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 WELCOME TO THE HOME OF THE WASHINGTON, DC CHAPTER OF THE ROCKS, INC.
1974-2014 (40 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 40 years!
 
Our Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) # 76674 and it will not be ready for donation until SEP - DEC 2014
 

IMPORTANT:  Members and new members please use your personal email to receive organization emails! Thanks.  224 members with a goal of 250!

 
NEXT CHAPTER EVENT: Chapter Meeting
 
WHEN: 17 APR 2014 (THUR)
 

TIME: 1900 

 
 
WHERE: KAF Multipurpose Center, 6343 South Kings Highway, Alexandria, Va 22306, 703-765-6343
 
 
DRESS:  Duty Uniform or Business Attire (COAT AND TIE) 
 
 
Speaker:  
Douthard R. Butler, DPA, Associate Athletic Director for Community Relations, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, George Mason University
 
Topic: Mentorship
 
 
SPONSOR FOR THE MEETING: BG Clara Adams-Ender, Retired, USA
 
 
Call 301-856-8319 to become a sponsor or donate online. Thanks!
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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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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 ROCKS 23rd 5-Mile Race/2-Mile Walk
 In Honor of 40 Years as a Chapter

Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
The 23rd Annual Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk is at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, 13 September 2014.  We will conduct this run in honor of and in celebration of 40 years as an organization.  Expected AROTC/University Cadets are:
 
Howard, Coppin, Morgan, Georgetown, George Mason, Bowie, VMI, Virginia State and Norfolk State Universities.
 
We are seeking volunteers and sponsorship now. Thanks.
 
Shawn Hawkins is the Chairman and you can reach him at hawknla@verizon.net or at 703-599-1097.
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The Washington DC Chapter of the ROCKS, Inc would like to thank all who participated in and supported the 22nd Annual ROCKS, Inc 5-Mile Run/2-Mile Walk at Burke Lake Park on Saturday, 21 September 2013.  This was the largest participation we had in years. The AROTC / University support was outstanding! Congratulations to the following winners:

 

Overall 5-Mile Run Winners  

1st Place          Micheal McQuera

2nd Place        Andrew Giller

3rd Place         Chet Berry

 

Overall 2-Mile Walk Winners

1st Place          Deborah Thomas

2nd Place        James Gaston

3rd Place         James Harris

 

ROTC Challenge       

1st Place Team            George Mason

2nd Place Team           Bowie State

3rd Place Team           Norfolk State

 

ROCKS         

1st Place Male ROCK Runner            James Jennings

1st Place Female ROCK Runner        Tanika Macias

1st Place Male ROCK Walker            James Harris

1st Place Female ROCK Walker        Lakeisha Pride

 

The Washington DC Chapter of THE ROCKS, Inc will reach out and coordinate with the individuals and schools in order to get the trophies and awards into the hands of the all of the winners as soon as possible.

 

I would also like to the thank the many volunteers, to include the Howard University ROTC Cadets and the George Mason University ROTC Color Guard, for their support on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

 

Special thanks to the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) for their donation of $500, Mark Russell and the staff at Metro Run and Walk for providing run support and use of their facility for race packet preparation and pick-up, U Start I Finish for start/finish line operations and race results, the Burke Volunteer Fire Department, and the staff at Burke Lake Park for their outstanding support and use of the park facilities.

 

Again, thanks and congratulations to all who participated, the winners, and the supporters for a fun, safe, and well executed event!  I am looking forward to seeing you all out there again next year J

  

Shawn Lee Hawkins

Shawn Lee Hawkins

ROCKS Annual 5-Mile Walk/2-Mile Run

Chairman

Race Results:

For more information contact the Race Committee Chairman, Shawn Hawkins 703-599-1097 or e-mail hawknla@verizon.net

2014 ANNUAL SPRING GALA AND AWARDS CEREMONY

The 2014 ROCKs of the Year and Honorary ROCK of the Year Awardees for The ROCKS, Inc.:

 

ROCKs of the Year Awardee:  
General Vincent K. Brooks (U.S. Army Pacific)
MG Gwen Bingham (White Sands Missile Range)
COL Charles R. Hamilton (Fort Campbell, K.Y.)
COL Anthony J. (Tony) Polks, USA, Retired (Washington, D.C. Chapter Member)
 
Honorary ROCK of the Year:  
LTG Patricia D. Horoho, The Surgeon General/Commander, USA Medical Command 
 
The 2014 Robert B. Burke Awardees:
LTC Joseph Berry, Jr. (Hampton Roads Chapter) 
LTC Clydea Prichard-Brown (Washington, D.C. Chapter)
MAJ Natasha S. Clark (Screaming Eagles Chapter)
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Washington DC Chapter BG Roscoe C. Cartwright Scholarship Recipients for 2014:
 
High School Seniors:
Cadet Lamek Kahsay, Woodrow Wilson High School, Washington, D.C.
Cadet Leya Curry (USAF), Washington Math Science Technology PC High School, Washington, D.C.
 
Family Member:
Ms. Candice N. Crutchfield, Christ Chapel Academy, Woodbridge, Va.
Mr. Quinten Moton, Choctawhatchee Senior High School, Fort Walton Beach, Florida
 
University/College Freshman
Cadet Floria S. Williams Howard University
Cadet Nia D. Farmer, Howard University
Cadet Abrinna A. King-Snaggs, Howard University
 
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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

40th Annual West Hamilton Dinner, Chapter Fall Awards Ceremony and 
 Silent Auction
in Honor of 40 Years


October 25, 2014
                    
     G O O D   F O O D!!!                     F E L L O W S H I P !!!                   R E C O G N I T I O N !!!
                                                                                                   
This event raise 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 (2014) are the DC Chapter Voluntarism Award, DC Chapter Robert "Bobby" Burke Award, DC Chapter Junior ROCK of the Year, DC Chapter ROCK of the Year, and Lifetime of Leadership Award.     
 
 
Thank you all for your support of the 40th Annual West Hamilton Membership Dinner set for 25 OCT 14 starts at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Springfield (5 mins from Fort Belvoir), 8100 Louisdale Road, Springfield Va 22150, (571)-339-2000. We have rooms blocked for this event. Please call to make your reseveration. 
 
 
Group Name: 40th Annual West Hamilton Event Oct 2014 
 
Group Code: CME 
 
Check-in: 25-OCT-2014        Check-out: 26-OCT-2014
 
 
It will be an evening of fun and excitement. It is with your support that the event will be successful. So, we thank you again on behalf of the Washington, D.C. Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. We will have child care (five and older) (provided by the chapter) for free.
 
 
Agenda:
Chairperson and MC is Kim McGhee
  6-7 pm   President Reception and Silent Auction in the Gardener Room
  7-8 pm   Social Hour-"Networking and Mentoring"
8:00 pm    Program Starts-Opening Remarks by the President -in the Ballroom
8:15 pm    Invocation
8:17 pm    Buffet Dinner with "Wrinkles"
9:15 pm    Awards, Silent Auction Results and Payment
9:30 pm    Benediction
9:32 pm    Closing Remarks by the President
9:33-11 pm  Dancing
 
Buffet Dinner Menu:
Wrinkles "Chitterlings"
Salad

Potato Salad

Corn Bread

Fried Fish

BBQ Pork

Southern Fried Chicken

Mac and Cheese

Collard Greens

Assorted Dessert
Rolls, Tea and Coffee 
 
Free Child Care (five and older)-- In the suite- starts at 5 pm and ends at 11 pm.  Please let Kim McGhee know if you need child care at kim.mcghee1@gmail.com.
 
Parking:
Free self parking at hotel.
 
Thanks to Andre Barnes at bbarnes@ida.org for working the Silent Auction. 
 
We are accepting in-kind-gifts now:
 
1. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va (Valued at $150.00)
 
2. Two courtside seats at a Washington Wizards Professional Basketball Game TBD- (Valued at $300.00 -$700.00).
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Congratulations to all the award winners from 2013!:
 
-ROCK of the Year Award-LTC Shawn Hawkins
-Jr. ROCK of the Year Award-1LT Keshia Pride
-Robert “Bobby” Burke Award-MAJ (P) Dea Prichard-Brown
-Lifetime of Leadership Award-COL (R) Andre Barnes 
 
-Voluntarism Awards:
COL (R) Tommy Osborne-Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and VP of Operations
Richard Dix-Joint Spring Gala,Run Race Starter, Mentor, Speaker at Meetings and attend all Events
Conrado B. Morgan -Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and President
Kim McGhee-West Hamilton Dinner, Run and VP of Admin
COL (R) Ken Younger -Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and Nomination
LTC (R) Ernest Jones-West Hamilton, Golf and Chaplain
Terry Hodges-Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and APG Representative
COL (R) Dorene Hurt -Joint Spring Gala, Run and Meetings
Tyra Sellers -Joint Spring Gala, West Hamilton, Golf, Run and Publicity Chair
Mark Preston-Golf, Run and Membership Chair
LTG (R) Arthur Gregg-Senior Mentor, attend Meetings and Events
MG (R) Robert Gaskill-HU Mentor, Senior Mentor, attend Meetings and Events
MG (R)  George Alexander-HU Mentor, Senior Mentor, attend Meetings and Events
COL (R) Frank Francois-RMOA President, Senior Mentor, attend Meetings and Events
COL (R) Foster Fountain-Senior Mentor, attend Meetings and Events
Jasmyn C. Morgan-Joint Spring Gala, Awards Chair, attend Meetings and Events
E.Sean Lanier-Web master, VMI Rep, attend meetings and events
Tanika T. Macias-Leadership Outreach Chair, Joint Spring Gala, attend meetings and events
 
A special thank you to Kim McGhee and her committee for putting together a splendid event on October 26, 2013.                                                                      

 

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COMING  SPRING 2014:  The ROCKS, Inc.:  A Historical Journey 1974 - 2014

 

The National Board of the ROCKS, Inc. has launched a major fundraising campaign. The ROCKS, Inc.: A Historical Journey, 1974-2014 will tell the ROCKS story and commemorate major contributions made by our military officers and chapters/interest groups to strengthen the US Officers Corps and nation.  Money raised from the fundraising effort will be used to fund The National Board of the ROCKS, Inc. mentorship, outreach, scholarship and charitable programs.  In addition, funds will be provided to each of the ROCKS chapters and interest groups to help fund their programs.

Click here for more information and to purchase your advance copy                  

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

 8th Annual Washington DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. Golf Tournament on 14 JUN 14   
 (SAT) with a shotgun start at 8:00 am

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 
Our next tournament will be 14 JUN 14 (SAT).
 
Good news! News Channel 8's Mr. Dave Lucas is our Golf Marshal and will play in the tournament set for 14 JUN 14 (SAT.) Dave is one of the main anchors on channel 8 and he is also the host of the golf show Capital Golf Weekly. I have attached his bio and photo. Thanks to Ms. Abby Fenton, Director of Community Relations ABC7/WJLA-TV and News Channel 8 for assisting with setting this up. The Marshal will open the event with words of welcome, he will play in the tournament, take photos with the team and he will assist me in given out the awards at the end. This will be done 8 am - 1:30 pm. There is a possibility that they will be cameras on site from Channel 8. Remember that we will a day party with a DJ, sponsoring 20 wounded warriors, complementary beverage cart and food shown below: 
 
-Famous Dave's BBQ:
-St. Louis-Style Spareribs (3)
-Barbeque Chicken (1/4)
-Georgia Chopped Pork (4 oz.) with bun
-Corn Bread Muffin
-Wilbur Beans, 
-Creamy Coleslaw,
-Buttered corn niblets
-Cookie
-Sodas and Water
  

A chance to win Seven Holes in One:

Wins $25,000

Wins $15,000

Two (2) LCD Flat Screen TVs

Callaway Big Bertha Club

Domestic Round Trip for Two (2)

   

 
 
In-Kind-Gifts:
1. Papa Johns Pizza x 13 Medium
2. Cheesecake Factory at Potomac Mills for $50.00 Gift Card
3. DC Chapter Polo Shirts to golfers from DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. value at $18.00 each
4. Complementary Beverage Cart sponsored by MillerCoors.
5. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va
6. One Room Night (Friday or Saturday) at Embassy Suite Springfield, 8100 Loisdale Road, Springfield, Va
7.  Bounce Back and Play at Ospreys'- each golfer will get a coupon to cover green fees (does not including cart fees of $21.00) valued at $38.00. The Osprey's Golf Club at Belmont Bay, 401 Belmont Bay Drive, Woodbridge, Va 22191 
 
Hole Sponsors:
1. Pi Lambda Lambda Chapter, Third District, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. (www.pll-omega.org)
 
Donations:
1. Bozelli Bros. Deli and Caterers, Community Center =$40.00
 
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LEADERSHIP AND OUTREACH EVENTS

Next Event Information:

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

 

"Mentorship"

 

INSTALLATION REPRESENTATIVES

      - Pentagon:  Havi Brunson

      - Cheapeake Bay Chapter- APG/Fort Meade (Surrounding Areas): Terry Hodges

 

      - Fort Belvoir: Mark Preston
 

      - Bethesda: Ylonda Cuffie

 

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DONATIONS provide necessary funds for our Scholarship and Operating Funds as well as the chapter  Endowment Fund.  Click here to DONATE NOW.  Thank you in advance for your support!  

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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 DC Chapter of The ROCKS, Inc. and family members participated in the "27th Annual We Feed Our People Project" is on 20 JAN 14 (Monday). It was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday and he would have been 85 years old. There was several hundreds of volunteers on site and even more behind the scene from several different organizations. We would like to thank several DC Chapter members that help out.

 

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.

 

Mr. Walt McGill, one of the originators and founders for the project was on hand working with some of the other originators and founders.  

 

Thanks!

 

Conrado B. Morgan, Chapter President

910-824-1911 

 


 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. This website does not express or imply an endorsement of any products, services, or firms by the DoD or the federal government.