Dear 10th Mountain Division Veterans, Descendants and Friends:
The 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 Association. Below are some of
the current highlights of Descendants, Inc.
Membership has started off 2013 strongly with membership up to 820 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 next three years so Iím hoping everyone can
help us build our numbers by signing up a family member or two.
Over the past several years Descendants, Inc. email updates have been
sent to everyone on the email list, regardless of membership status.
However, the system used is
becoming increasingly difficult to access and to keep up-to-date.
Therefore, we have moved to a
more reliable and accurate email commercial product (Constant Connect)
that will necessarily be limited to active association members,
at least initially. Please bear with us as we make this transition as
you may receive some redundant emails during the process. As we become
more comfortable with this product,
we will hopefully expand the email recipients list to include
potential members as well. Also, 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 our database administrator.
Reunion and Board Meeting:
The 2013 Descendants, Inc.) Annual Board meeting will be held October
12, 2013 in conjunction with the National Reunion in Arlington, VA. We
hope to see as many of you there as possible. Descendant members of the
Washington, DC and Delaware River Valley chapters continue to plan the
reunion under the leadership of Chapter Presidents Kim Hudyma and Pat
Thornton. The planning goal is for 200 attendees,
including WWII veterans, descendant families, friends, and 10th
Mountain Division (LI) serving soldiers and veterans. Attracting the
latter group to the event is a key objective that is being supported by
Army staff at Fort Drum and the Pentagon.
Descendants, Inc. continues to remain financially sound. Treasurer Don
Perkins reported that the association has a Total Net Assets of
approximately 2.5 times our annual operating budget for 2013. During
the year the association provided financial support to both the DUKW
search effort on Lake Garda, and to a new interpretive kiosk being built
at the Tennessee Pass Monument.
Ski-In: A number
of us participated in the most recent Ski-In out in Colorado in Feb.
While attendance was lower than in years past, everyone had a great time
in Leadville hosted by our friends at Ski Cooper, the Silver Dollar
Saloon and the Golden Burro, plus additional ski days hosted by
Keystone, Breckenridge and Vail (where we were given a very nice
breakfast reception by the Colorado Ski and Snowboard Museum). One
favorite event was skiing ďRiva RidgeĒ at Vail on the anniversary of the
Divisionís assault on Riva Ridge. Among other Vail dignitaries, we were
joined by two 10th Mountain Division (LI) veterans of Iraq
and Afghanistan who are now patrollers at Vail. This really is one of
the best annual 10th Mountain activities, and I encourage
everyone to help keep this tradition alive next year.
Preliminary planning is currently underway for the 2015Ė Return to
Italy Trip to be held in late May or early June of 2015. Given that
this will be the 70-year anniversary of the Divisionís time in the ETO,
our goal is to start planning and marketing earlier than in the past in
hopes of generating substantial interest in the trip. With it being
such an important anniversary, the trip may go back to a schedule
similar to 2006/2009 where the group will visit Florence on Memorial
Day, move to the Hill towns, and then on to Lake Garda. We intend to
survey the Descendants, Inc. membership to gauge interest and timing
prior to making the decision so look for that in the coming months.
How You Can
Chapter and National Meetings:
At the most basic level, we can all simply attend the chapter or
national meetings and other gatherings (February Ski-In, Memorial Day at
Camp Hale, National Reunion, Italy trips, etc.) to support those members
who give their time and effort to organize these.
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:
Non-Profit, Marketing: If you have experience with non-profit
membership drives, marketing, etc., please consider volunteering. Mike
Kehoe will be leading a team that will focus on membership development.
Education: Pat Thornton will serve as the newly created VP for
and in that role needs the help of experienced educators, grant writers,
Social Networking: Last, we need people skilled in the use of
social networking to help us take greater advantage of those tools to
get our message out.
As I closed with last time, the Executive Committee will do our best to
further the goals of the Association and the interests of our members.
we want this to be a participative organization and encourage all
members and friends to get involved however they can. Please visit the
Descendant web page (http://10thmountaindivisiondescendants.org/default.htm)
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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