Dept of Tennessee 2020 Convention Hotel information and Convention Forms

for 11-14 June 2020 in Jackson, TN

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   The Detachment Judge Advocate has been working tirelessly over the past few months to rewrite the Detachment Bylaws. The new proposed Bylaws will incorporate years worth of changes at the Detachment, Department, Division and National levels of the Marine Corps League. The proposed Bylaws consist of 9 separate articles concerning our Detachment Name and Organization, Detachment Meetings, Membership, Board of Trustees, Detachment Staff, Detachment Committees, Finance, Affiliated Organizations and Administrative Procedures.
    Simply stated, the Detachment Bylaws are our “Constitution” and provide the legal structure for everything that we do. Detachment Officers are currently reviewing the draft bylaws, but proposed changes are not limited to the Board of Trustees. All members are encouraged to participate in the process of finalizing the bylaws. A vote by the Members will be required to accept or reject them after a 30 day period for review and consideration. The new bylaws presented to the members at the February meeting could be voted on at the March meeting. All proposed changes should be delivered to David Hatfield, Detachment Judge advocate.

Click HERE to view to existing (old) Detachment Bylaws dated 24 November 2015

Department of Tennessee 2019 By-laws, Admin Procedures and Admin Procedures Appendices - Click HERE

Commandant's Message

Marines,                                                        February 2020

     It is with great pleasure I thank the membership for electing me to lead the Detachment. We have a lot to do and few to get things done; please, I am asking you to lend a hand. The elected officers are ready and willing to move forward with the task. We need new members, and in the coming months, it will be one of our priorities. Each of us is an ambassador for MCL, and I ask that the new trifold and membership applications get circulated every chance you get.

     Regarding our dining-in, MARCH 14, 2020, this is giving back for your membership. You may bring your wife or significant other or just yourself. Enjoy getting out for the evening for an excellent shrimp and steak dinner WOW, a secret speaker WOW-WOW, and a wonderful Chaplain WOW-WOW-WOW! The blessings and awards will be part of the evening, at $15 pp, including tip and tax. That's crazy; you get back your membership money by just attending! Don't sit home and eat SPAM, join us. Lee said he's even kicking in the wine!

     The Officers are moving forward with guest speakers for the coming month's meetings, so get out of the house; refreshments will be there; I hope you will too. (Last Tuesday of the month) The more you sit in your chair at home, the slower you get. We care!!!!!! We want you at the meetings for the brotherhood and the league.

Semper Fi!

Ken DeBoer, Commandant


The elections of five Detachment Officers was held during the January Detachment Meeting. The officers for 2020 are:

  • Detachment Commandant:        Ken DeBoer

  • Senior Vice Commandant:      Carlos Reyes

  • Junior Vice Commandant:       Dave Terwell

  • Paymaster:                               Lee Rhinemiller

  • Judge Advocate:                             David Hatfield

Click here for officer contact details

Save the Date - 20 May 2020


Lt Alexander Bonnyman Young Marines, and local Marines, will be hosting fifteen to twenty Marines "riding to the wall.” for Memorial Day celebrations. They are starting on the West coast.   The group will arrive around 1400 on

20 May 2020, spend the night at Camp Bonnyman.  They want to use the range.  We have promised them a big barbecue and cook out for dinner, as many of you said you would help.  We will also have breakfast on the 21st before they head on out on their motorcycles.  The ‘leader of the pack’ is Sergeant Major Gene Overstreet, 12th SM of the Marine Corps.  Come support the efforts to give these Marines a good time.

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2020 Pistol Match Schedule

  • Jack McGivney Memorial...........April 18

  • Jim Peacock.................................To be announced


Windrock Shooting Range

Oliver Springs TN.

  • The large cal. matches must be 9mm or above, cost $25.

  • There will also be a .22 Cal. match for an extra $20.

  • All matches will shoot 45 rounds.

  • You will be shooting 7,10, 15 and 25 yards both matches.

  • Iron sights only. Max 6-inch barrel.

  • Fees include lunch.



Jay Holmes

2020 Rifle Match Schedule


  • Bill Gersh M-1/M-1A .............  May 9

       Rain date ..................................  TBD


  • Gene Collins Open ................  October 10

       Rain date ..................................  TBD

2327 Rifle Range Rd, Knoxville, TN 37918, USA

These events are CMP matches, which is a 200 yard firing distance, a total of 35 rounds will be fired in the following order—

  5 spotter rounds from the prone position

10 slow fire rounds from the prone

10 rounds from prone rapid fire (5 rounds in 2 magazines)

10 rounds Standing (off hand).

These are iron site matches, NO SCOPES of any kind.


You have to be at the front gate at 0700. The cost of the Match is $20.00 which will be taken at registration which will start at approximately 0745. We will start firing at 0815-0830. The Young Marines of Knoxville will be pulling targets so you don’t have pit duty at these matches -- there will be a tip jar for the Young Marines so bring some extra money for these young Marines, they work hard so you don’t have to.

If you want to shoot these matches but don’t have an M1 or M1A for the Bill Gersh match or a military style rifle for the Gene Collins match, the range has M-1 rifles to lend you. All you have to do is buy their ammo which is 30-06 and the cost is $20.00, this is match ammo. If you have never shot a M-1 rifle we will give you a short class on the rifle, a knowledge of shooting is required.


Jeff Tegzes
865 988-6247

  2020 Lt Bonnyman Detachment
Scholarship Application 
is now available. Either
Click HERE
or go the the
 DOCUMENTS  tab above and select  SCHOLARSHIPS 

From the Chaplain

                                                                            5 February 2020

Greetings Marines,

     Just wanted each of you know that it is an honor and great privilege to serve you as the detachment chaplain in 2020.  Membership in the Marine Corps League has been one of life's great experiences, and ‘hanging out’ with you Marines this past year has certainly enhanced the journey!  Thank you for your friendship and support.  We look forward to a new year of service to God, Country, and Corps!

     Please help me to keep up with the needs of our detachment members and their families by notifying me of any illnesses, those who are in need of a hospital visit, or those who are suffering at home. This  request would also include anyone in a difficult situation financially, or difficulties of a spiritual nature.  All visits will be discreet and confidences kept.  My wife Ginger, has consented to go along when these visits involve a female.  Much of the time, a ‘get well card’ or a ‘sympathy card’ will suffice, and will be a great source of encouragement to those who are hurting.  Also, be extra diligent to notify me of any deaths.  Time is of the utmost importance in the support of family members during a time of bereavement.  Marines and their families will continue to be wounded physically, mentally, and spiritually; simply as a fact of life, because we are all members of the human race.  So, as Marines we must stay true to our traditions and leave no man, woman, or child behind.  It’s all about Marines helping Marines!

     Personal information is included below for your convenience, and you are welcome to use any venue of communication, at any time of day or night.  We would also welcome any prayer requests that you may have.  “ every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.”  Again, thank you for allowing me to serve you!  Semper Fidelis Marines!

Read the monthly Chaplain's Report in the Bonnyman Gazette. (Click here for the Gazette page)

Ron Naugle

Detachment Chaplain

PO Box 1200

Powel, TN 27849


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The website is available for 2020 registration

Safety Breaks
Rest Area at Mile Marker 420
I 40 Eastbound  just after overhead sign for  Dandridge / Jefferson City (exit 417)
Google Map location HERE
10-13 April (Easter weekend)
22-25 May (Memorial Day weekend)
3-6 July (July 4th weekend)
10-12 Oct (Columbus day weekend)

To sign up, see Howard at the monthly detachment meeting or call him at home 865 577 4745 and leave a message OR call or text cell 865 560 6760.    


Semper Fi

Howard Raines

The Tunnel Rat of the Bonnyman detachment.

Click HERE for signup sheet to use for reference. Coordinate with Howard to sign up for shifts.

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