10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc.

 
 

 

President's Message
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Spring 2014

 

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. Below are some of the current highlights of Descendants, Inc.

2013 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.

Membership:  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).

Email Database:  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.

Finance:  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.

Italy 2015:  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 wherever possible.

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.



Steve Coffey

 
President,
10th Mountain Division Descendants, Inc
 
1630 York Mills Lane
Reston, VA  20194
scoffey@10thmtndivdesc.org
Father:  Albert Coffey, Jr.,  87-F

 

 

 

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