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December 2017

Christmas Greetings and News from President Walt Flynn

Marines of the 38th OCC and Basic Class 3-66

Marines and Friends,

Brothers, may the joys of the Holiday Season be with you and your families and may the blessings they bring be heaped on us, our predecessors and all those who have or will follow us in service to our country.

I particularly pray that the suffering of our wounded brothers be assuaged and they find comfort. I am extremely proud to say that our organization has recently helped to do that in a significant way. Recently, the Executive Board, on the recommendation of our Treasurer Steve McComb and the Charitable Gifts Committee consisting of Vice President Jim Herak, Steve McComb, Bob Nelson and Larry Aker, unanimously approved a donation of $8,000.00 to the Semper Fi Fund. That donation will be matched by the Parson Foundation so that our largesse will result in a $16,000.00 contribution.

For those who attended the San Antonio Reunion, you know that Andy Blenkle and his team organized an event of nothing but superlatives. Of those, the memorial service and the two "story telling" sessions stand out. Based on the success of Terry Cox's sessions, it was decided to include in our alumni website a place called "Our Stories", where you are encouraged to submit your story on your OCS/TBS/Vietnam stories. (See the block below)

While on the subject of the reunion, Jack Sheehan reminds that he has Challenge Coins available at $16.00. (See the block below)

Subsequent to the reunion, Terry Cox, who deserves the utmost gratitude for the work he has put into these last several reunions, surveyed the attendees about its every aspects. There were fewer returns than we had hoped, but we still got a strong sense of the members feelings. Regarding the site for the next reunion, a committee was formed and we met on Monday, December 11. It was the unanimous decision of the committee to send Newport, RI forward to the Executive Board as the recommended site of the 2019 reunion, and the Board unanimously concurred in that recommendation. The reunion is scheduled for Monday, October 7 through Friday, 11 October 2019 at the Cambria Hotel and Suites in Newport.

After reviewing the data available on Boston, Massachusetts as a site, the costs were determined to be excessive. Jack Sheehan and Larry Aker, along with Renate Aker, a travel agent, stepped up and provided a presentation recommending Newport, RI as the site which was fully fleshed out (they had obviously done their homework) and Newport had been included as one of the alternatives identified by the attendees at the business meeting in San Antonio. They had also contacted Discover Newport, a destination management organization, whose representative, Anne Roberts, joined with the committee and offered the services of that group.

Jack and Larry have accepted the role of cochairmen of the committee. Other members of the 2019 Reunion Committee include Sam McClinchie, Pete Clay, Dave Wall, Paul Ross, Ron Mikat, and Robby Robinson (a leader of Basic Class 4-66).I have also appointed to the committee Renate Aker, Gerry Wall, Patty Sheehan and Maryellen Flynn. Others may be added, so to that end let me know if you would be interested in serving on the Reunion Committee. If you have any questions, contact any of the committee members. They will provide any information you need and will gladly share their enthusiasm for the Newport site with you. In the meantime, go online and check out the wealth of site (Discover Newport, RI )which make Newport a socially, culturally and historically desirable site.

Semper Fidelis.
Walt

Needed - Your Stories for the Website

The "Our Stories" header is now found on the menu bar of the website. There is currently one story posted, but we hope that many will be added soon. Go to the Class website to see the new section (Our Stories)

You are hereby invited and encouraged to write your own story for all to read and have it posted on our website. The Point of Contact for this project is Chuck Sooter, so send your stories to him for processing (chucksooter@hotmail.com). Ideally your story will be 6 -10 pages, so this means that you can string a number of related stories together, including pictures of yourself/events back in the day, to form a sense of what your military experience was like for you. Please send whatever you write, regardless. Just get it down on paper. Some other guidelines are as follows:

1.) Non-fiction, first person account
2.) No disrespect for others, the Corps, or Country
3.) Non-political

Besides writers, we are seeking volunteers to become editors to polish "Our Stories" into publishable form. You can volunteer to do both. If we get enough Classmates to participate, we will make an attempt to have these stories published, perhaps by the US Naval Institute.

Thank you for helping to document the service of our Class.

New Fiscal Year 2017-2018 Annual Voluntary Contributions

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions to begin on November 10th.

As our Association has received tax-exempt status, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent upon making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:

  • Anchor $1 to $74
  • Globe $75 to $149
  • Eagle $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions

Please consider making your fiscal 2017-2018 donation today!

The new contributions to the 2017-2018 Contributions Honor Roll will be posted during the fiscal year, as received.

Please make your check payable to: "38th OCC/Basic Class 3-66 Alumni"
On the Memo line of the check, please insert Tax ID No. 54-2099257 and mail to our Treasurer:

Steve McComb
2960 Pharr Court South, Apt. N-3
Atlanta, GA 30305-2188

Thank you for your continued generous support of the Class and its activities!

Needed - Your Stories for the Website

The "Our Stories" header is now found on the menu bar of the website. There is currently one story posted, but we hope that many will be added soon. Go to the Class website to see the new section (Our Stories)

You are hereby invited and encouraged to write your own story for all to read and have it posted on our website. The Point of Contact for this project is Chuck Sooter, so send your stories to him for processing (chucksooter@hotmail.com). Ideally your story will be 6 -10 pages, so this means that you can string a number of related stories together, including pictures of yourself/events back in the day, to form a sense of what your military experience was like for you. Please send whatever you write, regardless. Just get it down on paper. Some other guidelines are as follows:

1.) Non-fiction, first person account
2.) No disrespect for others, the Corps, or Country
3.) Non-political

Besides writers, we are seeking volunteers to become editors to polish "Our Stories" into publishable form. You can volunteer to do both. If we get enough Classmates to participate, we will make an attempt to have these stories published, perhaps by the US Naval Institute.

Thank you for helping to document the service of our Class.

2017 Challenge Coin

As you probably know, our new fiscal year begins on the Marine Corps Birthday and we encourage annual voluntary contributions to begin on November 10th.

As our Association has received tax-exempt status, ALL Contributions are fully tax-deductible.

The suggested donation is $25 for every member, but membership has already been earned and is not contingent upon making a contribution!

If you would like to make a leadership contribution, the levels are as follows:

  • Anchor $1 to $74
  • Globe $75 to $149
  • Eagle $150 or more

All Contributions are strictly voluntary, tax-deductible and will be recognized on our website. To view the Contributions Honor Roll, which has captured your historical contributions, go to Contributions

The Class Challenge Coins prepared for the 2017 Reunion are still available. If you would like to purchase one or more, please contact Jack Sheehanl by calling him at 401-255-0387 or emailing him at the following email address (jacksheehanjtown@me.com)

The cost is $16.00 per coin.

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