The rise and fall of the 'Danny Awards'
As the Adult Leaders and some parents and Young Marines are starting to figure out, Mr. Hulett tries to automatically qualify and issue you your awards as you become eligible.
This is great for YOU, stressfull for him. Sometimes after drill, Mr. Hulett will get approached with 'verbal' confirmation that you are able to receive a certain ribbon and with daily life going on, he will forget. When Mr. Hulett forgets your award, he now calls that a 'Danny Award".
Since none of the Young Marines in the Unit (yet) are named Danny, Mr. Hulett likens forgetting your award, to forgetting your name and calling you "Danny" instead.... hence the name, 'Danny award'.
Mr. Hulett does NOT like Danny Awards so.... click below if you think you qualify for a ribbon that you have not yet received, or for any ribbon going forward that you have documents for that Mr. Hulett hasn't caught on to yet. Help an old man out.... Thanks.
Signed, the old man
Brookside Neighborhood Association has asked the Speedway Young Marines back again this year to help them out with their fall clean-up. Last year we did an OUTSTANDING job, this year we will do so again. This will be for at LEAST 5 hours of Community Service and they do feed us lunch so come on out and help.
Date - October 11th
Time - 0730 till, whenever we're done
Uniform - Old clothes that you do not mind getting dirty
Come ready to work, you can bring your own gloves if you want but they will have all the supplies there for us.
Let's use our Young Marine powers once again to "make a difference". (Map of the meeting place is below)
INDY HONOR FLIGHT - 7
Indy Honor Flight 7 will be on October 18th at Plainfield High School. Please be there at 18:30 (6:30pm), in your INSPECTION uniforms. (That means ribbons and white tee-shirts, shined boots, fresh haircuts, the works).
We have been to ALL 6 previous Honor Flights and will continue to support and attend each and every one. It's a true honor to welcome these Heroes home. This does count for Community Service.
Our next shoot is: Saturday, October 25th from 1500 - 1700. This will be an important shoot to attend. We will have a certified rifle instructor and Danville Police Officer there to run everyone through a rifle safety class. You will NOT be required to pay the $5 range fee for this shoot. Any cost associated with this class will be covered by the Unit for all Young Marines. This class will NOT get you a hunter's safety certification but will qualify you for the Marksmanship ribbon through Young Marines.
As you could probably already tell, Community Service is a very important part of being a Young Marine. Some Young Marines think that once they get their 50 hours of community service in 12 months, and get that ribbon, they are finished. We at Speedway Young Marines consider serving our community, an honor and are proud to say that even though we are only the third largest Unit in Indiana, we had over 3200 hours of combined community service hours last year, smoking the other, larger Units in the State by at least 500 hours. We pride ourselves in helping others and intend on beating our own record in 2014. If you are a Speedway Young Marine or are having a Speedway Young Marine do some community service for you, please click on the below form, fill it out, get it signed and turn it in. We will log all valid hours in the database.
The Speedway Young Marines is a PREMIERE Youth organization for boys AND girls, ages 8 through the completion of high-school. Our primary focus is DISCIPLINE, LEADERSHIP and TEAMWORK. We believe that discipline begins in the home and is reinforced by positive influence and a healthy, DRUG-FREE lifestyle. Speedway Young Marines was awarded BOTH the Marine Corps League's Unit Commendation award AND the Young Marine Unit Commendation from National Headquarters in Washington DC for 2013. The *Young Marine Unit Commendation award speaks volumes for the Unit to which it is awarded and we will continue to strive to make the best possible environment for you and your kids. We ARE the best youth organization around, sign up and we'll prove it to you.
Our next 'Boot-Camp' starts in January 2015.
* "The Young Marine Unit Commendation is awarded to the Unit that Distinguish themselves by performing extreme meritorious service
rendering the unit outstanding compared to other units performing
similar service". - YM Awards manual
Back Row L-R: Mr. Joe Lusignan (Ntn'l DDR Resource Officer) David Hulett (Unit Commander), Keith Gurley (Executive Officer)
Middle Row L-R: YM/SgtMaj Corin McKee (Division 5 Young Marine of the year, 2013); YM/Cpl Hulett, A; YM/Pvt Smith; YM/PFC Grimme, C;YM/PFC Henk; YM/Cpl Jones; YM/SSgt Gurley, C; Mr Mike Kessler (Naional Executive Director of the Young Marines)
Front Row L-R: Mr. Mac Magana (SgtMaj/USMC Ret and 5th Division Commander); YM/LCpl Davis; YM/Cpl Hardman; YM/Pvt Bond, A; YM/Pvt Bond, C; YM/Pvt Pickard; YM/LCpl Bond, M; YM/GySgt Grimme, P; YM/SSgt Hulett, B
Above; Participants of the 1st Annual, Indiana Young Marines Battalion drill competition, only half of Speedway Young Marines and less than half of Columbus Young Marines participated but it was really a fun time for all. Each year is sure to get better and more attended. Congratulations to Columbus Young Marines for getting 1st place. Not by much so we at Speedway are coming for that trophy next year. Semper Fi Columbus, we really had a great time.