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Meeting minutes for 2012


  Christmas Potluck
On December 14, 2012, Kevin Oliver organized a potluck dinner at the Jessup VFW. The detachment provided the eats while our members, those at the VFW, and guests helped devour the fine cuisine provided by Kevin, Bill Swain, Mike Betts, Curtis Atkins, Fletch Ferguson, Bob Banks, and Danny Rotondo. The menu included meatballs, meatloaf, ham, green bean casserole, scalloped potatoes, rolls, cake, potatoes au gratin, Mexican lasagna, vegetable platter, turkey, pasta salad, baked ziti. Unlike our other monthly dinners, this was not a fundraiser. It was simply our way of thanking the VFW for their hospitality in letting us use their space to host our meetings and to wish them a Merry Christmas.
  Toys-for-Tots Participation 2012
From November 23, 2012 (Black Friday) to December 9, 2012, two-person teams manned the Toys-for-Tots collection boxes in front of the Toys-R-Us store at 6100 Dobbin Road, Columbia, Maryland 21045. Teams worked on weekends, taking 4 hour shifts. Many of the shoppers were very generous. One donated a bicycle. Another donated a whole shopping cart full of toys. Many parents used this as a learning experience for their kids, teaching them that the true meaning of Christmas is about giving, not receiving. Several other collection sites were maintained but not staffed.

The morning shift (Bill and Curtis) finishes up as the afternoon shift (Gordon and Saki) take over on December 8, 2012. That day alone, over 400 toys were donated.
        Manning the collection boxes
Approximately 3000 toys were collected by the detachment for the Toys-for-Tots effort in 2012.
  Veterans Day and Marine Corps Birthday Celebration
On November 11, 2012, Bill Pastino organized a special event at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company in Historic Ellicott City. Activities included a traditional Marine Corps birthday cake cutting ceremony, a free lunch for all veterans, and a raffle for a big screen television and round trip airline ticket. Money raised went to suport the Marines Helping Marines Program.

It was an honor to have the family of SSgt Karl G. Taylor attend our celebration.

Danny serving chow.
        Would you like fried with that?

In a time honored tradition, Gordon recognizes the oldest and the youngest Marine present.
        Time for cake
  Rifle Range
Every year, the detachment competes in the Annual Keystone Rifle Match in Pennsylvania. But that isn't the only time they get together and shoot. On November 10, 2012, Danny Rotondo, Kevin Oliver, Mike Betts, and Doug Putt got together at the Marriottsville Range to get in a little practice. The weapons they shot included an AR-15, Ruger Mini-14, and Smith and Wesson .357 magnum revolver. Maybe next year, they'll have one up on the competition and bring home the gold.

Kevin and Danny model with a spotting scope.
        Kevin and Danny with a spotting scope

Doug thinks, "Boy, does this bring back memories."
        Rounds coming downrange!
  Oktoberfest
On October 20, 2012, our detachment gathered to celebrate Oktoberfest. This was our own little version of the 16-day festival celebrating beer held annually in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. Lot of sausages, and other German food and of course plenty of beer were available.
  Department of Pennsylvania 33rd Annual Keystone Rifle MatchThis is my rifle.  There are many like it but this one is mine.
On September 28-30, 2012, members of our detachment participated in the annual Marine Corps League rifle match at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania. Participants included Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock, Dale Hornberger, Kevin Oliver, Danny Rotondo, and Michael Blum.

Kip explains the finer points of shooting to Dale while Kevin chills before the big shoot. What Kip does't realize is that Dale can't hear a thing while wearing those Mickey Mouse ears.
        Kip running his chops

Dale, Mike, Danny, and Kip enjoy shooting the breeze when they aren't shooting targets.
        Kicking back

Hit the targets?! I can barely even see the targets!
        Rifle range targets
  Bravo Zulu
As a former Marine officer, our Commandant, Gordon MacPhee, knows how important it is to recognize the good work of the people that serve the detachment. So on September 25, 2012, he awarded our own Stan Brosky with a "Certificate of Appreciation" for his hard work on the Basket Bingo fundraiser. Stan devoted a lot of time and effort into planning and organizing this event. As a leader, Stan also inspired others to help out, thereby making this a very successful fundraiser.
        Bravo zulu to Stan Brosky!
  Basket Bingo
Our big fundraiser for the year was the Basket Bingo event organized by our own Stan Brosky. This was comprised of 20 gamses and raffles. Winners received Longaberger basket sets which included an Easter basket, brownie basket, bakers basket, library basket, John Deere combo, and more. There was also a special drawing for a Johnny Unitas autographed football. The event took place at the Phelps Center in Laurel on September 16, 2012. Assisting Stan was Vera Brosky, Joe Roman, Bill Brooks, Mike Betts, and Gordon MacPhee.
  Walter Reed Hospital Cookout
Our detachment assists with cookouts for the wounded veterans and their families at the Walter Reed Medical Center. This is just our way of saying, "Thank you" to the folks who have given so much to defend our country. Shown from left to right on August 29, 2012 are Mike Betts, Gordon MacPhee, Curt Atkins, and William Swain.
        Detachment participants at Walter Reed cookout
  Funeral for Harold Mazmanian
It always saddens us to know that one of our fellow Marines has passed away. Harold Mazmanian died at the age of 87 after he lost control of his vehicle in rainy conditions on July 21, 2012. Harold, part of "the greatest generation," fought in the Pacific during World War II where he earned two Purple Heart medals. He left a wife of 49 years and two grown children.

On July 26, 2012, several member of the Marine Corps League detachment and his Yingling-Ridgely Veterans of Foreign Wars post 7472 joined together to say final farewells. Representatives from both organizations said some comforting words, played taps, and had a bagpipe player play "Amazing Grace" along with the Marines Hymn. Harold will be missed by all.

Harold Mazmanian, December 22, 1924 to July 21, 2012
        Harold Mazmanian
Howard County detachment members gather to mourn the loss of a comrade.
        Howard County Marine Corps League in attendance
Marine Corps League and Veterans of Foreign Wars members say their final farewell to Harold at Witzke's Family Funeral Home in Ellicott City, Maryland. Harold was later laid to rest at the Crownsville Veteran's Cemetery.
        Marine Corps League and Veterans of Foreign Wars members say their final farewell to Harold
  Department of Pennsylvania Pistol Match
On June 1-3, 2012, Dale Hornberger, Bill Brooks, Joe Roman, Bill Pastino, Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock, Mike Betts, Danny Rotondo, DJ, and Mike Blum attended the pistol competition with guns a blazing. This is a great way to bond and test one's military skills. As in previous years, the event was held at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania.

Bill Pastino watches the other shooters then takes notes to develop a strategy. He's here to win!
        Bill Pastino taking notes
Mike Betts yells "bullseye!"
        Mike Betts says bullseye
Mike Blum is looking mighty serious.
        Mike Blum looking serious
  Department Convention
On April 13, 2012, Joe Roman and Mike Betts attended the Department of Maryland Annual Convention at the Princess Royale Hotel Resort in Ocean City, Maryland. There, they served as distinguished delegates, representing our detachment...and they also had fun.
  Life member
On April 24, 2012, Gordon MacPhee was recognized for having upgraded his annual membership to a life membership. In the photo below, Commandant Bill Brooks congratulates Gordon and presents him with a life membership card. Later that night, after annual officer elections, Bill passed over the Commandant's gavel to Gordon, after Mike Betts performed the new officer installation ceremony. We wish you the best of luck as our new Commandant Gordon. You will surely do a fine job.
        Bill Brooks and Gordon MacPhee
  Leadership Seminar
Being a Marine means setting the example, taking charge, and leading from the front. What better place to further develop and hone these skills than at a leadership seminar? Thus, on April 14, 2012, some of our more active members attended this special training. Just remember that managers say "go" while leaders say "let's go."
  Dinner at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) post
The detachment has been making dinner at the VFW now for a few years. It helps us earn money that we use for our activities (much of which is donated) while providing a service to the VFW. It is also our way of saying "thank you" to the VFW for allowing us to use their space.

Our most active members typically lead the dinner efforts: Mike Betts, Frank "Kip" Kippenbrock, Bill Pastino, Joe Roman, and Danny Rotondo. But we welcome anyone to lead and help out. So on April 13, 2012, one of our newer members, William Swain, offered to serve up a culinary cuisine consisting of hoisin glased or traditional meatloaf, mashed potatoes or rice, bacon/onion infused green beans, dinner roll, and a dessert consisting of chocolate cake or peach cobbler. Ten pounds of ground beef and two pounds of ground pork (all locally raised) were donated for this effort by Norma B. (Saki's girlfriend) whose family owns a farm in western Maryland.

On the day of the event, Danny Rotondo, Kip and Max Kippenbrock, Curt Atkins, Dennis Graham, and Gordon MacPhee showed up to help William serve at least 46 meal for $8 each. What a bargain! The dinner was a huge success.
  Marine of the Year 2011
Danny Rotondo was selected to be Marine of the Year for all his hard work and dedication to the detachment demonstrated in the previous year.
  Dinner at the Rams Head in Savage Mill
On March 4, 2012, Saki and DJ organized the detachment's second dinner social in Savage, Maryland. One hour prior to dinner, Saki led a two mile historic walking tour of the downtown area of Savage and part of the Savage Mill Trail along the Little Patuxent River. On this little walk, what appears to be an old canal lock was seen.
        Canal lock just off the Savage Mill Trail

Also seen was the Bollman Truss Bridge, which was built in 1852. It is the sole surviving example of a revolutionary design in the history of American bridge engineering. This double-span truss bridge is one of the oldest standing iron railroad bridges in the United States.
- from Wikipedia

DJ, Matt, and Kevin pose in front of this fine example of 19th century engineering.
        Bollman Truss Bridge
At 1900, DJ, Matt, and Saki met the other detachment members at the Rams Head Tavern for dinner and drinks, while Kevin went home to ride his unicycle. Seated below from left to right are Saki, Matt, DJ, Jim, Kevin (a different Kevin), Stan, Vera, Jon, Dennis, and Paul.
        Dinner at the Rams Head Tavern
  Dinner social
In February 2012, DJ organized our first dinner social. This is a time for detachment members, their friends, and family to get together and mingle over a nice dinner. This turned out to be a successful event.
  New member
On February 28, 2012, First Sergeant Erich Muehleisen was sworn in by our Senior Vice Commandant, Kevin Oliver. Erich served 9 years in the Marines before joining the Army Reserve where he currently serves as a paratrooper. Erich is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. We wish him the best of luck as he completes the remainder of his enlistment. Stay safe!
        Kevin Oliver and Erich Muehleisen

 
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