GATOR DETACHMENT 990 - MARINE CORPS LEAGUE - GAINESVILLE/ALACHUA

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  • 21 May 2016 7:31 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Just letting you know that the planning of the 2016 Birthday Ball is in full swing.  We have identified a theme and we are procuring advertisements for our program book and major sponsors.  The event will be at the Best Western Gateway Grand and we are fortunate to have General Manager Ron Gromell, a Marine, joining us for meetings.

    We are looking forward to having 230 guests (perhaps a few more), a superior traditional ball ceremony, a great meal, an interesting program and an active and engaging entertainer.  We will once again feature a silent auction and we will have an auctioneer to auction off a few large items.

    Tickets should be available in June after we solidify a few details.  Tickets will be limited in number.  We are expecting guests once again from out of state as well as a few other Marine Corps League detachments.  So when tickets are available, don't put it off.  Make your purchase and reserve your tickets to the big event.  Semper Fi!!

  • 21 May 2016 7:29 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Gator Detachment raised over $600 for the cancer society in our community at the annual Relay for Life event.  SrVice Commandant Vernon Kisling led the effort as usual and did a superb job.  He solicited the support of members, citizens and businesses.  Job well done, Vernon!

  • 27 Apr 2016 7:05 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    As promised, the officers elected at the February general meeting were installed at the April general meeting.  Past Commandant Scott DuPree was the Installing Officer.  

    The existing incumbents had been reelected and will continue for another term in their positions.  Commandant Jim Yakubsin said he was pleased that his staff had the dedication to assist him for another year.  Senior Vice Commandant Vernon Kisling has taken the monitoring of community service hours to a new level.  Junior Vice Commandant Bob Gasche has worked with the membership to combat delinquency and helping to round up those who have not been attending.  Judge Advocate John Murdoch, who also serves as the District 2 Vice Commandant, completed revisions in the past year to our bylaws and has been regularly attending Department events.

    View our list of officers to see the other members who have accepted roles on the staff to help the Detachment take care of business.  And remember we can always use your help and your talents.  Come be part of a very cool team.

    Again, thanks very much to our officers for dedicating their time and efforts in leading us for another year.    

  • 23 Apr 2016 8:23 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Due to the Commandant and the Adjutant/Paymaster being out of state for a funeral at the time of the last general meeting, which would have been the installation of officers, the installation was postponed until the April general meeting on April 26th.

    Attendance is encouraged to show our support for our detachment leaders.

  • 13 Mar 2016 10:16 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    RELAY FOR LIFE Contribution Opportunity

    Our Detachment contributions to the local Alachua-High Springs Relay for Life cancer walk can be enhanced by the following activities.  The restaurants listed below will contribute a percentage of your bill to our team when you eat at their restaurant on the day specified below.  When you go to the restaurant tell the representative there which team you want your contribution to go to [our team is the Marine Corps League].  This offer applies to lunch or dinner (up to 7:00 PM).

    Tony & Al's Italian Restaurant (Downtown Alachua)  /  March 16 (WED)

    Bev's Burger-BBQ CafĂ© (High Springs) / March 22 (TUE - also our meeting date)

    Great Outdoors (Downtown High Springs) / April 14 (THUR)

    Brown's Country Buffet (Alachua) / April 22 (FRI)

     

    RELAY FOR LIFE Event is on MAY 13 (FRI), 6:00 PM - 12:00 Midnight at High Springs Civic Center.  Come out and help us walk the event (does not require constant walking and you do not have to stay for the entire event - come early is best since one of the first laps is devoted to veterans and first responders).

     

    RELAY FOR LIFE Contributions can now be made at :  relayforlife.org/alachuafl   

    Search for our team [Marine Corps League] and then click the donate button/text.  Checks (made out to American Cancer Society) and money can be given to Vernon Kisling at our March and April meetings.

  • 24 Jan 2016 6:54 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    As of 15 January, Gunner is undergoing rehab in his home.  He has a few medical professionals that come to his house daily for treatment and rehab.  He still has pins in his hands but they hope that maybe they will come out in a few weeks.

    For anyone who wishes to send a get-well card or other items, his address is 10125 NW 8th Avenue, Gainesville, FL 32606.  

    If you have questions, you can either ask them on his Facebook page here or send text message to Amy Alexander (the SkyFrog's Angel) at 352-328-9434.  

  • 10 Jan 2016 2:16 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    As of about 6pm, January 8, 2016, Gunner Vasquez is in Shands Rehab 4101 NW 89th Blvd Gainesville , FL, Room 1912B. If you've wanted to send flowers or whatever, now is the time.

    Please honor Gunner's wishes and coordinate visitation with Amy Alexander. She will have the schedule for therapy and find opportunities for all to visit without being overwhelming and trying on him. Also, until he is stronger, they must limit the time of visits to 20 minutes and only 2 people at a time.

    This is only here at the start. As he gets better, they may remove the restrictions altogether.  Text Amy Alexander at 352-328-9434 to schedule a visit.


  • 01 Jan 2016 12:23 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Many of you know Marine Joe Vasquez, retired Warrant Officer known to us as "Gunner."  His generosity has continued with us for years, including providing the trucks and garrison flag at our recent birthday ball.

    Joe owns SkyFrog Tree Service.  On December 28th he was involved in a serious accident on the job. It involved an oak tree breaking, which broke the cherry-picker bucket he was in.  He was thrown from the bucket, impacted a tree and fell twenty-something feet to the ground.  He was wearing safety equipment.

    He has a number of injuries - broken bones in his face, ribs, hips, hand ... He is in ICU at the Shands Trauma Unit and I understand he was having a partial hip replacement surgery today.  His daughters are here and they have said he will be recovering from this, although it may be extensive.

    I don't know that he can receive visitors yet, but if you are one who prays, now would be a good time to lift one up for Gunner.

    UPDATES on Joe's condition will be posted on a new FaceBook page.  The name of the page is Joseph "Gunner" Vasquez USMC. We will have a link on the Gator 990 site so you can follow it.

    As Joe will tell us:  Stay Motivated!


  • 05 Dec 2015 8:58 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday break.  Even though we don't have any meetings in December, we can be thinking about our upcoming elections.

    At the January meeting, we will accept nominations for the offices of Commandant, Senior Vice Commandant, Junior Vice Commandant and Judge Advocate.

    Then elections will be held at the February meeting.  Installation may follow the election at the February meeting or be held at the March meeting.

    If you want to help the detachment, have someone nominate you.  It is customary in the Marine Corps League to run first for Judge Advocate, then progress through the chairs as Junior Vice, Senior Vice and then Commandant.

    If you have any questions, contact any of the officers.

  • 15 Nov 2015 3:32 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)
    On Saturday, 14 November 2015, Gator 990 hosted the celebration of 240 years of the Marine Corps.  After a social gathering, over 200 guests took their places in the ballroom to watch the traditional ceremony, comments and awards, a USO Show featuring entertainment in the 60's theme, inspiring videos and dancing to the music of DJ Tibbs.

    Pictured above is the cake cutting featuring our Guest of Honor, LtGen John W. Bergman, USMC (Ret), our oldest Marine Bob Gasche who is an Iwo Jima veteran born in 1924 and our youngest Marine Stephen Carlisle who was born in 1987.

    About 40 items were out for the silent auction which raised valuable dollars for our missions of supporting the Young Marines and Marines in need.

    Also recognized during the evening was our selection of Forest Hope as our 2015 Marine of the Year.  Forest has been instrumental in leading our detachment's efforts to help veterans in need and our missions in the community with honor guards and color guards.  His proactive approach has forged some alliances with businesses in the community that help us accomplish these missions.  We say thank you to him and job well done.

    Guests attending the event came from Texas, Louisiana, Missouri, South Carolina, and locally from Chiefland, Trenton and Ocala, in addition to our guests from here in Alachua County.

    Thank you to the people who made this a successful event.  Jim Yakubsin and Sandy Golden did a lot behind the scenes in preparation.  Sandra Torres-Pintos orchestrated the entire traditional ceremony and served as our emcee. Fred Judkins ran the video portions. "DJ Tibbs" ran the music for the evening. Ken Beasock donated many of the auction items. Forest Hope, Vernon Kisling, David Nettles, Martha Brown and others were instrumental in the planning of this event.

    To see a collection of photos from the event, view our 2015 Birthday Ball Page.

    Mark your calendars now: November 5, 2016, Best Western, 5pm, be there or be square.

Phone: (352) 222-8837

Email: gator990@gmail.com 


Mailing Address:  Gator 990 MCL, PO Box 14,
High Springs FL 32655 

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