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On March 30, 2019, Hunterdon County Bulldogs Judge Advocate Jeffery Cox, Sergeant at Arms Scott Seymour and Adjutant Mary Soldano attended the Department of New Jersey Leadership School at Sea Girt National Guard Training Center. The Bulldogs Commandant Chris Soldano also participated in facilities support and the uniform presentations.

Participants learned about procedures, officer roles, programs, uniforms, public relations and more. Each participant received a binder containing resources on all topics and were able to ask questions and get advice from Department staff.

Presenters and curriculum schedule was as follows:

0700-0800 Check In/Breakfast
0800-0820 Welcome – Michael Waluk, Dept. Judge Advocate
0820-0850 History and Purpose of the Marine Corps League – Michael Waluk, Judge Advocate
0850-0930 Duties and Responsibilities of the…
– Detachment Commandant
– Detachment Sr. & Jr. Vice Commandants
– Department Aide De Camps
– Department District Vice Commandants

Presented by Joseph DeAngelo Jr., Dept. Sr. Vice Commandant

0930-0940 Break
0940-1010 Public Relations/Dealing with the Public – Brian Gillespie, National Public Relations

– Guest Speaker – Craig P. Reeling, Department of Maryland

1010-1050 Duties and Responsibilities of the…
– Detachment SGT. at Arms
– Detachment Chaplain
– Detachment Historian

Presented by John Cleary, Dept. Jr. Vice Commandant

1050-1110 Break
1110-1150 Duties and Responsibilities of the…
– Detachment Adjutant
– Detachment Paymaster
– Forms

Presented by Tony Modzelewski, PDC, PDVC, Dept. Paymaster

1150-1200 Questions – Michael Waluk
1200-1240 Lunch
1240-1310 Uniforms and Awards – Joseph DeAngelo, Dept. Sr. Vice Commandant
1310-1340 Duties and Responsibilities of Judge Advocate – Douglas Rattazzi, Department of NJ MCL Commandant
1340-1350 Break
1350-1430 Programs & Good of the League
– Warrior Fund
– Marine of the Year
– Americanism Award
– Eagle Scouts
– The Chapel of the Four Chaplains Program
– Newsletter Competition
– Marine Corps Rose Program
– Semper Fi Magazine
– Scholarship Program
– Marine Corps League Foundation
– Tree of Lights

Presented by John Cleary, Dept. Jr. Vice Commandant

– Marine4Life
– Vets4Warriors

Presented by Barbara DeAngelo, Dept. Adjutant, Northeast Region MCL/M4L Liasion Peer Support Specialist Vets4Warriors

1430-1500 Summation and Presentation of Diplomas – Department Staff
– Guest Speaker – Craig P. Reeling, Department of Maryland
– Critique Sheet
– Closing Remarks
– Presentation of Certificates

The school was well received by all and lots of good information was delivered to the participants. Most attendees can be reimbursed for the cost of leadership school if you present your certificate to your detachment. Check with your detachment for more details.

If you missed this year’s leadership school and don’t want to wait until next year, the Department of Maryland has opened up their upcoming Leadership School to NJ MCL members. The class is $35 per person and will be held on April 22, from 0800-1600 at the VFW Post 160 in Glen Burnie, MD. For contact info, visit http://www.deptofmdmcl.org/.



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