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Marine Of The Year 2021

Updated: Apr 2, 2022

Congratulations to

William "Bill" Ward

Commandant Detachment 1267


Marine Of the Year


Commandant Ward’s nomination was approved by a majority vote of members during the regular, monthly Detachment meeting on March 21, 2022. Cmdt Ward served with distinction as Detachment 1267’s SVC for two years and stepped seamlessly into the role of Commandant as voted upon by the membership this past April. As a leader, Cmdt Ward has been at the forefront of many other activities. ► He directed the Toys for Tots campaign with great success. ► He was instrumental in procuring ownership of 1267’s box truck at a bargain price, thereby saving thousands of dollars in truck rental fees for both now and the future. ► He coordinated with Mark Rhodes for the truck’s special wrap, giving the Detachment significant exposure and recognition as a moving billboard.

► He has consistently been present for R.E.D. shirt events and has contributed much to the success of the program, assisting Bill Beck on numerous occasions. ► He was one-half of the driving force, along with Lee Radford,behind the combined Marine Corps Ball, birthday celebration, and Slop Chute event at the Wildwood Community Center last November. ► He participated in the Moonlight Golf event to support the Leadership Scholarship Program. ► He attended the June DOF Annual Convention and completed the Professional Development Program course. ► He has presided at a number of funerals since his election as Commandant. ► He has cultivated very charitable relationships with Hiers-Baxley Funeral Services and Golf Central, both of which are significant contributors to the annual Toys for Tots Golf Classic. For the 19th annual event, Bill orchestrated both the catering services and Colony Cottage Recreation Center for the post-tournament Awards Ceremony/Luncheon. ► He is an active member of the MGySgt Ralph Hoffman Pound #335 Military Order of Devil Dogs. ► He participated in the DOF Fall Conference at Wesley Chapel in October. Cmdt Ward has shown dedication in his Detachment duties and has exhibited a high degree of professionalism personally, to the Marine Corps League, and to the community in general. For all of the reasons above, Commandant Bill Ward was selected as the Department of Florida 2021 Marine of the Year .

John J. Daniells,

was presented with the Associate Marine of the Year award.

A Life member of the Detachment, John has served with distinction since 2013. Anytime a volunteer is needed for one of the Detachment’s charity events, John is always one of the first to sign up. He is present as follows: ► Participates regularly in the Rose program. ► Always on hand for Operation Helping Hand. ► Assists with food prep & service each Det. meeting. ► Member of the Detachment’s annual Chili Cookoff team. ► Involved with lunch preparation & visits to Lake Hills School. ► Has attended DOF Spring Conference in Safety Harbor, FL ► Participates in the R.E.D. shirt fundraising program.

► Pulls his share & more with the Annual Toys for Tots campaign. ► Volunteers each year to assist in the Toys for Tots Golf Classic. ► Stood duty during the Barnes & Noble book program for T4T’s. John Daniells has been a steady force in the growth and operation of the Col. Phillip C. DeLong Detachment #1267 for several years. He approaches each task with professionalism, and a desire to do the best job possible. His actions have benefitted the Detachment, the Marine Corps League, and the community in a very positive way.

For the above list of accomplishments and service, John Daniells was selected for the Associate of the Year Award for 2021.

Congratulations to both men.

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