Thursday, October 27, 2016

Col. William C. Toole 1932-2016

My heart is heavy in writing this post.  My Marine has gone to be with the Lord.  He suffered quite a bit the last two months so I am glad that part is over, but I'm missing him terribly.  On October 15, 2016 he succumbed to double pneumonia at the age of 83, just four days short of his 84th birthday.  This photo is with Cheney at the 2015 Devil Pup graduation at Camp Pendleton.  

Col. Toole brought the Devil Pup program to Southern Utah when we retired here.  The first shipment of pups to Camp Pendleton was summer of 2007.  This program was Col. Toole's passion.  He was so proud of each and every one of "his" pups.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

2016 Awards Night

More photos will be posted soon in a photo album but I wanted to share this special photo today. Click on photo to enlarge.

Click HERE for the St. George News story!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Awards Night Practice

Devil Pups - practice at Southern Utah Veterans Home at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow night - Thursday, September 22.  Just a few minutes to go over the program.  

Please arrive a few minutes early on Friday night (doors open at 6:00, so Sgt. Lewis suggests 5:30) to set up tables and maybe run thru it one more time.  I will chat with Debra Clark Rozema and Les Covey about the layout of the tables to accommodate the Color Guard down the center, plus a "head table" for the Devil Pup, Inc. personnel which should be on the side closest to the door to accommodate Col. Toole coming in at 7:00 (possibly in a wheelchair).  There will need to be a catering set up plus a cake and ice cream table.  SUVH personnel will be available to assist if more tables/chairs are needed.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Awards Night Practice

2016 Devil Pups.  Sgt. Lewis is calling for a couple rehearsals for Awards Night (which will be Sept. 23 at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins).  He is available the next two Thursdays.  A time and place will be settled soon but pencil in the next two Thursdays to go over the procedure for this special evening.  We will update you on time and place.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

2016 Devil Pup Awards Night

2015 Graduates at Awards Night

Please remember our Devil Pup Awards Night program on Friday evening, September 23rd.  This year it will be held at the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins, where Col. Toole is currently residing.  We will have food catered by Brick Oven in the Multi-Purpose Room, where we will also have an award ceremony for Col. Toole as he retires from Devil Pups.  Rich Linsday, President of Devil Pups, Inc. and  Col. Ray Blum, Devil Pups trustee and past Encampment Commander, both long time friends of Col. Toole, will attend, as will Heather Ham, Devil Pups, Inc. coordinator.  We are looking forward to honoring our seven new graduates and celebrating Col. Toole’s nearly 40 years of volunteer service to the Devil Pup program.

Doors open at 6:00, food at 6:30, program to begin at 7:00.  Please be aware that Col. Toole has had a couple small strokes and is suffering from dementia.  He may be overwhelmed by this evening - a program that he’s poured his heart and soul into for so many years.  I will bring him to the event at 7:00 for the program.

Devil Pups:  Wear your Devil Pup uniform as above in the photo.

Please send me an e-mail if you plan to attend, letting me know how many will be in your party.  I want to make sure you don’t leave hungry.  Thanks to all of you - let me know if you have questions.

Donna Toole
SoUtah Devil Pup Coordinator
dtoole (at) sunrivertoday (dot) com (you know how to correct this)

Friday, August 12, 2016

More Photos from Devil Pup Graduation

Got this link from Devil Pups, Inc.  Hope you find someone you know here.


Thursday, August 11, 2016

13 Saturday 2016 - MCL Breakfast Meeting

Devil Pups and Families:  Please let me know asap how many from each family will be attending the Marine Corps League breakfast, 0830 at the Elks Lodge.  The Commandant has asked for a count.  I have a few of you who have replied.  Please all do so again as I have been with my husband a lot at the Southern Utah Veterans Home and want to make sure I give as accurate a count as possible.

Thank you!  I am not sure yet if Col. Toole and I can make it.  We'll have to decide by tomorrow evening.  Hope we can make it happen!

Devil Pup uniform, big smiles and lots of thank you's!!!  Might want to flash your challenge coin a time or two.


Sunday, August 7, 2016

13 Saturday 2016

Devil Pups and Families:  The Marine Corps League Detachment #1270 has invited all 2016 Devil Pup graduates and their families for breakfast at the monthly meeting of the Detachment on August 13, 2016 at 0830 for breakfast buffet.  The Marine Corps League Detachment makes a huge donation to the Southern Utah Devil Pup program and we want to thank them for their support.  They are eager to hear from the pups - if you could be prepared to say what you liked and didn't like about camp, that would be wonderful.  Don't hold back!!!!  Please remember to thank them if you are asked to speak, and thanking individuals as you talk with them would be very much appreciated.  The meeting will be held at the Elks Lodge, located at 630 W 1250 No, St. George.  Please wear your outfit - shirt, scarf and cap with your jeans. 

Friday, August 5, 2016

SAVE THE DATE! Sept. 23rd

Devil Pups, Friends and Family - SAVE THE DATE for 2016 Awards Night.  We will have a one-of-a-kind Awards Night on this date.  As many of you know, Lt. Col. William C. Toole, who brought the Devil Pup program to Southern Utah in 2007, has moved to the Southern Utah Veterans Home in Ivins.  We will have a dinner/awards night in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Veterans Home on  Friday evening, September 23, 2016 from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.  We want to congratulate and award our newest Devil Pup graduates on this evening.  Rich Linsday, President of Devil Pups, Inc. and Col. Ray Blum, a trustee, both long-time friends of Col. Toole will be here from California to honor him for his years of volunteer service to the Devil Pup organization.  Please be sure to clear your schedule for this special time.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

2016 Devil Pups Graduates

2016 Devil Pup Graduates
30 Jul 2016

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Camp Departure

I will enclose in an e-mail another Parent Contact List with the names, city, e-mail and cell phones of parents of 2016 Devil Pup Candidates.  If unforeseen problems arise making your arrival at graduation late or impossible, this list can be used to contact another parent in your area who may be able to help with transportation.  Keep in mind that some parents are scheduling vacations to coincide with graduation and may not be returning directly to St. George.

2:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT) early Thursday morning, July 21, 2016 (that's night time between Wednesday night and Thursday morning); arrive at Cinema 6 parking lot on Main Street, 905 South Main Street, St. George (next to Temple View Trailer Park).

White T-shirt, jeans, belt and tennies.  No skinny jeans!!
Bring your bag with the two strips of masking tape and your name on the tape.  Also bring a hoodie for warmth on the trip and at Camp Pendleton where nights and early mornings are chilly.  We will take "before" photos before departure.

When parents travel to Southern California/Camp Pendleton for graduation, remember the one hour time difference between Utah and SoCalif.
Congratulations on becoming Southern Utah's 2016 candidates.  And don't forget - it's not fun unless you've been yelled at.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Departure for Devil Pup Camp

Devil Pups, get as much rest as you can on Wednesday, July 20, because between that night and Thursday morning at O-Dark-Thirty, you will need to meet Bryce for departure for Devil Pup camp.  You will drive all night to arrive at camp around 8:30 a.m. in California and it's non-stop all day.  There will likely only be cat naps on the van, so get what rest you can on Wednesday.  You will not have rest until the first day of camp is over Thursday evening.  You will have Marines yelling in your ears the moment you arrive!

Be aware of any night time roadwork happening on your route to the theaters on Main Street - we almost left without a late pup one year.  Be sure to wear a plain white T-shirt, jeans (did you get the message about "NO skinny jeans"????), belt, tennies and have your hoodie with you for comfort on the van.  It'll be OK to bring snacks, water, etc. (although there will be stops along the way) but anything left over will have to remain on the van.  There will be a breakfast stop which SoUtah Devil Pups pays for.

Remember if you want to take a cell phone, it will be locked up in your locker for the 10 day camp period.  Best not to take a cell.  No medications are allowed; don't even take aspirin.

Also please learn from Pups from years past:
Remember sunscreen; it is often forgotten but is VERY necessary.
Go over your ready bag/duffle two or three times to make sure you have everything on the required list.

Duct tape with your last name on it on the sides and inside the bag.
Your padlock, envelopes, etc.  Make sure you have your envelope with your money folded in your left back pocket.

We leave on Thursday 21 July at 0200 (that's 2:00 o'clock in the morning) (time to be verified at a later date) at the parking lot of the movie theater on Main Street (Megaplex Theaters at 905 So. Main).  That's across the street behind the K-Mart shopping center. 

Upon arrival at camp, be prepared to be yelled at, told to run here, run there - do what they say as fast as you can!!!  You WILL be asked to "speak up." 


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Graduation information

Click on THIS LINK TO FIND DIRECTIONS TO THE PARADE GROUND for graduation.  Please note that graduation begins promptly at 12 noon on Saturday, July 30.  You will need to get there early to find parking (there will be signs along the way directing you to Devil Pups) and to find your place to sit.  Please observe the rather strict and rather slow speed limits on base.   And remember that just arriving at the gate at Camp Pendleton is only the beginning - it is a HUGE military base and you may drive another 30 minutes to get to the parade ground. 

Eagles in blue shirts will have a list of the pups and their platoons and can direct you where to sit so you will be close to your pup's platoon.  

You will get a letter from your pup with a form that will get you onto the base.  If directions differ from these posted here, follow the Devil Pup letter as that comes from  Devil Pup headquarters.  If you are inviting extra guests (no limit), please copy the letter your pup sent for them to show as they approach the gate at Camp Pendleton.  Security is higher than usual these days.

I will soon be publishing a list of contact numbers for pups' parents just in case there is an emergency at the last minute and you need to call someone to get your pup home from camp.  If anyone has an issue with having your information disclosed in this manner, please let me know asap.

Above is shown the Reviewing Stand where Sgt. Lewis will be.  ALL PUPS AND PARENTS ARE TO MEET US IN FRONT OF THE REVIEWING STAND IMMEDIATELY AFTER GRADUATION.  It's a little crazy with all kinds of people milling around, but you know what we look like!! 

Please do not forget this.  We need to know everyone has a safe ride home, we "need" photos of family groups, etc., so please remember everyone - DO NOT LEAVE CAMP PENDLETON until you have checked out with us in front of the Reviewing Stand.  Braxston's dad and mom will be taking photos for us this year.  Please get your family group together so we can record your happy faces.

A sample of some of the good shots we get after graduation:

Friday, July 1, 2016

Covey and Johnston Become SoUtah Devil Pup Liaison Reps

Congratulations to Les Covey and Billion Johnston for their hard work and dedication to the Southern Utah Devil Pup program - they have been appointed Liaison Reps for our program.  For their official status and contact info, go to THIS LINK, drill down to Utah, and give them a High Five next time you see them.  Thanks, Les and Billion!!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

What to Wear????

Mandatory attire to arrive at Devil Pup camp is white T-shirt (no logos), blue jeans, white sox and tennies.  You carry one bag with tape on each side with your name on both sides.  You should look like this:

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

2016 Winning Candidates

The following Devil Pup candidates have been selected for 2016 summer camp:

TJ Charter
Josh Mathis
Logan Miller
Spencer Salisbury
Jeff Stouffer
Braxton Summers
Sayuri Catalina
Taysia Tate

We trust that you will continue to build your scores from now until camp time to make your camp experience even better!

For those who worked out but did not make the final cut, you are more than welcome to continue working out with the successful candidates so you can be more ready for next year's try-outs. 

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Preparing for Camp

If you do not already have hiking books for Devil Pup camp, now would be a good time to get them and get them broken in.  Here is a photo of a boot that is a good camp boot – you will need protection for ankles with all the activities at camp. Watch for sales at Big 5 - don't buy heavy boots that won't "breathe" - they will get a lot of wear at camp. Wear them every day for two or three hours to break them in.  
As for the rest of your packing, please see this list on the Devil Pup website:

Parents:  If you have not already made reservations or have family or friends to stay with for graduation, please make your reservations now.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Tuesday PFT 21st

Corporal Lewis will be back on Tuesday at 0700 at DSU and wants to have another very important PFT on that day.  Several candidates have improved so much and we are very proud of you.  Keep up the good work.  By Thursday, June 23rd, Corporal Lewis will announce those who will be going to camp on the 21st of July. 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Final Qualifying PFT Saturday, June 18

Southern Utah Devil Pup Candidates - your final PFT is coming up on Saturday, the 18th.  We have seen quite a bit of improvement from your hard work.  We now have four males and two females who had shown they have what it takes.  Keep up the good work and wait for the big announcement!  Thank you Les Covey, Billion Johnston and Jan, Bill and Thomas Veltkamp for your guidance, perseverance and encouragement.

Monday, June 13, 2016

PFT coming up for Devil Pup Candidates

Training continues this week, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 7:00 a.m. at DSU.  The final PFT will be taken on Saturday the 18th, so those candidates who have made the grade will know that they are going to camp.  Here are the test results we've seen so far.  (Keep in mind that scores must be a minimum of 250 points.)



As you can see, so far two females and one male are within the points needed to attend camp.  Are you working out at home between training sessions? 

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Official PFT Scoring Week of June 6 and on June 18

Devil Pup Candidates . . . this week, either Tuesday or Thursday, and again on June 18, we will be performing the official Devil Pup Scoring.  Bring your best attitude and your best performance.  Sit-ups, Pull-ups, Push-ups and a mile run.  Selections for camp will be made after the PFT on the 18th.  Best of luck to all of you!!


Monday, May 30, 2016

Summer Physical Fitness Training Schedule

Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays Fitness Training for Devil Pup Candidates
0700, starting May 31, 2016.

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Rummage Sale Success

The weather was perfect, all Devil Pup candidates turned out to assist and worked like crazy people selling goodies, assisting buyers and arranging tables.  Good job, Candidates!!  Kudos to Jim Haney, Devil Pups Rummage Sale Organizer Extraordinaire! Many "friends of Devil Pups" showed up with rummage and 13 candidates were there working their hearts out, taking in over $1500 towards summer camp!  Several of the Devil Pup "mentors" from Utah Dixie Detachment assisted in loading, unloading, setting up and sales.  Couldn't have done it without them!  Southern Utah Devil Pup mentors are Jim Haney, Larry Mineer, Bill Veltkamp, Jan Veltkamp, Thomas Veltkamp (2014 Devil Pup), Les Covey and Billion Johnston.  Here are some photo ops from the day.

 Who wouldn't want to buy from these cuties??

Soon after opening.

A heavy sale!

Another heavy sale.

 Lin's Market Parking Lot.

Biggest sale of the day!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

28 May 2016 - Devil Pup Rummage Sale at Lin's Market Parking Lot, Sunset

On Saturday, 28 May 2016, instead of a PFT session at the college, all Devil Pup candidates will join with the Utah Dixie Detachment #1270 of the Marine Corps League to assist at a rummage sale located in the parking lot of Lin's Market on Sunset.  The sale will be from 8:00 a.m. (please come earlier to help set up) to 1:00 p.m. (or sooner if sold out). Pup candidate families as well as Marine Corps League families are asked to gather up any rummage sale items to donate to the SoUtah Devil Pup program.  Items can be delivered to the site on the morning of the rummage sale.  We ask that all pup candidates make themselves available to assist in sorting, keeping an eye on items, bagging if necessary, assisting people to their cars with purchases, and with set up and tear down.  A light lunch will be provided for the workers. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

21 May 2016 - Devil Pup Training

Reminder of the next PFT session at the DSU fitness facility.  Saturday, May 21, at 7:00 a.m.  This one may take as much as two hours, allowing for a warm-up and cool-down period.   
On May 28th, at 7:00 a.m., there will be a rummage sale at Lin's parking lot on Sunset to raise money for SoUtah Devil Pup summer camp.  All candidates are required to assist the Marine Corps League in this effort.  A pizza lunch will be supplied for the sale workers.  We would very much appreciate anything you can donate to this worthy cause.  Please save up your gently-used items and bring them to the site prior to 8:00 a.m. on May 28th.  Marine Jim Haney is in charge of this event.

Monday, May 9, 2016

14 May 2016 - PFT at DSU!

Reminder of the next PFT session at the DSU fitness facility.  Saturday, May 14, at 7:00 a.m.  This one may take as much as two hours, allowing for a warm-up and cool-down period.   
On May 28th, at 7:00 a.m., there will be a rummage sale at Lin's parking lot on Sunset to raise money for SoUtah Devil Pup summer camp.  All candidates are required to assist the Marine Corps League in this effort.  A pizza lunch will be supplied for the sale workers.  We would very much appreciate anything you can donate to this worthy cause.  Please save up your gently-used items and bring them to the site prior to 8:00 a.m. on May 28th.  Marine Jim Haney is in charge of this event.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

7 May 2016 - PFT at DSU

Reminder of the next PFT session at the DSU fitness facility.  Saturday, May 7, at 7:00 a.m.  This one may take as much as two hours, allowing for a warm-up and cool-down period.  About 75 days to get in shape for 2016 Devil Pup Camp!!  


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Update San Diego - News Item about Devil Pups

Supervisor Bill Horn on Update San Diego, San Diego News

Click this link for a YouTube video on the Devil Pup program - a newscast featuring Supervisor Horn of San Diego: 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

30 April 2016- Physical Fitness Training Begins

Physical Fitness Training begins at 7:00 a.m. Saturday, April 30, at the fitness center of Dixie State University.  Corporal Lewis has some exciting exercises and training to get you fit for Devil Pup camp in July.  This training will go for one and one-half or two hours. 

Please keep us posted if you have an address or telephone change.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

26-28 April 2016 - Parent Information Meetings

Devil Pup Candidates:
Parent Information Meetings at the St. George Library
Basement Room B
April 26, 27, 28.  6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Devil Pup Candidates - very important meetings coming up.  If you wish to be considered for 2016 Devil Pup summer camp (July 21 through 30), please bring one or both parents to ONE of these Parent Information Meetings at the St. George Library located at 88 W. 100 South, St. George 6:00-7:30 p.m.  The meetings will be in one of the basement meeting rooms at the library. Corporal Lewis and Col. Toole will be there to answer your questions.  You will learn what forms are needed to apply for summer camp, what the training schedule will be, where the training will be held, the requirements of parents as far as camp is concerned, etc.  This is a crucial meeting - please attend on either date with a parent or guardian.

Saturday, April 9, 2016

28 May 2016 - Rummage Sale at Lin's Market Parking Lot

Save the date!  May 28.  8:00 a.m.  During your Spring Cleaning, please set aside items for a Devil Pups rummage sale on May 28th (the parking lot of the original Lin's Market).  Funds from this project help send successful candidates to summer camp at Camp Pendleton.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

2016 Devil Pup Summer Camp

Important Dates for the Devil Pup Summer Camp 2016
(These dates are not yet set in stone with Camp Pendleton - Stay Tuned!) Second Increment July 21-30 (Dates will be confirmed after April 9th.)

Ceremony on 'Ole Smokey July 28

Graduation July 30

Liaison Rep Meeting in Long Beach, California for the 2016 year:
(This is where we get information on the program and any changes for this year.  Only Liaison Reps attend this meeting.)
April 9
        10:30 a.m.

Devil Pup Presentation at Dixie High AFJROTC:
14 Mar 2016 
        8:30 a.m.
        1:00 p.m.
15 Mar 2026
        8:3 a.m.

Parent Information Meetings at St. George Library
Dates to be determined.  Stay tuned.

PFT (Physical Fitness Training) to Commence:
Date To Be Announced