The organization that is now San Clemente Military Family Outreach began in 2002 as "Friends of San Onofre Marines" (FOSOM) . It was founded by a career military officer, Marine Lt. Col William McReynolds and his wife, Sidonia.
McReynolds retired after a colorful career which included serving in World War II in the Pacific with the 11th Marines and duty as a regimental officer at Iwo Jima during that historic battle. He also served in the Korean conflict and was Battalion Commander of 4/11, 1st Marine Division during the Inchon landing, recapture of Seoul and Chosin Reservoir campaign. He and his wife formed the FOSOM organization as a permanent volunteer group to provide emergency services to struggling military families, particularly those of deployed Marines.
The McReynolds guided FOSOM for five years until they retired and San Clemente Military Family Outreach (SCMFO) was formed in 2008. It was without a home until space was granted by St. Andrews By the Sea United Methodist Church. It has continued to grow and has enjoyed a very positive and cooperative relationship with the Camp Pendleton military base, social agencies, businesses, churches and service clubs throughout south Orange County as well as a dedicated corps of individuals.
GovernanceThe San Clemente Military Family Outreach is a 501c3-accredited charitable organization. Our EIN (tax identification number) is 30-1133945.
Board of Directors
Clark Lashmett, President
Judy Franz, Vice President
Laura Pephens, Treasurer
Tina Inglish, Secretary
Marian Fournier, Intake and Services Coordinator
Courtney Schlapo, Board Member
Dave Mauerman, Board Member
Arika Ferguson, MCB Camp Pendleton Liaison
Karen Rottman, Board Member
Theresa Lowe, Board Member
Statement of Support for Black Lives Matter
The mission of San Clemente Military Family Outreach (SCMFO) is to provide support and assistance to ALL military members and their dependents, especially young families stationed at the northwest area of Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base. As a military-service related organization it is insufficient to stand by and say and do nothing regarding the recent protests gripping our nation based on long-festering, unaddressed systemic racial issues. SCMFO stands in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
The collective and individual actions that the leadership of SCMFO is taking involve acknowledging our nation’s past, including inconvenient and uncomfortable truths, and critically evaluating the assumptions, perceptions and inherent biases that we may unwittingly hold. Other actions that we as an organization have taken include a continued commitment to diversity in our board of directors, our website, and communication materials. The board of directors wants to emphasize that SCMFO is an all-inclusive organization comprised of volunteers, donors, and beneficiaries representing various ethnic, racial and experiential backgrounds.
Each of us is at our best and strongest when we are united, and it is time for us to recognize and close the gap between the reality we face today and the words: “(We) pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”
- San Clemente Military Family Outreach Board of Directors
Approved August 4, 2020 SCMFO Board of Directors