2017 DEPARTMENT OF MICHIGAN MCI/MCLA CONVENTION – Hosted by the Upper Peninsula Detachment/Auxiliary Unit #444
June 8, 9, 10 and 11, 2017
The Island Resort and Casino, located 13 miles west of Escanaba on U.S. Hwy 2 & 41, 153 miles west of Mackinaw Bridge, will host this year’s convention.
The Island Resort and Casino boasts 162 room, 2 bars and 3 restaurants – the Fire keepers Restaurant, 5 Bridges Steak and Seafood House and the Coral Reef Grille. The Casino also has a Convenience Store, 42 an onsite RV Park, and a professional 18-hole golf course toured by the pros. For your entertainment, there is the Island Showroom with seating for 1327, which features many headliners from across the country. Also, the Island Lounge offers nightly entertainment.
The Island Resort and Casino are located in Harris, MI 49845 – 906-466-2941 (800)- 682-6040 – website: islandresortandcasino.com – All reservations shall be made directly to the Island Resort and Casino. Inform them you are with the Marine Corps League, Room Block # 12H00X, Deadline date for registration is 25 May 2017, 1700 Hr.
Group rates are available for lodging. Make a vacation out of it and spend a few extra days in Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula
Military Exchanges Opening To Millions
Any honorably discharged veteran will be allowed to shop online for discounted military exchange products starting November 11th (Veteran’s Day.) Under a policy change announced by the Department of Defense, as many as 16 million veterans stand to benefit. However, it’s online shopping only, visiting the bricks and mortar stores is still limited to active duty personnel, retirees, Medal of Honor recipients and medically discharged veterans.
Save The Date!
Thursday, June 15, 2017 – Veterans Night at Comerica Park! Detroit Hosts Tampa Bay.
Fundraising activities are the heartbeat of every detachment. Rather a raffle, golf outing, fish dinner or handing out roses in front of Wal-Mart, it takes the whole team to make it a success. All of the Eastern Zone Detachments are within twenty miles of each other so if we can patronize one another a lot of good things can happen; you become acquainted with new Marine friends, you contribute to the success of the fundraiser, and you earn applause for taking your time and energy to help other Marine Veterans. Here is what’s happening around the Eastern Zone:
Marines of the Cpl. Stanley L. Moore Detachment #159 will greet Wal-Mart customers at the Troy store on Maple Road. Look for them the day before Mother’s Day on Saturday, May 13th from 9:00 am until noon. Take time to visit and meet some new Marine friends
Every year the John Dingell VA Hospital in Detroit holds a fair for permanent residents. This year it’s on June 3rd. Just outside the hospital’s front door tables are set up, and various military groups greet the patients as they move from table-to-table collecting giveaways, Hats, T-Shirts, toiletries – and other items patients might find helpful. Hot dogs, music and useful VA information are available. Above the sound of the music, the roar of dozens of motorcycles arrives to help out. Set up is between 9-10 and the event starts at 11:30. It’s a gratifying experience.
The Macomb Detachment will hold their second annual Bike Marathon Fundraiser. I am going to join them this year. More information is to follow.
Eastern Zone Commandants – Participate if you can –
The proceeds Help Fund Many of the Department Activities. By Department SVP Dave Masunas:
The department raffle is in full swing. So far out of 37 detachments in the department, we have had 15 detachments return tickets they have sold. Last year we had a great turn out for this raffle with 30 out of 37 detachments returning tickets. The ticket price is $3 each ticket, and the detachment keeps $1 of each ticket sold. I need the money, and stubs returned to me by April 7th.
At the Summer Convention in the U.P. someone, we will be holding our annual pie in the face to our Department Commandant, Sr. Vice and Jr. Vice. At the closing of business on Saturday we will be drawing the winning ticket someone gets the chance to put a pie in our face. Tickets will be $1 each and all the money raised will go towards the scholarship program. Don’t miss out on your chance to put a pie in our face and have some fun doing it. Side note, all pies will be whip cream pies in a tin pie plate sorry no apple, cherry or any other type of fruit pies.
Have you heard about the Little Roller Fundraiser?
It would be hard to find any better odds than the 130-1 odds on winning $500.00. That’s not all! Prizes of $300.00, $200.00 will also be awarded. The $50.00 ticket will get you a meal, complimentary drinks and an evening of fun and good cheer with your fellow Marines. This year the event is being held right in our own backyard in Utica. Call me if you would like to purchase tickets.
Original Montford Point Marines, Calvin Moore, George Granbury and Calvin Shepherd with Marine Lt. General Ronald L. Bailey is currently the Deputy Commandant of policies, procedures, and operations.
The Marine’s Prayer
“Almighty Father, whose command is over all and whose love never fails, make me aware of Thy presence and obedient to Thy will. Keep me true to my best self, guarding me against dishonesty in purpose and deed and helping me to live so that I can face my fellow Marines, my loved ones, and Thee without shame or fear. Protect my family.
Give me the will to do the work of a Marine and to accept my share of responsibilities with vigor and enthusiasm. Grant me the courage to be proficient in my daily performance. Keep me loyal and faithful to my superiors and to the duties my Country and the Marine Corps have entrusted to me. Help me to wear my uniform with dignity, and let it remind me daily of the traditions which I must uphold.
If I am inclined to doubt, steady my faith; if I am tempted, make me strong to resist; if I should miss the mark, give me the courage to try again.
Guide me with the light of truth and grant me wisdom by which I may understand the answer to my prayer.”
Semper Fidelis Marines