Dear 10th Mountain Division Veterans, Descendants and Friends:
10th Mountain Division Descendants Inc. (Descendants, Inc.)
continues to grow and to fulfill our mission statement to help preserve
the legacy of the 10th Mountain Division and to give support
to the veterans, wives and widows of the 10th Mountain
Division. Below are some of the current highlights of Descendants, Inc.
Reunion and Board Meeting:
The 2013 Reunion in Washington DC was a resounding success despite the
Federal shutdown, monsoon rains, protests, etc. While the activities
have been documented in editions of the Blizzard, I want to take this
opportunity to again thank the Directors of the two sponsoring chapters,
Kim Hudyma (Wash DC) and Pat Thornton (DRV) and the many volunteers who
worked through it all for their hard work and perseverance. The
Descendants, Inc. annual Board meeting was also held during the
National Reunion. The Board addressed many key topics for moving
forward with our activities. For example, we approved increasing the
Descendant scholarship from $1,000 to $2,500 starting this year. The
2014 Board meeting is being planned for Chicago, June 13-15.
Weíve started off strongly again this year with membership up to almost
800 at last count. We also have approximately 2,000 potential members
(former members, siblings, etc.) listed in the associationís database
that we would hope to attract. Increasing membership across all
chapters is a high priority during the coming years as we try to attract
the 2nd and 3rd generation descendants. Iím hoping
everyone can help us build our numbers by signing up a family member or
two. Please contact your respective Chapter Director if you would like
to help out (phone calls, mailings).
As noted before, we have moved to a commercial email product (Constant
Connect) for our mass emails. Please bear with us as we make this
transition as you still may receive some redundant emails during the
process, and make sure that your SPAM filters are set to allow these to
be delivered. As always please let us know when an email or mailing
address changes so that we can continue to provide the information to
everyone. You can do so using the email
sign-up tab on the Descendant Association Web page which goes directly
to Wil, our database administrator.
Descendants, Inc. continues to remain financially sound. Treasurer Don
Perkins reported that the association has a Total Net Assets of
approximately twice our annual operating budget for 2014. During 2013
the association provided financial support to both the DUKW search
effort on Lake Garda, and to a new interpretive at the Tennessee Pass
Monument (see pictures). It is our goal to continue to help fund such
projects that preserve and spread the word about the Divisionís history.
Inaugural Eastern Ski-In:
Thanks to the hard work by descendant Mac Jackson, and the support of
the Sugarbush ski area in VT, the first of many ski weekends was a great
success. While the extreme cold forced the cancelation of the first
Jared Monti Memorial Ski Race, we had a good-sized group made up of 10th
Mountain serving soldiers, Vermont Army National Guard members,
descendants, WWII veteran Don Linscott and Mr. Paul Monti, Jared Montiís
father (and inspiration for the award winning song ďI Drive Your
TruckĒ). Please put this on your calendars for February 2015 and plan
to be there.
Planning is underway for the 2015Ė Return to Italy Trip. We are
in the process of determining the best dates at the moment and will let
everyone know as soon as we arrive at decision. Given that this will be
the 70-year anniversary of the Divisionís time in the ETO, our goal is
to generate substantial interest in the trip. With it being such an
important anniversary, we are working to consider all related activities
and events that may be planned in the area to be sure we participate
How 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/default.htm)
often for additional information on activities and initiatives, and
donít hesitate to call on any of us with your ideas and suggestions.
10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc
1630 York Mills Lane
Reston, VA 20194
Father: Albert Coffey, Jr., 87-F
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