Saturday, March 1, 2014

March 2014 Commandant's Message

As I reflect on the February meeting, I do so with great appreciation for the efforts put forth by all members of the Detachment in welcoming new members into the Detachment. It was the first time (since I have been Commandant) that we were successful in performing the swearing in ceremony "by the book." If you want to know what effect the ceremony had on the newest members - just ask them.

The month of March should be a very challenging month for all of us. It is the month that future plans will be discussed and arrangement made for the Detachment's biggest fund raiser, namely: The MARINE CORPS LEAGUE GOLF TOURNAMENT. We believe it will again be held in the month of June. The five figure bank balance we currently enjoy is in large part the direct result of increasing the yield from the golf tournament. We all receive the "Thank yous" from worthy organizations who receive our donations. We will have a list of "tasks" required at the March Detachment Meeting. Be prepared to volunteer and support the Detachment in once again having a successful and financially rewarding event.

It was brought to my attention that Double Amputee Marine Veteran Rob Jones will be biking our way, expecting to arrive in Cedar City 3 March. Rob began his epic journey 14 October 2013, starting his ride in Bar Harbor, Maine and has already cycled over 3500 miles. He recently crossed the Continental Divide, right over the Rockies in the dead of winter on snow covered highways. He has cycled through ME, NH, MA, CT, NY, NJ, PA, MD, DC, VA, KY, IL, MO, CO and is in UT and continuing west across country, ending in CA. He cycles on average 35 miles a day, and his brother Steve follows behind in a support truck.

Photo of Rob

Rob's valiant story is one of bravery and determination. After surviving the explosion, the combat engineer recovered and fought back. Awarded a Purple Heart, and honorably discharged in 2011, Rob took up rowing and won a slot in the 2012 Paralympics in London. He brought home a Bronze Medal, instilling hope and inspiration in others for their own future. His decision to cycle over 5000 miles stems from his unwavering determination to push the boundaries of possibility. Nothing is deterring him from reaching the California coastline, working to raise awareness and funds for the Coalition to Salute America's Heroes, Semper Fi Fund, and Ride2Recovery charities that help injured soldiers/Marines who face challenges like his. Shall we help him?
Semper Fi!
D’Arcy Grisier, Commandant