ELECTRONIC NEWSLETTER UPDATE | March 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 look forward to seeing you at upcoming events.
NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: MARCH, 2018 1130 Hrs
March 15, 2018
Chapter Meeting  |   1130 hours

Please make your reservations early by calling  
760 901 5494 
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
NEW RECRUITS!
WELCOME OUR NEW RECRUITS

Tom Woulfe
Tom served a four year hitch in the Marines from 1970 to 1974 serving in the HQ  Bn 
1st Marine Division and 7th Commuication Bn 3rd Marine Division.  
Welcome Aboard, Tom!!!

If you have a recruit in mind, let us know so we can enlist them!
MEMBERS ABROAD
Chapter member Dave Franklin  at the statue of Our Lady of La Vang  wearing his Desert Cities, Mitchell Paige jacket, during his recent visit to the Republic of Viet Nam. 

Dave is a Viet Nam war veteran.
AFTER ACTION REPORT
President Vince Mast
and Quint Villanueva Present $1000 donation to
the  USMC Desert Veterans
President and former Marine Staff Sergeant 
Rae Lynn Munoz and Treasurer Cindy Banda,  USMC Desert Veterans, a 501 C (3) a non profit veterans organization received a $1000 donation 
from the Desert Cities Mitchell Paige MOH Chapter in support of the Desert Veterans mission to provide scholarships to Marine veterans living in the Coachella Valley.
COMMANDING OFFICER AND SERGEANT MAJOR
3RD LIGHT ARMORED RECONNAISANCE BATTALION
GUEST SPEAKERS AT FEBRUARY MEETING

Chapter members were honored to have 3rd LAR Bn Commanding Officer LtCol Candelerio and  Sgt Major Chestnut as guest speakers at its February luncheon meeting.
SgtMajor made a dynamic presentation about the critical importance in holding Mar ines to the absolute highest standard in every element of their military life.
LtCl Canderlerio's presentation expanded on Sgt Major's thesis outlining in detail a Marine's essential qualities and expectations of performance.
 COLONEL MIKE WALKER USMC (RETIRED)
PRESENTATION ON NORTH KOREA AND CHINA
A BIG HIT

L ong time Chapter member Mike Walker gave a two hour lecture at the Indian Ridge Country Club on the geo-political dynamics of China, North Korea to an audience of civilians who participated in a question and answer period that broadened the scope of Mike's presentation to include Iran, Syria and Israel.  The consensus is that Mike's presentation was terrific.

Mike was an active member of our Chapter until he left the sunny desert three years ago for wide open pastures of Idaho.

Colonel Mike completed his undergraduate studies at Marquette University later followed by graduate studies at Norwich and Harvard Universities.

He served twenty-six years in the Marine Corps, in war and peace and both on active duty and in the reserves. Mike was decorated a number of times to include the awarding of the Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.

Mike held command at every rank from second lieutenant to colonel and served as an intelligence officer with the Joint Staff at the Pentagon and overseas in Europe, East Asia and the Middle East.
 
Mike is now a military historian. His book,  The 1929 Sino-Soviet War, was released in 2017 and he is currently working on his next book dealing with America's early experiences in Vietnam, 1959-1965.
SAVE THE DATE
SAVE THE DATE  MARCH 28
The 7th Marines will host a "field exercise" indoctrination for Chapter members and City of Palm Desert leaders.  Details forthcoming as we receive them from the 7th.

Two previous field trips hosted by the Regiment drew accolades from all who participated.  
You won't want to miss this one.  
Pictured to the left, Rifle Range Participation during prior indoctrination.
ADMINISTRATIVE NOTICES
ADMIN NOTICE
2018 DUES WERE DUE ON  
JANUARY 1, 2018
CHAPTER DUES: $50
TUN TAVERN DUES $100
MAKE CHECKS PAYABLE TO 
FMDA DESERT CITIES
PO BOX 10856
PALM DESERT, CA 92255
NEW FUND RAISING INITIATIVES 

WE NEED NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF PROSPECTIVE DONORS TO KICK OFF OUR NEW FUND RAISING INITIATIVE

Our Chapter is expanding its initiatives to raise funds that will enable us to grow our mission of supporting Marines.  We need the participation of all Chapter members to make this initiative successful.  All a member has to do is submit the name and address of at least one prospect that can possibly help in our efforts.
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.
TALES FROM THE TUN TAVERN

A dozen Tun Tavern Club members convened at the Fire House restaurant on evening of February 26 for food and grog and camaraderie following 
Colonel Mike Walker's afternoon presentation at Indian Ridge Country Club.  Sea stories, laughs, challenge coin challenges did abound during the two hour festivities. Roll call included Mast, Villanueva, Shepard, Irwin, Stettler, McClendon. Ruffoni, Lehman, Barker, Perez, Dangwllo and Mike Walker.
DID YOU KNOW...
Marine Corps tradition maintains that the red stripe worn on the trousers of officers and non-commissioned  officers, and commonly known as the "blood stripe," commemorates those Marines killed storming the castle of Chapultepec in 1847. Although this belief is firmly embedded in the traditions of the Corps, it has no basis in fact. The use of stripes clearly predates the Mexican War.

In 1834, uniform regulations were changed to comply with President Andrew Jackson's wishes that Marine uniforms return to the green and white worn during the Revolutionary War. The wearing of stripes on the trousers began in 1837, following the Army practice of wearing stripes the same color as uniform jacket facings. Colonel Commandant Archibald Henderson ordered those stripes to be buff white. Two years later, when President Jackson left office, Colonel Henderson returned the uniform to dark blue coats faced red. In keeping with earlier regulations, stripes became dark blue edged in red. In 1849, the stripes were changed to a solid red. Ten years later uniform regulations prescribed a scarlet cord inserted into the outer seams for non-commissioned officers and musicians and a scarlet welt for officers. Finally, in 1904, the simple scarlet stripe seen today was adopted.

(Editors comment:  Chapultepec tradition has more sizzle than uniform regulations )
CURRENT TUN TAVERN MEMBERS

Wes Ahlgren | Michael Bales (in memorium) | 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