Message from the Chairman of the Board and President
March 1, 2021
This past year has brought many changes to our daily lives, impacting us both as individuals and as members of organizations, such as the Marine Corps Coordinating Council of Kentucky (MCCCK), as we have endeavored to maintain some degree of normalcy in the face of lock downs, quarantines, assembly restrictions, masking, and social distancing precipitated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our regular activities, such as Marine Corps Birthday celebrations, conferences, and social interactions were canceled, as all of us fought to stop the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, we were able to have an impact not only on local Marine Corps related issues, but also on national matters needing charitable support. Through your generosity we were able to provide college scholarship funding to both the Montford Point Marine Association for college bound minority students and the Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation, latter of which administers our annual $3,000 scholarship to a worthy daughter or son of a Kentucky Marine. Judicially utilizing our funds, we were able to assist a medically retired Marine Corps officer, who is fighting ALS; a disabled Marine veteran, in need of emergency repairs to his only family vehicle used to transport children to school and his employment commute; and restoration of a Kentucky historical marker at the grave of Presley N. O’Bannon in Frankfort, Kentucky. With COVID-19 wreaking havoc on our economy, we were able to provide emergency funding to the Semper Fi Fund to assist wounded and disabled Marines with meeting basic living expenses, such as groceries, home delivered meals, lost wages and living expenses. Despite the economic downturn, we continued in our commitment to the Semper Fi Fund, generating donations totaling $94,399, all but $12,150 of which was matched dollar-for-dollar by the Bob and Renee Parsons Foundation, resulting in a net contribution of $176,748. Since 2008, your MCCCK has generated, either directly or indirectly, funds totaling $1,625,880 in support of the Semper Fi Fund and its truly exemplary compassionate mission.
During the past year, your MCCCK was entrusted with $80,169.69 of your resources, of which $65,687.85 was allocated directly to program related grants and expenditures, with only $2,569.53 being allocated to operating expenses, the bulk of which was for website service ($1,228.75) and directors’ and officers’ professional liability insurance coverage ($938.12). Charitable organizations with operating expenses of 6% are considered to be highly efficient. During the past year the MCCCK contained operating expenses to 3.76% 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 2020, are available for review upon request; however, the 2020 “Summary of Beneficial Grants” has been posted on the MCCCK website for your immediate review. Given an overall decrease in requests for financial support and external grants attributed to COVID-19 restrictions, coupled with extraordinary generosity in response to our 2020 annual appeal for Sustaining Membership donations totaling $19,050.00, our financial position is thankfully very healthy, with a current balance of $25,605.67. Accordingly, the need for strong financial support this year is greatly diminished; however, your spiritual commitment to our mission remains vital for our continued success. Should you choose to make a fully tax-deductible donation in any amount, please do so at your convenience by check payable to “MCCCK” and mail to MCCCK, PO Box 355, Prospect, Kentucky 40059. Your donation will be appropriately acknowledged. Thank you for your continuing support of your fellow Marines.
James E. “Ted” Bassett III
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.
MCCCK Commitment Form
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