MCL Department of New York

Serving our Detachments and their members


Membership Advisory:

We have been informed from National Headquarters that Mike Bloomberg wants to speak with League Members on Veterans Affairs.  The Marine Corps League is non-partisan, we do not engage politics, nor does the League endorse candidates.  This is a no no.

National fears that he will now go to individual Detachments and do electioneering and not veterans’ affairs as he speaks.

Any member who wants to sit down with him should be aware that the conversation may be recorded with or without the members knowledge and the member should be advised not to wear any type of uniform including a League jacket, sweatshirt or anything of the kind that associates that individual with the Marine Corps League. Especially no League cover.

Department Mid-Winter meeting

The Department Mid-Winter meeting will be held at Tioga Downs Resort, located at 2384 W. River Road, Nichols, New York 13812 on 24-25 January 2020.  Phone: (607) 699-3900.

 2020-Mid-Winter Department Meeting Agenda.






National Member Survey

National Jr. Vice Commandant Warren Griffin is requesting that all DETACHMENTS complete the attached National Survey Form and return to him.  You can email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or via USPS to:

Warren Griffin
54 Shaw Farm Road
Holliston, MA01746

Please complete and submit by 1 October 2019. National Member Survey

VA Press Releases

We have received two VA press release via Marine Corps League National Headquarters, they are attached for your review.  The topics are:


Department Marine of the Year

Commandant Wortmann urges each Detachment to submit their Marine of the Year candidate to the Department.  “The Rules for Marine of the Year” can be downloaded from the Department web site at


The Committee will make its selection at our convention in June. All submissions must be post marked 15 days prior to the opening of the convention.



VA and Hiring our Heroes partner on military spouse hiring initiative

WASHINGTON — The U.S Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes initiative  recently joined efforts to lead and support military spouse employment at VA and throughout the federal government, and reduce the high unemployment rate for military spouses. 

Effective July 29, this initiative is part of both Secretary Wilkie’s priority of improving the customer and employee experience, as well as the Department of Defense’s (DOD) priority of retaining service members and supporting military families.


As one of only 10 federal agencies and the only VA entity that is a member of DOD’s Military Spouse Employment Partnership (MSEP), the Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) — with the support of the Veterans Experience Office (VEO) and Office of Human Resources and Administration (HR&A) — will lead the effort focusing on the experience, skills and values that military spouses bring to their jobs such as resiliency, agility, global citizenship and unique understanding of the challenges of the Veterans and their families.


“This type of intergovernmental collaboration to promote the hiring and retention of military spouses, is important not only for current servicemen and women and their families, but also for Veterans and their families,” said VA Secretary Robert Wilkie. “Military spouses bring a unique perspective to the federal workplace, and I am proud that VA is leading the charge in this area.”


The effort will encourage both the use of the military spouse hiring authority — as well as federal government participation in MSEP — and leverage best practices to improve the employee experience and achieve a successful, collective impact, for this population. As VA’s representative, the Board’s best practices will serve as an example for other government agencies who wish to hire, retain and promote military spouses. 

Marines helping one of our own!

One of our own has a serious struggle and could use some support.  Marine Eric Bellamy from Binghamton, NY (John W. Thurston Detachment #250), has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  The Detachment is coordinating a BENEFIT for him and his family.  On 7 September 2019 (12pm-11pm), there will be a BIKE RUN, raffle baskets, some bands that are willing to donate some time on stage, food and beverages, a Henna tattoo artist, face painting, and the list is growing!  If you have any ideas that you are willing to head up or run with to help make this happen, please contact Marine Eric Fetterman, Detachment Sr. Vice Commandant, at 607-427-6225.  Entry is $10 per person. $10 per person gets you food, non-alcoholic drinks and desserts.


BIKE RUN: Meet at Lowe's (1318 Upper Front Street, Binghamton, NY 13901) at 10 am.  Kickstands up at 10:30 am. $20 a bike, $10 for a passenger. (this cost includes food, non-alcoholic drinks and desserts). This is the route for the Bellamy Bike Run. Starts at Lowe's in Binghamton, and ends at our American Legion Post 1194, which we call home. There will be a spaghetti dinner at the Post after the run

Bike Run

Marine Eric Bellamy always helps everyone else all the time, and it is time that we give a little back. This will be an EPIC get together, please be sure to stop in and participate!

Any questions, or willingness to ride in this event- or just want to help out with everything else that is going on at the Post please contact Eric Fetterman at the above number.

If you can't make it, please pass the word and make a donation. Checks can be made payable to “Marine Corps League” with “Bellamy” in the memo section.  Mail your checks to:

Marine Corps League - John W. Thurston Detachment #250
PO Box 1784
Binghamton, NY 130901-1784

The Marine Corps League – John W. Thurston Detachment is a 501(c)4 Organization.  Donations are recognized as tax deductible for tax purposes.

To view the event on Facebook please visit


Rifle & Pistol Team Chairman Named

It is with great pleasure that Commandant Thomas Wortmann has named Marine Lynn Stanton, Adjutant of Memorial Day #2 Detachment as the Department of New York Rifle & Pistol Team Chairman.  Marine Stanton has put together a guideline on how the program will work and is present in later section of this email blasé.


Rifle & Pistol Team Reimbursement Information

In an effort to promote and support the members of The Marine Corps League - Department of New York that enjoy the sport of rifle and pistol competition shooting, we are pleased to announce a new Service Rifle and Pistol match program starting this year!


As a means of getting the program started, we will be utilizing the National MCL Postal Match program as a backdrop.  For those of You who are unfamiliar with this program, information and forms regarding the National MCL Postal Matches can be downloaded from the MCL Library at

Briefly, any DoNY MCL Member will be reimbursed for two scores submitted per year to the National MCL Postal Match Program. They can be any combination of rifle/pistol/ individual or team scores.  Participants may also be Active Duty Marines that are listed as Honorary Active Duty Members of a Detachment on the Detachment roster.


Simply download the appropriate form or forms from the National web site above, copy and forward all score submissions that are sent to National to:  

Lynn Stanton
Chairman- DoNY MCL Rifle and Pistol Program
E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Phone: 518- 696-3406

Scores may also submit your scores via US Postal mail to:

Lynn Stanton
PO Box 486
Lake Luzerne NY 12846


The Marine Corps League - Department of New York Rifle and Pistol program will run parallel to the National Program, starting on March 1st thru Oct. 31st.  ALL SCORES must be received by the DoNY program Chairman by no later than Nov. 15th for reimbursement, no exceptions!

Reimbursement checks will be sent to the Paymaster of any participating Detachment in the amount totaling ALL submissions received from each DoNY Detachment that submits their scores.  The funds will be distributed by the “Home” Detachment, to each Member that submits a score or scores.


All questions and concerns need to be directed to the DoNY Rifle and Pistol Program Chairman, Marine Lynn Stanton.




To who shall see this presents greetings!  A new dawn is upon us, with new leadership to move us forward, as our brothers and sisters have done before. As the newly elected officers get settled into their new posts, we have some updates and notes to pass on.

Some of the following would apply primarily to the Detachment leadership, but it is good to have all of your Marines up to date with the latest and greatest, additionally not all those on this email list attend all of the Department meetings, so they may not be aware of some of the information that will be presented in this email. (sorry for the long read).

As always, the Department Meetings are not just for Department staff, but for all members of the Marine Corps League.  Come on out and give it a try. Ask questions, if we can’t provide an answer immediately, we will get the answer for you. Got a gripe or issue, let us know. Share your knowledge with others and learn what others do, maybe their solution will work for you. Meet with your fellow Marines in camaraderie and get to meet firsthand the officers of the Department, giving you a direct opportunity to speak with them about ANY issue you may have.

Our Fall meeting will be in Suffern New York, 4 & 5 October 2019.  We will publish the reservation links and agenda in the near future, as logistics are being planned at this time.  Be prepared, there are some new exciting changes in the works, stay tuned for updates.

Let’s Get Started:

  • Department Staff Roster:  Updates are in progress, and once all of the Department and Auxiliary information is received, we will get it out to the members.
  • Department Staff Meetings:  We’re always looking for locations around the state to hold staff meetings. If you would like one in your area, and are willing to do some leg work, contact the Adjutant, who can send you some guidelines on what we need.
  • National Convention:  The National Convention in Billings Montana is just around the corner.  Attached is the delegate pre-registration form.  As always, we request that Detachments register your full voting strength, even if you will not be in attendance.  This will give the Department the most votes when a vote is called at Convention.  Your voting strength will be listed on the last page of your Detachment membership roster (the next roster will be 30 June, and should be out about the 15th, and the pre-registration deadline is 27 July 2019.  Pre-Registration is $5.00 per delegate.  You get 1 delegate per 15 regular members (or any fraction thereof). Example:  If you voting strength is 278, then you divide the 278 by 15 which is 18.53. This works out to be 19 delegates for your Detachment.  Return the registration form and your payment to National Headquarters, as indicated on the form.  There is additional information at the MCL Library  in the Conferences and Conventions section (Airline information/Ad Journal form/Registration form)
  • •   Bylaws:  If you Detachment has not reviewed your Detachment bylaws recently, please do, as the Department updated our bylaws last year in 2018, as did National HQ.  If you do not have a copy of the Department Bylaws, you can download them from the Department web site at:  If you need a copy of the National Bylaws, you can download a copy at  Reminder, your bylaws must be in compliance with both the Department and National Bylaws.  Our Judge Advocate Dave Wiggs is requesting that Detachments to send a copy of your Bylaws to him for review.  To help save a tree or two, he is requesting that they be emailed to him. His email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • •   Newsletter (Ground Pounder):  Department Commandant Tom Wortmann, Editor.  We encourage all Detachments to submit your photos and stories to the Ground Pounder, let everyone else know what your Detachment is up to.   The Ground Pounder is published four times a year.  Submission cut off dates are March 10th, June 10th, September 10th and December 10th. Email your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
  • •   Events:  Our Webmaster Gerard della Badia (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), has an event calendar on the Department web site ( If your Detachment has an event it wishes to be posted, please contact Gerry at the above email address and provide him with the specifics.







Department of New York 88th Convention Wrap Up!

Congratulations to Skip Diamond of the Troy Detachment for being selected the Department of New York 2019 Marine of the Year.

The 88th Annual Marine Corps League Department of New York Convention is behind us.  Congratulations to the newly elected and appointed officers for 2019-2020:

Department of New York Area Vice Commandants
Commandant  Thomas Wortmann East Timothy Forbes
Sr. Vice Commandant  Thomas Arcuri Long Island  Vinny Annunziata
Jr. Vice Commandant Dean Lawton Sr. Metro-NY  Volker Heyde
Judge Advocate  David Wiggs North  Alex Kitts
Jr. Past Commandant  Ricardo Sheppard North Central  AJ Kalil
Chief of Staff  Catherine Huber North West  Dave Brisbane
Paymaster Ralph Luciani South East  Michael Pisciotti
Adjutant  Stephen Topilnycky South Central  Dean Lawton Sr.
Chaplain  Angelo Procopio South West  Al Hazzard
Webmaster Gerard della Badia West  Earl Herrington
Sergeant at Arms Michael Gilchrist    

A new updated roster will be released in the near future, we are currently compiling all of the information, and when released, will also be posted to the Department web site.

Until the new roster comes out, we have a new Chaplain (as noted above).  You can email your Notice of Death to Chaplain Angelo Procopio at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (preferred) or you send via USPS to:

Angelo Procopio
PO Box 694
Syracuse, NY 13206
Phone: 859-912-0575

Up Coming

Next month the Quarterly Detachment rosters will be coming out, along with the PLM Audit.  This year the Department Adjutant will be the recipient of the PLM Audits. They are NOT to be sent to National HQ directly.


We currently have 61 active Detachments, of those 61 only 12 Detachments submitted their Audits to the Department (2 Detachments submitted directly to National) for a total of 14.  We want each Detachment to submit your audit so that you can get your dividend in the spring. No matter the amount, it’s your money, take the steps to get it. 


The rosters and audits will be distributed by your Area Vice Commandant.  There will be more on this subject in months to come.

The Department will continue to work with those Detachments that still need to get incorporated and addressing the IRS issues (as per the bylaws) and ALL Detachments in addition to filling your 990-N (or other tax return to the IRS), the confirmation MUST be sent to the Department Adjutant.  National HQ does not check the IRS database they rely on the 990-N Confirmations.


If anyone has any questions on these topics, please do not hesitate to contact Steve Topilnycky (Department Adjutant)   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.