L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Marine Corps League Det #206, NEWSLETTER, Sep 2019 - #3
Commandant's Corner

I am looking at two more meetings before the new administration takes over. All in all, things have been fairly good for the past half + of the year. Help has been given when it was needed and most have chipped in to lend assistance. Steve Bliss also asked if we had a “hooker house” going as our account has risen steadily. This is directly due to several things but mainly to Bob Stalzers “Rose Outings.” There are still several more to do. Thanks guys.

The Golf Outing looks like it is going to be a good success thanks to the John Andrews and Char Cosgrove-Bowie team. More on this in the next newsletter. The other items we have to concentrate on will be the 244th Marine Corps Birthday Ball and the ad book that goes with it. I know Gunny is working on the Ball and I am going to do the ad book with the help of Jim. I would like to fill the book this year as last year we only had 52 pages of the 60 we could have had. Get out there and get the ads for us.

As I said in the beginning, “two more meetings” is all I will be doing as I am headed overseas at the end of September and will miss the October induction meeting. The officer slate needs to be filled, so step up and do your part. 

The Commandants job is not that hard and the Junior Vice is just as easy. There are plenty of people who are willing to help you as they have gone through it already. I know John, Steve, Eddie, Bob and I will assist you. In fact, I will even help you write your “Commandant’s Corner” (that is this page in your future). I know that 11 or 12 meetings is not that hard to do and I will even keep the back row “quiet” as I know they can be very distracting to many people. So step up and earn your keep.

I came across something that fit right into my learning so I am going to weave it into my thoughts. It is called “Toms Litany of Learning” and for some of you it is far to late but others you may use it to change should you need to. And, no it is not a prayer.

Tom's Litany of LearningMost of what I really need to know about how to live; and what to do; and how to be; I learned in kindergarten. This wisdom was not on the top of the graduate school itinerary for me, but it was there in the sandbox in kindergarten.

Here are the things I learned: Share everything (well most everything). Play fair. Do not hit people (there are exceptions). Put things back where you found them. Clean up your mess. Do not take things that are not yours. Say you are sorry when you hurt someone. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and milk are good for you. Live a balanced life. Learn some and think some, draw, paint, dance, play and work every day.

Take a nap every afternoon . When you go out into the world, watch for traffic, hold hands and stick together. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the cup. The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we all like that.

Goldfish, hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the cup – they all die. So do we. The Golden Rule and love and basic sanitation, ecology and politics and sane living. Think of what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk at 3 o’clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.

Or, if we had a basic policy for our nation and other nations it wonld be: Always put things back where we found them and clean up our messes.And it is still true, no matter how old you are: When you go out into the world, it is best to hold hands and stick together. 

Here are two important bits of advice that I did not learn in kindergarten: when you are wrong, apologize, but when you are right, stick to your guns and lastly, your wife is always right no matter what.  

Semper Fi,
Tom Miller