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Marine Corps League
Worcester Detachment #144
October 2017 Newsletter     Issue 17
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  MCL October News 2017
Commandants Message
     The Fall Season is in full swing here, the trees are turning and the night are becoming shorter and cooler. Before long we will be listening to the bands indoors.

     This month is Nomination/Election for the E-Board positions. Just as a re-minder, if you are a yearly paying member you must pay up before the October meeting to be eligible to vote. Our asst. paymaster and sergeant at arms will be checking the list as you enter to vote.

     This month we will be asking for good participation from our members for the Columbus Day Parade. We will also be taking the docks out at the end of the month instead of the first weekend in November.

     November is a big month for us as you know, the Veterans Day Parade, Marine Corps Birthday, Birthday Ball, Tun Tavern Luncheon, and the cake cutting ceremony down at the detachment at 1800 the 10th of November.

   The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is on Saturday November 11 th at 1800 [6 PM], tickets are on sale and can be purchased at the lounge in the club or by phone (508)797-0141. The cost of the ticket is $30 per person.

    This Commandant bid’s farewell, I have enjoyed the position over seeing the operation of the League, and working with the Marine and Associate members. The past few years have just flown by and I feel it is time to move on and have the new Commandant bring the detachment forward. I will still be chairing the Wall Committee, and hope to get involved with other committees that oversee the well being of the detachment and the business. I am pleased to see that younger Marines are getting more involved with the operation of our Detachment and having newer ideas to bring us forward. I would like to thank all the board members for their support, and insight to help me govern. Being new to the detachment the Associates members and they are many, helped me as often as they could. Thank You. I also would like to thank the Bar Manager and the bartenders for their support in making the business grow.

     When our wall collapsed back in mid 15’, I’m looking at a big price tag to replace, and thinking what can we do to generate funds. Every weekend bring in bands to play was the answer and asking Gina LaConte to step up was the best decision made. Through her efforts the detachment has prospered and has let the secret out to local bands that its an honor to perform here. “Thank You Gina “

 

Semper Fidelis
Frank Peepas
Commandant

 

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Save The Date
Marine Corps Ball
Celebrate Marine Corps 242nd Birthday
This year's Ball will be celebrated on
November 11, 2017

at the Worcester Marine Corps Detachment

Cocktails from 1800,[6PM] to 1900[7 PM], Ceremony and Dinner to follow.
We will be entertained by our DJ Rick .

Contact Marine Steve Doldo for more information

Taco Tuesdays!

Come down and get a taco and an ice cold beer with Melissa Peterson!

Tuesdays
2 - 6 PM

Upcoming Events At Worcester Marine Corps League

Karaoke Night


Friday October 13th


Friday, October 27th

9:00pm
Saturday October 7th
 Those Guys  
Music - Those Guys

Saturday October 7th, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604

Saturday October 14st
Take Two
Music - Take Two

Saturday October 14th, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
Saturday October 21st
Gov't Surplus
Music - Gov't Surplus

Saturday October 21st, 9pm – 12am
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
Sunday October 22nd
Kids Halloween Party
Sunday Afternoon

Sunday October 22nd, 2pm - 6pm
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
Saturday October 28th
Adults Halloween Party
Music - Still Dizzi

Cash prizes for best costume
at 9pm
181 Lake Ave, Worcester, MA 01604
First female assault amphibian officer expected to graduate next week
By: Jeff Schogol Marine Corps Times


In another historic moment for the Marine Corps, a woman is expected to become the Corps’ first female assault amphibian officer next week, Corps officials said.
The woman is slated to graduate on Oct. 3 from the 12-week Assault Amphibian Officer Course at Camp Pendleton, California, Training Command said Friday in a statement. She is also the first woman to attempt the course.
Training Command plans to release the woman’s name after she graduates and becomes the first woman to earn the military occupational specialty 1803 for assault amphibian officers.

Subject: To the NFL players who took a knee during the playing of the National Anthem.

To the highly-paid, under educated, intellect challenged, and over-pampered professional athletic players who "take a knee" during the playing of the National Anthem:

So, you want to take a knee?

Take a trip to Valley Forge in January. Hold a musket ball in your fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two. There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the battle. Wait your turn while listening to the screams of pain from the wounded.
Then take a knee.

Go to Gettysburg and stand on Round Top. Consider the slaughter that occurred during that battle as well as at other battle sites during the American Civil War to free blacks from the shame of slavery. Whites fought whites to undo injustice in our country.
Then take a knee. 

Go to Normandy where man after American man stormed the beach, dodging dead bodies and withering machine gun fire,...the very sea stained with American blood. Imagine that your fellow players are your dead brothers in arms.
Then take a knee.

Visit the battle sights in Korea where the initial defensive battalion of American troops of the 24th Infantry Division fought bravely and were slaughtered by the hoards of invading North Korean forces in June 1950. Our engagement in Korea resulted in the freedom of South Korea, even as it took the lives of 38,000 Americans. It was the first war where black and white troops were fully integrated into fighting and support units.
Then take a knee.

Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. Over 60,000 Americans died in those jungles.There was no playbook or million dollar contracts for doing your job, but they understood what our flag represented. When they came home, they were protested by their fellow Americans. These brave men were spat upon by mostly young students who did everything to avoid the war.
Then take a knee while they spit on you.

Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110 degree heat..Trade in your pads for a Kevlar helmet and battle dress...You'll have to stay hydrated, but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth. And watch out for those IEDs when you take a knee.

There's a lot of places to take a knee. Americans have given their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which they fought as a source for your protest, you dishonor the memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled it defending your liberty.

So while you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on manicured fields striped and printed with numbers to announce every inch of game yardage...but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an American life lost serving that flag you protest.

No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American men and women on the land, air, and sea, delivering the real fight against those who chose to harm us..so you would have the opportunity to dishonor their service by "taking a knee."

You have no clue what it took to get you where you are...but your "protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation, it points to your ingratitude for those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave long after your stats and game jersey are forgotten... Consider the sacrifices that so many Americans have made so that you have the privilege of pursuing your well-rewarded athletic career. Then, reflect on the meaning of "taking a knee".
Marine Members

 Monthly Meeting ...Monday October 16th at 1900, Lt Powers Hall.
(Meetings are always the 3rd Monday of the Month)

E-Board Meeting Thursday October 5th at 1900


“I’m The Guy”
I’m the guy who was asked to join your organization,

I’m the guy who paid his dues to you,

I’m the guy who came to your meetings and no one paid any attention to,
I’m the guy who tried several times to be a friend, but they all had their own buddies to talk to and sit next to,

I’m the guy who came several times., but no one paid any attention to me, I’m the guy who was left out when I volunteered to help with fund raising projects and membership recruitments,

I’m the guy who missed a few meetings because I was sick, but at the next meeting no one asked where I had been. I guess it didn’t matter very much to others whether I was there or not,

I’m the guy who decided to stay home and watch TV one meeting night. The following meeting I attended, but no one asked where I had been, You might say I’m a good guy. A food family man who holds a responsible job, loves his country and his community,

You know who else I am?
THE GUY WHO NEVER CAME BACK!!!!!!!! It amused me to think that they spend so much time looking for NEW members when I was there all the time, All they needed to do was to make me feel needed, wanted and welcome.

WHERE ARE YOU
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