Elected and appointed officers for 2017 were inducted at a ceremony during the East Valley Marines, Detachment 1296, monthly meeting. Pat Connell, Department of Arizona Commandant of the Marine Corps League, was on hand to do the swearing in. Elected officers are Dave Lott (commandant), Pat Rice (senior vice commandant), Rich Williams (junior vice commandant) and Jerry Farro (judge advocate).
Appointed officers were also inducted with Sharon Jackley as adjutant, Mike Bishop as paymaster and Dick Haffner as sergeant-at-arms.
The unit focuses on holding fundraising events that go toward Marines Helping Marines and the Wounded Warrior Regiment, with emphasis on Arizona veterans. The next major fundraiser is the 4rd Annual Golf Tournament, held at Oakwood Country Club on April 7. You can visit the website, www.eastvalleymarines.com, to download a registration form or sponsorship form.
East Valley Marines welcome visitors and prospective members at their monthly meetings. These are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in Bradford Room at the Oakwood Country Club. Check out the website at www.eastvalleymarines.org for more information.