Ellis County Detachment, 1452 

Department of Texas, Southern Division

Marine Corps League Inc.

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  • 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 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.

  • 11 May 2018 4:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Last year, as we went through the process of formally creating this detachment we went through the additional growing pains, along with the rest of the Marine Corps League, of transitioning from a dues construct of a member renewing their membership a year from the time they joined, to every member having to renew at the same time.

    This was a difficult transition for most detachments, let a lone those of us who were forming as a detachment at the same time. 

    This detachment has made huge strides in all areas, across the board. That has only been made possible by the hard work and dedication of members making that happen. Every member within this detachment should be proud of our accomplishments.

    DUES RENEWAL: On September 1, 2018 all MCL memberships will officially expire. That means that dues need to be received at the Detachment level in time to be processed up through the State (Department) level and sent on to National HQ in Stafford, Virginia. From the posting of this message, dues will be accepted by providing a check or cash to the Adjutant (Neal Ballance), the Paymaster (Robert Gillentine) or the Commandant (Robert Bell). Another option to pay online without having to hand payment off to anyone is to pay on the Detachment's Mobile Application (App). Click on the menu and click on the dues button. 

    If you have any questions or concerns let one of us know ASAP so that we can have time to find a solution. The sooner we can receive everyone's dues for the upcoming year the better. At this point we still have time to work with, but the time will be fast approaching. Thanks is advance and...

    Semper Fidelis!

  • 9 May 2018 8:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Thanks to Wild Apricot's online membership management software, the Marine Corps League Detachment 1452 in Ellis County, Texas (stationed in Ennis, Texas) is now able to have a public presence!! This allows our members and citizens of the local community to see what we are about and to have a steady link to our members, operations and events. 

    As the Detachment Commandant, I feel that this addition to our detachment will dramatically enhance our effectiveness in 'taking care of our own' by accomplishing our mission and vision for the future. A few features that will streamline our nonprofit processes, saving us time and effort in the long run, are: a dedicated website focused on membership management, membership directory/account maintenance, member dues management, event management, financial management regarding dues and donations and email distribution, to name a few.

    Our focus is broad and our vision is directed toward enhancing the lives of our local Veterans and helping to improve our communities whenever we can.

     I strongly encourage use of this website and that you would take the time to look around, play around, and see what this website can offer. For a member more functionality is available than a public visitor. A great example of this would be the membership directory. It is built to not show members' names to non-members, but will show the entire roster to members of the detachment.

    Lastly, I encourage you to click the RSS feed button at the top of this page to subscribe to new posts to this Blog as well as any comments and reply's to comments that are posted here. You can also click the RSS feed button on specific Blog posts to get updates when something changes with it.

    I hope you enjoy the website and if you have any suggestions please email us at the Detachment email address: elliscountymarines@gmail.com. 

The Ellis County Detachment 1452, Marine Corps League Inc. is a 501(c)(4) nonprofit corporation that is tax exempt in the State of Texas and with the United States Internal Revenue Service (Group exemption code: 0955).

3804 Lake Bardwell Drive Ennis, Texas 75119


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