
Manpower Management Support Branch (MMSB-10)
2008 Elliot Road, Suite 205
Quantico, VA 22134-5030
Tele: 1-800-268-3710
NEW FUND RAISING INITIATIVES 
CHAPTER  FUND RAISING INITIATIVE IS GROWING
  Our Chapter is expanding its initiatives to raise funds that will enable us to grow our mission of supporting Marines and their families.  
 To that end and with support from all members the Chapter is compiling a donors mailing list.  
Please forward names, addresses and telephone numbers of individuals and businesses you would recommend  be included on the donors database. 
Forward the information to Chapter Secretary Quint Villanueva at Qlv@aol.com.

The donors list will be confidential and will not be shared with any other organizations.
SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE
Colonel Mike Walker USMC (ret)
Will speak on North Korea
Monday February 26, 2018
2:00 PM  at
Indian Ridge Country Club
This will be Colonel Walker's 3rd Appearance at Indian Ridge
TALES FROM THE TUN TAVERN

DID YOU KNOW...
The Mexican-American War played a critical role in defining the border between the United States and Mexico that remains in place today. In 1847, knowing that the capture of the Palacio Nacional would greatly disrupt the Mexican army, the Marines stormed the enemy fortress during the Battle of Chapultepec. After two days of battle, Marines gained control of the castle, better known as the "Halls of Montezuma," and were given the honor of raising the Stars and Stripes over the palace to mark their victory.
Upon returning home, the same Marines presented their flag to the commandant. Their victory at the "Halls of Montezuma" remains a part of Marine Corps tradition, immortalized in the Marines' Hymn.
CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Mike Bales | Harry Covert | Joe Daily | Dave Franklin | Charlie Garbarini | Frank Gillette |  Charlie Hall |     Sam Huttenhower | Jim Irwin |  
Franz Jevene | Jim Larsh | Howard Lehman | Jimmy Martin  |Vince Mast | Gene McClendon |    Jack Mennis |    George Moffatt | Hank Monahan | Gene Mooring | 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
PAST PRESIDENTS
Bill Ping (RIP) 1998-2002 | J oseph 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
We hope you find this newsletter of benefit.  We appreciate your continued membership and support of the chapter.  If you are interested in contributing to this newsletter with news or stories, or if interested in helping edit and produce the newsletter please email the editor.

Quint Villanueva, qlv@aol.com