Saturday, October 24, 2009

Honor Devil Pup-Series Honor Man Deploys

The 20th birthday celebration and bon voyage party for Bryce was held today at the gazebo between the two LDS churches on Brigham Road.  Bryce flies out tomorrow with his unit - obvious destination.  It was bittersweet.  We are quite proud of "our Devil Pup" who is so excited about deployment, but those remaining behind will be sending up prayers for his safety.  The Spectrum was present.  Let's watch for an article in one of the upcoming issues.

Bryce and Mom, Shannon.

The Auxiliary provided a knitted scarf and watch cap to keep Bryce warm during the harsh winter that he's heading into.  Thank you, Liz, for the work of the Auxiliary.  They are planning to keep in touch with Bryce's unit if at all possible and provide each of the Marines scarves and caps.

Bryce - with Marine Corps League Devil Pup Recruiter.  The following Marines from the Detachment were there to provide an oohrah:  Dennis Cory, Larry Mineer, Ed Soniat, Roger Clawson and Bill Toole.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

2009 Rummage Sale Success

Ooorah! Marines and Auxiliary!!  Another successful Rummage Sale in the Hurst Ace Hardware parking lot Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17.  Thank you, Ace Hardware, for allowing us the use of a corner of your parking lot!!  Early shoppers caught the big WalMart truck, loaned to us to collect goods, as we were unloading it Thursday night the 15th.  The sale began at 10:00 a.m. on Friday - r i i i g h t?? - try 6:30 a.m.  There are a lot of early eagle-eyed rummage sale shoppers out there!

Dennis Cory served yummy pulled pork sandwiches (a huge thanks to Texas Roadhouse) and coleslaw (besides arranging for and driving the WalMart trailer).  He was ably assisted by Mercy Wright. Mike and Joyce Thomas served ice cream products and their own homemade rootbeer floats.  It was truly a one-stop shopping experience!  Auxiliary members led by Liz Rogers worked very hard pricing and selling, answering questions, etc.  Our Commandant, Ron Buress, and his wife, Joanne, were there the whole time making those difficult on-the-spot decisions. 

Once again, Bill Feeney, our fund raising chair, turned out another fine fund raising event. Results have not yet been posted, but we know it was successful and a lot of shoppers were happy, especially with our $1.00-per-bag clothing sales. Our clothing collection this year far exceeded any amount we've ever seen at any rummage sale.  A huge thanks to all Marines and Auxiliary members who worked SO hard on collection Saturdays, sale set-up, organizing, overnight guard duty, and take-down.  We're quite sure there were about 10 Larry Mineers and Brian Bills there because we saw them every time we turned around!! 

We thank the Elks Lodge for the loan of their tables and Rick Massey for delivering the leftover "treasures" to Deseret Industries.  Thank you to all of you who turned out to work and support the Utah Dixie Detachment.  Thanks, again, Marine Feeney - it was a huge coordination project.  And, true to Marine tradition, after the sale was over we left the parking lot site cleaner than we found it.

And now we can all rest up for 2010's biggest fund raiser!! 

We're off and running into Adopt-a-Highway cleanup on the 31st, then into Toys for Tots season and the Marine Corps Birthday Ball on November 7th in SunRiver St. George. 

U.S. Marines - America's FINEST!!!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

2009 Rummage Sale

Be sure to attend our largest fund raiser of the year - our annual Rummage Sale. Members and friends of members have been gathering their gently used items for several weeks, storing them in the trailer (generously loaned to the Detachment by Wal-Mart) parked in the Elks Lodge parking lot, and the truck will start unloading Thursday night, October 15 at the sale site.

This big event begins Friday, October 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, October 17, also from 10:00 to 5:00 p.m. The Hurst Ace Hardware store parking lot is the site of our huge sale. It is located near the corner of St. George Boulevard and Bluff Street. A huge thank you to the Hursts! Be sure to get there early; the best things go very quickly! Everyone can find a treasure!!!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

2009 Auxiliary and Detachment Picnic

What a wondrous sight it was - the red, white and blue balloons, and the United States of America and United States Marine Corps flags fluttering in the warm breeze of Snow Canyon. If that wasn't enough to make your heart stop, you only had to see those who were occupying the benches and tables of the camp ground - young and old, all with a common bond - they were Marines and their families, sharing tales of times past. Some followed children up to the top of the mountain, others enjoyed the patriotic music, and all were delighted with the excellent food, most of which was prepared by Mike Thomas. Thanks, Mike! The hamburgers and hot dogs were cooked by Mike and Dennis Cory, and the only complaint rendered was that some didn't have room for more.

All in all, everyone had a grand time. Kudos to all in the Auxiliary and Detachment who put this activity together. From all reports, everyone had a great time. It was a little warm, but we had home made rootbeer and ice cream to cool us all off. There were between 40 and 50 people in attendance. We'll definitely do it again!