October, 2012 NEWSLETTER


Wes Ahlgren Mike Bales Carl Brooks Harry Covert
David Franklin Charlie Garbarini Sam Huttenower Dean Hunter
Franz Jevne Jimmie Martin Gene McClendon Jim Olson
Marilyn Paige Dick Partee Jack Rabinowitz Henry Sanchez
Sandy Sandoval Ray Schum Bob Shepard George Stettler
 Jim Sullivan Dale Turner Quint Villanueva Col. Mike Walker
Michael Walker Myrl Wallace Linn Wiley  

Membership is available for a minimum donation of $100 annualy.

LtCol Ted Wong led 20 of his Marines to the Santa Rosa Golf Club for 18 holes of golf and a barbecue. The Chapter had 24 members and wives there to support the event.
Prizes were presented  to the Marines for their participation in the golf tournament. Prizes were donated by Santa Rosa Golf Club and Sgt Grit Marine Specialties.
The management and members at Santa Rosa Golf Club did a great job in welcoming the Marines and ourselves to their club. They had some young ladies from the College of the Desert golf team there to provide morale and help for the Marines.  The Club also prepared tri tips in a smoker and served it with corn on the cob for lunch. Their kitchen staff baked special cup cakes with a “Thank You” for each of the Marines.    The SRGC also produced custom caps with the Wounded Warrior Battalion logo for the Marines and our members.
We are invited back to the SRGC for a future function. 
Please join me in welcoming LtCol Harry Ziegler, USMC (Ret.) aboard.  Harry served 1952 - 1974 as a fighter pilot.  He  was awarded the DFC, Air Medal, Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (Silver Star) among other awards for his service.
Harry and his wife Geri live in Rancho Mirage. He is also active in the Marine Corps League and the Young Marines.
He is an active supporter of the ASYMCA at 29 Palms and is often seen hauling a trailer or station wagon load  of donations to them.
Col. Mike Walker will return to give us the Part 2 of his in depth presentation on the history of amphibious warfare. Those of us that heard Part I will certainly look forward to hearing Part 2.
This year we will hold the barbecue on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the MCAGCC, 29 PALMS.  Marines from the 3rd Battalion, 4th Marines, 7th Marine Regiment will be our guests.  The menu will feature our traditional New York Choice Steaks barbecued by the grill team from Coyote Kitchens.  Tickets are $25 and must be purchased in advance.
This battalion is the one that we supported last year by collecting donations and shipping to Afghanistan 3,100 lbs of socks and baby wipes.  (That is a lot!).  Now, the 3 / 4 is in intensive training for their next deployment in early 2013.  We will have 100 of their single enlisted Marines as our guests at the barbecue.  This is a great time to mingle with these young warriors and enjoy the camaraderie.
Please consider sponsoring Marines to help with the costs for hosting them.  Thanks to Mike Bales, Mac Dube Frank Gillette, Dave Franklin, Charlie Garbarini, Frank Gillette, Mike Holquin, Ray Schum, George Stettler, Pete Van Vechten and Ray Wilburn for already donating to sponsor two or more Marines.  
 All members are invited  to participate in this patriotic event.  The theme is “American Pride“.  the United States Marines lead off the parade with  a Color Guard from the 3rd Battalion 4th Marines, 29 Palms and the 1st Marine Division Band from Camp Pendleton.  Our Chapter will follow  the Band down El Paseo Drive.
To participate in the parade, members should wear their red covers, white chapter shirts and khaki trousers.
This will be our seventh year in the parade.  We will have an 8 passenger golf cart with our  World II Marines and Marilyn Paige on board.  We are hoping that  Dick Partee will have his drivers license renewed in time to pilot the cart.  The rest of us will route step the ¾ mile parade route.  Thanks to J R Thomas, Electric Car Distributors, for providing us an 8 passenger cart once again.
We will have a pop up tent in the vendor area recruiting new membership and our fund raiser with Jensen’s Markets .
Afterwards, members and spouses are invited over to the Sullivan’s.   Standard admission is a  bottle of wine or beer and an appetizer.  We always have fun getting everyone together to talk about the parade and the excitement that the Marine Band will generate.
The Wounded Warriors Battalion have invited the Chapter to attend their Ball on October 30th at the Pechanga Resort & Casino Resort, Temecula. Tickets are $65 per person.  Civilian attire will be dark suits.  Ladies dressy.  Group hotel rate for the Birthday Ball attendees will be $109.
To make your reservation, please mail a check payable to the 1stMarDivAssn, P O Box 10856, PD, 92255 by October 12th. We will reserve several tables to accommodate our members. Table space will be first come first served.  Hotel reservations should be made directly at (905) 506-4575. Be sure to identify yourself as attending the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.
The Marine Corps League’s annual luncheon to celebrate the Marine Corps Birthday will be held on Friday, November 9th at the Miracle Springs Spa and Resort, Desert Hot Springs.  
Cadets from the DHS High School Marine JROTC program will be there in uniform.  Guest of honor / speaker will be LtCol Chris Escamilla, CO of the 3/11.   Tickets are $35 and must be purchased in advance.
 The Chapter has purchased a table of 10.  If you would like to be seated with us, please buy your ticket through us.  Send your check to our P O Box 10856, Palm Desert 92255.
Once again, we will partner with Jensen’s Fine Foods to raise money for deployed families of Marines and for the families of the Wounded Warriors at 29 Palms.  This will kick off on Friday, November 2 and Saturday, November 3rd and subsequent Thursdays (except Thanksgiving) and Friday through
December 15th.
We need your support by volunteering to work a 3 hour shift (11 - 2 or 2 - 5) at either the Palm Springs or Palm Desert stores.  We will have sign up sheets at our October 18th meeting.  Members will wear our white chapter shirts and red covers when working a shift.  Volunteers will be asked to work both locations.
This fund raiser will receive more publicity and promotion from the Jensen’s ad agency, so we are expecting bigger and better things this year.  We will also enlist media support to create community awareness as to how they can support the families of Marines.


Jim Sullivan, Editor
Officers & Directors:
Quintin Villanueva, President Richard Partee, Vice Pres.
Jim Sullivan, Sec / Treas.          Carl Brooks, Director      Henry Sanchez, Director