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Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League Inc.

aka Ellis County Marine Corps League Detachment 1452

ENNIS, TX

Mission

Members of the Marine Corps League join together in camaraderie and fellowship for the purpose of preserving the traditions and promoting the interests of the United States Marine Corps, banding together those who are now serving in the United States Marine Corps and those who have been honorably discharged from that service that they may effectively promote the ideals of American freedom and democracy, voluntarily aiding and rendering assistance to all Marines, FMF Navy Corpsmen and FMF Navy Chaplains, uniformed and civilian, as well as their widows and orphans; and to perpetuate the history of the United States Marine Corps by fitting acts to observe the anniversaries of historical occasions of particular interest to Marines.

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

1946

Commandant (President/CEO)

Robert Bell

Senior Vice-Commandant

Jack Luge

Main Address

3804 LAKE BARDWELL DRIVE

ENNIS, TX 75119 USA

Keywords

veterans service organization

EIN

81-5103004

 Number

5312624143

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

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

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Military Funeral Honors

Boy Scout/Eagle Scout Recognition program

Project F.A.I.T.H.

Where we workNew!

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Number of stories successfully placed in the media

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Military personnel,

Veterans

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Families,

Military personnel,

Veterans

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Military personnel,

Veterans

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

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Related program

Military Funeral Honors

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.

Charting Impact

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

The Detachment's goals are broad in spectrum but narrow in delivery. We utilize our Board of Trustees as well as committees 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 graveside or memorial 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.

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 when possible, 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. 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.

Primary progress indicators for these goals will be feedback from the end users of the programs and the participants of the committee's making things happen for the detachment.

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 will max out at 192 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 is our next venture, along with a Golf tournament that we look to hold in 2019 which will go to support the Detachments efforts in general but also to support the Project F.A.I.T.H. program's success.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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