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  • 06 Dec 2014 8:08 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    As I write this, the transition is taking place, bringing us to the new membership database by Wild Apricot, and the new website.  

    If you are reading this, then that means the transition has been completed.  Sandy Golden and I hope to provide you with a nice website.  Be sure to click on EVENTS to see our calendar of upcoming events and significant dates.

    Look for links to news items right on the front page, just like you followed this one.

    If you are a member, click on the JOIN US tab and enter your email address.  If it matches the email address in our database for you, it will let you create an account. If it does not, simply contact us via the CONTACT page and let us know your email address and that you want to create an account.  We'll take it from there.

    Member access will allow you to see pages meant only for members, such as the Directory of members and the Forums where topics or surveys may be posted for comment.  It will also give us a reliable way to send you information right to your email box, including the ALMAR newsletter and event reminders.  If you pay annual dues, our system will send you emails automatically to advise you when your expiration date is approaching. 

    We hope you enjoy the site.

  • 30 Nov 2014 8:26 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The 2015 Birthday Ball will be held on November 14, 2015 at the Best Western Gateway Grand in Gainesville, just west of the I-75 interchange on NW 39th Avenue. 

    Lieutenant General John Bergman has accepted our invitation to return as our Guest of Honor for this ball, which will have the theme of Honoring The Vietnam Veterans.

    TV20's Dave Snyder has agreed to return, with the support of his colleagues, for the third year as host of our USO Show.  

    We look for this Ball to be more involved and therefore we will be looking for volunteers to step up to help with subtasks.  Working together we will assemble the best Birthday Ball to date.

    Scott DuPree
    Birthday Ball Chair

  • 10 Nov 2014 8:25 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    They arrived in uniforms, dresses, coats and ties.  They were Marines and other veterans, Associate members, community leaders and supporters.  They were tall, short, young and ... more mature.  But they were all there for the Marine Ball.

    As the social hour yielded to the formal ceremonies, all attending witnessed a formal birthday ball with the traditional cake cutting.  This year the oldest Marine was John Murdoch while the youngest was Jamie Yakubsin.  Master of Ceremonies Sandra Torres-Pintos narrated the ceremony that she also directed.  The ceremony was highlighted by remarks from our Guest of Honor, Capt Reiss Tatum (USMC, Ret.)  His presence was special as members of his rifle company (Lima, 3/5, Vietnam 1966) were in the audience.

    We missed many at the ball, but two in particular: Bob Gasche, our perpetual "oldest Marine", and Mary Hildebrand, our rough and tumble Korea-era Marine.  Bob was serving as Guest of Honor at a Ball in Brunswick Georgia and Mary was recovering from a bout with the flu.

    The Commandant made some remarks and the Jim Yakubsin Vision Award was presented to Susan Dickinson.  

    As dinner was served, a USO Show was performed to honor our Korean War Era Veterans.  TV20's David Snyder led the group with comedy, singing, dancing and music.  The show was enjoyed by all.

    Cody Anderson was our DJ and he took the evening over with his great mixture of old and new music.  Raffle gifts were won.  Our photographer took plenty of pictures of couple in front of the flags.  

    At the end of the night, we called it a good birthday ball.  As we were tucking things away into boxes for the journey home, we began to talk about what we will be doing at next year's ball.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MARINES.   

    Semper Fi.

  • 17 Oct 2014 12:15 AM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    Marines Forest Hope and Pete Briggette of our Ways and Means Committee were instrumental in acquiring $2500 worth of healthy food and flyers about healthy nutrition for the Alachua County Veteran Stand Down on September 11, 2014.  

    Our members set up a table at the Honors Center where many other participants were also providing services and items for the homeless veterans.  Marine Hope was joined by SrVice Commandant Vernon Kisling and Marine Bob Barnas.

    The Gator Detachment intends to seek grants to continue this generous work in our community.  We are thankful for the dedication and leadership of our Marines on this project.

  • 16 Oct 2014 11:30 PM | Scott DuPree (Administrator)

    The Gator Detachment has moved to a new membership database. With this move comes features we previously did not have.  The Adjutant will be working on the setup of this database over the next couple of months and we hope to roll out the carpet for all features in January 2015.  We will keep you posted.

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