Within these pages, you’ll get to know the warriors, past and present, of the finest infantry battalion of the United States Marine Corps, and the courageous chaplains and corpsmen of the United States Navy who care, or have cared, for them.
We hope you’ll enjoy looking through the site, getting to know us and seeing what we’re all about. We’ve been going strong since 1988 and getting stronger every year. Our membership includes Marines from all corners of the United States having served from private to commandant, all of whom share the pride and privilege of having earned the title "United States Marine,” “Chaplain” and those few who earned another title, equally honored and deeply esteemed by Marines, the simple, three-letter title of "Doc."
Once you've navigated your way around the site, please feel free to make suggestions and let us know what you think. Those of you who have been either assigned or attached to the 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines of all eras, please consider taking membership and letting your friends know about us.
I trust that everyone had memorable Christmas and New Year celebrations. Hopefully, all got through it without health or weight gain issues.
In this issue of the Sea Horse, I wanted to address the payment of dues and donations on our web site. We are starting to gain younger members which is wonderful. They, however, approach things differently than we older folks do. The electronic age makes new demands of us all, especially on how we present our web site. Two major things come to mind: the payment of dues and making donations to the memorial brick project online.
Membership Application - Three Step Process
We have had an online membership application form for about two years, but we have not had the ability to accept dues payments online. Recently, with the major contributions by Sean Schickel, our Vice President, and James Swann, our Treasurer, a link was established for the payment of dues using a payment program called Square. It was chosen by your Board as the cheapest way to do things.
Having had to get more involved with Square in recent weeks, I have found it also has its’ drawbacks. Square is not as user friendly for online applications as I would prefer. It is mainly meant to be used by sliding a credit card through a reader attached to a phone, but it is possible to use online as well. It isn’t as "clean" as PayPal, but it is cheaper, so we will see how things work out.
Applicants will be required to submit their application online as before [first step], but with the caveat that a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the applicant saying the application has been received by the Membership Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer [second step]. On that confirmation e-mail will be a link whereby the applicant will then be required to make their dues payment [third step].
There are a number of payment options which will be shown to the applicant during the payment process; i.e., annual and life memberships as explained in the membership application instructions. So, the applicant will need to be aware that there are three parts to the application process. Again, this is explained in the web site membership application instructions.
Memorial Brick Project Donation - One Step Process
There is a banner at the top of the front page of the web site which directs the reader to information concerning making donations to our association’s memorial brick project. The online process of making a donation is similar to that of making a membership application, but only a one step process. At the bottom of the information there is a place to click " Donate to the Brick Project." Click that and then look for the information concerning donation amounts under "Memorial Brick Donation." Click on the desired donation amount and complete the information required for payment.
For system brevity, we are using the same Square payment link for both dues and brick donations. When payments are being made, please check carefully for the item describing the action you desire. Note that a processing fee of 2.75% has been factored in for online payments. It is very reasonable, but I want everyone to be aware that doing business online costs a bit more.
Of course, to make payments for dues and donations offline, the applicant may still write a check as instructed on the web site and mail to the address shown therein.
Lastly, we are in need of a Membership Chairman. John Hembrough, having done a superb job over the past two and one half years wants to move on. Perhaps there is a wife out there who would enjoy taking this position. Whomever gets the job will have help from both the Secretary and one or two others who have been helping to call prospective and present members. We have over 500 members. We meet once a year for our reunions. Our main sources of communicating are through our Sea Horse newsletter [thanks to Becky Valdez] and the web site. To ensure we get this information on a timely basis requires an accurate membership roster. Please consider stepping up to the plate and helping. The organization will be better served if more people participate. Thank you.
In closing, please keep Director Jim Rogers in your thoughts and prayers. He is going through a rough spot health wise right now.
Respectfully yours & Semper fi / Anchors Aweigh,