Neither rain, nor thunder hampered the 12th version of the Foundation’s (Florida Chapter) Annual Golf Tournament held at the Sherman Hills Golf Club near Brooksville, FL held Friday afternoon, April 22.
While other organizations nearby were cancelling tournaments worried about inclement weather, 80 golfers teed off following brief ceremonies at 1 p.m. led by Chapter President and Tournament Chair Red Carpenter. While there were several brief passing showers and a peal of thunder once or twice, everyone finished on schedule at 5:15 p.m. in time to enjoy a meal of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans and potato salad.
Following the meal an auction was held, led by Chapter Member Kevin Doll. This helped increase the tournament profit to a grand total of $5,063.80. The Chapter will make a recommendation to the Foundation Board of Directors as to the disposition of the money. Past tournament profits have gone to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA and to the Foundation Scholarship Fund. It is expected both will receive major portions of this year’s profits.
USMCCCA Board Member Bob Mergle made his first venture into tournament play, traveling from his home in Columbia, SC and bringing several friends. Other Chapter member/players were Betsy Judge, Bob Jordan and National Executive Director Jack Paxton. Providing vocal (and photographic) support were Association VP (and webmaster) Kate Stark, and Chapter VP Hank Ehlbeck.
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Team photos and more will be posted tomorrow…
CCHQ heard from Ralph Austin that longtime member and former Leatherneck staffer Chuck Tyler passed away sometime last week. He served in Korea as a photographer with Jack Lewis and Ralph Austin. More info will be posted when it becomes available. From emails…
“I will miss that raspy voice — He was one of the elders who took me under his wings and reminded me that we all had big egos but even bigger hearts! Chuck personified that. He was always very warm and one of the first people to welcome my wife to our family.
“Very bad news. Chuck was on Leatherneck’s staff in the 50s and again in the early 60s. I count him as one of my best advisers as I learned the ropes at Leatherneck. He hosted Leatherneck staff reunion Dinners at the annual conference for decades after Leatherneck was no longer an official Marine Corps publication. I met a great many superb Marines through Chuck. Among those were Jack Lewis and Bob Morrisey.”
“While I was editor of the Flight Jacket and then Section Chief at Joint ISO, El Toro, Chuck was often with me, work and play. He operated from his home in a nearby valley and from my office as well. A really great friend and top photographer.”
Don Gee reminds us:
Marine Corps Mustang Association: 31st Anniversary Reunion, Astor Crowne Plaza, French Quarter Hotel, New Orleans, LA August 16-18. Contact: LtCol. Richard Sullivan, 508-954-2262. Email: email@example.com
Chosin Few: Bi-annual Family Reunion, San Diego Marriott Mission Valley August 16-21. Contact: LtCol. Jean P. White, 760-727-7796l. Email: chosin-few.Ifirstname.lastname@example.org.
Reece, in addition to being a run-away winner in our past few years’ DPA/VIEC competitions, also was named MPA of the Year by the Marine Corps Recruiting Command. Topping off things, he was selected for staff sergeant by the 2015 promotion board. A fine individual and a fine Marine!
Everything you need to know about registering for our August Conference and Training Symposium is in the 1st Quarter edition of “Now Hear This” mailed over the weekend. We also pay tribute to three who really counted in this edition: Bob Springer, Mike Pitts and Don O’Neal. We also point out some important dates.
Our great-looking annual Journal still is not reaching Chad de Bree, who was at Camp Lejeune and Ally Bieswanger, at a Syracuse address. If you are in contact with them, ask that they call CCHQ at 352.748.4698 or email: email@example.com.
The 12th annual USMCCCA Foundation (Florida Chapter) Golf Tournament will be held Friday afternoon, April 22 at the Sherman Hills Golf Club, near Brooksville, FL.
The tournament is the primary fundraiser for the USMCCCA Foundation that supports the CC’s patriotic, charitable and educational programs for both active duty Marines, retired Marines and their families. One of the primary beneficiaries of this tournament has been the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund, Oceanside, CA which, since the tournament’s inception, has received more than $85,000 from the Foundation.
The tournament is open to all golfers, male and female and features a scramble format. The entry fee is $50 and includes greens and cart fees, range balls and a meal following play. Sherman Hills is considered one of the best conditioned golf courses in Central Florida and features gently rolling hills and a fairly wide-open venue.
Tournament Chair James “Red” Carpenter has issued an invitation to all CC “friends” to come and play in the tournament. Special arrangements have been made with the nearby Quality Inn for out of town guests who would be interested in playing. If you wish to come in Thursday night the special fee is $65. The hotel telephone number is 352-796-9481. The booking code is USMCCCA Golf.
If you cannot come to Florida and play but wish to support the tournament, Carpenter said that hole sponsorships are available for $150. All contributions should be made to the USMCCCA Foundation and sent to James “Red” Carpenter, 1072 Greenturf Rd., Spring Hill, FL 34608. Should you wish to support the tournament by credit card, call CCHQ at 352-748-4698.
Members should begin receiving their annual Dedicated Member contribution letters and envelopes this week.
As Foundation President Bill Hauptfleisch said, “this year, more than ever, we need your help. Our scholarship funds really need replenishing if we are to continue to provide two $3,000 grants annually.”
The appealing feature of the DM campaign is that members may designate their funds in several different ways. Many contribute in honor or in memory of a fallen comrade; others to friends still with us. This year a special request is being made to build up the scholarship fund.
Contributions can be made in several ways: 1) go to www.usmccca.org and, on the left side of the opening page, click the button for Dedicated Members and use your credit card. You DO NOT need a PayPal account. 2) Make your gift by personal check to USMCCCA Foundation and use the return remittance envelope that came in the mailing.
Regardless of the method used, Bill, the Board of Directors and I do appreciate it.
Donald M. O’Neal went to be with our lord on Sunday March 6, 2016. He was born on October 2, 1940 to Joseph and Joan O’Neal in Chicago, Illinois. He was a highly decorated United States Marine, of 26 years which included the Purple Heart. Retiring at the rank of Master Gunnery Sergeant, after honorably serving his country, he went on to become an executive at two Aerospace companies (Rockwell & Hughes).
In 1982 he married the love of his life Yvette, whom he was with to his last moments. He is proceeded in death by his parents and his brother Joseph O’Neal Jr. Donald is survived by his wife Yvette O’Neal children Freddie Palmer (wife Cheryl), Natalie O’Neal, Angela McKinney (husband Lawerence), Christine O’Neal, and Julienne O’Neal, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren as well as numerous family and friends.
He was a well loved and respected man, with honor and integrity who will be greatly missed. There will be a memorial service held on Thursday March 17, 2016 at 9:30 AM at Castle Ridge Mortuary with internment to follow at 11:00 AM at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers Donald would have wanted donations to the Leukemia Society.
It is with great sadness we report that Don O’Neal passed away March 6 at his home. An obit will be added soon.
Services will be held:
Yvette requests no flowers at the funeral. Bequests should be made to the Leukemia Society of America and/or the USMCCCA Foundation. Her daughters are working on an obituary which will be posted here when available.
Note: Memorials in memory of (or honor of) Don O’Neal can be made by clicking on the Donate to Foundation button at the bottom of this post. A mailing announcing this annual campaign is in the works. Any early bequests to Don will be shown both on the website and in the upcoming 1st Quarter newsletter.
The 2016 USMCCCA Conference and Training Symposium will be held at the Fredericksburg, VA Hospitality House Hotel & Conference Center August 21-26. This conference celebrates our 75th anniversary and we expect a larger than usual turn-out so we recommend booking your room and paying the registration as soon as possible. While we will officially kickoff the event at our Welcome Reception on Monday, August 22, we are planning several meetings on Monday afternoon for board members. We have listed the conference dates to include arrival on the 21st in case some attendees want to come in early.
As you see, the rooms rates are some of the lowest in reason years at $84 for two people. Additional persons in the room at $10. As an added bonus, each person in the room will receive a chit for a complimentary full breakfast each day.
The conference fee for members is $90 per person which includes all three meal events: Welcome Reception, Awards Banquet, and Sayonara Breakfast. The registration fee for non-members wishing to attend is $100. If you are a member and can only come to the banquet, the fee is $50. Non-members wishing to attend the banquet only: $60. Note: If you join USMCCCA before the conference you will definitely save money on the registration fee.
There will be a bus trip to the National Museum of the Marine Corps on Tuesday, August 23. The fee per person for this bus trip is $15. In order to adequately plan this trip, CCHQ MUST have bus reservations made by NLT July 15. The bus will seat 57 persons. Reservations will be made on a first come, first served basis. Click here to reserve bus seat to Museum
Your hotel reservations can be made by visiting our website: www.usmccca.org and clicking here for room reservations. All reservations at the hotel must be in by August 1 to assure a room. If you wish to call the hotel for your reservation the number is 540-786-8321. Our group code is USMCCCA.
Make your conference registration on our website www.usmccca.org by credit card. All registrations must be made by August 10. You may register with a personal check or, if you do not use a computer, by contacting CCHQ direct.