Detachment Officers Inducted

Dear members and friends of South Lake Detachment #1120,

At the regularly scheduled meeting this past Tuesday, January 15, 2019, Past Commandant Colin A. Cotterell conducted an induction ceremony for the incoming 2019 Detachment leadership.

The complete list of Commandant Rufino Garcia’s team may be found HERE. The Detachment wishes to thank all the outgoing leadership for their dedication and service and welcome Commandant Garcia and the new team coming on board. A picture of Commandant Garcia receiving the gavel from outgoing Commandant Taylor may be found HERE.

Also during the meeting Ira Goldberg was awarded the 2018 Detachment Marine of the Year. Ira has been tireless in his work to the detachment including serving as Sergeant-at-Arms and membership on the Ceremonial Unit. A picture of Ira and outgoing Commandant Ray Taylor may be found HERE.

Finally, a photo album of the meeting graciously taken by member Bob Kane may be found HERE.

Clermont Chief Bishop & Asst. McDuffee Awarded Membership

Tonight at the City of Clermont Council meeting Commandant Ray Taylor and Past Commandant Collin Cotterell awarded honorary associate memberships to Fire Chief Carle Bishop and Assistant Pamela McDuffee for their service to the detachment's Toys for Tots program.

Watch a video of the ceremony HERE for more details.

Chief Bishop also is allowing use of his department training center for our monthly business meetings.  Thank you Chief for all you and Ms. McDuffee do for us!

2017 Detachment Leadership Sworn In

Last night, Ray Taylor was installed as Commandant of Sgt. I.W. Hatcher Jr. Detachment #1120.  Ray previously served as Sr. Vice Commandant the past two years supporting outgoing Commandant Collin Cotterell.

The complete 2017 leadership team may be found on the Detachment #1120 website HERE.

Congratulations to all incoming officers for their willingness to serve.  Also thanks to the 2016 leadership team for a job well done.

Hot Off The Presses ... oo RAH! Fall Edition

Please click HERE to view the online version of Andrea Lawrence's 2016 Fall Edition of the Detachment's newsletter oo-RAH!.  

Andrea produced another fantastic edition.  To download a copy click DOWNLOAD.

Be sure to pass along to your friends and family for their enjoyment as well.  To have them receive the edition directly, just have them sign up through the Detachment contact page HERE

Just Another Tool For Your Toolbox

Below, Sgt. Maj. Collin Cotterell, USMC (Ret.), Detachment Commandant, continues his series on leadership.

Leaders shape our nation, communities, and organizations. Good leaders help guide us and make the essential large-scale decisions that keep the world moving. Our society usually quickly identifies a bad leader, but what about a good one? What makes a good leader? Great leaders, according to research, consistently possess these characteristics:

  • Honesty
  • Ability to delegate
  • Sense of humor
  • Confidence
  • Commitments
  • Positive Attitude
  • Creativity
  • Ability to Inspire
  • Intuition
  • Communication

While many powerful and successful leaders have not exhibited all of these character traits continuously, and the definition of a good leader is quite ambiguous, most good leaders do leverage at least some of these characteristics. Take someone you view as a great leader- how many of these characteristics do they express? If the characteristics of a good leader above do not describe you, there are ways for you to improve upon leadership capabilities. Like any craft, leadership requires you to learn from your mistakes and continually work at strengthening your weak areas. Seek out a mentor that you admire as a leader. Jot down the characteristics that you feel makes them a greater leader, so as to determine what they did along the way to be the leader they are today.

The Marine leader has been taught to lead, not to manage. They had been taught a good leader must also be a good follower. Leadership is the glue that holds the Corps together. It was leaders with vision and courage who were responsible for the Corps' transformation from small forces assigned to serve aboard Naval vessels to its status today. Many say leaders are born not made.


Recent Dinner Event Pictures

Enjoy pictures, courtesy of Flor Gomez, from the latest monthly group dinner event held this past Tuesday at Gator Docksides in Clermont.

Click HERE for our the FLIKR album of this event and all our past photos.

Diane Taylor hosts this event each month for members, family, and friends of detachment #1120.  If you are not on her invitation list and wish to be, please send an email to

Delegation ... Another Tool in the Toolbox

Leaders accomplish much through delegation. We either delegate time or tasks to other people. If we delegate time, think efficiency. If we delegate tasks, think effectiveness.

Many people overlook delegation because it takes too much time or effort. Rather, they just do the job themselves. But delegating to others is perhaps the single most powerful high leverage activity there is. Transferring responsibility to other skilled, trained people enables you to give your energies to additional high leverage activities.

Delegation means growth, both for individuals and for organizations. The late J.C. Penney was quoted as saying that the wisest decision he ever made was to “let go” after realizing that he couldn’t do it all by himself any longer. That decision, made long ago, enabled the development and growth of hundreds of stores and thousands of people.

Because delegation involves people, it’s a public victory. The ability to delegate defines the role of a leader and independent producer. A leader does whatever is necessary to accomplish the desired results; to get to the golden eggs.

*******Stay tuned for part 2.

Collin A. Cotterell, Commandant

ALERT ... New Meeting Location!!

The Detachment is pleased to announce a new meeting venue beginning January 19, 2016,

Lilly's on the Lake will provide their private meeting room, at no-charge, for our monthly meetings.

Lilly's, a newly-opened, locally-owned, Caribbean themed restaurant, is located on the lakefront, at the foot of 8th street, in historic downtown Clermont (848 West Osceola Street, Clermont, Fl 34711).

The Detachment meets the third Tuesday of each month at 18:00 hours.


Our Detachment met, and conquered all the challenges, and obstacles, of a busy past few months.  Thank you all for a job well done.

Mentoring, part of our heritage for many years, develops our detachment’s future leaders. 

Reminisce back to all those who helped you, throughout your life, to achieve success.  Remember the teacher in junior high school who helped you with math, or your varsity wrestling coach who worked with you to become the best.  Or the times your parents helped you through tough periods in your life.  They were mentoring you, providing assistance in a form of counseling to help you perform well, and assisting in your personal and professional growth.  The same concept and principles apply to your detachment mentee.

The 13th Commandant of the Marine Corps, General John A. Lejeune said “Mentor is defined as a father to son, senior to junior, teacher to scholar relationship.” 

A mentor should be trustworthy, approachable, and effective as a listener. If you have a member with shortfalls, take the time to listen to his or her problems. Strike the right balance of communication, and allow them to give you feedback on what is, and is not, working for them.  Assist them with professional, and personal goals.  Encourage them to make a difference by involvement in detachment projects.

Mentoring is a continuous process with a wide array of tools at your disposal. Emphasize the importance of teamwork, financial planning, health care, and community service.

With positive mentoring, we will have a detachment member with a whole lot of motivation, and esprit de corps. 

Our 27th Commandant, General Barrow stated, “Mentoring is another arrow in the quiver of successful, concerned leaders to encourage and help their Marines.”

Semper Fidelis

Collin A. Cottrell, Commandant