2018 Detroit Metropolitan Chapter News & Announcements

DMC President Williams Presents Good Citizenship Award

DMC President Joe Williams presented Glen McIntosh, Vice President of Student Affairs at Oakland University, with a Good Citizenship Award on December 20. Mr. McIntosh mobilized the student body and faculty volunteers in 2016 and 2017 (and today) to assist the City of Pontiac, Michigan, during the school system bankruptcy and city financial crisis. These actions allowed the City of Pontiac to keep the city offices running smoothly and help the school system administration to continue to serve the youths of Pontiac.

DMC Represented at Wreaths Across America Event at Great Lakes National Cemetery

On December 15, Wreaths Across America was held at over 1400 national cemeteries throughout the land, and the DMC was present to assist with laying wreaths on the graves of our military men and women who have proudly served.

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Photos courtesy Chris White.

DMC Awards Eagle Scout Certificate

DMC President Joe Williams was on hand December 4 to present new Eagle Scout, Chase Gelso, with the SAR Eagle Scout Certificate.

Longtime DMC Member Busy With Flying the Flag Awards


Longtime SAR and DMC member, Gene Tomlinson, had himself a busy summer this past traveling around and engaging those who proudly and regularly dsiplay Old Glory. Click on any photo above to enter the gallery and learn more.

DMC Awards JROTC Medal

DMC ROTC Program Chairman Dick White stopped in at Osborn High School in Detroit on April 27 to present Travon Brown with the Bronze JROTC Medal. The Bronze JROTC Medal was authorized in 1965, and is presented only to students in secondary school.

DMC Inducts 15 New Members at Annual Meeting

The DMC held its Annual Chapter Meeting at the Wyndham Hotel and Conference Center in Sterling Heights on March 31 and inducted 15 new members (one posthumously). The meeting not only featured the swearings-in but also included a luncheon and three guest speakers. The chapter elected its officers for 2018-19 and welcomed two new members into its lineup: Treasurer Daniel Northey, and Genealogist Mark Berger.

Outgoing 2nd Vice President Gene Tomlinson was specially recognized by the chapter's officers for his years of faithful service and dedication to Wreaths Across America.

All in all, there were nearly 50 people in attendance, including the new members and their guests.

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DMC Honored by National Wreaths Across America

DMC 2nd Vice President Gene Tomlinson was proud to announce at March's chapter business meeting that the chapter has been recognized for its part in last year's record-breaking Wreaths Across America event (an impressive 31% over 2016). Gene noted that the presentation of the wreaths at the gravesites of our veterans occurred at 1,422 different locations, and involved more than a million volunteers placing nearly a quarter-million wreaths. All in all, $1.6 million dollars was raised.

Gene and the rest of the chapter would like to thank all the MISSAR compatriots who joined in the effort, as well as all of the individuals and organizations who stepped up. The DMC will be donating its share of the WAA rebate to the local Macomb County Chapter of the Viet Nam Veterans Association.

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DMC Swears In New Member On His Way to Military Service


Nathan White, the newest member of the Detroit Metro Chapter, was sworn in by DMC President Joe Williams on February 10, 2018 at his going away party in Canton. Nathan is the nephew of DMC Secretary Chris White. Also in attendance, new DMC members James White and Cole Dennis, lots of family and friends, and DMC 2nd VP Gene Tomlinson and his wife, Sandy. Nathan reported to the United States Navy Recruiting Command at Great Lakes, Illinois on February 22 for his Navy Basic Training.

Above left: DMC President Joe Williams presents Nathan with his membership certificate. Above right: James White with Nathan.