Parris Island Historical and Museum Society Newsletters
From the President...
Since our last newsletter, there have been a number of significant milestones achieved by the Society, one of which is the completion of a new Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual which was long overdue.
In this regard, I would like to thank our Treasurer, Dave Reynolds, who heads up our Personnel Committee, and along with his committee members did an outstanding job drafting, redrafting and writing the manual which was approved unanimously by the Board of Directors.
In speaking of the Board of Directors, one of our long-time board members and Secretary of the Society, Tom Scanlon, had to step down due to work and family responsibilities. We will miss Tom, but he assures me that he would like to remain active in promoting and working with the Iron Mike Bike Tour.
In Tom’s place, George Hijar, our newsletter editor, was appointed Secretary, and a new board member, Derek Gilbert, was appointed to the board to fill Tom’s position. Derek is a local attorney based in Beaufort with outstanding credentials, and is a welcome addition to the Board of Directors. Three board members, including Derek Gilbert along with Steve Illes and Paul Hershey, will have to run for re-election for a three-year term this October.
Another milestone was achieved in awarding a scholarship to a worthy recipient, as featured on the front page story. While the Society has awarded scholarships in the past, this is the first award in some time. I would like to thank Laurie Roberts for her hard work in putting it all together. Laurie, while not a board member, heads up our Scholarship Advisory Panel.
The year 2015 will mark the 100 year anniversary of this command, known far and wide as the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. To commemorate the event, the Society’s Command Liaison Committee, under the able direction of Jay Stevens our Vice President and his committee, is working towards making a film documentary which will highlight the 100 year history of this famous Marine Corps installation.
On another front, the Parris Island Museum is getting ready to open a new Afghanistan Exhibit which located on the second deck. The Museum’s Director, Dr. Stephen Wise, and his very able staff, deserve much credit for what will be a worthy complement to the Museum’s Marine Corps History period exhibits.
In closing, I would like to thank you for your continued support of the Society. If you know of anyone, including family and friends, who are interested in what the Parris Island Museum has to offer; what Parris Island means to legions of Marines; and whether they were in the Marines or not, urge them to join our Society and become part of the family.
Dennis P. Brennan