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Message from the Chairman of the Board and President

February 2019

As we begin our 12th year as a restructured state-wide organization dedicated to serving Marines throughout Kentucky, your generous support is more important than ever. With your dedication to our mission, as manifested by your remarkable financial support, we accomplished some very significant goals during the past year. Besides providing routine support to our Marine Corps active duty and reserve components, we touched the life of a Marine veteran, serving as a deputy sheriff in Scott County (Kentucky), who was shot and seriously wounded while assisting federal law enforcement agents in the apprehension of a dangerous fugitive, resulting in his paralysis and permanent confinement to a wheel chair. Through your generosity, we continued in our commitment to the Semper Fi Fund, generating donations totaling $99,550, all but $400 of which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, resulting in a net contribution of $198,700. Since 2008, your MCCCK has generated, either directly or indirectly, funds totaling $1,295,732 in support of the Semper Fi Fund and its mission of providing immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured Marines and those who serve with them. During this past May, the MCCCK and several of its sustaining members provided significant logistical and financial support to the placement and dedication of a magnificent bronze statue of Sgt Reckless, America’s war horse, who served heroically with Marines during the Korean War, at the International Museum of the Horse, located on the grounds of the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.

During the past year, your MCCCK was entrusted with $81,297.30 of your resources, of which $61,462.78 was allocated directly to program related grants and expenditures, with only $2,234.78 being allocated to operating expenses, the bulk of which was for website service ($1,200) and directors’ and officers’ professional liability insurance premium ($900). Charitable organizations with operating expenses of 6% are considered to be highly efficient. During the past year the MCCCK contained operating expenses to 3.4% of total allocations and expenses. In furtherance of our commitment to full accountability and transparency, complete financial records, to include the comprehensive “Summary of Financial Activity” for 2018, are available for review upon request; however, the 2018 “Summary of Beneficial Grants” has been posted on the MCCCK website for your immediate review.  

Having served either in or with the Marine Corps, regardless of our ranks, responsibilities, and assigned duties, we all have an obligation to help each other when legitimate need beckons us. Through the MCCCK, we have a vehicle in which we, as a group of concerned and caring individuals, can assess situations requiring our collective attention and support, and take whatever action is necessary, in a concerted and focused manner, to assist those in need. With your help, we can continue to enhance our role as catalyst, facilitator, and benevolent voice for our Marine Corps family in Kentucky. In order to accomplish these goals, while encouraging widespread participation, the MCCCK was incorporated as a tax exempt, non-profit charitable IRS 501 (c)(3) organization. We ardently hope that you will again join us in renewing your commitment as a Sustaining Member for 2019, through a suggested minimum tax-deductible annual contribution of $100 (more if you like) if possible. Thank you for your continuing support of your fellow Marines.

Semper Fidelis,   

James E. "Ted" Bassett III
General Chairman

Houston Mills, Jr.


Invitation to Join

                      "Applications not  accepted...only commitments"

Acknowledgement of Commitment

Membership in the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky, Inc. (MCCCK) is comprised of individual Marines, former Marines, and friends of the Marine Corps, who have voiced and/or demonstrated a desire to support its stated mission.

Periodically the Executive Committee of the MCCCK will consider all those who have been nominated for membership in the MCCCK (either by personal request or through nomination by current member).  Following a review by the Executive Committee, a nominee may be extended a membership invitation.

Prior to accepting an offer of membership, each prospective member should read the stated purpose and mission of the MCCCK and be willing to accept personal responsibility to support those activities, as permitted by his or her personal schedule, finances, and health. Any offer of membership must be affirmatively accepted by the nominee.

While no dues or fees are required to become a member of the MCCCK, each prospective member should understand that our stated objectives are funded only through the annual donations of our membership.  A suggested minimum annual donation of $100.00 will allow us to pursue our goals and establish a viable statewide presence so vital to our overall success.  

Once offered and accepted, membership is to be held until resignation, disqualification, death, or removal by the Board of Directors.  Anyone may resign at any time by giving written notice to any member of the Executive Committee and/or Board of Directors, to be effective on the date of receipt of such, or at any later time therein specified.  Members can be removed with or without cause by an affirmative majority vote of the duly elected Board of Directors. It is contemplated that all members will be reviewed by the Executive Committee prior to the renewal of annual financial commitments.

Related Documents
MCCCK Commitment Form
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Charter Members

Marines and friends of the Corps, who have made a commitment to support the restructured Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky during 2007, its initial year of operation.

Sustaining Members

Marines and friends of the Corps, who have made an annual commitment to support the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky subsequent to 2007, the year of its restructuring.

Ex Officio Members

Duly appointed and/or elected leaders of all Marine Corps active duty and reserve units, as well as recognized veterans' organizations on the highest level within Kentucky, by virtue of their leadership positions.  Ex Officio members are ineligible to hold office or sit on the Board of Directors and enjoy no voting privileges; however, they are included in all Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky events and are consulted whenever appropriate.

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In Memoriam

Let us remember those members of the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky, who labored for the general welfare of our Marine Corps community within Kentucky and have now gone to their eternal rest.

Directors/Officers Emeriti

Directors and/or Officers who have served their fellow Marines through leadership roles within the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), with exemplary dedication, professionalism and patriotism, and who have been afforded Emeriti status by the MCCCK Board of Directors.