April 1, 2014
I hope this newsletter finds each
of you well. Mary, Jacy and I are now living at Camp Lejeune. The weather here
like the rest of the United States has been crazy. I hope you folks up north are
digging out and preparing for the trip south for our annual reunion. Things were
a little slower this year due to our impending retirement but everything is
under control now.
We made the trip to Parris Island in February to attend SgtMaj Buckís retirement
and the appointment of SgtMaj Archie as the new Depot SgtMaj. We are very
excited that SgtMaj Buck will remain at Parris Island as the Protocol Officer.
The Association continues to operate in the black. The end of the year
accounting is on the web site and the 990 should be completed prior to the
reunion. Donations have increased and I encourage those who can to continue to
I am still experiencing some delays in processing memberships due to the forms
being sent to Parris Island. In the future please address correspondence to the
Association directly to me at PO Box 8086, Camp Lejeune, NC 28547.
If you are attending the reunion please make plans to attend the memberís
meeting on Saturday, 3 May 2014. The meeting is your opportunity to discuss new
items of interest. We look forward to seeing you there.
Planning is almost complete for
our 2014 Reunion. We are waiting on approval from the depot for the sequence of
events. I am attaching the tentative schedule for your information and planning.
If there are changes they will be on the web site and announced at Registration.
If you have not registered please do so prior to arrival to avoid paying
additional monies at the door. This is a numbers driven event and we need those
numbers as early as we can get them. There will not be a formal Golf Tournament
this year as we have no one to coordinate with Legends or put the Tournament
together. There never seems to be a good time to have it. I encourage all you
golfers to contact Legends and arrange for a Tee Time and play. There have been
comments about golf in our comments section.
Response to our latest reminder
card was very good. We will continue to send reminders at least twice a year as
a courtesy to our members. I still encourage all of you to invite a Drill
Instructor to join. While you are at Parris Island talk to active duty Drill
Instructors about the Association and encourage them to join. SgtMaj Moore
recently gave the Association presentation to the graduating class at Drill
We now have some new long sleeve T-Shirts available in two different
designs. One has our logo and the other has the Marine Corps Emblem. They are
available now and will be available at the Reunion. The cost is $20.00 with
$7.00 shipping. There will be items available at the reunion; however quantities
will be limited. A sign up sheet will be available at the Quartermaster table to
place special orders.
While I report that we continue to
operate in the black, we cannot become complacent. Membership dues alone will
not sustain the Association. We ask that if you are able, please make an
occasional tax deductible donation to YOUR Association.
PLEASE REMEMBER THAT DONATIONS TO THE ASSOCIATION ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED
AND ARE TAX DEDUCTABLE.
SgtMaj Kenneth D. Miller USMC (Ret)
President East Coast Drill Instructors Association