Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League

aka Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452   |   ENNIS, TX   |  https://mclelliscounty1452.org

Mission

To lend support and partner with Veterans, Veteran organizations, community members and organizations through volunteerism, financial support, and grants to empower Veterans to conquer the challenges they face in an ever-changing world and increase community awareness.

Notes from the nonprofit

This nonprofit Officers and Board of Trustees members are made up of Marine Corps Veterans with no experience in the nonprofit community. We are however continuing to learn and grow in our roles and responsibilities to ensure that the Detachment is following proper protocols and doing things the right way, for the right reasons. We don't have all of our I's dotted and T's crossed, but we are working diligently to do so.

Ruling year info

1946

Commandant (President/CEO)

Robert Bell

Senior Vice-Commandant

Jack Luge

Main address

3804 LAKE BARDWELL DRIVE

ENNIS, TX 75119 USA

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EIN

81-5103004

NTEE code info

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

Professional Societies, Associations (Y03)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Detachment aims to address Veterans issues within Ellis County. Primarily we strive to bring Marine Corps Veterans, along with Navy Fleet Marine Forces Chaplains and Corpsmen and other military service branch's Veterans together to provide a community where everyone can relate to each other's service and sacrifices and create an outlet where these Veterans can come together and serve one another with the programs and services that the Detachment brings to the community. We strive to be there in times of need when Veterans, and their families, need us the most.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Project F.A.I.T.H. program

This program was approved by the membership in August 2018. F.A.I.T.H. is an acronym standing for Funding Assistance In Trying Hours. This is a fund based and committee-driven program, ran by a committee of member volunteers under the Detachments authority. This program is intended to help Veterans and their immediate family members during times of need, such as; helping a Veteran behind on rent, purchasing a new dishwasher, travel expenses to attend a family members funeral, etc.

Population(s) Served

Our Detachment's Ceremonial Guard consists of our Color Guard detail that carries and presents the National Ensign (American Flag) and our Organizational Colors (Marine Corps flag) to our community in various ceremonies and parades.

The second part of the Ceremonial Guard is the Honor Guard. This detail consists of the Fallen Marine Program where our members visit Veterans and their families at their visitation, Memorial service, and/or graveside burial service. This detail also consists of our Military Funeral Honors detail which typically includes our Firing Party that shoots the 3-round volley at a deceased Veterans Memorial or Graveside burial service.

Population(s) Served

The Marine Corps League considers it an Honor and Privilege to recognize America's future leaders for earning the Scouts of America Eagle Scout Award by presenting them the Marine Corps League's "Good Citizenship Award" Certificate and to have the Eagle Scout become aware that the skills that he mastered to become an Eagle Scout are also held in very high regards by the Marine Corps League and Corporations throughout the United States.

At the request of a Troop the Detachment will request a Certificate from the Marine Corps League headquarters and if received in enough time will present it to the new Eagle Scout at their Honor ceremony.

Population(s) Served

In 1778, during the War of Independence, the Marine Corps Rose was dedicated to those Marines who made the Ultimate Sacrifice for their country. This tradition was continued by the French during World War One when the Marines attacked the Germans in the trenches at Belleau Wood, Roses were planted by the grateful French people at the graves of the Fallen Marines. When and where ever you see Leaguers or Young Marines distributing these remembrances take and wear one proudly.

The Detachment will periodically conduct Marine Rose drives to collect money to help provide aid and assistance to Veterans in the form of scholarships, grants, etc...

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Marine Corps League Inc. 2017

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started out small in this area based on the lack of knowledge of the public relations field; however, it is our goal to continue to keep our detachment in the media as much as possible.

Total number of new organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We started strong in this area and continue to grow by the month. Our aim is to at least touch base with all of the Marine, Navy FMF Corpsmen and Chaplains in the County to one day get them on board.

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric has been slow evolving based on the number of donors received within a short time frame of our 2017 closing year. Our dollar input has increasingly grown. We hope to bring in more donors.

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This metric is important to analyze for many reasons, but as a newly established NP we need to be able to track program impacts and ensure our members are able to serve the unit and others.

Number of programs documented

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Beginning in 2017 we began our Ceremonial Guard program (Color/Honor Guards) and our Boy Scout/Eagle Scout program. The Eagle Scout program though activated hasn't been utilized as of yet.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Detachment's goals are broad in spectrum but narrow in delivery. We utilize our Board of Trustees and committees, along with our members in general, to conduct the work that is necessary to accomplish our mission. The specific goals of the Detachment are:
1) Preserve the traditions and promote the interests of the Marine Corps within our community.
2) Honor the service and sacrifices of Veterans during their time of passing by enhancing their Military Funeral Honors with the 3-round volley at their memorial or graveside service, in order to show the family that we are there for them as well.
3) Be there in times of need with the Project F.A.I.T.H. program with assistance to aid Veterans when needed.
4) Continue to display our National Colors, as well as our Organizational Colors, throughout our community any chance we can in order to boost the American pride and spirit of the communities members.

The strategies for accomplishing these goals are:
1) Bring as many Veterans together within our community as possible, understanding that everyone has special skills that they can bring to the table.
2) Be present within the community as much as possible and involve the community members in any and all of our events, such as the Marine Corps Birthday Ball, to show them what the Marine Corps is all about.
3) Celebrate the Marine Corps' Birthday yearly by hosting a Marine Corps Birthday Ball and allow the community members to participate. We started this our first year, in 2017, and it has grown from one year to the next with great feedback from the attendees.
4) Make a concerted effort to push the Project F.A.I.T.H. program delivery via social media and in person asks for donations to allow the program to be as successful as possible.

Human willpower is what this detachment has survived off of as a small nonprofit corporation with very minimal assets and experience within the nonprofit community. Our Officers and members that are involved in the day to day actions and decisions moving these initiatives forward continue to learn the ropes to bring these initiatives to fruition and success.

The Detachment has accomplished a lot in a very short period of time. We were able to acquire nearly thirty-five members in a six-month timeframe and establish ourselves as a nonprofit corporation quicker then most detachments are able to, which is a great achievement. We held our first Marine Corps Birthday Ball in 2017 in celebration of the Marine Corps' 242nd birthday, and we had 130 attendees present. The 2018 Marine Corps Ball nearly maxed out our max attendance capacity of 192 with 182 attendees and we used our last year's lessons learned to help enhance this event. We established our Color Guard and Honor Guard in 2017, up front, and this has helped us be visible within the community. The Project F.A.I.T.H. program has now officially launched, along with a Golf tournament that we look to hold in 2019/2020 which will go to support the Detachments efforts in general but also to support the Project F.A.I.T.H. program's success.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League

Board of directors
as of 3/15/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Robert Bell

Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League Inc.

Term: 2017 -


Board co-chair

Jack Luge

Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League Inc.

Term: 2017 -

Jack Luge

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Joshua Lascano

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Patrick Fullerton

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Neal Ballance

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Corey Bonnell

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Glen Parker

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Robert Bell

Ellis County Detachment 1452

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No