Hello Third Marine Division Family,
My name is Robert North, or Bob, and I had the extraordinary honor of being elected President of the 3rd Marine Division Association in Colorado Springs a few weeks ago. Some of you may know my name as I have been Vice President the last three years and you have seen a number of articles in the Caltrap that I have written. I also do the live auction at the Reunion banquet.
I want to thank Gen. David Bice for his 3 years' service as President of the 3rd Marine Division Association. His dedication and tireless work set a very high standard. He did an amazing job. He was very passionate about all things 3rd MarDiv. He gave of his time, his talent, and his resources for the good of the Association. Thank you very much, Gen. Bice. I will work very hard to be a worthy successor.
As mentioned above we just concluded our annual Family Reunion in Colorado Springs a few weeks ago. A lot has happened as a result of Membership and Board of Directors' meetings. We have embarked on a new, approved, management business model. We now have members in positions of management of various "departments". I was very fortunate to have identified some amazing people to be member managers. The transition has begun and our team has gotten off to a high octane start. They have done an amazing job.
The new General Manager is Roger Bacon. Roger had a 44 year career as a business administrator with responsibilities throughout the United States as well as internationally. His time in the Marine Corps included service in Vietnam. His contact information, and the new home office information, is: P.O. Box 466, Lisbon, Ohio, 44432-0466; 215-822-9094;
Roger has done an amazing job.
Others who have jumped in very quickly with great dedication include Financial Director, Accounting/banking, Pat Conroy, CPA; Judge Advocate, Andy Murray; and Treasurer, Paul Peterson. The entire team is listed under Officers and Key personnel (click on 3rd MarDiv Association/Association Officers).
Planning has begun for our next Family Reunion, which will be in Branson, Missouri, September 17- 22, 2019. Branson is a very veteran friendly town. The Reunion Committee, led by Chair, Linda North, met in Branson, October 3 and 4, to plan the Reunion. Linda has lots of planning experience and served under prior long-time Chairman, Ron Deverick. The committee, along with our partner, Armed Forces Reunion, Inc., is finalizing activities and costs. The Reunion will be at the Radisson Hotel Branson. The regular room rate will be $107.00 + tax/service charges. Free hot breakfast is included in the rate.
I ask that you all please be patient with us as we go forward. Some changes take time. It is not because of a lack of effort, but a lot of things are happening at the same time. These changes are made to improve the Association's financial condition and because we have much talent within the Association.
Also, we will continue to ask for your support. Your support means coming to the Reunions, getting new members, financial support, getting involved in Chapters, or starting Chapters, willingness to serve on committees. We have a tremendous Association. We can all be proud of the 3rd Marine Division Association.
Robert North, President
3rd Marine Division Association, Inc.