Marine Corp League returning to Hagerstown

December 04, 1996


Staff Writer

True to the motto "Semper Fidelis," or "Always Faithful," two local retired Marines are planning to re-establish Hagerstown's defunct Marine Corp League.

"We want to get into the schools and get back out into the community," said Bob Glausier, who served in the Marines from June 1949 to February 1970.

Glausier and Carl Lenhart, who served from April 1966 to November 1979, are joining forces to rekindle interest in the chartered veterans organization for Marines, which hasn't met locally since 1990. Former Marines, active duty Marines and Marine Reservists who served honorably for more than 90 days are eligible to join the league.


"It used to be pretty big here in Hagerstown," Lenhart said of the former league.

Active Marine Corp Leagues in Frederick, Md., and Chambersburg, Pa., operate Toys for Tots every year during the Christmas holiday season, among other community projects. Nationally, the league sponsors a youth physical fitness program in the schools designed to develop and train students from kindergarten through college in physical fitness exercises.

The Hagerstown chapter would be able to contribute to these programs as well as start their own, said Glausier and Lenhart. Another aim of Hagerstown's league is to assist local Marine Corp recruiters.

Not long ago, the two were approached by charter members from Frederick and local Marine recruiters to see if they were interested in reviving Hagerstown's League. Both former members, Glausier and Lenhart said they're enthusiastic about reorganizing.

The first meeting of the Hagerstown Marine Corp League will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 42 on Northern Avenue. The agenda includes electing officers and coming up with a plan to recruit members.

For more information, call Glausier at 301- 432-5289, or Lenhart at 301-662-4063.

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