Farewell & Thank You

Hello ladies,

May greetings to you all! We are at the end of our very busy club year and so much has happened – changing our name, updating our bylaws and constitution and our most successful ever fundraisers (MOAA golf tournament and Galaxy Gala). We have really outdone ourselves.

This year our focus was to be more service oriented and we accomplished this as we participated in the Vietnam Veterans Lecture Series, Heroes Week and our monthly community outreach collections. Together we have made a difference both large and small. At this year’s awards ceremony we will award 18 merit awards and 14 community grants! It is our biggest achievement yet! You are invited to join us May 8th for the awards ceremony and meet our recipients.

Thank you to my wonderful Board members for their selfless service and to you our club members for your many donations and luncheon attendance. Thank you for your commitment to making this club a continued success for years to come. Many hands have made light work.

I will take fond memories of this year with me as my husband and I transition into retirement. It has been my greatest honor to volunteer and serve in many clubs throughout his career.

Well done my military sisters!

Kristina

Spring forward!

Happy Spring ladies,

Thank goodness a new season is upon us! Let’s hope the colder weather is behind us and warmer days are ahead.

Spring reminds us that it is almost time for our club to install new and returning executive leadership. This year has been such an amazing experience for me. It has been my greatest honor to lead our club and I look forward to what the future holds for our organization. I am fully confident that the new board will continue to build strong relationships and represent our club well in the Redstone/Huntsville/Madison area. Please support them during this transition and consider serving on the board as a chairperson or a committee member to plan upcoming events.

I pray we will be in the area after my husband’s retirement, we have been blessed with two assignments at Redstone and it really feels like home. The Tennessee Valley is such a beautiful area.

April is our most popular luncheon and it is (Members only) “Designer Handbag Bingo”. Michelle has collected some designer handbags and accessories. I can’t wait to win one .

Our April Community outreach is the Huntsville Inner City Learning Center we will be collecting school supplies for them. They need our support. They are an after-school program that helps at-risk children with tutoring and life learning skills. We can make a difference by contributing to their readiness for education.

Hope to see you there,

Kristina

Gala a Huge Success

Hello ladies,

The Galaxy Gala “A Night Under the Stars” was truly out of this world! I am so proud of our Fundraiser chair Kerrie Sheppard and her fantastic committee! They worked very hard to make the evening special. The US Space & Rocket Center was beautifully decorated and the Twickenham Jazz & Swing band was outstanding (we received many compliments on the music).  It was a spectacular evening! Thank you to all who donated items and baskets, attended and made financial contributions.

I’m thrilled to announce we raised over $21,000. The proceeds were above and beyond our expectations. Now, we get to award money to some amazing scholars and community organizations. Well done members!

Our next luncheon is fast approaching on March 13th we are celebrating “Erin Go Bragh” which translates to Ireland forever! Everyone is Irish in March.    We will have music, an Irish menu and great fun. Please make your reservations by noon on March 9th  to our reservation gals.

Please see the Community Outreach page of the newsletter for a list of items we are collecting for the New Hope Children’s Clinic. They are a non-profit, school-based health clinic created to provide medical care for children in Madison County and surrounding communities. Their motto is to break barriers, change lives and bring hope to children through local, low cost healthcare.  They are in desperate need of  some over the counter medications along with basic office supplies. Everyone who brings a donation will receive an extra door prize opportunity.

See you soon,

Kristen

Get Involved

February is a very busy time for our club and I encourage you to get involved with some of the planned events. Many fun activities including book club, hiking, lunch bunch and bunco! Please don’t let the cold weather keep you from enjoying fellowship with your friends!

It’s almost time for our annual fundraiser, “Galaxy Gala, A Night Under The Stars”! You won’t want to miss this event. Please invite your friends and neighbors to this spectacular night at the Space and Rocket Center. We will be having heavy hors d’oeuvres, games, auctions and entertainment by Twickenham Jazz and Swing Band. Make it a special date night by booking a room at the Marriott hotel next door. We have a special rate of $113 which includes a beautiful room with full breakfast and late morning check out. See our website at RSAMCC.org for a link to make your reservations and for additional ticket information.

The Board has had a busy year with many changes and another one of those is our bi-annual review of our Constitution and By-laws. A copy of the Constitution/By-laws has been emailed to each member for review.  It was recommended that we combine these two documents into one making it easier to reference and lessen the repetition. Members will have an opportunity to ask questions prior to voting during the business portion of the February luncheon.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Looking ahead

Happy New Year Ladies,

I hope everyone had a blessed holiday and spent time celebrating with
loved ones. For me, it seemed to pass way too quickly. I tried to slow
down a little each day and focus on the meaning of Christmas and sweet
memories of past times together with dear friends and family members.
They all hold a special place in my heart and I trust you all have similar
experiences. It really is a magical time of the year!

As I look ahead, 2018 promises to be an exciting year. Our club will be
hosting our annual fundraiser “Galaxy Gala” A Night under the Stars!
Tickets are available for purchase you do not want to miss this great
evening. The January special discount is a table of 8 for $550. Please
invite your friends and neighbors. Funds that we raise are returned to
the community through Community Grants who support our Redstone
Military Community and Merit Awards for military and DoD civilian family
members to pursue continuing education.

Wishing you a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!

Kristina

Spirit of the Holidays

Holiday Greetings ladies,

It has been my privilege to lead and represent our Military and Civilians’ Club for the past six months. I am very proud and thankful for everyone who has given their time and talents to make all of the changes so successful.

I am blessed by the ladies who have taken leadership positions to fulfill the missions of our group. We are busy with preparations for our major annual fundraiser, Galaxy Gala: A Night Under The Stars! on Friday, February 23, 2018. 

This year’s fundraiser will be held at the Space and Rocket Center. Ticket cost is $75/person. We are offering our members an opportunity to purchase (2) discounted tickets $60/person by the December luncheon, December 12th. The Twickenham Jazz and Swing Big Band will entertain us and there will opportunities to bid on many great Live and Silent Auction items. Please invite your friends and neighbors.

On behalf of myself and the Board, we wish for all a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah and a healthy and prosperous 2018.

May the Spirit of the Holidays be with you throughout the year!

All my best,

Kristina

Happy Thanksgiving

We will hear this phrase a lot this month. I ponder on my many many blessings that I have. First and foremost; God, my family, the Army and our country!  We have so much to be thankful for living in the beautiful Tennessee Valley.

I would like to highlight and thank the ladies of our Board who have chosen to give their time and talent to be a part of this Club. As you all might have seen we have been busy with a lot of changes. Changes that will move us forward into the future. We have a new name, a new website, new ideas and a new look! These changes don’t happen over night and they didn’t happen with just one person. They happened because we came together as a team and decided that these things matter and are relevant in moving our club to the next level.

Board members have put aside their own agenda’s and have put the club first. They have done more than what is expected and exceeded all expectations on our missions.

I thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart!

Thank you for volunteering on this year’s Board and making a true difference on our Club’s behalf!

All my best,

Kristina

Happy Fall Y’all!

If you have seen me around, you probably can tell that Summer is my favorite time of the year. I absolutely love to wear resort clothing and bright colors. My happy place is by the ocean or the pool swimming laps. Wherever the sun is shining.

When the Fall approaches, I am reminded there is another time for beauty. We are blessed in the Tennessee Valley to be able to enjoy all four seasons. However short some of them might be.

Fall signals a change and we as an organization are going through some changes of our own. It is time to change our name to The Redstone Arsenal Military and Civilians Club. We feel that by doing so it will allow us to be more inclusive and invite more folks to feel that they have a sense of belonging within the club. We will be voting on the new name at the October Luncheon. Please make every effort to attend and be part of this very important part of that process more information regarding this issue will be addressed in this newsletter.

I am looking forward to our “A Spooktacular Event”! Luncheon in October. Hear stories from Jacque Reeves about Huntsville’s haunted past specifically in the Historical District and Maple Hill Cemetery. Don’t delay, please respond today and bring a friend!

See you soon,

Kristina

Welcome

Welcome to our returning members and a special “aloha” welcome to our newest members! Thank you to the Board for putting on a fantastic Super Sign-up!! We had a record number of brand new members signing up for our club. Way to go ladies!!

You won’t want to miss our very first luncheon “True Colors”, a communication seminar that will teach us how to understand all the different personalities and how to relate to one another. Debbie McGee, CEO with PZI International Consulting, Inc. will be our guest presenter. Please sign up today!

The Fall calendar is filling up fast with many great activities and volunteer opportunities in and around Redstone. Thank you for being a part of our wonderful Redstone Arsenal Community