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!

One of the best Yes’ has exhibited outstanding service to RSAMCC by her commitment to recruit and sell wreaths for our partnership with Wreaths Across America.  Her steadfast spirit means that wreaths will be laid on the graves of our fallen heroes in December 2018.  She has also seamlessly stepped into a co-chair Hospitality position with an enthusiastic spirit and “can-do” attitude.  She further demonstrated exemplary charity when asked to provide an impromptu chorale selection for our September luncheon.  She is a shining example of hospitality and good fellowship and she never disappoints us with her resounding YES!  Pearl Clark brings exemplary charity, great pride and honor to the RSAMCC community as the October 2018 Volunteer of the Month. Congratulations, Pearl!

Holiday Greetings RSAMCC Members!

Before we gear up to celebrate the holidays, welcome family and friends to your homestead and ring in 2019 … breath and reflect on all that has been accomplished!

Super Sign-UpThis event single handedly recruited 100+ members.  The Executive Board Members, as well as General Board Members were highly energized, organized and went above and beyond the call of duty to exemplify our ideals of good fellowship.  The RSAMCC board members “flamingled” with prospective members at large with creative presentations and sweet southern hospitality.

Total volunteers: 24 board members

Total volunteer hours: 120+

MOAA Golf Tournament: The RSAMCC partnership with Military Officers Association of Alabama is always a treasure.  Our teamwork means significant dollars will be invested in students from our surrounding communities.  Total amount of funds : $$

Total amount of volunteer hours: 72+

Bone Marrow Recruitment DriveOur volunteers were trained to recruit, educate and register community members to the Salute to Life Bone Marrow National Registry.  Total number members registered = 43!  One of these 43 registrants could one day save a life – thanks to these ladies for making a difference!

Total volunteers: 7

Total volunteer hours: 50+

The Wall That Heals/Vietnam Lecture Series: 100 dozen cookies…that is what happens when the members at large organize a united front.  30+ bakers + love for veterans = 100 dozen cookies. Total volunteer hours = 100 + (Vietnam Lecture Series USO Tent/Bakers = 100+) Ladies, the personal gratitude and favor that you bestowed upon those men who received your baked goodies cannot be measured.  That box of cookies meant the world to them and they simply did not know whether to cry or hug  – some did both!  Thank you for that tremendous effort!

Total volunteers: 10

Heroes Week:

19 veterans, 12 caregivers and 3 dogs were welcomed to Huntsville for a week of special treatment and an opportunity to thank a veteran with acts of service and hospitality.  The RSAMCC members and families braved a frigid November afternoon to welcome these Heroes Home.  Our members were able to spend one on one time with these veterans, forge friendships and exemplify the RSAMCC support to military families.

Total volunteer hours: 80+

Total volunteers = 12

Hanging of the Greens:

20 volunteers, 6+/10 – 14 foot trees, a Santa’s Village, 12 Days of Christmas banners and about one million lights = one beautifully decorated Redstone Arsenal Community.

Total volunteer hours = 20+

Total volunteers = 20

RSA Community Tree Lighting:

RSAMCC joyfully participates and supports the Redstone Arsenal community with festive treats, kids activities and food booths.

Total volunteer hours = 40+

Total volunteers = 10

Wreaths Across America:

One dedicated Ways and Means Board Member, Fern Brazda has set a goal to sell 150 wreaths by December 3 and lay those wreaths with 30 RSAMCC members on December 15, 2018.  Help Fern exceed the goal – for each wreath sold, $5.00 is returned to RSAMCC.  Even if you are unable to lay the wreaths, your donation is not only an act of love for our veterans, but a means of support for our organization and the needs of the community.

Total volunteer hours = TBD

Total volunteers = TBD

As we get ready to ring in 2019, we are working hard to collect donations and baskets for Gala in the Garden on February 22, 2019! We are also in need of sponsors for this event. If you know anyone or any company that may be interested, please direct them to Brandie or Cherie.

Gala tickets will be available for sale starting at the December luncheon. As a thank you to our beautiful members, we will be offering discounted ticket price during the month of December. Members will be able to purchase up to 2 Gala tickets per member for $60 each. After December, the ticket price will be $75 per ticket. We look forward to seeing you! Our next gala planning meeting will be December 6th at 11 a.m. in the Pershing Conference room by the Java Café.

Have a safe and joyful holiday season!!!

Next Upcoming Gala meeting dates:

December 6th – 11 a.m. at Java Café

December 20th – 11 a.m. at Java Café

January 10th – 11 a.m. at Java Café

Buffalo Soldier Documentary

The Buffalo Soldiers documentary is premiering in Huntsville on April 22. There are two show times, 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Tickets are as follows: General Admission – $10, VIP Admission – $25.  Tickets may be purchased via Eventbrite.com (search “Buffalo Soldiers” and each time comes up as a separate event, for ticket purchase!)  Watch this VIDEO for more info about the Buffalo Soldiers.

Honor Vietnam Veterans

There are many wonderful events coming up around town that will honor our Vietnam veterans. We will be sharing some of them here to keep you aware of the many opportunities to pay honor and respect to these heroes of whom we are all so proud.  Learn MORE.

Tuskegee Airman Bike Show

Swing on down to Redstone Harley-Davidson on April 7 for an exciting afternoon of Bikes, Beer, Music, and more with the 2nd Annual Tuskegee Airmen MC Bike Show and Party. Enter your bike for a chance to win some cool stuff, and on top of everything thats going on it’s a $1000 Saturday! MORE details.

Run for the Fallen

Help us raise funds on April 7 to accomplish our goal of recognizing nearly 20,000 fallen service members across 19 states. Please join the team HERE. We need everyone’s help as we give tribute to Americas fallen heroes over 4 months covering 6000 miles. To volunteer go to http://runforthefallen.org/volunteer/

The review committee has worked very hard to ensure the revised 2018 Constitution/By-laws are thorough and accurate. We have combined the previous two documents into one in order to better follow the sample format provided in Army Regulation 210-22 (Private Organizations on Department of the Army Installations).

The revised 2018 Constitution/By-laws have been emailed to each member for review. We will vote on whether or not to accept this revised document at the February luncheon. We highly encourage you to read through it carefully and let us know if you think anything is amiss. We sincerely value your input!

To request a copy of the document or to forward any suggestions you may have, email Lori Mitchell, Parliamentarian at rsamccparliamentarian@nullgmail.com.

RSAMCC members made welcome bags for each of the 30 Wounded Warriors arriving in Huntsville on November 8, 2017. They partnered with Semper Fi Task Force, who is hosting the wounded warriors and their family members or caregivers for the entire week. Hotel, airfare, food and numerous activities for the week are provided. There was a community welcome ceremony on Wednesday and each wounded warrior received a bag in their room welcoming them to Huntsville. RSAMCC included snacks and necessities, but most importantly hand written cards and letters from elementary children from Madison and Hampton Cove elementary.
As a club, we are so proud to be partnering with Semper Fi and for having the honor of participating in this week’s activities.

Update:

After a very long and formal process, we are so proud to announce that as of February 2018, our name change is finally official! We would like to commend those who have worked so hard to make this happen – namely our fantastic President, Kristina DeBusk and our wonderful Secretary, Stephanie Walburn. There is so much more work behind the scenes than most people know: registering our name with the State of Alabama, filing paperwork with MWR, JAG reviews, just to name a few! So next time you see Kristina or Stephanie, please take a minute to thank them for a job well done!

Kelly Pardew, Advisor
Susan Perna, Honorary President

The process and purpose

The Board proposed that Article 1, Section A of the constitution be changed from – “The name of this organization shall be the Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club, herein referred to as the CWC”  to – “The name of this organization shall be the Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians’ Club, herein referred to as MCC.”

Making this change essentially required a three-step process, which is laid out in Article 8 of our Constitution.

  • First, the amendment had to be approved by a two-thirds vote of the General Board. This was accomplished on September 5, 2017.
  • Second, the amendment had to be presented to the membership at a general membership meeting the month before it is was put to vote. This was accomplished on September 13, 2017.
  • Lastly, the amendment requires an affirmative vote from a majority of the members at a quorum meeting of the general membership. This vote took place on October 10, 2017 at the general membership meeting and luncheon and was passed.

So why did we propose and adopt this change?

In a nutshell, we feel that we can better fulfill our purpose if we have a more inclusive name. The Club’s purpose is delineated in our Constitution:

  • To provide education, cultural and recreational activities
  • To foster and preserve the ideals of good fellowship
  • To promote social welfare and support community activities
  • To support military families, especially those of deployed military personnel.
  • The proposed name reflects a change that is taking place across our military services
    and within our civilian workforce.

Your board has a tremendous amount of respect for the hundreds of members who served in and benefitted from the past programs and efforts of the Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club. We want to honor that tradition by adapting to the changing needs of our military and civilian community.