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2013 MCL National Marine of the Year

Polly Weidenkopf

Polly Weidenkopf

Marine Polly Weidenkopf, is a member of Big D Det. #316 in Dallas, Texas, Department of Texas; and was named the 2013 National Marine of the Year at the 90th Marine Corps League National Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Synopsis of Pollys activities include:

1. Assists with the planning and execution of BIG D Toys for Tots Campaign. In 2012, she helped to raise 51K and collected 459 toys.

2. At Midwinter, she was named to Board of Directors of the Marine Corps League Foundation and shortly thereafter accepted the position of Treasurer of the Foundation.

3. Her husband was asked to assist with inputting scores at the Youth Physical Fitness Meet in San Diego and when he became ill, she jumped in and took his place and was able to complete the task.

4. Polly formed the Big D Young Marines Unit and was Commanding Officer for 4 years until 2004, She is still an integral part of the Young Marines.

5. She provides financial and emotional support to Reserve and National Guard military members in Texas and across the nation. She is Executive Director of Reserve Aid. In this position she is able to direct Marines leaving the Corps help in finding jobs.

6. She is a Board Member of the Dallas Military Ball Foundation, and in 2010 was elected President.

7. She is also on the East Dallas Community Organization Board of Directors improving the quality of life for the impoverished area of the East Dallas Community.

8. She organized a Boxing Club for the children of the area to help them engage in more positive activities than drugs and gangs.

9. She is also on the Advisory Board of North Dallas High School.

Polly has given exemplary service to the Marine Corps League and to her community and is deserving of this honor.
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