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“MAIL CALL” Gen. Larry Oppenheimer Detachment, Marine Corps League Overland Park, KS Commandant Patrick O’Malley, Commanding Volume 7 Issue 7, July 2008 Attn: Call team leaders: Please call the members on your list, as there is no snail-mailing of the Mail Call this month. Thanks!

Calendar Our next meeting is this Wednesday, July 23rd, from 1900 at our usual meeting place at American Legion Post 370, 6521 Nieman Rd. in Shawnee.

Support for our Troops At this time of rebuilding & continuing conflict in Afghanistan & Iraq, please remember in prayer: Those who gave their lives and our President, and our men and women serving in these nations, along with our Allies working alongside us in Afghanistan and the Gulf – for their safety and for their work with the local peoples in the renewal of their nations.

Sick and Distressed Please remember all our sick and distressed members or family in your prayers. Mrs. Delpha Rigg, wife of Marine Bob Rigg, is better. Mrs. Rigg has been suffering from a number of ailments, including arthritis of the spine. She will very much appreciate cards sent to her at 6908 Bradshaw, Shawnee, KS 66216-2653. Marine Hunt is at The Manor of Grace Gardens, Room 222, 5201 West 143rd St., Leawood, KS. 66224. Bob is doing very well, and cards may be sent to him here, or you may call the office at 913/685-4800, and ask to be transferred. Please feel free to visit Bob. Marine Emil Anderson has inoperable and incurable prostate cancer. Emil and Dolly can

contacted at, and cards may be sent to them at 6117 Mission Drive, Mission Hills, KS 66208-1250. They will be very grateful for visits, however please call them first at 913/362-0482. One of Emil’s daughters is with them. Marine Nancy Pendleton Spoor will greatly appreciate calls (913/381-1833) and cards sent to her at 7628 Conser, Overland Park, KS 66204. She now has someone who lives there and who can assist her with her shopping, etc. Nancy is doing much better. Barbara Hinrichs, wife of Marine Rick Hinrichs, is doing better. Cards may be sent to her at 7926 Glenwood, Overland Park, KS 66204-3831. Marine Earl Alderson is getting around on a wheelchair and a walker at the Shawnee Gardens Nursing home, 6416 Long, Shawnee, KS 66216. Earl’s in room 118-A. Please send cards. Earl is doing OK. Marine Porky Romero is doing well after having had vein bypass surgery, however, he will be bedridden for at least 6 weeks. Porky will appreciate cards sent to him at 1726 North 79th Terrace, Kansas City, KS 66112-2025. Marine Jim O’Connor is home and active after being admitted to the hospital for vertigo. Please convey info. on sick and distressed to Chaplain Reyes at 913/432-3688.

Marines in Need Any member who is aware of someone in need is asked to first submit a request in writing to Marine Pat O’Malley of our Financial Assistance Review Committee, including a statement of the purpose, a cost estimate and the time period. Pat’s email is, and his address is 12412 Flint, Overland Park, KS 66213-2120.

Fallen Marine Program A good number of our members came out on July 15th in support of the family of Marine and member Herbert Cast at the Visitation and Fallen Marine Ceremony at the Queen of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Herb will be much missed by all of us. Cards may be sent to Fran Cast at 6924 Barkley, Overland Park, KS 66204-1447.

Fund Raising Activities The next Kansas Speedway events are on September 27th and 28th.

Luis Romero Memorial Scholarship We will be awarding 3 Scholarships at our Wednesday meeting; these will be going to Whitney Devine, Sean O’Connor and Max Nelson. Congratulations to these outstanding and deserving young people.

Marine Corps Scholarship Golf Tournament The local MCSF Chapter is gearing up for this September. Our local Chapter’s website is:, and the national site is There will be 2 flights this year, with a goal of a minimum of 200 golfers. The September event will be Monday, the 15th, at St. Andrew’s course in Overland Park. More volunteers are needed for the 15th. Nationwide, up to 1,250 scholarships are expected to be awarded; the amount has been increased to $4,375 per recipient. For children of Marines and FMF Corpsmen killed during the War on Terror, the scholarship amount has been increased from $20,000 to $30,000. John Miller, a metro Ford dealership owner, is donating a new Ford for the hole-in-one. More raffle items, including gift certificates from restaurants and other stores, are needed. The Motorcycle Poker Run on Saturday, June 28th was a definite success. Marine Byrnes will give a report on this at our meeting.

Good of the League Department of Kansas Commandant, Marine Gonzalo Reyes of our Unit, will represent the Department of Kansas as well as our Unit, at the National Convention of the Marine Corps League in Orlando from 09 August – 16 August. Cmdt. Reyes will be helping to lead the effort to change the By-Laws to permit the wearing of the khaki shirt or the white shirt, as members wish, at our meetings and events. Detachment Commandant Pat O’Malley is contacting the Commandant of the Department of Florida as well as the Commandants of the numerous Florida Detachments in regard to the above effort. Please go to and for information about these inspiring initiatives to assist severely wounded Marines and other Armed Forces members during the time between their active duty and transition to civilian life. The second site requires registration. Another site of interest to Marines is, where over 800 Marines from Kansas are listed. This is another excellent recruiting tool. There are benefits for persons who served in the U.S. Military prior to January, 2002. These Social Security benefits are credited for the years of active duty through 2001. Up to $1200/yr. of earnings credit can be received. This is credited at the time when application is made; bring in your DD-214 to the Social Security office. You must ask for this benefit to receive it! See This benefit is not just for retirees. Let us each strive to recruit a new MCL member by the July meeting. Commandant O’Malley has set a goal to increase our membership by 15% during our new calendar year. To look up fellow Marines from across the nation, go to If you

don’t have a computer, any of the area libraries can provide you with the opportunity to use the internet at these facilities. Thanks to Marine Hinrichs for the information on the above web site.

Other items Marine Hinrichs is soliciting ideas to enhance our website – – Submit These to Rick at, ph. 913/648-1029.

Websites & Email, Etc. The website of the Marine Corps League on the National level is and our Detachment’s website is Anyone receiving a paper newsletter, but has email, please email our Adjutant at with the subject of “email newsletter”. Thanks. This newsletter was printed by Marine Marsolek

MAIL CALL July 2008