Hello!

I hope 2019 is starting out great for everyone. January is always a nice quiet time in our house as we recover from the holidays and get ready to start a new year. The club year is still going strong as we prepare for our biggest fundraiser. This year’s Gala in the Garden will be held at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens on 22 February. We hope you can all come out for an evening of food, fun, and festivities. We are still accepting donations of wine (or other spirits) for our wine pull, and baskets for our silent auction. Please contact Brandie Ragin or Cherrie Cain if you’d like to donate. More info on ticket sales is also available in the newsletter.

I need to give a HUGE shout out to our local Chapter of MOAA for their generous donation of the proceeds from the golf tournament in September. On January 30, 2019, the club was presented with a check for $11,000. This money will be used for scholarships to benefit area teens with ties to the Redstone community. Information on applying for scholarships is also available in this newsletter.

While we are on the subject of our amazing MOAA chapter, we are looking for people who will be here for the next year to help plan and organize next year’s tournament. Meetings have already started, and we are looking for a few people who can attend meetings and help with the event.  Because our board year and the planning of the event are on different time lines, we are looking for people to serve from February-September. Please contact me or any board member if you are interested.

See you all soon at the Chinese New Year luncheon!

~Sandrah

Hello!

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season with friends or family. Welcome to 2019!  A new year always brings new beginnings. It’s a blank slate waiting for you to fill in the details of your life.  It’s a time of renewal and reflection. I hope that your are able to appreciate all the blessings of 2018, and look forward to what the new year will bring.

One of our biggest projects of the year is Wreaths Across America. I want to thank everyone who purchased, advertised and helped lay them in Nashville. We set a lofty goal of 250 wreathes, and we were just 6 shy of this goal with 244. Even though we were short of the goal, we more than doubled our sales from last year. We couldn’t have come this close without Fern Brazda heading it up.

I’d also like to give a HUGE shout out to all of volunteers who helped decorate the Summit. As usual, Addy did a wonderful job. Sadly we can’t leave them up all year, (I would leave mine up all year if I could). If you’re in town, mark your calendar now to help take them down on Thursday, January 3 at 9 am.  Come when you can, stay as long as your are able. Many hands make light work, and it’s always a good opportunity to enjoy each other’s company. The Summit will be providing a light lunch. Hope to see you there.

~Sandrah~

Hello All!

I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving filled with families, friends and lots of food. We are wrapping up a busy and successful November and moving into an equally full December. A huge shout out to all who helped with the many activities during Hero’s week. It was such a blessing to see the Wounded Warriors filled with the spirit of Huntsville!

I hope you have the chance to see the beautiful decorations the club put up at the Summit. Thanks again to Atty and her wonderful crew.  If you attended the Redstone tree lighting on December 3rd, you saw all the amazing details. It’s just beautiful.

You don’t want to miss the RSAMCC OH WHAT FUN Christmas Bazaar event on Tuesday, the 12th!  There will be over 20 vendors present, so bring your shopping list and get all your Christmas gifts done!  Shopping will be from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. with a break for lunch between 11 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.  Just for fun we will have a Christmas mug swap and don’t forget to wear your ugliest Christmas sweater!

Whatever festivities your family celebrates this season, I hope it is a blessed time building family traditions and memories.

Happy Holidays!

Sandrah

Hello All!

Finally, some fall like weather!  My family and I are anxiously awaiting some pretty fall foliage to arrive.  Do you like the crisp weather, or would you rather the  heat?  With October almost over, we are gearing up for Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and the holidays.  There are so many volunteer opportunities in the next few weeks, there is sure to be something that fits your personality.  Hero’s week, club decorating, and Wreaths Across America are a few of the things we are involved in.

I would like to give a big shout out to the Huntsville chapter of MOAA (Military Officer Association of America) for hosting their annual Golf tournament.  Thanks to this great organization, we are able to give several scholarships for college in the fall.  Are you interested in helping out next year? Planning meetings start in January, please stay tuned for more information.

Just a reminder that our November program is an evening event.  We would love for you to bring your spouse or guests to this annual dinner where we honor our veterans.  The evening will start at 6 p.m. with a meet and greet followed by dinner and a program at 6:30 p.m.  Hope to see you there!

Happy October Ladies!  I want so much to wear a nice sweater and boots, but clearly Alabama doesn’t agree.  I’ll be over here with my hot apple cider waiting.

We have had a vey busy start to the year.  It was great to see so many faces, new and old, gathering in September.  We even almost had too many people to seat, but we worked it out and I think a  good time was had by al.   Just a reminder to  RSVP to the evite before noon on the Friday before the luncheon. And Believe me, you don’t want to miss this one!  Halloween and Bunco all at the same place,  two of my favorite things!

I want to give a shout out to MOAA, and all of our members who came out in the heat to help out.  MOAA is a very generous contributor to our club and the scholarships that will be giving out in May.

Thank you to Susan Perna and the board for a wonderful Newcomer’s welcome.  We are looking forward to getting know all of you in the year to come!

We had a busy September, and October looks to be productive as well.  Plans are under way for our Gala at the Garden In February.  We’d love to see some new faces on the planning committee.

We are selling wreaths for Wreaths Across America again.  There will be a link in the Ways and Means section.  Fern has set our goal at 250 wreathes!  We can do it!

Blessings  until we meet again.

~Sandrah~

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

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

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

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!