Congratulations to Atty Allred: Atty has continued to serve the RSAMCC and RSA community through her talents for decoration and hospitality. She is the first recipient of the RSA Lifetime Achievement award for her continued service and dedication to Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal communities.

What began in 1985 as an opportunity to highlight homes in downtown Huntsville, Alabama, has now flourished into a lifetime of beautification and leadership throughout the community. Atty Allred, then an active duty spouse, collaborated with the Huntsville Garden Club to highlight the historic homes located in the Twickenham District. She viewed this request as a “call to action.” She immediately agreed to decorate the homes, but needed an Army of assistants. She recruited from within; she chose spouses from her husband’s unit and went to work on a Victorian Christmas theme. The community enjoyed this event and the City of Huntsville was so impressed that Atty continued to lead this for many years. Once word began to circulate throughout the communities of Huntsville and Redstone Arsenal, everyone clamored for her visionary and beautiful creations. The Bicentennial Chapel have been under her watchful eye and supervision since the late 1980’s. The chapel is graced seasonally with her divine floral arrangements and full-scale Christmas decorations. In typical Atty Allred fashion, she continues to lead, inspire, and bring beauty and grace to not only her creations, but to all those with whom she serve.

I can’t believe the end of the club year is here already. It seems like just a few weeks ago I was being installed as your president. That was such a proud and exciting moment for me. The RSAMCC was the first group of people that I met when we got to Huntsville almost 2 years ago. I want to thank Kristina DeBusk for reaching out to me when I was still at Fort Hood and asking me to be a part of her board. At that time, president wasn’t anywhere in my plans. 

I had such a great time serving our community with this amazing organization, and I was honored to be considered for president. Words can’t express the pride I feel for this group. Every single member brings something to the table, and this diverse group work together to make such a lasting impression on the Huntsville community. It was a blessing to be a part of the magic that has happened over the last year. 

I want to thank all the members of the general board for the hundreds of hours they have given over the last year. We wouldn’t we able to do what we do without the special touch that each of you brought. You have a made a difference in this community, and I hope they you are aware of the impact that you have had.

I want to thank my executive board. Michelle Nash, Brandie Ragin, Stephanie Walburn, Melody Mansker and Terry Drushal. Each one of you has helped and guided me, laughed and cried with me at one point or another in the last year. I will hold your friendships dear to my heart as my family and I prepare to leave the area. 

Lastly, the unsung heroes, our club advisors Kelly Pardew and Susan Perna. You are always there with an encouraging talk, words of wisdom, and a listening ear. It has been my pleasure to serve with and learn from such amazing military spouses. I hope that one day I can help another spouse as you have helped me. 

To next year’s board, I wish you the best of luck. Don’t forget to stop and have some fun and enjoy the friendships along the way. 

Thank you all for an amazing year! 

With over 35 volunteers unloading magnolia branches, spreading table cloths and organizing silent auction baskets, it was a flurry of activity in the days leading up to the gala.  One volunteer, in particular, preferred to keep a low profile. However, that low profile soon developed into managing the registration desk, beautifying tablescapes and ironing, ironing, ironing.  Her ability to jump in, lead a task to completion was a tremendous asset to the overall success of the Gala in the Garden 2019. Never was a task too big, too complicated or too serious.  Her laughter and can-do attitude are a testament to the power of women working together for a common cause. She knew what to do, how to do it and did not waste time getting it done. She is a self-starter, is truly ALIVE and now, the Volunteer of the Month for March, 2019, Anne Pfeiffer.

Happy spring!  At least I think it’s spring, I was led to believe that March in Alabama would be warm!  That’s ok, the flowers and trees are blooming so it must be on its way.

The club year is quickly coming to an end, and what a year it has been!  I hope that some of you will look at this as a beginning and not an end. We have such a diverse and talented membership this year. It is my hope that you will all be back next year. I hope also that many of you will consider a spot on the general board. It takes a village, and a very diverse one at that to do what we do here for the Redstone community. We are sure to have a position that will benefit from your strength and passion. If you volunteer doing something you LOVE, it doesn’t even feel like “work”.  Please see a board member to ask about how we can use YOU next year!

~Sandrah~

In the New Testament, Hilaros is the Greek word translated to mean cheerful, joyous.  But it also means a sense of readiness.  It means to be ready to act at a moment’s notice – to be prepared.

What is different about our volunteer this month is that she is a member at large.  Her readiness as a member has given way to her cheerful and joyous collaboration for each event since September and is currently serving a critical position on the Gala Committee.  At one point in time, I had to request that she pump her brakes a little and maybe take time to safely deliver her child outside the boundaries of RSAMCC.  Her cheer is contagious and she is serious in her commitment to our organization and serving the needs of community.  Her readiness, consistent YES, and her cheerful, giving heart serve to build the foundation of RSAMCC.  Please provide a warm congratulations for the February 2019 Volunteer of the Month, Vicky Prosser.

We are still pumped up from our Gala in the Garden!!!! It was a lovely evening and we could not have tackled such a feat without our membership! Thank you to everyone who donated wine/spirits and items for our auctions!!! Thank you to everyone who came out to planning meetings and offered your ideas, suggestions, and talents, and those who helped on gala day and evening. We have such an extraordinary group. Our setup volunteers came in ready to work and did such a phenomenal job!!!! Our evening volunteers fell right into place and everyone pitched in for the cause. It is truly impressive what this group can accomplish.

Many hands were directly involved with this event and there are too many names to mention, but I would be remiss if I did not call attention to one person in particular. Melody Mansker, our Treasurer and Newsletter Chair and go-to person for just about everything, has been an absolute Godsend! Melody had tickets, save the dates, and invites designed and ready to go before we could say, “tickets.”  She designed our GORGEOUS program, bid sheets, table toppers, set up our slide show, assisted with checkout at the event, and offered advice and moral support all along the way. I’m certain I’ve missed some things, too!!! Melody played an integral role in the success of this event. For all that she contributed, we cannot thank her enough!!!  Thank you, Melody, for all of your time and patience and keeping us focused toward the goal! We couldn’t have done it without you! You are RSAMCC’s own Superwoman and we are blessed to have been able to work with you. It is impossible to put into words the gravity of all you have done, but please know how truly grateful Cherie and I are for every little thing!!! RSAMCC is so, so lucky to have you!!!

Gala Recap:

We got to enjoy the absolutely breathtaking saxophone playing by Living Legend Tommy Friend. The music flowed, like a summer breeze, from the conservatory and down the hall. It was amazing!!! You can often find this young man playing at Bridge Street. Keep an eye out for him next time you’re there and enjoy a real treat!

We then moved on to a lovely dinner catered by Bubba’s Silver Spoon. The food was delicious and the staff was friendly and accommodating.

Once our bellies were full, the fabulous “Free Fall” headed up our Buds and Blooms game and everyone had a blast! It’s impossible to not have fun with that game! It’s always hilarious to watch everyone freeze with their hands on their heads or their tails! We then proceeded to our live auction with our commanding auctioneer Col (R) Pat Sullivan hyping up the crowd. Free Fall brought the energy and kept everyone jamming & on their feet to close out our evening with a so-much-fun dance party!!!! We hope everyone enjoyed the evening. We all worked very hard and now the Gala Committee is going to hibernate for a week! Just kidding! We are currently working on tallying up all of our donations and will announce at the next luncheon how we did.  Stay tuned!

Brandi & Cherie

Hello!

Hello RSAMCC!  I hope everyone has stayed dry and safe from the flood waters. I am certainly looking forward to some nicer weather and drying out.

I want to give a HUGE shout out to Brandie Ragin and Cherie Cain for their tireless efforts to put together an amazing gala!  I was not able to attend this year due to a prior family commitment, but the pictures and the comments I have seen let me know it was an amazing night. It’s always great when the military and civilian community can come together and celebrate our common goals for the Redstone area. This event takes a village to plan, and Brandie and Cherie led that village to an amazingly successful evening.

The year is winding down, and we only have 3 luncheons left. Hope to see you all at as many as you can make. We are looking for smiling positive personalities for next years board. Please consider being a part of the fun. If you have any questions about any of the positions, feel free to ask us at the luncheon!

See you all soon!

Sandrah

Both clubs looked truly awesome.  All the trees sparkled and glowed with holiday cheer.  We were ever so fortunate to get an article in the Redstone Rocket.  The Santa Lollipop tree and the charming Snow Village were pictured.

For those members who didn’t get to tour the club missed a real treat.  All the trees were gorgeous in their own way.  Just let me give you a peek.

In the entrance, welcoming everyone, was a dazzling Top Hat tree.  It was telling everyone of the fun ahead!  In the Bob Howe room was a colorful party time Mardi Gras tree.  Then on to the Twickenham room,  you walk into Winter Wonderland where a flocked tree is trimmed in red birds, nests, birdhouses, owls, berries and twigs.  Fun!  The Santa Lollipop tree and Snow Village graced the dining room.  Upstairs was our Patriot tree, of course, it was trimmed in red, white and blue.  In the Ballroom stood the 14 foot Victorian tree beautifully trimmed in burgundy, pink and gold.  This was the original tree for the Tree Lighting.  All the Victorian ornaments were hand made by Club members in 1980’s.

The Ballroom has three other trees.  The dreamy Blue tree that now has the original Victorian ornaments.  The Red tree, my signature tree, was simply stunning as it sparkled with all red trimmings.  The last tree in the room is the welcoming Pineapple tree and it was wrapped up in gold, bright green, pink and copper.  As it should not be forgotten, the Twelve Days Christmas banners graced the Ballroom walls.   The beautiful banners were design and made from the old 1978 banners in 1999-2000 by MCC members.
The Ladies Room also had its own tree and what a compliment we got on that!  Received a Christmas card saying that all the decorations in the Club were just beautiful but that the little jewel was in the ladies restroom with the Black and Gold tree!

At the Overlook,  the traditional 12 foot tree trimmed in red, green and gold filled the room with a beautiful sparkle that carried over to the fireplace decorations.

Each room or section had its own tree for the parties.  Except in the dining room, the topiary tree came up missing.  It was a lovely swirl of gold, copper and wine.

Everything clicked together this year into a stunning parade of trees.  A big thanks to the RSAMCC Board for their support, thanks to the Summit staff for their help and the lunches they provided and to all the Club members that participated in putting up, trimming and taking down the trees and decorations.  Thank you all so very much.  

Long before Joanna Gaines made a big super splash to the decorating scene, a mini version of her has walked amongst us.  She uses her keen eye for beauty and balance for any project that requires grace and simplicity.  Her small, little hands create big and awe inspiring creations.

She has, without hesitation, said YES for many, many years of service to this community, not only with RSAMCC, but to other organizations as well. She chooses to serve and does so with grace and exceptional quality.  She is a leader that we want to follow due to her kind patience and grace under pressure.  When she is in charge she has the ability to be in more than one place at a time and never turns a deaf ear to the million and one questions at hand. The choice of a Volunteer of the Month is one that takes into consideration duty to position, contribution to community, attitude and overall hours served. This volunteer has been measured for her overall commitment to excellence for her board position, the immeasurable years of service to community and her ability to answer the call to serve with a loving and enthusiastic YES.  The RSAMCC would like to overwhelmingly elect Mrs. Atty Allred as the January, 2019 Volunteer of the Month.

It’s “Gala in the Garden” time!

As you know, February 22, 2019 from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. we are holding our annual gala at the Huntsville Botanical Garden. We are still seeking wine donations (or other spirits), basket donations, and even cash donations (if you’d like us to prepare a basket or pick up the wine/spirits for you). Anything you are willing to contribute is greatly appreciated. Tickets are available through Eventbrite or via board members. We will be selling tickets on February 12th at the luncheon, as well. Ticket sales end at 12 p.m. on February 15th.  Volunteers will be crucial on the day of the event. A big “Thank You!!!” to everyone who has given their time thus far. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. The gala team is going to keep running through the finish line!

What does your ticket get you?

Admission to the Huntsville Botanical Garden on the day of the event, one ticket for a free beer/glass of wine/soda, dinner by Bubba’s Silverspoon catering to include your choice of: London broil, chicken piccata, basil fettuccine, green beans, mesclun salad, and crème brûlée for dessert; the opportunity to bid in live and silent auctions, games, a beautiful glass to take home to commemorate the event graciously provided by our own Melinda Riling; musical entertainment provided by the band Free Fall (a big “Thank You!” to Judy Bicknell for linking us up); and dancing on the dance floor to close up your week and our event with pizazz. A cash bar will be available throughout the evening and tended by HBG bartenders.

There are a variety of ways to join the fun and volunteer/contribute! 

  • Donate a bottle(s) of wine or other spirits for a “Wine Pull” giveaway
  • Donate a basket or gift card or sponsor a table
  • Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Just click here!
  • Volunteer for the event:
    • In advance by helping sell tickets or solicit baskets and gift cards
    • The day of the Gala you can help with set-up
    • During the Gala you can help with the silent auction or registration
    • After the Gala you can help with clean-up

Note: We will be collecting wine/alcohol and auction baskets at the February luncheon!