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Convention Wrap Up
The Marine Corps League Department of New York 89th Annual Convention has come to a close. It was a very successful event. Thank you to all who attend.
Here are your 2020-2021 Officers:
Commandant Tom Wortmann
Sr. Vice Commandant Thomas Arcuri
Jr. Vice Commandant Dean Lawton Sr.
Judge Advocate David Wiggs
Jr. Past Commandant Jim Ransom
Chief of Staff Catherine Huber
Adjutant Steve Topilnycky
Paymaster Ralph Luciani
Aide de Camp Catherine Huber
Chaplain Vinny Annunziata
Sgt at Arms Scott Westcott
Web Sergeant Gerard della Badia
East Area Vice Commandant Tim Forbes
Long Island Area Vice Commandant Vincent Annunziata
Metro-NY Area Vice Commandant Volker Heyde
North Area Vice Commandant Alex Kitts
North Central Area Vice Commandant Stan Lewosko
North West Area Vice Commandant David Brisbane
South East Area Vice Commandant Michael Pisciotti
South Central Area Vice Commandant Dean Lawton Sr.
South West Area Vice Commandant A. W. Hazzard
West Area Vice Commandant Earl Herrington
Please note we have some new Officers,
Jim Ransom, Jr. Past Commandant; North Central Area Vice Commandant, Stan Lewosko; Sgt At Arms,
Scott Westcott; and a new Chaplain, Vinny Annunziata.
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED OFFICERS!!!
Marine Corps League Auxiliary
President Nancy Lewosko
Senior Vice President Joan Marie della Badia
Junior Vice President Joanne Van Grol
Judge Advocate Deb Schenck
Junior Past President Sharon Beeke
Secretary Maureen Dunn
Treasurer Karen Kilburn
Chaplain Marilyn Loeven
Captain of the Guard Sharon Beeke
Alternate Captain of the Guard Kathy Williams
Auxiliary Liaison Sharon Beeke
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL ELECTED AND APPOINTED AUXILIARY OFFICERS!!!
Marine of the Year 2020: This year selectee was: Steve Topilnycky (Westchester County Detachment #254)
Mid-Winter Department Meeting
The Mid-Winter Department meeting will be in Suffern, NY. Date to be TBA, but we are targeting mid-month of January. We will advise when the arrangements have been finalized.
An updated Department Roster will be published once all the new updates have been verified. As always we will announce it's release.
New Chaplain Contact Information:
102 Jericho TPKE Apt. 2B
New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Cell Phone: (718) 926-9813
(note the Chaplain email address DID NOT Change)
The Marine Corps League Auxiliary would like to ask for your assistance in helping the Fleas with their project. There project this year is helping a Veterans Food Pantry in the area. They are asking if all your members can bring non-perishable food to the convention. This will help many Veterans and their families. As you know many Veterans come home with not being able to find jobs for many reasons and this year many have lost their jobs due to COVID-19. The man who started this is a Navy man, but he is also a member of the Marine Corps League. He will be coming to our Flea Scratch on Friday about 3:30 to pick up all that we have collected. The name of the pantry is "Feed our Vets" pantry.
Thank you for your help in feeding our Veterans who are less fortunate then we are.
Each Detachment is entitled to a 20% Commission per ticket ($2.00). Please take your share of the ticket sales before returning to our Raffle Chairman, Marine Tina Olsen. You can send the sold ticket stubs, and the Department share of the proceeds to:
17 Allen Court
Staten Island, NY 10310
Note: Please allow time for the tickets to be delivered via USPS to Marine Olsen's address. If you are attending the Convention, you can turn them in at that time.
Members & Associates of the Department of New York
Below is the link to petition to have the 3d Staten Island ferry to be named in honor of Sgt. Angel Mendez USMC KIA in Vietnam saving his Captiains life. I am asking ANY Department member living in New York State to please log on & sign it. Also please share the link so that we may get as many signatures as possible.
We want NYC to recongize and honor a US Marine Killed in Action In the past they have honored Saliors, Soliders, Statesmen, Expolorers and many others but never in the history of the ferry service have they ever named a boat after a US Marine.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone you wish. Anyone living in New York may sign it
A Message from the Department Commandant!
Members of the Department of New York,
I wish to thank each and everyone of you for hanging in there and while still performing the duties of a member, be it an officer, a regular/associate member or an auxiliary member. Things have been hard during this pandemic. Too many of you were out of work or lost your jobs altogether. Some got sick or knew someone who did and sadly many have passed away. From what I have seen and heard, you still acted like a Marine, adapted, overcame and adjusted to all the new rules, the new “normal”.
Your Department is hard at work handling issues, working with National, processing forms and completing other tasks as requested. We have been here for you. I personally have fielded over two dozen phone calls from your officers, referred issues and problems to the appropriate person or level. This is why I am here, your voice to National. I hear you; and we work to address the issues.
We face uncertainty today that we have not faced to this magnitude since the Spanish flu of 1918. During that time, Marines were embroiled in battles of World War I while trying to stay healthy. Today, we have the COVID-19 pandemic, and face the resulting economic shutdowns and social distancing mandates because of it. Add in the civil unrest that we are seeing, and it makes for challenging times. Whether we agree with the reasoning or not, we have to keep in mind that we must maintain an even demeanor and honor our oath. We must think of that oath, strive to help our neighbors, and protect our cities. When we raised our hands and agreed to uphold the Constitution of the United States, it was unconditional and has no expiration.
That being said, this is a very heated election year. As members of the Marine Corps League, we are prohibited from expressing an official view on politics, yet we have an opportunity to show the community that we are there for them. As we transition back to normal operations, we need to focus on how we can assist the community in which we live to show them that although we are no longer active duty, we are still here. Some of the activities we can look at could be food collection for the food bank, delivering meals to local emergency services (police and fire), and handing out bottled water with notes of support. These low-cost activities, among others, can demonstrate the impact that we can have in our local community.
Keep up the fine work I know you are doing. I look forward to seeing you in October.
Call To Convention
The Marine Corps League Department of New York’s 89th Annual Convention will be held at the Embassy Suites by Hilton, located at 6646 Old Collamer Road South, East Syracuse, New York 13057 from 1 October 2020 to 3 October 2020. All reservations should be made with the hotel by calling (315) 446 – 3200 and advising them that you will be participating with the Marine Corps League - Department of New York Convention, or you can book your reservation online using this link: https://bit.ly/2YFwqp7.
The room rate is $101.00 per night. The group rate may be extended three days before and three days after the official meeting dates, subject to space availability. To receive the guaranteed room rate, your reservation MUST be made by 1 September 2020.
We are recommending that Detachments register their delegates in advance. The advance registration rate is five ($5.00) dollars and must be postmarked by 16 September 2020, otherwise the registration fee per person is seven ($7.00) dollars.
The entire Convention packet is avaliable - convention pack
The convention packet will include:
· Commandant Wortmann’s Call for Convention invitation
· Adjutant's Memorandum
· Convention Credential Chairman Tina Olsen Memorandum
· Convention Delegates Registration Form
· Banquet Menu and RSVP Form
· 7th Annual Foundation Golf Tournament Registration and Sponsor Form
· Convention Ad Journal Form
· Convention Agenda
· Proposed Bylaw Changes
All electronic versions of the forms can be filled out on your computer.
Bring recognition to your Detachment, business, and/or organization by placing an Ad in our Journal. Do you play golf? Come out and join the Golf Tournament and support the New York Marine Corps League Foundation. If you don’t play golf, how about having your Detachment, business and/or organization sponsor a hole!
We encourage all Detachments to participate in all aspects of the convention. We would love to see you see you there. The convention is conveniently located. Join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps.
Be a part of it, it your League!
National Convention - Cancelled
The National Commandant announced today, that after careful consideration, the National Board of Trustees has decided that it is in the best interest of all our members that we cancel the 2020 National Convention in Daytona Beach Florida. The cancellation had been completed with the Marine Corps League attorneys, just yesterday. They did not expect the hotel to start refunds immediately, so some of you may have been notified before the official announcement was made.
You can view the announcement from National Commandant Dennis Tobin on Facebook using this link: https://www.facebook.com/mclnational/videos/256024322331284/
For those who had reservations, please check your credit cards to ensure the proper amounts have been refunded. If there is an issue, please contact the hotel. If it is still not resolved, as per Commandant Tobins remarks, you can contact him.
Convention Cancellation Policy
DC Battle of the Barbeque
A message from National COO Bob Borka:
This is a little unorthodox for me to send but thought it important to virtually help defend a title representing a Marine Corps Veteran in the DC Battle of the BBQ against all other service branches.
From June 1 to June 21, the DC Battle of the Barbeque will take place virtually. This benefits the USO. There is a USO Military Chef Cook Off featuring the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard.
VOTE for the team representing Marine Corps service - MGySgt Jeremiah Burns (USMC/Ret). Click on this link to check them out:
It looks like the other branches of the military are making a full court press to take the defending champion's title. Let's keep it with our Marine!
Here is the link to vote: https://bbqindc.com/uso-military-chef-cook-off-vote/
Social Media and the Marine Corps League
Most of us these days have a social media presence, whether it is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snap Chat and so many others. As a reminder, what you post on your own account is your own business, however, if you are posting in the name of a Detachment, Pound, Department, Division, you are posting as a representative of the Marine Corps League. We want to take a moment to remind everyone that the Marine Corps League is a non-partisan, organization. We do not post political content to our League pages/account, or in the name of the League. This is a violation of our National bylaws.
For reference here is the related section:
Section 210. Non-Discrimination. The Marine Corps League:
a. Shall never take part in any labor or management dispute or issue;
b. Shall not be sectarian, political, and partisan;
c. Shall not be based on race, color, creed, nationality, or sex;
d. Shall not be used as a medium of political ambition or preferment’ and
e. Shall not use former or present military rank or former or present civilian position as the basis for special consideration and preferment.
You can download the complete National Bylaws and Administrative Procedures from the Marine Corps League Library located at:
New York State Begins Opening Up
Governor Cuomo has begun to opening up parts of the state in phases, based on seven metrics. Once those seven metrics are met, then that region can begin phase one opening.
All regions of the state except New York City are now in Phase 1 or 2. New York City will enter phase 1 of reopening on June 8.
Once your region reaches a phase that allows your Detachment to resume meetings (the criteria for phase 3 & 4 is not currently posted). We encourage Detachments to resume normal operations as soon as possible. You do not need authorization from the Department to do so.
We remind everyone to comply with the New York State Guidelines for reopening, and maintain social distancing.
To see the opening criteria, please visit New York States "Reopening New York" at https://forward.ny.gov/