We are now into the last quarter of 2020. Hopefully, the upcoming holiday season will bring a lot more cheer and smiles for all of us. This year has been, let us just say, not what we were all looking for back in January.
The Covid-19 virus is still with us and the Presidential election is just weeks away. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the better for all of us.
Our last Detachment meeting was held outside in front of the American Legion Hall and it went over very well. It was sort of like a tailgate party, slash picnic setting. Thirty members made the meeting and we passed out a lot of information and had elections for the new Detachment Officers for 2021. I have accepted the position of Commandant, Michael Lewis will be the Senior Vice Commandant, Paul Brown will be Junior Vice Commandant and Michael Dougherty will be our Judge Advocate. These were all elected positions and we have a Good Group to lead us into 2021.
The appointed positions are Adjutant Paymaster, Jim Loizides who will be working closely with Debbie Burkland, she will assume the position sometime in 2021. Detachment Chaplain is Dan Danzi, Sergeant at Arms is Tony Oszmianski and Steve Ferman is our Quartermaster. Congratulations to all. We have a Solid Team to lead us into the future.
The installation of Officers will be at the next meeting on Wednesday 7 October starting at 7:00pm. Hopefully many of you can make it. There will be food and drink to help us celebrate.
The 13th annual L/Cpl Christopher Cosgrove III Annual Golf Outing was held on Friday 18 September at Picatinny Arsenal and was a big-time success. This outing was originally scheduled for July, but with the Governor’s restrictions on meetings, we had to wait and keep out fingers crossed. Well, it was worth it. The weather was great, food was good, and everyone had a good time whether you played golf or just helped. Thank you to all who came and participated in making this a great day. The outing raised a nice amount of money and this will allow us to help assist the men and women who wear or have worn the uniform of our U.S. Military.
We will also be able to help Veterans’ organizations and families who could use a little assistance.
I know Art and Charlene appreciated all that was done and that we let them know, WE will never forget their son, L/Cpl Christopher Cosgrove III, who lost his life in Iraq on 1 October, 2006.
We are looking for new ideas and participation from all our members. We need to be a “Gung Ho” Detachment that does all it can do for the men and women who wear or who have worn the uniform of our U.S. Military service, not just the Marine Corps and Navy.
We also need to be there for the families and help support the other Veterans’ Organizations we partner with.
Our next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 7th. We will start a half hour early at 7:00pm. I hope to see many of you at there.
Stay Safe, Be Careful and Keep Healthy to you and your family in the coming weeks.
Monthly Leadership Quote
The people you are responsible for have got to know you care about their well-being. This has more to do with the success of an organization than anything else.
Lieutenant General James H. Merryman
Lt Gen Merryman, was commissioned in 1951 and served as commander of a combat aviation battalion and an aviation group in Vietnam. His last assignment was as Deputy Chief of Staff for Research, Development and Acquisition. He died in 2003.