10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc.
Mountain Division Descendants Inc. (TMDD) continues to work to fulfill
our mission of preserving the legacy of the 10th Mountain
Division and to give support to the veterans, wives and widows of the
Division. Some of the current TMDD highlights include:
Membership renewals as well as first-time memberships to date for 2017
total almost 800 at last count,
on par with last year. Increasing membership across all chapters
remains our highest priority as we work to attract 2nd and 3rd
generation descendants, as well as those of the 10th Light
veterans. We continue to ask for everyone’s help building our
numbers by signing up a family member or two so we can reach or better
yet surpass the 1,000-member goal we’ve set again for this year.
Memberships are our only real source of revenue, revenue that is needed
to continue the programs and outreach that we do to meet the mission.
As always, we should also all thank Don Perkins and Wil
Niebles for their hard work processing the renewal mailing and
subsequent membership applications so quickly and professionally
throughout the year.
Annual Board of Directors Meeting:
The 2017 TMDD BoD meeting will be held on 21 July, at the Denver Public
Library. We will be reviewing many important topics at this meeting to
include: possible changes to streamline and modernize our membership
processes; changes to our financial processes aimed at strengthening the
TMDD financial position; looking at our chapter structure to address the
issues of leadership voids in the smaller chapters; and others. Look
for more information soon stemming from the wide variety of topics that
will be discussed at the meeting.
reported earlier, last year’s Finn-Thornton Scholarship of $2,500 was
awarded to Charles Thomas, grandson of Sam and Ann Thomas (87-I). We
have continued to receive donations from several chapters and
individuals. Taken together with our Association’s annual budgeted
amounts, the fund totals over $7,000 prior to making this year’s award.
As part of our efforts to substantially beef up the fund, we included an
insert in the membership packet providing background on this
scholarship, and included a donation line on the membership application.
These actions generated additional donations to this important
scholarship fund. Those interested in donating to this fund can do so
by sending their donation to Don Perkins our Treasurer, noting that the
amount is for the Finn-Thornton Scholarship. In addition, please
encourage students to visit the Descendant web page for information and
an application. After all, the goal is to support 10th
Mountain Descendants in their academic pursuits.
Loveland of the Rocky Mountain Chapter is off to a great start as our
new QM. She has put together a brochure of available items that was
also included in the membership mailing. The brochure is available on
our TMDD website as well. Melanie provided items for sale on the recent
return trip to Italy as well. Please visit the TMDD web page or contact
Melanie directly to purchase items from the QM. In addition, 10th
Mountain items remain available through the “Off the Beatin’ Path” gift
shop at Ft Drum, and can be viewed via a link provided on the National
Association website (http://10thmtndivassoc.org).
TMDD will continue to provide financial support when possible to
projects that further our goal of preserving and spreading the word
about the Division’s history. The most substantial example of this so
far was our contribution of $2,500 last year to the Honor the Mountain
Memorial recently dedicated in Watertown, NY (http://www.honorthemountain.com/).
10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc. is listed on the
Donor Plaque as a result. We would like to take things up a notch or two
with a project to honor the 10th Mountain legacy that will be
supported by a dedicated a fund-raising effort. If you have ideas for
such a project that you would like to see your Association support,
please contact your Chapter Director or myself any time.
2017 and 2020:
Ninety descendants and friends recently completed a return to Italy
trip from 9-18 June. The trip focused entirely on the Hill Towns combat
route, the exception being our traditional visit to the Florence
American Cemetery and Memorial where we conducted a very moving ceremony
and visit to each 10th Mountain soldier. Our goal was to
visit battle sites related to the February-April 1945 operations in more
detail than in the past, as well as get off the big buses to see some of
the more out of the way but nevertheless important sites in the area.
With the help of our many friends in Italy we were able to do so and
visited sites such as Torre Iussi, and M. Croce in Tole. We also had a
group of hardy descendants who climbed Riva Ridge, eventually joining
the group in Trignano for a visit to the museum and festa in the square.
Of course, we enjoyed the incredible hospitality of our hosts and
friends in the villages along the way as always.
not too early to begin thinking about 2020! That will be the 75th
anniversary of victory and the end of WWII in Europe and we anticipate
it will be well-celebrated, something we want to be a part of. This
trip will go back to the more traditional version that will include the
complete combat route to Lake Garda, along with more sightseeing
Our TMDD Instagram page has continued
to be quite successful with almost 700 followers so far. For all you
Instagram users, it can be followed at "10thmtndivisiondescendants".
This provides yet another avenue for sharing pictures among the members,
and wave the 10th Mountain flag. It continues to attract many modern 10th
Mountain serving soldiers and veterans as well as ski industry
organizations and personalities. If you have pictures you'd like to
have posted (past trips to Italy,
reunions, "throwbacks", for example),
please forward them to "firstname.lastname@example.org". Members also
continue to visit and post on the 10th Mountain Descendants
and Friends Facebook page. This continues to provide a venue for
sharing pictures, stories, asking questions, making connections, etc.
I’m amazed at how much 10th Mountain history is surfaced and
discussed on this page, so please visit and contribute often.
You Can Help:
Attend Chapter and National Meetings:
At the most basic level, we can all simply attend the chapter or
national meetings and other gatherings (Ski-Ins, Memorial Day at Camp
Hale, National Reunion, Italy trips, etc.) to support those members who
give their time and effort to organize these events.
Volunteer: Volunteer to organize activities or suggest ideas to
your chapter Directors or the Association Board. We also continue to
look for expertise in some key areas such as membership, education, and
social networking to name a few.
Please visit the Descendant web page (http://10thmountaindivisiondescendants.org)
often for information on activities and initiatives, and don’t hesitate
to call on any of us with your ideas and suggestions.
always … When your chapter hosts an event please attend if possible.
It’s the best way I know of to show our respect for our 10th
Mountain veterans and all they’ve done.
10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc
1630 York Mills Lane
Reston, VA 20194
Father: Albert Coffey, Jr., 87-F
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