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  • 22 Sep 2020 8:24 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Guest Post Article by: Mary Shannon

    Mary reached out to our Detachment to try to spread this message to as many people as possible. This pandemic forced her and her husband, both seniors, who are not particularly tech savvy, to embrace technology. She said that "the process wasn’t exactly easy, but the reward of being able to see our kids and grand kids while quarantined was so worth it. In fact, we plan to continue our weekly calls with faraway friends and family indefinitely!" Here is her article:

    Seniors sometimes lack ways to stay in touch with loved ones, especially as most younger generations turn to technology that isn’t as accessible to older adults. In order to improve your relationship with older loved ones, consider how you might help them get senior-friendly technology that makes it easy for them to reach out anytime.

    Smartphones for seniors

    When smartphones hit the market about a decade ago, our modes of communication transformed. Texting became easier, video chatting became the norm, and our phones morphed into tiny super-computers small enough to fit in our pockets. While younger adults adapt quickly to most new technology, older adults can be left behind, which is why it’s important to look into devices that have been designed to be more senior-friendly.

    Smartphones today may seem intuitive to many, but for seniors, there are some disadvantages. The lack of buttons can make navigation tough for shaky hands, and many have icons that are hard to see for aging eyes. If your senior has a smartphone, you can help them tweak some settings that will make it easier.

    One of the first things you can do is make the icons larger and easier to see. This is typically found in the settings section on most phones and is easy to adjust. You can also put their most-used apps on their home screen to make them easier to find. In their messaging and calling apps, make a “favorites” list so they can call friends and family easily.

    If you’re considering getting your senior a smartphone, Retirement Living recommends checking out some of the phones designed for seniors. These phones often have features that allow for easy calling and quick navigation and are typically lower cost than most smartphones on the market.

    Tablets and virtual assistants

    While having a phone is important for basic calling and messaging, many seniors enjoy having tablets that allow them to communicate in more ways. Tablets are easier for video chats, playing games, and surfing the web.

    Similarly to phones, you can personalize tablets by making icons larger and putting important apps on the home screen. Be sure to install a video chat app that you use and help your senior loved one learn how to use it. Tablets can be better than phones for sending and reading emails, playing games, and searching for information online. You can even add a few apps that are especially useful for seniors.

    Along with tablets and phones, HealthTech notes virtual assistants and smart home devices can make it much easier for your senior loved one to communicate with friends and family. Help them set it up so they can call with simple voice commands—they’ll likely appreciate not having to navigate a device each time they want to call family.

    Boost their digital security

    Unfortunately, it’s common that older adults are more vulnerable to identity theft. It’s important to boost their digital security and help them learn ways to protect their network and devices from hackers.

    When you set up their devices, be sure to use unique and hard-to-guess passwords. Along with protecting their online accounts with tricky logins, you should also set up strong passwords on their WiFi router. Routers are often the most important device to protect: if someone gains access to a home’s internet network, all devices and private information could be at stake.

    If your senior loved one is a veteran and needs assistance with setting up devices or other needs, consider connecting them with the Marine Corps League.

     Helping your senior stay in touch doesn’t have to be difficult: getting them an easy-to-use device will make a big difference. They’ll be able to reach out with a simple voice command if needed, and apps that allow for video chatting will make it feel like they’re not so far away. Just be sure to enhance their digital security so they don’t end up compromising personal information.

  • 24 Jul 2020 4:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENT:

    The Ellis County Toys for Tots Campaign is announcing its new partnership with the City of Waxahachie as we have come to an agreement on the use of the old Waxahachie Police Department building at 216 N. College Street!!  This building will serve as our operational headquarters/warehouse space where we will receive, sort, store, and distribute toys to families from throughout Ellis County.

    We will be in need of PLENTY of volunteers to make our toy collection and distribution efforts happen.  We need individual and team warehouse volunteers that will be willing to do whatever is needed to keep operations going.  More specifically we will need volunteers to sort and bag and tag toys for the many requests that we will have coming in.

    Please visit our website at https://ennis-tx.toysfortots.org for more information.  Please pass this information to your family, friends, and colleagues and if anyone has any questions please contact the Ellis County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Robert Bell, at ellis.county@toysfortots.org or (972)597-7111.

    Semper Fidelis

    (Always Faithful)

  • 24 Jul 2020 3:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452's Toys for Tots Campaign Committee's planning efforts are well under way and are quickly picking up steam.  It seems that every day, as we inch closer and closer to the Campaign's official kick-off date on October 1, 2020, we have more and more things falling into place.  Definitely a good problem to have I would say!!  

    Communications Strategies

    We have set into motion several communications methods to allow the broader Ellis County, Texas community members the ability to stay informed and stay in-touch with our Campaign Staff.  We want maximum community involvement in our mission accomplishment efforts, so below you will find several methods to help you do just that.  Here is a motivational quote that has something, and nothing, to do with the topic at hand:

    “I follow three rules: Do the right thing, do the best you can, and always show people you care.  You’ve got to make a sincere attempt to have the right goals to begin with, then go after them with appropriate effort, and remember that you can’t really achieve anything great without the help of others.”
    ― Lou Holtz

    1) Social Media

    The Ellis County Toys for Tots Campaign has already established a Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter account.  Please do us a favor by Liking and Following our pages, and please share them with your family and friends. We will begin picking up steam with more regular posts as we get closer to the execution of the Campaign.

    Facebook:  www.facebook.com/EllisCoToysforTots

    Instagram: www.instagram.com/EllisCoToysforTots

    Twitter: www.twitter.com/ToysforTots_EC

    2) Website

    Our website is one of the most comprehensive Toys for Tots Campaign websites in the State of Texas.  I mean, I could be biased, but I think not.  This website has pretty much everything that you would need to be able to help support our cause.  Check out the website at https://ennis-tx.toysfortots.org.

    3) Volunteer Efforts

    Volunteers will be the sole reason that we will or will not accomplish our mission of helping to provide less fortunate children to have presents under the tree on Christmas morning this year.  We want you to be on-board as part of the family.  We have signed on with the Volunteer Ellis County website, through the United Way of West Ellis County, which will streamline our ability to manage volunteers in the various Needs and Events that we will continue to have.  Visit our Agency page on the Volunteer Ellis County website by clicking here:

    https://www.volunteerelliscounty.org/agency/detail/?agency_id=114386

    Please consider supporting us by signing up to assist in our Needs and Events.

    If you or someone you know would be interested in assisting us this year with Toys for Tots please check out the above resources, and if you would like more information please contact the Ellis County Toys for Tots Coordinator, Robert Bell, at ellis.county@toysfortots.org or (972) 597-7111.

    Semper Fidelis

    (Always Faithful)

  • 2 Apr 2020 1:01 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


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    Guest Post by Andrea Needham (eldersday.com)

    Moving is a huge step at every stage of life. If you are looking to move into a smaller home in the near future, it’s time to start making plans now. For most seniors, it makes sense to research housing options first, then make a moving plan after deciding on a new home. Not only does this give you a moving deadline to work with, but it also helps determine how much stuff you need to downsize in order to live comfortably in your new home. After you’ve found your next home, use the resources below to execute your decluttering efforts and make a moving plan.

    Resources for the Decluttering Process

    Decluttering is usually the first step you’ll want to take. After all, you wouldn’t want to waste time or space packing up things you’ll only get rid of after settling into your new place.

    18 Things You Should Always Throw Away Before You Move How to Deal with Sentimental Clutter How to Give and Accept Help With Decluttering How to Help an Elderly Loved One Downsize 17 Places to Unload All the Stuff You Don't Need How to Have a Successful Garage Sale – Tips for Pricing Items

    How to Plan for Your Move

    With decluttering out of the way, you’ll know how much stuff you need to pack up. Now it’s time to gather moving supplies, make your budget, find a moving company and start packing boxes.

    Checklist: How to Move in 30 Days

    Your Handy Moving Supplies List to Conquer Even the Most Daunting Move

    This Is How Many Boxes You Need to Move

    8 Places to Get Moving Boxes Free of Charge How to Pack Moving Boxes Efficiently How Much Does It Cost To Move? Checklist of Things to Do on Moving Day

    Moving can be stressful, but remember that help is always available. When you enlist help with decluttering, packing or moving, you don’t have to face the transition alone.

  • 20 Mar 2020 2:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The spread of the Coronavirus has caused lifestyles around the world to be adjusted in order to help stop the spread of this deadly disease.

    Recently the Ellis County, Texas leadership instituted a County-wide Proclamation and Order declaring a local state of disaster. In these documents the County Judge laid out many mandates for personnel throughout the County.

    This article doesn't intend to spell out all of these mandates, but focus on what is important for our members in respect to this virus.

    How the Detachment is adjusting to this situation:

    By order of Commandant Robert Bell, all Detachment functions have either been cancelled or moved to the Zoom online platform. As the situation changes and things start to get back to normal the decision will be revisited and adjusted as needed. As for now, please stay home and take care of yourself and your family.

    About the virus:

    Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a new virus.

    The disease causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever, and in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently, avoiding touching your face, and avoiding close contact (6 feet) with people who are unwell.

    People may be sick with the virus for 1 to 14 days before developing symptoms. The most common symptoms of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment.

    More rarely, the disease can be serious and even fatal. Older people, and people with other medical conditions (such as asthma, diabetes, or heart disease), may be more vulnerable to becoming severely ill.

    How it spreads:

    The Coronavirus disease spreads primarily through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze. It also spreads when a person touches a surface or object that has the virus on it, then touches their eyes, nose, or mouth.

    DO THE FIVE

    Help Stop the Coronavirus:

    HANDS - Wash them often

    ELBOW - Cough into it

    FACE - Don't touch it

    FEET - Stay more than 3ft apart

    FEEL sick? - Stay home


  • 20 Mar 2020 11:05 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Guest Post by Nicole Winch (Outreach Associate, BCBH Law)

    Nicole Winch is a junior content writer as well as a community outreach team member at BCBH Law. Her goal is to spread awareness and provide the best resources to those affected by mesothelioma. She enjoys being able to help patients and their families get the guidance they need. The Bullock Campbell Bullock & Harris, PC's ( A National Plaintiffs Law Firm) Veterans, Asbestos & Mesothelioma web page can be found at  https://www.bcbhlaw.com/veterans-asbestos/.

    Jump to the various headings within this article:

    1) Ships

    2) Buildings

    3) Vehicles And Aircraft

    4) What Veterans Can Do About Their Mesothelioma 

    Asbestos is a toxic substance that was used abundantly in the military during most of the 20th century, and the mineral is the only cause of a rare disease.

    Mesothelioma is a cancer that takes between 20 and 50 years to develop after exposure. The only proven cause of this disease is from inhaling these fibers when they’re airborne. Today, veterans comprise the largest group of people (33%) diagnosed with mesothelioma.

    Many manufacturing companies that produced asbestos products kept the dangers of their commodities a secret from the military and the general public. Toward the end of the 20th century, safety regulations were put in place to limit the use of asbestos and the military stopped the production of new ships, buildings and vehicles with any material that contained the toxin.

    However, military members from before the regulations were still at risk — and veterans who served in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s could’ve been exposed due to old ships and aircraft containing asbestos.

    Here are three ways veterans came in contact with asbestos regularly in the military.

    Ships

    Almost every Navy vessel built before the 1970s contained a large amount of asbestos. This harmful substance was ideal because of its insulating and fire-resistant properties. Since ships were at a significant risk of fires at sea, asbestos was used to reduce these hazards. Asbestos was also utilized to increase the durability gaskets, sealants and some filters. The pipes in nearly every naval ship were also covered in asbestos insulation. Boiler rooms, pump rooms and engine rooms were known to include large amounts of this substance.

    Veterans who lived aboard these ships as well as any other personnel were at high risk of exposure on a daily basis. Shipbuilders who worked on these vessels also encountered this toxic substance.

    Buildings

    Military buildings, such as barracks, were built with asbestos containing products. This toxic mineral was added to drywall, roofing, spackling and cement mixtures to protect the components from fire. Pipes were also covered in asbestos because of its insulating properties. Anytime the buildings were disturbed — which includes maintenance work — asbestos particles could be released into the air and inhaled or swallowed.

    Veterans who constructed these buildings also came in contact with this substance. Anyone who was a part of the demolition or remodeling of these buildings posed the risk of releasing fibers into the air.

    Vehicles and Aircraft

    A majority of military transportation vehicles and aircraft contained parts made of asbestos. Most commonly, this substance was used in vehicle parts like brake pads, clutches and gaskets. Aircraft used asbestos to prevent fires in and insulate a variety of engine components. Wiring, turbines and heat shields in aircraft all included asbestos.

    Mechanics and engineers doing routine maintenance and repairs were faced with exposure while working on these vehicles or aircraft.

    What Veterans Can Do About Their Mesothelioma

    Each of these three exposure methods has led to thousands of veterans developing mesothelioma. The disease is considered a disability, leaving many victims unable to work and struggling to pay for the necessary treatment. To help our brave military members, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides monthly payments to veterans with this cancer.

    Veterans also can take legal action against those responsible for their asbestos exposure and cancer. The military is not to blame for asbestos exposure; it is the manufacturing companies that supplied these toxic products who are at fault. Many of these corporations have filed for bankruptcy due to asbestos-related lawsuits against them, and they established asbestos trust funds to compensate future veterans with mesothelioma.

    Veterans are entitled to mesothelioma compensation and can receive payment from these asbestos trust funds or file a claim with the VA.

    Sources:

    1. Kara Franke & Dennis Paustenbach (2011) Government and Navy knowledge regarding health hazards of asbestos: A state of the science evaluation (1900 to 1970), Inhalation Toxicology, 23:sup3, 1-20, DOI: 10.3109/08958378.2011.643417. Retrieved: https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.3109/08958378.2011.643417 Accessed: 12/09/19

    2. Risk Factors for Malignant Mesothelioma. American Cancer Society. Retrieved: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/malignant-mesothelioma/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html. Accessed: 12/09/19


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  • 23 Dec 2019 3:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Financial Advice When Returning to Civilian Life

    Guest Post by Cheryl Conklin (Wellness Central)

    In Cheryl’s ongoing efforts to help Veterans she is constantly looking for ways to reach out and make an impact, further enhancing their wellness.  As a dedicated writer and researcher, she always loves to expand her knowledge, and given the time, she eventually came across our website. She figured that our audience would benefit from her knowledge, so she reached out to us in an effort to offer her services, and as a guest post blogger you will find many useful tools below:

    From Cheryl: Finishing up your military service and returning to civilian life comes with a plethora of freedoms, but it also has many challenges. One major challenge facing newly discharged vets is getting finances together. While you’re serving, all your needs are met. Once you leave, however, you have to manage your own finances. Here are tips to help you make the most of your money.

    Take Advantage of College Funding

     If you don’t have a college degree, consider pursuing higher education. Not only does a degree help you land a well-paying job, but it also gives you an opportunity to expand your horizons and find out what kind of career you might be interested in outside of military life. This can be an invaluable step since many veterans feel a little at sea after returning from service.

    Your time in the military grants you access to many forms of educational funding that can help make college much more affordable than it might be otherwise. Research what kinds of funding options are available to you. When you know what sort of funding is on the table, you can make an informed decision regarding what to study and where.

    Make and Follow a Budget

    When you’re serving in the military, your needs are provided for you. Once you’re on your own, however, you have to figure out how to manage your money and afford the basics of daily life. The best way to do this is to make and follow a budget.

    To start, write out all of your regular monthly expenses, such as rent, bills, gas, and groceries. Then, compare these expenses to your monthly income. Set specific spending limits for each month, and try your best not to go over them. This might involve a little bit of trial and error before you find the right limits for each category.

    Ideally, you’ll have wiggle room left over to budget money toward savings, entertainment, and other kinds of spending. If the budget is tight, consider figuring out some ways to cut costs.

    Seek Out Military Discounts

    One of the best forms of cost-cutting at your disposal is military discounts. Many companies are pleased to thank you for your service with substantial price reductions on goods and services. For example, many grocery stores offer discounts for vets. Additionally, many stores offer discounts on holidays such as Veterans Day and the Fourth of July.

    You can also get discounts on regular monthly costs, such as car insurance. Lots of things can affect your rate, including your credit score, driving record – even your zip code. In addition to your military discount, you could be able to save by bundling services. If you already have insurance, contact your provider and shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal.

    Get Advice from Other Vets

    Finally, it’s important to remember that transitioning back to civilian life can be intrinsically difficult. It may be hard to get reliable advice and feedback from your non-military family and friends. Even the most well-meaning of them may misunderstand aspects of your situation.

    For this reason, it’s good to seek out the advice of other veterans. Find the avenue that’s right for you, whether this means turning to superiors for guidance or seeking out veterans’ support services. This way, you can get financial advice that’s tailored specifically for your situation.

    Transitioning out of the military isn’t always easy, but it’s one you can do with confidence. Make a plan and stick with it, and you’ll have control over your financial situation in no time.

    Photo Credit: Pixabay

    Cheryl Conklin’s brief bio: A freelance writer and tutor by trade, she is also a blogger, adventurer, and traveler. She created Wellness Central as a means to share her knowledge of wellness and other resources she finds while going on her journey towards total wellness.

    You can contact Cheryl at:

    Wellness Central

    cherylc@wellnesscentral.info

    www.wellnesscentral.info

    Wellness is central to a happy life.
  • 21 Mar 2019 8:54 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Marines are a different breed altogether, and when they first transition into the 'civilian world' they find themselves looking for that camaraderie they were accustomed to every day for however long they were in. Marines have always stuck together, but they tend to do so even more once their time in service has ended. In this post we will look at some of the reasons why Marines stick together in more detail.

    Marines are set apart from the rest, making this bond among 'brothers' and 'sisters' in arms that much more strong. Being the smallest branch of service with the least amount of federal funding, the Marines receive hand me down equipment and have to do the most with the least. Hardship tends to bring people together, and Marines typically have no shortage of hardship as they are indoctrinated in it from day one in Boot Camp. That's got to be the start in reasons why Marine Veterans stick together and take care of their own. Let's dig deeper...

    It has been said by an unknown source that, "... we are the unwanted, doing the unthinkable for the ungrateful. Doing so much for so long with so little, we are now qualified to do anything with nothing".

    When a Marine makes that last walk into the Admin section of his/her unit to receive the infamous DD-214, the realization that there is no turning back hits them in the face. Some are eager for the challenge, and others, not so much. Either way you either take the leap or you don’t. Whatever you decide will start the precedence for how your new ‘Civilian career’ is going to go. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons Marines stick together.


    1) ‘Anyone who stepped on the yellow footprints is a friend of mine’

    Marines don’t have soft spots, but if they did it would definitely be for other Marines. While they are in the Corps, ‘tough love’ is what continues to carry the day, but in the end it is all about Mission Accomplishment. Being soft with each other isn’t what Marines are about. However, when it comes to Marine Veterans being out in the ‘real world’, dealing with civilians and seeing things ‘on the other side’ that goes against everything you were taught in the Corps, Marines sticking together takes on another face.

    2) They have similar interests and personalities

    In the Corps you have Marines from all walks of life, and experiences, coming together to accomplish the Mission. Race, Color, Creed, etc. has no place in a unit that favors doing their jobs to stay mission ready. The military in general is a perfect example of everyone getting along and not falling into the societal norms of racism, etc. It hasn’t always been the case, and yes there are some bad seed examples. As soon as you check into your first unit you quickly realize that you now have a Marine family that will have your back when need be. When you get so accustomed to living side by side with others whom you may never have interacted with before, you start to be more compassionate to the fact that there is more to the truth than what you have been fed leading up to that point in your life, from your small part of the world. A great example is a white Marine who never interacted with an African American before joining the military. I have personally led a few.


    3) Having served in some of the same areas, they can relate

    Marines tend to be deployed on average 3-4 times during their military career. Some are stationed in combat zones and others are not. Regardless, you are able to see different cultures and experience a side of life that the majority of American citizens will never see. When you are deployed to combat zones it’s like being thrown into a virtual reality war movie, with the only exception being that this is life or death. The first time my platoon came under direct enemy fire in Iraq it was eye opening, even though you knew to expect it. But, the first time I had two Marines directly under my charge killed in action it changed my perspective on life. Those situations bring people together.

    4) They will always have your back

    Marines take care of their own. If a street brawl was happening around the corner and a Marine found out that some other Marines were in a bind, any Marine worth their salt would pick up the nearest weapon and head out the door. I’m not advocating violence, since at least one person has already thought it, but if you aren’t a Marine (or military veteran) you wouldn’t understand. On the same side of the coin, if a Marine was in a bind you could easily find another one quickly coming to his/her aid and doing whatever is necessary to fix the situation. Even if it may not be in the most legal sense.

    5) They will give you the shirt off their back if need be

    Piggy backing off of point four, because though they are one in the same, they’re not. If a Marine is in a tough spot and is homeless, just lost his job, can’t buy groceries, etc. a Marine is going to step up to the plate and at least figure out a solution. They may literally give you the shirt off their back or something else maybe not so figuratively.


    Now, you’re probably thinking; only five reasons why Marines stick together? Other websites I have seen have shown seven or ten. Great for them! Those same articles also were talking about why Veterans (in general) stick together. Yes, Veterans do stick together and these same five reasons would apply to other Veterans from the other branches of service, but the reason why there are only five is that these are the only ones that encompass the overall topic. Yes, reasons four and five are somewhat the same, making it four, but anyone with critical thinking and half a sense of knowledge of the Marine Corps would probably agree that this list covers the bases.  

    Wrapping this present of information up for you in a nutshell, Marines need to seek out the company of others that can relate and make life a little easier at times. Especially if you’re the one in the brawl. With that being said, I recommend that ALL Marine Veterans join their local Marine Corps League detachment. They are all over the country and all you need to do is conduct a little route recon (on the Googler) and ring their digits to get a little information. Look up the Marine Corps League website at www.mclnational.org. Semper Fidelis ‘Devil Dogs’!!
  • 20 Sep 2018 5:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What is a Blog anyways? A Blog is a website or web page on which an individual records opinions, links to other sites, etc. on a regular basis. A blog post is a "news article" that is published within the blog and blog posts are usually posted on a regular basis, blog dependent.

    Social Media Has Changed Everything

    Back in the day the online newsletter (hard copy, typically sent out in an email) was the way to go as organizations would ask their readers to subscribe to their content to receive continual updates. This allowed the organization to sneak in opportunities for sales pitches as they would be able to follow up again and again. 

    Simply because the organizations were able to stay in touch, this was a dynamic way to get the most visibility with the least amount of money and work. Now days, those that survive off of newsletters are potentially missing out on a large portion of their subscribers. Why is this the case? In the past, publishing anything was a one way street. With today's technology our readers are able to respond back to us by leaving comments, sharing with their friends and linking to our content through their own blogs and websites.

    Thanks to social media it is easier than ever to grow by word of mouth. If your readers like what you publish they will share it with their friends and their social networks, sending you hundreds if not thousands of new visitors for every article you post. Now you can know instantly what your readers think of your content by the feedback that they provide.

    When a reader forwards an email newsletter onto a friend that typically exposes you to one person; however, when someone shares your content on social media it is spread throughout a larger audience enhancing your chances of a larger audience base. 

    Technological Advancements

    Here in the Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452, that's exactly what we are striving to do. We want to reach more people for our cause and bring potential partners on board to continue our mission into the future. This Blog is our way of the future and we need you to help us achieve this sustainable goal. Awareness is the number one thing that supporters of any organization needs in order to make a well thought out decision on whether or not to provide support.

    Nonprofits the world over struggle to stand out in the crowd and to get their voices heard amongst the chatter. A Blog post written by Mike McGrail at SproutSocial titled “5 Reasons Blogging is Absolutely Vital for Charities and Nonprofits” stated that To be truly effective in social media, organizations need to be creating regular and relevant content that will engage with their audiences on a deeper level than tweets or Facebook updates. A blog is a great route to achieving this.” The 5 points in this post are: 1) A Blog Allows You to Add a Human Touch, 2) A Blog Allows You to Show the Effect of Your Work, 3) A Blog Allows You to Act Quickly, 4) A Blog Can Drive Donations and 5) A Blog Adds Value to Your Social Media Activities.

    How the Detachment Will Move Forward Into the Future

    It is no secret that social media is here to stay. A lot of the younger generations live off of social media while a lot of the older generations, not so much. A happy medium is the sweet spot that will deliver our news and information to those that wish to receive it. Blog posts (News articles) will be written and published to keep our audience in the loop and allowing them to be as involved with our mission as they want to be. Internal communications, between members of the Detachment, is the standard phone call, text, and email. This works well for where we stand now as a small nonprofit. External communications, to our audience primarily outside of the membership, will be via subscription to our mailing list through MailChimp. We will send email communications out that should continue to spark the interest of those wanting to know more about the Detachment. 


  • 16 May 2018 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

       

    The Ellis County Detachment's Honor Guard participated in the Police Officers Memorial Service in Ferris, Texas on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 with our Firing Party. 

    In the United States Peace Officers Memorial Day is held annually on May 15th in honor of federal, state and local officers killed or disabled in the line of duty. It is observed in conjunction with Police Week.

    The ceremony in Ferris was small and well put together. Many of the local residents came out to show their support for those that 'Serve and Protect' them. The city of Ferris has been conducting these ceremonies in honor of their fallen since 2004. The Chief of Police, and member of the Detachment, Eddie Salazar, did a wonderful job putting the program together which directly effected the outpouring of positive feedback and 'Thanks' by many of the attendees.

    We are nearing Memorial Day, when the Detachment's Honor Guard (Firing Party) will participate in Ennis' Memorial Day program at the Veterans Memorial on Memorial day, Monday, May 28, 2018 at 11:00 AM. 

    The Police Officers Memorial in Ferris was a good time for the Firing Party to hone their skills as they prepare for the Memorial Day ceremony in Ennis, but also as they prepare to initiate the Detachment's Fallen Marine Program which contains Military Funeral Honors as well as other functions that show respect for our fellow brothers and sisters in arms who have passed away.

    This was the first event that the Honor Guard has participated in and was a great start for a program that the Marine Corps League prides itself on accomplishing for our fellow Servicemen and women and Veterans of the local detachment's communities.  

    The Ellis County Detachment will perform Military Funeral Honors for any service member or Veteran free of charge for the Funeral Home and the Family. The family MUST request the service for the firing party to be able to fire the 3-round volley at the graveside funeral service. The family must also provide a copy of the Veterans DD-214 or Certificate of Discharge reflecting an Honorable discharge. A General discharge under Honorable conditions is acceptable. The Honor Guard will also provide a 3-round Volley (as provided to Veterans) to first responders when available. If there are any questions please contact the Honor Guard Commander, Robert Bell, at 360-808-0604.

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The Ellis County Det. 1452 is a 501(c)(4) tax-exempt nonprofit corporation (Federal Tax Id: 81-5103004) founded in Ennis, Texas, and is a subordinate organization of the Marine Corps League Inc. with a special group tax exemption (Group Exemption Number: 0955).

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CONTACT US

Official Mailing Address:

3804 Lake Bardwell Drive  Ennis, Texas 75119

Phone: 360.808.0604

Veterans Organization in Ellis County, TX


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