May 2013 Commandant’s Message
Well, I for one am happy to see May is here. I sure don’t enjoy getting older but it means my term as Commandant is nearly over. I remember being a president of a Rotary club in 1990 when women, because of a court order, were first allowed to join Rotary clubs. It sure caused a lot of problems at first and I had a hard year. But what I remember most from my service with Rotary and the Detachment is how I could only count on a very small number of the members to get things done. I accepted this in Rotary, but I was surprised that this happens in a Marine organization. I sure have to accept responsibility for this as I was in charge. I am sure with D’Arcy’s experience and leadership skills that things will change for the best.
D’Arcy doesn’t take over till June, so you have to deal with my style of kinder leadership until then. This means that I have the task of making the golf tournament a successful golf event and, more important, a successful fund raiser. A few members again are finding golfers, with Clyde leading with more than thirty golfers. Larry is doing his part with a couple others, and I am trying. You still have time to get off your butt and find some golfers. The good thing is that at this time all twenty-two tee signs have been already sold by “The Few.”
If you really don’t know anyone who plays golf, you can get out and get some gifts donated that we can use for raffle prizes and our auction. We need a few large items for the auction and as many small items we can get for the raffle. A few gift certificates for a car wash or meals at a restaurant would work along with any small golf related items. The auction and the raffle proceeds make up a substantial part of the funds that we raise. So, in simple terms, if you don’t know any golfers, go out and find some items we can use for the auction and raffle. And if you don’t have the time or you lack the ability to go out and ask for donations, then reach into your own pocket and go out and buy an item to donate to the detachment. We will give you a receipt so you can claim it on your taxes. Well, enough said, if you don’t feel you should do your part than leave it up to “the Few.”
The only other thing we need on the day of the tournament is assistance with checking in the players, collecting checks, running a short event at start of the day, or collecting for sale of raffle tickets. There will be someone available to assist you and to show you what has to be done. You will be finished by 9:00 a.m. We will have signup sheet at the meeting.
Mike Ernsten, when he is not winning the monthly 50/50, has again handled the nominating committee of one because no one was willing to help him. At the April meeting a slate of new staff officers was submitted to the Detachment. There were no other members willing to run. A formal election to approve the slate will be done at the May meeting.
Our speaker at the May meeting will be Robert Flowers who is the Chief of Police of the joint Ivins and Santa Clara Police Department. He was an officer with the UHP and he was chief of police in St. George. He also was involved with security with the Olympics Games in SLC.
The color guard has been very busy in April. I appreciate Larry and the few members who step up to serve every time they are ask. We had a couple grave side funerals, one being in Gunlock and one in Hurricane. There was a flag event at the Elks on one Friday which was followed by the funeral in Hurricane and a flag raising that afternoon for a Relay for Life event at the Dixie Football Field. On the following Saturday, the guard was at the Washington City Cotton Parade and then at the Dixie Football Field to secure colors at noon. You can see that we need more members to be part of the color guard. The Detachment will pay one-half the cost of the needed uniform items. You should see Larry at the meeting to order the items.
I have also been informed that a number of new members do not have the required cover or shirt. If you are one of these members, please see Larry at the meeting so it is not necessary for me to contact you.
Carl Kulyk, Commandant
On Monday, April 8th we paid our respects to Art Archambault at the “Dixie” Elks Lodge and wished him well on his journey to Valhalla. In the spirit of the founding members of Detachment #1270, Art was the first to approach me about joining the Marine Corps League and then, I’m sure, called in the close support, calling Toole, leaving me no choice but to fall into formation.
Art’s gentle nature spoke to the tenderness that lies under the surface of a Marine and his sometimes enigmatic demeanor spoke to the complexity of the man’s values and beliefs. One could never question that Art fits into that category of men that exemplifies the highest standard and tradition of the United States Marine Corps. His wife Betty was the first to write an article announcing my arrival and the beginning of operations of the St. George Vet Center in the “Dixie” Elks’ Newsletter.
The world was made a better place by their standing together for God, Corps, Country, and Community. Oorah, Art!
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