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 WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER OF THE ROCKS, INC.
1974-2016 (42 Years!) 

 

Thank you for visiting our Homepage! 

 
The Washington, DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. provides mentorship, scholarship, fellowship, and professional development to National Capital Region ROTC Cadets, active duty and reserve component commissioned officers, warrant officers and GS-12 civilians and above. Our activities support the missions of the National Board of The ROCKS, Inc., the U.S. Army and other United States Uniformed Services.  We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events as we celebrate 42 years!
                      'OUR CFC # IS 76674!'  THANKS!
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NEXT CHAPTER MEETING: (NO MEETING IN JULY)
 
WHEN:  18 AUG 2016 (THUR)
 

TIME: 1900 

 
WHERE: Chapel Fellowship Hall (in front of PX) Fort Myer, VA 
 
DRESS:  Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE) 
 
SPEAKER: TBD
 
Topics: TBD
 
Sponsor for the meeting:  TBD
 
Call 301-856-8319 to become a sponsor or donate online at this site. Thanks!
 
Shelia Howell-Flowers
President
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 Info on the Olmsted Foundation: www.olmstedfoundation.org
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OPD Diversity 
 Professional Development Army Diversity Briefing  by Mr. Larry Stubblefield 
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IMPORTANT:  Members and new members please use your personal email to receive organization emails! Thanks.  166 members with a goal of 200!

 
             THE AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE FUND 
Support the Colonel Charles Young Legacy Campaign!
The African American Experience Fund (AAEF) of the National Park Foundation needs your help to preserve the history, home and legacy of Charles Young, an American hero.
 
On March 25, 2013, President Barack Obama designated Colonel Young’s home as a national historic site: the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, Ohio.  Today, your help is needed to preserve and develop this great American story which is also the potential future site of the Colonel Charles Young Leadership Academy. 
 
Charles Young was the third African American to graduate from West Point Military Academy; a Military Science and Tactics instructor at Wilberforce University; a member of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity; the first African American Military Attache, the first foreign diplomat from any nation to serve in Haiti; the first African American National Park Superintendent (Sequoia and General Grant National Parks in California), the first African American Colonel in the United States Army, and the highest ranking African American officer in World War I.
 
Young's home in Wilberforce, Ohio was a hub for intellectual discourse and the arts, fueled by his close friendships with the renowned poet Paul Laurence Dunbar and pioneering sociologist, W.E.B. Dubois. Charles Young was an accomplished composer and musician who played the piano, violin, and cornet. He was an accomplished linguist who mastered German, Italian, Spanish, Latin and Greek.  He was a living testament to the regimental mottoes of the Ninth and Tenth Cavalry troops he commanded, the legendary Buffalo Soldiers, with their stalwart cry “We Can, We Will!” and “Ready and Forward!”
 
Your contribution will help establish the Youth Leadership Academy, where youth will study multi-disciplinary curricula that focuses on leadership through mentoring by Omega Psi Phi fraternity members, retired U.S. military officers, educators, preservationists, business leaders and historians. This program will inspire young leaders, cultivate future park stewards, rangers and staff through community service, to follow in the footsteps of an “officer and a gentleman” who never wavered in his pursuit of excellence. One who captured that hard won brilliance and held it aloft as a beacon for all to see; that genius is not always a gift, sometimes it’s a goal, cold and remote as a mountaintop.
 
Please donate online at: www.aaexperience.org.
 
R,
 
Mr. Muhammad Abdur-Rashid, Director, Major and Planned Giving
National Park Foundation
(202) 531-7252

DC CHAPTER ROCKS 25th 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk
 In Honor of 42 Years as a Chapter

 

Mark Your Calendars!!!  It is that time of year again - We are looking forward to your participation in the 25th Annual 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk sponsored by the Washington DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc.   This year the race will take place on 16 September 2015 at 8:30 a.m.  Come on out to beautiful Burke Lake Park and join old friends, new friends, neighbors, as well as Cadets from Howard University, Morgan State, Norfolk State, Bowie, James Madison, VMI, Va State and George Mason just to name a few.  Cheer for your favorite ROTC Battalion, as our military's future shows what it means to be 'Army Strong'!  This race is also a great prep for those of you planning to run the Army Ten-Miler.  Our USA Track and Field Certified Course flows through scenic Burke Lake Park - no cars, stoplights, or potholes. If you do not feel like running, no problem, we  welcome you to walk or all volunteers.

 

Fees (on or before 5 Sep 16)
DC ROCKS Members = $25     /     Non-Members = $30     /     Under Age 15 = $20
 
  
GMC 
Thank you to our Sponsor (Click Image for Details)

 

Please note that online registration closes on Friday, September 8, 2016; however, onsite registration will be available on race day from 6:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.  Registration closes after 8:00 a.m.  Please register early so that we can order the right sizes of T-Shirts. The start time is promptly at 8:30 a.m.

 
For more information contact the Race Committee Chairman, Eric Hoggard by phone at 757-572-1261 or e-mail at erichogg@aol.com.

42nd Annual West Hamilton Dinner, Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony and 
 Silent Auction
in Honor of 42 Years

42nd Annual West Hamilton Dinner

Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony &  Silent Auction

 November 5, 2016

          

           This event raised scholarship funds for highly qualified graduating JROTC high school seniors and ROTC College freshmen and other programs sponsored by the chapter.  Awards  presented at the event (2015) were:

 

DC Chapter Voluntarism Award

 
COL (R) Andre Barnes
COL (R) Tommy Osborne
COL (R) Ken Younger
LTC (R) Ernest Jones
LTC Kim McGhee
CPT Keshia Pride

 

DC Chapter Robert "Bobby" Burke Award

 

LTC Crede Lyons

 

DC Chapter Junior ROCK of the Year

 

CPT Glenn Brown
 

DC Chapter ROCK of the Year

 

LTC (R) Shawn Hawkins

 

Lifetime of Leadership Award

 
COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan

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Thank you all for your support of the 41st Annual West Hamilton Membership Dinner occurred on 24 OCT 15 that started at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Springfield (5 mins from Fort Belvoir), 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield Va 22150, (571)-339-2000. Chairperson and emcee was Kim McGhee. You may contact her at kim.mcghee1@gmail.com

 

It was an evening of fun and celebration! It is with your support that the event was successful. So, we thank you again on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc.

 

Free childcare on-site was provide for registrants for children (five and older).  

 

Agenda:

 

6:00 - 7:00 pm President Reception and Silent Auction in the Garfield Room

 6:30 - 7:30 pm Social Hour-"Networking and Mentoring"

 7:30 pm Welcome Chairperson/MC is Kim McGhee

7:35 pm Opening Remarks by the President Sheila Flowers

7:40 pm Invocation

7:45 pm Buffet "Soul Food" dinner including "Wrinkles"

8:30 pm Awards, Silent Auction Results and Payment

9:15 pm Benediction

9:30 pm Closing Remarks by the President

9:30 - 12:00pm Dancing/DJ

 

 

SOUL FOOD Buffet

Dinner Menu:

 

Wrinkles "Chitterlings"

Salad

Potato Salad

Corn Bread

Fried Fish

BBQ Pork

Southern Fried Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens

Assorted Desserts

Rolls, Tea and Coffee

 

Parking:

Free self parking at hotel.

 

Sponsors:

Please go to the registration website or contact Kim McGhee or Sheila Howell-Flowers to be a sponsor for this event!

 

Silent Auction:

****** A huge thanks to Andre Barnes at bbarnes@ida.org for doing an excellent job with organizing the Silent Auction.

 

******A special thank you to Kim McGhee and the volunteer committee for putting together a splendid event on October 25, 2014 and October 24, 2015!  


42nd ANNUAL SPRING GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY

 
The 42nd Annual Spring Gala and Awards Ceremony was hosted by The ROCKS, Inc. and Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. on April 23, 2016 at Sheraton Pentagon City Hotel, 900 S Orme Street, Arlington, Va. 
 
We had 400 + to attend this year!

OFFICER PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

 
The OPD held on 7 February 2013 led by BG Gwen Bingham, Commanding General, US Army White Sands Missile Range (ATEC) was excellent at Fort Belvoir. She provided valuable military and life long experience that all could take away. Click the button below to view the brief she gave. Please pay close attention to BG Bigham's Top 10 Plus 2 at slide 8 (DO THE RIGHT THING….EVEN WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING…"AUDIO MUST MATCH VIDEO!”). Thank you BG Bingham for always BEING willing to participate!
 
 
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Army Strong Stories: The Prichard Twins - Officers, Mentors, Leaders:
 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a33wD94P4sM
 

 

Click Here to View

Army Doctrine 2015


 
WASHINGTON DC CHAPTER STORE FRONT

CLICK ON THE IMAGE


 

 

THE ROCKS MEMBERSHIP HISTORICAL JOURNEY BOOK FINANCIAL PLEDGE

 

The National Board of the ROCKS Inc. approved the publication of a book entitled The ROCKS Inc.: A Historical Journey From 1974 – 2016. The revenue from the sales of this book will be the major fundraiser for The National Board and the 23 ROCKS chapters and 7 interest groups.

 

This extraordinary project will capture the legacy in pictures, biographies and short stories of ROCKS members, including those who have become 4-Star General Officers, ROCKS and Honorary ROCKS of the Year, and members of ROCKS Chapter and Interest Groups.  The book will also display ROCKS activities such as the Biennial Conference and Annual Spring Gala and many other contributions made by our members. 

 

We are currently in the fundraising phase of this project and we request that you favorably consider pledging $10 per month for 12 months or make a one-time payment of $120 to support the Journey project.  Upon receipt of your pledge a small ROCKS gift will be forwarded to you with a letter of thanks.

 

There are three ways for you to participate:

  • Make a one-time payment of $120 online at www.rocksinc.org (Click on “Donations”), or
  • Download the Pledge Form located on the home page of our website at www.rocksinc.org and mail it with your $120 check/money order/credit card information, or
  • To set up automatic monthly payments of $10, download the ROCKS Journey Pledge Form, select “I hereby authorize The ROCKS, Inc. to charge my credit card for $10 per month for 12 months beginning ____________ (mm/dd/yyyy) and ending on _______________(mm/dd/yyyy).”, fill in dates, billing information and return to our office either by fax, email, or regular mail.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office at 301-856-9319 or toll-free at Toll Free (888) 762-5747. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.



Click here for more information and to purchase your advance copy                  

Click Here to Become a Sponsor, Make a Donation or Purchase Your Copy

 
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2017:
The 11th Annual Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament is set for 10 JUN 17 (SAT) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am at The Forest Greens Golf Course,  4500 Poa Annua Lane, Triangle, VA  22191. Call 9108241911 for questions and sponsorship.
 
2016:
Thank you for your support of the 10th Annual Washington D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament on 11 JUN 16 (SAT) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am at The Forest Greens Golf Course,  4500 Poa Annua Lane, Triangle, VA  22191. Call 9108241911 for questions.
 
68 golfers with 21of them were Wounded Warriors.
 
Golf Marshal: COL (R) Conrado B. Morgan - 10th year in a row as Annual Golf Tournament Chairman!

 

We sponsored 21 wounded warriors 
Including caterer lunch:
- Hamburger and Bar-B-Que, Fresh Potato Salad, Fresh Pasta Salad, Coleslaw, Baked Beans and Dessert 
     
There was a chance to win Five Holes in One:
Wins $25,000

Wins $15,000

LCD Flat Screen TV
Callaway Big Bertha Club
Domestic Round Trip for Two (2)
 
Ken Gant hit a hole in one, but not at the holes for the prizes above.
 
2016 Online Registration is open at: 
 
 
 
Contact 910-824-1911 or qcbmpg82@aol.com  (COL) (R) Conrado B. Morgan, Chairman for more information.
  
Muglligans and 50/50 raffle tickets were purchased.
    
Hole Sponsors for 2016:  
1.  Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. www.pll-omega,org
 
2. Norfolk State University Alumni Association Military Alumni Chapter www.nsuaamac.clubexpress.com
 
3. BG Richard Dix and Family
 
4. The ROCKS, Inc.
 
5. COL (R) Tommy Osborne and Family
 
6. VFW Post 1503 on Minneville Road (The Largest VFW Post in the US)
 
7. COL (R) Jim Dandridge and Family
 
8. COL (R) Ken Younger and Family
 
9. Mr. David Steward, II and Family, Lion Forge
 
10.  COL (R) Frank Francois, Service Disabled Veteran Enterprise, Inc. and Family
 
 
Wounded Warriors Sponsors:
1. Gold Star Mothers Maryland Chapter, Inc. ($175.00 donation)
 
2.  Tehani Matthews and Family
 
3.  MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
 
4.  MG (R) Arthur Dean and Family
 
5. COL (R) Tommy Osborne and Family
 
6. LTC Kim McGhee and Family
 
7. - 10. George Washington Chapter, AUSA
 
11.  Robert Evans and Family
 
12.  COL (R) Lucretia McClenney and Family
 
13.  The RMOA Business Association, Inc.
 
14.  Mr. Tony Pica and Family
 
15.  BG Richard Dix and Family
 
16.  COL Dover Seawright and Family
 
17.  MG Marcia Anderson and Family
 
18.  LTC Antionette Rainey and Family
 
19.  COL (R) Rex and Geri Allen and Family
 
20.  COL (R) Helen and Ken Gant and Family
 
21.  MG (R) Pete Proctor and Family
 
 Thanks for the In-Kind gifts for 2016:
1.  Golfsmith, 15201 Potomac Town Place for allowing space to post golf brochure
2.  Forest Greens Golf Club for allowing space to post golf brochure
3.  Cheesecake Factory Gift Card
4.  All American Steakhouse Gift Card (5594 Ashland Community Square, Manassas, VA)
5.  US Hole In One for Insurance Coverage of $40,000.00 valued at $814.00
 
LEADERSHIP AND OUTREACH EVENTS

Next Event Information:

(If not listed, events are TBD; please check back for updates)

 

"Mentorship"

 

INSTALLATION REPRESENTATIVES

      - Pentagon:  TBD
 
       - Cheapeake Bay Chapter- APG/Fort Meade (Surrounding Areas): COL (R) Terry Hodges
 
      - Fort Belvoir: TBD
 

      - Bethesda: Mark Preston

 

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The chapter performs
COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECTS bi-annually. Please stand by for additional information, dates and times. 

 

 

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Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

Thank you for your support of We Feed Our People Project.

 
The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. and family members will participate in the 29th Annual "We Feed Our People Project" on 16 JAN 17 (Monday) at 0900 -1600 in Washington, DC. Pre-registered NOT required. Come at anytime you like or stay the whole day. We are celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday/holiday and he would have been 88 years old. There will be several volunteers on site and even more behind the scene from different organizations. We would like to thank several DC Chapter members that has helped out in the past years and this year.

 

More than a day off, is the catalyst behind the community based coalition of concerned individuals and organizations formed in Washington, DC in 1988 to commemorate the works and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by reaching out to those most vulnerable the homeless. We Feed Our People (WFOP) provides a nutritious meal and warm clothing for homeless citizens in the nation's capitol as a way to keep the work of a great hero alive.  

 

Thanks!

 

Shelia Howell-Flowers, President

 


 The Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of active duty, reserve, retired and former commissioned and warrant officers of the U.S. Armed Forces, widows and widowers of deceased members, cadets, other uniformed services and GS 12 and above. The organization was formed to provide professional and social interaction and development to strengthen the officer corps.  In addition to the R. C. Cartwright Scholarship Fund, the "Leadership Outreach" program provides the opportunity for teams consisting of ROCKS members to visit Colleges and Universities to provide professional career development guidance to ROTC students. DISCLAIMER: The Washington, DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc. is a private organization, not affiliated with any DoD Installation or the US Military. The organization is open to all officers and GS 12 and above regardless of creed, color or gender. This website does not express or imply an endorsement of any products, services, or firms by the DoD or the federal government.